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How Much Does a New Patio Cost?
The price of a patio generally includes material, labor, and equipment costs. A new patio usually costs $2,500 to $6,600. Costs per square foot range from $5 to more than $50 a foot, depending on the material and how level your yard is.
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.
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||8′ x 8′ Patio Cost||12′ x 12′ Patio Cost||16′ x 16′ Patio Cost||20′ x 20′ Patio Cost|
|$390 – $1,024||$864 – $2,304||$1,584 – $4,096||$2,400 – $6,400|
|$320 – $960||$720 – $2,160||$1,280 – $3,840||$2,000 – $6,000|
|$768 – $1,920||$1,728 – $4,320||$3,072 – $7,680||$4,800 – $12,000|
|$512 – $1,600||$1,152 – $3,600||$2,048 – $6,400||$3,200 – $10,000|
|$1,152 – $1,600||$2,592 – $3,600||$1,008 – $6,400||$7,200 – $10,000|
|$960- $1,920||$2,160 – $4,320||$3,840 – $7,680||$6,000 – $12,000|
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
Gravel is one of the most cost-effective choices for a patio at an average of $6 – $16 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.
Gravel is an appealing option due to its low cost, ease of installation, design flexibility, and because it naturally drains water without needing a pitch. Use our gravel calculator to find out how much gravel you need for your area.
Concrete Patio Installation Cost
A concrete patio typically costs between $5 – $30 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.
Paver Patio Installation Cost
A paver patio usually runs $8 – $25 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.
Brick Patio Installation Cost
A brick patio runs $18 – $25 per square foot 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.
Bricks can chip and can also have a bit of a slicker surface, so bear that in mind when considering using brick. Use our brick calculator to estimate the number of bricks you’ll need.
Flagstone Patio Installation Cost
Flagstone patios cost $15 – $30 per square foot on average. Flagstones are large irregular-shaped stones with flat surfaces.
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 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.
Permits are required in most areas for patio installations. This can be up to $500 for some projects.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does installing a patio add value to your home?
Patios do increase the value of a home. Estimates vary depending on material and region, but the typical ROI is 30% to 60%.
Is a deck or patio cheaper?
On average, a patio is typically less expensive than a deck. However, there are some patio materials that are more expensive, particularly if you opt for many complex options.
What time of year is best to lay a patio?
Any time the ground is not frozen it is fine to lay a patio. Most people will install patios in the spring to enjoy them for the rest of the summer.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
- Joe Provey, Pea Gravel Brings Beauty to Any Patio, Bob Vila, https://www.bobvila.com/articles/gravel-patio/
- Sean McEvoy, Concrete Patios, HGTV, https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/outdoor-remodel/concrete-patios
- Chase Coates, How Much Does It Cost to Install Paver Stones? 5 Key Considerations, Outback Landscape, https://www.outbacklandscapeinc.com/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-install-paver-stones-5-key-considerations