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patio materials

Posted by ericf z9 CA (My Page) on
Tue, May 18, 10 at 12:00

We are planning to put down 500 square feet of patio+pathways. These will begin right at the steps from our small deck. So a major concern is that stones will be caught in shoes and brought into the house to damage hardwood floors.

The purpose of the patio is to serve as an outdoor dining area, and we'd like something that would work for people with and without shoes.

Our architect suggested stabilized DG as one material. I like the look but have reservations about keeping it out of the house and surviving rain runoff. Does the stabilizer really prevent that?

Another possibility is 3/4" pea gravel with or without a stabilizer.

Third would be pavers, which could also look good but which are quite a step up in pricing.

Flagstone is next up from that.

Any of these would be professionally installed over a well prepared base. I'm interested in hearing about how these materials would meet my criteria (save the floors, stay in place) over the long haul.

Thanks for your insights.

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RE: patio materials

Hi e,

You get what you pay for. More money less comes in the house. Especially if you have kids or they are visiting. Loose material could rubbed off on a bristle mat before entering. Do as people do in Hawaii, don't where shoes in the house. It is not as inconvenient as you think. I get lots of free slippers that way. Have a cute sign beside the door as a reminder. Jmho Aloha

RE: patio materials

Stabilized DG stays in place pretty well. If you are concerned about hardwood floors, some sort of paver is best.

The DG will fray a bit around the edges, releasing particles.

RE: patio materials

We ended up using pea gravel over a standard gravel roadbase, stabilized with Klingstone. Love it! Water drains away beautifully and the Klingstone product keeps the gravel locked in place. We were able to combine different pea gravel colors in an interesting design and keep them in place thanks to the Klngstone.

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