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The Ultimate Patio Materials Quiz
by Staff
Patios are a fantastic way to extend your living space. Knowing about patio materials will help you get the patio of your dreams. Take this quiz to see how concrete your knowledge is about the materials used in patios.

How do patios differ from decks?

  • level to the ground
  • raised above ground
  • use different materials

What is a disadvantage of using natural stone for patios?

  • uneven texture
  • durable
  • regular surfaces

What is a type of natural stone?

  • vinyl
  • manufactured wood
  • slate

How does the cost of stone compare to other patio options?

  • less expensive
  • same
  • more expensive

How does the durability of stone compare to other patio options?

  • less durable
  • same
  • more durable

What do concrete pavers look like?

  • mimic brick
  • mimic natural stone
  • both answers

What is a disadvantage of concrete pavers that look like stone?

  • The color of concrete pavers may fade over time.
  • The color of concrete pavers may intensify over time.
  • Neither answer is correct.

What will happen if the concrete pavers are scratched?

  • The pavers have solid color throughout the paver.
  • The concrete will show through.
  • The concrete paver will not scratch.

If you use permeable pavers, what material will be used to fill in the spaces between the pavers?

  • concrete
  • dirt
  • small stones

For a patio, what is an advantage of poured concrete?

  • versatile shape
  • low cost
  • both answers

What may happen to concrete over time?

  • crack
  • shrink
  • bubble

How may you jazz up boring concrete?

  • tinted
  • stamped
  • both answers

May you tile your patio with the same material you use in your kitchen?

  • no problem
  • exterior tiles, but interior grout
  • no, only exterior tiles and grout

What may happen to exterior tiles if they remain wet for a long time?

  • algae growth
  • bubbling
  • cracking

Why should you use unglazed tiles for a patio instead of glazed tiles?

  • non-slippery
  • lose color
  • crack

How does the cost of tile compare to other patio options?

  • less expensive
  • same
  • more expensive

To make it suitable for a patio, what must be done to brick?

  • special firing
  • sanded
  • colored

How many bricks are used to form a pinwheel pattern?

  • four and a half bricks
  • five bricks
  • eight bricks

What may happen if you install bricks on sand?

  • weed growth
  • cracking
  • deterioration

How does the price of brick compare to other patio options?

  • more than poured concrete
  • more than concrete pavers
  • both answers