May – Patios – Types and Inspiration

Spring, Summer and Fall mean patio season!

Perfect time to go over some of the best and our favorite materials for patios! Outdoor spaces that are both beautiful as well as functional are a great addition to home enjoyment and are huge selling points for resale value! That being said, there are many important decision points for an outdoor patio, but material types is a fun way to start:

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1. Also called flag. a flat stone slab used especially for paving.
2. flagstones, a walk, terrace, etc., paved with flagstones.
3. rock, as sandstone or shale, suitable for splitting into flagstones.

Flagstone is one of our, and our customer’s, favorite materials to use for patios and walkways. It is both beautiful and durable and cut from real stone. The term flagstone actually covers numerous types, colors, and patterns. So a flagstone patio can look very different from home to home depending on choices of color, shape, size, and pattern. Flagstone pavers are actual stone and so they use natural beauty for their color and markings.

Flagstone is slip-resistant making it a safe choice in any condition. It is dense and has a low-absorption level making it impervious to freeze-thaw conditions which is critical in states with extreme seasons, very hot summers and very cold winters. Assuming that the flagstone is installed correctly, it is an extremely durable and low maintenance material.

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Material: Natural cleft flagstone
Pattern: Random Rectangular
Color: Full color

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Robertson Flagstone Flagstone

Material: Natural cleft flagstone
Pattern: Random Rectangular

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Material: Irregular Mountain Fieldstone Flagstone
Pattern: Irregular

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Material: Large Standup Irregular Flagstone
Pattern: Irregular

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Material: Large Standup Irregular Flagstone with gray pea gravel
Pattern: Irregular

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1. a form of limestone deposited by springs, especially hot springs, used in Italy for building.

Travertine is a sedimentary rock. In case you need a refresher from science class, there are 3 types of rock. Igneous rock is formed by the cooling of magma (molten rock) inside the Earth or on the surface. Sedimentary rocks are formed from the products of weathering by cementation or precipitation on the Earth’s surface. Metamorphic rocks, formed by temperature and pressure changes inside the Earth.

Travertine is a traditional material used in much of ancient Rome that is still standing. Most of today’s travertine still comes from Italy and Turkey as well as Mexico. Travertine is a beautiful natural stone with a totally different look from the aforementioned flagstone. Travertine is also cut from natural stone so like flagstone, it gets it beauty, color and markings from nature as well.

Travertine is also a durable material. It is incredibly difficult to break or crack and is suited well to withstand the cold weather. It will not fracture from the yearly freeze-thaw conditions.

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Material: Travertine

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Material: Travertine

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Brick and Brick Pavers

1. a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building, paving, etc.: traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle2.25 × 3.75 × 8 inches (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.

Brick Patios and walkways have been in use in the United States since the founding of our country. The streets of Colonial Williamsburg are lined with brick walkways.

Brick pavers are an extremely durable material and when installed correctly can last decades. the breaks between the bricks allow for ground small ground shifts over time, unlike materials like concrete that cover large surfaces in one piece. brick is also slip and skid resistant due to the textured surface.

Traditional bricks are made from clay and receive their color from natural minerals already established in the mud used to create the brick. With that in mind, traditional bricks hold their color better than the concrete bricks which are dyed.

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Material: Brick
Pattern: Herringbone

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Running Brick 

Material: Brick
Pattern: Running Bond

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Material: Brick
Pattern: Herringbone

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Material: EP Henry Brickstone
Pattern: Herringbone
Color: Dakota Blend

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Pavers are a more economically friendly choice than natural stone. They are generally manufactured out of concrete and are carefully crafted to have the appearance of natural stone. Given that pavers are manufactured, pavers can come in almost any shape size and color making it a very versatile choice for patios.

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Material: Vienna Classic Pavers
Color: Hickory

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There are countless other materials, but these are our favorites because we believe they are the best! We love mixing these base materials with plants, reaclimed wood, pea gravel bluestone and the list goes on. 

Even more important than the material you use for your patio is that your outdoor space is expertly designed.

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Contact us today to get a free consultation for a landscape design of an amazing outdoor space complete with patio!