Choosing the Right Surface Material for Your Patio

Patios can be a tremendous way to add entertaining space to your home without doing any major remodeling. Patios allow you to extend your living space outdoors and make better use of your entire property. They’re great for a variety of reasons, entertaining, landscaping, and more. You can create any type of space with a patio. Choosing the right material for your goals can be difficult, though. There are tons of options out there, so no matter the style or color of your home, there’s a patio option out there for you. Read our full blog to learn about the various types of patio options to help decide which is right for you. 


One of the key characteristics of flagstone is its natural look, it’s made of natural stone that is quarried. So pieces can be irregular sized and not always uniform. This is the most natural-looking patio option, but it can look messy if not installed well. If the aesthetic of your outdoor space is very natural and peaceful, a flagstone option is a subtle look that compliments nature. Even though flagstone is natural, it still comes in many colors, but every type of stone is different. All have different weights and textures, so it’s important to check them out in person before you buy them. 


Brick is a classic, and those of us in the New England area are very familiar with this medium. They’re relatively cost-effective and easy to install because of their uniform shape and wide availability. They can be installed in varying design patterns to add some style to your patio. One of the downfalls of brick, though, is the weather. Brick can expand and contract with moisture and the changing of the seasons. This leads to brick breaking down and chipping. Replacements and repairs are typically easier with brick patios compared to the alternatives. 


One of the most affordable options available today is concrete patios. They’re long-lasting and can be installed relatively quickly. The appearance is one of the possible drawbacks of concrete if you look doesn’t match your yard’s aesthetic. Concrete patios are strong, but do require maintenance and, like brick, can be prone to freezing and thawing issues as seasons change. The biggest strength of concrete is that it can be poured into any form, whatever the shape or style, it can be formed into a new concrete patio. 


Pavers offer the advantages of easy installation like brick with the natural look of flagstone. They’re man-made, so they’re uniformly shaped and won’t leave you with unused stones like you may with flagstone. Pavers combine the best qualities of other patio options, that’s why they’re so popular today.

Contact our team at Caisse Construction today if you’re interested in a new patio. Our team installs brick, flagstone, concrete, paver patios, and more. Reach out to us at (978) 995-3168 or using our contact form.

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