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For other uses, see Patio (disambiguation).

A patio (/ˈpæti./,[1] from Spanish: patio [ˈpatjo]; "courtyard", "forecourt", "yard") is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved.

The word comes to English from Spanish, where it has a different meaning, namely a roofless inner courtyard.

Patios are most commonly constructed from paving slabs (also known as paving flags). There are two main types of paving slab; concrete or stone. Concrete slabs are cheaper than their natural stone counterparts. This is because the cost of production is far lower. Concrete slabs are produced solely within a manufacturing plant unlike natural stone which is extracted from quarries.[2]

As well as paving slabs, patios can also be created using other durable surfaces such as bricks, block paving, tile, concrete, natural paving stones or cobbles.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Patio in the Oxford Dictionary". 
  2. ^ "Types of Patio Paving". SE Landscape Construction Ltd. 


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Patios at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of patio at Wiktionary