additionally, according to this article from houselogic, a free source from the national association of realtors , decks run around $33 per square foot while a patio might cost as low as $15 per square foot.
pros of a patio: cons of a patio: less expensive. installing a patio flush to the ground can cost much less than a deck. at about $5 a square foot, concrete is usually the least expensive option. not for uneven terrain. patios are best suited for even ground and the cost of creating a level foundation is very high. easy maintenance
summary: average cost of a deck vs a patio the average cost of a 16' x 20' deck is between $6,720 and $22,720 depending on materials and labor costs. a diy 16' x 12' patio made from concrete pavers has an average cost of $700, with a poured concrete patio of the same size costing between $2,000 and $4,000 for labor and materials.
according to robert donaldson, an architect based in cleveland, ohio, with 14 years of experience in the planning and building of decks and patios, in 2011 a synthetic-wood deck averaged about $13.50 per square foot for materials. a treated lumber deck, on the other hand, cost about $7 or $8 per square foot for materials.
paver repair costs. throughout the life of your patio, walkway, or driveway, a few paving stones will break. since pavers are a flexible paving material and an individual paver can be swapped, replacement and repair costs are simple and affordable. depending on if you diy or hire a professional, paving stone repair can range from $15 to $125 .
most porches average $67 per square foot, with labor running between $20 and $40 per square foot, and materials costing about the same as a deck, with the additional cost of shingles 6, beadboard, and roof joists. a porch of 16 x 20-feet would cost between $16,000 and $30,400, with an average cost of $21,440.
pavers vs concrete: comparing the costs and benefits. if you are considering replacing or adding a walkway, patio, or driveway to your outdoor living area, you may become befuddled over the myriad of choices you have. some paving materials are more cost-effective than others, and certain types are more durable and easier to maintain.
evaluate the cost of each deck and patio type decks and patios can either be inexpensive or costly additions to your home, depending on your design tastes and the materials you use. consider sketching out both projects and then asking a few contractors to quote on each job.