How Much Does a Deck Cost?
A deck can be made from many different materials that include wood or composite. A deck can come in many different levels, styles and more. The cost of a deck is going to greatly depend on the materials that are going to be used, the contractor that is going to perform the job, as well as features such as railing, steps, square footage, as well as many other factors.
How much does a deck cost?
- On average, pressure treated wood is going to be the cheapest way to go in terms of materials. Plan on spending anywhere from $8 to as much as $18 per square foot depending on the type of pressure treated wood that is used.
- For those that want to do the job themselves, plan on spending anywhere from $2,500 to $6,000 for the materials alone for a 500 square foot deck.
- Higher quality wood such as cedar can cost anywhere from $16 to $24 per square foot. For a deck that measures 10×12 without any additional features, plan on spending $2,000 to $3,700 to have the job done by a professional.
- Plastic wood composites that have a long shelf life can cost anywhere from $22 to $32 per square foot, depending on the brand. Composite is more expensive due to the fact that it is made from plastic that is nearly indestructible.
- FineHomeBuilding.com has a calculator that you can use to figure out what a deck will cost you in your area. This takes a couple of factors into play such as the framing, decking and railing.
Deck Cost Range
12′ x 16′ (around 200 square feet)
$4,500 to $7,000
18′ x 20′ (around 350 square feet)
$11,000 to $17,000
15′ x 26′ (around 400 square feet)
$20,000 to $30,000
NOTE: The estimates above will include steps, spindles and some additional premium features such as a gazebo or lighting. This will also include labor costs. Remember, most quotes are going to widely vary depending on your geographical location.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the height, stairs and landings leading down to the ground are going to influence the price tag. Most contractors are going to charge based on the height of the steps themselves. A staircase will cost anywhere from $450 to $1,500 depending on the height.
- Decorative borders around the outside of the deck, as well as electrical ran through the deck for lighting, can be extra depending on what kind of lighting and design is required.
- Simple decks that are in the shape of a square are going to cost less than a deck that is curved. Many home owners prefer to have a deck that is curved or one that wraps around a house, etc.
- Additional features such as flower boxes, benches, privacy wall, and built in storage bins will add to the total cost. Flower boxes and benches can cost anywhere from $50 to $300 extra per object installed.
- While standard railings will be included with a deck, special railing such as glass and metal can be added instead.
- Landscaping around the deck after the job is performed such as a retaining wall, boulders and grass will be extra.
- Skirting around the deck that covers everything under the deck will run extra. Also, if you want to add stones underneath the deck, many options are available.
- After the deck is completed, a stain or paint will have to be applied. Some contractors will include this in the overall quote, while others do not.
- Additional premium features can be added such as a gazebo, hot tub and lighting. All of these features will widely vary in price depending on the size of the deck.
What is going to be included?
- A contractor will be able to draw up a blueprint as well as give you a good idea on what the deck is going to look like upon completion. Before the deck starts, the contractor will acquire all the necessary permits though your local township or city.
- Contractors will usually ask for 20 to 30 percent down before they even start the work. The down payment will widely depend on how big the deck is.
Tips to know:
- When getting an estimate on a deck, always make sure that you’re getting the same quote for both materials. If one contractor gives you an estimate on one material and the other gives you an estimate on another, there’s going to be a difference noted.
- With the estimate, make sure that the deck is measured in the same size. The size of the deck can make a big difference. Just make sure that each contractor has written down the same size.
- It’s best to get a warranty with any deck that you purchase. What you will find that if you don’t receive a warranty, you could be putting yourself at a great risk.
- Ask the contractor if he/she will personally handle all of the permits. By letting them do this, it will assure you that the process went according to plan.
How can I save money?
- It is always best to get a quote from at least 2 to 4 different contractors in your area to see what they can do for you. Use websites such as Service Magic to find the best quote in your area.
- Many deck contractors offer some sort of financing. Most know that you can’t pay that amount of money up front. To take advantage, be sure to ask your contractor to see what kind of options are available.