Textured Veneer

A ¼-inch-thick concrete overlay that's been tinted and stamped to resemble formal cut bluestone transformed this lackluster concrete pad so that it echoes the house's classical details. The joints are just skin deep, which means there's no grit to come loose, no way for ants to tunnel through, and no mortar to chip out in freezing weather. Overlays typically go right over clean concrete. But if your pad is coated with a sealer, the surface will first need to be sandblasted to ensure that the overlay adheres properly.

Shown: QC Thin-Pave NI, applied over a previously poured concrete base, $5 to $8 per square foot; qcconprod.com
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