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Are you trying to decide between building a brick patio or a wood deck?

» Concrete
» Deck
» Flooring
» Patio
» Paving


Overview

Published: 02/01/2018 by Home Pros Guide

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Your final decision will depend on the finished look you want in your yard, whether a formal brick or a casual wooden deck. 

Brick can be laid directly on sand, which makes it a little more casual, or it can be laid on a concrete slab and mortared in place for a more lasting and formal appearance. Brick readily conforms to any curves or angles you wish to apply, as well as a great number of patterns.

Wood decks are generally quite linear. Changing the direction of the run can easily break up long, straight lines though. Decks go down relatively quickly. Wood decks require some maintenance, such as sealing, cleaning, and repairs to damaged wood.

There are four main factors you need to consider when deciding between a wood deck or brick patio.

Elevation: If the height from your back door to the yard isn’t very high, then building a wooden deck is not going to make much sense and laying a brick patio will be easier.

Maintenance: Patios require less maintenance than decks.

Design: Decks usually have to be straight and rectangular because of the wood, while laying concrete in a pattern means that curves and circles are easier.

Cost: They’re pretty similar between the two if you are not considering the more expensive  types of wood against complex types of patios like flagstone or paver stone. In which case, it will come down to just how much you want to invest.