The Benefits Of Building A Patio
Having a patio will give you an outdoor area that is perfect to relax with your friends and family or for hosting barbecues or to just unwind after a long day. It’s also one of the best and most affordable ways to add square footage to your home. These are some of the benefits of adding a patio to your house:
1. It’s the most cost-effective option
While all outdoor areas such as porches and decks can be wonderful additions to your home, the patio is the least expensive option of all. This is because unlike the others which need to be elevated requiring more construction work, a patio is built directly onto the ground. You can choose from a multitude of materials such as concrete, cobblestone, tiles, bricks or stone, with concrete being the least expensive material across the board. You can choose it as your main material and then use more expensive options to decorate.
Adding a patio is also a relatively simple way to increase the resale value of your property. However, if the terrain is uneven, building a patio may prove to not be an option as they are best intended to be built on level ground, and the process of creating it may be too expensive.
2. Minimal Maintenance and Longer Lifespan
Unlike a porch or a deck that are usually built with wood and require staining and sealing, patios don’t require quite so much maintenance. You can of course choose to seal it, however because it’s made of more durable materials it is not a necessity. You can also choose to clean it in pretty much any way you want. However, some types of stains may prove difficult to remove.
Despite the minimal upkeep, a patio will last much longer than many other options once again due to its sturdy and durable building materials, with a lifespan of up to 25 years. Keep in mind that if you live in an area with extreme temperatures your patio may crack. The smooth surface is also ideal for the formation of ice during the colder months, so you will need to be careful and take the necessary steps to remove it.
3. Private Space
Patios are built level to the ground in the backyard and can therefore offer you much more privacy from wandering eyes than other alternatives. You can build your patio anywhere you want and with some creative placement and landscaping create your own private haven. You can make it as big or small as you like, and decorate it however you see fit without having to deal with the opinions or judgments of your neighbors.
4. Less Hassle
Depending on where you live, you generally won’t need to acquire a building permit in order to install a patio and you also won’t need to undergo inspections.