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Question DetailsAsked on 12/23/2016

Is it less expensive to use pavers, concrete, or gravel?

I'm designing my backyard. Extending our patio and adding a forgot and grass. Is it less expensive to use pavers, gravel, or concrete around the rest?

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Of the three choices you gave gravel for sure - as long as it is not higly expensive decorative rock.

VERY rough ballpark numbers - roughly cheapest to most expensive, assuming easy access for placement and simple (not detailed shape) placement, and assuming normal sized area (hundreds, not tens of square feet. For very small areas, bark or stone in bags from the landscaping or home center that you haul yourself is cheapest:

0) sand (though becomes cat liter box) or common gravel or driveway base materials - commonly about $0.50/SF

1) mulch (shredded wood) under $1/SF, couple to few year life before additional needed

2) bark chips $1-1.50/SF, few to max 10 year life before additional needed

3) local commonly available cobbles/large gravel $0.75-1.50/SF

4) lawn from seeded topsoil $1-2/SF

5) decorative but commonly available in bulk stone $1.50-3/SF

6) lawn from sod $2-5/SF

7) asphalt $2-5/SF

8) imported decorative stone cobbles $3-8/SF

9) patio concrete commonly around $3-6/SF plain and simple, $5-10 colored or simple patterned with forms, or about $10-20/SF for detail stamped and/or simulated stone stamped and colored

10) concrete pavers $8-20/SF

11) brick or natural flagstone $15-30/SF

These would be normal cost area installed prices with decent access to the yard and no great concerns about tearing up grass or such with equipment on the way.

DIY cost roughly a third to half these numbers with the materials dumped in your drive or truck-accessible spot in yard and you handle it from there.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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