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Beehaven 03-31-2012 10:48 AM

cracked patio.
How do I install a pebble flooring over cracked patio

Beehaven 03-31-2012 10:49 AM

How do I install a pebble floor over a outdoor cracked patio?

Beehaven 03-31-2012 10:51 AM

cracked patio
I need help covering up a cracked patio with a pebble floor ??? Please help:yes:

House Engineer 03-31-2012 12:10 PM

Are you asking about how the cracks in the patio affect the pebble coating installation? Or are you asking how to install the pebble coating? A photo of the cracked patio would be helpful.

Beehaven 03-31-2012 12:17 PM

Cracked patio
Hi, first Thank You . I need help in how to install the pebble flooring over the patio. The patio is not cracked bad but has seen better days due to winters for 35 years and I thought that a pebble floor would freshen it up. The patio flooring is almost flush with the indoor flooring so I do not have a lot of room to reserface it with stamped concrete. I that of the pebble look after seeing it in a Yard Crasher Show ... Any help you can give???

Janetp 04-02-2012 03:43 PM

We tried fixing our concete walkway several times, and that hardest thing about concrete products is getting it to adhere to the old concete and stay bonded. It may not hold up and you will end up replacing it anyway. I'd rip it up and start over myself. You can get rid of the concrete you pull up by contacting a local place that sells concrete by the truckload.
If you want to try it, power wash and clean the surface thoroughly. Use a bonding agent expecially made to help it bond together. I think concrete sand and small pebble-like gravel may be your most promising bet. Make a bed of dry concrete and put the pebbles evenly on top and tap down over the entire surface. Start from the middle and work out to both ends for a more even coverage. then wet so they bond into the concrete. You'll have to lightly wet it several times, but don't flood.Keep going over it lightly with a hose until you see any puddling, then stop. Don't concentrate on any one area too long, but go over the entire area. Again. the problem is with bonding. I know that you can add the bonding agent to the wet mix for the concrete for a better adhesion. so you may want to buy a cheap sprayer that will allow it to mix with the water as it comes through the hose for a more durable hold.
You may want to look into these pretty cool matts I saw. You can lay them over the existing concrete, and they came in a few colors. They are made of recycled material and look like stuff used in playgrounds, so there's some cushion there. Menards had them last year, and on sale they were $2.99 at the time. They were about one inch thick. Put one of those boders used for gardening around the outside of the parimeter of the concrete to keep them from shifting.
Good luck with this.

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