What’s better than springtime in New Jersey? Places with heavy snowfall, and four distinct seasons, are the best places to feel the spring season. Suddenly, the frigid and snowy conditions of winter are starting to wane. Warmer breezes are coming in, and rain might even be falling. The entire summer and fall season lies out ahead of you. It’s going to be a long time until the next winter.

If you’re a homeowner, relaxing and entertaining outside if one the very best things about the warmer weather. You’ve been cooped up inside for months now, and it’s finally time to spend more time in the great outdoors – without having to bundle up. Those long evenings under the stars, relaxing with good company, are one of the best things about summer.

If you haven’t considered a new patio lately, here are 3 reasons to build a new one for this summer.

1. They’re relatively affordable

Nobody is saying that a professionally installed patio comes for free – but when you place it within the broad spectrum of home renovation projects, building a new patio is a moderate if not affordable project. Obviously it’s always best to invest in the core infrastructure of your home if certain things need upgrades, such as siding or roofing. But if the fundamentals of your house are solid, and you’re looking for that affordable project that makes a big difference, there’s a strong argument for a new patio.

2. You’ll enjoy it all summer

If you live in New Jersey, or another state with four seasons, you’re always thinking about ways to get the most out of the summer months. There are a lot of good, sturdy and classic ways to pave a new patio. Raised or step patios can provide added dimension, and you can pave with materials like brick, concrete, brick pavers, flagstone, and so on. If your patio installation specialist is skilled and experienced, you should be able to achieve a classic look with a distinct professional touch.

But the final result isn’t the only reason to work with a talented builder. Contractors experienced in building patios can often offer the most competitive bids because they’re able to schedule and finish more effectively, which is also better for homeowners. Obviously, it’s crucial to make sure quality is never sacrificed in exchange for getting the job done more quickly. But there are contractors who provide a good balance between work speed and professional quality. Online review sites usually give a fairly good picture of which contractor is building the best reputation in the community.

Finding the right contractor to build your patio

If you live in a big city, or even a small town, there are probably a handful of contractors in your area. How do you know which one will build you the best patio, at the best price, with the best customer service and written guarantees? It might take a little research. The contractor’s own web site is an important indicator, but it’s more important to look for information on objective review platforms such as Yelp, Google or Angie’s List.