So you want to spend time in your Durango Colorado backyard, and are in need of a patio, but which type of material should be used?

So you are thinking about  building or replacing the patio area on your property in Durango, CO.  It’s a good idea to envision how your family will use the space before you invite a contractor over to look at your site.  I will touch on three different hard surfaces that are common to use in the construction of backyard landscaping in Durango, Co, concrete, flagstone and manufactured pavers.

Concrete ideas:

Concrete is widely used in outdoor situations, it is versatile, durable, available in different colors and relatively easy to work with.  Concrete is great for very high traffic areas and for use in areas that will have patio tables and several  chairs and it is also easy to sweep or wash clean.  It is also possible to stamp patterns into concrete or to acid wash for a different look.  Concrete is readily available in all areas of the country and many contractors are familiar with its use and limitations.


Many people like the natural look of real stone and choose a flagstone patio for their outdoor hardscaping area.  Flagstone is available locally in several colors and textures at either Eagle Block or Durango Nursery and Supply.  In my opinion, flagstone is most appropriate for use in walkways and informal sitting areas, such as a place to sit and ponder the view or visit with a few friends.  Flagstone requires some skill to cut and fit so that it looks natural and so that it stays in place and does not settle over the years.  Take a look at our Pinterest Patio page for more examples of Flagstone Patios.


In recent years, manufactured pavers have come solidly on the market, available in many sizes, colors and textures.  Pavestone and Belgard are some of the more popular companies, but there are many to choose from.  Individual pieces are set on a sand base and compacted into place once the installation is completed.  They are very durable and suited for use in many applications, including high use areas.  The wide range of colors and textures make them a practical choice in many outdoor applications.

Gardenhart Landscape & Design would be happy to help you decide what materials would work well for your application and why they are appropriate.  We are located in Durango, Colorado and work throughout the Four Corners area.  Watch our you tube video about how we installed a pavestone patio.