Patios Vs Decks: Which is Right for Your Home?

Every home should have a patio or deck for an enjoyable outdoor living space. If you are creating a new backyard, you need to decide whether a patio or deck is best your needs. Both offer pros and cons – the right choice comes down to your preferences. Here are the basics on both patios and decks to help you decide which is right for your home and family.

Patio: Pros and Cons

Patios can be designed with a variety of materials to match your home and style. Natural stone like flagstone or travertine is popular, but less expensive options like concrete and pavers can be used. In many cases, a patio can be less expensive per square foot than a wooden deck and is easier to maintain. The cons of a patio versus a deck is that it is on ground level and they are difficult to build on a hillside.

Decks: Pros and Cons

Decks are typically made from wood, which can be beautiful and match your style. One benefits of decks is that they can be built over any terrain, even on a hillside. You are elevated above the yard, so it can be used all year round. If you have a multi-level home, decks can be built off all levels for great views.

The cons of decks come down to maintenance, cost and longevity. Wood can be expensive and it does require constant treatment and maintenance over the years. Wood decks can last for decades if maintained, but they are prone to rot and termite infestations.

Still not sure which is right for your home or budget? Contact a landscaping company that offers deck and patio installation to learn more about cost and options.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Benefits of Wood Decks

Are you planning to update your backyard to include an outdoor living space? If you don’t have a patio or it is too small, upgrading to a larger space can give you more room to entertain and relax outside of your home. While a patio is pleasant, there are advantages to opting to go with a wood deck instead. Here are some of the benefits of a deck if you are planning to update your outdoor living space.

  • Rise above. While patios are installed in the soil, decks are raised and above the dirt. This has many benefits, including less mud and dirt to clean off the surface and less debris tracked into your home. This is something to consider if you have pets or kids that run in and out of the house into the backyard.
  • Multiple levels. Decks can be one level or multiple levels, it all depends on what you prefer and the design of your home and property. You can have a viewing deck off your upstairs bedroom, a deck for entertaining and even connect the two if you prefer.
  • Beauty. Wood decks are beautiful and have so many design options. You can build seating into your deck, planters and many other options. Higher level decks can offer a better view than a patio, a great way to enjoy a sunset, or sunrise, depending on where it is located.

Before you decide whether a deck or patio is best for your outdoor living space, talk to your local landscape contractor that offers both options. Depending on your home, lifestyle and property, a wood deck may be the best fit for your needs.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Deck or Patio – Which Is the Best for Your Home?

If you are looking to add onto your outdoor living area, a deck or patio can give you the space you need to relax and spend time outside during the warm months. Both can increase the value of your home and give you a wonderful place to entertain outdoors. Each has its own benefits – it is a matter of which one will best suit your needs and compliment your home. Here are some of the advantages of each.

Decks

Decks are usually made from wood or vinyl materials, built off the ground. This is perfect for property that is sloped, hilly or has drainage issues, keeping your outdoor space off unlevel or muddy ground. Decks can be built off any level of the home or have multiple levels. They can be beautifully designed and have many options in staining or color for aesthetic appeal.

Patios

A patio is built on the ground and can be made from many different materials, including brick, concrete, natural stone or pavers. Patios are low maintenance, usually easier to maintain than decks that may need stain and have a long lifespan. Patios are also cost effective- the material chosen is usually the determining factor in cost, but per square foot, patios can cost as little as half of an average wooden deck.

There is not a right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a deck or patio, only which will fit your needs, home and budget the best. Whichever you choose, you will want to choose a landscape or hardscape expert that offers quality workmanship for deck or patio design and installation.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

How Often Should You Seal Your Deck?

Deck sealant and certain types of stain help protect the wood from rot and extend the life of your deck. Most decks are stained or sealed when they are constructed, but sealant needs to be added as part of ongoing maintenance to continue that protection. Rain, snow, ice and direct sunshine can all impact the lifespan of sealant. Here is how to know when it is time to reseal your deck.

Average Life Span

Quality deck sealants, under ideal conditions, can last a few years. Many brands will claim that the sealant will protect wood from three to five years. However, the conditions, how it was applied and traffic on your deck can all impact how long the sealant will last. Plus, high traffic areas may wear thin, even if the sealant is still working on the perimeter areas.

Water Test

One way to check if you deck sealant is doing its job is to do the water test. Pour a small glass of water on the highest traffic area and observe the deck surface. Does the water bead or does it spread out and begin to absorb into the wood? Sealant is meant to put a layer of protection to keep moisture, and rot, out of the wood. If the water is not beading, the sealant is no longer doing its job.

If it is time to reseal, this is also a good time to consider repairs. Adding sealant to a damaged board will not necessarily prevent further deterioration. Contact your local deck contractor to inspect your deck and make any repairs that are needed before they add another coat of sealant.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

5 Reasons to Add a New Deck to Your Home in 2016

Have you been considering adding a deck to your home? Wood decks are a popular addition to homes, adding beauty and value.  Now is the time to begin planning for your summer, so if you are still not sure whether you should build a new deck, here are five reasons to make it happen in 2016.

  1. Larger outdoor living space. Increase your living space with a fantastic deck. Decks can be built off any level of your home, giving you an area to enjoy the outdoor air.
  2. Add value to your home. A deck increases the value of your home, making it a worthwhile investment.
  3. Improve curb appeal. Wooden decks are beautiful and can add to the curb appeal of your home. Whether they are stained or painted, decks add depth and dimension to the home.
  4. Easy to maintain. Wooden decks are easy to maintain. A quick pressure washing each spring can keep the wood clean, with new stain or paint only needed every few years.
  5. Stay out of the mud. One of the benefits of a deck versus a patio is that decks are built above the ground. Even when the rain or snow hits, decks are off the ground and provide a useable outdoor space.

Make 2016 the year you enjoying grilling and gathering with your family on your deck. Call your local landscape contractor that offers deck building to begin planning your new wood deck for your home. Get started now and by the time those beautiful spring days arrive, you can spend them on your new deck.

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Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385