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Pathway and concrete porch

I want to build two pathways on my property and was thinking of using pea gravel but someone mentioned that when leaves and snow get on it, getting both off it will put the gravel all over the place.
Any thoughts?

If I use slate, where is a good place to get some.

next, I have a concrete porch that is all rough on top - is refinishing it as simple as mixing concrete and smoothing it over the top?



Re: Pathway and concrete porch

Gravel or crushed stone walkways can be a pain to keep clean especially with falling leaves. As far as the slate goes you should be able to find places in the phone book under Landscape Materials.

The concrete will require a little more than just covering it. You'll probably need to clean it first and then prime it with a product that allows concrete to stick to other concrete. Hope this helps you out.

Re: Pathway and concrete porch

Just replying to an oldie to see if it offers help. As for the porch overlay, it is simple in concept, not as simple in reality. If you are just looking to smooth it out, you can get a concrete refinish product at a big box store and follow the instructions exactly. The key is that the concrete is prepped perfectly to accept the new topping. That is usually the hardest part. If you want something a bit fancier, like a texture, you can still use that type of product but you will need to obtain a suitable texture tool to give you what you need. I found some light texture rollers at contractor source made just for thin toppings. Just a thought and no more work.
If you want to go all out and do a nice stamped texture, open the phone book and find a good local guy. Much more work.

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