Last updated: 4th Oct 2018
The cost of building a patio starts at around $200/m2. However, patio builders can still raise the cost depending on certain factors such as the paving material used and the size of the area.
Ritesh from Queensland paid $6,000 to have a 6.8m x 3.5m patio with a height of 2.55m constructed. The job also included building an insulated, flat-ribbed patio roof that only needed two steel posts as it was secured to a brick wall on three sides.
Another customer from Queensland, Eva, hired a business to remove an existing wooden patio structure on her property. She also needed help installing two ABSCO patio cover kits, which she supplied. She paid $3,300 for the job.
Factors that affect the cost of building a patio
For some reason, an Australian home won’t feel complete without an outdoor entertainment area — and one of the most common types is a patio. If you’re planning on adding one to your home, the first thing you should do is know the cost and understand the things that greatly affect it.
One of the main cost determinants is the size of your patio. A larger and wider patio will require more materials and time to finish, thus it costs more than a smaller one. When finalising the size, it helps to set a budget and work everything around it. This way, you’ll be getting what you want and need without having to spend beyond your limit.
The outdoor flooring you choose is a factor too. There are many paving materials to choose from, and their prices vary.
This is among the most cost-efficient flooring options you have for your patio. Concrete flooring requires little maintenance and can come in different colours. You can polish it up to make it more stylish and add decorative elements for uniqueness. One downside of concrete is that it easily cracks.
Building a wood deck for a patio is a neat idea too. Wood is a sustainable material that will last for years, if properly maintained. It also goes well with any style of home as it has a classic look and feel. However, keep in mind that timber decks require regular maintenance.
- Outdoor tiles
When using tiles, make sure that they are non-slippery, especially if you’re thinking of not putting a roof over your patio. You can mix and match colours, use different shapes, and play with the design to get your desired look.
If you like that old, rustic feel for your backyard, then using bricks for your patio is the perfect choice. They do not need regular upkeep and naturally aren’t slippery.
- Natural stone
This is one of the priciest paving materials available — you can expect the supply and installation to be expensive. However, it can certainly give your patio a beautiful, natural elegance. It’s also durable and eco-friendly, and it requires almost no maintenance.
If you want a patio you can use in any season, building a roof over it is the way to go. Your options are Colorbond roofs, kit roofs, flat roofs, polycarbonate roofs, corrugated roofs, and shade sails.
Looking to hire a builder to construct a patio? ServiceSeeking.com.au has tradesmen who are ready to give you a quote.
Pricing information correct as at August 2016
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