The desire to walk out to the outdoors and sit in the open in a shady spot while spending time with friends and family is top on the wish list of most homeowners.
Having a well-planned deck or patio can make living more fun and enjoyable which is why Additions Patios in Brisbane are in good demand. However, it is important to ensure that the patio is created with some thought because an unused patio becomes a dead space and a sore to the eye which can create some discomfort. To make patios most workable, that is also best for
What the rules say – deck or patio?
Patio and deck are quite different, and you must check with your local authorities and building codes to decide whether you can build a deck or patio. In addition, the topography of the place also influences the choice as also the proposed usage of the space. How you want to use the space determines whether a deck or patio would be good for you. A deck is a more affordable option with concrete being the most durable and low maintenance material.
Other factors to consider
There are some more factors to consider before you decide whether a deck or patio would be most appropriate. If the ground is not level but has slopes and gradients then putting up a deck is always better as it would save the excavation cost for constructing a patio. Since the deck remains open under the sky, consider the effects of weather and climate on its durability. The load that the deck is likely to experience decides whether a patio would be a better option because trying to fortify a deck to carry excess load might affect the aesthetics as it might not look so good.
Pressure treated pine and fir are the chosen timber for constructing decks because of its availability, low cost and ability to resist rot. However, you must be ready to accept warping, twisting, swelling and shrinking which can happen despite looking after the deck quite well. Tropical hardwoods, redwood and red cedar, have better durability even without chemical treatments, but still, maintenance would be required besides shelling out more money.
Composite and Vinyl decking
A better option than wood, composite vinyl decking is resistant to splintering and warping as well as insect attacks and even requires low maintenance. These systems are costlier than wood as it does not shrink or swell, but some types might behave otherwise in very hot climates.
For high durability and little or no maintenance, stone, brick and concrete pavers available in a wide range of colours and style is a good option. However, the construction needs better site preparation for proper drainage and placement.
You can create limitless designs with concrete that comes in a wide variety of patterns and colours. Occasional pressure wash is all that you need to maintain the structure and sometimes resealing might be necessary.