Deck Or Patio: Which Is Better For Your Home In Reno And Sparks?


Installed correctly, decks and patios are both beautiful ways to maximize your outdoor space. But is one better than other? While that largely comes down to personal preference, factors like budget, lifespan, ease of installation, ease of maintenance, and return on investment may make one option more attractive than the other. Here’s how to decide whether a deck or patio is better for your home here in Reno and Sparks.

The Biggest Differentiator Between Decks And Patios

Besides the material, the biggest difference between a deck and a patio is the elevation. While patios are flush to the ground, decks are built above ground with support from vertical joists. Both can be attached to the home or freestanding.

Deck Pros And Cons

Decks can be expensive, but a beautiful (and well-installed) deck can increase a home’s resale value. They work well if your outdoor space has uneven terrain and they’re easily customized, but they have higher maintenance requirements and a shorter life span than patios.

Patio Pros And Cons

Patios are generally more affordable to install than decks. They’re more easily maintained as well, but they aren’t always suitable if you have uneven terrain. Depending on the climate, seasonal weather and material, some patios may be prone to cracks or stains.

A Side-By-Side Comparison

You’ll likely spend more money to have a deck installed, though costs will vary depending on the size, specifications and whether or not you choose to use an installer or go the DIY route. Building a decks also tends to take longer than installing a patio, though that can vary depending on size and complexity. Permits may be required for a deck build as well, if it’s attached to the home and thus considered part of the structure.

Aesthetically, patios and decks both add visual appeal, so it really comes down to personal preference. Both patios and decks offer a range of options for customizing size, shape, color and style. But keep lifestyle in mind, too. Depending on your home and outdoor space, a deck could serve as an extension to your interior space and create a distinct boundary. A patio can be installed to blend seamlessly with your outdoor space.

When it comes to durability, patios generally edge out decks. They’re more likely to last longer and they have minimal upkeep requirements. Decks are more susceptible to weather damage, discoloration and fading. Here in northern Nevada, decks should ideally be sealed and stained every one to two years to keep them looking great. But a properly installed paver patio, for instance, can last decades with minimal upkeep. Decks may also have weight restrictions, which is worth keeping in mind. But decking materials, like wood and composite, also tend to retain less heat—a big benefit if you like going barefoot in the summer!

The Bottom Line

Choosing between a deck and a patio for your Reno-Sparks home often comes down to personal preferences and considerations specific to your outdoor space. If you’re looking for information on deck builds, the team here at Golden Eagle Builders is happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!