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Deck vs. Patio: How You Can Choose the Right One

Deck vs. Patio: How You Can Choose the Right One By Rob Biehl On June 9, 2020

Building a deck or patio is a great way to help you get the best out of your outdoor space. As both can offer a relaxing space where you can enjoy the beautiful weather or unwind after a long day at work. Read on to learn more about the two and choose the right one to fit your lifestyle and your available outdoor space.

difference between deck and patio

Defining Decks and Patios

Decks offer an excellent view of the surrounding area and are mostly built up of wood or composite wood materials, such as redwood, cedar, and pressure-treated pine. Decks can be attached to your house or built in a separate space in your yard and are typically enclosed with railings.

A patio is an outdoor space that can either be attached to the house or be a separate area from the house. You can design a patio in any shape with a variety of materials, including concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock, or gravel.

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Difference between Decks and Patio

Despite homeowners using the terms deck and patio interchangeably, there is a difference that distinguishes the two. Although decks can be built near the ground, they don’t touch the ground and require supports, like pillars, to hold them up. Decks are also made up of softer materials and have a railing for protection.

Patios, on the other hand, are built on ground level with concrete, bricks, pavers, tile, and other materials as the foundation. While a patio does not have a railing since it is built on the ground level, it may feature fire pits, sitting areas and flowers, and shrubs, thus making it a perfect relaxation and socialization space.

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Similar Features of Decks and Patios

Some common characteristics decks and patios share include:

  • A cover or pergola for shade or privacy.
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Fire pits (although fire pits will require fireproof material for decks)
  • Can be built adjoining a pool or spa

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Which is Best for You: A Deck or a Patio?

If you want your outdoor space to integrate a design landscape, a patio will work best for your home. Surrounding it with plants, shrubs, and flowers will help make it an area to gather with friends and family or relax when the nice weather comes in. However, if your home is not on even land, a deck may work best to spend time outdoors with family and enjoy the excellent surrounding view.

To design your dream deck or patio, contact Premier Concepts. We will help you create the beautiful deck or patio of your dreams!

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Rob Biehl

Rob Biehl

Rob Biehl has been in the commercial and residential landscaping business for many, many years. His experience and understanding of project management as well as his extensive horticultural knowledge has added significant value to many clients’ landscape image.

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