Looking to give your outdoor space a bit of an update? Transforming a garden isn’t always about plants and greenery. A new patio not only looks great but is also incredibly versatile, practical and relatively easy to maintain.
Patios can be built from a range of different materials and can follow virtually any design or layout to fit in with the size and style of your garden. So, whatever look you’re going for and however much space you’ve got to play with, you’ll be able to create an outdoor patio area that works for you.
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|Example patio type materials and installation||Average cost per m2|
|Budget paving slabs||£25 - £30|
|Flagstone patio||£45 - £75|
|Concrete patio||£30 - £40|
|Raised patio (concrete approach)||£35 - £45|
|Brick patio||£35 - £45|
Of course, if you’re planning on building a new patio, it’s important to consider all of the potential costs before you get started. The last thing you want is to get halfway through the project and max out your budget.
Here’s everything you need to know about the cost of laying a patio.
Types of patio
Whether you’re going for a sleek and stylish modern patio or one that’s more traditional, there are a wide variety of materials available to help you achieve the desired result.
And, before you can determine your garden patio cost, you’ll need to decide what type of patio you want. These are some of the most popular types of patio.
A classic patio design choice, flagstone is one of the most popular types of patio around. Of course, like any type of paving, there are pros and cons to consider if you’re thinking of getting a flagstone patio.
The benefits of a flagstone patio
Flagstone patios are incredibly versatile. Cut in both uniform or irregular shapes, they can be laid in any number of ways, using various coloured stones and laying patterns. They are also durable and resistant to moisture and heat, so they’ll stay looking their best for years to come.
A further benefit of flagstones is that they are non-slip when wet, so you don’t need to worry about slips and falls in wet weather or near water features. Read our flagstone ideas article to get inspiration.
The drawbacks of a flagstone patio
Although flagstones are relatively easy to install, they can be quite heavy and difficult to work with. It can also be time-consuming to arrange the stones in a way that looks good and fits your allocated space and design.
A concrete patio offers low maintenance, high impact take on garden paving. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a concrete patio.
The benefits of a concrete patio
One of the main benefits of opting for a concrete patio is that it can be laid in one, unbroken surface. This means that it isn’t likely to crack to allow weeds and moss to grow between the gaps, as they can do with a flagstone patio.
Concrete is also incredibly durable, weatherproof, and easy to clean, making it ideal for outdoor paving. A concrete patio can also be stamped, engraved, coloured or textured to make it resemble a brick or flagstone patio, for just a fraction of the cost. To show you what is possible for your garden check out our article on concrete patio ideas.
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The drawbacks of a concrete patio
Although concrete doesn’t tend to crack, if cracking does occur, it can be difficult and expensive to repair. Another drawback of a concrete patio is that it can be extremely slippery when wet.
If you want to create a seamless transition from the inside of your property to your outdoor space, a raised patio is a great option, providing an alternative to wooden decking. Here are the pros and cons of a raised patio.
The benefits of a raised patio
Raised patios offer a number of benefits. They are versatile and low maintenance, with very few constraints. They are also available in a wide range of materials, styles and colours, and can be designed to fit perfectly in your outdoor space. Our raised patio ideas article gives plenty of inspiration on what you could do with your garden.
The drawbacks of a raised patio
A raised patio is more complex to construct than a flat patio, particularly if there’s a lot of ground to be moved. They can also be more expensive than other types of patio.
How much does a patio cost?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one, clear-cut answer for this one. The cost of your patio will depend on a range of factors, such as the materials you use, the size of the patio and the paving design.
Other factors that will impact the cost include whether or not you will need any drainage channels or soak ways, any issues with garden access or waste disposal, the condition of the earth, skip hire and any extras such as steps, planting etc.
So how much is the overall cost of a patio? Below we have offered some estimated, average costs. Our prices have been researched widely online by the Checkatrade team and represent a ballpark average for your proposed project. Costs may vary by region, the scope of the project and indeed by the products you plan to use.
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay anywhere between from £900 upwards. Of course, it all depends on the type of patio, the size of the space and how much preparation work is required. Individual costs for laying a 20 m2 patio including supplying slabs (£30 per m2), excavating turf, laying hardcore, laying slabs and brush-in pointing – Total Cost: £1800
Generally speaking, concrete patios cost significantly less than other types of patio. You can expect to pay, on average, between £30 and £40 per m2 for a standard concrete patio.
How much does a flagstone patio cost?
The cost of a flagstone patio will vary depending on the types of slabs used, the space and so on. Prices for flagstones typically start from around £15 per m2(budget) and can reach £75 per m2 or more.
How much does a raised patio cost?
A raised patio will usually cost more than other types of patio, due to the retaining wall. Again, costs will vary significantly depending on a range of factors, however, raised patios usually start from around £45 per m2.
When working out your new patio cost, you’ll need to factor labour into the total, as well as the materials. The costs of labour should cover all the preparation needed to get the area for your patio ready. This usually involves digging out what’s already there, before preparing the ground with hardcore, followed by a layer of sand and a layer of mortar.
Labour costs will vary depending on a number of factors, however, as a general rule, you should expect to pay around £200 per day.
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How long does it take to install a new patio?
The amount of time it will take to lay your patio depends on the type, size, and layout of the type you’ve chosen, as well as how much preparation work is required.
If you’re having your patio laid by a professional, you should expect it to take around two to three days. Before the work starts, your tradesperson should be able to give you a timeline for completion. However, be aware that this could change if they run into unexpected issues.
Different types of patio installation
Installing a flagstone patio
When you’re having a new flagstone patio installed, your tradesperson will start by marking the patio’s edges with mason’s lines, before squaring and layering the strings.
Next, they’ll excavate the patio area. This involves removing any grass or flowers and digging down approximately six inches, plus the thickness of your flagstones. Once the area has been excavated, a two-inch layer of compactible gravel will be added, followed by a decomposed granite layer.
Your flagstones will then be placed onto the surface, working from one end to another. Finally, the gaps between the stones will be filled with stones, sand or gravel.
How long does it take to replace a flagstone patio?
If you’re replacing your flagstone patio with fresh new paving, you’ll need to take into account the time needed to remove the old flagstones. As a general rule, you should expect the process to take two to three days.
Installing a concrete patio
First, the guide strings are set up to mark out the edges of the patio. Once these have been positioned, it’s important that they are squared and sloped as necessary.
Once the paved area has been laid out, all grass and plants will be removed from the area, and the soil will be dug down to accommodate the concrete. The area will then be filled with compactible gravel before the concrete form is built and set into the gravel base.
Your tradesperson will then pour the concrete, distribute it evenly and smooth it out using a screed board. Once the concrete has cured, the surface is smoothed and they’ll apply any optional finishes you’ve chosen.
As you can see, there is a lot of prep work that goes into building a concrete patio and you need to take this into account in your budget.
How long does it take to replace a concrete patio?
As a rough guide, laying a concrete patio will usually take two to three days.
If you are removing an existing concrete patio before replacing it with a new one, you’ll need to add on another day or so to break up the old concrete and clear the area.
Installing a raised patio
Building a raised patio works much the same as constructing any other type of patio, but with the addition of a retaining wall.
First, the ground area and the patio height will be marked out, and a trench will be dug for the retaining wall. This is where the support and base of the wall will be buried, so it will need to be deep enough to ensure the wall is solid.
The bottom of the trench will then be levelled and made waterproof before concrete is poured in to create a horizontal surface. Your tradesperson will then build the retaining wall.
Once the retaining wall is in place, the patio surface area will be dug out and prepared. Finally, the paving you have chosen will be laid.
How long does it take to replace a raised patio?
The addition of the retaining wall means that raised structures take longer to build than other types of patio. As a rough guide, you should expect the build to take three to four days.
Patio cost per m2
The cost of laying a patio by metre varies, depending on the type of patio, the size of the space, the accessibility of the garden, the materials you use and how much preparation work is required. See our simple cost table at the top of the guide for some average ballpark costs.
For the best results and a patio that enhances your garden for years to come, contact a professional tradesperson to design and install your new patio for you. If you’re looking for a quote, search our trusted, checked and vetted traders near you.
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