You’re set to build an outdoor space in your home. Now you’re choosing between building a deck or a patio. Which one is suitable for your home? In this post, trusted roofer and deck expert Gresham Roofing Construction will walk you through the differences between a deck and a patio.
A deck is a simple open outdoor porch or platform without a roof. It normally extends from your home.
Pros of a Deck
- It gives your home a high resale value. There’s a huge return of investment for a wooden deck because it’s valued higher than other indoor home renovations.
- It works well on uneven terrain. You don’t have to worry if your yard is not leveled. Decks can be built on any type of land.
- It offers a fantastic view. A view from a deck, high off the ground, will give you a better view.
- You can customize a deck easily. You can mix and match with paint on a wooden deck. You can even match it to the exterior design of your home. For deck renovations, look for a local deck and roof estimate professional for advice.
- A deck is best for you if you live in an area with lots of sunshine.
Cons of a Deck
- Decks require annual regular maintenance. It needs to be power washed, stained, and sealed every few years.
- Wooden decks have shorter lifespans. They are more susceptible to weather and may easily rot and fade if not properly maintained.
- Some places require a permit before building a deck. It has a fee and a waiting period.
- The prices depend on the material but generally, decks are costly to build and maintain.
A patio is a paved area directly on the ground. It usually has no roof, and it can be attached or detached from your home.
Pros of a Patio
- Building and maintaining a patio is inexpensive. They are also easy to keep and maintain.
- Patios can be closed for privacy. It’s lower to the ground and has more flexible landscaping. It’s best to talk to a deck and roofing contractor if you want your patio to be customized.
- The patio has a longer lifespan. It can even last for more than 25 years and keep its value.
- You don’t have to worry about permits. Installing one doesn’t require a building permit or inspections.
Cons of a Patio
- Patios are not for uneven ground. Pouring the ground even to install a patio will cost you extra. Its surface is also risky when it rains or snows.
- The patio is exposed to harsh weather. It can be easily stained with mud, mildew, and water stains.
- Patios require more attention in construction. This makes it longer to install and costly.
Trust Gresham Roofing and Construction for your outdoor project. Call us at (503) 205-9477 or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.