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Estimating Deck Installation Cost


A deck is a great way to add value to your home, but it's also an expensive project. Because of this, it's important to plan out the budget before starting a deck installation project. In this article, we'll cover how much a new deck will cost so you know exactly what to expect when you get quotes from contractors. We'll also discuss how much different materials and features affect your overall cost.

Materials used for construction.

The cost of materials for a deck varies depending on the type of decking you choose. The most popular choice is cedar, which is more expensive than pressure-treated wood but lasts longer. You can also use composite decking and aluminum railings instead of wood ones. The one thing all these materials have in common is their durability and resistance to rot, which means that they’ll last for decades after installation.

The biggest variable that will affect your overall costs is the design of your new deck: whether it has an open floor plan or multiple levels, whether it’s attached to the house or stands alone (or both), and if it includes stairs or sitting areas with built-in seating. All these details will impact how much material you need, as well as how much labor goes into installing them properly so they don’t look like cheap knockoffs slapped onto what was once an elegant home improvement project.

Size of the deck.

The size of the deck is a significant factor in determining the installation cost. A larger deck will require more materials, which increases its price. However, a small deck with fewer materials will be less expensive to install than a large one.

The type of material and style of your new deck will also impact its installation cost. For example, composite decks are much more expensive than traditional wood decks because they require special tools and skills to install them properly. This means that a composite-style deck will be more expensive than an average wooden one if you hire professionals for installation services; however, this can vary depending on where you live (i.e., if you live in an area where there aren’t many experienced contractors working with composites).

Additional features you might want to add.

Now that you’ve got a basic idea of how much a standard deck installation should cost, let’s take a look at some additional features that could add to the cost.

● Additional framing lumber: While most decks are built using 2×6 or 2×8 dimensional lumber, if you want to change things up with some thicker pieces of lumber or use other materials like composite decking or cedar shakes, it will affect your price. These materials can get very expensive and require special tools and skills to install correctly.

● Stairs: Stairs are always an extra expense—whether they go up or down! You can expect anywhere between $30-$40 per linear foot for stair materials like stairs and railings according to estimates based on the data set from contractors who have worked on similar projects in the area over the past year.

Railings: The materials used for railings makes a huge difference. Basic wood railings would be the cheapest option while the frameless glass would be one of the most expensive ones with costs ranging from $280 to approximately $600 per linear ft.

Construction complexity.

Complexity refers to how difficult it is for the construction crew to build your deck. It’s a broad category that covers a lot of different things, but generally can be broken down into two categories:

● Simple vs Complex

● Large vs Small

For example, small decks are usually less complex than large decks because they have fewer components and materials. Similarly, simple decks have fewer or simpler components than complex ones. However, the complexity of your deck may also change depending on what type of material you choose (e.g., wood versus composite).

You should plan out your budget before starting a deck installation project.

You should plan out your budget before starting a deck installation project. Once you have an idea of what the project will cost, it is easier to determine whether or not you can afford to get started.

When estimating costs for your deck project, don’t forget to include the cost of tools, materials, and labour as well as any permits required for your situation.

The final step is to add up all the costs, make any necessary adjustments, and then decide how much you can afford to spend on your deck. Once you have a budget in mind, it’s time to get started!

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