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How to Choose Between a Deck and a Patio

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 11 March , 2020

With the first day of spring (March 19) just above the horizon, many homeowners are gearing up for outdoor living and entertaining. Among the most popular ways to enjoy outdoor entertaining is with a deck or patio.

Which would work best for you?

What’s the difference between a deck and a patio?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, they’re two different features with their own pros and cons.

  • A patio is usually flush with your yard. Typically made from bricks, paver stones or concrete, a patio is usually less expensive than a deck. As for maintenance, you can seal you the pavers or stones – but it’s not necessary. While a few tiles may crack, they can be easily replaced individually.

Because patios are ground level, you can incorporate aspects of it with your home, so that the appearance flows well. The ground level also makes it possible you’ll enjoy more privacy with a patio than with a deck.

As for installation, a patio can take a little longer – especially if there’s a bit of ground movement involved. However, you should be able to expect your patio to last for 25 years or longer.

  • Decks are usually made of wood and are constructed so that they are above the ground. The advantage of this is that it provides you with an elevated vantage point to view your surroundings.

A good option for uneven ground, decks work well in our climate by naturally retaining less heat.

As for maintenance, it’s recommended you stain and seal your deck once every two years. The good news is that you can either stain or color your deck to the shade of your choice.

In addition to their increased maintenance needs, decks also have a shorter lifespan than patios. This is due largely to the fact that wood is susceptible to rot. Plus, it can fade and stain if it’s not properly sealed.

For more info about your outdoor living and entertaining options, call the San Diego landscape providers with Juniper Landscape Company.

If you want to talk more about patios, decks or any other type of landscape installation, we’re here for you.

We’re a full-service landscape service provider, and offer a host of services – including scheduled maintenance, landscape design, help with plant selection, irrigation solutions, professional tree trimming, and more.

Call us at 619-334-9464, let us give you a free estimate, or get in touch via email.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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