Decks vs Patios – How to Choose

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.)

Cost

Decks

Decks range in price from about $20.00 / sq ft (for the simplest pressure-treated wood construction) to $80.00 / sq ft or more (for things like low-maintenance composite decking, aluminum and glass handrails, etc.)

Patios

Patios range in price from $15.00 / sq ft to $50.00 / 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.

Maintenance

Decks

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

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!

Design

Decks

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

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.

Aesthetics

Decks

  • Who doesn't love the natural warmth of wood? It's a friendly, cozy look.
  • For real wood, there are many stain shades to choose from and there's an increasing variety of colours and styles of composite decking available.

Patios

  • Stone reminds us of the natural environment, like wood does, but stone also carries a feeling of permanence.
  • Wide range of paver styles and colors available to suit your taste.

City of Winnipeg Residential Building Permits

Patios

No permits are required for most patios under two feet in height.

Decks

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 love all this stuff over at Earthworks, so don't hesitate to shoot Dwayne a text or email, or give him a call any time.



Reviews from Google


Steve Ens

★★★★★

On time, on budget as promised. Dwayne and his crew worked hard and left nothing behind. The grass looks great, the deck is amazing. We tested it this weekend with a group of family members,Read more … nobody fell through!


KK Pinkowski

★★★★★

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.


Nicky Koper

★★★★★

These guys are fantastic. So professional. We got them in to build us a patio about 8 years ago, and they were so good I would never use anyone else. We had them back this summer to do anotherRead more … walkway job and they were just as good. The quality of the work is perfect.... beautiful. Their work is so good that the company who built our garage asked for their contact info so they could work with Earthworks in the future. They are very quick, efficient, and polite as well. I highly recommend them.


C Powell

★★★★★

We had many contractors come to give estimates and we chose Earthworks. Dwayne's estimate on when he could do the project was incredible and he charged us what he quoted. We had done some changesRead more … after the initial meeting and within 24 hours we had a revised estimate sent to us for review and he made additional suggestions to us for consideration. He actually was able to start before the estimated date and we couldn't be happier with our new backyard space. I was most impressed when emailing questions that he would answer them very quickly. Not only was the workmanship excellent but the professionalism in returning questions and offering alternative solutions exceeded our expectations!!!!