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How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Patio


A patio is a special place, a reprieve from the stresses of the day. You may head out to your patio after work with a glass of wine and a good book before dinner. Other times, it may become the bustling gathering spot for entertaining friends. Whatever the case, the material you use for your patio can make all the difference in its durability, functionality and beauty. Let’s look into the different materials you can use to enhance your outdoor living space.



Plain poured concrete can be pretty boring, but if you add a pattern or dye it a complementary color, you can increase its aesthetic appeal greatly. It’s an affordable, versatile solution but it does come with some maintenance issues. You’ll have to seal it and reapply the coating every couple of years so the color doesn’t fade. Concrete is prone to cracking over time, plus the color can wear off in high traffic areas, points out HGTV.

Natural Stone

From flagstone and slate to bluestone and limestone, the possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting the perfect type of natural stone for your patio. Natural stone is certainly beautiful and adds a certain natural charm to any space, but it can get expensive. This is because it has to be quarried and trucked in, which tacks on transportation costs. It also takes more expertise and time for installation due to the varying thicknesses. If wondering which type of natural stone to go with, take a look at your house first. For example, if your home features limestone materials, use that same material for your patio.


For a charming Old World look, brick can’t be beat. But while it lends a beautiful historical vibe to outdoor spaces, this material isn’t easy to maintain. Not only is brick porous so it retains moisture, it can crack over time and grow moss that can only be removed with bleach and some elbow grease. Even if your patio doesn’t see a lot of shade, moss can still be a problem.


Pavers are extremely versatile because they come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and patterns. Thanks to their modular composition, each paver has the same thickness so installation is easy, saving you time and money. You can even create circular patterns that give a rounded curve to your patio — a conversation piece for sure.


Tips for Selecting Materials

Before you can decide on any of the above, you need to consider what use or look you’re going for. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you want something eco-friendly?
  • Is affordability the most important quality?
  • Will the patio be surrounding a pool? If so, slip-resistant materials should be first on your list.
  • What level of maintenance are you willing to undergo?
  • Which material complements your home the best?

Patio paving can be one of the bigger expenses when creating an outdoor living space. If cost is an issue, consider using a more affordable material for most of the patio and use the more costly natural stone as an accent border or design, suggests the Landscaping Network.

Contact Outdoor Home Living in Dallas

For more tips on creating the perfect patio, contact us at 214-328-5296. Our professionals can recommend the right material for your home, your budget and your personal style.

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