Patio Deck Columbus Ohio

Find Out If a 'Patio' or a 'Deck' Is the Best Solution for Your Situation

Patio DeckA patio or deck can be a great addition to just about any home. Many people talk about a 'patio deck' when in fact these are two different things. So let's discuss the difference so that you can find out which one is right for you.


The word deck comes from the deck of a ship. The dictionary defines it as "a porch that resembles the deck on a ship". Decks are primarily made of wood, vinyl or composite type materials such as the products from TimberTech. The most popular woods are pressure treated pine, cedar and redwood.

Decks may be attached to a house or they can be freestanding. Often they are built on two or more levels and need railings.


The word patio comes from Old Spanish and in the dictionary it is defined as either "An outdoor space for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is often paved" or "A roofless inner courtyard, typically found in Spanish and Spanish-style dwellings".

Patios can be attached to a house or separate. Patios are extremely versatile and can take on just about any shape. They can be built with a variety of different materials including concrete, stamped concrete, stone, pavers, tile, brick, pebbles and rock.

Patios are usually built on a concrete or a sand/ pebble base and as they are built at ground level, they don't normally require safety railings.

When considering to build a patio or a deck you need to consider the following:

  • the terrain
  • the construction material you prefer
  • capacity and use
  • climate - how hot will the surfaces become, rain or snow runoff
  • building codes or restrictions

The team at OutDoor-FX has extensive experience with both Patios and Decks and have created many award winning projects that their clients are delighted with. 

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Outdoor-FX specializes in high end outdoor living remodeling. See the following services we offer.

Patios & Hardscapes
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