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Pros (And Cons!) of Deck + Patio Flooring

Of the many choices involved in building a deck or patio, which material to use is one of the most important. This guide will explain the pros and cons of the five most popular options to help you make an informed decision.

Pros (And Cons!) of Deck + Patio Flooring
 
If you’re starting from scratch, you may be considering whether you want a deck or patio. Decks are perfect for any spot in which there’s a grade change, as patios require a flat space. Many folks combine decks and patios to get the best of both worlds. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of five different surface choices.
 
 

Wood

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PRO: DIY project; relatively inexpensive
CON: Requires periodic cleaning and sealing to look its best; slippery when wet
 

Composite

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PRO: DIY project; many are made of recycled materials; lots of colors and finishes
CON: More expensive than most woods; slippery when wet
 
 

Paving Brick

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PRO: Easy repairs; DIY project; lots of patterns and colors
CON: Professional installation can be expensive
 

Concrete

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PRO: Quick to install; can be economical; you can stamp or stain the surface to change the look
CON: Hard to repair if it cracks; probably needs to be installed by a professional
 
 

Dry-laid Cut Stone

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PRO: Durable surface; classic look
CON: Expensive; special stonecutting tools required for DIY project