If you’re spending money on a landscaping project then you’ll want to make sure it stands the test of time. When choosing which material to use for a patio there are a lot of options, each with their own properties, we’re going to have a look at them.
Brick is one of the cheapest patio materials, being a lot less expensive than natural stone. Modern brick is roughly as durable as natural stone, meaning its longevity isn’t a concern to homeowners. Brick has a lot of options in how it is shaped and how it is arranged, this means that the installer can get creative with layouts and mosaic patterns. A drawback of brick is that it can collect algae and moss, making it slippery when wet, and making it less visually appealing.
If you’re looking to save money, whilst still buying natural stone, you’ll be looking at sandstone. The cheapest sandstones are typically sourced from India and China. These slabs come in a variety of colours and finishes, including riven, sawn, and textured. Offering high slip resistance, even when wet, it’s no wonder that this breed of stone is one of the most popular in the UK. Yorkstone is also available, which is native to England, it has a slightly different look, and is more expensive than the foreign equivalents.
Of course, there are other natural stones to choose from other than sandstone. These include granite limestone and basalt. These materials can be a bit more slippery than sandstone and so these are typically sandblasted in order to create a rougher texture and so create more grip.
Granite is one of the hardest natural stones available, it’s often used to surround pools due to it being water repellent. Granite is normally black, and has a glossy finish.
Another route that could be taken is a concrete patio these can work well in modern homes, but may not look right in other environments. A concrete patio can be installed on your own. However for best results, it is recommended you use a professional. A concrete patio can be laid in a few different styles of finish, from relatively smooth, to rough. A rough finish will be harder to slip on, but is still vulnerable to ice during the frosty UK winters.