At this time of year, we are rediscovering the joys of sitting outside in the garden, whether to relax, or socialise with friends and family. It is important to have an attractive space where we can place our garden furniture without fear of damaging the lawn. But should you go for a patio or decking? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of both options.

Pros of decking

Decking is generally quicker to install than a patio, and easier if you are looking to tackle the work yourself. It is great for building a raised platform, so if you want to admire a nice view, this may be a consideration. If the house access is not at ground level, decks can be used to provide a balcony-style area that is a hybrid indoor/outdoor space.

Generally, decking has a more contemporary feel, so if you live in a newer property, it may fit in better with the flow of the garden.

Cons of decking

Timber decking material requires more maintenance than paving flags, as it needs oiling to maintain its shape and keep it weatherproof. The timber can be prone to cracking and warping if it is not looked after well, and will go a grey dull colour. In wet weather, decking can become slippery.

Decking can look great with a modern style house, but in a traditional country cottage garden, it may look out of place. It’s a personal choice, and there are no rules; in fact, playing with the contrast between a loose wildflower bed and the uniform expanse of timber may work well.

Pros of a patio

Patios are more durable and can withstand heavier weights, which might be a consideration if you are into heavy-duty outdoor cooking and entertaining. They can look more naturally integrated with the garden, especially in older properties, where decking might not be in keeping with the features of the house.

They are low-maintenance and will just need an annual clean to keep them looking shipshape, especially if you choose high-quality materials such as natural stone or porcelain.  There are a wide choice of designs and materials available, which can enhance the overall appearance of your garden.

 Cons of a patio

Patios are usually more expensive to install than decking, and will take longer. The slabs can crack over time, or if a pressure washer or inappropriate cleaning materials are used on them. Patios are built at ground level, unless you are having some considerable landscaping work done to create a raised platform, which adds to the cost.

Why choose one…

Of course, there’s no reason why you couldn’t have raised decking to provide a seamless platform area with the house interior, and have an attractive stone patio built elsewhere in the garden. This is an option taken up by keen sun worshippers, who like to have different areas to catch the best of the sun as it slowly makes its way through the day!

If you need decking in Lancashire, talk to us today.