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Whether you’ve decided to tackle a DIY project by installing your own patio or you’ve hired a contractor or landscape designer to do it for you, you’re going to have to select the materials you prefer. There are many choices to consider.

Between Cast stone pavers, concrete, gravel, and even wooden decking, it can be difficult to determine the materials that are most suitable for your patio. How can you make the right decision? There are several factors to consider when making your choice.

Usage

Above all, you need a product that’s going to meet your practical needs. Sure you might like the look of wooden decking, but does it have the same longevity as Cast stone?

Naturally, your personal taste and the style of your home will play some role in your decision, but first and foremost you need patio materials that suit a functional purpose. For example, if you plan to place furniture on your patio, you might prefer a smooth surface like concrete or Cast stone pavers instead of, say, gravel or uneven rock surfaces, so that your furniture doesn’t tip every time it’s touched.

Do you want your patio to double as a sport surface where your kids can shoot hoops? In this case a concrete surface might be your best bet. Before you even start looking at patio materials, take the time to consider planned usage to ensure the end product meets your needs.

Climate

Materials designed for use in patio surfaces should have features that allow them to hold up under a variety of weather conditions. After all, they’re meant for outdoor use. That said, certain materials are bound to be more durable than others when faced with extreme weather conditions.
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Wooden decking can be lovely, but even with weather protection in place, it’s only a matter of time before exposure to the elements takes its toll. Over time you could be dealing with rot, mold, warping, and a variety of other issues that make your patio surface unusable and even dangerous.

Even in a relatively temperate climate this might still be an issue as even rain and sun can wear down certain materials.

Maintenance

Every patio surface is going to need some kind of maintenance to avoid damage and keep it looking good for years. The question is how much. What will it cost you in time, effort, and money?

When considering materials, it’s best to ask about appropriate maintenance so that you have an understanding of the relative difficulty and cost of upkeep.

Cost

The cost of materials and installation is always relevant when it comes to home upgrades. Your patio isn’t likely to show much return on investment, but attractive outdoor spaces can definitely make your home more appealing.

Regardless, you likely have at least some idea of a budget going in and you’ll need to find materials that meet functional needs, suit your aesthetic, and come in under budget.

Expert Advice

Most people don’t know the first thing about patio materials. But purveyors of pavers and other patio surfaces can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. Come prepared with questions and you’re sure to get the expert advice you need to make an informed decision.

6 Responses to “How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Patio”

  1. Zachary Tomlinson

    Wow, it’s a great article! I found it useful how you mentioned about considering such factors as usage, cost. maintenance, and climate conditions while choosing accessories for the patio. My wife and I have recently bought a house, so we’ll definitely consider these recommendations in order to make our landscape cosier.

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  2. Jeremy Thompson

    I like your advice to think of how often and much you are willing to spend on the maintenance of your patio’s material to help you decide easier on what material you’d like it made. That is a great advice to have as I am currently thinking of what design our potential patio should be. My wife earlier suggested trying some hardwood flooring so that it’ll match our home’s design. I’ll possibly ask some professional patio builders for advice once we’re ready to have one installed. Thanks!

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  3. Tiffany Locke

    I like that this article talks about how cast stone pavers will make your furniture more stable so it won’t tip. When choosing pavers, you’d probably want to research the different types of stones and designs so that you can find something that will stabilize your furniture and will look great with the style of your yard and home. Looking online would probably be a great way to see the different options as well as the contractors so that you can ensure they’re installed properly so there aren’t any problems.

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  4. Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for your tip to choose materials that are good in the climate you live in for your patio. I like how you said that it should be practical as well. My husband and I are looking into contractor to deliver gravel for our patio.

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  5. Deb Pearl

    My husband and I love going outside, and we were thinking about making a patio so it is easier to enjoy the outdoors. Thank you for all the tips on how to choose the right materials for a patio. I think it would be important to make sure it is durable and can hold up in extreme weather conditions.

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  6. Schiro Ackermann

    I do like it when you said that when it comes to choosing a patio material it is best to ask about the required maintenance that it needs in order for the person to be aware of the upkeep costs. I think I will go with a material that is expensive to install but requires virtually no maintenance. I will discuss this with my parents since they seem to be interested in wood. Hopefully, we can meet halfway. Thanks!

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