Are you ready to enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor living space? Decks and patios are a fantastic way to do so. However, how do you choose which one is right for you? Both outdoor features are wonderful, but it can be hard to pick between them. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of patios vs. decks. 

Pros of Decks

There are plenty of reasons to buy a deck. Few outdoor features enhance your home more. Here are some of the benefits of decks

Increase Home Value

Any home improvement project, when done correctly, typically improves the resale value of your home. Many homeowners see a 76% return on investment when they choose a deck. However, as with anything, there are no guarantees. Don’t purchase a deck just for the potential home resale value. 

Increase Outdoor Storage Space

In America, we’re lucky enough to have more stuff than we know what to do with. This is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, we like having stuff, but where on earth can we store all of it? Thankfully, a deck can provide extra storage space for outdoor items like tarps, fishing rods, etc.

Foundation For Other Outdoor Features

Your deck doesn’t have to be a plain slab of wood. Decks are highly-customizable, and they can act as a foundation for other outdoor features. For instance, pools and outdoor kitchens pair well with decks. 

Enhance the Beauty of Your Home’s Exterior 

A deck can be truly show-stopping. Think about all of the houses you admire most. Most of them probably have decks, because something about this outdoor feature just makes a home more appealing and welcoming. 

Design Options Are Limitless

Decks are highly-customizable. You can choose from a variety of wood, paint colors, and accessories like railing, staircases, and built-in furniture. Think of decks like a canvas. You can get as creative as you’d like!

Require Minimal Maintenance

Other than occasional sweeping, washing, and resealing every two or three years, your deck shouldn’t require too much maintenance. Having a deck is a big responsibility, but it won’t be a big burden as long as you don’t let things get out of hand. If decks collapse, they can cause serious injury and property damage, so don’t translate low-maintenance into no maintenance. Be sure to follow the care instructions given by your contractor and get any damage repaired right away.  

A wood deck purchased by a homeowner who made the decision on patios vs. decks

Cons of Decks

Nothing is perfect. While decks do come with a lot of benefits, there are some less appealing things to talk about. In our opinion, the advantages of a deck far outweigh the disadvantages, but we’ll leave that for you to decide. Here are the few cons that come with building a deck for your home: 

Prone to Rot 

Wood is vulnerable to moisture. This material retains water, which then produces mildew and mold. Eventually, the wood starts to rot, causing your deck to be unstable. But thankfully, you can seal the wood and prevent this from happening. You can also choose PVC and composite materials instead of wood, which will help save you from the possibility of rot. 


Decks are an expensive outdoor feature. The costs run between $2,200 and $8,800, depending on the size of the deck. You’ll have to decide if the expense is worth the end results and whether you feel ready to go through with a long-term investment. 

Require Permits

Any home improvement projects that change the structure of your home require permits. Because you’re modifying the exterior of your home with a deck, you will need to obtain permits before starting the building process. Your contractor should be able to help you through this step. 

Pros of Patios 

Patios are another excellent outdoor feature. They are highly versatile, add home value, and make your yard a more enjoyable place to spend time. But those benefits are just the beginning. Among the many other benefits of patios are: 

Less Expensive

Patios are generally less expensive than decks, though this is not always the case. The cost of a patio runs between $2,363 and $5,909. Costs are dependent on size and material. 

Last Longer

Patios often last longer than decks. A good patio lasts between 20 and 50 years if you invest in quality materials. On the other hand, wooden decks only last between 10 to 15 years

Afford More Privacy 

Decks are typically open to the view of your neighbors and passersby. If you’re looking for an outdoor feature that affords more privacy, a patio is a great option. You have more options when it comes to locations and complementing outdoor features that help conceal your patio from the public. 

Don’t Always Require a Permit 

Most of the time, you won’t need a permit to get a patio. However, this isn’t always the case. Check local laws and regulations or ask your contractor before beginning your project. 

Low Maintenance 

Patios are more low-maintenance than decks. If you sweep and rinse your patio often and repair small problems before they grow into bigger issues, you’re good to go. The only time patios become high-maintenance is when you neglect them for long periods of time. If you stick to a simple cleaning schedule, you shouldn’t have any issues. 

A patio built by a homeowner who weighed the benefits when considering patios vs. decks

Cons of Patios

Alright, let’s take a look at some of the negatives that come along with patios. There aren’t many drawbacks to this outdoor feature, but we’re going to mention them anyway. The cons of patios are: 

Can Be Dangerous In Winter Months

If you live in a climate with a lot of snow and frigid temperatures, beware. Your patio stones will be prone to freezing. When your patio stones freeze, they become a safety hazard because you or your loved ones could slip and fall. 

May Take Longer to Install

Installation time depends on the type of patio you choose and if any complications arise during the building process. For a customized patio, you may have to wait up to six weeks for results. Decks usually take a max of three weeks to complete. 

Can Grow Weeds After a Time

If you get a patio that is made up of many different stones (pavers), eventually you might see weeds sprouting up through the sand that holds them together. It depends on the type of material used to hold your patio pavers together. 

Contact E & L Star Construction Today! 

Hopefully, we were able to help you choose whether a patio or a deck is the right option for you. If not, please feel to schedule a call with us so our professionals can walk you through the decision process. Our team is here to help. Contact us today for deck and patio installation!