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Decks and Patios

Create an outdoor living space for your family gatherings. Decks and patios have an unlimited amount of customizable options for you to sift through.

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One of the best ways to connect with the outdoors and extend your living space is to build a patio or deck. These outdoor living spaces provide comforting and unique places for you to have dinner, gather friends for a bonfire, host a birthday party, cook new foods, and more. The number of activities you can host on your patio or deck is unlimited.

Deciding between a deck or patio can be difficult, but you must also consider the type of home you have. In rare cases, decks and patios are not possible for certain homes. It may be due to the terrain or size of the backyard. That said, Concierge Home Remodeling is determined to help you create a relaxing and fun outdoor living area. Before we start laying pavers or nailing two-by-fours, it is important you know more about each type of outdoor living space.

Patio Considerations

You may be entirely sold on a patio, but you should know some key qualities of patios. One of the most important things you must consider is the type of backyard you have. Los Angeles has hilly and flat areas throughout. Patios require a relatively flat area to be installed; otherwise, it will require more preparation and materials. As a result, costs and the installation process increase. In some cases, patios are just not possible.

Those with flat yards should consider the following about patios:

Privacy: Since patios are directly installed on the ground, they offer more privacy, unlike their elevated counterpart. Consider how your neighborhood is designed and make your decision based on who might see you on your patio versus your deck.

Permits: Most patios do not require permits because they do not affect the structure of the home. If your patio does require a permit, our team will acquire them.

Cost: On average, patios cost less than decks. They require fewer materials and fewer preparations, giving them a lower cost. However, the size and materials used for the patio will directly affect the price.

Maintenance: Caring for a patio is easier than a deck due to it being made of concrete or natural stone. Sealing the concrete or stone will prolong its life and make maintenance easier.

Care: Patios are capable of cracking, meaning you may need to replace stone or concrete when damaged. It is important to have these problems fixed early before water makes its way into the crack and further worsens the patio.

Deck Considerations

A deck may be more of your style, which we understand. Decks offer an elevated outdoor living space perfect for uneven backyards. Large backyards are more suitable for decks since they typically run larger than patios. The last thing you want is for your deck to consume your entire backyard.

Here is what you need to consider for a deck:

Cost: The cost of decks is higher than most patios. They require more materials, labor, and preparation. All of these things add up to a larger price tag, which you should know before moving forward.

Heat: Decks are known to retain less heat than patios meaning you can enjoy your outdoor living space without scorching coals beneath you. To reduce heat further, use natural wood for your deck instead of synthetic as it will stay cooler.

Value: The higher price tag of a deck will pay off when reselling your home. Decks offer a higher resell value for homeowners than patios. This is due to their attractiveness to homebuyers looking for well-designed outdoor living spaces.

Weight: You should know that decks have weight requirements. Be sure to consider everything you put on your deck, and it lands within the appropriate boundaries.

Permits: Some, not all, decks require permits. Depending on your deck and the structure needed, you may need permits. If you do need permits for your deck, our team will acquire them.

Questions?

Patios and decks are the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in your very own backyard. If you’re considering either of these or a combination of the two, you are bound to have questions. Here is what you should know about patios and decks.

Do I need a permit to build a deck or patio?

You won’t need a permit to build a patio in most cases. You will likely be required to pull a permit for a deck. The reason for this is that decks are often integrated directly into your home’s structure. They can also be a lot higher than patios, resulting in needing a building permit. However, some shorter decks or certain deck types don’t need permits. If a permit is ever necessary for your deck or patio, our team will apply for it.

Should I use natural wood or composite materials for my deck?

It depends on your preferences and budget. Check out our breakdown of the pros and cons of each material below to determine which is right for you:

Natural Wood

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Gorgeous
  • Lasts 10 – 30 Years

Cons:

  • Susceptible to rot, pests, and splintering,
  • Requires a lot of maintenance
  • Doesn’t last as long as composite

Composite

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Resistant to moisture, insects, UV light
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Lasts up to 50 years

Cons:

  • Much more expensive than natural wood

 

How long does it take to build a patio or deck?

On average, both decks and patios can take anywhere from one to six weeks to complete. It will depend on the complexity of your project and how large the space will be.