1. Costs– Decks are always less expensive than patios. If you have your heart set on using high-end materials to construct the deck, the labor required for installation is still less than pouring a patio. This means that decks definitely cost less, however they do require more maintenance than patios because the lifespan of a wood structure is usually between seven to eight years unless it is properly maintained. Now that there so many different deck material options on the market, you can easily extend the life of your deck by choosing composites and all-weather stains. Pressure-treated wood is growing in popularity because its cutting-edge technology enables smaller molecules in the stain to reach a rich brown color deep down into the wood which maximizes the deck’s longevity. Although patios cost more than decks, a correctly constructed patio can exceed 25 years without any maintenance! For this reason, they are worth the hefty initial investment. In addition, you’ll never have to worry about pests, rot, molds or the negative effects of Mother Nature. A well-built patio will outlast any other outdoor living space, so it’s definitely worth considering if you prefer maintenance-free options for your dream home.
2. Installation– Deck structures are built above the ground so that tree roots and big slopes can be covered. As a result, there are more options for choosing an ideal location for your deck. In the past, patios were limited to flat surfaces. Today, patios are built with a solid crushed stone base below a layer of pavers which means that they can be installed flush to the ground. This is an important aspect to consider if you have basement windows and want to maximize interior daylight instead of having it blocked by a deck. Today, there are ways of installing patios regardless of slopes thanks to the use of new retaining walls and multi-level systems. This makes patios a viable option for front or backyard installation. Patios are also the best solution for weight-bearing applications such as driveways and hot tubs.
3. Bang for Your Buck– According to Gallup, a good deck can increase the perceived value of a home by up to 10% and patios by up to 12%. The goal with the installation of either option is to maximize outdoor living space which is usually done more easily with a patio versus a deck. Potential buyers are often willing to settle for smaller square footage inside of the home if there is a pleasant outdoor living space.
Bottom line, choose whichever option is best for you and your family based on your budget, maintenance and usage preferences.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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