What Makes a Deck a Deck?

A deck is a great addition to any home. It increases the amount of recreational space in your home and boosts your property’s value. But how exactly is a deck different from a patio? Both can be attached to your home or freestanding, but what exactly makes a deck a deck? 


What’s the Main Difference Between Decks and Patios? 

Construction-wise, the main difference between decks and patios is that the former is often elevated to take advantage of the views on your property while patios are built at ground-level because of their concrete or sand-and-pebble base. Consequently, this means decks often require safety railings while patios don’t. Material-wise, patios are often made from concrete, pavers, stone and tile while decks are usually made of wood or a composite wood material or vinyl. 

How to Choose the Right Deck Material 

To protect the returns on your investment, you need to choose a deck material that’s durable enough to withstand the local climate. Here’s an overview of the most widely used materials: 

  • Natural wood – Wooden decks have a sophisticated elegance that can boost your home’s curb appeal. However, keep in mind that wooden decks need to be routinely maintained. Otherwise, rot may start to form. 

Here’s a tip: it’s best to avoid softwood species pine, fir, and spruce, which are more susceptible to rot. Instead, we recommend choosing hardwood species, such as teak, ipe, cherry and oak. They’re more expensive than redwood and cedar, but their exceptional durability makes them worth the extra cost. 

  • Wood-polymer composite – This material has lower maintenance needs than wood and is resistant to common deck issues like rot. However, wood-polymer composite decks don’t have a wooden deck’s authentic feel. 

To learn more about your options, consult an experienced exterior remodeling contractor. 

Looking for experienced remodelers near you? 

Pressure Point Roofing, Inc. has been serving local residents since 1989. We offer a wide range of professional exterior services, including deck construction and roof maintenance services. To schedule a consultation, call us at (541) 772-1945, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Central Point Oregon as well as the surrounding communities.

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