Update Your Backyard with a New Patio

As summer approaches, many families are spending more time outside. You may be looking around your backyard and thinking that this year is the year to make some changes.

One of the most cost effective ways to revitalize your backyard is to add a paved patio. While it is not maintenance free, many people appreciate that pavers are low maintenance and there are many creative design options.

Types of Pavers Available

  • Bricks: Available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, bricks works with most home exteriors. Additionally, they can be arranged in a number of different patterns.
  • Poured Concrete: Popular by do-it-yourselfers—poured concrete is a cheap and popular option.
  • Concrete Pavers: New concrete pavers offer a variety of options. Stronger than brick there are ones that look similar to natural stone.
  • Stone: There are a variety of stones available as pavers.
  • Outdoor Tiles: Easy to clean, outdoor tiles are available in a variety of styles, colors and shapes.

Other Factors to Consider

  • Formal vs. Informal

Determining what kind of look you are after will help you determine the materials you would like to use. If you are looking for something formal, you may like to use brick or smooth tile.

If you would like an informal or rustic feel, go for something stone or a more informal looking tile.

  • Climate

Where you live can help determine the best type of materials to use for your new patio. For example, terra cotta works really well in hot climates. Your contractor, or the experts at your local home improvement store can help you decide what is best for your particular area.

Hire a Professional or DIY?

This is definitely up to you. A paver project is one that can be DIY—but depending on the shape and size of your area, you may want to consider hiring a pro. A contractor will have the equipment needed to cut the tiles or stone to fit the materials perfectly.

Are you considering a back yard remodel? Whether it’s a new fence, patio or landscaping, the contractors at Design by Pro can help you create a backyard of your dreams.

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