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Patio Vs. Decking: Which is better?

Patio Vs. Decking: Which is better?

Picture it. The lawn is pristine, the flowers are blooming, the garden furniture is ready for summer – all that remains is one important decision. Should you choose patio or decking for your outdoor space? Both options are popular nationwide, thanks to their beauty and practical merits, but which is right for you? In this article, we’ll outline the benefits and drawbacks of each to ensure you make the right choice for your garden.




Decking offers greater flexibility of location, as it can be built above or around tree roots, slopes or other obstructions. Patio does not have this flexibility, and needs more even terrain to ensure a successful build – patios may therefore require more groundwork and reinforcement during the construction process, compared to decking.


In terms of maintenance, both choices are relatively easy to look after. Patios, in general, don’t require regular maintenance and may simply need the occasional pressure wash or resealing every now and then. Decking may need more regular maintenance, such as staining, repainting, or resealing, to keep it looking beautiful.


Price differs greatly depending on the precise material chosen, the complexity of the construction, and also the area that needs covering. An expert should be able to advise more definitely on cost based on your personal requirements. It is worth noting that decking in particular can increase a home’s value by up to 10%.


Decking is ideal for those seeking the warm, natural look of wood – decking can also be stained or painted to pinpoint the exact mood you want to create for your exterior design. Patio is also a highly customisable choice, as there are a range of colours, patterns, slab sizes, and materials to choose from. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured it will complement your surroundings.


Decking is built up from the ground, creating a raised centrepiece for your garden that’s perfect for entertaining or dining. Because of their elevated position, they also grant you much better views across your garden space. Alternatively, patios are more suited for homeowners seeking privacy or for the surfacing to have a less prominent


Thanks to their impressive durability, patios last for decades – allowing you to enjoy a quality outdoor surface for years, with very little upkeep. The wood of decking is more sensitive to weather and time, which is why it’s important to regular treat and maintain it to keep it looking its absolute best.

If you’re searching for high quality landscaping products for any size of project, trust in our 70 years’ experience. Naybur Brothers have been supplying customers across Potters Bar, Enfield, Barnet and surrounding areas since 1948. Amongst our vast supply of landscaping products is premium decking and patio material, perfect for any outdoor space. Get in touch with our team for expert advice.


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