Deck or patio? It seems the debate has raged for as long as people have built structures. Stone patios can trace their ancestry to the courtyards of ancient Greece and probably before, while decks were common features of ancient Chinese temples. Both have transcended their noble and lofty origins to become a hot topic for homeowners today trying to figure out how to activate their yards while adding value to their homes.
An article at huffingtonpost.com wades into the deck vs. patio debate and tries to shed some light on the pros and cons of each, beginning with backyard deck design. The primary argument for decks seems to be ease of construction.
Installation is also a big benefit for choosing a deck. The way a deck is built allows you more creativity in location. The actual structure is built above the ground. This means that tree roots, wet ground, even big slopes can be easily overcome without adding significant expenses.
Whereas with patios the primary argument in their favor appears to be ease of maintenance…
While patios may be a large initial investment, a well-built patio can exceed 25 years with no maintenance, holding its value for the entire time. With no pests, rot, molds or natural elements that quickly breakdown stone, a patio will outlast any other outdoor useable space.
Each has other agreeable qualities that make them attractive to homeowners on the prowl for resale and entertainment value. Let’s do our own breakdown starting with decks.
- Bottom line value – According to cnbc.com a $15,000 deck will return roughly 73% of its cost upon sale of the house. It’s not at the top of the ROI list but it’s firmly in the top ten and can’t be ignored.
- Options galore – Your house and lot are the only things that limit possible deck design options. You want multiple levels? No problem. You want partially enclosed? No problem. A Jacuzzi? No problem. And on and on…
- That lofty feeling – There’s something about the experience of walking out onto a beautiful hardwood deck several meters off the ground that’s unique. Deck design appeals to something primal in humans, whether we admit it or not.
Now let’s give patios a chance to make their case.
- Tradition – Homeowners have coveted patios for millennia. That’s because a beautifully designed patio space seems like a natural extension of the house. It allows for a gradual transition from indoor to outdoor, especially if the part nearest the house is covered.
- They last – As mentioned above once a patio is in place there’s no need to worry about mold or rot or wildlife moving in under the patio, because there is no “under the patio.” Properly laid stonework can last for generations with little or no maintenance.
- They’re perfect for outdoor kitchens – Setting up an outdoor kitchen on a deck can be an involved process due to weight concerns and the like. Not so with patios. You should have no problem setting up your outdoor kitchen and getting even more out of your patio area.
For Patio or Deck Design Call the Pros at Toronto Decks and Fence
So which is best? A breathtaking backyard deck design that will allow you to survey the world while enjoying the company of friends and family, or a more traditional patio where you can have those same friends over for dinner cooked in your new outdoor kitchen? Tough choice, and like most such comparisons this one has to end in a draw.
Toronto Decks And Fence Company can build you a beautiful backyard deck that captures the imagination and extends the possibilities of your home. Or, if a deck isn’t your speed, we can design and install a patio for you that will be both retreat and the focal point of your social life. We’re the GTA’s premier outdoor contracting firm and we’ve helped people add value to their home through intelligent renovation and addition choices for years. Give us a call on 416-238-2589 and talk to our design pros about which option may be best for you.