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A Simple Guide to The Most Popular Patio Materials

Building a patio is not as complicated as it seems and can be a fun weekend activity, but only if you know what you are getting yourself into. Besides the design of the patio, you will also have to take into consideration the materials you are going to use.

In total, there are six types of material used for patios, each suited for specific locations, budgets, and yard sizes. The decision as to which type of material to use is ultimately yours and depends on various factors, which means you need to start doing a bit of research beforehand.

Below are four of the most popular patio materials to help you make an educated choice.  

Concrete

This is the most versatile type of material for patios, and you simply can’t go wrong with it. This is basically a mixture of cement, gravel, water, and sand and can be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. The versatility of concrete makes it suited for large and small patios alike, plus the material is very durable and requires little maintenance.

If you don’t like a simple concrete patio, you can give it a distinct finish to suit the aesthetic of your home. There are plenty of options available, including smooth finishes, brushed or scored, colored or tinted, or even combined with Oppdalskifer stones for a more interesting look.

Cut stone

Sometimes called stone tile as well, cut stone is a type of decorative stone that is cut into rectangular shapes and used for patios and other interior design projects. Cut stone has a clean, geometric layout and is especially suited in more formal projects, but it can be just as suited for residential patios as well.

Cut stone can be laid out in even shapes and can bring a clean, polished look to any backyard. There are lots of materials that can be turned into cut stones, including granite, marble, sandstone, and Oppdalskifer Oslo stone.

Loose materials

Loose materials were, at first, considered useful only for small areas and side yards, but they are gaining a lot of terrain and have started being used in a variety of patio projects. They are especially suited for places with high drought, replacing lawns. That’s because lawns are very expensive to maintain in arid regions, so homeowners are starting to turn to more easily maintainable options that don’t burn a hole in their pocket.

Loose materials are easy to work with and quite inexpensive, making them suited for homeowners that want to redecorate their backyard on a budget. You can use pea gravel, crushed stone, decomposed granite, as well as Dekorstein.

Unglazed tile

Tiles are a very versatile option for patios, as they can be chosen in various colors and textures, adding a touch of personality to any backyard. Keep in mind it is much better to use unglazed tiles for patios, as they have a matte finish. Glazed tiles, on the other hand, are better left for decorative accents, as they have a smooth finish that can become slippery and create a hazardous environment when they get wet.