During the Spring and Summer months, both decks and patios can be excellent features to make your outdoor space the envy of your neighbors. Utilizing your home’s outdoor space becomes much easier when you have a comfortable place to grill or have your morning coffee right outside your backdoor. Sure both, are great options, but there are differences between the two, and that’s why we decided to break down the decks and patios to help readers decide which one would be ideal for their home.
One of the key differentiators of a deck is that they’re built above the ground and require some kind of support to keep them upright. They can be built at varying heights and with different materials, including wood, vinyl & composite wood. Sometimes decks are built attached to homes or other structures, and other times, they’re free-standing, that’s something important to consider with a deck. Decks can help extend your natural living space with additional space or be elevated to help enhance your view of nature. Traditional wooden decking can be easily damaged over time if not cared for correctly, but more modern decking materials like pressure-treated pine, require less maintenance than regular wood and are able to last much longer. Whether you prefer a more natural wood look or a modern composite material, both can be a great addition to any home’s outdoor space.
One of the biggest differences between decks and patios is that patios are built on ground level. Like decks, they can be built directly attached to a home or separately. Most homeowners design their outdoor spaces with patios being featured as part of their landscaping. Some homeowners extend their kitchens with a patio that features an outdoor kitchen or fire pit. There are a wide variety of patio options available to homeowners, including pavers, concrete, flagship, and more. Each offers its own unique look and feel. If you want natural stone, then flagship is a great option, but if you want a very large patio, concrete may be the ideal option.
The main decider between whether or not a deck or patio is right for your home is height. If you want a raised structure, decks are your way to go, but a homeowner who prefers something at ground level should opt for a patio. Both options help extend the amount of space in your home. They add valuable and usable space for you to enjoy almost all year-round in Northern Virginia.
Contact our team at Nation’s Choice Windows today if you’re interested in a new deck or patio.