Deck or Patio? Which is Best for You?

Deck or Patio? Which is Best for You? carroll landscaping

Aesthetic differences, structural differences, and even differences in durability can impact whether a deck or patio is right for you.

Decks and patios add value to your home and improve your quality of life. Although many use the words deck and patio interchangeably, these structures are very different. Both will last for years, so it’s essential to consider your options and what works best for you and your lifestyle. Before deciding whether a deck or patio is suitable for your home, consider the differences between each type of structure. Aesthetic differences, structural differences, and even differences in durability can impact whether a deck or patio is right for you. Let’s go over a few important factors to consider.

Differences Between Decks and Patios

In simple terms, decks are floating platforms extended off the rear of the house. Although decks can be built low to the ground, they do not come in contact with the ground. Since they are elevated, decks usually have railings that act as a boundary and prevent falls. Most structures are constructed from wood or composite materials.

On the other hand, a patio is an outdoor platform set directly on the ground. Patios required a flat surface for installation in the past, but today, retaining walls and multi-level structures give homeowners more options. A patio can be built directly against the home or installed in a separate area.

Intended Use

To determine which structure will be the right fit, consider how you will functionally use the space. Do you want a comfortable place for guests to eat, or would you want a peaceful place for relaxation? Will you include seating in the structure, or do you prefer to add outdoor furniture? Your answers to these questions will help you plan a custom space that will meet your needs and add to the overall enjoyment of your home. 


Your property’s characteristics could potentially determine your choice of patio or deck. To install a patio that will last long, you will need ample flat ground, as a patio’s structural integrity depends on the ground underneath it. On the other hand, a deck has a built-in support structure and can be built over an uneven surface. Patios can be any shape and size and include various additional elements, such as fire pits and outdoor kitchens. Where a patio creates a natural connection and flow between your home and landscape, a deck provides clear views while creating separation.

Interested in Improving Your Outdoor Living Space? Consider Landscape and Hardscaping Design Services from Carroll Landscaping

Carroll Landscaping has over 30 years of experience with landscape construction, porch construction, deck building, and hardscape installation. Our award-winning landscape designers are passionate about providing customers with top-notch service and landscape design. Our landscape designers have a creative design outlook and work as a team with our installation crews to make your vision a reality. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest quality workmanship, professional and knowledgeable service, and creativity in design in order to surpass our clients’ expectations in every aspect of the project.

We serve residents throughout the beautiful state of Maryland including Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, Eldersburg, Clarksville, Sykesville, Manchester, Westminster, and Woodstock. For more information and to schedule a consultation with one of our expert designers, contact us online or give us a call at 410-922-2416.

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