Sunshine, warm weather, and beautiful sunsets brings us outdoors. We like to create the perfect space for relaxing and socializing by proving the most picturesque of patio views. First consider how you want to use your outdoor space. Will it be for family dinners, kids play area, couples evening or hosting large gatherings? Is there a pool or water feature to consider? The furniture, décor, and landscaping are all important features to every patio… however, an important piece that cannot be forgotten about is selecting the right type of outdoor flooring. Flooring must be able to withstand the elements of both Mother Nature and its usage. If you are re-doing or putting in a patio this year let us give you some tips on the best floors for your new charming patio. Keep in mind, that your outdoor décor style should complement and reflect your indoor design style.
Flagstone is one of the best materials for patios, mainly because its narrow packed joints that allow water to permeate instead of running off. Flagstone gives that natural look. It comes in earthy shades such as browns, reds, and grays. Flagstone is durable and will last for years. Flagstone comes in different patterns. For more organized looks go with the random rectangle pattern. If you are creating a more casual space try the irregular pattern or crazy paving. Flagstone is a little more costly than some outdoor alternatives ranging $15 to $30 per square foot. You can’t deny how great it looks in either pattern!
Concrete is another popular outdoor flooring option. Concrete is not only visually appealing, but very functional. Concrete will last longer than wood decking. It is also less time consuming and costly than other flooring alternatives. A simple concrete design usually runs for $6 to $10 dollars per square foot, but with more elaborate designs ranging $12 and up. Stamped concrete is very popular because it can give you that imprint or texture into concrete to look like flagstone, slate, or cobblestone. This beautiful walkway/patio below is actually stamped concrete.
Brick is another timeless option for outdoor patios. Brick has been popular for years. Centuries ago people were using brick to build walkways and patios. Brick patios have an unmatched look. The color of brick never fades, there are hundreds of pattern options, and brick is easily repaired. Brick patios can be designed in any shape. Classic brick patterns are running bond or herringbone. Brick averages $2 to $3 dollars per square foot.
We love all 3 of these options for your patio. Which one do you prefer in your yard for the upcoming summer picnics, bonfires, and relaxing?