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What's the Best Kind of Patio?

If you had a choice, what would pick for a new patio surface – brick, wood, stone, concrete or something different altogether?

Each surface type has its pros and cons, and after reading this quick list that outlines each you’ll have a better idea of whether this is the kind of spring project you’d like to tackle. Let’s take a look (cost and times are for average-sized projects and don’t include pro labor):


Proper installation takes skill and time (not to mention a plate compactor and some screed rails), but the end product is a work of art. And, well-laid brick can last decades, aging beautifully over time.

Difficulty: Medium
Cost: $1,500
Project Time: 3 Days

Stone / Flagstone

Laying flagstone takes advanced skill and tools and costs increase rapidly along with the size of the project. That said, it has an undeniably luxurious look that combines durability with Old-World elegance.

Difficulty: High
Cost: $3,000
Project Time: 4 Days


A wood patio – otherwise known as a floating or on-grade deck – isn’t too tough if you’re willing to invest the elbow grease. Plus, wood is a dynamic material that affords a lot of options for the cost, and is still durable despite requiring pressure treatment and follow-on resealing.

Difficulty: Medium
Cost: $1,000
Project Time: 6 Days

Concrete (Poured)

This is an exacting process that requires a keen understanding of leveling, form work and finishing. The upshot is that the cost is low – concrete and gravel aren’t pricey and that’s all you really have to buy. The result is a practical and affordable patio.

Difficulty: High
Cost: < $1,000
Project Time: 2 Days

Of course, you save a lot of money by taking the DIY route with your new patio, but if you decide to call in the pros you can always find reliable local help via Porch.com.

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