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Patios and Driveways

Searching for a Minneapolis patio builder or Minnesota driveway contractor? At Natural Environments Corporation, we’re here to design the best patios and driveways in the Minneapolis area. Our team of experts has been working since 1983 to provide all our clients with the best landscaping solutions for them. We make sure you get a safe, beautiful, and on-budget patio or driveway that you can enjoy for many years to come. If you need one installed, contact us today to get a free quote. 

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What Are Patios and Driveways?

Patios and driveways are an aspect of your outdoor environment, and affect both the functionality and aesthetics of your property. 

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Driveways are used to egress the property The weight of vehicles that use the driveway, along with Minnesota’s freeze-thaw cycle adds a lot of stress, making a properly designed and installed driveway critical for the driveway’s longevity.

They’re also one of the first things people see when they pull up to your house, so they’re an important aspect of curb appeal. When a driveway begins to fail, it can detract from the appearance of your house, which is important for resale and for you as a proud property owner.

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Patios are entertainment spaces where we enjoy time outdoors, and overall they’re an essential part of our lives. When you’re outside sitting on your patio, you want to feel good about where you’re sitting. You want to make sure it’s functional. Perhaps you’d like to have an outdoor dining area, a seating area, or a fire pit.

Regardless of what you’re using it for, we want to make sure it’s both something you’re proud of and safe to walk on. 

If you need a patio or driveway installed, our team will be happy to help. Request a quote today to get started. 

How Are Patios and Driveways Installed?

When you’re considering the installation of a new driveway or patio, there are several factors to take into consideration. The first is the design — how is the driveway flowing up into your garage or your property? How is the patio going to function? Is it large enough for the way you intend to use it? Overall, coming up with the right design for a patio and driveway is really important. Ideally, it will take all these questions into account. 

The selection of materials will be one important factor. It’s critical for the aesthetic and for your intended use. As an example, you wouldn’t have a wooden patio if you were planning on having a fire pit since there would be a risk that it would catch on fire. 

What Happens if Patios and Driveways Aren’t Installed Correctly?

Before we begin the installation process, there are many factors to consider. That’s why it’s important to find someone skilled and knowledgeable to properly install driveways and patios. After all, they’re a relatively significant investment, so you want to make sure the person installing them knows what they’re doing. 

Improperly installed driveways can break apart relatively quickly and don’t look very good at that point. The same thing is true of patios. Frost can move them, creating trip hazards or drainage issues, so there are quite a few things that need to be taken into account in the design and installation of patios and driveways.

Part of that also includes the subsoils. What product is suitable for the environment? Are you in a clay environment or a sandy environment? These types of questions can help determine what products you want to use. We always explore these factors during the design process. Request a free quote to find out more about our Minneapolis patio building, design and installation services for patios and driveways. 


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Natural Environments Corporation Frequently Asked Questions

Patios can be made in a variety of different materials. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Pavers
  • Wood
  • Loose materials (such as gravel)
  • Concrete
  • Tile
  • Cut Stone

Our experts are capable of working with many different types of materials. If you’d like to find out the full list of options we have available for you, feel free to contact us today.

Without an understanding of your specific situation, this question is impossible to answer. We always recommend materials based on your needs, budget, desired aesthetic, and so on. The perfect material for one person’s patio will likely not be the same as another’s. Our designers can help you choose the perfect patio product for your unique situation.

There are many low-maintenance patio options available. However, stone patios and concrete patios are usually considered the most low-maintenance options. These two types of patios are very durable and require virtually no maintenance. The main maintenance you’ll need to do is cleaning your patio regularly to ensure that it maintains its aesthetically pleasing appearance. 

Yes, driveways can add value to your home. Some estimates suggest that a well-maintained driveway can add as much as 5-10% to your property’s value. Well-maintained is an important word here, though — poorly installed or worn driveways can have the opposite effect. 

Just like patios, there are many different types of driveways. Some types include, but are not limited to:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Pavers
  • Gravel
  • Stamped concrete
  • Brick
  • Stone

During the design process, we will weigh your specific wants with your budget to determine which driveway material is best for your needs.

Getting a new driveway is not always necessary, but it is recommended in some cases. The main aspect you’ll want to consider is whether the driveway is functional and safe. If there are major cracks in the driveway, it may pose a tripping hazard to your household and any guests you have over. 

At Natural Environments Corporation, we handle both driveway installation and repair, so we’ll be able to help you determine whether getting a new driveway is the best choice for your situation. 



Our landscaping services in Minneapolis St. Paul – Twin Cities include landscape design, retaining walls, boulder retaining walls, stone walls, rip rap, shoreline erosion control, patios, driveways, helical piers and more.


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