Weighing the Pros & Cons of Decks and Patios

If you’re weighing the pros and cons of a deck vs. patio, this guide is intended to provide objective information to aid in your decision process.

Overall, the choice between a deck and a patio depends on your personal preferences, budget, the planned uses for your outdoor living space.

We’re able to build custom decks, enclosed porches, and deck/patio combinations (see the featured project below) to suit your plans.

 

Comparing a Composite Deck to a Stone Paver Patio

While the average per square foot cost for a paver patio will likely be less than a composite deck, there are other factors to consider such as re-sale value, maintenance, and custom options.

We used stone pavers as the comparison example because they are a popular choice for patios for their high-end look and durability compared to concrete or other stone materials.

Composite DeckStone Paver Patio
Per Square Foot Cost (500 sq. ft.)$70-$100$30-$70
MaintenanceLittle to noneOccasional cleaning needed. Re-grout every 5 to 10 years.
Permits NeededYes*Likely not*
Return on investment$$$
Can be elevated?YesYes, but often becomes cost prohibitive.
DurabilityRot, crack & stain resistantProne to cracks & stains. Prone to become uneven & can stain over time.
*Check with your township or local authorities for permitting rules.
Composite Deck
Per Square Foot Cost (500 sq. ft.)$70-$100
MaintenanceLittle to none
Permits NeededYes*
Return on investment$$
Can be elevated?Yes
DurabilityRot, crack & stain resistant
*Check with your township or local authorities for permitting rules.
Stone Paver Patio
Per Square Foot Cost (500 sq. ft.)$30-$70
MaintenanceOccasional cleaning needed. Re-grout every 5 to 10 years.
Permits NeededLikely not*
Return on investment$
Can be elevated?Yes, but often becomes cost prohibitive.
DurabilityProne to cracks & stains. Prone to become uneven & can stain over time.
York, PA

New Composite Deck Added to Connect With Existing Patio

 
This homeowner in York wanted to connect their existing ground-floor patio to the first floor of their home, for easier access to the main floor and kitchen and for entertaining.

We helped them design and build a 650 sq. ft. deck with varying width deck boards and two sets of lighted steps for accessing the backyard.

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Deck vs. Patio: Four Things To Consider

Goal for the Space

A deck is a more versatile option since a deck can be built at different levels, shapes, and sizes. A deck can also be used to create multiple outdoor living spaces, such as an outdoor kitchen or a covered seating area. While a patio can be a more affordable option, decks offer more versatility, customization options, and aesthetic appeal.

If you want the versatility and look of a deck along with the utility of a patio, you might want to consider a deck-patio combination.

Cost

Patios are generally less expensive to install than decks, especially if you choose a simple concrete or paver design. Decks can be more expensive to build, however there are more options and flexibility in design to suit your intended uses for your outdoor space.

Permitting

Building permits are required for adding either a deck or a patio (typically any project that is 200 sq. ft. or larger). Our team handles gathering all relevant permits and paperwork for you. Our team will also communicate with you regarding any information you may need for HOA approval before construction begins.

Return on Investment

While the initial cost for a custom deck is higher than a patio, the return on investment for a deck is higher. According to Remodeling Magazine data from Lancaster County, you could recoup up to 61% of your initial investment in a composite deck.

Options Available for a Custom Deck

Fireplaces

A fireplace is an eye-catching and functional element for any outdoor living space.

Fire Pits

Bring your outdoor space to life and gather around the warmth of a fire pit.

Masonry Features

Create visual interest and functionality with a wall, patio, or other masonry features. Walls and stone features are a great way to define your outdoor spaces with a natural-looking border.

Outdoor Kitchens

Gathering family and friends has never been more convenient or fun.

Pergola

Instantly create a comfortable outdoor room on your deck or porch with a wood or vinyl pergola.

Fireplaces

A fireplace is an eye-catching and functional element for any outdoor living space.

Fire Pits

Bring your outdoor space to life and gather around the warmth of a fire pit.

Masonry Features

Create visual interest and functionality with a wall, patio, or other masonry features. Walls and stone features are a great way to define your outdoor spaces with a natural-looking border.

Outdoor Kitchens

Gathering family and friends has never been more convenient or fun.

Pergola

Instantly create a comfortable outdoor room on your deck or porch with a wood or vinyl pergola.

“This is probably one of the most professional companies that I have ever worked with in Lancaster County. Every person that I worked with along the way was knowledgeable, eager to help, and answered my questions respectfully and quickly. My deck looks amazing and the price was reasonable. I am so happy that I reached out to Stumps. I would recommend them 100 times over!”

Jennifer Klehr

Our Approach to Building Porches & Outdoor Spaces

At Stump’s Decks, we care about giving your family a space to build memories and a quality outdoor space you’ll love.

We can create a patio and deck combination that naturally flows from your backdoor into your backyard. Off this patio, we can add steps to your raised deck, which can incorporate additional areas for seating, cooking, and relaxing.

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