Decks vs. Stamped Patios, Which Is Better?

Your backyard is a bit bare. There’s grass, some shrubs, but nowhere for you or your guests to sit and enjoy the sun. It’s time to add either

Here, you can see how the stamped patio has much more character than a simple poured slab.

a deck or patio. The problem is, you’re not sure which option to choose. Which is better: decks or stamped patios?

Not surprisingly, the answer is a definite “it depends.” In fact, both decks and stamped patios each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The option that works best for you depends mostly on your own style and the amount you want to spend as the cost of a new patio can really add up if you’re not careful.

Consider stamped patios first. Today, patios can be extremely attractive. They can come in nearly any color, design, shape or style. Today’s patios aren’t just concrete poured in your backyard. They are pieces of art. This can be especially true if you opt for a pergola or some other style with an outdoor patio roof.  Done right, they’ll naturally draw visitors to your backyard. They are also durable and easy to take of. The weather barely affects them, and they last for decades.

However, not every homeowner likes the look of even the most intricately designed stamped patio. They see them as cold and sterile. To some owners, they just don’t look inviting.  This is the problem you face with some types of outdoor flooring like this.  In fact, this is why many homeowners choose outdoor pavers to give their patio a bit more of a cobblestone look.

Some homeowners still prefer the classic look of wooden decks. And why not? Wooden decks are extremely attractive and the cost of a new deck is much lower. They help give a sense of style to what was otherwise a drab and boring backyard. They can be as large or as small as you want. And they can come in a variety of shades.  Even better, they can also be affordable.  If you’ve done any investigating, then you know how expensive those composite decking boards can be.  While they do last longer with less maintenance, there is some up-front cost associated with them.

Depending on the style and type of deck you order, you won’t have to pay a fortune for the raw materials involved in building it.

Unless you’ll be hiring a pro, consider using deck design software that will give you a professional layout and idea as to how your finished addition will look.  Some may even help you plan out a material’s list.  There are some disadvantages to a deck, though. They don’t last quite as long as do concrete patios. And they don’t hold up to the elements as well, either. You might find after several years that some of your deck’s wood is rotting, or that some of its planks have started to come loose. A wooden deck requires far more maintenance than does a stamped patio.

There is no right or wrong choice here, of course. The decision to buy a stamped patio or a deck is a personal one, one that is purely subjective. Just make sure to look at your own style and home before selecting one or the other.

Know, too, that it’s important to shop around for the right deck or stamped patio. This is the best way to get one of these backyard additions for the best possible price. In today’s shaky economy, it’s important to cut costs wherever possible. Taking the time to research and compare prices on different types of decks or stamped patios can provide a big boost to your savings account this year.

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