By Lora Abernathy
Corey Henson considers what he does an art form.
An old, cracked patio can become like new, especially with stamped details. A drab garage can become another living space. A once gray front porch can now cheerfully welcome visitors to a home.
Henson has mastered the art of home transformations by updating and upgrading concrete. Work similar to Henson’s is often featured on HGTV, and photos from enthusiasts who undertake such renovations are regularly pinned on Pinterest, likely on a “My New Patio” board.
Henson, a married father of two from Ada, opened Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio in 2011. He and his six full- and part-time employees can take existing concrete, such as a gray patio, and turn it into something beautiful with a stamped concrete overlay system.
“Some of it looks like granite when we’re done,” Henson said.
He and his team also do stencil overlays, acid staining, existing stamp renews, concrete wash and repair and epoxy garage floors.
Many senior citizens, he said, are worried about slipping on their garage floors. Re-Deck puts an epoxy-chipped coating over it. Henson said that many customers “actually hang out in there” after they’re done, turning it sometimes into an extra living space.
The most rewarding part of his job is seeing the transformations — and the owners’ reactions.
“When you pull up to somebody’s house and you do their whole front sidewalk and their patio and their pool deck, and when you’re all done, you just transformed it,” he said. “At the end of the day, we actually did something.”
RE-DECK OF NORTHWEST OHIO
Address: 1698 Findlay Rd. Lima Ohio 45801