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A patio is more than a patch of bricks out your backdoor; it’s a spot where you and your loved ones can gather for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Plan Your Perfect Patio

In general, patios are uncovered courtyards made of brick, gravel, concrete slabs, or pavers. They typically sit at ground level and act as an outdoor extension of your home. Despite these common features, modern patios are essentially anything the homeowner can dream of – be it a fire pit patio, poolside patio, or rock gardening space. Some people even cover their patios to support outdoor fun, rain or shine.

Consider the following factors when planning any patio upgrade or installation:

  • Cost: Patio materials are typically priced by the square foot, so you’ll pay more for a larger, deeper surface. If you opt for a professional installation instead of DIY, you’ll also pay for labor. Assess cost guides and information before deciding on your patio material.
  • Durability: The durability of your patio will directly influence how long the structure lasts. A more durable surface will withstand outdoor conditions longer, saving you from frequent repairs. Investing additional money into a durable material can save you money in the long run.
  • Style: When installing a new patio, consider how the structure’s style will work with your home. Try to choose materials that complement your home for a cohesive outdoor design.
  • Installation requirements: If you’re set on installing your own patio, consider the difficulty level of different materials. Some patio materials, like gravel, are relatively easy to install, while others, like stamped concrete, are better left to the pros.

Patio Resources

We’ve got you covered if you need help dreaming up your next patio improvement project. Our guides will cover what you need to know, from planning to installation to maintenance and everything in between.

Patio Guides

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