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composite deck
Amount: $7,600.00
Posted by: jimmy in BROWN MILLS, NJ.Posted: September 9th, 2008 01:09PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 192Material: veranda decking with viynl railings
Contractor: tbd
we are thinking of having a deck built. it will measure 12 feet by 16 feet. there will be one set of steps and is less than 4 feet high.viynl railings will be installed around the perimeter of deck. the contractor that we are thinking of using has done nice work in our neighborhood. would this be considered a fair price for labor, materials and permits?
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To Burgh in Pittsburg
Amount: $9,450.00
Posted by: paul choate in shelton, CT.Posted: September 8th, 2008 12:09PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 300Material:
Burg, I do not think I'm being hard on homeowners. I'm simply speaking from experience. I have nothing against people getting a few quotes. After paying for liability insurance, health insurance, vehicle insurance, tools, equipment, proffessional costs, advertising, marketing, vehicle upkeep, etc. etc. it becomes expensive to own and operate a deck building beussiness. And it take s a lot more than being "handy" to deliver a good product week after week, every job, and keep my customers happy and my employees productive. And I highly doubt that a job consisting of $3,500 in materials and one week of labor would end up costing the buyer $21,000. Let's not exagerrate Burgh! One week of labor and $3,500 in materials from me would cost you $9,450. If you want and itemized breakdown it will cost $59 per hour (4 hours min) for the detailed itemized list. I don't know how an itemized list will help one make a decision as whether or not to hire me but I'll gladly do it if I am paid for it. After all, do you work for free?
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Paul in Charlotte
Amount: $11,000.00
Posted by: burgh in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: September 4th, 2008 06:09AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 300Material: treated
This is to Paul in Charlotte. I'm not sure why you are so hard on homeowners wanting to know what they are spending their money on. I would suggest a customer going to Lowes/Home Depot printing a project list with all costs. Then getting several quotes from contractors. I can tell you that I am getting a deck done here shortly and I have been quoted from $10000,$15000, $20000 to $25000 for the same job. I don't even have steps. I've built smaller decks myself and there is not that much to it if you are handy and have the tools and time which I don't have the time. In any case though home owners should get several quotes and know what the material actually costs. I'm certainly not going to have $3500 in materials and pay some contractor $21000 for a weeks worth of work to install it. I could put a home addition on for that
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RE: Question on a deck addition in CT
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Paul Choate in shelton, CT.Posted: August 27th, 2008 09:08PM
Jay,

What does your contract say? If there is no contract then what we have here is a classic "he said, she said" scenario. And while it may not be ridiculous to think he should have done the footings, it is foolish to assume anything. Always get these things in writing. No offense meant as I have learned the hard way myself over the years by assuming things.

Paul Choate
ChoateBuilders.com
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Question on Deck addition in CT
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Jay in Middletown, CT.Posted: August 25th, 2008 11:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: Material: Pressure Treated
We are having our deck extended out 6 feet and 6 feet added to the length. The deck is off the ground about 12' (above our walkout basement). He is keeping our existing deck . He told us to pay for all the materials, get them here and he would charge us $1,000 in labor to extend the existing deck. Since then, myself and 2 friends have had to assit with every thing, doing the spindles and other jobs, and NOW tells me he does not dig holes and that I have to dig the 4 three foot holes for the footings. I am on crutches and thought when he gave me a price of $1,000 to do the deck, that meant to do the deck. Now after he did the platform and frame for the railings and only has the deck temporarily supported he tells me he does not dig holes, he has a bad back. Am I being ridiculous assuming that my deck was going to be attached to the ground for that price, since he has had us assist with all the labor?
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response to mp in California
Amount: $19,000.00
Posted by: Paul Choate in shelton, CT.Posted: August 21st, 2008 07:08PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 520Material: red wood
mp,

There is no way to answer your question with the information you submitted. It's as if someone is asking if $20,000 for a car with red paint and 4 doors is a good deal.
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Deck
Amount: $19,000.00
Posted by: mp in los angeles, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2008 12:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 520Material: red wood
pattern - diagonal decking
steps all the way with angled corners
angled corners
Is this a low, high r OK quote for this deck?
Please let me know.
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Deck pricing
Amount: $23,500.00
Posted by: Paul Choate in shelton, CT.Posted: August 5th, 2008 08:08PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 916Material: PT
Contractor: Choate Builders
Ed you are right on target. People, many contractors and home owners, just don't get it. Too many contractors have absolutely no idea how to run a business and make a fair profit and too many home owners hire those contractors. Both get what they pay and charge for which is a poorly built deck for the homeowner and an unprofitable project for the builder. I love it when people tell me my price is too high. When I ask them what they are basing it on they are speechless...b/c the truth is people have no idea what a deck should cost. If they did then why ask me for an estimate? Why not just tell me what the cost should be and then back it up. And going by the lowest price around is NOT the most reasonable price as man people think.
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Deck pricing shocking you?
Amount: $28.00
Posted by: Ed Morrison in Danville, NH.Posted: July 31st, 2008 07:07PM
Sq Ft of Deck: anyMaterial: composite and pvc
Contractor: Morrison & Son
Quote:Contractor: Stanley enterprise
I recently replaced a deck that is 13'x25' using composite material. The owner of the home purchased all materials needed, and I charged him 5000.00 for the whole job, railing included. I've been doing this a long time, and hate to see people gouge the prices. It averaged out to 15.00 a sq.foot
Material priced today in Southern NH: Azek (procell) decking $2.90 per LINEAL foot. That's $5.80 per SQUARE FOOT just for the decking....400 sq ft deck = $2320 just the cost of the decking alone...we contractors, the reputable ones anyway, aren't trying to screw people (no pun intended), the materials are through the roof, and the materials aren't magically going to appear at the jobsite...we are picking them up and dropping them off, or the lumber yard is doing it...and last I checked there are no Hydrogen fuel cell powered lumber delivery trucks...Gas or diesel is exspensive, as well is our time. Bottom line, if the cost of the deck shocks you, then you should reconsider the material and or size...or all together bag the idea, don't sit there and accuse contractors of price gauging..we do not see a dime of profit from the manufacturers...and let us not forget, composite and PVC decking materials are in the Petroleum based product line...There are glues and resins, and other items that have had a significant price increase due to the rising cost of oil.
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Is this reasonable
Amount: $12,525.00
Posted by: Dawn in Washington, DC.Posted: July 31st, 2008 07:07AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 270Material: TimberTech Decking/Railings
15x18 Roof Top Deck on Flat Roof
* One step up landing from doorway
* 2x8 framing across roof top with double beams under framing aprox 6 ft apart
* 6x6 posts under beams where required
* 4x4 posts for railings standard height 36 inch tall with 2x4 framing and 2x2 pickets
* ACQ hot dipped galvanized nails and hardware
* Fix rubber roof lining in corner so that it allows water to flow away from house and not puddle up in one spot

* Option 1 would be all pressure treated pine wood deck $ 8,100

* Option 2 would be composite TimberTech Decking and
With wood railings and pickets and Coposite Top railing cap $ 9,450 * Option 3 would be all composite TimberTech Decking and All composite TimberTech Rilings ( Redwood Color ) $ 12,150 * Add Timbertech Redwood Color Facia Wrap + $ 375
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Deck
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: Joey in SWASEA, MA.Posted: July 30th, 2008 05:07AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 480Material: composite/vinyl
Contractor: n/a
Got quoted for 10,000 for composite/vinyl and 7,000 for wood for a 16x30 with one set a stairs.

what do you guys think
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Deck Build
Amount: $26,500.00
Posted by: CDH in Woodbride, VA.Posted: July 25th, 2008 05:07PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 840Material: wood and composite floor
Contractor: N. VA
Looking to build 830 sq ft single level deck in N.VA. Quoted $27,000 ($33/sq ft) for PT frame and Azek composite deck surface, Seems high for composite flooring. In July '08 you would think contrators would give a better price for this. I'll look for a better contractor.
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Deck Building & replacement
Amount: $4,229.87
Posted by: Thomas Stanley 4105262834 in Reisterstown, MD.Posted: July 22nd, 2008 04:07AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 325Material:
Contractor: Stanley enterprise
I recently replaced a deck that is 13'x25' using composite material. The owner of the home purchased all materials needed, and I charged him 5000.00 for the whole job, railing included. I've been doing this a long time, and hate to see people gouge the prices. It averaged out to 15.00 a sq.foot
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how much?
Amount: $1.00
Posted by: troy in st. luois, MO.Posted: July 11th, 2008 03:07PM
Contractor: self
a safe price for me is material cost times 3 for labor works every time and we both part happy of coarse do wiegh in your difficult factor easy access or not ,octogon .triangle.radius ect.
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Unusually High Price
Amount: $32,200.00
Posted by: a user in shelton, CT.Posted: July 9th, 2008 09:07PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 500Material:
Kriten,

From the info you provided that price is on the very high end. I doubt that you need to or want to spend that much money for a well built deck. I'd continue to look for other contractors in your area who come highly recommended and provide you with lots of references.

Paul Choate
www.ChoateBuilders.com
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Cost for Deck
Amount: $32,200.00
Posted by: Kristen in putnam county, NY.Posted: June 24th, 2008 12:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 500Material: plastic-pvc
We received a quote of $32,200 to purchase materials and construct a 500 sq ft deck. To us, this seems high at approx. $64.40 per sq. ft.. Building supply company priced out the deck and railing materials for us at $6500, not including underneath pressure treated wood. We want to use the timbertech plastic with side groove for hidden fastners. Deck is not elaborate, all one level, stairs from porch to deck and from deck to yard. Does this seem a fair quote?
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Cost per SF for Deck
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Matt Beckett in St. Louis, MO.Posted: June 18th, 2008 01:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: $21Material: Pressure Treated
Contractor: Beckett Remodeling
I agree with Choate, my cost to do the deck is $21 SF out of treated materials. The lumber materials fluctuate constantly so this number might be +/-$2 SF. However homeowners dont realize that the footings cost money (excavation, concrete, forms, etc) The fasteners to join the materials of the deck can easily run over $1000 by the time it is all said and done plus expertise, labor, and a profit. I would say for pressure treated decks depending on options, stairs, etc $21-23 SF, Cedar $28-30 SF, Composites $35-50 SF.
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Fair price for deck?
Amount: $5,400.00
Posted by: bluebird fan in Tucson, AZ.Posted: June 17th, 2008 06:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 200Material: Fir
I have been quoted $5400 for labor and materials for a 10x20 deck, one set of stairs, railing all around, unpainted (I will do the staining and sealing). Is this fair?
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cost calculator for decks
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in any, SC.Posted: June 9th, 2008 06:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: mostMaterial: most
http://www.vadeck.com/deck-cost-calculator.htm
I hope this helps!
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Wood Deck
Amount: $2,275.00
Posted by: Keith May in Edwardsville, IL.Posted: May 21st, 2008 05:05AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 224Material: Treated Lumber
Is this a good price?
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well worth it
Amount: $7,200.00
Posted by: Kevin in Allentown [45 min N of Philly], PA.Posted: May 5th, 2008 08:05AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 510Material: pressure treated wood
Contractor: friend of a friend
2-level deck half surrounding 15' above ground pool. he is charging cost of materials for labor [material cost=$3,600]. ends up being around $14 sq/ft.
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Deck in Missouri
Amount: $9,600.00
Posted by: Vince and Mary in High Ridge (St. Louis), MO.Posted: April 18th, 2008 08:04AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 400Material: pressure treated wood
Contractor: RJ contractors
I'm not sure if prices vary in different states or areas for decks but this is the price we are paying. Our deck will be about 8 to 9 feet off the ground. This price DOES NOT include moveing our air conditioner (so that it is not UNDER the deck), we are having a friend so that and are paying him $200 ($120 for freon and the rest for his time). This price also doesn't include having the remains of our old, smaller (10 X 10) deck removed. I don't know who we're going to have come get rid of it yet.
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Re: What should this cost?
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: Paul Choate in shelton, CT.Posted: April 4th, 2008 11:04AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 400Material: composite/PT wood
Contractor: Choate Builders, LLC
Hi, Stephanie. A basic 400 sq. ft. deck (standard rectangle or square shape, less than 6' off the ground, PT frame, composite floor and railings)fastened together with screws and bolts...between $15,000 and $20,000. Depends on if the railings are 100% composite or a mix of wood and composite. Of course that is the price for a well-built deck by someone who cares about his/her customers and takes pride in his/her work!
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What should this cost?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Stephanie in Waterford, MI.Posted: March 29th, 2008 03:03PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 400Material: trex composite
Contractor: not sure yet
Does anyone know what it would cost for a 400 sq. foot deck using trex composite? 1 staircase, railings all around and deck lights.
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Contractor's two cents
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: Paul Choate in Shelton, CT.Posted: March 17th, 2008 08:03PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 320Material: PT wood, timbertech
Contractor: Choate Builders
There is so much more to deck building than most people think. A deck is a combination of rough framing and fine trim work (a well-built one anyway). I've built dozens upon dozens of decks over the years and have yet to build one for under $35 per square foot. That price includes everything A-Z...permits, demo, footings, insurance, etc. And what is it with you homeowners wanting an itemized list and breakdown of materials and labor? Do you do that when you buy a car or anything else...my prie is my price regardless of ho much I'm charging for labor. The overhead to run a legit construction company is high...and please, stop with the 10% profit...adding 10% to a job is NOT the way to make a 10% profit!!!
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Lowe's Installed Deck
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jen in Oneonta, NY.Posted: January 15th, 2008 11:01AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 144Material: Pressure Treated
Does anyone know the cost that Lowe's usually charges to build a 12x12 deck? or approximate cost? I know the material cost is the same as in there stores. I was just curious as to the labor charge. I've had carpeting installed for exactly double the cost of the material.... Is it the same for building a Deck? I know it depends on cost of labor. Cost per sqft in this area is usually much less than other areas. Does cost per sqft include all materials and labor?
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Pressure treated deck installed
Amount: $4,400.00
Posted by: bobby in newark, DE.Posted: August 28th, 2007 09:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 264Material: Pressure treated
Is this a good price? Composite material for the same costs $5400
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is this fair or high?
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: bstets in Baltimore, MD.Posted: August 2nd, 2007 09:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 336Material: PT
Contractor: ARC
Getting estimates on a deck build, basically two decks put together one is 12x12 and the other is 12x16 put side by side for 336 sq ft of decking, one set of steps to ground and railing around the entire perimeter. is this price high? I thought so but I could be way off base. Thanks.
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Good price
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in Edmonton, AL.Posted: May 7th, 2007 08:05AM
($17.00) a square foot installed Sounds like a good price.
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Is this a fair price for 16x30
Amount: $8,240.00
Posted by: Willy in Springfield, IL.Posted: April 11th, 2007 10:04PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 16x30 with 12x15pavilionMaterial: Treated
Contractor: local
I was wondering if this bid seem fair. I have a bid for a 16 by 30 deck with a 12 by 15 pavilion at one end. 6x6 posts, 3-ply 2x12 king beams(3) to support 4 ft cantilever over pond, Floor joist 2x10-16" oc, 5/4 decking screwed, 30"handrail w/balisters(591ft), 8ft clearance on 12x15 pavillion with hipstyle shingled roof 4/12, 1ft overhangs with aluminum sofit, 6" bead broad ceiling. This is my only bid and it is from a family friend/business.
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