There’s just something serene and calming about life in the country. The air’s cleaner, birds sing just a bit louder, and the sunsets seem brighter and more vivid. Or perhaps it’s just that those who enjoy a peaceful life in the country take more time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Like many country folk, the owners of this Prosper, TX home are keenly attuned to these small details. That’s why they decided that something needed to be done to enhance their plain-jane concrete patio – it simply lacked the charm, style, and appeal of the rest of their home.
They asked us to create a patio that would inspire them and complement the rest of their house. We quickly came up with a plan that would not only make the patio a beautiful focal point, but that also would stand up to all that Mother Nature and a busy family can dish out – rain, snow, heat, cold, bicycles, basketballs, foot traffic, and of course, their dogs, all five of them. One of the most durable options we offer is known as a trowel-down overlay. Popular for driveways, patios, walkways, and other high-traffic areas, the trowel-down floor resurfacing method creates a beautiful, durable, textured surface by layering a tough cement based material (overlay) over the existing surface.
First, the guys used steel trowels to spread the overlay material onto the patio. No one was sad to see the ugly gray cement go! Next, they enhanced its appearance by scoring or cutting the overlay into individual stones of varying sizes and shapes. While the purpose of some floor resurfacing techniques is to create a seamless and uniform surface, the object of the trowel down floor resurfacing method is to mirror what one would see in nature – a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. The beauty of this technique is that it creates a truly custom, one of a kind type of floor.
Once the guys had finished hand-cutting (scoring) out each stone using a grinder, they were finally ready for the fun part of the project – staining the floor resurfacing material. We sprayed two coats of a water based stain to the entire area to give it a nice brown tone with darker highlights applied randomly. We then followed that up by grouting the scored lines with a dark brown colored grout that gives the pattern a little more definition, it’s not a step we often do but it does give it some distinction. We wrapped it all up with a protective sealer coat. The homeowners were thrilled with the results, and look forward to enjoying years and years of sunsets on their new, built-to-last patio.