What should I do with this patio that won’t cost thousands of dollar

Sheila Gillen
by Sheila Gillen

I am 67 and my husband is 80. We love sitting outside, but our patio has become so disgusting that it’s embarassing. The surface is very rough and pitted because the finish coat is gone. There are horrendous black stains all over it. No amount of scrubbing removes them.

q what should i do with this patio that won t cost thousands of dollar

All pitted. Finish coat gone.

q what should i do with this patio that won t cost thousands of dollar

Two large cracks. Pitted, stained, finish coat gone.

q what should i do with this patio that won t cost thousands of dollar
  8 answers
  • Mad29883817 Mad29883817 on Jul 09, 2018
    powerwash using bleach first

  • For a short term fix - vinegar. Drown the entire patio in vinegar, then with a bucket full of water and Dawn dish soap and a long handled stiff bristled push from, wash the patio and hose off and see what you have to work with. It should be much better. The vinegar will clean all the black spots.

    Or you can power wash, then stain, which will fade over time, but at least it will look more like natural stone than a slab of concrete.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 09, 2018
    Start by pressure washing the surface.

  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Jul 09, 2018
    Buy a patio mat. People use them for outside their RV’s. They allow water to pass right through without holding moisture from rain or any other liquids like a regular outdoor carpet would. They are light weight, but thick and sturdy enough to lay nice and flat. They also can be hosed off without taking them up and they come in all sizes. I just bought an 8 1/2 foot by 11 foot mat. I know they come in larger sizes as well. I really like it because it’s pretty and very low maintenance. I used high strength velcro to secure the bottom edges to the patio floor. I Bought my patio mat at The Christmas Tree Shop near me which is a discount store, but I’ve seen them in Lowe’s and I know you can buy them on-line, at big box stores and possibly RV dealerships. Look for a sale at the stores. Also the Velcro was about $30.00 from Lowe’s. This would be an inexpensive and easy way to make your patio surface look beautiful without having to put in a lot of hard work cleaning or resurfacing your patio floor. Plus you could just roll up your mat and store in a garage or even in the corner of your patio during the winter or when you are not planning to use your patio for a while. All you would need then would be some lovely chairs, a small table and some ice cold beverages of you choice. Good luck and I hope you find a suggestion that works for you.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 09, 2018
    After cleaning (either power washing or using vinegar) you could consider investing in some nice outdoor rugs too.

  • Karen Karen on Jul 09, 2018

    Paint it dark grey with cement paint then pour a clear epoxy over it..It will last for years and look great.. You tube has many do it yourself videos on this type of upgrade.

  • Ale24786168 Ale24786168 on Jul 09, 2018

    Find a gray Non-skid coating like Kilz Over Armor in textured slate gray for concrete at local hardware or large chain hardware store. Follow directions completely for best results.