If you’re looking to remodel your home’s outdoor space, you may be wondering whether you should go for a deck or a patio installation. Both options actually offer a great area to gather with friends and family, and relax under a nice sunny day or starry evening, but what is right for you will depend on your needs and preferences.
To help you get started with choosing, we explain the differences between the two below:
When it comes to costs, decks will always be the less expensive option. Even with high-end materials considered, the labor needed to install a deck will still cost less, which is what makes it a more appealing option to some homeowners. Installation is also a big benefit for choosing a deck as the way it’s built (above ground) allows you more creativity in location. This means that tree roots, wet ground and even big slopes can be easily avoided without adding expenses. However, if it’s not cared for regularly, a wood deck will only last around seven to eight years.
While patios require a large initial investment, having one that’s installed by a professional patio contractor will assure you that it will last for more than 25 years with no maintenance, meaning it will hold its value for the entire time. With no pests, rot, mold or natural elements that quickly break down stone, a patio will outlast any other outdoor usable space. Patios are usually built with a solid crushed-stone base below a layer of pavers, which often makes the best solution for any type of weight-bearing applications like driveways or even outdoor hot tubs.
What’s Best for Your Home?
Of course, you’ll still want to determine which outdoor addition works best for your home. You’ll also need to consider as well the purpose for which you hope to use it. If you want to incorporate the landscaping into the overall design, then a patio might work best. A good patio design can be surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers.
However, if you’re more interested in having a wider visual range of your backyard, then you’re better off with building a deck since it can be built off of the ground. This also works well if you have a yard that isn’t level or have a property that’s built on a hill since supports can be cut to any height.
Regardless of what you choose, both of these selections have great merits. So, when you’re faced with making a choice, you’ll only need to understand how you can maximize your outdoor space without sacrificing beauty and usability. Investing in your surrounding outdoors is not only good for your family, it’s also good for your home.
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