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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