The basic supplies necessary for building a patio generally depend on the type of patio desired but may include pavers, concrete, gravel or brick. Each of these supplies has pros and cons.
Paving stones, often referred to simply as "pavers," come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pavers are sold separately or in kits, and with a little practice, homeowners can install a patio in a weekend using pavers.
Making a patio out of concrete is easy and inexpensive. Concrete comes in different colors, and stamped concrete offers various designs that turn plain concrete into something more eye-catching and textured. Concrete works best in frost-free zones.
Brick adds a traditional touch to a patio and is simple to install, but the maintenance is sometimes not worth the effort. Brick retains moisture and tends to crack, and it also provides ideal conditions for moss to grow when it is located in shady areas. When moss grows on brick, it makes the surface very slippery and dangerous to walk on.
Gravel provides an inexpensive and easy-to-install patio surface. Gravel or crushed rock is installed over a landscape liner and deters weed growth while providing effective drainage. However, it may be uncomfortable to walk on and can shift easily. For high-traffic areas, install crushed gravel stones rather than round gravel.