How Much Does it Cost to Install A Brick Patio?
Brick patios give homeowners the traditional feel many look for in a new patio, but also give them ease of mind due to the low maintenance. After you install, you can forget about it. See all the costs of going into installing a brick patio with our cost guide below.
$10 to $60 per square foot
There are a myriad of factors that can raise or lower the cost of a brick patio. The main aspect that can contribute to this is the materials that are used for the project. The more premium the materials, the more the project will end up costing. The overall price for the project can be divided into two basic groups. How much the materials will cost and how much it will cost to have those materials installed and the project completed. The installation tends to cost more than what it takes to buy the materials. Once you have those two numbers, the price is then divided by how many square feet the patio will end up being. This is the most important aspect of the total cost. Depending on the overall size of the area, the project could cost upwards of $1,000-1,500, though much more if its being installed by a contractor. The most essential aspect of what the patio will cost is the type of brick that will be used for the project.
While making a brick patio, it's important to understand that there are multiple aspects, aside from the brick, to consider, as well as multiple materials to choose from in each category. While the choice of materials tends to be one born from a cost mindset, there is also an aesthetic factor to consider. While one material may be more premium and still be within an acceptable price range, none of that matters if its not also of an acceptable design.
One of the first things to consider is the type of base to lay down before placing the brick on top. Usually, it's necessary to place 1/2 inch to 1 inch of whatever material is being used on the surface and proceed from there. The most common material that is used as a base for a brick patio is that of coarse sand, as its one of the easiest materials to work with. Concrete sand is also very similar, and should be considered as well. The cost per ton is relatively similar to that of coarse sand, costing around $13 to $15 per ton. Gravel is also another possibility to use as a base, but can cost a bit more than coarse and concrete sand, averaging at around $15 to $20 per ton. Crushed limestone is also an option and is considered by many to be one of the finest materials to use as a base. It can cost anywhere from $25 to $35 per ton.
The next, and most important thing, to take into account is what type of brick will be used for the overall construction of the patio. In most instances, concrete brick pavers are the most common form of brick, though it is possible to use clay paving brick. Clay pavers are usually priced a bit more than their concrete counterparts, typically costing around $12 to $15 per square foot. It's also a thinner material than concrete and most often used for driveways, though does quite well when in use with patios. The most important thing to understand through all of this is that any of these materials can fluctuate in quality. Concrete and clay pavers can be of mediocre or premium quality, which will change the price a bit. The same is true with the type of base that is used. This is why research is of the utmost importance before making a decision on anything. If, upon completion of a project, it's found to be of a lesser quality than expected, it will cost much more than anticipated to undo and redo the project in the manner that was originally intended.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are a plethora of advantages and disadvantages to building a brick patio. As a brick patio is one of the more expensive types of patios to build, it's essential to consider the overall costs before beginning the project and whether it's something within budget. The following will take a look at the common advantages and disadvantages in using brick as the main material for a patio.
Brick is one of the sturdiest materials from which to make a patio with, so the end result will be highly durable. Unlike wood, brick will not be damaged by adverse weather and can hold up fantastically to whatever is thrown at it. Using brick for a patio allows for many more designs and patterns to be considered when laying the material. This adds immeasurably in providing a unique and fun end result compared to other materials.
Although durable, brick can chip at times, though this is only an occasional occurrence. Safety is one of the primary disadvantages when using brick. Brick is a material that can cause a lot of pain and injuries if unfortunate enough to fall upon it, which is particularly worrying if a family with children is considering using brick for their patio. Although this is the case, safety measures help dramatically in preventing any falls. Mold and mildew can form on and around the brick, particularly if not washed regularly.
Last updated on May 16, 2016
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