Landscaping around your backyard is more than just planting a few bushes and calling it a day. There are numerous types of landscaping materials that you can use to create a beautiful backyard retreat. If you are looking for a distinctive patio design, most landscape professional companies can provide you with a great collection of different types of materials that you can incorporate into your plan.

A patio is the foundation for your landscape design and achieved in many different ways. It defines your outdoor living area and used for a variety of activities, including sunbathing, dining and socializing. Since it defines your backyard, it’s important that your patio’s design complements your lifestyle and character of your home.

If you happen to have a swimming pool, you can enhance the surrounding area further with a patio made out of any number of materials. Your goal is to create an environment that’s inspirational, attractive, easy to entertain around, and more importantly, hard for you and your guests to leave. It’s a place where you create a tranquil environment to combat the effects of everyday stress and soothe your mind, body, and soul.

A great looking patio can be achieved using different types of material such as wood, stones or pavers. Whichever material you decide to incorporate into your design plan, a patio will greatly upgrade the look of your property and create a stunning accent area while increasing your property value.

Layout Consideration

You want to plan your patio in a way so that you can take advantage of your surrounding views from within the interior of your home. While most patio layouts have people sitting with their backs to the house, this seating arrangement is not always the best.

A striking, well-landscaped rear façade can be accomplished and more aesthetically pleasing if your home is bordered by natural views, such as mountains, lakes or sunsets. These natural settings should be accentuated whenever possible by the positioning of your patio. If this isn’t feasible and you have unwanted views, consider a fence to orient the patio and minimize undesired sights.

Material Trends for Patios

Most patios fall into one or more of the material choices listed below. Some of these materials are highly variable with dozens of options, while others are more static.

Concrete: One of the biggest trends for patio designs is tinted, textured and decorative concrete that provides a safe, durable and slip-resistant surface. New techniques for stamping offer stunning designs that are unique, functional and affordable.

Pavers: Quality pavers are available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. They are valued for their low cost, long term durability and permeability and ability to move with the ground to eliminate cracking. A big advantage of precast pavers is that they are small enough to be moved by hand without special equipment and can stand alone on sand or gravel without any mortar. There are numerous types of pavers that can be used for a patio. Some designs are ideal for permeable paving that complies with the zero runoff building codes. Here is a list of types of pavers:

• Natural Stone
• Brick
• Concrete
• Permeable

Wood: Most woods are best used for decks, but they can be used for a patio too, provided that it is pressure treated for outdoor use. If you are opting for a dramatic look, you may want to consider exotic hardwoods such as Ipe or Teak. Teak, in particular, is popular due to its intricate design, durability and ability to hold natural oils, resulting in this type of lumber being bug repellent and resistant to mold. However, wood is more high maintenance than some other materials and requires proper care on a regular basis.

Why You Should Invest In A Patio

Having a beautifully designed patio will not only increase the value of your home, it will be a place you go to for relaxation and connecting with the solitude of your surroundings.

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