Concrete is often used for outdoor areas. However, it is not really an appealing material. It is quite porous and it can be unsafe to walk on when wet or frozen. It is durable but not resistant to damage caused by weather changes, heavy foot traffic, and all other damaging elements. There is the option to top it off with paving materials but it is not a practical choice. Not only do these cost more initially, it also requires more installation time and maintenance efforts.
Fortunately, there are available options that can make it look and function better. If you are after textured, slip-resistant surfaces, then a Spray Knockdown Texture is a highly recommended option. Its spray-down system creates a textured surface similar to stucco but with a less intense texture, making it comfortable to walk on. It is popular for use on concrete pool decks, patios, and other outdoor surfaces.