Angie's List Report: Patio or Deck?

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 6/13/2013 1:53 pm
(WDEF) Choosing whether to build a deck or patio deserves careful attention sinceeither can give you years of enjoyment if designed correctly.
     Patios work best on flatter terrain because you need a minimal amount of structural engineering to put them in.
     Kevin Schluchter is a Patio Contractor.  He said, "You have very traditional looks that are used in historical areas, like a 4x8 type brick or paver. Those are now expanding out to larger format pieces where you can get pieces that are large as 24x36 for an individual stone. So people seem to be trending more towards having larger formatted pieces in general."
     Decks can be installed out over variety of terrain.
     Deck Contractor Tom Booker said, "We can create a couple of different spaces with the deck, higher spaces, lower spaces. So it can feel like separate areas. Also, we can put benches, privacy screens, and railing, so it really can flesh out the space nicely
     An incorrectly installed patio or deck can be an unsightly blight on your landscape.
     Angie's List says it's critical to choose a licensed contractor.
     And never sign a contract without reading the fine print.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "When planning a deck or patio first you want to get your budget in line, then see what your options are. 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."
     Before you build a deck or patio, you'll also want to look at the way weather affects your property...
     To determine whether roof drainage could create a problem on an attached deck.
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