Deck or Patio: Which One Should You Choose for Your Home?


Aside from window replacement upgrades and re-siding projects, there are few exterior renovations that can add valuable outdoor living space to your home other than installing a patio or deck. Many homeowners use the terms “deck” and “patio” interchangeably, however, there are stark differences between the two.

It’s important to understand what a deck or a patio is before deciding which one would go best in your backyard. Here our remodeling experts at Eagle Creek Siding, LLC, explain decks and patios, their differences and the benefits they can provide your home.

What Is a Deck?

Decks can serve as an outdoor extension of your indoor living space. The decking itself is usually wood or vinyl, or in some cases a combination of both. Decks are built above the ground, which means they often require some type of foundation to support the structure. They’re also surrounded by railings to help define the area as well as for safety purposes. Once completed, they can be furnished with a grill for summer barbecues or outdoor furniture for hosting social gatherings.

What Is a Patio?

Unlike decks, which are built on a foundation of either stilts or piers, patios are placed directly on the ground. They’re often installed with a concrete base, although some people may use pavers, stones, tiles or bricks. The choice depends on your own styling preferences. Patios can be covered or not, and rails are also optional.

Which One Should You Choose?

If your exterior remodeling goals involve incorporating landscaping into your design, or if you want your outdoor living area to stand detached from the rest of your house, a patio is a good choice. Decks work better, however, if you want to highlight spectacular outdoor views, or if your backyard isn’t 100% level, which is necessary when installing a patio.

Our professionals at Eagle Creek Siding, LLC, can help you explore more options in improving your yard with excellent decking products and installation. Give us a call at (360) 570-0396 or fill out our contact form and request a free estimate today.

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