Should I Paint or Seal My Concrete Patio?

Just as the Auckland Harbour Bridge is protected with a coating system to withstand the harsh coastal environment, a concrete patio in Auckland also requires careful consideration for its protection and beautification. The decision to paint or seal can depend on several factors such as the desired aesthetics, maintenance, durability, and cost. Let’s dive into these options:

Painting Concrete Patios:


  • Paint offers a wide variety of colours and designs, making it easy to customise your patio to match the aesthetic of your home. Imagine painting a picturesque mural on your patio that echoes the vibrancy of the street art in K-Road.
  • If your concrete patio has visible imperfections, paint can provide a thicker coating to help cover these blemishes.


  • Paint requires regular maintenance as it can peel, chip, or fade over time. Just like the heritage buildings in the suburb of Parnell require frequent upkeep.
  • It may create a slippery surface when wet, which could be a concern given Auckland’s frequent rain showers.

One of the popular paint options used by professionals is the ‘Berger Jet Dry Non Slip Flat’, known for its durability and slip-resistant finish.

Sealing Concrete Patios:


  • A sealer can enhance the natural beauty of your concrete patio, much like how the pristine waters of Mission Bay enhance the overall seaside experience.
    • Sealers can provide a protective layer against moisture, stains, and deicing salts, which can be particularly beneficial in Auckland’s coastal suburbs like Devonport.
    • Some sealers can also provide a UV protective layer which prevents colour fading in Auckland’s sunny summer months.


  • While sealers enhance the concrete’s natural colour, they don’t offer the wide variety of colours available with paint.
  • Sealing usually needs to be redone every few years, depending on the product and weather conditions.

In terms of cost, both options can vary greatly depending on the product chosen, the size of the patio, and whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional.

Remember that no matter what you choose, good preparation is the key to achieving a great result. Like the meticulous preparation for the Auckland Marathon, preparing your patio by thoroughly cleaning and repairing any cracks will ensure a more durable and attractive finish.

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