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How to Transform Your Concrete Patio Garden Space

One thing I really have enjoyed being active with over the last 6 months is home improvement. In January I had some spare time during the new year break and I found myself drawn to the backyard patio I was spending a lot of time out there reading and sipping green tea. While very relaxing I looked around and was not satisfied with the way my garden and concrete patio looked.

Speaking with my partner about my renewed interest in renovating the backyard garden area, and I was delighted that he agreed to give me full reign on the layout and redesign.

I’m a creative spirit I know I can make it something more meaningful, I thought about changing or adding some summer colours and matching plants.

 

First things first, plan your theme and visually layout what you want to be changing and where you plan to move things. Second, think about the garden view and your positioning of your main entertainment area and where you will have the best position for it.

When doing a backyard renovation that involves concrete you can bet your bottom dollar that you will be kneeling on the hard surface at some point during the project, so we certainly suggest knee pads!

What will you need:

  1. Outdoor-proof primer and paint
  2. Paint Stirrer
  3. Bucket
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Heavy Duty Paint Roller
  6. Paint Brushes (fine for edges, broad for inner areas)
  7. Paint Roller Kit
  8. Acid wash
  9. Disposable Dust Mask
  10. Outdoor broom
  11. Knee pads if you have bad knees (or if you don’t!)

Painting Preparation

Cleaning Your Concrete

Before you can perform work on any surface it’s best to clean the concrete area that you will be working on. Take the broom and bucket of water and give the surface a good stiff scrub, removing all debris creating a clean surface for the work we will be doing.

Test your Concrete

Test the surface to see if the concrete is sealed or not by pouring water on it. Check to see if the water is absorbed or not, if it is not absorbed the water will bead.

If you have sealed concrete you will need to look at using an acid wash or an etching agent to break it down. In this example, we have sealed concrete.

Treating Sealed Concrete

Use safety equipment for this next step use some gloves while pouring the acid wash into a bucket of water, using your hard bristle broom give the surface of the concrete a good scrub with the acid wash. When you have finished, wash the acid off the concrete.

Masking tape designs

Once the surface area is dry you want to start to tape off the edges of the surface area using the masking tape. You would generally use masking tape when you have areas that you do not want to get paint on, for example, the entry door lip from the patio into the house. Use the masking tape as protection for the sections you do not want to be painted.

However, you can also use masking tape to help create funky designs to make your concrete floor look super cool! See below…

 

It’s Prime Time to Ready your brushes

Once you have completed the masking tape task, begin to stir your paint. You should check instructions on the paint container to see if you require a primer, this would be the case if your concrete was painted previously. Use your roller tray and pour the paint into the tray.

For a plain design, you can use your paint brushes to paint the outskirts near the masking tape, use the smaller brushes for corners and broader brushes for long straights. Once you have finished the edges, begin to use the roller and paint the sections you have left to paint.

However, for the creatives spruce up your concrete patio with a funky design!

painting concrete patio

Section off squares within the concrete area and paint around them to make a break in the flooring colour scheme. You can repeat this process to paint these reserved sections in other colours. This depends on your planned design.

 

Use inspiration from Beneath My Heart who created this awesome tile-look concrete stain effect:

tiles with concrete stain effect

 

Handmade Home did a similar concrete patio job creating this cool effect (check out their tutorial here).

concrete patio design

When you have finished painting the floor, let it dry for a couple of hours and then come back to remove the masking tape. You can now touch up any sections that you might have missed with the fine brush.

Enjoy your painted patio – and create something to be proud of! 

concrete patio design
We hope you receive some inspiration from this post of ideas for your own patio project. If you have any other tips on painting your concrete patio do let us know on our Twitter!

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Moon Rocks into Concrete!

Concrete forms the basis of the vast majority of modern construction. It’s strong, versatile, and hard wearing, making it a perfect building material for both commercial and domestic use. But there is one downside to concrete, one you probably hadn’t had to consider: it’s very heavy. Now, this might sound obvious, and normally it isn’t much of an issue. But if you’re thinking of building something on the moon, suddenly it becomes a big consideration.

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Everything You Need to Know About Concrete

Are you in the process of working on a project for your home or office that involves using concrete? Are you just curious about concrete and what concrete is made of? Concrete is an incredibly functional and durable material used for a wide range of purposes, from making driveways to house foundations. Read on for a quick guide to understanding and making concrete, put together by our concrete experts at Base Concrete.

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3D Building a House Using Concrete: Built in 24 Hours!

Anyone that has ever purchased a new-build property will know of the frustration, costs, delays, and problems that can all mark the purchasing experience. Buying a new build property is not only very expensive but with builders often taking their time and a variety of issues arising, the delays can be lengthy, and all of this means inconvenience, time and money for the purchaser.

3d printed concrete house

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However, it seems that as we move more and more into the digital era, this type of problem could become a thing of the past. In fact, advanced technology could result in more people having access to their own property through reduced costs and these frustrating delays and issues could become a thing of the past. How? Welcome to the world of 3D printing.

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Concrete pump

Everything you need to know about concrete pumps

Concrete pumps are now the most popular method of transferring liquid concrete and are a common fixture on building sites now. The birth of the concrete pump has increased the efficiency of building projects, especially when it comes to building high-rises. Whereas previously buckets of concrete had to be lifted up by cranes, it is now possible to pump concrete up to higher floors. This provides a fast and constant supply of concrete exactly to where it is needed.

But how do they work? The answer is actually remarkably simple which probably in part accounts for the popularity and reliability of the humble concrete pump. Two cylinders are placed side-by-side and in each cylinder is a piston. One piston draws the liquid concrete into the cylinder whilst the other simultaneously pushes the concrete out. There is a valve which determines which cylinder is open to the concrete hopper and which is open to the discharge pipes.Concrete pump

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Mixing Concrete: The DIY Guide | The perfect mixing ratio, preparing concrete and the tools you can use

Most people can become a little confused when working out how to create a perfect concrete mix for the job in hand. Getting the correct ratio for concrete mixing is very important as this can vary for the type of application you require on areas including foundations, garden walls and patios. You can also purchase ready mixed concrete for some applications; this is often the preferred choice and prevents any mistakes by trusting a supplier to provide your concrete ready to go.

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Why a concrete garage is a no brainer to keep your vehicles safe: Don’t be a brickhead

 

Many garages built before the 80s are made from brick and commonly contain harmful asbestos insulation, also known as the silent killer. These garages let in drafts, deteriorate in bad weather and have a flimsy construction that won’t last. If you’ve been landed with one of these eye-sores, you shouldn’t have to put up with it. Replacing your garage with a much more durable concrete one is a lot easier than you’d think. Here are just some of the benefits you can enjoy with a garage created with robust concrete.

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How Do Concrete Pumps Work?

A construction site would obviously be synonymous with lots of concrete, therefore we at Base Concrete understand and how tedious it can be to ferry it using wheelbarrows or dumpers. We recommend using concrete pumps to make the process of transporting concrete effortless and convenient. If you know how concrete pumps work, it will become easier for you to make the necessary decisions during the course of a construction project. Continue reading How Do Concrete Pumps Work?

Supplying Quality Ready Mixed Concrete & Screed

Having products and equipment you can believe in really is half the job in the construction world, none so more so than having quality concrete and screed. As the leading name in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and Luton, here at Base Concrete, we are proud of the glowing reputation we have acclaimed over the years.

One of the reasons we are held with such high regard is the fact that we offer such a wide range of ready mixed concrete and screed. We understand that no two projects are alike and may require different materials.

Our experience and expertise in supplying and delivering concrete and screed means that we are a great resource should you have any questions or enquiry’s. Our team are more than happy to offer their expert guidance and assistance and can even advise on which of our mixes is most suitable for the job at hand.

Our range includes:

GEN 1 Mix

A basic foundation mix that can be used in footings of a minimum cement content of 175kg/pm3

P300 Mix

Recommended for use on driveways garages and floors and possess a minimum cement content of 300 kg/m

C40 Mix

Recommended for agricultural use. One of our strongest mix cements with a minimum cement content of 340 kg/m

Floor Screed

We supply the most common floor screed 1-4 mix which come with a 10 hour retardant as standard

Plus more!

What’s more if you can’t find the mix you are after, just give our team a call and we will take the time to solve your dilemma. Catering for trade and DIY purposes, get in touch today by calling 01442 389 105 or contact us online.

The Need For Quality Floor Screed

The ‘quality of a finish’ is arguably of one the most important things to consider upon completion of a project. The attention to details can make all the difference, none so more so than when you’re completing a brand new floor. What you need is quality floor screed and that is where we at Base Concrete come in.

As the leading name for high quality ready mix concrete and floor screed in Watford, Hemel Hempstead as well as the surrounding areas, we are the only place to look. Our experience and expertise in supplying and delivering high quality products for your projects will only enhance your build.

Create The Best Floor Finish

Floor screed is integral in achieving a smooth, flat and functional floor. The versatility of screed means that it can be layered on top of both insulation and under floor heating systems, allowing you to create the perfect finish to you customer’s floor, whatever the function.

Our variety of mixes is complimented with competitive and attractive prices that really do offer unmatchable value for money. Our small and larger trucks can deliver your specific quantity to your site and can accommodate for smaller, less accessible sites.

Screed Services Tailored To You

We are much more than a simple ready mix supplier. We devise a service that is bespoke to you and you needs. Whether for domestic or commercial use, our team of ready mix and screed experts are on hand to offer any help and advice where needed and are more than happy to answer any questions and queries you may have.

Our close relationship with developers, architects, contractors and construction companies throughout the areas of Watford, Luton and High Wycombe only fills our customers will confidence in both our products and services.

For more information on our prices, products and bespoke service, be sure to give one of our team a call on 01442 389 105.