Patio Overlay Replicates Reclaimed Lumber

Project submitted by Andy Espinoza, Envision Concrete, Escondido, Calif.
By Anne Balogh, columnist

How do you put a fresh finish on an existing concrete patio, yet make it look worn and weathered? For these homeowners in Escondido, Calif., the solution was a stamped concrete overlay replicating weathered wood and brick, resulting in a new surface with a naturally distressed look.

“The owners wanted a surface that would rejuvenate their old concrete patio that was circa 1950, yet tie in with their existing brick patio. After reviewing several different design concepts, they decided on a mixture of wood and brick, using a reclaimed timber plank stamp for the field and a soldier brick pattern as a border around the wood,” says overlay installer Andy Espinoza of Envision Concrete. “One of the hardest decisions for them was the coloring process. They were torn between a brown destressed look or a weathered gray look for the wood. They decided on the gray and a red brick to match the existing patio.”

How it was done

Most of the project involved surface preparation of the existing concrete patio to get it ready for the overlay, including lightly grinding and etching the concrete and filling in cracks with a rapid-cure repair material. After the prep work, Espinoza’s crew started laying out the brick pattern, using ¼-inch wood trim pieces and applying them to the surface with hot glue to form the bricks. After placing the overlay, they removed the form pieces before filling in the rest of the overlay with the stamped plank pattern. “The biggest challenge was to line up all the seams of the planks. We wanted a continuous plank seam from one end of the patio to the other. This was achieved by taking meticulous care when stamping,” says Espinoza.

A variety of coloring techniques were used to produce the natural aging effects. “For the wood, we used an integral color (oceanside) and came back the next day to apply two colors of an antiquing color wash in soft gray and midnight gray. For the brick, we used a brick-red integral color along with an antiquing wash in kiln red. We then sealed the overlay with a solvent-based acrylic,” says Espinoza.

Products used:

Diamond tooling for concrete surface prep: Syntec
Concrete etching solution: Ultra-Safe Etch, from Synpro
Urethane repair material: Spall-TX2, from Hi-Tech Concrete Systems
Moisture barrier and solvent sealer: Preferred Coating Supply
Stampable concrete overlay: Pro-Surfacer and Pro-Stamp, from Proline
Stamps: Reclaimed Timber, from Proline
Concrete coloring: Integral color packs and EZ-Tique water-based antiquing wash, from Proline

Concrete contractor:

Andy Espinoza
Envision Concrete, Escondido, Calif.

See other projects completed by this contractor:
Stained Concrete Modernizes an Outdoor Living Space
Natural Concrete Floors and Walls Express Understated Elegance
Concrete Microtopping Transforms an Old Horse Barn

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