Building a Deck: Things to Consider Series III

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So, how much does the average deck cost to build? That depends on what materials and features you want to add to it.

If you want a deck with the lowest initial cost and don’t mind spending time maintaining it, or paying someone to do it every one to three years, pressure treated wood is probably your choice. If cost is not a primary concern and you want to spend the least time and money in maintaining your deck, then a composite deck will likely be your choice.

Most industry experts agree that over fifteen to twenty years of ownership, the total cost of a wood versus composite deck is about the same when maintenance costs are considered. We have seen owners of both types of decking material very pleased with their final outcome.

We have spoken about the variety and characteristics of composite decking versus wood decking. You should now have a better idea of which one meets your criteria.

Building a Deck – Where You Put It

Where the deck is placed is one thing that factors into the costs. Simple decks are relatively cheap, but the moment you have multiple-level decks, or a wraparound deck for your house, then do expect that the price will definitely go up compared to a simple deck attached to your house.

If you are one of the increasing number of home owners who want to add a deck to their homes to maximize land use, your first concern will be for the costs of building the attached structure. Let’s take a look at the materials and labor cost for doing so.

Keep in mind, however, that the final cost will depend on several factors including the size of the deck, the cost of the materials, and the number of hours of work on the structure.

The following cost estimates for materials are applicable to a medium-sized flat 20 x 20 foot deck. You can go lower or higher depending on the smaller or larger size of your planned deck..

The materials cost will then range from $ 7,000 to $ 15,000 for a 20 x 20 foot deck. The figure may or may not include small materials like nails, paint and varnish, among others, as well as the cost for rental or purchase of the power tools.

The labor cost must also be added to the materials cost when you want to hire a carpenter to construct the deck. Labor can run anywhere from $ 500 to $ 1000 depending on factors like complexity of design and amount of work necessary. If you are building the deck as a DIY project, then you can save the $ 500.

For pricing, contact O’Leary and Sons for direct prices.

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