With summer around the corner, homeowners are setting their sights on backyard patios. Concrete patios provide a seamless extension of the home into the yard and meld with the landscape. "People are extending their patios and adding outdoor features," says Leslie Wheeler, communications director for the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. Concrete with decorative stamps or stains has replaced old-style gray slabs.

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