Stone Patios: 4 Considerations when Choosing the Perfect Patio for Your Home

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If you're looking to add some extra charm and functionality to your home, a stone patio may be just the thing. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect one for your needs?

What to consider when choosing a stone patio

When it comes to adding a patio to your property, there are many things to consider, such as the type of patio you want, the size, and the materials. One of the most popular types of patios are natural stone patios. Stone patios are durable, can be customized to fit any space, and are relatively easy to maintain. When choosing a style for your project, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

The first consideration is the location, placement, and purpose of the patio. You need to make sure that the patio is big enough to fit your needs and wants. Whether large or small, functionality and purpose is key. Sometimes unused spaces around your home can be transformed into functional spaces that you can use and enjoy for many years to come. From fire pits and grilling patios to sun bathing by the pool, stone patios can function as a serious upgrade and investment to your home and property.

The second consideration is the type of stone you want. There are many different types of stone, such as granite, sandstone, and limestone, etc. Each type of stone has its own unique look and feel. You should choose a stone that will fit with the style and theme of your home and surroundings.

The third consideration is the cost of the patio. Stone patios can be expensive, but there are many different options available, so you can find one that fits your budget.

The fourth consideration is the maintenance of the patio. These patios require minimal maintenance or upkeep, so they are good alternatives to lawns or mulch beds that both require weeding and higher maintenance.

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The benefits of a stone patio

They offer a range of benefits for homeowners. They can increase the resale value of a home, provide a place to relax and entertain guests, and improve the overall curb appeal of a property. Natural stone is also low-maintenance, durable, and long-lasting.

Fire pits love stone patios

Stone patios are great for fire pits as well due to flames and sparks will not reach anything that may burn since the area is natural stone. A natural stone firepit is usually packaged with a stone patio project.

The build process of a stone patio

Building these patios take artistic skill as flagstone comes in many sizes and natural shapes from a local rockyard. Take a look at the close up below to see how proper arrangement and spacing an important visual element which requires years of skill and an artistic eye. You may also prefer something more geometric or contemporary to fit your style and home aesthetic.

A stone patio in progress built by Allenworks Landscaping

Maintaining your finished patio

There are a few things you can do to help maintain your patio and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

First, make sure that the patio is built away from surface water runoff, which can undermine concrete slabs, wash out joints, and cause erosion and unwanted settling. If your patio is in a low spot or runoff area, make sure surface water is properly diverted away from the patio.

Next, sweep or blow it off regularly to remove any dirt or debris. If you let dirt and leaves build up, they can cause the stones to become stained over time.

If your patio has sand or soil joints for ground covers and mosses, keep invasive and unsightly weeds pulled.

By following these simple tips, you can find the perfect patio for your home that will add beauty and functionality for years to come.

These concepts can also be applied to walkways and other areas you want a hard scape of natural, engineered stone, or decorative concrete as a focal point around your home and/or garden landscape. If you are interested in a patio, walkway, or stone enhanced area, please reach out to Allenworks to get a free consultation and learn about this hardscape service. We can explain all of your options and also check your land’s topography for proper grading, water runoff, and placement to see if you’re ready to have a patio installed.

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