Performing a few upgrades can improve the look and layout of your backyard so you can make the most out of it during the upcoming summer season. And now is a great time to plan it all out. If you’re stuck between choosing a deck vs interlock, here are some factors to help you decide on what’s best for your yard and budget.
Factors to Consider with Decks
Decks Can Improve Your View and Backyard Experience
Since a deck is typically installed as an elevated platform, it can improve your entire backyard experience and view, whether you plan to use it for lounging or entertaining. Beyond the heightened design, a deck can also create a focal point in your backyard, making your outdoor area look more cohesive and attractive. It will also add to your resale value.
Decks Are Better Suited for Uneven Terrain
Since decks are not built directly on the ground but rather above it, they can be installed on a wider range of terrains, including uneven land and slopes. They’re also an ideal option if you have a slope that’s covered in grass and don’t want to have to worry about mowing it on a steep angle.
Decks are More Costly and Labour-Intensive
Of course, your budget will matter when making your decision, so it’s important to know that decks will cost you more since there’s more labour involved. And they can require additional planning, such as getting a permit in some cases and considering weight restrictions.
Factors to Consider with Interlock Patio
Easier, Faster, and Cheaper
An interlock patio can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your backyard as well and create the perfect hub for you to enjoy your summer weekends BBQing and soaking up the sunshine. These patios won’t require any permits or inspections, which means they’re faster and easier to install. They’re also cheaper.
Can Support Heavier Items
If you have a heavier item like a hot tub, patio stones will be a better option since they are levelled against the ground and can take on more weight.
Easier to Maintain
Interlock patio stones are quick, durable, and resilient against the weather. So, unlike their wooden counterpart, they will hold up better and be easier to maintain. All you need to do is power wash them after the winter and you’re good to go.
The reality is that both a deck or interlock patio can improve your outdoor space and enhance your downtime with family and friends. It’s just a matter of comparing the pros and cons based on your needs and wants. If you need more assistance in planning out your dream backyard for the summer, contact our team at Hansen Lawn & Garden today. We provide high-quality landscape construction services throughout Ottawa.