If you’re planning to have a patio or a deck installed on your property before warm weather arrives again, there are several key decisions you’ll need to make. One of the primary things you’ll need to figure out is what material you want to use as the basis of your new outdoor living space. There are dozens of options available to today’s consumers, so it can be challenging to figure out which style is really best for your family’s lifestyle. In this guide, you will see information about some of the most popular options you’re sure to run across as you shop.
- Crazy pavers – If you’ve ever traveled to Rome, you’ve probably seen “crazy” pavers before; they were extremely popular during the time of the Roman Empire and many areas that feature this sort of paving remain today. “Crazy” paving results a type patio that features a variety of irregularly shaped stones laid together to create a completely organic, one-of-a-kind pattern. It is not the easiest type of patio to install, so make sure you work with a skilled contracting team if you go this route! The stones used for these types of patios can be made from a number of materials, including concrete or limestone.
- Travertine stone – Due to the temperate weather that many parts of the Carolinas experience, pools are popular among homeowners. If your new patio will be near, or even around, your family’s pool, travertine is the best stone option for your project. Travertine is porous, which means it won’t mold from standing water pooling on it, is non-slip, which makes it perfect for pool areas, and is incredibly durable. Another benefit of this stone is that it won’t get hot like concrete pavers and burn swimmers’ bare feet!
- Composite decking – Composite decking is generally considered a sustainable product, crafted from wood waste and cellulose or a similar material. This type of decking is made by several popular manufacturers; talk to your contractor to understand the differences that exist among various brands. Composite decking is available in a wide range of colors, including blue, red, and grey, which natural wood does not come in. It is also more costly than authentic wood, in many cases.
- Wood decking – Wood boards are still the most popular choice among homeowners who are building decks. Treated lumber is the most cost effective option, but there are other wood choices on the market as well. Cedar makes for beautiful decking and some exotic woods, such as ipe, can also be used as deck boards, although these certainly come at a price!
If you’re ready to add a new outdoor living space to your North Carolina or South Carolina home, give the team at Hatch Homes a call today! We love creating beautiful exterior spaces for families to enjoy for years to come. We will work with you from start to finish to make sure the design of your new deck or patio is perfect for your lifestyle. No matter what ideas you have for your home, we can help you make your dreams come true.