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May 6, 2021

Building a Deck or Patio – Which is the Best Option for You

Are you hoping to turn your back yard into an oasis but don’t know whether that oasis should include an outdoor deck or patio? You’ve come to the right place. Before you start building a deck or patio, there are some factors you should take into consideration.

How do you plan to utilize the space?

First, you will need to decide how you intend on utilizing the outdoor space. For example, a deck will be a lot less private but offer a lot more space. Because patios are typically built lower to the ground, unlike a deck, they offer more privacy. In addition, it’s not uncommon to add a roof on a patio for added privacy.

If you’re wanting to relax and watch the sunset, building a deck will be your best bet. Decks offer a large spacious environment with an open top, sure to provide you with the best views.

Where do you plan to build your deck or patio?

Where you will be building also plays a big role in choosing which option works for you. For instance, if you’re leaning more towards the patio option, you need to make sure you have a level area to work with. Unlike decks, patios can’t be built on rough or uneven terrain. Before you start going all in on patio materials, make sure that you have a level area to work with. If you don’t have a level area, that is a cost that you will surely want to factor into your overall budget.

Working with uneven ground and plan on building a deck? Not a problem. Decks can be erected on various types of land, level or not. However, some cities and HOAs require permits prior to building. Talk with your local officials before you start.

Have you thought about upkeep and maintenance?

An often-overlooked aspect of building, maintenance is very important to consider. Prior to building your deck or patio, you will want to consider the upkeep and lifespan associated with the option you choose. Because decks are built out of wood, they are much more susceptible to water and insect damage. Over time, this can cause issues such as rot and discoloration of the boards.

In order to keep your deck healthy and looking good, routine maintenance is needed.

  • Staining and sealing
  • Cleaning with power washer
  • Repainting (if paint is used)
  • Board replacements

If you choose to go with the patio option, there is a bit less maintenance involved. Because patios are typically built out of stone or concrete, they are able to endure the weather a bit better than natural wood. Although they are less maintenance annually, patios can still be damaged by cracks and stains. This will require you to do upkeep such as sealant as needed.

Have you talked with a professional?

Before you begin building a deck or patio, it’s in your best interest to consult with a professional.

Be prepared to discuss – the functionality, look, budget and space.

Once you’ve taken these factors into consideration, it will be much easier for them to provide you with their recommendation. At Fischer Lumber, our team will work with you from start to finish to ensure you get the outcome you want. From expert builders and designers to helping you select the materials you need; our team will make sure you are equipped with the knowledge to complete your project.