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The average cost of a new patio
in the UK is around £850
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The Cost of Building a New Garden Patio

The cost of a new patio in this article is correct as of 2019

Adding a patio to your home is a great way to extend your usable space, making a more permanent way to enjoy your garden when the weather in the UK lets you be outside. With a range of materials and styles available, a patio can be designed to match any home, from sleek concrete designs to traditional country cottage slabs.

If you’re thinking about adding a patio to your home, we’ve outlined the typical costs involved in the project.

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New patio costs

The two main factors that determine the cost of your new patio are the size and the materials you choose to use. A patio cost calculator would take the cost of the material per square metre, and multiply that by the total area of the patio.

When it comes to materials, there are three basic types that are commonly available:

Concrete

A poured concrete patio might bring to mind a basic and “unfinished” looking surface, like you might find in a farmyard of building site, but if treated and laid correctly, concrete can be used to create a stylish, smooth finish straight out of a high-end design magazine. A benefit of concrete is that it can be laid in a single unbroken surface, meaning that if it does not weather or crack, it will resist weeds or moss that can grow through the gaps of a traditional brick or slab patio. Concrete can also be a relatively cheap option for patios - coming it at around £30 to £40 per square metre including materials and labour for laying it.

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Brick

A brick patio is a popular choice, with varying colours and laying patterns meaning your patio can be designed and laid out in a number of ways. Brick is hard-wearing and can age nicely over time, although it will require maintenance to keep weed-free. Prices are generally similar to concrete, usually coming it around £35 to £45 per square metre.

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Slabs

The other main option for patios is using cut stone slabs. When it comes to using stones, the variety is virtually endless, with different types of stone, such as limestone, sandstone or slate, and endless ways of patterning them, from traditional flagstones to more complex arrangements. Prices can be much higher for stone slabs, depending on the choice of material and how they are cut. Expect prices to start at around £45 per square metre for a stone patio, rising to £75 or more for more expensive varieties.

Going on these prices, for a 20 metre square patio, the cost would be:

Concrete: £600 to £800
Brick: £700 - £900
Slabs: £900 to £1,500

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Other costs

If you have something that needs to be removed before installing a patio, such as decking or an older patio, a landscaper will probably charge extra for the work involved in dismantling and removing it. You may need to hire a skip for this, which can cost more than £200, or the tradesperson may be able to remove the waste themself.

Materials needed for laying the sub base of the patio, such as sand and cement, have been worked into the main costs.

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