What can I use to cover up cracked concrete on my patio?

L Brown
by L Brown
My concrete patio has several sever cracks with some areas sinking about 1/4" of an inch. I don't have the money to have it taken out and replaced so I am looking for options to cover up the concrete.

  13 answers
  • Donna L. Siefert Donna L. Siefert on Jun 25, 2017

    i have this problem too...let me know if you gave a. Idea how to fix ! Tx

  • First use a concrete crack filler sold at hardware and home improvement stores, kind of like piping a cake. Then shop sales for pretty rugs to cover the area.

  • Rozmund Rozmund on Jun 25, 2017

    Hello, repairing the crack is the last thing to do..why did it crack..was water collecting..was it not level, did something heavy crack it - was there filler installed first, if so, does it need raising from the ground level up first, then let it settle and when whole area dry, then repair with concrete - however, if this is an old patio, and you don't know how it was installed..sometimes they just put them down on the soil...and roots growing underneath disrupt the water drainage...there is another alternative..clean out the cracks assuming there are many...poke holes with a metal skrewer in as far as you can..leave them exposed..this will encourage air and rain water to infiltrate....put in just a tiny bit of topsoil in these cracks and sprinkle ground cover seeds - gently mist in with your hand held hose applicator....I personally like Lemon Thyme..or something even shorter..check out the greenhouses or the web..anything with a citrus odour will repel insects making it a win win for you and your family...many even have blossoms.....after one season it will look quite purposeful...and you may find yourself adding a crack or two ....R

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 25, 2017

    Totally agree with the Rozmund. You can also stain the concrete to make it more naturally aged so the 'flaws' become 'beauty marks'.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 25, 2017

    You can fill the cracks if you want but my first priority would be to figure out if there is a reason that it's happening that need to be dealt with..

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 07, 2023

    UPVC Boarding/ Makes a nice easy clean ceiling.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 07, 2023

    Underpin the corner that is sinking (Shore it up)! Then cover it with seconhand covering or just Paint it with Floor Paint for garages.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 13, 2023

    If you just want to hide the cracks a throw or area rug. You could even use a floor cloth. Wait is this in the elements or under a roof of some sort?

  • We patched our cracks with a Home Depot patch product and then painted the concrete. Fixed any tripping hazards and looked pretty. However, if that's beyond your DIY skills or desire, I would get a large indoor outdoor carpet and cover the area.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 13, 2023

    Fill the craks and then paint them a bright colour to give it a designer look.

  • You can buy concrete patch to repair the cracks.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 13, 2023

    Repair the cracks with a concrete repair patch-Lowes or Home Depot, the 1/4" is not too dramatic a drop and probably not a tripping hazard at this point. Patios crack for any variety of reasons, as mentioned by other Hometalkers. If you like, bring in professionals and have them determine the cause of the cracks and get free estimates. Otherwise just adapt with a crack filler.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 13, 2023

    Hello, if you want ti hide the crack you can out an outdoor carpet over it. You will want to see if you can repair the cracks there so they don't worsen first though.