Your patios, like your bedroom or living room is an extension of your living space and should reflect your personal tastes or styles. Your outdoor living space is a great place to entertain your guests, cook a meal or enjoy the weather. When you are choosing what type of material to use for your patio, you should know what products are available to you, the benefits of your options and how much they cost.
Research Product Options
Various choices of materials for your new patio are available. The three main types of pavers used for patios are natural stone, concrete and brick pavers. There are a wide selection of natural stone options including granite, marble, bluestone, limestone, and flagstone pavers. Concrete pavers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Brick pavers are made of clay and can also be available in different colors. Not all types of materials are available in your areas. Call or visit your local home improvement retailer or stone yard to see what is available in stock or on order.
Patio Pavers Have Pros and Cons
Each different paver has its pros and cons. Natural stones are often the most aesthetically pleasing and will last the longest. Concrete pavers come in various shapes and sizes. Brick pavers can be laid in several patterns.
How Much it Costs
The wide variety of material is not without a wide range in prices. Brick and concrete paves are your least expensive option which can cost around $1-3 per square foot. Stone pavers can cost from $5 to $50 per square foot. You also have to consider the cost of base materials and cost of labor for installation.
Designing your new patio is as important as designing any other room in your home. Outdoor spaces are becoming more popular and can add value to your home. You should check with your local officials to see if any permits are needed and if any zoning code apply such as lot coverage or setbacks to your new patio.