Patio Slabs Offer An Economic Option For Patio DesignContributed By: BAG Editors
If you are considering installing a new patio, but cringe at the prices you are quoted for a fully installed patio constructed from a variety of stone options, then you can take comfort in knowing that you can still have an attractive area to enjoy outdoors while not breaking the bank. Patio slabs are a great economic option when installing a patio and do not cost as much as pricier options, such as flagstone, brick or even stamped concrete.
What is a patio slab? Patio slabs have traditionally been referred to as expanses of concrete that can be poured in any size that you choose to make your patio, which results in a flat concrete patio. Concrete patio slabs can be installed by a contractor that prepares the subsurface and then pours the concrete into a slab that becomes a useable patio space. But with so many options on the market today, slab patios now have a much larger range of options, such as pre-constructed patio paving slabs that can be installed by a professional or a do-it-yourselfer. In fact, not all patio slabs are made of concrete, and patio paving slabs are available in a wide variety of materials.
What makes patio slabs such an attractive alternative to homeowners is their price. They are a more economic option due to the fact that either the materials are less expensive (as in a concrete patio slab) or they are easier to install (as in patio paving slabs). Installing patio paving slabs do not require the intricate stone or mason work that often goes into constructing a patio out of small stones, brick, pavers, or similar materials. Laying patio slabs is a fairly easy process, as long as some care is taken to first properly prepare the subsurface below the slab.
Homeowners that are interested in installing a patio slab on their own can find companies that offer patio paving slabs online, or they can go to their local garden center or home improvement store. Since patio slabs are rather heavy, they are usually not easily shipped or even carried home and may require that the company that sells the slabs also delivers them. Homeowners can also find information online about laying patio slabs, including what tools and materials are needed, what precautions should be taken when installing the patio, and can even find detailed step-by-step directions about how to lay patio slabs.
In addition to their lower cost, patio slabs offer homeowners a variety of design options to add to the aesthetic beauty of their outdoor space. Below are just a few of the materials that you can find in patio slabs, as well as some information about each:
- Concrete patio slabs – Concrete is the material that is most traditionally associated with patio slabs. It can be poured into a large area to create a large patio space or can be installed using individual concrete patio paving slabs that are already pre-constructed. This option is one of the most economical options when it comes to patio installation.
- Slate patio slabs – Slate offers beauty and functionality in one package. While slate slabs are more expensive than concrete ones, they offer a unique look, provide a non-slip surface and resist moisture. They are installed in a similar fashion to concrete paving slabs, which can be done by a professional contractor or do-it-yourselfer.
- Granite patio slabs – Granite offers an upscale look that suits both contemporary and classic styles. Granite paving slabs are available in a variety of colors and sizes and offer interest and durability to your patio area.
- Sandstone patio slabs – Sandstone is increasingly becoming a popular patio paving option due to its unique look, variety of color options, and reasonable price.
- Limestone patio slabs – Limestone offers a more rustic and irregular pattern than some of the other paving options and is also an economical choice.
No matter what type of material you choose, installing patio slabs can offer homeowners a beautiful and functional outdoor space that requires little maintenance and upkeep. As an added benefit, due to the reasonable pricing of patio slabs, homeowners can even have a bit of money left over to purchase some nice outdoor patio furniture, a patio umbrella, or other garden decor to personalize their outdoor oasis.