How Much Does it Cost to Build a Deck?

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A new deck can add value to your home and even make it feel like you have another room added onto your house.  The price of a deck can be all over the place since there are so many factors that come into play such as the materials it’s being made from, the size, where you live and the professional you’re using.

Deck by RentPPM, on Flickr
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How much does a deck cost?

Type of Decking MaterialInstallation Cost (per square foot)
Azek Deck$9 to $13
Azek Deck$7 to $11
Cedar Deck$8 to $11
Composite$22 to $33
Concrete Deck$6 to $10
Genovations Deck$9 to $14
Insul Deck$3 to $5
Polypropylene-Based Decking$7 to $11
Pressure Treated Deck$1.50 to $3
Redwood Deck$18 to $30
Teak Deck$9 to $14
Tropical Hardwood$8 to $13

Common deck materials

Composites and Plastic:  Plastic composite-based wood will require little maintenance and common options include polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride/PVC.

The pros of composite

  1. This material is extremely durable and can’t splinter like wood.
  2. It will be mold proof.
  3. No stain will be required; however, some can contain real wood and it can be stained to your desired color.
  4. The boards will be hollow, allowing you to easily run wires through for lighting.

The cons of composite

  1. Since this is a synthetic material, it won’t accept stain like wood does.
  2. While it is durable and considered to be maintenance free, the price can be three to four times the amount of other materials.
  3. If it were to ding, the board would have to be replaced 100 percent.
  4. The material can retain heat easier, making it uncomfortable for those who live in warmer climates.

Natural Wood:  Wood is the most common option for homeowners due to the affordability and the beauty if offers.  Like composites, wood can come in many varieties, ultimately affecting the price.  Common species include redwood, ipe, a Brazilian hardwood, tigerwood, another Brazilian hardwood, cedar and bamboo.

The pros of natural wood

  1. It will have a natural look and can resist pests.
  2. Some wood, such as cedar, can resist rot, making it great for a wetter climate.

The cons of natural wood

  1. It only has a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, even if taken care of properly.
  2. To retain its color, it will need to be painted every year.
  3. Due to some of the soft edges, it can get beat up pretty quick.

Pressure Treated Wood:  As stated earlier, pressure-treated wood will be the cheapest option for those on a budget.  This wood, as long as properly sealed every year, can last for quite some time.

The pros of pressure treated wood

  1. This wood is one of the most affordable options.
  2. It can hold up well, lasting up to 40 years if taken care of properly.
  3. It won’t dent and/or scratch easily.
  4. Due to the chemicals inside pressure treated wood, pests won’t be attracted to it.

The cons of pressure treated wood

  1. Some people don’t like the idea of chemicals inside the wood.  If burned, it could release toxic gases, making it hard to get rid of.

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