Deck Or Patio – Which One Fits Your Lifestyle?
If you’re looking to turn your outdoor space into an inviting, entertaining space for family and friends, a deck or patio is a great option. However, there are a few key differences between the two that you should consider before you decide which one is right for your home.
Patios Tend to be the Cheaper Option
There are several different types of patios, including brick pavers and stone. These patios can be built in different shapes, sizes and colors to fit any backyard aesthetic. Homeowners often choose patios over decks because of their low cost. This is largely due to their cheaper materials and the fact that they can be installed flush to the ground, reducing labor costs.
Patios Require Less Maintenance
Unlike decks, patios require much less maintenance. They won’t need to be sealed and can last for years without requiring any extra upkeep. Instead, homeowners can focus on adding a few eye-catching plants that require little water or annuals that only need a quick trim to stay healthy. For example, lavender, which needs very little water to maintain its vibrant color, can be used on a patio. Similarly, plants that don’t need to be mowed, such as wood chips or pine straw, can be added to the ground to prevent weeds from sprouting and fertilize the soil, which in turn helps keep the yard looking beautiful.
Patios Have a Longer Lifespan
When you want a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors, patios are a great option. They tend to last longer than decks and require less maintenance. This means that you can spend more time enjoying your new outdoor space and less time worrying about resale value!
Decks Require a Railing Over 30 Inches
Decks are a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but they can also present some safety challenges. Fortunately, railings help protect users from falling off. Most building codes require a railing on any deck over 30 inches above the ground. This requirement can change by region, so be sure to check with your local code. Regardless of the height requirements, your railing needs to meet certain strength and spacing standards. These requirements are called “infill load test” and “concentrated load test”. It’s a good idea to make sure that your railing meets all of the requirements before you install it. This ensures that you won’t have to worry about fines or a need to adjust it in the future. It can save you a lot of money in the long run!
Both are Great Options for Outdoor Entertainment
Getting the opinion of an experienced professional is always helpful when it comes to designing your new patio or deck. A contractor who understands your lifestyle and design needs can provide valuable advice about the best material for your project, how to build a patio that’s comfortable for children, and what materials to avoid in order to protect your home from the elements. With that said, be sure to contact our team of professional home builders here at WSL Incorporated to learn more about what we can do for your property!