When you build your custom home you are likely fulfilling a dream that you have had for some time. You will want each and every detail of your home to be perfect. One such detail is your patio. The patio is especially important in the warmer months when you want to be outside. You will want to choose the right material to make your dream patio a reality. Obviously you want to choose a material that you find attractive and will match the look of your home. You may also want something that is durable and easier to maintain all year long.
There are a variety of options for your new patio. You can get brick, concrete, wood, or a new composite material that looks like wood. Once you choose a material there are even more options to choose from like patterns and colors. All to make your custom home just the way you want it.
Custom Home Patio Materials
Stone is a very common choice for patio materials. The simplest way to use stone is with pre-made concrete patio stones. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They are generally inexpensive and relatively easy to install.
Another popular choice is natural stones like slate or flagstones. These are much more expensive because they require a lot of work to prepare and install. However they are very strong and long lasting. They are easy to maintain and make a great floor for outdoor cooking. They come in many natural color options such as reds, browns, grays, etc. But they are quite slippery when wet.
Bricks are a very popular choice for custom home patio surfaces. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors. An expert bricklayer can create many gorgeous patterns with different types of bricks. Brick is highly durable and is an excellent choice in areas that you want both beautiful and durable walkways
Concrete is inexpensive and easy to work with. It comes in a variety of colors and can be stamped to make interesting designs. You can also mix in stone, tile, and brick to give it a very different look. Concrete can be rough, highly textured, or anywhere in between.
Tile is very popular in recent years, partly because it makes it easy to match the flooring inside the custom home. Tile is very strong and comes in a great many colors. It can be painted or fired with a variety of nice designs, for the entire floor or just accent work. Prices will vary but a well done design will keep its appeal for many years to come.
Gravel can be an unusual patio material but it is growing in its popularity. It comes in many colors and is easy to mix and match. Many people find gravel patios to be very beautiful but some find them difficult to walk on. They are also a challenge to maintain as the gravel tends to get tracked to other parts of the yard and home. A gravel patio will also need to be raked on a regular basis to keep it even.
A Wood Deck
Though it’s technically not a patio in the traditional sense, a deck can be a great place to entertain outdoor guests. It can even be built at ground level if you like a more traditional patio. The wood can also be treated to make it highly durable and resistant to rot. Wood is a very atheistically appealing option but it needs continual maintenance. It is also much more susceptible to weather elements than many of the alternatives.
A composite material is a combination of plastic and wood fibers. They can come in a vast array of colors and textures. The most popular design for composite material is with a wood grain. Composite materials have the ability to be painted as well so you can make them any color you want. They are a great choice if you want the look of wood without the constant maintenance.
Just like every part of your custom home. Your patio can take a lot of research and planning to get it just right. But when it is finished you will be very glad you did it the right way. At Parker Built Homes we can help you design and build the patio of your dreams. Contact us today for more information!