How Much Does A Patio Cost?

by Ben Bowen

Patio Prices (updated for 2017)

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"Outdoor living" may just be a buzzword to you, but there is no denying that the patio is often the hub of our backyard landscapes. Reading, napping, working, eating, playing all happen on the patio. And in the winter it may even do a little storage duty.

If you are ready for a new patio, then you probably want to know what that is going to cost. This post is meant as a very general guide. It is based on my experience here in Portland, OR and represents what I saw in 2013 and 2014.

Costs For Kinds of Patios:

The first step to determining the cost of your patio is to find out how big it is. What's the square footage of your patio? Need help? Use this square footage calculator. 

Now, choose a material for your patio. Ross NW Watergardens built patios with gravel, decomposed granite, concrete, pavers, and slate this year. Which one do you want?

  • Gravel. A gravel patio starts around $4 per square foot.
  • Decomposed granite is closer to $6 a square foot.
  • Concrete with a broom finish is $8-$12 per square foot.
  • Exposed aggregate concrete adds at least $1 per square foot.
  • Paver patios are $16-$26 a square foot. How to choose a paver for your patio.
  • A slate patio, set on sand, is $28-$35 a square foot.
  • A slate patio, set on concrete, is $40-$55 per square foot.

What factors can drive the price a patio above these ranges?

  • Access. If it is difficult to soil out, or materials in, then the price will reflect that.
  • Demolition. Tearing out your existing patio will cost extra.
  • Summer. Projects generally cost a little more during the busy season.

Want a personalized cost estimate?

Contact us today and Ben will meet with you to discuss your patio project.

Curious about other hardscape elements and what they cost? Check out this post on "Why stone work costs so much".