Building a deck is a wonderful way to add value to your home and to create an outdoor space for you to enjoy. However, the cost for a deck can be daunting. It is important to understand what makes up the cost of a deck before planning the project.
The cost of a deck will vary depending on the size of the deck and the types of material used. The average price of a deck is approximately $7,500. However, a deck that is 16X20 feet using pressure treated wood would actually cost between $9,600 and $11,200.
Using plastic materials for your deck is often going to be cheaper in the long run even though their initial cost may be slightly higher. Plastic materials will require less maintenance and therefore make your deck less of a financial burden in the long run. However, wood is the most common material because it’s attractive and lower-cost.
While size is the major factor that can push up the price of your deck, deck builders will have their own price scales as well. Each company will have different costs for labor, but they will usually reduce the overall price if you obtain your own materials and permits. You can also find lower prices by hiring builders in the off-season when demand for labor and materials is lower. For decks, this would mean building in the fall or winter when many homeowners are not thinking of outdoor living.
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