Asked on Jan 17, 2014

Using broken concrete instead of flagstone as patio surface

JoanPattyElaine51
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I have a slab of concrete that I would like to break up and use as flagstone for another patio. Has anyone ever seen this done and what would be the process? Pics?
Will be adding flagstone edging to pond-- "concrete patio" will be to the right side of the pond not seen here.
8 answers
  • Doerr Landscape Design
    Doerr Landscape Design
    on Jan 19, 2014

    I have done this in the past and it is very easy to do . I suggest using sand to level the old pieces of cement , I planted in between with a ground cover in one case and used a small beach pebble ( called Jelly beans ) in another .

    • Kalsti
      Kalsti
      on Jan 19, 2014

      @Doerr Landscape Design Thanks! Can you possibly post pic of these?

  • Doerr Landscape Design
    Doerr Landscape Design
    on Jan 19, 2014

    Sorry I do not have a picture, when my old PC crashed I lost all of them .

  • Elaine51
    Elaine51
    on Jan 19, 2014

    a long time ago we broke up a cement patio that was cracking and I used the pieces to build a planter curving around the backyard. it was easy with some mortar and level. my husband thought I was crazy! but went along with it. lol.....the buyers later said that sold them on the backyard..........they stay never move and are stable just use a level.......saved us a bunch of money having it hauled off at the time. we were broke and young..lol.....

    • Kalsti
      Kalsti
      on Jan 19, 2014

      @Elaine51 Wow! Elaine that is quite an undertaking! Yes, I can relate to the need for "roundness" in my designs....I designed a house one time that was like a 4-leaf clover with a domed roof!!! ;)

  • Patty
    Patty
    on Jan 19, 2014

    It is easy if you use sand as your base and make sure it is level. Before I put my sand down, I placed the pieces where I wanted them, then I used chalk and numbered the rock then took pictures just to make sure I liked it. Then after I picked up the concrete pieces I poured the sand in and placed the concrete pieces. I then sprinkled Polymer sand in between in all the spaces, tapped it down real good then sprinkled with water so the polymer would harden. ( I did this to keep it from shifting and give it a nice clean look and help keep weeds out) Then I bought some sample size concrete stain and used a rag to apply just a little bit of stain here and there to give it the look of flagstone, very easy and very pretty.

    • Kalsti
      Kalsti
      on Jan 19, 2014

      @patty thank you! Do you have any pics of this? How long did the patio last with respect to the stain?

  • Elaine51
    Elaine51
    on Jan 19, 2014

    LOL............Your house sounds like an undertaking!!! My slab sounds like nothing compared to that!......I was just 21 yo and stupid and thought I could do anything.....at 62 I don't think I would do it again....especially that break up cement part!!!!!!!! I think I would end up in hospital a would hubby!!! Except now I think he would just laugh and say what psych hospital do you want to go to!!!!!! sigh.........

  • Patty
    Patty
    on Jan 20, 2014

    The stain last forever. I don't have pictures, because we moved cross country and any pictures I have of the back yard my beautiful little private patio is hidden by trees shrubs and flowers. I want to do it again and hopefully I can this summer. I failed to tell you that after I rubbed a little stain in here and there I took a small artist brush and put veining in just like flagstone has and I used three different colors of stain. You can buy concrete stain almost anywhere, just make sure you buy stain and not paint.

  • Patty
    Patty
    on Jan 20, 2014

    The stain last forever, that is why I used a rag to apply it, better control and you can apply it heavy or light, (ware rubber gloves) I used a small artist brush to put veining in, and I used three different colors of stain. I don't have pictures because we moved cross country and any pictures of the back yard my beautiful little private patio is hidden by trees, shrubs and flowers. I'm hoping to do another one this summer.

  • Joan
    Joan
    on Feb 5, 2015

    I am needing to complete/replace a sidewalk in front of my house in the next few months. I have red/gray paver steps completed already that I hired a contractor to do but I want to do the sidewalk myself but at a less cost. I absolutely love the idea of the broken cement with the stain!!! I would love to see a completed project .....

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