Concrete is so commonly used that it's easy to overlook its positive qualities. A concrete patio exudes modern appeal, and it is perfect for spaces where you want crisply defined edges.
Estimated cost: $5 to $10 per square foot, installed
Pro or DIY? Hire a pro. Concrete sets very quickly, so it is extremely unforgiving. Unless you already have experience working with concrete, it's probably best to leave this job to the experts.
Process snapshot: First, the area for your concrete patio must be dug out and leveled. Next, barriers are put in place that will determine the shape of the patio. Filler material such as gravel is spread out, and then the concrete is poured, leveled, finished and cured.