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Patio or Deck: What is the Difference?

Patio or Deck – KAYU® Exotic Hardwood

Summer time is finally here and it’s time to get ready for the warm sunny days and long evenings that we have been dreaming about.  Whether it’s a family BBQ or entertaining friends, there is no better way to spend your evening then on a beautiful hardwood patio or deck.

Adding a patio or deck can be the perfect place to spend your long summer nights, while increasing the value of your home.

Whatever you decide, having a deck or patio is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy your home even more.  Take a look at our Gallery of pictures and discover the perfect Kayu® Exotic Hardwood Patio or Deck for you.  

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What is the difference between a Hardwood Patio and a Hardwood Deck?

Oftentimes homeowners use these terms interchangeably, but there are differences between the two. A patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly on the ground. This area may be connected to the house or constructed in a separate part of the yard. Patios often have concrete bases, but some homeowners use stone, tile, brick or other materials to create the foundation. In most cases patios do not have a rail; they may or may not be covered. Today’s patios might feature party goodies like fire pits, built in barbecues, and sitting areas, making them the perfect relaxation or socialization space.

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Decks, on the other hand, are typically constructed out of hardwood. Though they can be built near the ground, they are not placed directly on the ground and feature some type of support system to hold up the addition. Decks may be built off of the lower floor of a home, such as the living room or kitchen, or they might be added to an upper level room or even on a rooftop setting. Decks are typically enclosed with some type of railing and often offer the homeowner excellent views of their surroundings.

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Patio or Deck: Making Your Budget Count

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The cost of the project will depend upon a variety of factors. These include:

  • Materials used
  • Location of the addition (on the ground without supports, above ground, on the house with a door already leading out or in an area in which a door addition must be made)
  • Size of the addition
  • Features, such as a built in barbecue, railings, seating, supports


Another consideration to factor into the addition equation is the slope of the yard on which you plan to place the patio or deck. For instance, since a patio is placed directly on the ground, you’ll want to choose a space that is level. Patios may not be the best choice for uneven ground because the cost to create a level foundation can double or triple the cost of the actual addition.

While installing a new hardwood deck or patio, the Kayu team recommends that you allow adequate ventilation for proper air flow to reduce the potential for cupping and surface checking with any wood (see diagram).

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Create a slope for drainage so there is zero chance of standing water.

And it is very important to check and follow your local building codes, since they can vary from county to county and state to state.

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Whatever you decide, having a deck is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy your home even more.  Take look at our Gallery of pictures and discover the perfect Kayu®  patio or deck for you.

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If you are an Interior Designer, Architect, Contractor, Builder or Homeowner and are adding a deck onto your home, don’t wait any longer. Get in touch with KAYU ® International who is the global leader in exotic hardwood decking.  Founded in 1994 is a Direct Importer of the finest Exotic Hardwood for the U.S. and Canadian markets; providing decades of High Quality Hardwood, Dependable Service at Affordable Prices.

Our KAYU® Exotic Hardwoods are excellent choices for Outdoor / Indoor decking. Available in KAYU Sapphire™ exotic hardwood decking, KAYU®-Batu™ exotic hardwood decking, KAYU®-Golden™ exotic hardwood decking and KAYU®- Mahogany™ exotic hardwood decking

These high density woods are among some of the high quality products imported by KAYU ® International from Indonesia.  Hardwood decking is a great investment, bringing beauty and warmth to your home or office and is long lasting offering generations of enjoyment.

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Exotic Hardwoods are Available in:

decking, flooring, rough lumber, boards, posts, balusters and more…


 Hardwood Decking & Lumber

  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Walk ways
  • Deck Tiles
  • Trimboards
  • Posts and Balusters
  • Prefinished Decking and Siding
  • Bridges
  • Boardwalks
  • Privacy Screens
  • Gardens
  • Fences
  • Roof tops
  • Around pools, spas and hot tubs
  • Business fixtures
  • And more…

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Quality Is Everything We Do!

 For more information about Kayu ® International, Inc. and the services/products we offer, you can visit our official website through this link www.kayu.com or Kayutruckdecking.com. Based in the USA we can offer you with the best solutions possible at affordable prices.


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