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Decks and Patios: Pros and Cons of Each

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Are you in need of some outdoor space? Add a patio or deck to increase square footage and offer an area to gather with friends & family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars).

What’s the Difference?

PatioA patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly on the ground.  Foundation choices include concrete bases, stone, tile, pavers, brick or other materials and features can include fire pits, built in barbecues, and sitting areas, making them the perfect relaxation or socialization space.

Decks are typically constructed of wood or vinyl, are not placed directly on the ground, and some type of support system holds up the addition. Typically enclosed with some type of railing, decks offer an excellent view of your surroundings.


Which Is Best For Your Needs?

Aside from cost, how you plan to use your outdoor space is important in this decision: if you wish to landscape a space separate from your main house or complement an in-ground pool, for example, a patio area in which to gather, cook out, or relax may be the perfect choice.

If spotlighting a view is your main goal, or your yard is not level or is built on a hill, you might opt for a deck.  Deck

Patios are usually less expensive than decks.The cost of the project will depend upon a variety of factors including material, location and size of the addition, and features.

Return on Investment (ROI)?

Renovations done to the outside of the home, such as decks and patios, offer a good ROI because most homeowners want an outdoor living space.

The average return on investment for a new deck addition runs around 75%; on a patio, HouseLogic notes the ROI averages somewhere between 30-60%.

Whichever way you choose to go, both decks and patios offer a positive ROI and unlimited possibilities for entertaining, socializing, or simply relaxing in an outdoor space.

Ready to get started? Schedule a free design consultation with one of our patio or deck experts today!


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