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What Is The Least Expensive Patio Material?

You should choose the material for the patio which works for you. You won't do much good with the cheapest patio content out there when it doesn't meet your goals. Decide on your patio room priorities. Look at your expenses and see what you can afford.


The following are the 4 cheapest patio materials


  1. Pea Gravel. Pea gravel patios and roads look beautiful, quaint, and are inexpensive and easy to set up. This gravel type consists of loose, smooth, earth-toned stones below one inch in diameter — about pea size. Pea gravel is low-cost since the stones remain loose and don’t need to harden or set, this gravel can be used to easily create a patio in any shape. It is just as easy to mount, so even for a novice hardcaper it is a reasonably simple DIY project. If properly looked after, a pea gravel patio will last forever. As pea gravel is not a solid surface, it can shift over time and some adjustment may be needed to keep the furniture on the patio. At times, the loose gravel scatters outside the designated patio and must be retrieved. Removing snow can be a problem because you don't want to risk snowing up the stones. Overall maintenance is relatively low for this form of patio – semi-weekly picking of the stones can prevent weeds from growing and keeps the surface smooth and dry.

  2. Stamped Concrete. Concrete is one of the most common and the cheapest materials for building a patio. Concrete is a piece of aggregates and paste – stone , sand, grave, or even shells may be crushed in the concrete; water and cement are a paste. In general, the concrete patios are not a DIY project and should be built by an entrepreneur. Special care is needed for concrete patios. Although it is initially inexpensive (about 6–300 dollars per foot per square foot), the concrete can rust, break up and wear over time , especially if the ground changes. (Wait for a period of about 20–30 years). Once the concrete patio is broken, it must be removed and replaced entirely.

  3. Concrete Pavers. Pavers are made in different shapes and colors, concrete blocks. In comparison to poured or stamped concrete, the pavers can be replaced separately — if one breaks, the whole patio can not be replaced. The construction of concrete paver may be DIY, but as a starting project it is not recommended. Concrete pavers have been expensive at approximately $13–$20 per square foot, but a patio made of pavers can last 50-100 years because of its consistency and the ability to replace pavers one by one. A paver patio offers much better drainage than a patio with poured concrete because water will drain from the pillars. Pavers can wear down due to erosion over time, but seldom break because they can change from ground to ground if it moves.

  4. Brick. The patios of brick are a classic sight. Though brick does not vary in color and can not be thinned, a unique appearance can be arranged in many different patterns. Brick courtyards cost $14–$20 for every square foot, but saved brick can be bought less as an environmentally friendly alternative. It is porous and brick provides good drainage because water can flow easily through the spongy clay. While brick patios, like paver patios, can be a DIY project, it’s not recommended for beginners.Although they don't easily erode, bricks can break or crack as a result of stress or freezing temperatures. However, bricks can easily be replaced individually, and because this patio material doesn't fade, a replaced brick will not stand out. There will be no smooth brick patio (mortar does not flush the brick surface) and patio furniture will wobble.


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