If your home has a concrete patio that's in a state of disrepair, then you may be considering replacing it. However, removing and replacing a large area of concrete can be an expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive process. Before you decide to replace your patio it's worth considering the options that are available to repair it instead.
If your concrete patio has become cracked in one or more places, then you may think that you have no option except for replacing it. However, it's simple and quick to simply have the cracks repaired instead. Crack repair is also very inexpensive in comparison to replacing the entire patio.
Concrete cracks are generally repaired by injecting a filling and binding compound into the crack. This may be an epoxy, polyurethane, or crystalline based compound, or a combination of all three, depending on the size and extent of the crack. A concrete repair contractor will be able to advise you which option will be best suited for your patio.
You may be considering replacing your concrete patio because it has become stained, chipped, or worn down in some areas creating an uneven surface. Instead of replacing it, you can simply have the whole patio resurfaced. This is done using specialised concrete grinding tools which remove a thin layer of the concrete's surface.
Resurfacing will eradicate stains and create a fresh, even surface on your patio. The grinding technique can even enhance the look of your patio by allowing the aggregate within the concrete to become exposed. Exposed aggregate is a popular and very stylish look in modern concrete design.
Over time the top layer of concrete on your patio may have become loose and dusty. This may mean that you find yourself tracking concrete dust into your home, which is not only messy and unsightly; it's also bad for your respiratory health.
The simple solution for this problem is to have your concrete patio sealed with a purpose made resin-based coating. The sealant binds to the surface of the concrete, trapping dust and loose concrete. It also makes the concrete more water-proof and stain resistant. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even add a tint to the sealant and create a colourful and eye-catching feature out of your concrete patio.
Before you replace your concrete patio, it's well worth considering these repair options. For a fraction of the cost of a new patio, you'll be able to have one that looks and feels brand new.