The Pros and Cons of Types of Patios and Decks

The Pros and Cons of Types of Patios and Decks

Dependable Advice: The Pros and Cons of Types of Patios and Decks for an Outdoor Patio

An outdoor patio or a deck is a great way to add value and enjoyment to your home. Considering building an outdoor space? Here are some pros and cons of patios and decks. 

What’s the Difference?

A deck is a porch or platform extending from the house, with no roof, and is an open area.  Patio is a paved area on the ground that can be placed anywhere outside the home.

Outdoor Patio VS Deck

There are many kinds to choose from but first, here are some differences and benefits of installing a patio or deck. Decks offer more resale value while being more expensive to install and maintain. It can be installed on any surface or terrain, might need a permit depending on where you live, is customizable to your needs. Patios have a longer lifespan, require less maintenance, but can be placed only on even terrain. Patios can crack or be slippery in colder regions, can stain, and need more intensive construction due to being installed in the ground.


Both options have a wide range of materials depending on your budget and needs. Decks, in order of most to least expensive, can be made of natural wood which requires the most maintenance but gives a classic and durable feature, composite planks are made of wood, plastic, and glue and requires less maintenance, and with no maintenance to very little are plastic decks that can be damaged due to extreme temperatures or weather. Decks are very customizable with the different options of painting, sealing, and staining.

An outdoor patio is a more manageable option due to the low prices of cement. But, if you are looking for something different you can create cobblestone patios, tiled, and more with different stone or cement options.


Patios have the freedom of being installable anywhere on your property. You can put one at the back of the house or create a whole new space in the yard for cookouts, relaxation, and get-togethers. Decks are extensions of your home so they can only be built generally on the home. These have a versatility from creating spaces just like the patio but can be built on all sorts of terrain, create a lounge by the pool, or a multi level deck provides different options too.

Patios and decks are both great additions to your home. Before you begin planning, see if permits are required before construction in your area. From different needs and materials, make your outdoor patio or deck real.

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