While many homeowners often get confused between the two and link them together, the reality is that a patio and deck are two different home extensions. While patios are an extension of the house or building and are generally attached to it, the modern house designs have started building detached patios too. A home deck is also an extension of a house but it’s usually elevated from the ground level.
They both are mostly built in the front part of the house and serve the same purpose of letting you enjoy the outdoors. But, there are distinct home deck and patio design ideas that can make the two dissimilar on the basis of their characteristics. Let’s have a look at how you can construct the best custom home decks and patios.
A variety of woods have been popularly used as home decking materials for years. But, the features of vinyl or composite materials have proved to be better than those of wood. Hence, modern home decks are always made of vinyl or composite materials.
Patios are made of concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock, or pea gravel. You will have plenty of options to choose from before building your custom patio.
As the home decks are open to a lot of customization and designing, they can be built in innumerable styles. Attached or detached, multi-leveled or multi-storeyed, covered or roofless, or a normal open home deck options you can choose from.
Patios are versatile. They can be built of any shape, size, and style but, on the ground level only.
The floors of both, home decks and patios can be customized in several ways. Home decks generally use planks or boards of lumber, vinyl or composite materials. These boards can be arranged in a single form (horizontal or vertical), in a zigzag form, or can be parallely stacked. The patios are paved or tiled floors hence, any and every design can be used for the floor.
Railings and Stairs
As home decks are built on an elevated level, they require safety railings and stairs, even if you plan to have a single-level deck. Multi-storeyed decks must have safety railings made of metal, wood, vinyl, or glass. The staircase should be comfortable and safe so that people don’t trip and fall and can easily access the deck area.
Since patios are built at ground level, they don’t require safety railings or stairs. However, you can always add fancy railings to increase the aesthetics of your house.
Keeping the deck and patio area clean is essential in order to increase its lifespan and resale value. Over the years, fungus, mold, insects, and other external factors can destroy the quality and appearance of your outdoor area. Therefore, it’s best to keep your home extensions clean and appealing. Our professional Edmonton deck installers can provide you essential tips to help you keep the deck and patio materials free from degenerating
If you are looking for a reliable contractor who can build custom home deck and patio for your house, we are right here. Contact our Edmonton deck builders today and we will be there to listen to your requirements.