Patios are best installed on a flat terrain. Patios built on an uneven terrain may require the extra expenses of building retaining walls or leveling of the property. Pavers and stones come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and textures, making it easier to incorporate more intricate designs. Another design element becoming more popular are concrete stamped patios.
Stone and concrete patios require minimal maintenance.
Construction of patios requires digging the ground down to clay and leveling a base as well as lifting and cutting heavier materials, which could result in labor being more expensive.