Concrete, Brick, Stone: Your Guide to Patio Material Options

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About the Author

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell is an award-winning deck builder and designer who specializes in urban decking, transforming cityscapes with his creative constructions. He is a second-generation deck builder.

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Sorting through patio material options can seem like a daunting task. With so many choices, it can feel like it’s impossible to know what the right decision is for your Frankfort home. The good news is that all of your possibilities can be sorted into three basic categories, and after that, it’s mostly about aesthetics. Here is a look at each category and how the materials are used.

Start Simple: Concrete

Concrete is probably what most of us think of when we picture a basic patio. Concrete is highly durable and ready to handle even the harshest weather conditions without any special care. In most cases, concrete patio surfaces are easy to install. Once the area is prepped, a simple concrete slab is poured, and all you have to do is wait for it to set.

Concrete can also be customized with different finishes to personalize the patio as well. Different textures can be added to the surface or patterns stamped to resemble stones or bricks. Plain or stamped concrete can also have color added for a truly unique look. Adding decorative elements to your concrete patio can help you achieve the look of premium materials while still enjoying the lower cost of this material.

Next: Brick Pavers

Brick paver patios cost more than concrete and add warmth, elegance, and a rustic feel to your patio. Bricks are also very durable, but can require a bit of maintenance over time. For example, weeds will need to be pulled from between the bricks, and the surface will need occasional cleaning and sealing.

One of the benefits of brick is the attractive designs and patterns that can be achieved, especially when using bricks with slightly varying colors. Whether you choose a straightforward grid or a complex geometric assembly, your brick patio is sure to be a showstopper.

Top of the Line: Natural Stone

Natural stones must be mined rather than made and often come with the highest price tag in terms of popular patio material options. On the other hand, that stone has already stood the test of time over thousands of years in the Earth, so you’re likely to enjoy it for a very long time.

Stone options include everything from granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, slate, flagstone pavers, and more. These natural materials come in a variety of colors and pattern variations, so even a patio made of a single type of stone can be visually interesting. Stones are typically cut into specific shapes to fit your patio design, so the sky is the limit when choosing a layout.

Natural stone patios require very little maintenance other than occasional sweeping and hosing down the surface. It can also endure a power washing without becoming damaged.

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Whether you’re adding a patio to your backyard or looking to incorporate a patio area into your existing deck construction, choosing the best materials will depend on your budget and the look you’re trying to achieve. When we create the perfect outdoor spaces for our customers, we always start with a budget estimate. To learn more or to get started on your next project, contact Mitchell Construction today.