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Patio & Paths

Coloured concrete is perfect for outdoor spaces as it combines beauty and durability together with the ability to create something absolutely unique for your space - and with only a little maintenance it will last for generations.


Pinterest? Yes, hundreds of patios and paths project ideas are on pinterest at

Cost? Typical cost for a new patio is around $100 per square metre for a coloured, cut, grouted and sealed area. This will vary of course depending on size, access, any removal of existing areas, etc

Slip resistance? Your contractor should ensure that the surface is sufficiently textured so there is no slip risk. If you are particularly concerned choose one of the textured or slightly textured options.

Why Concrete? Durable, beautiful, cost effective and unique - see the steps at right to discover more.

How does colour work? We use a liquid system with a high dose of Bayferrox iron oxide pigments ensuring the richest, most consistent, and durable colour on the market - don't be fooled by cheaper imitations as they give you inferior colour.

Will it fade? See our full discussion on why your coloured concrete should last for many years.

Protect concrete during construction/landscaping? Concrete is a porous substrate, meaning it is easily stained and marked. As the coloured concrete will be the final surface, it must be properly protected from staining and marking during construction and landscaping. Also, as the concrete needs to be properly cured before sealing (at least 28 days after laying) it is recommended that concrete must be protected with polythene during any construction or landscaping. However, the polythene must also be removed at least one week, preferably much longer, prior to sealing to allow the concrete to dry completely.

Pavers vs Concrete vs Timber for Patios and Paths

Our colours can be used in both concrete and pavers - so we don't mind which you use! Remember both concrete and pavers can be used in the same project, with only a slight shade difference. On a recent job a client used Peter Fell colour in the tiles in the entrance area to the house as he preferred a more even colour, but for the back patio and around the swimming pool he used concrete. In this case there is a slight tonal difference in colour as the tiles and coping stones are made in a mould, but this is not usually considered a problem.

Contact us for a list of manufacturers of coloured pavers.