When my husband and I moved into our house, one of the main drawing points was the deck out back. After having to repaint it once and realizing that the former owners installed it themselves (huge gap issues!), as soon as the boards started popping loose we knew we had to get rid of it.
I had made the declaration that I was never going to paint a deck again, so we looked at other options. We decided on stamped concrete. It was really cool watching the process. I took some photos so you can see the transition from deck to patio.