Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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How Long to Wait After Pouring a Concrete Slab Before Acid Staining?

John asks, “On a new concrete slab, how long must you wait before you can acid stain it?”

While 28 days is the norm, how long you wait will depend on the consistency of the concrete and the weather conditions. Read on to find out more.
Patio floor after cleaning and scoring lines in concrete.

Dressing Up a Patio Floor

Randy asks, "We have a patio that is old and stained. Do you have any suggestions of how to clean it or if tile would work?"

There are several options available that could really dress up your patio floor including concrete stain or porcelain tile. Read on to find out more.
Marking utility lines

Building a Patio Over Buried Utility Lines

Laura asks, “We want to enlarge our patio, but there are buried utility lines running through the area. What should we do?”

Depending on the lines, you may be able to build your patio over them. Read on to find out more.
Upgraded patio with new furniture, shade sail, new flowers and resurfaced concrete

From Plain Patio to Relaxing Retreat

First-time homeowner Kelsey Sigler gets a fun, relaxing patio to enjoy after long days on the job as a teacher.
Sweeping sand over patio pavers

Kill the Stain: A Quick Paver Sand Stain Fix

Because of the polymer, the sand mixture has a tendency to stain in the same way that regular mortar stains brick.
Danny Lipford looks at a wet concrete patio in production at the job site

Cement vs. Concrete: Understanding the Difference

People often say ‘cement’ and ‘concrete’ interchangeably, but these words have different meanings. Here’s what you should know about cement vs. concrete.
Concrete porch with stencil pattern

Upgrade an Old Concrete Porch with a Painted Pattern

Stenciling a concrete porch is a simple project that takes few tools, but a lot of attention to detail. Watch this video to learn the process!
Acid stained porch

How to Score and Acid Stain a Concrete Slab Porch or Patio

Scoring lines and acid staining a concrete porch or patio can really serve to dress it up and give your outdoor space a more finished look. Watch this video to find out how to go about it on your home.
concrete patio

How to Improve the Look of a Concrete Patio

If you have a concrete patio at your home you may want to consider scoring a pattern of lines in the patio using a circular saw equipped with a diamond tipped masonry blade or finishing the concrete with a oil, latex, or acid based stain. Watch this video to find out more.