What could be better for your health than spending plenty of time outside in the fresh air? If you plan to extend your living space beyond your back door, and maybe include a swimming pool, should you build a patio or a deck? Usually, the design of the house and yard can make one or the other seem the obvious choice; however, an experienced designer can create either option in spite of unusual challenges. Because both patios and decks offer advantages, we'll talk about the pros of each.
Decks composed of wood or synthetics work extremely well when your backyard slopes too much. Also, when you have four or more steps up to your back door, decks make it easy to move between the house and the outdoors. Patios, most often composed of poured concrete, require level ground, which could become a heavy expense to create when the yard has hills. But decks rest on posts settled into concrete piers, lending a lot of variability in the design.
While natural, whole wood decks require regular maintenance, the right synthetic materials often will not. Trex and other plastic composite boards work perfectly around your swimming pool, whether it's in-ground or above. Because they come in a variety of colors and shed water, you can find the right aesthetic style for your tastes. Insects usually won't bother composite decks nor cedar, redwood or pressure-treated pine if well maintained.
A concrete or masonry patio rests directly on the ground and can last indefinitely with very little maintenance other than the occasional cleaning. If your yard is already level, a concrete patio may be the least expensive option. As a pool surround, it will handle all the water quite well. You only want to be sure to build it with a non-slip surface.
Light-colored concrete or stone reflects sunlight, so the patio stays reasonably cool on those hot, sunny days. Another benefit comes from a patio's ability to withstand a lot of activity and movement of furniture without damage. Plus it will last as long as the house if built properly.
Why Not Both?
Decks and patios need not be mutually exclusive. A great design for your outside living space may include a patio for a pool apron with a raised deck at the edge for lounging and dining. Or you may like to have a beautiful flagstone pool surround viewable from a deck off the master bedroom. Truly, the sky's the limit!
Building a patio will depend on your topography and the style of your house. However, a deck is always viable. Have you been thinking about building a swimming pool at your home? Come to us at Pierce Pools & Outdoor Visions. Our professional team can help you design the perfect pool system for your home and yard. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!