If you love spending a cool, relaxing day outdoors, a deck is the perfect addition to your home and provides the added benefit of increasing your home’s value and making it more attractive for sale later on. No matter your preference for style or the size or shape of your lawn, you can create a deck that suits your taste and provides you hours of enjoyment.
Stained and Scored Concrete
If you already have a concrete patio and are looking for a way to dress it up, consider staining the concrete. Stains are available in a variety of colors that can mimic tile, stone and other surfaces. You can choose multiple stain colors to make a pattern or design. Scoring the concrete gives the patio the appearance of grouted tile. Even fancier options are concrete painting, engraving and stenciling.
If you like the look of a wood deck but don’t like staining wood or dealing with rot, composite decking may be the best choice for you. Composite decking comes in a variety of colors and mimics the look of real wood without the real wood issues. Composite decking will not rot and will last much longer than real wood, making the additional cost of composite decking well worth it in the long run.
Stone makes an attractive patio deck, especially if you prefer the natural look in your landscaping. Stone comes in a variety of colors and textures, so you can purchase stone to suit any color scheme or look you want. You can purchase or cut stone into squares and install in a tile-like pattern or purchase natural stone and fill in the gaps with mortar or sand. If you want a truly natural look, use natural stone shapes and let moss grow between the stones.
Pavers are constructed to look like brick and offer homeowners the advantage of relatively easy installation without professional assistance. All pavers require for installation is level ground and sand. You can purchase pavers in a variety of colors and also select different patterns for installation, such as basket-weave or parquet. Pavers are also easily used to create walkways to other areas of the lawn that match your patio. They can also be stacked and mortared to create landscaping beds.