How to choose between a Deck and a Patio

Deciding on the right outdoor living space should be well thought out and planned. A deck or patio can add a lot of enjoyment to your home. However, a homeowner needs to take into consideration local building codes or the terrain of the site to find the best solution for your yard. You don’t want to invest in something only for it to become unused dead space. Think about how you want to use your outdoor area. Relaxation? Entertaining? Privacy? Consider the materials for maintainance or longevity. You want it to be comfortable and inviting for family and guests. Take your time to do it right, your patio or deck will become an extension of your home.

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The Basics

A patio is an outdoor living space built at ground level. Patios can be attached or detached to a home. Patios are made with a variety of materials including concrete, pavers, stone, tile, or brick (patios can also be made of wood but this is not common). Patios are generally designed to be a part of the landscaping. These outdoor living spaces can include a shade covering, outdoor kitchen, fireplace or lighting.

Decks can be built at different heights and need support systems with railings. Primarily made of wood, composite wood, or vinyl, decks can be built near the ground or off an upper room to take advantage of a view. Decks can be attached to a home or be freestanding. When properly cared for, a wood deck offers beauty, warmth and coziness. Shade structures, outdoor kitchens, and lighting can be added to decks as well.

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Three Main Factors to Consider

Capacity: How much weight will the deck or patio need to hold? A deck will need a lot of reinforcement from underneath to hold a huge spa which can sacrifice the aesthetic of the design. A patio may be more susceptible to cracks if there is too much weight on top of it.

Climate: Will the deck become too hot to walk on? Will snow and rain runoff create a problem on a solid patio surface?

Land Site: Rough, sloping terrain almost always dictates a deck. Homeowners will have to pay for extra excavation to build a patio on a steep rocky surface.

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Pros and Cons in a Nutshell

Patio Benefits (if you have chosen good quality paving)
• Easy maintenance
• Wide variety of colors, shapes and textures
• Paving looks good with a larger selection of property styles
• Longevity

Patio Downsides
• More intensive construction required underneath a patio, especially in areas with a lot of ground movement where reinforcement is needed
• Environmental impact of using concrete
• Cost

Deck Benefits
• Quicker, easier construction, especially if raised above ground level
• Natural looking material
• Slightly cheaper depending on wood used

Deck Downsides
• Maintenance (requires regular oiling if you want to keep its brown colour)
• Longevity (more of an issue with untreated softwood decking)
• Regular repairs as time goes on to replace boards or splintering

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What to consider when deciding

Deck flooring is spaced to allow water to drain through, so decks are almost always built level. Most patios, however, are not porous. Even the joint sand is solid (to stop weeds), so patios must be sloped to prevent water from puddling. Consider this slope before you put a hot tub on your patio. If a patio is made with permeable pavers, they will let water drain through, and it can be built totally level.

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The hard, stone surface of patios is a mixed blessing. It endures rougher treatment than wood or plastic decking, from metal snow shovels to heavy falling objects. However, a patio will shatter a dropped plate or skin your child’s knee in a tumble. They can also be very, very slippery. So if you are thinking of a patio around a water feature (pool, hot tub, etc.) make sure the pavers have a slight roughness to them to avoid serious injuries from falls.

Decks are softer, so they’re kinder to skin and may even ignore that dinner plate. To keep a deck smooth year after year, a homeowner needs to be ready for a lot of time dedicating to maintaining the wood. Splinters may not be a problem when it is first built, but eventually wood will dry, split and can be dangerous.

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Patios require (almost) no periodic maintenance. Sweeping leaves off or hosing it down may be as much work you need to do to freshen up a patio. Concrete patios have a tendency to crack or chip. Make sure the professional company you hire to install a patio has provisions to include future patching and repairs in their contract.

Decks made of real wood fade with sunlight and are more vulnerable to mold and splintering. To retain a wood deck’s original rich look, regular maintainance is needed. A few hours each year treating the decking, power washing or staining the floor and rails will make your deck last longer. Synthetic decks (all PVC or plastic coated), like patios, require only the occasional hose or broom.

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Decks tend to have a much wider range in costs – a deck on one site may cost twice as much on another site. Deck costs are based on how high above grade the structure is built, the engineering necessary for the deck to carry the load, the slope on which the deck will be situated and the materials used for construction. Composite decking will be priced higher than natural wood. Patios tend to be much more consistently priced from one site to the next unless an excessive amount of excavation is needed.

In addition, local building codes may also dictate whether you can have a deck or a patio. Most deck construction projects will require a permit. Environmental concerns from municipalities may requiring storm-water management plans in conjunction with patio hard-scaping installation.

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