More homeowners are ditching deck-building in favor of putting in pavers, patios and popular stones to expand outdoor living spaces, said Matthew Dunning of Floors Outdoors in Greensboro.
"The longevity of a patio far exceeds a deck," Dunning said. "Your upfront cost might be a little more, but the long-term use is better. There's a lot more you can do as well with patios. There are different stones; different pavers; a lot of different textures, colors and patterns."