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Angie's List: Deciding between a deck or patio to best fit your needs

Angie's List: Deciding between a deck or patio to best fit your needs
LEWISTON, ID - During the summer, both a deck and a patio can be an outdoor extension of your home.

But subtle differences between the two might make one better for your needs than another.

"When considering adding a deck or patio they can be a great way to extend your living space outside and extend your square footage," said Angie's List Owner Angie Hicks. "But you need to decide what you are going to use it for and what kind of space do you have available. For example, an elevated deck might be great if you need some extra space underneath.

"I had the intention of putting it in myself but as I quickly learned just carving an area in the earth and putting down stones, I wasn't going to achieve much doing that," said homeowner Robert Hadden. "I knew there was a lot more to it than that. So that's why I called the contractor I did and had him do it for me."

"When planning a deck or patio first you want to get your budget in line, then see what your options are," said Hicks. "Figure out how much square footage you're looking to add and then price it out accordingly with each different type. Keeping in mind the price range can vary on installation, but you also need to consider what the lifelong maintenance is as well. For instance, a wood deck is less expensive than a composite deck to install initially, but requires more maintenance."

"The most common repair is where someone has put paint on their deck floor," said contractor Tom Booker. "It starts peeling off, they can't get it to scrape off, so it just becomes a big mess. So in that case, we'll come out and we'll change all the flooring out."

Before you build a deck or patio, you'll want to look at the way weather affects your property and determine whether roof drainage could be a problem.
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