A patio or porch doesn’t merely boost the curb appeal of your home: it is also a wonderful asset that brings great experiences and functions to your otherwise plain yard. However, you should carefully plan a porch before starting to build one. What materials you use is just as important as how it will look, and shouldn’t come second.
What to Think About when Selecting Materials for Your Patio
Of course, you want a material that looks great according to your own preference or one that fits your house theme. Luckily, there are many materials that offer different aesthetic effects on a porch.
Concrete, for example, can be painted and offers a solid uniform look to the area. Tiles offer great design variety, and bricks create a classic and industrial touch. Gravel, crushed stones and sand are perfect if you want a textured layout without a lot of expense.
Durability & Maintenance
The best materials will last for a decade or more and won’t easily acquire damage from natural forces. Concrete and other pavers don’t demand much maintenance after installation, and bricks are nearly maintenance free as well (but sharp edges and dirt collecting in the gaps is worth considering).
Wood is perhaps the least durable material (depending on how it is treated) and will require upkeep throughout it’s lifetime. A great alternative with the same look and no upkeep is composite decking, sold at nearly all home improvement stores.
Also, remember that loose materials such as sand, gravel and crushed stones require refilling every now and then, and you may have some difficulties cleaning away fallen leaves and snow from those areas.
The best porch also has great features that add value and functionality, but certain materials may not be compatible with all projects. Brick or concrete decks would not be best near a pool or sandy area, as they easily collect or become slippery when wet.
Also, composite decking and tiles may not be best for porches with fireplaces, as these materials can easily burn or transfer heat.
Ultimately, your budget will give you the best idea of what materials to use and direction to take.
Concrete and pavers are less expensive materials, although they heavily depend on the environment around. Sand, crushed stones and gravel are affordable too, but as mentioned, they require huge maintenance tasks. Whole stones are the best selection in terms of durability, looks and function, but they are the most expensive as well. If you have a large budget, you may want to look through a selection of bricks and tiles.
But aside from the materials itself, you should take installation labor into consideration too. That may pump up your expenses by a small or large amount.
Now that you know what to consider when selecting materials for your patio, weighing the factors mentioned will help you prepare for the best patio or deck for your home.