While it is true that patio costs completely depend on size, style and materials, our guide is here with all the information you'll need to get a good idea of how much this essential garden feature is likely to cost you.
Most people's patio ideas include creating a beautiful outdoor space for dining, seating or entertaining. Doing so not only adds another element to your garden but also means that it will be possible to enjoy the garden even when the grass is wet and soggy or the ground elsewhere is too uneven for placing patio furniture.
However, all these benefits come at a cost and you will no doubt be keen to know how much this garden staple is going to need spending on it. Our price guide will take you through the costs you are likely to face so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to materials, designs and sizes.
How much are patio costs per m2?
A common question is how much a patio costs per m2. Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that. This is because there are several decisions you will have to make when it comes to your patio and each of these will have an impact on the final patio costs you will be looking at. These include:
- Ground conditions
However, by looking in more depth at patio material costs along with labour prices, it is possible to get a fairly accurate idea of how much money will be needed to achieve your dream outdoor seating area.
How much are different patio materials?
One of the main factors that will determine how much a patio costs is the materials used to form the space, although this is certainly not the only cost you will need to think about.
"One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to laying a new patio or driveway, is that the materials are the most expensive part, when in fact 80% of the cost is made up of the sub-base and ground preparation," say the patio experts at Marshalls. "This means that if you want to go for premium quality paving, it won’t significantly increase the overall project cost."
Although you are likely to step into this project with plenty of garden paving ideas in mind, it is essential you understand the cost of patio materials at the outset to avoid disappointment.
It helps to look at the most common patio paving materials and what they each cost individually to begin with.
How much does concrete paving cost?
Concrete is a material often overlooked, yet it is well worth searching out concrete paving ideas as it is both affordable and practical and comes in a huge range of styles, some of which do a great job of imitating the appearance of materials such as natural stone.
Basic concrete slabs start at £20/m2, although many of these will not necessarily offer the beauty of slightly more expensive products. If you want a good-quality product that mimics the appearance of natural materials, you will be looking at costs closer to £50/m2, rising to more than £80/m2.
How much does porcelain paving cost?
Although it is important to weigh up porcelain paving pros and cons, the advantages most certainly outweigh any disadvantages. Although porcelain tends to lie at the more expensive end of the spectrum, it is easy to see why many people opt for this as their patio material.
"Porcelain is a popular choice for patios, it absorbs less moisture than other paving types and as a result it is easier to keep clean," say the experts at Marshalls.
The approximate average cost of porcelain paving tends to fall between £40/m2 to £80/m2.
How much will a natural stone patio cost?
Natural stone is one of the most expensive materials for patios. Prices for Indian Sandstone tend to start at around £40/m2, easily rising to more than £100/m2. Granite paving starts from approximately £30/m2, rising to £100+/m2 for premium granite pavers. Limestone starts at around £25/m2, although prices closer to £50/m2 or more can be expected for more aesthetically pleasing products. Your exact choice of stone will determine the kind of costs you are looking at, as will the quality and style of paving.
How much does decking cost?
Are you trying to decide between a patio or decking? If this is the case, then you will undoubtedly be wondering how much a timber deck costs.
Decking prices generally start at between £4-£6/m for softwood products, while hardwood decking costs from £15/m. If it is composite decking that you are after, you will be looking at costs of between £15-£30/m.
What does brick paving cost?
Brick pavers can add so much charm and character to a patio space, with reclaimed and blue bricks looking particularly beautiful. However, laying a brick patio can be very labour intensive and the cost of reclaimed materials can be high too.
Depending on the bricks you choose and whether or not you lay them on a DIY basis, costs are likely to start from £32/m2, rising to £100/m2.
How much does it cost to install a new patio?
Although many people do choose to lay their patio on a DIY basis, it is crucial to ensure that a good sub-base is first laid and that the ground is properly prepared.
If you decide to call in a professional to lay your patio, a landscape gardener or bricklayer might well be your first port of call.
On average, landscape gardeners charge between £100 to £150 per day, while bricklayers cost between £150 to £250 per day. If either requires the help of a labourer, they charge around £100 per day.
The average patio size is between 40-50m2 and could be expected to take around four to five days to lay.
There are also several often overlooked factors that could push your final patio costs up.
"Drainage is one of the less glamorous aspects of a new patio, however it’s still an important one as you don’t want to damage the foundations of your home," say Marshalls' patio experts. "A professional will be able to offer advice from laying a sub-base and the gradient of the patio to the possible installation of drainage channels.
"Hidden pipes and cables underneath your existing garden can add additional costs to your patio too," they continue. "They should be buried at sufficient depth in relation to the patio. Any additional removals such as trees, walls and flowerbeds will affect the overall price so it’s something to consider at the start."
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Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.