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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Michael, we love our new stamped concrete patio, but as with anything else there is maintenance involved.  If you live in a wooded setting be prepared to remove almost daily in season falling catkins, maple seeds, acorns, wet leaves, etc.   Failure to do so can result in some temporary staining that would need to be removed with cleaning agents or a power washer.  Make sure you get your patio sealed!  Good luck!

May 29, 2024 10:27 AM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

I have had both patios and decks. These days, decks are no-maintenance with manmade products like Treks. I like a deck for uneven yard areas or to create elevated views. Currently I have a balcony and patio and both require maintenance too; painting (walls & railings) and staining (concrete floors). So, there's work involved no matter what you choose; admittedly some require more than others.

May 29, 2024 09:49 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We have a concrete patio - it works great where I live and is easy to maintain.

May 29, 2024 07:44 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A concrete patio is the standard where I live.  I put a solid cover on mine last year, which was very handy in the rain.  Kept my patio furniture dry and allowed me to bbq and smoke meat in the rain.

We're putting them on all of our properties now.

May 29, 2024 08:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd way rather have a patio versus a deck. I agree... they decks are more maintenance... and these days you can do so many interesting things with a patio.

May 29, 2024 07:54 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

If I had a pool, a concrete, covered patio would be my choice, Michael. Low maintenance for sure!

May 29, 2024 07:53 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

How you use it will determine what direction to go. 

May 29, 2024 07:36 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Our house is on a crawl space.  I'm a porch fan.  Screened and bug free

May 29, 2024 12:15 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Depends on height. You might need a small deck / landing, with steps down to a concrete, brick, or stone patio. Also, with a patio, it's safer if you want a fire pit, or even just a grill.

May 29, 2024 09:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Patio ... less maintenance.  

May 29, 2024 08:42 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I'm a huge patio fan but, have to have a deck based upon the high crawl space in the back. I would much prefer it to be a patio! 

May 29, 2024 02:06 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Porch, covered, screened.  Bug free.  

May 29, 2024 12:41 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

It depends on how far you are from the ground. I like patios if low to the ground. We see more decks than patios in our area.

May 29, 2024 09:39 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I love my deck and it is cover also.  Yes need to stain it every 4 years.

May 29, 2024 08:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Decks are gonna be a PITA here, it's just too damn hot.
Patio is better here and I honestly don't know of many who have decks . . . 

I have a solar screened patio with my extreme spa under it, and open patio with fire pit . . . 

May 30, 2024 06:52 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Michael Elliott 

It all depends on the product you use to build your deck. We originally build a front and back  huge deck, out of treated wood, it was way too much maintenance. We finally decided to pay the high price and use Composite Decking.  Nice and easy to clean and it feels good to the feet:)

May 30, 2024 06:17 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We just expanded our deck to about three times the size.

Though it only gets a few months of use in our climate, I enjoy using it very much.

May 30, 2024 06:05 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

My favorite was my home in Florida with a screened patio with inground pool and spa. Now in downtown Chicago my balconies have to do being in the sky. Maintenance either way. 

May 30, 2024 03:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I prefer a patio if it's low to the ground. I need a deck based on the height off my kitchen and primary bedroom but have an Ipe wood deck with stairs down to my stone patio around the pool. that I love.

May 29, 2024 08:20 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Subjective...personally, I am into whatever delivers the function of my want

May 29, 2024 03:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had a deck at my previous home, and it was a pain to stain every year.  I heard the new owner tore it down, and added more concrete for a patio.

May 29, 2024 01:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We recently replace the wood decking of our large deck with Trex. Very expensive.

May 29, 2024 11:19 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Patio! If your layout is conducive to that. We had to redo our cedar deck; went with Trex this time. 

Jun 02, 2024 05:27 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We are finding that a brick patio is twice the cost of a Trex Deck 

Jun 01, 2024 07:37 AM