Adding a patio can increase the value of your home, extend your home’s living space, and allow you to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Designing the best patio for your home takes time and research on your part, or the help of a professional with design experience. Before meeting with a professional, you may want to narrow down your options based on style, budget, and functionality. The best place to start when considering these factors is patio building materials. Some of the most common options for patios are brick, stone and patio pavers – let’s look more closely at each of those options.
Brick has a timeless and classic look, being used for years and years to build homes and patios. For a craftsman style or colonial style home brick is a wise choice, as it matches the style of your home and will continue to be classic and elegant. Brick is also a relatively cheap option when adding a patio onto your home, is very durable, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Another benefit of brick is that it affords the opportunity to incorporate a design into your patio, by laying the bricks in a particular pattern.
Stone, or flagstone can be a wonderful option for your new patio because it is durable, natural and attractive. Flagstone comes in several colors, but is predominantly available in buff, red and blue, which are most commonly quarried. It is important to note that flagstone is a sedimentary rock, meaning it is composed of layers of rock. Because of the natural formation of the rock, flagstone is prone to chipping, peeling, and discoloration so sealing it is a must. Some drawbacks to flagstone are the price, limited color availability, and the need for it to be sealed for protection. If you’d like your patio to feel natural and blend into your landscaping, flagstone is the material for you!
Pavers are a smart and economical option for your patio. They are relatively easy to install, come in a variety of sizes and styles, and are very low maintenance. Many pavers are also coated for durability and sealed in a slip resistant coating to prevent falls when the patio is wet. If you want endless design options on a budget, patio pavers are a great option for your patio addition.
Designing a new patio is exciting and it’s important to take some time to consider the pros and cons of the different building materials available to you. Brick, stone and pavers are all great options, with their own benefits and drawbacks. For a more in depth discussion about the different options you have, contact us at Fireside today! At Fireside Stone and Patio, we are experts in all different kinds of patio materials, and would love to work closely with you to determine which option is best for your project based on budget, design, and function.