Decks vs Patios - Which is the right choice - Exterior Renovations
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If your house is in need of some outdoor space, adding a patio or deck can increase your square foot without being the bank. Each option offers an area to gather with friends and family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars); the option you choose will likely depend on your budget, space and needs as well as the layout of your house. Let’s take a look at the benefits of both patios and decks so your hardest decision will be where to place the grill.

What’s the difference

A patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly on the ground and is usually paver bricks stone or cement, where a deck can be placed on or above the ground and is made of wood or composite material that looks like wood.  Decks or patios may or may not be connected to the house or constructed in a separate part of the yard. In most cases patios do not have a rail; they may or may not be covered. Today’s patios might feature party goodies like fire pits, built in barbecues, and sitting areas, making them the perfect relaxation or socialization space.  In all honesty adding the option of a fireplace at the end of the patio is a game changer for me.  Adding a real wood burning fireplace to a raised deck is a lot more expensive then just digging the foundation in the grass for use off the end of a patio.

Let’s compare costs

As with all renovation projects, your budget will likely impact your choice along with the style of your home.  The range for a deck or patio addition project can be large. For instance, Many home improvement websites provide cost comparison calculators and if you have basic math skills and can read a tape measure you can come pretty close to an actual dollar amount your materials will cost.   An average deck is going to run you around $6,00 to $10,000 in material and if you’re going to hire a professionals to do the work  you can figure around $15,000 for a new deck.   In short, patios are usually cheaper than decks. The cost of the project will depend upon a variety of factors though as you can imagine but the biggest factor is size.  Cement for a patio is about half the cost of decking but its not as easy to work with with.

It all comes down to choice

For me I prefer patios of all kinds over decks.  Red brick paver, large flat stones connected with mortar and even cement has a charm that brings warmth and romance to your outdoor living space.  I like the ability to walk out onto the grass and be part of the landscape.  I feel that patios offer far more options then decks as you can add a pond off to the side and a fireplace as I mentioned earlier.  Patios can be “sculpted” and curved and narrowed into a walkway where a deck is a square or a rectangle and to do anything different is EXPENSIVE.  But, I have to add it looks incredible when its done.

You can keep expanding a patio where adding onto a deck is doable but not as easy.  You can plant flowers along the side of the patio as well as all kinds of other options such as a pergola look amazing over a patio and not as good over a deck.  Patios remind me of the “old world” look of European country homes and villas that are just gorgeous.  In saying that your house location has everything to say about your choice.  If your back yard is on a steep decline then a deck is a fantastic choice and now your scenic views come into play and I love that, too.

Whichever way you choose to go, both decks and patios offer a positive return on your investment and unlimited possibilities for entertaining, socializing, or simply relaxing in an outdoor space. Contact Exterior Renovations today to see how we can extend your living space through the addition of a deck or patio, and start living your life outside, too!

AUTHOR: James McCarthy