There’s nothing quite like relaxing in your own backyard on a warm summer’s night, with a glass of homemade iced tea in hand, watching the kids play. A patio can only enhance this experience. When paired with comfy patio furniture, and a beautiful landscape or custom built swimming pool, the backyard becomes an oasis you can unwind to after a long day.
Additionally, a patio increases the functionality of your backyard, and the value of your home. In fact, according to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, installing a patio in your backyard can reap you a 54.9 percent return on investment. As for patio materials and design options, the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few of the more popular options for patio materials.
For an earthy, timeless appearance, nothing beats the look of flagstone for a patio. There are many different colors to choose from including rose, oak, buckskin, peach, and buff. These colors reflect the way the material was formed; by the gradual accumulation of layers of sand, clay, minerals and organic sediments. When installed, flagstone yields a relatively smooth, flat surface that is generally slip-resistant.
Typically made from concrete, brick or stone, patio pavers have lots of character. Pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and finishes. They can be laid in any number of patterns including rectangular and curved. In general, they are slip-resistant but because they absorb stains (depending on material), they should be resealed every two years. Molded-in spacers make it easy for do-it-yourselfers’ to lay pavers.
Concrete patios are among the least expensive to build. Assuming proper installation and maintenance, concrete can mold and conform to nearly any surface shape, is durable, and easy to maintain. Concrete can be smooth, stamped, brushed, scored, colored or tinted, decorated with inlays, patterned, painted, or surfaced with exposed aggregate or pieces of glass for a cohesive design that is both beautiful and functional.