Outdoor areas are treasured elements of houses, which makes it important for you to pick the right kind of establishment to bring to the space. There are several of terms that are often used interchangeably to describe a done up outdoor space. It can get confusing with all the terms – deck, patio, balcony, terrace, porch, veranda and the list of goes on. Perhaps the most commonly mistaken for being synonymous are decks and patios. Make sure you are aware of the distinction between them before making any decisions. Let’s clarify.
So, what’s the difference?
Decks are usually raised, with a support system underlying the surface. They are typically enclosed with some kind railing.
Patios on the other hand are built on the existing ground. They are quite often surrounded by walls for privacy.
Dossier for Decks
… you are trying to show off a view. The raised property of decks makes it the optimal choice to overlook what surrounds your outdoor space. So, choose a deck if your house overlooks the sea, or a lake or even a nice patch of greenery.
… your house is on a raised level, or if the land attached to your house is not on a level plane. Decks can be supported on any angle with enforcement beams.
… simplicity is what you’re about when it comes to design. The materials traditionally used for decks are wood or synthetic materials that usually do not come in patterns. If clean lines and minimalism is your design aesthetic, decks fit very well with your agenda.
… there is a time constraint in the mix. Decks ordinarily take a smaller amount of time to construct.
May not be the one if…
… you live in an extreme or humid climate. Decks are dominantly made from wood, making them prone to rotting from moisture that may come from rain or humidity. Timber is also prone to wood-boring insects like termites.
… you do not have the time or willingness to commit to more frequent maintenance. The chances that your patio is going to be made from wood are high, and there are multiple procedures that surround protecting wood, like applying sealants regularly.
… concerns lie around longevity. Harping back on the point about wood – wooden patios roughly have a life span of 10 years, depending on the kind of wood. If reconstructing in the future is not part of your plan, a deck may not be your best option.
Patios on Paper
… the land you want to build on is flat and adjacently aligned with your house in terms of level. Take advantage of the even ground.
… you are looking to use natural stone and are working with a smaller surface area to cover. Natural paving stones, such as granite and slate, are very durable compared to wood or other synthetic materials, meaning it will cost you less for maintenance in the long run.
… you want to get detail-oriented with your design. For example, your garden or patio could benefit visually from a focal point. Paving circles are a great way to harness your individuality and make your outdoor space that is completely unique. Natural stones also come in a variety of colours, shapes and texture, and this abundance of choice is not found in other materials like wood, for example.
Perhaps avoid if…
… the land you’re wishing to build on is not even in terms of inclines and declines. No one wants an uneven patio, unless it is clearly structured with steps. This must be the intended design from the start.
… your budget is stringently tight. Natural paving stones are typically more expensive than synthetic or wood materials that can be used to establish a deck. The pay off in the long run, anyhow, is an attractive one in terms of longevity and low maintenance.
… time is not on your side. Patios take longer to construct. A part of the land must be dug up, and ground reinforcement must be implement before the paving begins to ensure long-lastingness. You may be covering a smaller surface area, however, so make sure to consult a professional to get a more accurate duration prediction.
Every home owner should think ahead before making any drastic additions to the property. If you want to sell your home somewhere down along the line, both decks and patios increase the value of a property. Buyers always consider an outdoor living space a plus, and there have been cases where a nice patio or deck can compensate for a lacklustre interior.
Decks usually have a higher ROI (return on investment) than patios – 60-80%, while patios have an ROI of 30-60%. Of course it would differ case by case, when you factor in the size of the formation, materials used, the condition it is in, and so on.
Feel free to get in contact with us if you have any questions about paving materials, and which combinations would suit your needs the most.