A Guide to Installing a New Stone Patio
A stone patio is a beautiful addition to any home. Stone creates a classic, attractive and long-lasting outdoor patio for your front yard or back yard. A stone patio can serve in place of a deck as an outdoor entertainment area, it works simply as a decorative feature, or it can be used to create a driveway or walkway.
Stone patios are typically made with some sort of flagstone – which is really just a generic term for any type of flat, natural stone made up of many different layers. Popular types include slate, limestone, bluestone, sandstone and travertine.
Stone Patio Prices
Natural stone is a beautiful and durable material, which means it comes with a relatively high price tag. Stone patios usually cost about $15 to $30 per square foot, including installation. The price varies based upon the type of stone, the size of the patio, the amount of site work needed and local labor rates.
- For a 12X12-foot patio, that works out to a total of roughly $2,150 to $4,350.
- For a 15X20-foot patio, the cost would be roughly $4,500 to $9,000.
The cost is significantly more than that of a plain concrete slab patio – $2 to $5 per square foot – or a decorative stamped concrete patio – $6 to $10 per square foot – but natural stone is considered more attractive. Natural stone is also longer lasting and easier to maintain.
Choosing a Natural Stone
There are many types natural stone, each with a distinct look. Check out this Landscaping Network guide to understand the differences in color and texture among popular types, as well as the pros and cons of each. As you will see, flagstone is available in beiges, reds, blues, greens, browns and grays, among other colors.
Remember that flagstone is a natural material, so it cannot be customized like concrete patio pavers or stamped concrete. There’s no uniformity in color or texture; however, most people that choose stone appreciate that. Because stone is a natural material, the price can also be impacted by the availability and/or demand at a certain time.