Patios can be the most stunning addition to your outdoor space. If built optimally, these arrangements can improve your home value and save money on landscaping costs. One of the most crucial decisions that you’ll have to make while setting up a patio is choosing the right material for the job. Some considerations to undertake while making a choice include your budget, the durability of the content, and maintenance needs.

In this blog, we’ll look at your options and discuss the benefits and shortcomings of each:


The low-cost and low-maintenance material has become quite popular in recent times. However, those who don’t favor concrete may argue that only plain and boring outfits can be produced. On the other hand, those who like using the semi-liquid substance for landscaping hold that with the use of attention-grabbing colors and innovative designs, stunning set-ups can be made with the element. While it’s true that installation plays a massive role in how concrete creations turn out, the material itself can begin to crack during freeze-thaw cycles.


Using brick for your outdoor set-up can give it a charming historical look. However, the porous element can be very challenging to maintain. During winters, blocks may begin to crack, leading to costly replacements, whereas moisture issues can lead to slippery moss growth during the warmer months. But if you manage the stringent maintenance issues, brick can be very versatile, allowing you to create neat-looking pathways, walls, and edges.

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Pavers come in many shapes and sizes. They’re made of a variety of materials, including clay and concrete, and can complement most architectural designs. The modular pieces can make installation quicker and easier, leaving no room for error.

Furthermore, the polymeric sand used to lock in the pavers can prevent weed growth, making maintenance more convenient. While pavers were only available in limited colors at one time, you can now choose from a wide range of options, including natural-looking colors and textures, to give a more refined look to your patio.

Natural stone

If you want a thoroughly natural-looking patio, natural stone is your best bet. The neatly placed rock on the walkways and walls of your outdoor space can add a timeless appeal. Natural stones come in many types, including bluestone, limestone, and sandstone.

While sandstone and limestone can harbor slippery moss, bluestone prevents foliage growth. Natural also tends to be quite expensive due to its excavation costs. But according to us, the highly durable material is worth every single penny.

If you’ve decided on a design and material for your patio, reach out to Stone Solutions Maine. We offer high-quality and long-lasting landscaping and patio installing services in Saco at affordable rates. Call us at 207-210-5133 for more information.