Building a deck is an excellent way to improve your outdoor living space and enjoy the beauty of nature right outside your door. However, before tackling this exciting project, it's important to understand the costs involved to ensure that your ideal deck aligns with your budget. Together let us dive into the fundamental aspects of deck costs, the average expenses, and important factors to consider while budgeting for your deck project.
The cost of building a deck can vary significantly depending on various factors including: location, deck size, materials used, labor costs, and additional features. So much so, the average cost of building a deck could be anywhere from $10,000-$100,000. When budgeting for a deck, It's essential to gather an estimate from a reputable deck builder in your area to get a clearer understanding of the expenses involved. They will be able to guide you through different choices and provide you with the most accurate information regarding your deck cost. Most aspects of a deck build have various options that can both save you money and cost you more money. You and your project developer will balance effectiveness and aesthetics to curate the perfect deck project for you.
The size of your deck directly impacts the cost. Naturally, larger decks require more materials, increased labor, and potentially additional permits or inspections, all of which increase your project total. On average, you're going to see a rate of $75-$100 per square foot. Where you land in that range depends on what options and materials you pick. Not only does the square footage of your deck matter but the shape of your deck does too. For example, the shape of your deck may include, bump-outs, cut corners, or curves. All of these details increase the cost of your project even if it's the same square footage as a more simple deck. That's because of wasted material, intricate framing, more cutting, and increased labor hours. A deck that spans 12ft, 16ft, or 20ft will be the most cost-effective because it fits traditional composite board lengths (Little Waste).
There are plenty of options for decking, but you mainly see Trex and TimberTech at the top of the pack. Both brands have a wide selection of boards, all ranging in price. When choosing your board, you want to account for the qualities that come with each one. Traditionally the more expensive the board is, the more unique the color gets and the higher the scratch resistance. Even if you choose the least expensive board, you still get something high quality. Check out this page for more information on Trex board colors, technology, and general pricing.
Stairs and railing are among the other important deck elements to be aware of. Depending on the railing style you select and the linear amount, you may spend more than the actual decking. Railing can vary anywhere from $50-$80 a linear foot. In addition to the railing, you need to account for the stairs. Some people decline the stair option on their projects, but more than 90% of homeowners decide they want a way to get to their backyard. If your deck is on the first story, you are looking at anywhere from $2,000-$4,000. If you have a second story deck, there will be more stair treads and a slight chance you may need a landing. Both additions can make your second-story stairs anywhere from $5,000-$10,000.
Looking further, outside the flashy fun details, you need to be aware of some extra costs of building a deck that could surprise you. To start, if you have an existing structure and you're not getting a resurfacing, you need a demo. A demo consists of a team coming out to demolish your old structure and make room for your new deck. Occasionally, if you are physically able or have friends that will help, you can demo your existing deck yourself. A demo can range anywhere from $750-$3,000 depending on the foundation of your structure (concrete) and the square footage of your deck. Another important piece, but less costly, is permits. You can't escape permits, they're required for every county. Depending on which county you live in, your permit can cost anywhere from $50-$500. Even though it's a small piece of the pie, it can still catch you off guard! Finally, when budgeting for a deck, you want to account for labor costs. No matter the contractor or company you go with, you are paying for their skills, expertise, and time. If you want your labor costs to be as low as possible, make sure your deck is simple. The simpler the design, the quicker the carpenters will complete your deck, resulting in efficient use of time. The average deck builder cost is anywhere from 40-60% of materials.
When buying a deck it's important to look past the cost of just the decking and ready yourself for a realistic price range. There are many components to the deck process that can add/subtract cost. If you want all the bells and whistles, and you can afford them, that's great! But don't read this and convince yourself it's going to be too much for you to afford. Many options can save you money without sacrificing aesthetics. It comes down to your preferences on efficiency and style, while working within your budget. We here at Woodland would love to help you start the process. We strive to give you the best product at the best price!
I founded Woodland Deck in 2000 to create decks and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed for generations. Here in beautiful Northeast Ohio, we’re lucky to experience four dramatically different seasons throughout the year, and I want you to be able to enjoy each one of them from the comfort of your own backyard. As a deck-building company, we are always looking for ways to better our products, services, and ourselves. We are passionate about life outside and believe that enjoying God’s creation is a rich gift to us.
We are looking to understand your dream and vision for the outdoors, but we don’t stop there. What are your likes and dislikes? How and when you are looking to use the space?
We start with a phone or email consultation to gather preliminary info that will help us in providing effective deck construction solutions. We are interested in learning as much as possible about the specifics of the project. Not sure what the scope is? We can help!