When it comes to major home improvement projects, one of the most popular jobs that homeowners tend to gravitate towards is having custom decks or patios constructed on their home. This is a really good project to invest in: not only will you be able to improve your home’s aesthetic appeal while extending its living space at the same time, but you’ll also be able to increase your home’s value. However, when it comes to decks and patios, homeowners often wonder what exactly is it that sets these two apart from one another.
Here are the differences between decks and patios.
A well constructed deck can easily increase the value of your home by up to 10%, solely because it increases the available living space of your home. In fact, if you construct a deck on your property and sell it in the near future, a potential buyer would be more willing to settle for a smaller square footage inside a home if they know that there’s an outdoor room that they can use. In terms of costs, on the other hand, decks are always the more affordable option even if you choose high-end materials because the labor costs of its construction is low.
When it comes to lifespan, on the other hand, professionals say that decks can be a bit more delicate compared to patios as they’re usually only made of wood. If you fail to properly care for their decks, you can expect it to only last for seven to eight years. A deck that’s well cared for on the other hand can last for a decade or maybe more.
On the other hand, patios are said to be sturdier than decks as they can be made with stone instead of wood. This means that a well-built patio can last for 25 years with little to no maintenance. In fact, without pests, rot and mold to worry about, a patio can outlast any other usable outdoor space, allowing it to hold its value for as long as possible. Apart from that, patios can also be built flush to the ground, meaning that, if you have basement windows, you can keep whatever natural light is available to you.