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#1 posted 07-27-2017 12:43 AM

Not sure where you live and what your weather is like, which could definitely impact what is best for your situation.

Lorenzo is certainly right about the wood contacting the ground…

Honestly, it depends on what you prefer. They all have their pros and cons to deal with.

Wood directly on a level ground
Pros – cheaper initially, easy to build
Cons – can rot easier and more susceptible to termites

I’m in SC and the deck leading out of my back door is a ground level deck that has been on the ground for the 19 years that I have lived here. If you use ground contact/pressure treated lumber I would think it would take a long time to rot, but that’s just my opinion from my own deck.

The real problem and cost of any wood deck is the boards, having to treat and replace them. The sun beats down on my deck and the boards tend to cracking or curl up fairly quickly. You could combat that by treating them yearly, but that can be a pain in the butt.

Wood deck on blocks.
Pros – keep the foundation from direct contact to the ground
Cons – little more expensive initially, still doesn’t solve the issue of having to paint or treat the boards regularly (or replace them)

Paver or concrete
Pros – more solid and longterm without so much upkeep
Cons – more expensive initially, paver you have to either spray or fight grass/weeds coming up between

In the long run it just depends on a) how much you would rather spend upfront and b) how much upkeep you want to have to deal with.

Just my two cents from my own experience, but some of these guys are surely more knowledgeable than I am.

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