Concrete Patio vs Wood Deck

Concrete Patio vs Wood Deck

Summer is in sight! Time to dust off the old lawn chairs and grill. Picture yourself sitting outside enjoying the warmth of the sun and having a good time grilling with your friends and family. It is so nice to have an area in your backyard where you can unwind and relax.

There are a number of options when it comes time to choose how you want to use your outdoor space. If you are deciding between a concrete patio and a wooden deck to spend that income tax refund on, there are many options and benefits to both of them!

Here at deWit Construction and Remodeling we can answer your questions and find out which one would best fit your particular needs and budget. First, let’s take a look at some of the particulars of a wooden deck.

Wood Decks

When building a deck, one of the first things to consider is what type of material you want to use. There are five basic types of materials with three of them wood and two non-wood (composites and aluminum). Each has its own look, maintenance requirements and price. The three wood deck options are:

  • Pressure Treated Lumber
  • Cedar & Redwood
  • Tropical Hardwoods

Pressure Treated Lumber

Because this option is the least expensive, pressure treated lumber is the #1 decking material used today. It is easy to use, widely available and the chemical treatment prevents fungus, rot, and insect damage. Like any wood, it can splinter and warp if not maintained correctly. Proper maintenance including power washing applying stain or sealant every 2 to 3 years.

Cedar & Redwood

Cedar and redwood are both valued for their beauty and natural resistance to decay and insects. These two wood options for decking material are not as readily available and cost significantly more than the pressure treated lumber. When it comes to staining these two woods, it is recommended to use a transparent or semi-transparent stain to keep that deep beautiful color. Over time these woods will fade to a silvery gray if left untreated.

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods are an excellent choice for decking material and there are six top choices to consider:

  • Cambara
  • Cumaru
  • Garapa
  • Ipe
  • Massaranduba
  • Tigerwood

Tropical hardwoods are extremely tough and naturally resistant to decay and insects. They are expensive compared to other options and can be difficult to use. These woods are incredibly dense (which is why they hold up well) and that can be challenging when it comes to time to cut, drill, or drive a nail. Like the cedar and redwood they will fade over time to a silvery gray.

As we wrap up talking about wooden decks let me just say this. Wooden deck can be very beautiful if properly constructed and well maintained. Our team here at deWit Construction & Remodeling can build you a beautiful functional wooden deck and teach you how to maintain it.

Concrete Patio

I love concrete patios for their versatility and low maintenance. Concrete patios are very durable and stand up to a wide variety of weather climates. Those of you who live where it gets really cold can even have a concrete patio!

Our concrete team takes special care when it comes to designing and creating your patio. We want to make sure your new concrete patio is not only unique but that it fits with the overall style of your home.

Stamped Concrete

There are many ways a concrete patio can be shaped to fit your particular space which gives you a greater flexibility for design. There are also a number of different stamped patterns to get that natural stone look or a custom surface texture.

Concrete Patio Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, a concrete patio is not affected by an insect infestation, splintering, or warping (unlike wooden decks). You will need to clean it off as needed, and depending on the foot traffic (every 2 to 3 years) you will want to apply a sealant to guarantee its durability.

deWit Construction & Remodeling would love to help you design a concrete patio. We can help with the layout and design of your patio as well as the stamped pattern and even color.

We like to say “we can do concrete anyway you dream it!”

Wood Deck or Concrete Patio?

Whether you decide you would like a wooden deck, or a concrete patio the team at deWit Construction & Remodeling can make your backyard dreams a reality. If you are in the Des Moines or Central Iowa area send us an email or call with your questions.

Springtime Home Tips

Speaking of spring, we are including “6 Tips to Get Your House Ready for Spring” to help you prepare your home for this upcoming spring and summer season. Please share a comment with us below about your experience with either a wood deck or a concrete patio.


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