Patio Price Guide 2021
Prices Updated 2021
Sourced From Dozens of UK Based Landscape Gardeners
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A new patio can dramatically improve both the aesthetics and functionality of any garden.
As patios are so popular, there are hundreds of different types of materials to choose from. Concrete slabs, slates and blocks are all popular choices.
In This Guide We’ll Look at:
How much are landscape gardeners charging to lay a new patio?
What is the cost on a per square metre basis for a typical patio?
How do patio prices compare to garden decking and the various driveway surfaces?
How to get a custom quote.
+ many more in our FAQs section
Most experts advise consumers to get at least three quotes for home improvement projects so they can compare prices and weed out overchargers.
We’ve taken things a little further, and in 2021 we asked 29 landscape gardeners from around the UK to give us a cost for a new patio.
As no two patio projects are ever the same, below, you’ll find a breakdown of the project details. Everything listed here is included in the prices that you’ll find further down the page:
- Excavate the existing ground and remove waste material.
- Level ground.
- Create a sound sub-base with crushed and compacted hardcore to around 100mm in depth.
- Lay a weed proof membrane.
- Create a laying course of sand or sand/cement at 25-40mm deep.
- Supply and lay slabs on a gradient of 1:60 so the rainwater drains off the patio and doesn’t pool.
- Point-in joints with mortar to leave a neat finish.
- All waste material is taken away and disposed of.
- All prices displayed below include VAT.
The prices below are an average of the figures given to us for a straight-forward patio installation as described above. Do note the extra costs to consider as shown further down the page.
Patio Cost Guide 1 – 25 Square Metres
The prices shown below are for a straight-forward project with the following:
- Good access to the garden.
- Rectangular shape.
- Slabs priced at £30 per sq mtr.
- No drainage channels or soakaway needed.
- No walls or steps.
- No fancy pointing.
- An expectation that the work will take between two and three days.
|South, SW and Midlands||£2250||£2500|
|Outer Region and North||£2000||£2250|
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Patio Price Example 2 – 25 Square Metres
The price below is also for patio at 25 square metres and is also for slabs priced at £30 but there’s some extra work needed:
- Steps to patio doors.
- Extra levelling of the ground as it’s on a slope.
- Drainage channel to an existing soakaway.
- Access to the garden is somewhat of an issue as it’s quite far from the road so there’s the extra distance to carry the materials.
The price below reflects the extra cost of the materials to level the ground, the drainage channels and the extra labour.
|South, SW and Midlands||£2750||£3250|
|Outer Region and North||£2500||£2750|
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Cost To Install a Patio Per Square Metre
Per square metre pricing is difficult to achieve without looking at the project as each garden is different but the cost per square metre is lower if the garden is bigger.
Don’t forget, you can save up £10 per square metre by choosing cheaper slabs.
Use the figures below as a very rough guide, for anything else, get a custom quote here.
|Up to 30 sq mtr||£75 psm||£130 psm|
|30 - 50 sq mtr||£65 psm||£120 psm|
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Extra Patio Costs to Consider
The prices above are fairly typical, straight-forward patio installations.
Note that the following will add to the cost:
Drainage – the prices we’ve displayed assume that the rainwater can drain off the patio into a flowerbed or lawn. That might not be possible with your garden and you may need a drainage solution such as drainage channels and a soakaway. This will obviously cost more.
Major levelling works – not every garden is level and if you need extensive groundworks completed, just to get the garden level for a patio, this will cost more.
Steps and brick walls – this isn’t something we’ve costed for in our patio price example. If your project involves lots of brick walls around the patio and plenty of steps, you’ll need to get a custom quote.
Patio type – there are hundreds of different patio slabs to choose from, the cheapest are priced around £20 per square metre (supply only) but aren’t good for much. Top-quality slabs go up to just over £125 per square metre. The base price for a decent slab is around £30 per metre and our patio cost guide is based on slabs at this price range.
Patio shape – square or rectangular patios produce very little wastage during the construction stage. The slabs are laid neatly and very few cuts are required. Circular, curved or triangular patios require a lot of extra cuts and much more waste. The amount of wastage, that’s cuts of slabs that can’t be used elsewhere on the project, can more than triple if you have a complicated patio design, perhaps a patio with lots of curves for example. Our price guide assumes a good old-fashioned rectangular patio.
Any extra work required such as raising flowerbeds, tree removal, brick walls, large doorsteps or relocating underground pipes or cables etc. can add to the patio cost.
Smaller firms will charge more than larger companies – needless to say, a small firm with one or two workers will charge much less than a larger firm with more overheads and profit expectations. We gathered prices from a wide variety of firms of different sizes, you may well find the prices you’re given are tat he lower end of the price scale if you go with a small local one-man type of business.
Is a New Patio Cheaper or More Expensive Than Decking? What About Driveway Costs?
Another option to consider is garden decking, there’s plenty of different types to choose from and it’s very popular
Check out our guide to decking, drainage and also our driveway cost guides below:
Garden Timber Decking (see how much garden decking costs here) – a popular alternative to patios but can be intertwined with a patio for a unique effect. Decking requires more maintenance but creates a somewhat more natural look to the garden.
Soakaways (see how much a soakaway costs here) – soakaways hold rainwater underground until it can slowly seep into the ground. They help to reduce flash surface flooding and are one of several drainage options. If you need to install a soakaway for a garden, driveway or roof guttering, check our guide to soakaway prices.
Our Driveway Price Guide (see driveway price guide here) – we’ve displayed the going rate for tarmac, pattern concrete, block paving, resin and gravel. We prefer the low-maintenance features of resin although it’s at the upper end of the price scale. Gravel is the cheapest option but requires the most ongoing maintenance.
Get a Custom Patio Quote Online
Patio price guides like ours can be helpful for budgeting, and many of our visitors use them as a better-than-ballpark estimate. However, as every patio project is different, we suggest you get a personalized quote that’s based on the specifics of your property and your requirements.
- Get an accurate price in writing.
- A prompt service, get your custom patio price quickly, often in hours, not days.
- Read vetted reviews that are only from past customers, not from untrusted sources.
- You can compare patio prices online from up to three different landscape gardeners.
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Garden Patio: Questions and Answers
Can I Save Money by Leaving the Existing Patio in Place and Covering it With New Slabs?
This certainly would save money as there would be less waste and the project could be completed in less time. Whether this is feasible will depend on:
- How high the new patio would be and whether this would cause issues at doorways or the damp course.
- Whether the existing patio and sub-base are sound or likely to shift.
- The overall shape of the new patio
How Recent Are These Patio Prices?
We published this patio price guide in 2021.
Where Did These figures Come From?
We contacted 29 landscape gardening specialists from several towns around the UK. The figures displayed are an average of the prices supplied to us by them.
Do I Need to Get Planning Permission For a Concrete or Patio Driveway?
For patios in gardens not facing public roads (i.e. back gardens), you shouldn’t need to apply for planning permission unless your property is subject to planning restrictions.
Can The Slabs be Laid Over Dirt? Can I Do This Type of Work Myself?
The sub-base is the most important aspect of any patio project. It should be strong enough to support the slabs and anything on them, including outdoor furniture and foot traffic etc.
Without adequate support under the patio, it may shift, and cracks or gaps may appear, which will lead to water ingress and further issues. Weeds can also be a problem if the patio is laid onto dirt or a very thin sub-base.
The sub-base is usually made from 100-125mm of crushed and compacted hardcore with an additional 25-40mm bedding layer of sand or cement between the sub-base and the slabs.
While many patios are laid by competent DIYers, it’s not an easy project. Complex patios such as those with curves or split levels should be done, in our opinion, by an experienced landscaper.
Are There Any Landcsaping Associations Where I Can Find Reputable Installers?
BALI – The British Association of Landscape Industries has a register of over 900 approved companies that offer soft and hard landscaping services.
Also, you can try the Association of Professional Landscapers where you find firms that’ll offer prices for patios and other hard landscaping projects.
You can also use our network of tradespeople to find a good quality installer and of course, there’s Checkatrade, Trustmark, Which? and other general trader associations that you’ve probably heard of. The more memberships a tradesperson or company has, the more likely they are to do a good job, in our opinion.
Where is the Best Place to Ask a Technical Question About The Installation of a Patio?
Tony McCormack’s The Paving Expert is by far the best place for technical information related to paving and driveways in the UK. It’s the go-to resource for both landscapers and DIYers.
How Long Does It Take To Lay a Patio?
Most landscapers we know can lay around 25 square metres per day, but that is just the laying of the slabs and excludes the preparation work and pointing the mortar joint.
The time required depends on so many factors:
- What is access like to the garden? How far is the garden from the road/skip etc?
- How difficult it is to excavate the area, levelling etc.
- Whether drainage is required, also soakaways etc.
- Steps, wall or any extras needed.
- The type of pointing chosen – it takes minutes to brush in a sand/cement mix but peaked pointing takes hours, even for a small patio (see pointing options here)
- The weather.
For a straught-forward 25 square metre, rectangular patio with good access, This is a rough guide to how long it takes:
Day 1 – Excavating and removing waste and laying sub-base.
Day 2 – Lay slabs.
Day 3 – Pointing and finishing off.
Extra time – allow extra time for drainage installation, construction of soakaway, walls, steps etc.
Obviously, the more workers on a project, the quicker it will go.
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