If you add a patio to your house, you will probably have to build outside steps to get up to and down from your new platform. When choosing the best patio outside steps, consider the material you want to use as well as the overall cost. The best steps are going to suit your patio and your home as well as your budget. Brick steps can give a tasteful, solid appearance to a patio. If your house has a brick exterior, this may be the best option. Stone patio outside steps tend to be more expensive than brick, but can be more versatile in the types of house exterior and deck with which they tend to coordinate attractively. A budget-friendly alternative to stone or brick steps is stamped concrete. Expert concrete stampers create faux brick or stone effects by using realistic textures and colors. Objects such as metal grates are pressed, or stamped, into wet concrete to make the texture.
The concrete may first be dyed or paints may be added after the stamped sections are dry to create a mottled, stone or brick look. If you want to hire a stamped concrete contractor, be sure to check his or her past work and references. Plain concrete patio outside steps can be a particularly low-priced choice, but the look is also often quite plain and utilitarian. Concrete patio step designs can appear a lot more interesting if they are part of a landscaped yard with planters on one or both sides of the steps.