Concrete patios are one of the ugliest elements in a backyard, but many of us are stuck with them because we rent or just don't have the budget to tear them up. Resurfacing could be the answer to giving your backyard a much needed facelift, starting from the ground up.
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Over time concrete patios will chip, stain and become an eyesore. Combat this by applying a concrete coating product that will fill small cracks, prevent chipping, and protect from moisture and sun damage. These coating products are applied like paint, with a roller, but are much thicker. As with any paint job, the prep is the most important step. If the concrete surface isn't 100% clean the coating will not adhere or it will peel up later.
You can choose from a variety of colours and, if you're feeling adventurous, you can paint patterns on the ground. Concrete coatings can be applied to wood decks, and provide the same water and UV protection to the wood surface as they do to concrete.