When you're planning your dream patio, one factor you should never forget about is the cost. There are patio designs to suit every price range, but if you want to avoid disappointment and make sure your budget is being put to the very best use, it's important to understand what factors contribute to your quote.
- Patio size and style
A smaller patio is obviously going to be cheaper than a larger one, but the type of patio you choose and its layout will also determine the overall price.
Patios that are attached to the house require less construction and materials than freestanding structures, so this can be a good option for making your budget go further. If you prefer a freestanding patio, other factors that influence cost are the type of roof, the number of windows and any other additions such as access ramps, sliding doors and cooking facilities.
- Patio materials
You should always choose quality materials for your patio, but some materials can be better suited to certain architectural styles of homes than others. The most common types of patios are:
- Wood – the least expensive option, the downside of wooden patios is that they usually require more ongoing maintenance to protect them from the elements and keep them looking good as new.
- Stone – at the other end of the cost scale, natural stone such as limestone, quartzite and slate can be expensive, but they are guaranteed to last and stand up to wear and tear. They also blend in well with most homes and gardens.
- Brick – more vulnerable to moisture and weeds than natural stone, brick patios are still a durable option for modern and traditional homes alike.
- Concrete – a cost-effective alternative to natural stone, decorative concrete patios come in a wide variety of colours and finishes to match any style of contemporary home.
- Tile – a more expensive option, especially as the tiles will need to be sealed against the weather, tile patios can make for a striking outdoor feature.
- DIY or professional installation?
Another important question to consider is whether you prefer to build your patio yourself or hire a professional contractor. Self-building can save you money, but only if you are fully confident in your skills and the quality of your tools and building materials – otherwise you could end up spending a lot more in repairs later.
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