When it comes to a patio, its materials are just as important as the overall design and execution. Some patio materials are simply better suited to a patio and will last better as well. Taking the time to find the one that works best for you can make a big difference.
Pea Gravel and Loose Stone
The first type of patio material we want to discuss is pea gravel and loose stone. This is a great option if you want to make pathways, lay a great base for pavers, or if you want something that is minimalist and that you can easily replenish as it wears down or washes away.
Loose stone is also far less expensive than something like concrete or a solid stone patio. You can also plant shrubs in a loose stone patio, add different elements, and make a fantastic space where you enjoy spending time. The main issue with loose stone is that it does get crushed down into the dirt, washes away with rains and flooding, and it can get carried out and moved around by people walking on it. This also gives you freedom with paver options.
Poured and Stamped Concrete
This is another great option if you want something that you can really customize and depend on to stand up to the test of time. A stamped concrete or a poured concrete patio will be a bit more permanent than a loose stone patio. It is also going to be a bit more substantial. If you live in an area where you get a lot of precipitation or where the weather is a bit harsher, you may want to opt for stamped concrete or poured concrete.
The main issue with this type of patio is that you do not have as much freedom to move things around. The patio is pretty much where it is no matter what, and you cannot really move it if you decide that you are not happy with the placement.
The last option that you might want to consider is pavers. These will require that you either dig down to ensure the ground where you are placing them is perfectly flat, or you need to use something like pea gravel or small stone to give the pavers something to settle into.
Pavers are very versatile, you can move them around if you decide you are not happy with them, and you can really make a versatile patio that works for you. No matter what material you choose, take the time to really determine what material will work best for the space you have, the look you want, and the durability you need.