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What is the difference between a deck, porch, and patio?

Understanding the Differences: Deck, Porch, and Patio

If you’re considering adding outdoor living space to your home it’s important to understand the differences between a deck, porch, and patio. Each project offers unique features, uses, and structures that create different outdoor living experiences.

What is a deck?

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Decks are typically flat, elevated structures made of wood or composite materials. Depending on the layout of your home, a deck can be built attached to your home or freestanding. Decks provide an open-air outdoor living space to enjoy lounging, dining, entertaining, and much more. Decks offer great views and can be customized with pergolas, built-in planters, privacy fences, porches, and more.

Should I build a porch?

Porches are covered structures typically attached to the front or back of your home. Depending on what kind of porch you’re looking for they all have the common function of providing a sheltered outdoor area. Porches offer protection from the outdoor elements and allow homeowners to enjoy more time outdoors. Porches range from screened in porches, open porches, front porches, 3-season rooms, gazebos, and sunrooms. Porches are typically constructed from wood and include roll screened or some kind of window.

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What is a patio?

Patios provide ground-level outdoor living space typically made of concrete, pavers, stones, or bricks. Designing a patio is a more customized experience than a deck or porch. Patio designs can have various shapes, sizes, and patterns making them unique to your space and taste. Patios also typically include features like fire pits, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and seat walls to add more functional space.

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Which is the right choice for you?

Choosing between a deck, porch, and patio depends on your needs, budget, and home. Decks are a great option if you’re looking for an elevated view while a patio offers flat space to lounge and relax. Porches have privacy and a sheltered space to spend more time outdoors. All three options have their benefits and considerations so it’s ultimately up to you to decide if a deck, porch, and patio are right for you.

Archadeck builds decks, porches, and patios!

Luckily for you, Archadeck of Chicagoland builds decks, porches, and patios meaning you can discuss all 3 options with your design consultant. Combining decks and patios or porches and decks is another option to consider. Call on Archadeck to help you discuss your options and your outdoor space to determine what type of project is best for you!

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Searching for a company that’s been building custom Chicagoland decks and porches for decades? Choose Archadeck

Don’t trust your outdoors to just any local contractors. Archadeck has been building custom Chicagoland porches, decks, patios, and more since 1988. We want to earn your business. Call 847-496-4333 to schedule your complimentary deck design consultation.