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Deck vs. Patio: Which One is Right for You?

To know whether a deck or patio is right for you, you have to know the main differences between both. 

While both a patio and deck serve a similar purpose (an area to enjoy the outside comfortably), they are extremely different from each other.

A patio is more of a courtyard built at ground level and typically has no walls. It can be attached or detached from the house and is usually made of concrete, pavers, stone, brick, or similar materials.

Decks are made of wood or composite and most often are situated higher than ground level (requiring railings for safety.)

When deciding on whether you want a deck or patio, consider these key points:


While not as often as decks, they can acquire mold requiring washing with a pressure washer or cleaning products.

Decks require yearly sealing as well as regular cleaning similar to that of a patio to prevent mold.


If you have a sloped or brush filled yard, an above level deck may be better suited for your yard since a deck level can be adjusted to fit.

If your yard is level, and views can be easily seen, a patio may be what you are looking for. A patio also has the benefit of being able to be situated away from the house, giving the advantage of incorporating the surrounding landscape.


If you have a small budget, a patio may help keep you within your means with the help of lower installation costs.

For those with bigger budgets, a deck can be an option— but don't forget to price out and include different types of wood and cost of installation.

Either option is a great choice that will have you sitting pretty while enjoying the great outdoors. If you are looking for a patio builder or concrete contractor, contact the expert team at Top Hat Masonry Repair today.