Deck or Patio? What’s the Best Choice for Your Manufactured Home?

The state of Washington is known for its scenic beauty—it’s one of the reasons that makes it a great place to live. That’s why we love being a dealer for Palm Harbor Homes. Our manufactured homes are designed for upscale living without breaking your budget. And, our homes are conveniently delivered to the counties of Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam. But once your home is assembled on your property, how do you get out and enjoy the outdoors, especially if you are not particularly mobile? The answer is by adding a deck or a patio to your home. And what’s the right choice? We’ve got the scoop on the key differences between a deck and patio. Even better—we’ve got some tips to help you decide between the two.

Using Your Deck or Patio to Enjoy Outdoor Spaces

Have you ever thought of the health benefits that come with being outside, especially in the fresh air? The U.S. Forest Service says that spending time outdoors and in free spaces is good for both physical and mental wellness. Breathing in the fresh air during the day can help you sleep better at night, motivate you to move your body, decrease depression, and and provide added mental energy.

That’s why adding a deck or patio as an option for your new manufactured home is a must. After all, who doesn’t want the opportunity to relax in their outdoor space after bird watching, gardening, or taking a walk around the block?

Understanding Decks and Patios

But what’s the real difference between decks and patios? And why is one better than the other? Or, is that the case at all? The truth is that often up to personal preference and mobility. Here’s what you need to know about the two.


  • What They Are: Decks are outdoor platforms that extend from your home. They’re usually elevated from the ground and can be built at different heights, depending on your home’s structure.
  • Construction and Materials: Made mostly of wood or composite materials that look like wood. Decks are supported by a structural frame that keeps them off the ground.
  • Typical Usage: Perfect for a view! If your home is in a spot where you can see mountains, forests, or a body of water, a deck lets you enjoy these views without leaving home. They’re also great for homes with uneven land or slopes.
  • Complementing Your Manufactured Home: Decks can add luxury and expand your living space outdoors. They work well if you like the idea of dining al fresco, sunbathing, or just enjoying a morning cup of coffee in the open air.


  • What They Are: Patios are outdoor seating areas directly on the ground, usually made from concrete, bricks, stone, or tiles. They’re more like an extension of your garden.
  • Construction and Materials: Built at ground level, patios don’t require the structural support that decks do. They can be set flat and often incorporate natural elements like stone or brick.
  • Typical Usage: Ideal for ground-level outdoor activities. Think barbecues, fire pits, or a cozy outdoor seating area surrounded by your garden. They’re great for homes with more accessible, flat landscapes.
  • Complementing Your Manufactured Home: A patio is usually designed to blend in with your garden or outdoor landscaping. It’s perfect if you enjoy gardening, want a low-maintenance option, or simply love being closer to nature without any elevation.

What’s Best For You? Choosing Between a Deck or Patio

Now that you know the differences, it’s time to decide what is best for you. And it’s important to remember that many manufactured homeowners, especially when they have ample space to do so, take a combined approach. Let us explain that further.

You don’t typically have elevation issues to worry about with manufactured homes. You can typically walk out from your home and only be a step or two off the ground. However, many people like the look of a deck and don’t just want stairs coming off the back of their manufactured home down to their patio. So, they may have a deck built off the back of the home and then a step or two down from the deck to a patio. This is a great way to create two usable spaces with slightly different purposes.

That said, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of decks and patios. Here’s our insider scoop.

Pros and Cons of Decks


  • Elevated Views: A deck can provide a beautiful elevated view of your surroundings. If you love looking out over your property, a deck might be right for you.
  • Higher Resale Value: Homes with decks often have a higher resale value. It’s an investment that can pay off in the long run.
  • Versatility: Decks can be built on various terrains, including uneven land. This makes them a flexible option for many properties.


  • Maintenance: Decks usually require more maintenance than patios. Wood decks need regular staining and sealing to keep them looking good.
  • Permits and Regulations: You might need a permit to build a deck, and there are often specific regulations to follow, which can add to the complexity and cost.
  • Initial Costs: Building a deck can be more expensive upfront than installing a patio, especially when considering materials and labor.

Pros and Cons of Patios


  • Lower Maintenance: Patios generally require less maintenance than decks. Materials like concrete, brick, or stone can last for years with minimal upkeep.
  • Sturdiness: Patios are typically constructed from solid materials and can handle a lot of wear and tear without showing much damage.
  • Cooler in Summer: Since patios are on the ground, they tend to stay cooler than elevated decks during the hot summer months.


  • Limited to Flat Terrains: Patios work best on flat terrains. If your property is sloped, a patio might not be feasible without significant landscaping work.
  • Weathering and Cracking: Over time, patios can crack or become uneven due to weathering and ground movement.
  • Permits and Regulations: Like decks, patios also have their own set of regulations and may require permits, especially for extensive installations.

Combining Decks and Patios for the Best of Both Worlds

We implied earlier that for many homeowners, the decision isn’t between a deck or a patio but how to use both to create a versatile outdoor living space. A deck can lead down to a patio, offering varied levels for entertainment, relaxation, and enjoyment of your outdoor space. This approach maximizes the use of your property and caters to different activities and preferences, from elevated dining on the deck to a ground-level garden party on the patio.

Making the Decision: Deck or Patio for Your Manufactured Home?

Now comes the tough part—making the decision. But, you don’t have to make the decision alone. At ECM Homes, we’re here to help and offer suggestions and guidance throughout the process. And to help you decide between a deck or patio, one of the first things we’ll suggest is to do a site visit. Often, a site visit can help us assess the elevation of the land and whether or not it is flat, hilly, or otherwise. With this information, you can often narrow down your decision.

ECM Homes is the Only Turnkey Manufactured Home Dealer in Washington

If you have determined that manufactured home living is right for you, we’re ready to help you select the home of your dreams. We’ll be there to assist throughout the entire manufactured home building process.

Contact us online or call us today at 877-624-7747 and receive a free appliance upgrade with the purchase of a manufactured home from ECM Homes.