To Build A Deck or a Patio? That's A Good Question
During the summer, both a deck and a patio can provide an outdoor extension of your living space. But subtle differences between the two might make one better for your needs than another.
Robert Hadden's shrubs took a beating during the winter. So he removed them from his home and put a patio in their place instead. But he quickly learned it wasn't an easy DIY project.
"I had the intention of putting it in myself but as I quickly learned just carving an area in the earth and putting down stones," Hadden said. "I wasn't going to achieve much doing that. I knew there was a lot more to it than that. So that's why I called the contractor I did and had him do it for me."
Choosing whether to build a deck or patio deserves careful attention as either can give you years of enjoyment if designed correctly.
Patios work best on flatter terrain because you need a minimal amount of structural engineering to put them in. Decks can be installed out over variety of terrain.
"We can create a couple of different spaces with the deck," Tom Booker, a Deck Contractor, says. "Higher spaces, lower spaces. So it can feel like separate areas. Also, we can put benches, privacy screens, and railing, so it really can flesh out the space nicely."
Angie says: When planning a deck or patio first you want to get your budget in line, then see what your options are. Figure out how much square footage you're looking to add and then price it out accordingly with each different type. Keeping in mind the price range can vary on installation, but you also need to consider what the lifelong maintenance is as well. For instance, a wood deck is less expensive than a composite deck to install initially, but requires more maintenance.
Remember, if you are going to use a contractor, Angie's List says it's important to choose someone who's licensed, because an improperly finished deck can leave an ugly mark on your landscape, and bring your property value down.
Before you build a deck or patio, you'll also want to look at the way weather affects your property. Roof drainage could create a problem on an attached deck, while snow and ice can build up can create a slippery hazard on a patio.
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