When choosing outdoor concrete flooring there are a wide variety of patio finishes available. Some are simple and affordable, while others offer high-end customization.

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Finish Options for Concrete Patio Flooring

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1. Colored Concrete

Enhance your patio with subtle shades or dramatic hues

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2. Stamped Concrete

Use stamps to add texture to your concrete patio

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3. Stained Concrete

Upgrade the look of new or existing patios with semi-transparent color

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4. Stenciled Concrete

Add patterns to your patio with disposable stencils

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5. Exposed Aggregate

Reveal the true beauty of decorative aggregates in your concrete

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6. Engraved Concrete

Transform existing patios with special tools that cut patterns and designs

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7. Pavers

Create a patio with individual cast concrete pavers in a wide array of colors, shapes and sizes

On the inside of most homes, the floor materials vary from room to room. Treat your outdoor rooms the same way by mixing up your patio finishes or styling.

Here are some ideas from landscape designer Scott Cohen:

  • Use different textures, stamp patterns and finishes to give each area a slightly different feel.
  • Colors should always coordinate, but don't be afraid to use a little creativity within the media you're working with.
  • Used exposed aggregate for the outdoor living room flooring, tumbled concrete pavers for the outdoor kitchen, stamped concrete pads for the pathways and wet set pavers for the sun deck.

Add Borders & Bands to Your Patio

Trim an outdoor seating area with a decorative band. The band can be as simple as a saw cut 10-12" band on the border of a concrete slab, or on stamped applications try one of my favorites: bar-tile trim, fleur-de-lis, or a grape vine border.

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