If you have a stone patio in your backyard that you have not used in some time, it likely looks rundown. If so, follow the tips below to bring life back to it again. When you are done, you will have a place where you and your family can sit outside.


The first thing you should do is resurface the patio floor. Over time, deterioration and dirt will set in, especially if you have not used it in a while. Before you do this, you should thoroughly clean it. Sweep it off to remove any dirt or debris that is on the surface.  Use a power washer to thoroughly clean the floor to remove any stuck on moss and dirt. Let the patio stone floor completely dry.

If you have any cracks or holes in the flooring, purchase an epoxy filler to fill them in. Follow the directions on the bottle on how to use the epoxy filler that you purchase. Let the filler completely dry.

If you are the DIY type, you can resurface the stone floor yourself, or hire a contractor to do it for you. If you decide to do it on your own, you need to remove any stains by using an electric sander with fine grit sandpaper. Rinse the floor thoroughly when you are finished and let it dry.

Purchase a stain that works well for stone flooring. You can find this stain at home improvement stores. Follow the directions on the product on how you should apply it. When you are finished, give it approximately 24 hours to dry before you step on it.

If you are not satisfied with the stone flooring after you finish resurfacing it, you should consider installing a brand new stone patio floor. For more information about stone resurfacing, contact Marble Tec Systems or a similar company.

Patio Cover

Put a cover over your patio to protect the flooring, as well as allow you to sit on the patio while it is raining.

If the patio is attached to your house, you can use an awning for a patio cover. You can find these in many materials, but will likely see most covers made from canvas when you shop for them. This is because canvas is a durable material that holds up well to the outside elements. You can use an awning that is retractable using a crank or motorized awnings that you can open and close by pressing a button. These work well because you can open them when you want sunshine or close them when it is raining.

For the sturdiest patio cover, you should use a roof. This may be something as simple as a cover that is supported by four posts, or it could be a permanent roof attached to your house.

When you are finished with the flooring and patio cover, put some nice furniture on your patio, including comfortable chairs, and a table with chairs. You could also put a bench to have extra seating room.