A great patio is more than just pavers, concrete or stone. It’s a haven. It’s where you head in the morning with your coffee to listen to the birds chirp good morning. It’s where you de-stress after a hectic day, where you serve up your famous cranberry goat cheese appetizer.
We’re tempted to say it’s priceless, but you know better. So what does patio installation cost in New York? Let’s take a look at the cost of pavers, concrete and flagstone.
Concrete is the least expensive of these patio materials.
No matter your budget, you can create a concrete patio that suits your needs, from plain gray, like a sidewalk, to a decorative, stamped concrete patio (more on this later) in any pattern and color.
The cost for a plain concrete patio is between $6 and $12 per square foot.
Concrete is budget friendly because it’s always available locally, which reduces transportation costs. It’s made from limestone, an abundant natural resource.
A concrete patio is durable and only needs to be resealed every two or three years.
The downside of any type of concrete: It can crack, no matter how well it was initially installed and how many joints were put in place to prevent them.
Stamped concrete is a great patio option. It’s available in lots of colors and patterns and can fit any design style, from rustic to elegant.
If you want the look of traditional pavers without the price, it can mimic bricks or stone. Keep in mind it will be most affordable if you choose just one color and pattern for your patio.
The cost is between $10 and $15 per square foot.
Remember to factor in maintenance when considering materials, not just the base cost. What’s it worth to you to not have to weed your patio? While pavers and stone can let weeds in through the cracks, stamped concrete is a single slab, so no weed worries.
Also consider longevity when you compare material prices.
With proper care, stamped concrete is poured to last. It’s durable, standing up to harsh New England winters.
Pavers typically cost about twice as much as a poured concrete patio. They come in a variety of materials — concrete, cobblestone and even marble and travertine.
Expect to spend $16 to $27 per square foot. At the higher end of the price range is more intensive labor and more expensive materials.
The most expensive and time-consuming part of a paver project is the cutting and detail work, so the fancier your patio, the more it will cost.
But pavers are the king when it comes to design versatility.
They come in a huge array of colors, shapes and sizes, which means there’s no end to the patterns and designs you can create.
When installed properly over a well-compacted sub-base, pavers won’t crack, shift or settle. Pavers don’t crack from freezing and thawing.
Unlike poured concrete, which needs time to set and cure, you can enjoy a paver patio as soon as it’s installed.
While the initial cost is higher, a paver patio will pay for itself over time, both in lower maintenance costs and longevity.
An irregular flagstone patio, with its natural, rugged look, is stunning.
Flagstone prices vary, depending on the stone and where it’s from, but it generally costs $20 to $40 per square foot, including labor.
Flagstone shipped long distances can be more expensive due to fuel costs. Bluestone mined in Connecticut will cost less here in New York than it would in California, where it has to cross the entire country.
One thing to note: flagstone installed with open joints that have been filled with gravel or planted with groundcover costs less than flagstone with mortared joints, which is much more durable.
Leave Patio Installation To The Pros
It might seem like installing a patio is a good DIY job.
But there’s lot that can go wrong.
If you’ve seen a patio with uneven pavers, sticking up at different heights, the base they’ve been installed on is probably not deep or even enough.
If you don’t compact the base properly, part of your patio could settle unevenly.
Proper drainage is really important. Rain and snow are part of patio life, and if your pavers go in without proper inclination or drainage, water will collect and pool.
You get the idea. You can choose the highest quality material in the industry, but if it isn’t installed properly, you’ll end up with a flawed patio.
Trust Your Patio To Neave
At Neave Masonry, we’re experts in designing and installing dream patios. Our design team will work with you to select the best materials to suit your lifestyle and your budget, as well as landscaping options and lighting to complement your new patio.
Our trained experts consider topography, climate and site drainage as well as how you plan to use and enjoy your patio.
Once your new patio is installed, the fun begins. Decorate it with potted plants and shrubs or improve privacy using free-standing walls or lattice. We can even bring in the experts from Neave Landscaping to make any adjustments to your lawn or landscape after your patio is built.
We’d love to hear from you.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.