Patio Materials and Designs

Nowadays, covered patio designs come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and styles. They come also in different types that you could choose from depending on an individual’s personal taste and the design of the house.

Stained Concrete

Stained concrete is a durable surface that adapts to almost any design. You can add color to new concrete either with dye spread on the slab surface or with pigment mixed into the concrete before pouring. Choose a hue slightly darker than you want because it will fade in the sun. For existing concrete patios, apply a chemical stain to achieve the desired color.

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Cost: Moderate to inexpensive; small batches and uncommon colors are more expensive.

Installation: Professional for ready-mix concrete; do-it-yourself for premixed or bulk dry ingredients.

Maintenance: Wash occasionally with soap and water; seal to prevent unwanted stains; repair chips or cracks.

Brick

Whether mortared in place or dry-laid over a bed of gravel, bricks offer a traditional look in a range of warm, earthy colors. Because of its uniform size and shape, brick is relatively easy to install in a variety of patterns. Bricks manufactured specifically for paving, whether old or new, are the most durable in cold climates.

Cost: Expensive for mortared; moderate for dry-laid.

Installation: Professional for mortared; skilled do-it-yourself for dry-laid.

Maintenance: Power-wash occasionally to remove moss or grime; repair loose or chipped mortar.

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