by Dwayne Regehr
Earthworks Landscaping does woodwork and stonework. Let's figure out which one is right for you.
(Patio-bias warning! Though decks are more popular than patios, we do admit to having a patio bias.)
Decks range in price from about $15.00 / sq ft (for the simplest pressure-treated wood construction) to $50.00 / sq ft or more (for things like low-maintenance composite decking, aluminum and glass handrails, etc.)
Patios range in price from $12.00 / sq ft to $35.00 / sq ft. The price depends on materials chosen, complexity of design and location of patio. As you can imagine, simple shapes are quicker to do than complex free-form designs. And, as far as the location of the patio goes, if we can get our machinery into the area, it's much easier to excavate and bring in stone base.
Wooden decks require regular maintenance to stay looking great. Typically, treatment with water repellent and stain every three to seven years does the trick. Composite decks require less maintenance, although the wood framing will still deteriorate over time.
Patios require much less work. By using polymeric sand between stones and pavers, the problem of weeds in joints is all but eliminated. Patios will last longer than decks, with less maintenance. There's a reason the Romans built their roads from stone instead of wood!
Decks are typically restricted to right-angled shapes. Wood curves can be really interesting to build, but they are also challenging and therefore costly.
Patios can be built relatively easily in any shape. Complete design freedom!
Terraced patios can get pricy, so if you want that third dimension, a multi-level deck isn't a bad way to go. That said, an elevated stone patio with built-in seating is a very impressive sight.
No permits are required for most patios under two feet in height.
Most decks require a permit, so be prepared to spend a fun afternoon at the City of Winnipeg permit office!
Either way, deck or patio, we can help you sort it out. You can tell we love patios, but building decks are also great projects.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dwayne and his team. His knowledge and expertise provided the perfect conclusion to our summer yard overhaul project. We would strongly recommend Earthworks forRead more … your next landscaping project. You won't be disappointed.
Fantastic service and fast and efficient. We are so pleased with our yard and couldn't have been happier with Dwayne and his crew. Thanks so much! Five stars all the way.
Earthworks does a thoroughly professional job from the design stage forward through to the completed project. Super attention to both the look and function of the project, as well as prompt serviceRead more … at the quoted price, supported by a great warranty. Couldn't recommend more highly!
Looks great and he billed what he quoted! This was our second project with Earthworks and we would recommend them to anyone.