Need to cover a patch of concrete

doofusJune 22, 2013

Hello!

There is a patch of concrete by the ground-floor entrance to our house. The area is nicely shaded by the deck above, and there is a swing hanging from the same deck. In other words, the kid likes to play there.

Unfortunately, not only is the concrete abrasive to the little knees, when it rains, puddles to tend accumulate there. Short of redoing the patch to slope to one side, what else can be done?

We thought of laying some sort of raised floor there -- to be above the puddles and to be a little softer on the skin. Any suggestions for the material, etc? Thank you!

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graywings123

How about drilling some holes at the low spots for drainage and putting down a piece of indoor-outdoor carpeting?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 7:13PM
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homebound

You could put down some playground safety tiles.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 11:31AM
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doofus

Graywings, what sort of tool would I use to drill a drainage hole? I guess, it needs to only go through the concrete, but also allow me to excavate some of the dirt from underneath -- and put gravel in its place? Seems involved... Any hints? Thanks!

Homebound, the safety tiles themselves will not solve the puddles-problem, will they? Unless, maybe, they are high enough for the puddles to flow off to the sides... Khmm.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 2:03PM
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lazy_gardens

The concrete should have been laid on some gravel and sand ... any masonry bit can chew through it and it should be enough to keep the puddles froim accumulating.

We had that problem with one part of the patio , so my dad drilled 1/2 inch hole and packed it with sand.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 4:37PM
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lazy_gardens

The concrete should have been laid on some gravel and sand ... any masonry bit can chew through it and it should be enough to keep the puddles froim accumulating.

We had that problem with one part of the patio , so my dad drilled 1/2 inch hole and packed it with sand.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 4:38PM
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doofus

Lazygardens, does not the 1/2 inch hole get filled with debris? I thought, I'll need to put in something bigger, like this drain sump:

or, maybe, something prettier-looking. We have sand under the house, so it should be Ok without any actual pipes...

We actually have such a thing already on the other side of the house -- buried into brick-lined floor...

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 9:22PM
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worthy

If the concrete is not the entry to the house, why not jackhammer it away and cover the area with bark mulch, cedar chips etc.?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:01PM
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maryinthefalls

We have the same problem and DH also wants to drill holes. But I'm afraid that water will get in there and freeze during the winter. Won't that cause the concrete to crack?

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 11:37AM
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