If you have a steep slope, consider a deck. If you have more or less level, stable ground, stick with a patio. A patio made of nearly anything is cheaper and easier to build and more durable than a deck. The rub comes when you have a hillside that has to be leveled and stabilized before it can support the weight of a patio, which can mean a very costly retaining wall system and still more environmental impact. In this situation, a deck starts to look good.
If you live in a high fire hazard area, check with local authorities about special regulations for decks, which can be fire magnets if they aren't built properly. (For more on firescaping your yard, check out the appendix.)
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