Choosing a Patio Surface: Which One is Best for You?

People not artistically inclined can still have a wonderful looking patio surface. With a little research, you can find a design that appeals to you both practically and aesthetically, then duplicate it for yourself. Whether you are looking to hire a professional landscaper or tackling the job yourself, it’s good to do a thorough research before beginning.

Pea Gravel Patio

Pea gravel surface is the least expensive and easiest to install and maintain. Because of its loose surface, it is not a place to entertain. Pea gravels are preferred because of its low cost and not for its aesthetic qualities.

Concrete Slab Patio

Plain concrete can average from $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot to install. Concrete is plain grey so if you want a basic, solid surface, this will definitely do. Concrete does not need assembly like some other stone or bricks methods. However, concretes can crack and might need to have the surface refinished down the road. Along with the plain concrete surface, other options in this category includes stamping, staining and special finishes. However, the upkeep for these extra fanciful concretes include sealants applied on a regular basis so that color does not fade.

Flagstone Patio

Flagstone patio installation is as easy as doing a life-sized puzzle. The basic materials you will need for this job includes landscape fabric, flagstones and sand. Flagstones, because of the spaces between the stones, are not the best option if you plan on entertaining and dining out on your patio. Flagstones can easily weather the most rainy season because the water is reabsorbed into the ground via cracks between stones.

Paver Patio

Paver materials are diverse and offer to the consumer a vast array of choices for their patio surfaces. Natural stone paver materials include: sandstone, bluestone, limestone, granite, marble, Mexican stone and travertine. Concrete paver materials differ from poured concrete slab. The advantage of concrete pavers over the slab is that a cracked concrete paver can easily be replaced. Clay paver materials are also available. Clay bricks are durable and strong. Large patios constructed in this fashion will need foresight to plan for flood waters if your region gets lots of rain. Check all home constructions with your homeowners association or county so that it aligns with the allowances for each region. Paver stones come in different shapes, sizes and colors so that numerous and creative designs are possible for your patio.

For the homeowner who is looking to install a new patio in their backyard, finding the right surface to install requires answering some basic questions. How long will you stay in the house? How will the patio be used? How will the new patio fit into the backyard when looking at it as a whole? How much investment are you willing to make? Natural stones are pricey and might not be a good option if you were only staying in your house for a few years. However, if you are planning on entertaining and dining out on your patio, having a solid, sturdy surface is important. Having an estimate and a general purpose for your patio will help to make wise decisions regarding cost of materials, maintenance and installation.