The Different Kind of Patio Materials Available

Surfaces of patios can look beautiful now as there are variety of materials available at home improvement depots. These materials are not just limited to patios but can be put to use for multiple projects like fixing walkways and driveways but also to contain walls among other things. While selecting the material it is wise to see how well they match with the surroundings as well as other stuff laid out in the same space. The materials need also be checked for their quality. As they are open to wear and tear, good quality of the product should be seen as an intelligent investment.

Types of Patio Materials

There are many kinds of patio materials and they come with their many kinds of maintenance costs. Contrary to what you might think it is a better idea to buy a more expensive patio material instead of a cheaper one as it will have a lower maintenance cost.

There are lots of materials to choose from for your patio. Few of them being

Real Stone

This one will burn a hole in your pocket for a natural looking surface. The trouble with this material is all stones have different shapes and sizes and so you would need a skilled person to put them in place. That being said, the surface will last you a long time with very little maintenance.

Stone Veneer

This one has most of the benefits of real stone and is not very expensive either. It is also light and can be cut into various shapes and sizes quite easily. It is a tough material too and is easily available.

Plain Concrete

The most basic kind of flooring and hence also the most affordable, concrete floors can be played with when you are bored and need a change like this. It usually acts as a foundation for other patio materials.

Stamped or Coloured Concrete

Most practical out of all other, this is basically concrete with which is stamped or painted to make it look exactly like real stone. This will make a lot of sense if you are on a budget. Also there are so many designs to choose from for less than half the price.


The more conventional choice to dress up patio surfaces, bricks are no-fuss and easy to put together. In fact this could be one of the DIY things you do. They will give your patio a warm and earthy appeal.


Tiles can be played around with just as coloured concrete. Pick unglazed tiles that are designed especially for outdoor surfaces. There are unbelievable number of colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.

There are various other materials available in the market such as synthetic stone tiles or quarry tiles which are machine made. You will never run out of options.

All the materials that have been listed above are great choices as patio materials. If you’re of the adventurous kind, you can mix and match to make some art of your own. As long as the materials complement each other and require the same kind of maintenance, you’re doing well.

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