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Deck vs. Patio: Which One is Right for You?

Deck vs. Patio

While many homeowners might think the two are the same, make no mistake that patios and decks are very different. Although they both serve the same purpose, by letting you enjoy the outdoors, there are distinct differences between patios and decks. Before you buy the materials to build a deck or hire a contractor to install your patio, check out the following benefits to determine which one is right for you.

Defining Patios and Decks: A patio is mostly a paved area situated directly on the ground, which can either be attached or detached from a house. It can be any shape and a handful of materials can be used to build it, such as concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock, or gravel. The most suitable material used are either concrete or pebbles.

Decks are generally an open outdoor porch or platform that extends from a house and are mainly made of wood. They can either be attached to a house or freestanding and the most popular types of wood used include redwood, cedar, and pine.

Similarities Between Patios and Decks: Both patios and decks are outdoor and provide space for a variety of activities. Other characteristics that they share include:

  • A cover or pergola that can be built over both for shade and privacy
  • An outdoor kitchen and BBQ
  • Fire pits, but keep in mind that if you install one on a deck, other building materials should be used since wood is extremely flammable
  • Both can surround a pool or spa

Cost to Install a Patio and Deck: Patios are generally cheaper to install; however, wood is typically less expensive to buy than concrete, but the time commitment needed to build a deck may outweigh the cheaper costs. The average cost to install a patio is $2,500 whereas the average cost to install a deck is around $6,200. Keep in mind that permits and approval from your homeowner’s association may be needed before you can begin any type of work.

Cleaning Patios and Decks: Believe it or not, you can get mold on both your deck and patio, so it’s important to keep up both and keep them clean. Always check for mold as it can appear under, on or next to your deck. Remember, just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Although patios don’t need to be kept up as often as decks, mold still can occur. If that happens, you can always buy patio washing products from your local hardware store.

Which is Best for Your Needs? Besides the cost factor, you’ll want to determine which outdoor addition works best for your needs. If you’re wanting to integrate landscape into your design, then a patio may work best for your home. You’ll be able to build it around trees and flowers and it will be separate from the home. If your home has a yard that is not leveled or it’s built on a hill, then a deck may work best.

Whichever way you decide to go, decks and patios can offer entertainment, socializing and a relaxing outdoor space. Although they both let you enjoy the outdoors, patios and decks each offer unique features, so be sure to consider all your options before you decide which one will be best for you and your home.

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