Estimating the Cost of a Deck
If you are a homeowner with a bare backyard, then you have probably felt the pang of deck envy.
You’ve visited your neighbor’s place, and seen her amazing deck. Maybe someone is grilling BBQ, while the rest of the gang is lounging in some super-comfortable deck furniture. Everyone’s happy and having a good time, and you remember your empty backyard and think, “I want this.”
But how much does a composite deck really cost? What are some of the things to that you need to know before installing one? Here are some basic blueprints to go over before you get deep into the planning phase.
How Much Does a Deck Cost?
There are several factors that contribute to the cost of a typical deck and they must be considered for you to get an estimate. They include things like decking materials, the deck size, labor, and the amount of add-ons.
A standard deck can cost anywhere between $2,000 (for 200 square feet or less) to $15,000 (for 500 square feet). Meanwhile, if you are building a custom or raised deck, this may cost you a whopping $36,000 or more. The average homeowner in the U.S. spends $4000-$10,000 for a new deck.
The size and shape of your composite deck is perhaps the most important factor to consider. The square footage will directly affect the amount of labor and materials needed.
In most cases, the cost of decks is estimated by the square footage, however, it’s always best to consider other factors that come into play.
The choice of flooring is another major factor when estimating a new deck’s cost. There are different types to choose from, but keep in mind that some materials are more durable and will require less maintenance, and this will help offset the cost in the long run.
Here’s a breakdown of the cost of different decking materials:
• PVC: This is an all-plastic decking material which is quite durable. Its price averages between $35 and $45 per square feet. However, it fades over time and may need regular maintenance.
• Natural hardwood: The average cost of a hardwood deck is about $35 per square feet. There are different types of hardwood to choose from including Bamboo, Cedar, African Tigerwood, Brazilian Ipe, and Californian. However, hardwood is susceptible to rot, water, and termite damage and requires very high maintenance. It’s a very expensive choice in the long run.
• Pressure-treated wood: If you are looking for a basic budget deck, then this is the way to go. It only costs about $20 per square feet. Unlike hardwood, it is resistant to rot and insects, but it’ll still fade and crack over time. It also contains harmful chemicals, hence, a health hazard to your kids and pets.
• Wood Composite: This is probably the best choice you’ll make for your outdoor space. It is durable, resistant to rot and termite, resembles natural hardwood, does not stain or fade, and its environmentally friendly (made of recycled wood fibers and plastic). The average price of a composite deck is $35- $50 per square feet.
This generally involves the amount of work required to prep the land and the installation costs. The labor can cost you nearly two-thirds of the whole decking project. Even if you are an experienced DIYer, you’ll still need some help from composite deck builders.
However, with the NewTechWood Deck-A-Floor Pro, you can tremendously reduce your labor costs to zero. This system has made the installation process a walk in the park, anyone can do it. When you buy the product, you will be provided with an easy-to-use guide as well as all the deck parts needed for a DIY installation.
Anything you add to your deck will directly affect the final cost. For instance, things like deck planters, accent lighting gates, pergolas, benches, flower boxes, and other built-ins will cost you in both labor and materials used.
Additional Cost Concerns of Deck Building
Apart from the above factors, there are other legal costs to consider including an increment in your homeowner’s insurance and property taxes.
Also, an inspector will assess the composite deck severally to ensure it’s built to code. If it does not meet the state’s building standards, it can be torn down. So, before you start building ensure that you are up-to-date with your area’s building codes.