Having the right building material for your patio can make your outdoor space more enjoyable. It can also increase your home’s property value, and, depending on which you choose, it can even reduce what you’ll normally spend on landscape maintenance. But it’s also important to choose the right contractor who’ll complete your project so that it will be worth your money.
Here are some of the most popular materials to consider:
This material is popular for patios as it offers a time-tested aesthetics that complement both a traditional and contemporary style. Bricks usually retain their rich and warm color over time, and, due to their handy weight and size, you can lay them yourself in a dry bed of sand. This is also cost-effective since you won’t need mortar, making it more versatile than some patio building materials. In fact, several patterns, from rectangular to round, are available in brick material. Even reclaimed brick, though usually more expensive, has grown in popularity due to its unique look and eco-friendly status.
Concrete patios are one of the least expensive materials in patio installation. They’re also one of the most durable, much like brick, so long as it was properly installed and maintained. Keep in mind that concrete is also subject to cracking under freeze-thaw cycles.
This material may be too plain for some homeowners, but if you insist on using it, we suggest going for a stamped pattern that is dyed with a coloring agent for a more natural look. You’ll also have to reapply the coating about every two years so it won’t lose its color.
These come in varied forms like concrete, natural stone, clay and even recycled plastics. Most experts recommend either stone or concrete pavers, which are expected to last longer and undergo less color fading than other paver types due to their higher density. Although most of these materials are man-made, some are manufactured to look like natural stone or clay brick.