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How Much Does a Deck Cost?

low costPressure-Treated Wood Deck: $2,560-$16,000+ for 16'x20'average costRedwood or Cedar Deck: $6,400-$24,000+ for 16'x20'high costComposite Deck: $8,000-$22,400+ for 16'x20'
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A deck provides room for outdoor entertaining or relaxing, and can create the feeling of more living space in a house. They're typically made of wood -- pressure-treated wood, cedar, redwood or hardwood -- or plastic composite materials designed to look like wood.

Typical costs:

  • Hiring someone to construct a wood deck can cost $8-$75 or more a square foot for labor and materials, depending on whether it is built with pressure-treated wood ($8-$50 or more a square foot, or about $2,560-$16,000 for 16'x20'), cedar ( $20-$75 or more a square foot, or $6,400-$24,000 for 16'x20'), redwood ($30-$75 or more a square foot, or $9,600-$24,000 for 16'x20') or hardwood or ( $40-$80 or more a square foot, or $12,800-$25,600 for 16'x20'). Wood is the most traditional, common and easily available material for decks; it is typically easier to work with than composite materials.
  • Composite deck installation can cost $25-$70 or more a square foot (8,000 -$22,400 for 16'x20"). Typically made of recycled plastic (about 30%-50%) and wood fibers, composite decking is advertised as a low-maintenance, long-lasting (30 years or more), splinter-free material that resists rot, insects and UV rays, but the dust from installation is not biodegradable and must be collected during installation and removed from the site. Most composites come with a 10-25 year warranty.
  • Some of the factors affecting the total cost for any type of deck include the height; shape; number of levels; railing length, material and style; steps, staircases and landings; benches, lighting or other built-in features; and whether an old deck needs to be demolished and hauled away.
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What should be included:
  • Home Depot provides instructions for building a ground-level deck[1] (16-24 hours of work) and a multi-level deck[2] (116-132 hours).
Additional costs:
  • Building a deck often requires a permit, depending on local regulations and the size and height of the structure. Most contractors will coordinate any permits and inspections, but the homeowner is usually responsible for paying the fees, which can be nominal or pricey, based on location.
  • Depending on local regulations, after the project is complete the local tax assessor may calculate how much the property has increased in value; the exact amount of any tax increase varies significantly by location and the value of the addition.
  • Once the deck is completed, contact your homeowners' insurance company ; tell them how much it cost to build the new deck, and they will determine the cost to add the deck to the existing policy.
  • A deck should be AA>cleaned annually ($0.25-$1.50 or more a square foot) and a wood deck might require sealing ($1-$5 a square foot) or staining ($0.50-$7 a square foot) every 1-2 years, depending on the type of wood and the deck's exposure to sunlight and weather.
Shopping for a deck:
  • The Lowe's Deck Designer[3] lets consumers pick sample decks or create a custom project, then print out a materials shopping list. Home Depot offers an index of decking materials[4] .
  • A deck can be installed by a handyman( or do-it-yourselfer) with strong carpentry and design skills, a landscaping contractor, a general building contractor (who may sub it out to a specialist) or a decking contractor. Ask family, friends, neighbors or the staff at local hardware or home improvement centers for recommendations. For larger projects, search for local members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry[5] , and look for "deck contractor" listed among each company's specialties.
  • Ask for and check references from satisfied customers; look for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau[6] ; and confirm that the company is properly insured and licensed[7] .
  • Ask for a detailed explanation of the work to be done and the materials that will be used. If there is an existing deck, make sure the bid includes demolition and debris removal. lists questions to ask a decking professional[8] .
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24 by 16 deck
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Joey101 in Berlin, CT.Posted: May 8th, 2014 04:05AM
Contractor: ?
I have a second tier deck on a colonial home. I will be ripping it out so they can install a 24 by 16 deck since it's a second level deck instead I want stairs to have a landing instead of straight down. I'm looking for composite decking and plastic railings since it's second level. What do u think a deck would cost here in Connecticut thanks
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Cost of a deck
Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: LB in Lombard, IL.Posted: March 16th, 2014 08:03AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 250Material: treated wood
I was wondering if I paid to much for my 10X25 rectangle deck with treated wood? It has 3 stairs about 3 feet in width and 25 feet of railings.
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Bad Information from post writer.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Greenspot in apple valley, CA.Posted: January 26th, 2014 09:01PM
Contractor: me
The writer of this post has some real bad information. Lets start a list and see this persons lack of credit speak.
1. Red wood life span 20 years? Only if never taken care of. I have seen red wood decks pushing well over 50 years when maintained. Perhaps you are refering to installing it your self.
2. Virtually indestructible composits? Ovously you have never installed one of these in a desert region or had someone with a bbq call you to repair damaged planks.
3. You did not even mention the most important part of your deck, the flashing, paper and seal(s) between the ledger and your home. Sure your deck will last short of a decade but you will be calling your insurance company to repair the sudden leak in your wall a few years down the road.
4. What about load caculations? I bet your unlicensed cousin/brother beefed it up so oyu can put that spa on there too. I bet he couldn't tell you the difference between live and dead load without looking it up on google first.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Jonny Builder in Anytown, WA.Posted: December 23rd, 2013 02:12PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 1000Material: wood
Contractor: Good one
Dear irritated: Go ahead and build decks with your buddy hauling around tools in the trunk of your car. Customers will love that. And charge enough to cover the case of beer you imply the deck labor is worth (forget about overhead as you probably think there isn't any). And as your new business grows let me know how your buddy's $1,000 truck is handling the 300 miles per week it takes to run the business. Now, when the bills start coming in and your P&L sheet is bright red go back to your other job and show a little more respect to professionals who know what they are doing. Any builder who actually takes the time on this blog to help others is probably a builder you think charges too much. Thus, this more than likely did not get through to you.
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RE: Irritated by some comments
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Also Irritated in Anywhere, IL.Posted: August 30th, 2013 04:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 0Material: 0
Contractor: 0
Funny, I didn't know it required a $30,000 truck to build a deck. I helped a buddy do it a few times and I would estimate his truck to be worth about $1k. Though I have to say i'm pretty sure the tools used would have fit in the trunk of a car. You probably need all the best name brand highest-end possible tools too. I'm sure that will really increase the justified price. Let's improve the math a little. The payment and insurance on said truck is maybe $850 a month. If it takes a week or two to build a deck and we assume the customer should shoulder the entire cost of the truck then it should add maybe $30 to 500 with gas. Don't get me wrong, your knowledge and labor has value, but, I reject the math you used to become "irritated". I am not going to be paying someone $3-7k a week for the knowledge and labor required to build a deck.
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new screend in porch with 2 walls
Amount: $10,300.00
Posted by: a user in schroon lake, NY.Posted: August 1st, 2013 09:08AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 144 sq ftMaterial: presure treated
Contractor: est.
I have a 12x12 screened in porch that has to be replace . It has 2 walls the other 2 is the house . This porch has a shed roof ,2ft knee wall, then windows to the ceiling . It is 3 steps off the ground . I was told it has to have 3 footings . Is this a few price , I think it is very high . Thanks for your time
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: NO PURCHASE in Dumfries, VA.Posted: July 31st, 2013 07:07PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 10 by 12Material: TBD
Contractor: TBD
Really folks...houses are devaluating in price and people are spending between $5k and and $38k for decks. The demand should be decreasing thus supply increasing - basic economic indicates cost of building decks should be going down not up. Good luck staying in business
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cost of a 10x 28 deck?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jc92085 in pittsburgh, PA.Posted: May 12th, 2013 11:05AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 289Material: composite/pt rails
deck on ground level would have to rip out old deck. would like to have a composite base with PT wood for the rails. just wondering if anyone would know an estimate price?
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Deck in MD
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: a user in annapolis, MD.Posted: April 23rd, 2013 09:04AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 450Material: Azek
Contractor: Local
Just wondering if 20K was a fair price for a new construction PT framed Azek decking, azek Balusters & Railing. azek Lockable gate at top of stairs. Plus an azek built bench seat on the deck? Thanks
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Irritated by some comments
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: contractor in PA in Oxford, PA.Posted: April 12th, 2013 06:04PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 0Material:
As to "deck lady in baltimore" you state you have a masters degree and don't make $80 an hour. Well as a contractor my experience is equivalent to a master degree for my trade and I don't make $80 an hour either. I CHARGE $60 an hour, I make $20 an hour, $20 an hour goes to insurance(health, disability, liability, auto, building for shop), taxes (which self employed pay a lot more than you), accounting, licensing, etc. $20 an hour to the business for vehicle and tool replacements, office expences (computers, paper, printers, fax, heat and cooling, electric bill, phone bill, advertising, charitable donations (business is always hit up for that), membership dues NFIB,ADBA, etc. and then hopefully there is enough left over to show a profit. I bet the company you work for charges more than $80 an hour for what you do and you did not include your benefit package value that self employed does not get. We also don't get paid vacation, no work, no pay.
As to the guy that used to build in the 80's, a new truck cost $12,000 and gas was $.80 a gallon, now a "work" truck is $30,000 and gas is $3.50 a gallon and your surprised at what we charge?
Contractors work extremely hard in harsh weather and environmental conditions and put in a lot of office time (with no pay) that no one sees except his family. We make a "good" living but not getting rich by any means. The people I find that complain the most about our fees are the people living in a house twice the size of ours and driving cars that cost 3 times as much and doing projects that we can't afford to do to our own home when labor is free.
I heard this years ago but it is true, there ae 3 ways to have a job done, fast, cheap, high quality but you can only choose 2. If cheap and fast it won't be high quality. If fast and high quality it won't be cheap. If cheap and high quality it won't be fast.
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Is this reasonable? Questions?
Amount: $2,650.00
Posted by: woman with a small deck problem in myerstown, PA.Posted: March 29th, 2013 08:03PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 192Material: pressure treated
Contractor: Side job for a contractor
Central Pa.. Getting a crappy deck replaced- we already ripped out the old decking. A guy who works full time in contracting will be doing this as a side job. The deck is 12x16 and is a ground level deck- no steps, no railing. His labor charge is 1500..does this seam fair? Building materials are around 1000 pre-tax and pre-delivery.

I went around a few places to get other material estimates and one place was surprised that he was using rafter ties instead of Joist Hangers. When I asked about this, he said that there isn't much space to work with.. which is true, as the deck is basically at ground level and will require some digging.

I would let some guy friends do it- however I want to sell within a year and would rather not experiment at the risk of screwing it up and having to fix things at settlement.
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Timber Tech
Amount: $28,000.00
Posted by: Sadie in Charleston, IL.Posted: March 27th, 2013 11:03AM
Sq Ft of Deck: 662Material: Timbertech
Does $28,000 seem high for a t shaped deck, 46x12 and 22 x 5 timbertech evolution with radiance railing
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Looking for Deck builder
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Manoj in Stone Ridge, VA.Posted: February 26th, 2013 01:02PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 308Material: Composite
We are looking for contractor to build a brand new deck for a new town house.
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deck builders
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: fox in East Greenbush, NY.Posted: February 23rd, 2013 12:02PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 281Material:
I am a contractor, these prices are that high because of materials, fuel, insurances, employees, tools and experience. I dont know if youve gone shopping lately or just stopped by the gas station everything is going up in price. I charge in upwords of $32sq/ft for composite decking and vinyl railings all rim boards are always wrapped in composite or vinyl and stairs also. This is how we make our living. If something took you two weeks to build abd you only make $1000 dollars you would never stay in business. This is how we as contractors feed our families and pay our bills. Just get a couple estimates make sure they are giving you a full scope of work so you can make sure all contractors are giving you the same products. Then choose what one you like the best. And understand that we too have to feed our families and make a living. Don't complain, its taken many of us contractor years of blood,sweat and tears to master our trades. Good luck to all, on all of your projects.
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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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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 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
Amount: $0.00
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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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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Wood Decks
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Carpenter Ken in Des Moines, IA.Posted: November 26th, 2011 09:11PM
Sq Ft of Deck: variesMaterial: Wood
Contractor: KFisher
In the late 80's I used to build custom homes and we usually built decks and privacy fences on those homes as well. Now I build decks on the side for people. Back then we figured decks at 3.60 sq. ft. and steps were 7.00 a step. So on a 10x12 deck it would run around $432 plus the steps. Back then this was roughly the cost of materials as well. I see some of these prices and I cant believe how high they are even in todays standards. Building codes are more strict, permits do cost more. Like any other buisness you have other laborers to pay, insurance, taxes and such. Some of the prices are reasonable for today, many are not.
I recently remodeled a 12x14 deck into a 14x35, 8' above grade with a wrap around stairway out of 2x6 treated wood, 300 aluminum spindles railing. Materials was about 1,700. I charged 1,400 labor. I built it on my own time by myself a couple days a week for 6 weeks. Its all extra $$ to me. The customer understands this, they buy the materials that I order to deliver and I build it. If I were licensed and insured and had a crew to pay it would be considerably more. I understand I am a rarity, using my skills on the side to suppliment my income. I can build any deck with any building codes with the highest of quality. Tight/flush joints, flush screws heads, deck is square, level and plumb. I am probably on the cheaper side for labor, but the customers are not getting a deck built in a few days either. A good average to me would be labor at 1 to 1.5 times cost of materials. If your installing more expensive material like cedar or composites than labor is figured the same way for me. Cedar is soft and delicate so more care is needed when working with it.
Builders usually get a 10% material discount from their suppliers but typically add that 10% back on to the customer. I dont do that either because my customers pay for the materials I order. The labor is my profit. It covers my time, fuel, and equipment depreciation.
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Top Off The Line
Amount: $38,000.00
Posted by: HitMyKnuckle in Poulsbo, WA.Posted: August 31st, 2011 01:08PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 720Material: Ipe/Glass
You get what you pay for. 650sf Ipe decking w/hidden fasteners, ele.9 ft. 2x10 framing w/6x10 beams 6x6 posts. Wrap around Staircase.150lf tempered shater resistant glass panels with aluminum posts and rails. 32sq ft Pergola for bbq. 2 privacy glass panels (6'x8'), Demo/Haul existing deck. All supported with 24"x24"x12" conc pads. All material carried in via hand 200'.
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Replacing Wood Deck Floor with Composite
Amount: $1,300.00
Posted by: PennJ in Atlanta, GA.Posted: June 19th, 2011 05:06PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 120Material: Veranda from HD
Contractor: handyman service
Two handymen are replacing my 10x12 foot second floor deck floor with composite (veranda from HD) and installing a decorative gate at the top of the deck stairs. They quoted $500 fixed price for labor, and estimated $650 for supplies, which I bought based on their list (one of them goes along with me). They had already done the stair treads for me as a separate project, so I could split the cost over time. They do any additional repairs that are part of the project within that price, such as touch up painting, full clean up, putting all the patio furniture back, etc.

Notes: I buy them lunch while here but never tip unless they do extra repairs unrelated to the quote. They only do this on weekends as supplement to their full time work, and they fully clean up between weekends and at the end of projects so I am not living in any mess. (To be honest I help with clean up and taking out the trash if I am home.) They have satisfactorily done well over a dozen jobs for me (both indoor and outdoor), and one big basement remodel spread out over time.
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RE: Deck costs
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Posted by: clarification in Fairfax, VA.Posted: May 9th, 2011 12:05PM
Mr. Choate: I believe Osprey Builders was referring to the author of the article at the top of the page. One of the bullet points states that "Pressure-treated wood and other materials for a small, 10-x-12-foot do-it-yourself single-level rectangular deck average $500-$1,000".
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Deck Price
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: esk in Sherman Oaks CA in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: April 27th, 2011 12:04PM
Sq Ft of Deck: 208Material: Ipe w PT foundation
The estimate started in the $7K range, but I added some benches, a custom made garbage can bin and 16 foot long stairway (only 18 inches to ground). Is this reasonable?
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