What are the best patio surfaces if you are living in Charlotte, NC? It depends on what you will be using the patio for!
The most traditional surface is concrete. It is still the standard for track builders to provide a small “slab” outside the rear exit door of a home. The advantages are lower cost, low maintenance, and ease of installation. The disadvantages are primarily the propensity to crack and poor aesthetics. Stamped concrete improves the aesthetics, raises the cost, but does not address the cracking.
Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck
Flagstone is a popular surface for it’s aesthetics and is often found in high end neighborhoods. The advantages are the beauty and low maintenance, the disadvantages are the very high cost and will still crack over time.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls
Paver patios are the most popular surface in Charlotte. They combine the reasonable price point with good aesthetics. People believe that weeds can grow up in between the pavers (which normally happens only when an amateur constructs the patio and does not add enough base or seeds fall from above and grow in the poly sand). They come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Travertine Tile stone deck with iron rail by Archadeck of Charlotte
Finally, Travertine patios have been the fastest growing segment of the market here in Charlotte. They have tighter lines than traditional paves with less chance of weeds growing in between in the sand. In addition, the look resembles a tile and in fact can be purchased as a tile for applications directly over concrete on decks. The price point is slightly higher than pavers.
For more information on all outdoor living spaces, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
As Eze Breeze windows have grown in popularity in the Charlotte, NC market, there is a thirst for knowledge around pricing. The actual landed cost around the windows (which are custom made) are somewhat comparable to a vinyl framed glass window while they are quite a bit larger.
The installation cost of an Eze Breeze window is less as is the trim work required around the system. The keys are that when you look at enclosing a porch, adding glass means also adding trim inside and outside. In addition, depending on your local building codes, once you add glass to your porch, it may require a building permit while adding Eze Breeze does not!
EZE Breeze screen porch with a difficult roof connection built by Archadeck of Charlotte
Eze Breeze windows are great and affordable porch enclosure solution providing you are not looking for a room addition, but rather an outdoor room. In the Charlotte market, we can use our porches most of the 12 months a year if we add either an outdoor fireplace or heaters to the porch. The beauty over glass, is that the windows allow for more free air flow in the warmer months and more of a cross breeze since they are able to be built from the ceiling to the floor unlike glass windows due the weight for the hardware.
To find out more about Eze Breeze windows, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
Hardscape designs can be defined by a combination of products being incorporated into a project. We have grown into a full hardscape design build firm at Archadeck of Charlotte.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio
stone outdoor fireplace with flagstone patio and outdoor kitchen in Charlotte
The origins of hardscapes was really referring to any retaining wall work and patio work. Today we lump the term “hardscapes” with almost any hard surface like outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and water features.
The market has made a major shift towards more and more hardscape designs in the Carolinas. The combination of substrates such as stacked stone, pavers, and block are a very common theme today.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this decorative retaining wall and paver patio with paver steps
Fire pit on paver patio with stone sitting wall in Charlotte, NC
To see a wide variety of hardscape designs, you can visit archadeckofcharlotte.com or go to the show room in Charlotte at 2225 Coronation Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28227.
Here are the top 5 patio design ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina by Archadeck:
Paver Patio with ledge stone fire pit and sitting wall and a wood pergola with an outdoor kitchen in Ft. Mill, SC
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built outdoor kitchen with Green Egg, Fire Magic Grill, Travertine counter, outdoor sink, and outdoor refrigerator
- A stone fire pit with a matching stone sitting wall that leaves the perfect amount of room for your feet while being close enough to feel the warmth of the fire!
- A water feature that provides a soothing sound of moving water and very low-maintenance since the design has no standing water to attract algae and mosquitoes.
- A highly functional and beautiful outdoor kitchen with all of the storage area one wants to store utensils and cleaning supplies. The design fits in perfectly with the architectural characteristics of the home.
- A walkway designed with the same material as the patio to provide a dry area to commute between the driveway and the backyard.
- A wrap around sitting wall constructed with the same paver material as the patio to provide a consistent and functional patio.
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio and fieldstone outdoor fireplace
Archadeck of Charlotte paver patio and fire pit
Charlotte outdoor pizza oven
To see a wonderful photo gallery of patio design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com
Patio Enclosures in a long time manufacturer of sun rooms (both 3 – season and 4 – season) and for years had a retail presence in Charlotte, NC.
As of 2016, Archadeck of Charlotte has been awarded the license to install their products for customers that want energy-efficient rooms of the highest quality.
Beautiful Custom Screen Porch in Charlotte by Archadeck
Archadeck of Charlotte was established in 1988 and has designed and built over 22,000 projects and is one of the best know licensed general contractors for home remodeling with a national reputation for excellence.
For those customers interested in low-maintenance sunrooms and porches, call Archadeck at 704-944-1350 or go to archadeckofcharlotte.com