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It's a big step | these steps of precast concrete to look like real granite slabs. Concrete, stone and brick steps are usually found to be more durable than wood steps

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Building Blocks for a Perfect Patio

Precast concrete slabs in terra-cotta, charcoal, and soft gray give this patio its distinctive checkerboard look. For a new installation, purchase slabs like these that are tinted during the manufacturing process. Or to liven up existing monotone slabs, you can brush, trowel, or squeegee on a thin layer of Quikrete's DIY-friendly concrete resurfacer (find it at The Home Depot). | Photo: Norm Plate |


BubbleDeck may be an excellent way to reduce the amount of concrete needed for driveway and other on-grade slabs without compromising strength.