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Creating an Outdoor Living Space: Pros of Wood Decks vs. Concrete Patios

Before we dive into wood decks, let’s first define the difference between a deck and a patio. A deck is an open outdoor porch or platform, typically without a roof, that is attached to a house as an extension. A patio is a paved, typically concrete, directly on the ground. A patio can either be attached or detached from a house.

Now that you know the difference between a deck and a patio, let’s talk about the advantages of a wood deck, PVC, or composite deck versus a concrete patio.

  1. Wood decks can be installed on any type of land.
  2. The height of a deck is variable. If you’re searching for a view, a wood deck is what you want.
  3. Wood decks naturally absorb and retain less heat than a concrete patio.
  4. A wood deck can be painted or stained to any color you like.
  5. It’s particularly important to use wood vs concrete in spaces with a lot of ground movement and where reinforcement is necessary.

Here are other factors to consider when adding any type of outdoor living:

  • Space: The best location of an addition is off the back of the house.
  • View: Design so you can maximize a view and convenience for cooking and entertaining.
  • Versatility: Wood decks offer more versatility for entertaining and designing than a concrete patio.
  • Timeframe: This really depends on size, and intricacy of the job.
  • Maintenance: A composite deck and PVC decks is much easier to maintain than a wood deck. Concrete is probably the easiest, but you need to worry about cracking and settling.

Oregon Deck and Remodeling specializes in designing and building decks. With over 40 years under his tool belt, Carl Benson has seen every spacial layout and perceived obstacle you can throw at him. He delivers a sensible, functional design solution for your deck that his crew executes into a professionally built deck. It says it all to a company’s professionalism when you hear Oregon Deck and Remodeling thrive on referrals.