Vinyl Patio or Vinyl Deck – Which Should You Build?

Vinyl Patio or Vinyl Deck – Which Should You Build?

Choosing the Best Vinyl Decking Style for your Home

If your home is in need of more space outdoors, should you build a vinyl patio or a vinyl deck? Each offers its own advantages. Tuff Industries has pulled together a few tips to help you make the best choice for your home.

Differences Between Vinyl Decks and Vinyl Patios

So what’s the difference? It’s fairly easy – a vinyl patio is built directly on the ground, while a vinyl deck is built off the ground. Each can be built attached to a structure or can be free standing, depending on where you would like to build. Depending on how far off the ground, a deck may require a railing, while a patio typically does not.

What About Cost?

Many homeowners’ primary concern when renovating their residence will be the costs associated with the project. Since a patio is built directly on the ground it will cost significantly less than a deck. The National Association of Realtors reports that patios typically will cost about half as much as a deck.

However, there are a few things that can affect the cost of your vinyl patio or deck, such as:

  • Size of the deck or patio
  • Quality of materials used
  • Whether the addition is attached to the housing structure or is built separately
  • Requirement for railings
  • The slope of your yard (uneven ground might need levelling)

Maintenance Considerations

This is one area you don’t need to consider when it comes to making the choice between deck and patio – with a Tufdek™ vinyl membrane your vinyl deck or patio both require little maintenance.

Finding the Solution

Here are a few things you can ask yourself if you’re still not sure whether a vinyl patio is your best option, or whether your home would be better suited with a deck instead:

  • Do I want a large space, or a smaller one? (Patios are easier to build larger, typically)
  • How large of a barbecue area or outdoor kitchen would we like?
  • Do I need storage space, or additional living space? (Decks provide two levels of use)
  • Would we like to install a fire pit? (Patios work best, but you can have portable fire pits)
  • Would I like to incorporate landscaping into the design?
  • Is there easier access at ground level, or above?
  • Which choice offers a better view?

It can help to take a cool beverage out to your yard, set up a lawn chair, and imagine your deck or patio. If it feels like you’d enjoy your space more if it was off the ground then you have your answer.

Talk to a Pro About a Vinyl Patio or Deck Project

Even with all the advice listed above, you still might not be sure whether to go with a vinyl patio or vinyl deck. In this case, talking to a deck contractor can help, they’ll be able to assess your yard and ascertain which approach will work best.

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