When designing a patio for your outdoor living space, it's always important to remember that the best patio designs are designed around you. It should match the existing aesthetics of your home, make the best use of the outdoor space, and, of course, look great. With the information here, you’ll be able to look at some of the most popular patio materials available and find one that will match your outdoor living space.
Some important questions to ask yourself when searching for the right patio material for your outdoor living space include:
- Where are you located? Is it wet? Dry?
- What is your home’s existing color palette/design?
- How big is your outdoor living space?
- What function do you want your patio to serve?
Your answers to each of these questions will get you started on what sorts of patio materials you’ll want to pursue when designing your dream patio.
For example, if you’re located in a wet region, you’ll want to avoid more porous options, like brick, and synthetic options, like reclaimed and recycled materials. A better option for a wet or moist environment would be gravel, which offers easy drainage, or even concrete, which you can control water runoff with by manipulating the shape, depth, and slope of your patio surface.
With that in mind, here are a few of the most common materials used in patio construction and the unique benefits they can offer your outdoor living space.
Brick patios are immediately attractive, and their visual versatility allows them to look both modern and traditional in style. Brick is a versatile material that pairs well with just about any outdoor space, and its durability to wear-and-tear make it an easy material to work with.
Similar to brick, concrete is a versatile and adaptable material for your patio that also allows for customization. Concrete can mold itself to the unique shape of your backyard, so you don’t need to worry about having a pre-existing flat surface. It’s also possible to design your patio so that the slope and depth of the poured concrete helps facilitate easy water drainage, which will help guarantee longevity.
If don’t like the look of poured concrete, you can also use concrete pavers to add a sense of style to your space.
While flagstone can be difficult to work with and maintain, its coarse surface is great for patios next to a pool or a body of water, as they hold traction and keep you from slipping. There are different types of flagstone to choose from - sandstone stays cool in summer; bluestone is more durable - so you can choose an option that best suits your backyard environment.
Gravel, mulch, or sand may not immediately come to mind when thinking of patio materials, but they’re growing in popularity and have their fair share of benefits. For one, loose materials rarely require maintenance. They’re naturally good at preventing roots and weeds from growing and they encourage water drainage. Loose materials are also inexpensive and easy to install, saving you both time and money.