Put a Great Finish on Your Concrete

Broom finish, flagstone, color, texture, swirling, and more. All finishes to newly poured concrete. And all finishes anyone can do themselves. Any one of those finishes will give your patio or sidewalk something besides the same old look. The questions are, what do you do and how do you do it? However before we get … Read more

What’s Underfoot? A Quick Guide to Patio Surfaces

Patios and terraces have always been popular outdoor spaces. Whether a Parisian courtyard or a rooftop alcove, only porches and sunrooms beat out these paved (or semi-paved) retreats in a recent survey of my readers as the most ideal outside living space. Let’s examine some of the wide variety of patio surfaces.

Patio Stones

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Sealing Your Patio Pavers – 11 Keys to Successfully Sealing Your Patio

When my neighbor first decided to install a paver-block patio behind his home, he chose paver stones for several good reasons. He thought they would last longer than other materials like wood, or poured concrete, he thought they had a really “rich” elegant look to them and most of all, he thought that they would be maintenance free. Well, he almost had it right. They do look great and they’re incredibly durable, but it wasn’t long before he learned that they aren’t completely maintenance free.

After several seasons of rain, snow and sun, the patio just didn’t look as good as it first did when he had it installed. The sun was beginning to fade the color in some areas, the sand between the stones had been washed away by the rains and weeds had started growing in the gaps between the pavers. He even began to see ant colonies beginning to form using his precious paver sand as their new home.

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Choosing the Right Paving Stone

Paving is the art of covering or laying a road or a walkway by using concrete, stones, bricks, tiles etc. Therefore a paving stone would be a stone used for paving. The paving stones have an advantage over concrete as they are stronger which most people don’t realize. Apart from the strength Paving stones add … Read more

How to Inexpensively Build your own Patio

Building your own patio can be not only expensive, but also a lot of work. It can also be an enjoyable experience and something you can be proud of. The more work that you can do yourself and the more time you have to do the work, the more money you can save. Your costs … Read more

Building a Gunite or Shotcrete Pond? Important Things You Need to Know About Gunite and Shotcrete

You’re probably planning a Shotcrete or Gunite pond, but I bet you do not know what Shotcrete and Gunite are. Come on. Take a guess. If you answered, a sprayed concrete, that would be incorrect. In reality, Shotcrete is an all-inclusive term used for describing the process of spraying concrete or mortar through either a … Read more

Building a Flagstone Patio

original Building a Flagstone Patio Building aa Flagstone Patio is actually easier than you think if you have the right set of instuctions.  It really does need to be done the correct way right from the start or it will look awful. Craig Smith has years of experience installing and laying flagstone patios and paths.   Craig … Read more

Patio Pavers

A new paver patio installed in your back yard is a very valuable addition to any home. Most people would love to have a nicely landscaped and hardscaped area where they can enjoy nice evenings and grill out. Unfortunately, without a patio, this is tough to do. When considering what type of material to use … Read more