Outdoor Living: Decks vs. Patios

May 22, 2015 | Decks, Outdoor Living

Ah springtime. The time of the year when everyone starts thinking about what outdoor living project they’re going to do this year. If you’re thinking about your outdoor living space, you’re probably considering either a deck or a patio. You might even be considering both! But if you only have the space for one, or if you just want one, you’re probably asking yourself this question: Should I get a deck or a patio? There’s no wrong answer, but there are a few things to consider before you make your decision. So in this week’s outdoor living blog, we’re going to talk about decks vs. patios!


A beautiful deck in spring.

Outdoor Living: Decks vs. Patios

Here are a few important questions to ask yourself about this outdoor living project. The answers should help you make the decision that’s right for your home and your family!

How much weight do I need the space to hold?

Both patios and decks can hold a lot of weight. But lets say you want to install a spa or hot tub on this outdoor space. In this case, a patio might be better, because a patio is better equipped to hold the weight of all this water.

Will the contours of my yard create problems for a patio?

Do you have any drainage issues that you may have in your yard. Lets say water tends to accumulate in the area of the yard where you have space for your project. If this is the case, a deck would work better. You don’t want water accumulating on your patio surface due to drainage/runoff issues. In addition, if the contours of your yard are just uneven in general, you might want to consider a deck over a patio.

Does the basement open up to the backyard?

Lots of times in townhomes, the basement actually is on ground level with the backyard, which means the first floor is actually elevated above the backyard. This is a great situation in which to install a deck, because you can easily walk out from the first floor onto the deck. Plus, you’ll still be able to use the space under the deck for storage! Considering that the yards of most townhomes are fairly small, this is a great way to make the most of the space you have.

Contact Excel Fencing and Decking Today!

Excel Fencing and Decking has been proud to service Baltimore County since 1998, giving you the very best in custom built decks, fences, and home remodeling. If you’re interested in having a top-quality fence installed, give us a call. Our dedicated teams of fence professionals have the know-how and expertise to repair or install any kind of fence. Call us at 410-803-9499 or fill out a contact form and one of Excel’s representatives will contact you promptly.