Patios offer a great outdoor living space and add comfort and value to your home. A patio can improve your home’s exterior and landscaping and are generally maintenance-free. The price of a patio generally includes material, labor, and equipment costs. Estimating the cost of installing a patio starts with choosing the location and size, which is the biggest cost factor. In addition to the size of the space, the materials used will significantly influence the price.

Cost to Install a Patio Using Different Types of Materials

There are several options for materials to build your patio with. Concrete, pavers, bricks, flagstones, or gravel are the most common types of materials and costs can vary greatly for the different types.

Average Patio Installation Costs

Patio Type Avg Price per Ft2 8′ x 8′ 12′ x 12′ 16′ x 16′
Gravel $6 per ft2 $384 $864 $1584
Concrete $12 per ft2 $768 $1728 $3072
Paver $15 per ft2 $960 $2160 $3840
Brick $17 per ft2 $1088 $2448 $4352
Flagstone $20 per ft2 $1280 $2880 $5120

The prices above are average patio installation costs for each type of material, note that the price to install your patio could vary from this price based on project specifics.

Gravel Patio Installation Cost – $5 – $7 per Square Foot

Gravel is the most cost effective patio material, but also the least durable and least suitable for placing furniture on

Gravel is often the most cost-effective choice for a patio at an average of $5 – $7 per square foot to install. Gravel can often be laid with minimal prep work, but because it is not a solid surface it is more suitable for low-traffic areas. It may be more difficult to place furniture on a gravel patio as well. Use our cubic yardage calculator to find out how much gravel you need for your area.

Concrete Patio Installation Cost – $6 – $16 per Square Foot

Concrete is a cost effective material for your patio and can be colored and stamped to look like natural stone

A concrete patio typically costs between $6 – $16 per square foot. A patio can be made using concrete with anywhere from a brushed finish to a decorative colored, stamped concrete. Concrete can be stamped and colored to look like natural stone for a beautiful and durable finish. The complexity of the finish is a significant factor in the cost of a concrete slab. Get accurate price estimates for your concrete patio installation from professional concrete contractors in your area. Use our concrete calculator to estimate the amount of material needed to install a concrete patio.

Paver Patio Installation Cost – $8 – $20 per Square Foot

Pavers are a beautiful patio material and are about mid-range in cost compared to other patio materials

A paver patio usually runs $8 – $20 per square foot to install. Natural stone pavers and concrete pavers can be used in a variety of patterns and designs for a patio. The cost to install pavers varies based on the cost of the pavers themselves and the complexity of the design. Typically the more cuts an installer needs to make the more expensive the labor to install. Get hassle-free estimates from several contractors in your area for a detailed price analysis or use our paver calculator to estimate the number of pavers needed and the material cost. Learn how to install a paver patio yourself if you want to save some money on labor costs.

Brick Patio Installation Cost – $10 – $50 per Square Foot

A brick patio is extremely beautiful and can be constructed from historic reclaimed brick or modern concrete bricks.

A brick patio runs $10 – $50 to install on average. Bricks are available in anything from historic reclaimed brick to modern concrete brick replicas, which is a main factor in the cost. Bricks can be laid like a paver patio, or can be permanently installed with mortar-filled joints just like a wall. Bricks are very stylish and extremely durable. Brick’s can chip and can also have a bit of a slicker surface so bear that in mind when considering using brick. Get a professional estimate from local contractors to get a more accurate installation cost. Use our brick calculator to estimate the number of bricks you’ll need.

Flagstone Patio Installation Cost – $15 – $30 per Square Foot

Flagstones are a great patio material, but are often the most expensive choice as they are the most difficult to install

Flagstone patios cost $15 – $30 per square foot on average. Flagstones are large irregular shaped stones with a flat surface. Their irregular shape adds to their natural beauty, but makes them more challenging to install. Flagstones also typically require a concrete base and sealer which adds to the installation cost.

Other Patio Cost Factors

In addition to the patio size and material, the main determining factor of the cost is the complexity of the design. Patios with a lot of curves will require more prep work and cuts, which increase the amount of material waste and the labor to install. Challenges in excavation due to obstacles or to improve drainage, for example, can also increase the cost of installation. Finally, regional labor cost variations can affect how much it will cost to install a patio.

Next Step – After you’ve set a budget for your patio or driveway project it’s time to start choosing the right style. Learn more about how to choose the right style and colors for your paver project as you continue the planning and design process.