How Do You Decide Between a Deck and Patio?
Expert Advice

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With football season around the corner, there’s no better time for a new patio or deck for all of this season’s homegating festivities. But which is better? When you get a new home, you spend a ton of time deciding what the inside will look like. However, why not focus some energy on creating a space you will love in your backyard as well? When the game is on and you’ve fired up the grill, do you envision yourself on your back deck or your back patio? Determining how to decide between a deck and patio for your home can be tough.  So, here are a few things to consider before settling in for the football season.

How Much Do You Want To Spend?

Decide what kind of conditions and amenities are important to you. Once you know the materials and labor involved in both decks and patios, you can get an idea of how much money your project will cost.

If you’re looking for something simple, clean-cut, and affordable, a patio may be the way to go. If you want a long-term investment that will add value to your home and create an outdoor living space where you can spend time with friends, a deck might be more worth your time and money.

Do You Have a Lot of Space?

If you have a small yard, patio construction is the choice to go with. You can build your patio on a concrete slab or directly on the ground. Plus, it doesn’t need as much space as decks do.  However, you can build custom decks to match your home’s style and your personal preferences.

What Is Most Important to You?

The decision between a backyard deck and a patio for your new home will come down to the following questions:

  • How do you want to use your outdoor space?
  • How important is entertaining, or how often will you use the space?
  • Will you have time to maintain your outdoor space?
  • Do you have a budget in mind? Are there specific materials or designs that you love?
  • Do you like the look of wood, concrete, brick, stone, or another material more than others?
  • How can you transform this space for family events, like birthday parties, backyard BBQs or Football Sunday get-togethers?

Both patios and decks can turn your backyard into a great outdoor living space. You can use them for cooking dinner, relaxing with friends and family, or enjoying the view of your backyard. Deciding between a deck and patio is difficult because they both offer areas where you can set up tables, chairs, bars, and a grill.

If you’re trying to decide which is suitable for you, between a deck and patio, consider the size of your yard, the cost of construction, and how many burgers you plan to grill in your new outdoor space.