If you're looking to boost the appeal and usability of your outdoor area, installing a patio is a great way to do so. A patio can be a charming and aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, and can also form the foundation for further outdoor renovations or decoration. Your patio can be perfect for entertaining, relaxing, or sharing a meal with friends and family.
Patios come in many different shapes and sizes, so consider carefully which of the following materials would best suit your home and lifestyle.
Natural stone patios have always been a popular choice for homeowners. Different types of natural stone, including slate, quartzite, bluestone, and limestone, can create a variety of looks to suit your home and outdoor area. You can also choose different sizes, such as large flagstones, smaller cobblestones, or chunky setts, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Not only do stone patios blend in well with garden settings, but they also hold their colour well and are extremely durable. The only downside is natural stone patios can be costly, so be sure to consider your budgetary limits beforehand.
Brick outdoor patios are another great option. They’re available in a variety of colours, they suit both traditional and contemporary homes, weather well, and are DIY-friendly. However, brick is porous so it does retain moisture and can crack in freezing weather. If you live in a cold climate, protect your patio by using weather-resistant exterior grade bricks. Brick patios also need regular maintenance, as weeds and moss can grow between the cracks and will require scrubbing using a bleach solution.
Concrete patios are practical, hard-wearing and long-lasting, and are a great for urban or contemporary homes. They’re also relatively inexpensive, a bonus for those who are budget-conscious. Just be careful if you’re planning on installing a concrete patio yourself, as using the wrong concrete mix or laying it unevenly can compromise the integrity of the surface. You’ll also find concrete patios can discolour over time, so regular cleaning is likely necessary to preserve the look of your patio.
Wooden patios blend beautifully into outdoor settings, and are ideal for outdoor gardens. Wooden outdoor patios are the most cost-effective compared to other options (depending on design). However, due to the nature of wood, it can also be high maintenance. Wooden patios need regular maintenance to main and protect its original colours and to prevent excessive wear. These patios can also be slippery at times so think about installing a grooved or textured version to improve grip.
Tile patios are the most attractive outdoor patios, as they can create a seamless transition from the interior to exterior of your home. It’s important to make sure that the chosen tiles are suitable for outdoor use. Consider looking for weather-resistant, unglazed tiles that won’t freeze in cold climates. Outdoor tiles will also need to be sealed to protect them from wear and tear and weather absorption, which can increase costs.
The type of patios you choose will depend on the architectural style of your home and the way you want to dress up your outdoor area. Maybe you’d prefer to let your patio blend into the natural beauty of your garden, or perhaps you want to add the works: funky furniture, ambient lighting, outdoor fireplace, and a veranda or pergola. Whatever your desired design is, there’s sure to be a perfect patio style for you and your home.