There's a variety of materials on the market for outdoor patios, but it's important to choose one that fits your lifestyle and complements your home. When choosing a patio material, look at important performance features as well as cost.
Since outdoor patios are exposed year-round to the elements, make sure
the material you choose will hold up well to sun, heat, cold, rain and
Durability – Choose a material that fits your lifestyle and climate
conditions. If you have kids and pets, easy cleaning and maintenance is
important. Look for a material that will resist stains, spills,
cracking and chipping, so outdoor entertaining is easier and more
Porosity – If you live in an area with harsh, cold winters with snow and
ice, your patio materials will be exposed to the freeze/thaw cycle.
Porous materials will absorb water easier. If the water freezes at
night, then thaws out the next day, that process can crack and dislodge
Non-Slip Surface – Outdoor patio materials can become slippery when wet,
so it's important to choose a material with a non-slip, slightly
abrasive surface. A non-slip surface will protect your family from falls
and injuries on the patio.
Good Patio Materials
Natural stone will create a beautiful patio that will complement any
home style. Stone pavers or tiles are available in granite, marble,
slate, travertine and limestone in a variety of sizes and shapes. They
come in a variety of colors and finishes, including tumbled or honed
finishes that offer a non-slip surface. Most natural stones, except
granite, are rather porous, so talk to your contractor about using a
sealer for added protection.
Brick pavers are durable and easy to maintain. When wet, brick dries
quickly in the sun and doesn't typically require a sealer for
protection. Brick pavers are perfect for a classic, traditional look,
especially when laid in herringbone patterns rather than straight
patterns. Brick colors range from typical red to muted shades of brown,
tan and green.
Concrete pavers are strong, durable and resilient with a natural
slip-resistant surface. They will easily withstand freezing ground
temperatures without cracking or chipping and don't need a sealer. Now
available in more than 30 pre-mixed colors and 15 stains, concrete
pavers offer a stylish look at an affordable price. Talk to a patio
contractor in your area to get free quotes.