It’s a good question that many people ask. From a cost point of view, paving is much more cost effective when you consider that any deck will require a permit and a building surveyor which will add around $2,400 to the project.

The building surveyor will also need a set of drawings which will cost around $1000. That’s over $3,400 before you even start building the decking or buying the materials for it.

When planning a deck, drainage also needs to be considered to avoid dampness affecting the timber, while paving can be laid anywhere without a worry.

Finally, in terms of on-going maintenance, decking requires regular cleaning and staining to keep it looking good, while paving doesn’t really require any maintenance, except a bit of sweeping and the occasional hose-down.