A patio can provide you with a wonderfully tranquil spot to relax, a great place to entertain and add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. Choosing a patio material is one of the very first steps in the process and there are a lot of options out there – each with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

The materials you fell in love with in that magazine may not be available anywhere near where you live , or may just be more expensive than you can afford. The beautiful slate you have your eye on may not be a practical or safe choice next to the in-ground spa or if there are kids running around. Pea gravel might be affordable and durable, but might not be the most comfortable or wisest way to go for a patio where you plan to do a great deal of entertaining. With all of this in mind how do you choose with so many different possibilities in front of you? Here are some points to consider:

The Feel: Some patio materials look wonderful but are hell to walk on. If you intend to use your patio for a lot of entertaining a rough surface may not always be the best choice.

The Size: If you have a larger area to cover you have to be realistic. A 40 foot patio in slate would look very nice but it would certainly cost a lot.

Do the colours of the patio materials you are considering complement the surroundings they would be added to?

Durability – How durable are the materials you are considering? Will they be able to withstand the weather conditions in your area?

Construction – Are you looking for a material you can work with yourself as a DIY project or are you willing to hire a landscaper to help you install a more complicated structure?

Maintenance – Some patio materials require a lot more maintenance than others. Be honest with yourself about just how much time you want to spend maintaining your new patio.

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