Deck vs. Patio: The Pros and Cons Of Each

Learn about the pros and cons of decks and patios.

Learn about the pros and cons of decks and patios.

Now is the perfect time to add a deck or patio to your Maryland home! When you build a deck or patio in the winter, you ensure that you’ll have plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the spring, summer, fall, and even winter! However, making the decision of what outdoor setup is right for your home can be difficult, as there are significant pros and cons to each. Continue reading for an overview of some of the essential aspects you should consider.  

Decks vs. Patio Differences

To start, the differences between the two are relatively simple. A deck is usually a raised platform made of a material like wood or composite. It often requires foundations and more maintenance, but it can allow for a higher value when selling your home. A patio, on the other hand, is built directly on the ground. This can be done faster and less expensive, but it has its own set of disadvantages.    


When considering a deck, there are many benefits to note. To start, a deck can give you up to an 87% return on your investment if you sell your home! This value is higher than any other type of outdoor renovation. Decks can also be built on any kind of terrain; if your yard is too hilly for a patio, for instance, a deck is still possible. Decks also allow for a better view as they are elevated and they can be highly customized in shape and color to best match your home. That said, it’s important to note that decks have a few downsides. They can be expensive to build, require significant maintenance, have a shorter lifespan due to the nature of wood, and may require a permit.


While patios offer fewer returns than a deck, they have their own set of benefits that can’t be denied. To start, patios cost significantly less up front, as they often are made from poured concrete which allows for a low starting price. Not only does this make them a great low-risk option, but it gives you more flexibility to add to your budget for other outdoor supplies. Patios are also highly durable and require little maintenance. You may choose to seal your patio, but it’s likely that the only care it will need is the occasional sweep and power washing. Additionally, their lower profile allows you to use landscaping more creatively to create a private oasis. Patios can also last longer and do not usually need permits for construction.

As with decks, they do, however, have a few cons as well. If the ground underneath is not prepared correctly, the chances of cracks are higher. Patios can also quickly become too hot or too cold and can hold ice allowing for a slipping hazard.  

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