Top that plain concrete slab with a beautiful veneer of tile. Use 1/4-inch ceramic or porcelain tile or 1/2-inch quarry tile. Choose tile that withstands the weather in your region. Ensure proper adhesion by scrubbing the patio with a 5 percent solution of muriatic acid. Rinse well. Mix latex bonding cement into the mortar.
3. Spread grout into the joints using a wood or rubber trowel. When grout is nearly dry, rinse off any excess with a damp sponge. Overworking the grout will weaken it. Spray the surface lightly with water. Cover the area with a sheet of plastic, and let cure for one week.