Slate Patios

Dive into the options for beautiful, long-lasting slate patios.



As seen on DIY Man Caves, this mahogony bar and barbecue area is inspired by an outdoor Japanese man cave. The patio floor is slate and wood cabinets are built for the bbq.

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Slate patios can be a durable and great looking addition to any outdoor living space. If you're considering a slate patio, you'll have many options to choose from.

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

The first consideration is where your slate patio is going to be located. Do you want it adjacent to the house or a deck, or in another area of the backyard? Consider the backyard area you have to work with, the average size of groups that'll be gathering on the patio and the frequency of use, and these factors should help you determine the location and size of your slate patio.

Now it's time to choose your slate pavers. There are a wide range of colors and textures available. Aged slate pavers will give your patio a lived-in look; these pavers are "tumbled" in a machine that creates a worn look and a rustic, lived-in feel for your patio.

Another option is a mix-and-match style. This design employs slate pavers of different sizes and shape to create a visually interesting, seemingly random pattern. It's a little less formal, but it can be more inviting and add personality to your outdoor living space.

Lastly, a very popular choice for slate patios is a geometric pattern. Whether the design is a herringbone, checkerboard or basket weave pattern, this sleek style is often complemented by more contemporary, modern patio furniture.

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