Cracks in my ugly concrete patio

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I have an ugly concrete patio with cracks running through it. It's in a half circle so that creates a problem if I use pavers...help!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 18, 2016

    I would try to fix the cracks with a masonry concrete repair. Do not know the extent of the damage or if you would be able to build a deck over the situation.

  • William William on Apr 18, 2016

    If the cracks have not gotten worse or new cracks developed over time, then you can assume the base is reasonably sound. You can use a Concrete Resurfacer that is polymer based and self leveling. The big box stores sell it.

  • Louise Fletcher Crouse Louise Fletcher Crouse on Apr 19, 2016

    Our front porch had many cracks running through it, plus was discolored from time. We bought Restore from Lowe's, a concrete and wood resurface material. It can be tinted several different colors. It worked wonderfully for us and several others that I know.

  • Elizabeth Holmes Elizabeth Holmes on Apr 19, 2016

    For a quick and easy fix, throw an Indian outdoor rug over it or cover with bricks.

  • Pam Pam on Apr 19, 2016

    You have not included a photo with you question so it is difficult to really answer but it would be an opportunity for you to incorporate something fun. I would consider perhaps planting some tyme the creeping kind or another type of plant that loves to be walked on. This would hide the cracks and make a statement. Also before you plant you might consider power washing the patio then after it is dry.. stain it. You could create it to look like stained glass windows or a mosaic if you wanted.

  • D roach D roach on Apr 19, 2016

    you could grow very small ground cover plants in the gaps and make it a feature. or cover it with decking.

  • Deborah Buks Deborah Buks on Apr 19, 2016

    I am Lori, of www.SlipFreeSystems.com , our primary focus of work is to remediate problems with concrete. Depending on how large your cracks are and whether or not they are causing a structural issue there may be some things you can do. If the cracks are small hairline cracks that do not go all the way through the slab they are probably normal settling and are not causing moisture or structure issue. If this is the case, embrace the natural appeal of the cracks and consider a concrete stain which will bring out other nuances of the slab and actually lend itself to the beauty of a stain when the cracks appear marbeled. If you are like me, you don't want to go that route you can use a 2 part epoxy product (comes in a tube and you roll the two compounds together to create a putty to fill and seal the cracks yourself. Note that any repair to the cracks will be visible. If your cracks ARE causing moisture transmission you will need a more aggressive approach that may include treating the whole area with a moisture barrier, sealing the cracks and coating the slab with an epoxy and urethane system. Let me warn against trying to fix the problem with something like quikcrete or some other concrete product since concrete does not adhere well to concrete and you'll just be wasting your time and money. Once the cracks are repaired you can then consider ways in which you might ramp up the aesthetic appeal of the space with an outdoor flooring solution. Obviously, I recommend a decorative epoxy with a UV resistant top coat but as was suggested by others you might elect a nice outdoor rug to just cover the unsightly cracks. This is a situation when you have to ask yourself: How much do I want to spend? and how amazing do I want it to look?

  • G G on Apr 19, 2016

    Probably added too much water while pouring. Very common if boss not standing right there watching. . Seal with a flexible sealant and add paint to make a design. You said it's half circle shape ? Maybe a sunset ? Have seen leaves and flowers painted on branching cracks. P. S . Slab cracks usually of no structural concern

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 19, 2016

    if they are just cracks you could always paint it to look like cobble stone so the cracks will just blend right in

  • Goldrushgal Goldrushgal on Apr 20, 2016

    You could also use the cracks and paint vines on the concrete. Some of the vines could follow the cracks and others could branch off.

  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Apr 21, 2016

    I would cover it with indoor out door carpet, paints and stains tend to wear off and look worst, could also cover with quick create for a rocky look.

  • Mary Kay White Mary Kay White on May 12, 2016

    This totally is or IS NOT to a person's liking (actually, the like is more of a LOVE), but here goes. Get something smushy to kneel on as this may take a while. Draw attention to the cracks with paint that does (or does not, it's up to you) match your outside decor. Probably by the time you're done playing up the cracks the first section you did will be ready to go. Hand-paint, right next to the cracks, things like "This is NOT my fault", "Sudden change in elevation", or "Whose fault is this?" Quirky but very unique.