Patio Construction: Choosing Materials
There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding which material to use in the construction of your patio, and they all have their own unique pros and cons.
Selecting which material is right for you will depend on your budget, the look you are trying to achieve, and how much ongoing maintenance you are willing to do on your patio.
We'll go over some of the most popular and common choices:
Concrete: There are many pros to concrete patios. Concrete is extremely customizable- you can make your patio any size you want it to be, in any shape. And because concrete isn't a natural stone that has to be removed and transported, it's also an inexpensive option.
You can stamp concrete to give it a natural stone look, as well as add coloring to the mix for more effect:
However, this treatment isn't without upkeep. The protective coating will need to be reapplied every couple of years in order to protect the coloring, especially in high traffic areas where the color is more prone to fading.
Natural Stone: The type of stone you select depends on the look you are going for. Some common natural stone patio choices are flagstone, limestone, slate, etc. As we mentioned before, because natural stone requires excavation and transportation, its cost is generally higher than other patio materials.
In addition, laying natural stone requires more labor than other material options because the stones vary in thickness. In order to make a level patio, this requires some adjustments to the ground beneath each stone to ensure a flat surface.
Natural stone remains a highly desired material choice in spite of these challenges because of its timeless look and low maintenance.
Brick: Brick patios are very attractive, and have an Old World look and feel to them. Brick can add a charming touch to homes. Because it is porous, moisture is able to seep into the bricks which could cause problems with cracking in extremely cold temperatures.
If brick is in an area with a lot of shade, it is possible for moss to grow on it, which is another consideration as well. Moss can make the surface of the patio slick, and in order to remove/prevent moss from growing, the patio would need to be scrubbed with a bleach solution.
Pavers: Stone pavers can be a great option for many people, because it allows the best of all worlds. Pavers are manufactured stone, so they do not need to be excavated and transported, which lowers their cost. And because they are manufactured, they have a uniform thickness which makes them much easier to install.
Another pro to stone pavers is that there are many style options available, so you can choose a paver that fits your home's aesthetic.