Outdoor living spaces are a great addition to any home. They create more space to entertain, encourage more time spent outside, and increase the resale value of your home. Decks and patios are both great outdoor living space options and they’re both investment pieces, so how do you choose? Let’s take a closer look at decks and patios to learn which one is right for your home.
A deck is an open outdoor porch that extends off of a house. Sometimes a deck is a raised platform, other times they’re level with the ground. Decks offer a great resale value, but they come with more maintenance than a patio. The wood is susceptible to weather conditions and will wear over time. Decks work great on uneven terrain when a patio can’t be used. Since a deck can be raised, you get to create an even space on uneven terrain. Decks can be painted and stained to fit whatever your style preference is. Decks do have weight limits if they’re raised, so this isn’t ideal if you want to have a full outdoor kitchen. Decks also often require a permit to build, so the process can take a bit longer to complete.
Patios are outdoor living areas made of concrete that sit directly on the ground. This means they require level terrain to be made. Patios are cheap to create and require little to no maintenance. Patios rarely require a permit and last up to 20 years! If a patio isn’t sealed it can be susceptible to staining, but that is a personal preference depending on how much staining would bother you. Patios are the perfect choice if you want an outdoor kitchen or a fire pit without worrying about fire hazards and weight restrictions.
Making the Choice
Ultimately, choosing a patio or a deck comes down to your wants and needs for the space, as well as your budget. If you’re unsure what’s right for you, enlist the help of an exterior designer or a contractor to come see the space and offer their insights. Decks offer a higher return on investment, but they’re also more expensive to build. Try to remember the long-term goals you have for your space before deciding what investment to make into your homes exterior. Neither a deck or a patio should be built without the help of a professional.