Options for covering concrete patios to add interest and eliminate stains include brick pavers, faux limestone or tile. To choose the best cover, consider the condition of the underlying patio.
Cover the patio with brick pavers by spreading a thin layer of sand across the surface and placing the pavers on top of the sand. Use mortar to set the edge pavers to create a stable floor. Sweep sand into the cracks and the patio is ready for use. A faux finish using lightweight concrete overlay can help to restore a crumbling patio. Tile is another option, but avoid tile that absorbs water if freezing is a problem.