In choosing between a patio or a deck will involve a number of practical and personal considerations. In order to make the right decision, take a look first the practical differences between both patio and deck. 

The Difference Between Decks and Patios 

Patio usually refers to the outdoor space that is directly on the ground while decks are often elevated from the ground by supports. Decks can be in multiple levels or elevated while patios are adjacent to the home and some depend on the preference, usage and lot but always require a flat surface in keeping the preparation cost reasonable. Decks are traditionally connected to the home. It is designed for uneven landscapes with higher supports and in different levels. Patios generally don’t require permits and inspections while decks being attached to the home will always require these aspects. 

Material Differences 

Patios usually have concrete bases but other homeowners use other materials such as stones, pavers, tile, brick or other materials that create foundation. These are durable materials and are resistant to harsh elements but settling of the ground means it can cause them uneven points that must be corrected often. Generally, its maintenance is low and for material like pavers, the replacement of each individual is fairly easy and since they are on ground level, patios don’t require a rail unless there is a drop-off adjacent to the boundary. 

Decks are made of vinyl, wood or wood composite materials and the support are often made of treated lumber with concrete footings. The different decking materials would have different levels of maintenance needs and durability. Wood decks needs to be resealed from time to time while composite decks have lower maintenance. The difference between those two is more on whether paying more on maintenance or more up-front but low in maintenance and has longer life.  

Since decks are elevated to some degree above the ground, it is typically enclosed with railings. Decks may be built on the lower floor of a home like the living room or the kitchen but might also be added on the upper level room and even on a rooftop setting. 

Amenities and Use Difference  

How to use the deck and patio is a major factor to determine amenities to be added. For patios, it’s common to have built-in grills and fire pits. These elements could be added for deck designs also nut with safety considerations by the deck builder Richmond. Spas and hot tubs are ideal for either a patio or a deck. 

Lifespan and Costs 

When ground preparation, the drainage and construction methods if done properly to high standards, decks and patios have a pretty comparable lifespan but patios will likely to have the edge. Decks can last up to 25 years depending on the maintenance and climate. Patios can last up to 30 years but will depend also on climate. Depending on the design, decks can be more expensive than patios but it depends on the materials, amenities and the size among the two. Both can give a good return of investment in terms of value added and appeal to a buyer.