A: We've lost potential jobs to patio contractors, and the patio guys have lost jobs to deck guys. You can do both all in one job, but this is still a question that a lot of our customers struggle with quite often. The article below from Great Day Improvements, LLC can possibly help you with this decision.
If your house is in dire need of some outdoor space, adding a patio or
deck can increase your square foot without robbing your children of their
college educations. Each option offers an area to gather with friends and
family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars); the option you choose
will likely depend on your budget, space and needs. In this article we’ll take a
look at the benefits of both patios and decks so your hardest decision will be
where to place the grill.
Patio or Deck: What's the Difference?
Oftentimes homeowners use these terms interchangeably, but there are
differences between the two. A patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly
on the ground. This area may be connected to the house or constructed in
a separate part of the yard. Patios often have concrete bases, but some
homeowners use stone, tile, pavers, brick or other materials to create the
foundation. In most cases patios do not have a rail; they may or may not be
covered. Today’s patios might feature party goodies like fire pits, built in
barbecues, and sitting areas, making them the perfect relaxation or
Decks, on the other hand, are typically constructed of wood or composite. Though
they can be built near the ground, they are not placed directly on the ground
and feature some type of support system to hold up the addition. Decks may be built off of the lower floor of a home, such as the living room or kitchen, or they might be added to an upper
level room or even on a rooftop setting. Decks are typically enclosed with some
type of railing and often offer the homeowner excellent views of their
Patio vs. Deck: A Cost Comparison
As with all renovation projects, your budget will likely impact your choice,
and the range for a deck or patio addition project can be large. For instance,
Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Value Report in 2013
states the average cost of a midrange deck addition project runs around $15,000
for a composite deck and $9,327 for wood. While This Old House averages
a new deck to be just shy of $6,000. A new patio might cost the homeowner a
third of that lower-end price. Additionally, according to this article from
HouseLogic, a free source from the National Association of
Realtors™, decks run around $33 per square foot while a patio might cost as low
as $15 per square foot. In short, patios are usually cheaper than decks.
The cost of the project will depend upon a variety of factors though. These
Materials used (concrete, composite, wood)
Location of the addition (on the ground without supports, above ground, on
the house with a door already leading out or in an area in which a door addition
must be made)
Size of the addition
Features, such as a built in barbecue, railings, seating, supports.
Another consideration to factor into the addition equation is the slope of
the yard on which you plan to place the patio or deck. For instance, since a
patio is placed directly on the ground, you’ll want to choose a space that is
level. Patios may not be the best choice for uneven ground because the cost to
create a level foundation can double or triple the cost of the actual addition.
Return on Investment (ROI)?
Aside from the initial cost to construct a patio, you should consider your
return on investment (ROI) if, in the future, you plan to sell. Renovations done
to the outside of the home, such as decks and patios, often offer a good ROI,
because most homeowners want to have some type of outdoor living space.
The average return on investment for a new deck addition runs around 75%; on
a patio, HouseLogic notes the ROI averages somewhere between 30-60%. What does
this mean for you? Remodeling Magazine shows that a new wooden deck in the
midrange project category will average $9,327; the resale value places that deck
at $7,213. In this case, the homeowner would recoup around 77.3% of what was
paid. If adding a $3,000 patio to a home, a homeowner might expect to get back
about $1,500 of the cost of the project when selling the home.
Aside from cost, you’ll want to determine which outdoor addition works best for
the purpose for which you hope to use it. Do you want to incorporate the
landscaping into the overall design? If so, a patio might work best, as it can
be surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers. Do you want the area to be
considered a space separate from the main house? Again, a patio works best here
because the foundation can be placed away from the house. Patios also work well
for homeowners who have in ground pools and want a space around the area in
which to gather, cook out, or relax.
Homeowners interested in spotlighting a view might opt for a deck, since they
can be built off of the ground and offer a wider visual range. Decks also work
well for those with yards that are not level or that are built on a hill, since
the supports can be cut to any height. Also, since decks must have stairs if the
homeowner is interested in getting to the yard from the addition, those who want
to keep the entertaining on the porch rather than in the yard may opt for this
type of addition.
Whichever way you choose to go, both decks and patios offer a positive ROI
and unlimited possibilities for entertaining, socializing, or simply relaxing in
an outdoor space. Contact Great Day Improvements today to see how we can extend
your living space through the addition of a deck or patio, and start living your
life outside, too!