(Closed) Bees: Would you rather have a deck or a patio?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I personally love decks…I have a patio but I would LOVE a deck in the future.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have two decks and a patio and I personally prefer the patio.  We have flowers around ours and it’s just more relaxing and park-like to me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I once read that decks have a higher return than patios. However, they are quite a bit of maintenance. We have to powerwash and stain ours almost every summer or else is begins to look faded. I would probably go with a stamped concrete patio given the chance.

Another thing to consider, how much privacy do you want? Decks that sit up higher are usually more visible to neighbors. I like being both social and nosey, so I don’t mind. If you want privacy, a patio and privacy fence might be a better fit.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I’ve only had a deck but I’m certain a deck is more maintenance than a patio.  A deck is pretty but it requires pressure washing and staining each year or it will look old and faded. 

I think a paver patio is beautiful.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

deck! Fo sho

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I definitely prefer stamped concrete or paver patios. I like how they can be open on all sides to your yard and have beds around them. I also don’t like how decks tend to end up looking worn after a while, how they can splinter, etc. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

As someone with zero outdoor space, I say – EITHER! They are both wonderful.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Really depends on the lot, I think.

Screened porches are my favorites. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee

We have both, and I prefer the deck. Although I also love paver patios like the photos above. If we ever have enough money, I would love to re-do our patio.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I want both! I have a deck and next year we are going to put stairs on the other side of the deck and have it lead out to the patio. I think it depends on your house set up. It’s great to have something directly off of our slider doors. We have a raised ranch so the deck is perfect because it’s directly as you walk out and easy to carry food/ drink,etc. outside. I think if you have to step down to a patio a deck would be great, but if you have no step down (I just think of carrying dinner outside for nice nights) then I would do a patio. I think a patio is also much less maintenance.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I prefer patios but that might be because no one here really has decks but everyone has patios.  Actually now that I think about it, I’ve literally never been to a house in southern california with a deck.  Hmm I wonder why that is.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I honestly don’t have a preference.  So long as I have usable outdoor space, I’m in great shape!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think decks look pretty but I have always gotten more use out of patios. And, as CanAmBride mentioned, decks are pretty high-maintenance.

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