Choosing Your Patio Material

Adding a patio to your home is an expensive investment but it will also increase the value of your home. How do you choose the best patio material for your home?  What is the best material for your budget? What is the longevity that you want for your patio? Are you looking to install the patio yourself or have a professional do it? What kind of maintenance do you want to have to do? Last but not least, what look are you trying to achieve? Let our patio material guide help you make your decisions.

Pea Gravel/ Crushed Stone

  • Cost: $
  • Longevity: Forever with proper care
  • Styles: Colonial, Victorian, Contemporary, English Feel
  • Installation: Easy
  • Pros: Pea gravel, crushed granite, and crushed gravel all offer a relatively cheap and easy back patio. Since the rocks are loose material the shape of your patio is completely customizable.
  • Cons: The loose stones can travel and require more tedious maintenance than other patios. To maintain the shape, fill, and keep weeds away, lose rocks should be raked back into the patio after using it or after a storm.

Poured or Stamped Concrete

  • Cost: $-$$
  • Longevity: 20-30 Years
  • Style: Traditional, Contemporary, Craftsman
  • Installation: Medium – Professional
  • Pros: Concrete patios are easy to clean with bleach and water and should be cleaned roughly once a year. Concrete that is poured is completely customizable in shape.
  • Cons: The initial cost for installing a concrete patio is relatively inexpensive, but the upkeep of it can become costly.  Concrete will fade and crack over time and once it cracks there is no fix to regain the seamless look again. At this point you will have to rip up and redo your entire patio.

Pavers

  • Cost: $$-$$$
  • Longevity: 50-100 Years
  • Style: Traditional, Contemporary
  • Installation: Professional
  • Pros: Pavers come in a variety of shapes and colors to match any home. They are individual pieces so if one breaks, cracks, or needs replaced it is cheaper and easier to repair than concrete.
  • Cons: Pavers are a more expensive patio option and should be installed by a professional to ensure the longest lifespan for your patio.

Brick

  • Cost: $$-$$$
  • Longevity: 100+ Years
  • Style: Classic, Colonial, Traditional, Victorian
  • Installation: Medium – Professional
  • Pros: Brick provides a classic look that goes well with many types and styles of homes and landscaping.  Brick is great for patios, walkways, walls, borders, and retaining walls. Brick can crack and erode through the seasons but you can easily replace one or two bricks that are broken.
  • Cons: Brick is hard to keep clean, it easily grows moss and must be cleaned with cleaners and a brush multiple times a year. A brick is not flush to another brick, there is mortar in between them so patio furniture may wobble.

Stone

  • Cost: $$-$$$
  • Longevity: 100+ Years
  • Style: Victorian, Colonial, Modern, Traditional, Contemporary
  • Installation: Professional
  • Pros: A stone patio can be kept in good condition for 100 plus year as long as it is properly cared for. Simple weeding, sweeping, and an occasional deep clean will keep your stone patio in great shop.
  • Cons: The stone will get hot in the summer and can be slippery when wet. Other than being a more expensive patio option there are no cons to a natural stone patio.

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