A functional, fun outdoor space can bring you and your family entertainment for years. It’s a great place to enjoy backyard barbecues, dine al fresco during the spring and summer, or simply sit outside while the weather is warm. But is a patio or a deck the right option for your home? While both options have pros and cons, the hardscape installation experts at Waynesboro Nurseries in Virginia say patios are better for a number of reasons.
Unlike a deck, which unnaturally juts out from your home, a patio blends seamlessly with your backyard. This is why landscape contractors often call patios hardscapes: The materials are arranged to complement the natural slopes and features of your landscape. Patios don’t need to be ground level. A raised patio can eliminate the stairs from your back door to your outdoor space, allowing you to easily move from indoors to outdoors.
When it comes to budget, a deck can seem like the cheapest option. But as with any home improvement project, the materials and size of the project affect the ultimate cost, and the average deck can cost up to $33 per square foot, while a hardscape installation costs about $15 per square foot.
Wooden decks also require a lot of maintenance compared to a patio. Wood is prone to mold, mildew, and rot. It can easily splinter or warp in harsh weather, and high winds can destroy it. On top of that, wood decks must be stripped and re-stained every three to five years. But a patio requires little to no maintenance, depending on the material chosen.
Patio materials are naturally durable and weather resistant, whether you choose stones, tiles, or bricks. Concrete is one of the most popular materials for patios. It is very low maintenance: You may have to power wash it once every few years to remove debris, but it does not need sealing and sanding the way a wooden deck does. On top of that, it is a highly versatile material: Modern technologies give contractors the capability of making concrete look like virtually any material, including stone and brick.
With the help of Waynesboro Nurseries, you’ll build a patio that will benefit you for years. If you’re ready to get started on your hardscape installation project, call them at (540) 946-3800. Visit their website for additional information.