How Much Does A Paver Patio Cost?
One of the first questions our potential landscape clients want to know when they call our company is: How much does a paver patio cost? Although this is a tough question to answer, we will try to do our best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.
The purchase of a paver patio is much like the purchase of a vehicle or even a home. With so many options available, price ranges can vary drastically.
Here are some of the variables that will affect the price of a paver patio project:
Ideally, a patio is going to be flat. Retaining walls or other measures may be needed if the patio is to be positioned on uneven terrain.
- Excavation for base
To create a 4-8 inch base of compacted gravel, it may be required to excavate existing base or soil. Hauling this soil off-site is an added expense
- Base soil type
For traditional pavers, crushed gravel is compacted and then sand installed for a base. Some paver styles require deeper gravel bases and clear crushed gravel for drainage purposes.
-Ease of access to the site
If the entire project is in the backyard of a gated area, this will increase the time it takes to excavate soil, prep the site, and will limit the type of machinery to be used.
- Type and style of paver
There is a wide variety of paver colors and shapes. Typical costs for pavers range from $4-6 per square foot.
- Design of different paver sizes
Complicated circles or designs add to the labor of a project. Some paver projects have 3-5 different shapes of pavers that are installed in a pattern. The more complex the pattern, the more time is required for installation. Polysand is used for the joints of the pavers and can also affect the cost of a project depending on color and quantity.
- The shape of the patio (curved vs. straight)
Circular and bending patios required a lot more cutting of the pavers and increase the time of installation. Straight edged patios require less cutting since most common pavers are rectangular or square in shape.
Here are some examples with prices to give you an idea of what your new patio could cost.