Concrete porch floor after cleaning, scoring, and staining.
Concrete porch floor after cleaning, scoring, and staining.

A concrete porch floor or patio doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Here are some tips to improve the look of unfinished concrete.

To dress up a concrete floor:

  1. Clean Concrete: Clean the concrete thoroughly. Special concrete cleaners are available for this purpose.
  2. Score Concrete: Use a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade to cut shallow grooves in the concrete using a straight edge as a guide. A diagonal pattern works well.
  3. Paint or Stain Concrete: Apply either concrete paint or concrete stain to the floor following the instructions on the container.

Watch this video to find out more.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Danny Lipford: Sarah wants to know, “How can I add a little pizzazz to our boring concrete porch?”

No, Sarah, you don’t have to put up with that boring concrete front porch. You can have one that looks as nice as this. All this homeowner did is to clean the front porch concrete thoroughly and then applied a coat of concrete paint.

There’s so many different colors that you can find one that’ll compliment the colors of your house very easily. Another option—staining the concrete. Again, clean it well, use a stain. It has a slightly different end result but still very, very attractive.

Now, if you really want to raise the level in terms of the design of your concrete front porch or any concrete surface, you can use a circular saw with an abrasive blade and then just score it in any kind of design that you would like.

A simple pattern works very, very well. And you’d be surprised how much it can change the look of the concrete.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I live in Arizona. the temps can be VERY,VERY hot in the summer.(Right now—111degrees.)
    What is the best concrete paint to use in AZ?

  2. I live in Santa Clarita, CA. I have a concrete patio that was painted years ago. The paint is gone in at least 2 places and I hate the color. Can I put porcelain tile over this concrete? It very rarely rains here, and temps are between about 35°F in Winter and 90°F in the Summer. The porcelain I picked is rated for outdoor use, but I’m not sure what I need to do to put it down and not have it come back up.

    • Hi, Victoria,

      Danny says, “Porcelain tile is an excellent choice for the exterior, providing you use the right adhesive. I would suggest you go to Custom Building Products.com and look at their exterior adhesive products. You’ll find what you need.

      Good luck!”

  3. Our patio and driveway were painted 13 years ago. It has faded and looking bad. How do I proceed to paint it? (Cleaning to final finish)

  4. I currently have a concrete driveway that i stained after installing it. the stain hardly lasted a year. We used muriatic acid to clean and reapplied stain. it has since worn off again very quickly. Rather than dig it up and repour .Can I put tile directly over it ? Thanks

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