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Old 08-06-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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I just poured a concrete patio and did the broom method. It's too rough and hurts our feet to walk on. How can I make it smooth enough to walk on without our feet hurting

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You could put an epoxy coating over it but this is expensive and longevity can be an issue if it is not done right. I personally do not think it is a DIY project but you can buy kits if you disagree. Folks that do it right have mixing systems in their trucks that keep air bubbles out and mix part a and part b in just the right amounts and at correct temperature.

You could put something else on top of it like rubber pavers. They come in a variety of colors and patterns ranging from those that mimmick brick and cobblestone to square tiles and large rectangles. Great on the feet. You can bounce wine glasses on them until the cows come home. They look great too. A lot of high end horsetracks use rubber pavers because they are easier on the horses than hard surfaces. Do not get the cheap box store ones and expect much though.

If you just want to make what you have less rough? You should be able to grind and polish it. How much this will cost will depend on just how rough it is. It should come out cheaper than the other alternatives mentioned. Don't go overboard. You can polish nice concrete to an almost ice rink type surface and I promise you will be sliding and falling if you do. The equipment is heavy and trying it yourself will give you a workout! By the time you rent the machine and buy all the abrasives I think it will come out cheaper having someone do it.


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Thanks for the info. I think I will look into polishing the concrete
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Forgot another option. They make some really nice looking outdoor rugs these days that hold up well outside. You can find them in all kinds of patterns and even looking like persian rugs. Of course anything thin as a rug on rough concrete is going to abrade but you might get a few seasons out of a quality outdoor rug or two.

http://outdoorrugsonly.com/outdoor-r...FQLOKgodrF0ADA
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