Decks & Patios

A deck is an open outdoor porch or platform without a roof that extends from a house. On the other hand, a patio is a paved area situated directly on the ground, which can either be attached or detached from a house. Patios are generally less expensive than decks, but the ROI on a new deck addition runs greater than one on a patio. However, both additions can offer a great experience depending on what you’re looking for.

Now that you know the difference between a deck and patio, use the charts below to help you decide which one is right for you.

Decks, patios, and the like serve to expand your living area by providing you with an outdoor living space. Patios, at ground level, work well when the ground is fairly level. But if your front or backyard is sloped or hilly, or you want to walk directly out of your house, then a raised deck may be a better option. When deciding on what type of material to use when adding a deck, there are so many different options based on your budget. Decks can be made of pressure treated wood, PVC, cedar, redwood, or composite material (usually made of wood fiber and polypropylene). Some types of materials are better in hot, dry climates, where others may hold up better when exposed to a long, cold or wet winter.