Creating an outdoor space is an exciting home improvement project. The ability to entertain outdoors, have family dinners under the stars and spend quiet mornings listening to the birds while preparing for the day are all enjoyable prospects. Deciding how to shape that outdoor space, however, can be a challenge. Many homeowners are unsure whether to build a deck or patio, and that uncertainty can delay a project. The team at Quality Craftsmen would like to offer the following information on the pros and cons of both options, in the hopes of helping you to decide whether to plan a deck or patio project for your home.
Benefits of Choosing a Deck
Building a deck is a great way to boost the resale value of your home. This option is also a good fit for a backyard with uneven terrain, as adjustments can be made to create a level and safe deck surface. A deck also provides an elevated view, which can be a good fit for certain locations. Decks can also reduce heat levels, as wood absorbs and retains less heat than many other surfaces.
Drawbacks of Choosing a Deck
On the other hand, increased value comes with an increased cost, and building a deck can quickly become an expensive project. Deck construction also requires permits in most areas, which adds a step to the process. For homeowners who want to place heavy equipment on their deck, such as a hot tub or heavy planters, structural issues must be given careful consideration.
Benefits of Choosing a Patio
Patio projects can be far less expensive than constructing a new deck. Patios also offer more opportunities for expansion into surrounding lawn areas, and that expansion can be completed at a later time. There are many different material choices for patios, including natural stone that can blend in well with surrounding vegetation. Patios usually do not require permits and can last for decades with proper maintenance. They also offer more privacy than decks, because they are close to or flush with ground level, making privacy fencing or plantings more effective.
Drawbacks of Choosing a Patio
Installing a well-built patio can take longer than building a deck, especially in yards where leveling is required, or when reinforcement is necessary. Patios are also more vulnerable to weather conditions and can crack if freezing and thawing place excess stress on the materials. Ice is also a concern in some climates and can create a slip hazard. Also, depending on how the patio was constructed, removal can be much more involved than tearing down a deck.
At Quality Craftsmen, we understand both the excitement and anxieties that come with a significant home improvement project. That is why each member of our team is committed to taking the time to work with our clients to design and build a project that is in line with their goals and expectations. We look forward to helping you make your outdoor space the very best that it can be.