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Ask Archadeck: Must You Replace a Patio with a Patio? Not Necessarily!

When you plan to replace an existing patio, you can think of it as starting with a blank slate. What will you build? Replacing a patio that’s inadequate doesn’t mean you have to replace it with a new patio—unless a new patio is what you really want! Archadeck of Columbus designs and builds fabulous paver patios and hardscapes, that’s true. But we are also known for our splendid decks and porches.

Custom backyard deck with wood pergola

What these clients in Westerville, OH, wanted more than a patio was a deck. Primarily, they wanted a more comfortable and inviting outdoor living space to enjoy. The patio at their “newish” home was oddly situated a good ways out from the back of the house. And the plain concrete slab almost appeared to be floating out in the yard. It had no style, no flair, no setting—nothing to make it a desirable destination.

Old backyard patio
— Before

Bring in Your Columbus-area Deck Builder

Yes, the homeowners wanted to replace the patio with a deck, and not one that would appear to float out in the grass! They wanted a deck nestled up against the house, just a step away. They also wanted a statement pergola and a privacy screen since the homes here are close together and the back yards offer no visual break.

Make that a TimberTech Low-Maintenance Deck, Please!

Custom backyard deck with wood pergola

These homeowners knew the low-maintenance outdoor lifestyle would suit them best. Sanding and staining a deck year after year was not going to be on their project list! They chose TimberTech Pro Terrain decking in Silver Maple. TimberTech’s Pro Terrain boards are capped on all four sides so moisture cannot penetrate. They come with a 30-year Fade & Stain warranty, too.

For a pleasing contrast, the clients selected a white vinyl railing with powder-coated black aluminum pickets. Vinyl and aluminum are also low-maintenance materials, so you probably sense a theme here. The low-maintenance rail cap they selected is TimberTech Legacy in Ashwood. This rail cap has a full profile for comfort, and the Ashwood color blends with the Silver Maple decking perfectly.

Why Not Add a Pergola for Style?

Custom backyard deck with pergola and privacy screen

If you’ve heard that pergolas are the perfect accent for outdoor living, it’s true! Think back to the homeowners’ original patio and how it lacked a visual setting, a sense of place. We designed and built a cedar pergola to complete this new outdoor living space with a vertical element. In addition, the pergola features a custom 2 × 2 cedar lattice privacy screen that gives this spacious deck a cozy feeling.

Would a new deck and pergola combination give you a more inviting place to enjoy the outdoors? There is no charge for our design consultation, and videoconferencing is an option. Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to learn more about our custom-designed decks, screened porches, and more at (740) 265-3905.

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