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As you are putting away your outdoor furniture and getting ready for winter I am sure it makes you think about how you can improve your outdoor space for next year. One of the best ways to do that is to install new gravel or crushed rock patio for fun gatherings of family and friends. A study recently found that 38% of homeowners used gravel or crushed rock to upgrade their patios, pathways, or driveways. Winter is a good time to plan the type of patio you would like to design and have ready for the first warm days next year. In this blog, we would like to give you a few suggestions on why these materials are so popular…

Gravel Patios Are Less Expensive

Gravel is one of the most inexpensive patio material options. A gravel dealer will make the gravel easy to get. Bray will deliver it to your home! It is also easy to install so you can save on the cost of labor if you want to do it yourself.

Gravel Patios Are Quicker and Easier to Install

Instead of spending days leveling the ground and laying pavers, you could be relaxing on your new gravel patio in no time! A paver border can help keep the rocks contained. With pavers, you need to dig and level the ground, then you need to lay each and every paver so it is spaced correctly, which can take a long time. The crushed grave does not require as much precision because it conforms to the base it is poured on. Top off the pea gravel patio with more stones as they settle or go missing.

Gravel Patios Look Great

Grayish gravel provides an unrefined complement for weathered furniture finishes, concrete and marble garden ornaments, leafy foliage, and vibrant flowers. Opt for tan or gray gravel when you want to create organic, neutral character; use gold, brown, white, and rust gravels to create high-impact patio floors. Gravel and rock can hide mistakes much better than a misplaced paver.

Gravel Patios Give You Lots of Options

You’ll find lots of choices available when it comes to color, ranging from tan to gold to rust. Keep in mind that darker colors retain heat, while lighter colors can sometimes look stark. For the most natural look, select a tan, gray, or light brown gravel. You can also mix gravels for a custom look. Another matter of personal preference is that of shape. Round gravel, such as pea gravel, has the most give and is the most comfortable to walk on. The gravel does shift some. You’ll notice footprints in your patio after you walk on it, and you’ll need to rake the gravel back into place and add more gravel from time to time.

Gravel Patios Require Very Little Maintenance

A pea gravel patio is fairly easy to maintain. To keep its surface evened out, you’ll need to rake the stones back into place occasionally, but the only real challenge is snow removal. Light snow may be removed with a leaf blower, while the trick with deeper snow is to shovel until there is a thin layer you can melt with salt. Patios built with wood planks or stone pavers usually have to be power washed, stained, or painted frequently. Gravel patios, on the other hand, are virtually maintenance-free. A leaf blower will get rid of any debris and you do not need to worry about moss or mildew. You may need to add more gravel over the years.

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