Different remodeling options can help you achieve different goals for your home. For instance, a well-timed roof replacement can help you boost your curb appeal, improve your energy efficiency, or even address recurring problems in an aging roofing system. On the other hand, if you want to expand your living area outdoors, you have the choice of either installing a deck or a patio.
Many homeowners use the terms “deck” and “patio” interchangeably but these two are actually different from each other. Let our expert remodelers at Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows explain what they are and give you advice on which one you should install for your home.
What Is a Patio?
A patio is not the same as a deck the same way asphalt shingles are different from say, metal roofing. While they may look similar, there are differences in how they are built and maintained. Strictly speaking, patios are installed directly on the ground, often on a concrete base. Some homeowners, however, place their patios on gravel, tiles or pavers, to make it a little more water-resistant.
What Is a Deck?
Unlike patios, decks are constructed with either wood and vinyl and they are held up by foundational supports like piers several inches off the ground. This allows contractors to install decks on the same grade as your first or second floor rooms, giving decks a little bit more versatility than patios in terms of placement.
Which One Should You Choose?
Deck construction can affect certain parts of your home. Some areas of your vinyl siding, for example, may need to be temporarily removed to accommodate a deck addition. But if your home is built on uneven ground like those on the side of a hill, decks are more practical than patios. However, if you want your outdoor living area to be situated away from your main house, patios are the way to go. Ultimately, the decision depends on these factors and your own preference.
Whether you decide to build a deck or a patio, our professionals at Burr Roofing, Siding, & Windows can help you out every step of the way. Give us a call at (203) 345-1333 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate on deck construction projects today.