Imagine this: The weather is warm, your barbecue is hot… but, your yard is just not the entertaining space you’ve been dreaming of.
What do you do? Do you opt for a traditional wood or polymer deck? Or, do you see yourself reclining on a patio of beautiful pavers?
Let’s start with the basics. What is the difference, and how do you know which is the right choice? Well, patios are those spaces built directly on the ground, backing up to your home directly or somewhere else in your yard. They can be covered or uncovered, and with or without a railing. Decks are built up off the ground–some higher or lower depending on your preference and floor of entry. Decks will typically have a railing and stairs to your yard or a lower level. The choice is ultimately yours, but here are a few things to consider when comparing decks and patios.
1- Define your budget
By and large, the bottom line is the base cost of a patio is less than a deck. According to Remodeling Magazine, a new deck addition can cost anywhere from $6,000-9,000. They can go as much as $15,000 depending on materials and size (two-tier composite party deck, anyone?). Patios typically run at about a third of the cost of the average deck, anywhere from $1,500-3,000.
That being said, adding either a deck or a patio to your home will help increase its value. The return on investment (ROI) is slightly more for decks, but keep in mind you have to spend more on a deck in order to see more of that money back reflected when selling!
2- How much space do you have – or want?
Considering the size of your property and lawn is crucial when deciding to build out your backyard. If you have a smaller lot with neighbors close by, consider building “up” and making use of the vertical space a deck provides. If your home sits on a hill or uneven terrain, a patio may not be the best choice for you, should you have to pay more to create a level foundation. Have a large, flat lot? Perhaps you choose building “out” and extending a patio instead. The size and shape of your property are perhaps the most underestimated factors when renovating your yard.
3- What are your needs?
Many times, homeowners decide to build a deck or patio because they realize they have a need for more space. Have you been inconvenienced by a yard unfit for summer barbecues and bonfires? Or, did you realize you need a quiet outdoor space to lounge and relax? Think about what motivated you to make a change!
Keep in mind these few things as you plan your outdoor addition! It’s never too soon to plan for spring and summer entertaining. And, be sure to stop by the Leo Distributors showroom or contact us today to see how we can help you create your own outdoor oasis!