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Deck Builders
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Mark Busam in Greensboro, NC.Posted: January 25th, 2013 02:01PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 0Material: PT
Contractor: Busam Construction
Some of the previous 'handymen' who put up decks without professional knowledge of construction techniques are asking for a possible disaster. Unless you are trained and have knowledge of how the deck is supposed to be fastened to the existing structure (if it is) or you know the lateral forces on a free standing deck, the deck could collapse and injury or death could occur. Leave the deck building to capable professionals...
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Deck Builders
Amount: $10.00
Posted by: Brandon Brinson in West Monroe, LA.Posted: December 12th, 2012 03:12PM
Sq Ft of Deck: Material: Pressure Treated
Contractor: Northeastern Decks
What are you guys getting per square foot on pressure treated pine? We are around 10-15 a sq. ft. here in Louisiana. That's using screws and 2x6 framing with 5/4 standard grade decking.
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PT and composite deck 18'x33'
Amount: $14,000.00
Posted by: Aaron Enquist in Clarksville, TN.Posted: November 28th, 2012 02:11PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 18' x 33' (594 sqft)Material: PT and composite Choicedek
Contractor: Local bro. team
$14,000 quote for:
1) 18'x33'size (10' off the ground); two tier stairs 6' wide; qty 9 - 6x6 posts
2) Pressure treated framing and railing
3) Composite decking and top railing -ChoiceDek brand from Lowes
4) Black Metal spindles for railing
5) Solar caps on 6x6 posts all around
6) Trex dry system underneath
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Trex Accents Woodland Brown on 2x12 on walkout
Amount: $42,000.00
Posted by: John in Denver in Parker, CO.Posted: August 2nd, 2012 04:08PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 850Material: PT and Trex
Contractor: L&D Enterprises
850 usable square feet of Trex accents woodland brown flooring space out the back of our walkout house, deck off main level up in the air about 9-12’ due to sloping back yard. Deck is technically 4 separate areas on one plane sorta separated by the columns – main deck, existing deck, extension deck, and stair deck where the two stairs drop off of. It's elevated on 6x6 posts which are sheathed by 2' square OSB and veneer rock on top of that - there are 8 columns like this about 9-14' tall. New frame is all 2x12 PT. An existing builder built deck about 14x8 with 2x10's as frame stayed in place and was re-topped in the Trex. Two stair cases, one is about 16' long the other is 4' long. We poured 3 new caissons included in above cost. 5 caissons (2 existing and 3 newer) were already there - the 3 newer due to walkout patio concrete work the year before, not included in the price above. Also included in price is about a 20’ x 4’ small sidewalk we had to install for access to the small staircase. Price includes custom mid-grade powder coated steel railing (not Trex) around the whole thing, about 73' linear straights and 36' linear on the stairs. Contractor caulked each deck frame joint with high-end elastic caulk. Price includes about 4500 square feet of veneer rock (link-n-stick) for the columns and it’s install. Also includes wiring two post lamps with conduit, circuit breaker, and indoor mounted switch. County permit price included as well as well as engineering plans with deck and concrete. Deck is in Colorado. Contractor worked as time and materials + 10%. Deck took about 2 months to finish due to some complex issues encountered and my lack of complete planning sometimes as I was part-GC on this project along with my deck contractor. Most non deck work was contracted out as RFP bids – such as rails, electrical, concrete. May 2012 (not May 2011 as this form says)
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Construction Manager in Atlanta
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: dave dolby in atlanta, GA.Posted: July 29th, 2012 07:07AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 550Material:
If I added on only 5% to cover my overhead and 7% for profit I would have lost over $50,000 last year building decks. Instead I charged enough to cover my overhead and make a reasonble 10% profit by providing a great service and giving people exactly what they asked me for. You are absolutely clueless my friend. You negotiate for homeowners? Any contractor stupid enough to work for someone who hires and outside negotiator deserves to fail. Where do you get off telling anyone how to run their business and how much decks should cost? You really think it is someone's best interest to "research the type and materials you want, plan out the deck yourself, buy the materials from HD or Lowes, and reward your friends with BBQ and beer for helping you put it up."? Are you serious? Stop giving ridiculous "professional" information and get a new line of work. I am 100% certain you cause more harm than good.
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deck
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: ripped in staten island, NY.Posted: July 6th, 2012 05:07AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 78Material: pressure tx wood
Contractor: friend of relative
had a 6x13 deck with 5 stairs and railings.the posts were dug only 16 inches,posts have longitudinal splits already.wood caps on railings dont line up.some of the wood has black on it,looks like mold,contractor said it was dirty.the top stair is way shorter than the other.contractor said thats because if he made it longer it would break.left all his debris here,i have to get rid of all leftover wood pieces.brought his girlfriend one day,his 6 year old daughter the next day.
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Over priced!
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Construction Manager Mike in Atlanta, GA.Posted: July 4th, 2012 04:07PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 550Material: treated wood
Contractor: ME
The best option is to research the type and materials you want, plan out the deck yourself, buy the materials from HD or Lowes, and reward your friends with BBQ and beer for helping you put it up.

As for the contractors, get a quote for the work before you agree. The quote should include a bill of materials with cost, labor cost, overhead (5%) and profit (no more than 7%) on top.

Any contractor that wants to charge you for supplying their cost and a bill of materials you should not deal with. Most bidding for construction work requires this type of breakout (their are exceptions) so they should not be unfamiliar with supplying this.

I have made a good living for the past 20 yrs because bad apple contractors. Owners pay me to negotiate construction contracts and manage contractors to ensure they are getting what they pay for. If the business wasn't so shady I wouldn't have a job.
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Deck Lady in Balitmore
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: builder in baltimor, MD.Posted: June 22nd, 2012 03:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 20x16Material:
Contractor: Self
Deck Lady in Baltimore...you to contradict yourself in a major way: your contractor said that he didn't know why some contractors are so greedy yet you just paid him $80 per hour!!! Like so many people you are ignorant as what it takes to stay in business: your contractor has "no overhead" as you put it: that means he has no insurance, no vehicle expenses, no employee expenses, no tools, etc. Where do you get off telling us what we deserve to be paid? You give us no details on this "deck" you had built. For all I know it was 6' x 6' and your contractor built it directly on the grass with no footings to support it. You are so clueless I'm getting a bit sick thinking about your comments. I gotta stay off this site.
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wood deck, treated wood
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Deck Lady in Baltimore, MD.Posted: June 10th, 2012 08:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 20x16Material: treated wood
Contractor: a nice guy
a couple of years ago I had a treated wood deck at the ground level built next to my higher but smaller deck. The deck we had was only 10x12 and we needed more space. A contractor who was working on our basement said he'd build a deck for $800 if I bought the materials. He called about a permit but one isn't necessarily needed at the ground level. He had only two days in which he could build the deck so we were told to go ahead by the dept of permits. Also, we had a permit for the original deck on record and we gave a description of the addition. We obtained a verbal okay to go ahead with the project but this took some of his time as did picking up the materials he'd told me to order and have held at the local Lowes. It took him one whole day and a few hours of the following day. He was happy to have made the $800 he said in a relatively short period of time and didn't understand the greed of some contractors. He said they may over state the price of materials to justify the high prices. If you think about it, he put a total of about 10 hours into the project which looks good and has worn well. He made $80 per hour as he had no overhead. He was already here so he didn't need to advertise and I bought everything that was needed. I have a Master's degree in my field and do not make anywhere near $80 per hour. Why do some of these guys feel that they have to make so much? He isn't available now and I wish I could find someone to build another deck for a fair price.
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cost of decks
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Posted by: Lady needs a deck in Baltimore, MD.Posted: June 10th, 2012 08:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 10x20Material:
Contractor: ?
Looking at some of the estimates these people have gotten to build a deck made me sick. Then I saw the guy who built it himself and spent under $1000 for a 10 by 20 foot deck. This goes to show you how some contractors will overcharge for their services. I think it's a shame and people who are overpriced should not be hired.
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Trex deck with Vinyl Rails and one stairs
Amount: $16,500.00
Posted by: KJWick in Chesapeake, VA.Posted: May 16th, 2012 06:05PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 436Material:
Have a contractor qoute of $16500 for Trex with lights on all posts and riser lighting (4 risers). Also would have a gate put in place for the stairs to keep toddler in. Is this a reasonable price?
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Square Foot Prices
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Deck Builder in Hartford, CT.Posted: March 18th, 2012 06:03PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 0Material: All
Asking what the square foot price of any major project is like asking what the square foot price of a car is. Square foot prices are just ball park prices. And ballparks are BIG.
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Average price per square foot for deck build in northern virginia
Amount: $4,400.00
Posted by: John Basilone in loudoun, VA.Posted: March 5th, 2012 09:03AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 276Material: #1 grade pressure treated pine
Contractor: loudoun deck
The average price is about $18 per square foot. Some companies offer discounts for wounded warriors, etc,. However though, I heard through the grape vine the price of lumber will be rising summer 2012. So, that coupled with fuel cost may affect the price per square foot.
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replacing decking
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: mike in NOVA in falls church, VA.Posted: February 24th, 2012 01:02PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 200Material: 5/4 pine decking
Contractor: looking
I would like to replace the decking on an existing deck. 5-6 ft off ground, nailed. would like 5/4 pine screwed. no stairs, rails are fine. what should I be looking at for lumber cost and labor? ballpark it.
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deck
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: jkiller in havana, IL.Posted: January 26th, 2012 11:01AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 1984Material: red wood
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Carpenter Ken
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Good Builder in anytown, MA.Posted: December 19th, 2011 02:12PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 0Material: wood
Contractor: Professional
Ken, just wondering: does you labor also cover your liabilty insurance, your health insurance, your worker's comp., your advertising, your vehicle maint., your annual equipment/tool purchases/repairs, your office expenses, your phone expenses, your self employment taxes, your building licenses, your EPA training and licensing, your marketing, etc. etc? Building a deck is not nearly as difficult as running a business and it seems to me that you know all there is to know about building a deck...but you could use a class or two about running a successful, long lasting and profitable company. ANyone can build a deck. But most can not do it day after day, year after year while keeping clients happy AND turning a profit.
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