Choosing the Right Outdoor Space: Concrete Patio vs. Wood Decks

August 12, 2021 7:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing like spending time enjoying the outdoors in the comfort of your own home. One great way to make the most of this experience is with a nice outdoor space option like a patio or a deck. If you’re thinking of installing something like this in your own home, you may be wondering what type of space to build.

Two of the main options for outdoor spaces are concrete patios and wood decks. But which is right for you? Here is some information about each to help you consider concrete patios vs. wood decks.

Decks

A deck is a raised platform structure connected to the house. It is usually made of wood but can be made of different materials as well. It is possible to build a deck on your own if you are handy with tools and have the time and experience to work on it. But there are some tricky facets to deck construction (such as making sure the grading is flat) that might make your finished product not as perfect as you want it to be.

Decks can be a pricey endeavor. It can cost upwards of $7,000 to have a deck installed, depending on materials, size and ground conditions in the construction area. One way to estimate the cost of a deck is to consider that they will typically cost about $35 per square foot for installation. It’s also imperative to have a wooden deck resealed or refinished periodically, which can cost hundreds of dollars—or more if repairs are needed.

Patios

A concrete patio can cost half as much as a deck to have installed—or less. The typical cost of installation for a concrete patio is $10 to $20 per square foot. Considering what you would have spent on a deck, you’ll have some extra money left over, which you may want to consider using to install a roof over your patio for shade.

If you’re planning on installing your new outdoor space on your own, however, a concrete patio might not be the best option for you. Large projects made with concrete are best left to a team of professionals, as it’s much more difficult to fix problems down the road in concrete than it is with wood.

Hire a professional

Both wood decks and concrete patios have benefits that go beyond just enjoying the outdoor space of your home. Both have solid ROI (return on investment) numbers of around 50 percent or higher in spaces with warm climates. This is, of course, if the spaces are properly installed and enjoyable to use.

When you are looking to spruce up your home with an outdoor space option, it’s best to hire a company with experience in many different types of construction but also with a specialty in residential outdoor spaces. With more than 40 years of experience, Kwiatkowski Construction Co., Inc. is your best bet for outdoor patio work. Contact us today to get started on the outdoor patio of your dreams.

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