How To Resurface Your Concrete Patio

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If you're one of the many who enjoy your time with family and friends on your concrete patio, you might experience some cracking or holes in the surface after a few years. If this is what you are experiencing, you can fix these little annoyances yourself with a few supplies and some simple steps. This guide explains what you'll need and how to resurface your concrete patio.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Begin the resurfacing process by obtaining these supplies and tools

  • concrete spray gun
  • several bags of shotcrete or concrete mix
  • large broom
  • garden hose
  • mild dish washing detergent
  • bucket
  • long-handled squeegee
  • several tarps
  • fan
  • wheelbarrow
  • shovel

Step 2: Clean the Surface

Remove the grill, table, chairs and other patio items from the area and store them out of the way until you have completed the project. Then mix up some of the dishwashing detergent with some water in the bucket.

Pour the mix over the concrete and scrub with the broom. Water the concrete down with the garden hose to rinse off the soap. Give the surface a couple hours to dry, depending on how much sun is shining on it. If the sun is not shining much or if the patio is covered, use the fan to dry it.

Step 3: Cover the Surrounding Area

Place the tarps over plants and other items along the perimeter of the patio. Doing so helps prevent concrete from spreading to places that you don't want it to be.

Step 4: Mix the Concrete and Fill the Gun

Once the concrete is dry, follow the directions on the concrete bags to mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow. Then fill the concrete spray gun with the mix.

Step 5: Spray the Concrete

Follow the directions on the concrete spray gun and begin spraying a thin layer of concrete over the surface. Once you have a small section of the patio covered, use the long-handled squeegee to smooth out the surface. Start at one end of the patio and work your way backward, making sure that you don't become trapped in a corner.

Step 6: Dry and Repeat

Give the patio a few days to dry and then inspect it for any area that doesn't meet your expectations. If you still notice cracks or other imperfections, repeat the spraying process and allow it to dry before placing your furniture and grill back on the surface.

Use this resurfacing project as an opportunity to add a little color to your patio by mixing in a color additive when you mix the concrete. Ask your concrete contractor (at AAA Concrete Construction Inc or elsewhere) for help if you run into any issues with these steps. Share this with others who want their concrete patio to look brand new.

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