What’s better for your backyard space, a deck or a patio? Both offer unique advantages and determining which is best suited for your needs requires careful consideration. Let’s dive into the world of decks and patios and explore the factors that can help you make an informed decision for your outdoor living needs with MetroGreenscape.


Decks: Expanding Your Living Space Outdoors

A custom deck is a seamless extension of your home, offering a versatile outdoor space for entertaining, relaxation, and enjoying time in nature. At MetroGreenscape, we specialize in crafting composite decks that blend seamlessly with your home exterior and natural surroundings.


We exclusively use TREX composite decking materials as they stand out in the industry for their exceptional durability. Composite decking is designed to resist fading, staining, mold, mildew, and scratching. The high-performance quality of Trex means there’s no need for the periodic staining or painting required by wood decks. You can choose from a variety of colors and finishes that maintain their vibrancy without the worry of rotting, cracking, splintering, or fading.


Choosing TREX means opting for a hassle-free outdoor living solution. As a TREX Platinum deck builder, MetroGreenscape provides our clients with a 5-year warranty on all decking projects, and a 10-year warranty on projects that include a railing installation. This platinum warranty underscores our commitment to quality and client satisfaction, ensuring that any necessary repairs are carried out at no extra cost to you—labor included.


TREX is engineered to endure decades of weathering and foot traffic—with the warranty coverage to prove it. With decking and railing limited residential warranties ranging from 25 to 50 years, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is well protected and will remain a vibrant part of your outdoor living space for many years to come.


Patios: Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Retreat

For homeowners seeking a more grounded outdoor living space, a custom patio offers endless possibilities. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of stone, the versatility of pavers, or the sleek modernity of concrete, MetroGreenscape can bring your vision to life. Our expert designers and contractors will work with you to create a completely customized patio design that complements your home’s architecture and reflects your unique style.


Paver patios are one of the most popular types of outdoor patios because they’re attractive, functional, and affordable. Our Charlotte patio designers will work with you to determine the best size and placement for your paver patio, do all the prep work, and order the material you need. Then, we’ll install your paver patio – you don’t have to lift a finger. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy your patio once it’s finished.


Pros and Cons: Decks vs. Patios

Consideration of the following factors can help you determine whether a deck or patio is the right choice for your backyard:




  1. Versatility: Decks can be built at various heights and configurations, allowing for versatility in design. Whether you envision a simple platform or a multi-level masterpiece, decks offer endless possibilities for customization to suit your aesthetic preferences and functional needs.
  2. Elevated Views: Raised decks provide elevated views of your surroundings, making them ideal for homes situated in scenic locations or overlooking sprawling landscapes. Enjoy the beauty of nature from the comfort of your outdoor living space, elevated above ground level.
  3. Cooler Surface: Decks tend to absorb and retain less heat than patios, making them more comfortable to walk on, especially during hot summer months. This can be particularly beneficial in warmer climates where maintaining a cool outdoor environment is essential for enjoyment.


  1. Higher Initial Cost: While the initial cost of building a deck can vary depending on factors such as size, materials, and complexity of design, decks generally tend to be more expensive to construct compared to patios. However, the long-term benefits, opportunity for customizations in height and design, and return on investment of a well-built deck can outweigh the initial expense.




  1. Durability: Patios can have a very long lifespan, especially when constructed using durable materials such as stone, concrete, or pavers. They are resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage, making them a low-maintenance outdoor flooring option.
  2. Low Maintenance: Patios require minimal maintenance to keep them looking their best. Routine cleaning with a hose or pressure washer is usually sufficient to remove dirt, debris, and stains, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your outdoor space and less time on upkeep.
  3. Customization Options: Patios offer a wide range of customization options in terms of materials, colors, patterns, and textures. Whether you prefer the natural elegance of stone, the sleek modernity of concrete, or the versatility of pavers, you can create a patio design that reflects your personal style and complements your home’s architecture. 


  1. Limited Elevation: Unlike decks, which can be built at various heights, patios are ground-level structures, limiting their elevation options. While this may not be an issue for some homeowners, those seeking elevated views or additional privacy may find decks more appealing.
  2. Heat Absorption: Patios can absorb and retain heat, especially when constructed using materials such as concrete or stone. This can result in warmer surface temperatures during hot weather, making barefoot walking uncomfortable for some individuals.


Making the Choice: Deck or Patio?

Ultimately, the decision between a deck and a patio depends on your personal preferences and budget. Consider how you will use the space, and the materials and style that appeal to you. If you’re torn between the two options, why not consider combining them? An elevated deck with a stone patio underneath offers double the entertainment space and adds visual interest to your backyard.


With MetroGreenscape, the possibilities are endless. Whether you dream of adding landscaping, outdoor lighting, or even a pool to your outdoor oasis, our expert team of builders can bring your vision to life. When you choose MetroGreenscape, you’re choosing quality, expertise, and unparalleled customer service.


So, whether you envision lazy summer evenings lounging on a deck or hosting al fresco dinners on a patio, MetroGreenscape is here to help you create the perfect outdoor living space for your Charlotte home. Contact us today to begin turning your backyard dreams into reality.

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