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Repairing a Deck Cost


How Much Does a Repairing a Deck Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $10-$600+average costBasic Professional Repairs: $100-$500high costExtensive Pro Repairs: $500-$4,000+
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If an existing deck has localized problems which don't affect the support beams -- like a few rotten deck boards, aging steps, wobbly railings and loose nails -- all that may be needed are a few repairs, rather than replacing the entire deck.

Typical costs:

  • Do-it-yourself supplies for deck repairs can cost $10-$50 for simple projects and $100-$600 or more for extensive work, depending on the materials needed and the type of repair. For example, the Family Handyman[1] magazine provides instructions for replacing broken deck boards, strengthening wobbly posts, stiffening a bouncy deck, replacing loose or popped nails or getting rid of sway with an angle brace, estimating that these relatively easy repairs will take one to four hours each, and that most will cost less than $20, although stiffening a bouncy desk can cost at least $40. To replace all the decking boards and railings[2] , the magazine estimates it will take a couple of days, familiarity with basic carpentry and more than $500 in materials, depending on the size of the deck and railing.
  • Hiring a handyman, carpenter or deck company to repair a deck can cost $100-$500 for simple repairs, and $500-$4,000 for extensive work such as replacing decking boards and railings, with an average of about $1,500-$2,600, depending on local rates, what needs to be done and who does the work, with a handyman typically less expensive that a carpenter or deck company. For example, TLC Deck Repair[3] in Atlanta, GA offers a range of services, including replacing deck flooring and handrails, with a minimum charge of $1,000 for carpentry repairs.
  • If the damage is extensive, it might be necessary to replace the entire deck, which can cost $8-$50 or more a square foot for pressure-treated wood and $25-$75 or more a square foot for composite lumber.
What should be included:
  • The first step is to inspect the entire deck, to determine what needs to be done. The Family Handyman provides a seven-point deck inspection checklist[4] , including the warning signs of a dangerous deck that needs more than basic repairs. If it's not clear that a deck is safe, the magazine suggests having a safety check by the local building inspector.
  • The Frugal Landlord provides detailed written instructions[5] and a video demonstration[6] of replacing a short section of damaged deck boards.
  • Movers.com explains how to repair deck railings and steps[7] .
Additional costs:
  • If boards or railings are replaced, they will need to be stained and sealed to match the rest of the deck. Often this work is included in the estimate of the total cost, but in some cases there may be additional charges, particularly if the entire deck must be re-stained and re-sealed. Sealing a deck can cost $1-$5 a square foot; staining a deck can cost $0.50-$7 or more a square foot, depending on local rates and the products used.
  • A building permit might be required for extensive repairs; check with the local planning department for details. Typically, a carpenter or deck company will obtain the permit, and include any fees in the estimate of total costs. Permit fees can be nominal or quite pricey, depending on local regulations.
Shopping for a repairing a deck:
  • Deck repairs are often done by a handyman or other casual labor; a carpenter; or a decking company/contractor. Ask for and check references from satisfied customers; look for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[8] ; and confirm that the company is properly insured and licensed by the state[9] . Ask for a detailed explanation of the work to be done.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Outdoor-Projects/Decks/Deck-Repair/repairing-decks-...
  2.  www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Outdoor-Projects/Decks/Deck-Repair/rebuild-an-old-d...
  3.  www.tlcdeckrepair.com/woodbuildingservices.html
  4.  www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Outdoor-Projects/Decks/Deck-Repair/easy-deck-inspec...
  5.  frugallandlord.com/how-repair-deck
  6.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k8Bp79AKyU
  7.  www.movers.com/home-improvement/repairing-deck-railings-and-steps.html
  8.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews/
  9.  www.contractors-license.org/
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