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