Choosing a Paving Material for Your Patio

Choosing a Paving Material for Your Patio

Choosing a paving material for your patio doesn’t have to be a headache! Luckily for you design-inclined folks, there are tons of great options out there that will complement lots of different styles of patio furniture, all of which will work great for outdoor entertaining. And what more can we ask of our patios aside from looking beautiful and entertaining our guests? Today we’ll look at a few of our favorite patio paving options.

For a durable and low-maintenance material, consider natural stone.

Natural stone may fall on the higher end of most budgets since each slab needs to be quarried and carefully trucked to your home, but you can go with different looks from slate to flagstone to limestone so the design options are endless. Natural stone needs to be installed very carefully, which lends them a long lifespan. When it comes to maintenance, natural stone can be left alone for many years, and won’t require your attention unless one of them is broken accidentally by a large piece of falling patio furniture—but it would have to be very heavy.

For a more modern look, you could go with poured concrete.

Many fashion-forward, trendy homeowners are using stamped or painted concrete on their patios this season, which gives their yards a unique and clean look. Keep in mind that concrete may require a refinish every few years, especially if you choose painted or stained concrete.

If your home features any brick, you could also pave your patio with brick or even brick-colored pavers. Both of these choices add a classic touch to a backyard, and are inexpensive to lay. Keep in mind that brick can be porous so it may crack in very cold weather.

For more information on options for your patio paving material, or to make an appointment for an estimate, contact us at Vista Pro Landscape & Design today!

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