When you’re considering adding a patio or a deck to your home, you may get stuck deciding between the two. Since both have pros and cons and the addition is (basically) permanent, it is something you want to consider carefully before making a decision.
Let’s look at some of the main deciding factors when comparing patios vs. decks:
Pros and Cons of Installing a Patio
There are pros and cons to patios that need to be considered and compared with decks. Generally, if the decision is unclear, it’s easiest to start here and make a list for both options.
For a patio, your list may look a little like this:
- Patios require less labor and cheaper materials.
Fully customizable to any size or shape.
Easy to maintain and clean over the years.
Durable and usually lasts at least 25 years.
- Patios need a flat surface for installation, making them harder to install.
Depending on the materials, may be slippery when wet.
Are susceptible to cracking or shifting in extreme temperatures.
May stain and be difficult to clean.
Generally has a lower ROI than decks.
Pros and Cons of Installing a Deck
You can probably guess some of the pros and cons of installing a deck based on our list for installing a patio, but you may want to put these lists side by side and look at which factors are most important to you.
- Decks are raised off the ground which allows you to avoid outdoor elements and have a cleaner space.
- You don’t need a flat surface, so you have more options for installation.
- Feels more like a complete outdoor room for entertaining.
- Attaches to your home to create flow from the inside to the outside.
- Higher return on investment than with a patio.
- No additional fees or permits are needed.
- Options are unlimited – you don’t have to worry about weight because the patio isn’t raised.
- Materials and labor are usually more expensive than a patio.
- Must be maintained and cleaned
- Wood may suffer water damage, splintering, and holes from boring insects.
- Has to be re-stained and resealed approximately every couple of years.
- May require permits and fees.
- Limited on the weight you can put on the deck.
- Generally only lasts 10 to 15 years.
How Much Does It Really Cost?
The cost of installing a deck or patio varies greatly depending on size, materials, and the amount of labor required. You can expect a 16 x 20 patio to start at $2,000 where the same size deck has a starting price closer to $6,000.
Choosing between a deck and a patio may be a difficult decision for you, but we hope that these considerations will make it easier. Remember we are only a call away if you want more information or have any questions. When you’re ready, contact us and get a free estimate.