This Southlake, TX homeowner had asked a concrete contractor to extend their existing patio, as the original area was too small an area to comfortably seat their family. To make it even more cozy, they threw up an arbor to give them a little shading during the afternoon hours. Unfortunately, the new concrete extension clashed with the original pad; even more so with the arbor. We got called and everyone agreed that a patio resurfacing option was the best way to go.
This is a very common occurrence, and we often get asked, why don't you just acid stain it and be done? Why do you have to go with a patio resurfacing material? Simply because if you acid stain it then the new and old sections will stain differently. As acid staining is a reactive process in which the color is defined by the chemicals in the concrete, the concrete in the new section, being different, stains a different shade from that of the original patio. Now, the difference is usually not extreme, but it will be noticeable. To avoid this we instead go with a new, thin layer of our patio resurfacing material (Thinfinish is the product we used) and then stain it. As it is all the same, the color is consistent throughout the area.
Our material is tough, tough enough to be used in driveways, so it's well suited for patios. Our Southlake homeowners wanted to complement the brick and arbor, which both had earthy tones; we went with a lightly tinged beige color mixed into the patio resurfacing material and applied as a thin coat over the two pads. Once it dried, we followed it up with a brown stain, creating the unique mottling effect that makes it so popular. As always, we sealed it to protect it from the elements.
The final effect fits in perfectly with the area and especially with the furniture. It had rained when we took these pictures, and you can see how the water tends to bead on the sealed surface, preventing it from wicking into the concrete. We always add a slip guard material in with the sealer to minimize the possibility of slipping.
Usually it's a material called Shark Grip made by Sherwin Williams that is made up of small, ground up plastic beads that leaves the surface with a sandpaper feel, but as they are transparent, you can't see them unless you are just inches away. The homeowners were very happy with the final result.