With spring just around the corner but capacity limits still restricting events and restaurants, many homeowners are looking to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of their own house. One of the best ways to do this is with either a deck or a patio. The question is, which is best for your needs?

If your home already comes with a deck door built in that otherwise leads to a one-story drop-off, it probably makes sense to go with a deck. Alternatively, if you have a sliding door on the back of your home that currently leads to your lawn, a patio is almost certainly the best option for you.

For those who currently don’t have ties to either option, the choice becomes a little more difficult. Let’s take a look at what both decks and patios have to offer so that you can get a better idea of which suits your needs better.

The Difference Between Decks and Patios

While decks can vary in style, size, and shape, they generally consist of elevated, open platforms. They’re typically made of wood, though you can also use PVS, vinyl, aluminum, bamboo, and other materials. Wood is generally cheaper and more attractive, though it also comes with more maintenance. Left unchecked, wooden decks are prone to splintering, rotting, warping, and more.

A deck provides you with a nice, elevated view. However, it requires a support structure to be built underneath it. This, along with the additional materials, railing, and more typically come with a higher price tag. Decks can also be more dangerous than patios, especially for those with children or pets.

Patios, meanwhile, are flat, hardscape surfaces that are typically even with your lawn. Alternatively, they can be combined with retaining walls. Because a patio is flush with the ground, they’re often much cheaper to establish. Regardless of the material you use to create your patio, they also tend to be much easier to maintain.

Though you don’t get an elevated view with a patio, you do tend to get more privacy.

Ultimately, both provide distinct advantages. For those looking for a more accessible and affordable option, however, a patio might be the way to go.

Advantages of Using Concrete for Patios

If you decide to move forward with a patio, concrete is arguably the best flooring option available. It’s durable, long-lasting, affordable, low maintenance, and highly customizable. A concrete patio doesn’t simply have to look like a bare slab of grey concrete. With a little stain, along with concrete stamping, it can look like virtually anything you want it to. This includes wood, stone, brick, and more.

With stamped concrete, the options are nearly limitless.

Just make sure you use a professional. Staining and stamping concrete requires special tools and precise craftsmanship. If something is done incorrectly, you could be left with a serious mess on your hands. Thankfully, even when using a professional, finishing your concrete is surprisingly affordable.

For stamped concrete in Ohio, contact Select Flooring Systems today!