Adding a concrete patio to your backyard is a fantastic way to expand your living area. You’ll have more space to relax and entertain while boosting the value of your home. Concrete is also typically affordable and relatively straightforward to install. However, there are plenty of options for the homeowner who may want something more interesting.

Let’s take a look at some paver patio installation options.

Gravel

Gravel patios can be installed quickly and are generally less expensive than other stone options. River rocks and crushed stones are the two most common options. When combined with landscaping fabric and proper preparation, gravel can deter weed growth and promote drainage of the area.

The look of gravel inspires images of cozy English cottage gardens. Still, gravel can require a bit of extra maintenance to keep it level and weed-free. It’s also not the most comfortable to walk on, so it’s not the best choice for a busy area. Consider gravel for an accent seating area that’s apart from the main area or for a budget-friendly, quick home improvement solution.

Clay Bricks

A beautiful brick patio area has been a backyard staple for generations, and for a good reason. Not only do bricks look great on both modern and historic homes, but bricks retain their appearance over time with little fading. Brick tends to be stable in most climates and holds up to freezing and thawing. Plus, a single brick is usually easy to replace if it becomes damaged.

Brick offers a way to achieve a personalized look as there is nearly an endless supply of pattern options. Bricks are available in a variety of natural colors. Plus, reclaimed bricks offer a unique way to include Earth-friendly patio paver options.

Patio Pavers

A patio paver installation is similar to a brick installation. The difference is that patio pavers come in several different materials and are manufactured specifically for building a patio or walkway. Some material options include natural stone, concrete, and reclaimed materials such as plastic. Concrete pavers tend to be the most popular choice. They can be made in nearly any shape and color, including those designed to mimic natural stone or clay bricks.

Stone tends to look more natural, while concrete can sometimes appear more artificial. This isn’t necessarily a drawback, but something to keep in mind based on your personal preferences. When choosing paver stones, enjoy the opportunity to create a pattern that truly suits your space and home.

Flagstone

Flagstone is available in a variety of colors and appearances, all occurring naturally based on how the stone was formed. Reds, blues, and neutral sandy colors are the most common, and regional varieties are available locally. Flagstone provides a high-end, timeless appearance.

The odd shapes of the stones lend a natural appearance that blends well into the landscape. It can be difficult to work with due to the awkward shapes and heavy pieces. Drainage must also be adequately considered to ensure a durable flagstone patio. Therefore, flagstone may be challenging for a DIY installation.

Making it Your Own

Installing pavers offers a great deal of flexibility when it comes to patio design, making them an excellent option for any budget or home. With a wide variety of choices at several price points, laying pavers will allow you to enjoy a space that is truly your own. To learn more about using pavers for your patio or to get started on your design, contact Mitchell Construction today!