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What should I expect in a deck construction project?
A deck construction project involves hiring a carpenter, woodworker, or project expert to build a free-standing or attached deck structure to your home. Some options include a porch, a backyard patio, a sunroom, or a landing pad in the yard.
Decks are a great feature to have because they increase the livable space and the value of your home. Unless your deck is made of synthetic material you should treat it with a high-quality sealant immediately after installation to increase it's longevity. Materials to choose from include pressure-treated lumber, IPE, mahogany, pine, composite decking materials, and PVC.
How much does the project cost?
The price of the project depends on several factors including location, project size, project scope, grading, soil density, and materials.
- Simple style (rectangular) with pressure-treated lumber or conventional woods (bamboo or cedar): $15 - $18/ft2
- Complex design (multi-level, curves, patterns) with high-end materials (exotic woods or PVC): $24 - 35+/ft2
*Increasing the complexity of your project can double the project price. Materials increase in price in ascending order: pressure treated lumber, cedar, bamboo, redwood, PVC/composite decking, and IPE.
Although you contractor will give you a fairly accurate quote costs can still fluctuate. Be prepared by keeping a contingency fund of 10 – 20% aside.
Is this a DIY project?
Deck-building projects should be taken on by skilled woodworkers. Failing to secure the ledger board, joists, and planks properly will result in instability. If one fails to leave appropriate space between the posts and planks the deck will rot. This project really should be left to the pros!
Homeowners who are looking into installing wood decks should pick a high-quality stain to protect the deck. The wood must be re-stained every three to five years.