How to choose the right material for your patio

If your landscape is missing something in the way of aesthetics and functionality, putting in a patio is the right solution. Before getting started, however, there are a lot of things to consider in determining what is best for your budget, landscape and maintenance.

One of those things is materials, and we take a look below at some of the top choices in materials for your patio.

Pavers

Pavers are versatile. Coming in a variety of colors, materials, textures, sizes and price points, pavers are an easy and affordable way to design and install the patio you dream of.

The many design options can round out your patio space to complete walkways, sidewalks, pool decks and other seating areas. Pavers help maintain a consistent theme in your design, that is durable and functional for years to come.  

 

A key factor when making this selection is to build a subbase with proper aggregate stone that is correctly compacted using mechanical equipment. Pavers can be easily interchanged if broken or chipped and the maintenance costs are quite low over the lifespan of the patio. Quality polymeric sand should be applied in between paver joints to help reduce maintenance.

Flagstone

Flagstone is another popular option due to its timeless, natural look and irregular pattern and color. In addition, its ability to last for a long time with no maintenance.

There are several color options available, but take proper precautions when tackling flagstone as a do-it-yourself project. The stone is quite heavy and can be cumbersome to install alone. As with installing pavers, dry laid stone must be installed on sufficiently compacted aggregate stone base. 

Brick

Brick is inexpensive and requires little maintenance, but the outdoor area requires the same preparation as the pavers and flagstone before installation.

The biggest drawback to a brick patio design is the availability of design options and less interlocking of units, therefore reducing strength and durability. There are few color choices and a brick patio should be a choice only after deciding that materials is compatible with the rest of your home and landscape.

Stamped Concrete is another option, though our experts do not recommend it. When it comes to concrete and cracking, it’s not a matter of IF… but WHEN. It will crack after time due to the ground shifting and simple wear and tear. Once a crack appears or if a section needs to be replaced, it’s nearly impossible to match concrete that is poured at different times. Typically, an entire new slab is required. So while it may be one of the cheaper options to install, it will probably cost you more in the long run.

Because of the variety of choices of colors and materials, you may want to consider enlisting the assistance of a professional. Call us, we’re happy to help! Our designers will use their knowledge and creativity to come up with a patio perfect for your home, family and budget.