When it comes to designing our homes one of the first things that we consider is the square footage and the amount of truly usable living space. As the trend of outdoor living spaces continues to become the craze, the same can be said for your backyard. Chances are that you took the size and space of your backyard into consideration when you purchased your home. Being able to extend your living area to the outdoors means more enjoyable space to create memories with family and friends. When designing your outdoor living space one of the first things to think about is the decision regarding a Trex deck vs. Patio. Adding either of these to your home will not only add value but curb appeal as well. If a deck is your choice, Trex Decking is one of the top composite options available today.
With a solid defined outdoor living space, the possibilities are endless. You can soak in the sun, have a BBQ, host party, warm up by the fire pit and much more!
Trex Deck vs. Patio | Exactly What Is The Difference?
Although many people think that they are interchangeable a Trex Deck vs. patio is quite different when comes form and function.
- A patio is level to the ground where a Trex Deck is raised off the ground and can have multiple levels.
- The material used to build them couldn’t be more different. Patios are created with concrete slabs, decorative concrete pavers, bricks, or flagstones. Decks are comprised of wood, PVC, or composite material. This makes for two very different looks. Trex Decking is made of 95% recycled materials and offers many color and design options to help you create the perfect outdoor living space.
- Patios may or may not be attached to your home. They can butte right up to a patio door or stand alone away from the house.
Trex Deck vs. Patio | Functionality and Decorative Accents
If you have seen finished outdoor living spaces first hand or browsed pictures in magazines or on the internet you know that the more “indoor like” they are the better.
Decks made with Trex offer more opportunity to add lighting, seating, decorative accents and walls, and other unique elements. These can of course be added individually to a patio but without the same finished look.
Trex Deck vs. Patio | Patio Considerations:
- Patios tend to be less expensive because they do not require lengthy installation or creative skill
- Patios require a flat landscape for installation which limits its use in sloping or uneven yards
- Patios require no maintenance but are very difficult to keep clean
- If concrete is not poured correctly your patio can crack which ruins the entire look because it cannot be fixed.
Trex Deck vs. Patio | Deck Considerations:
- Although a Trex Deck can be costlier than a patio it will increase the value of your home
- A Trex Deck allows for spectacular design because they can be multi- level, have unique staircases, and can be adorned with lighting and other decorative accents
- Wooden decks require upkeep like staining, sanding, and replacement of broken boards
- Since your Trex Deck will be raised off the ground it can increase your view of open spaces, lakes, rivers, or the ocean.
In any case, whether you go with a Trex Deck or a patio they can both provide the foundation for an amazing outdoor living space. Since a patio or a Trex Deck will be around for years to come make sure that you make the decision that is right for you! If you would like help in deciding what products best fit your needs, give us a call! We’d be happy to walk you through the pros and cons in greater detail.