What is the approximate cost to have a 10' x 13' deck with railings and a 2-3 step staircase installed? I'm leaning towards using vinyl, but don't know the difference in price from the standard pressure-treated deck. Also, what height from the ground triggers a need for a railing? The current ground cover is patio slabs.
Bev, a basic low deck (under 6') in pressure treated lumber runs about $20/ ft sq, wood railings cost $50/ ln ft, aluminum railing costs $75/ ln ft, aluminum rail with glass costs $110/ ln ft and a vinyl decking will add about $12/ ft sq on top of the cost of the deck. I hope this helps.
There are many variables to consider before being able to give pricing info but I will address your railing question. Whenever the distance from the deck surface to the adjacent ground (or other surface) exceeds 600 mm (2') guard railings are required. For exterior steps no hand or guard railings are required until there are 4 risers. If you are able to keep the deck less than 2' to grade a building permit is also not required by Code unless there are some overriding municipal bylaws.
Cost is a hard question to answer especially when we talk about Vinyl/ composite or even wooden decks. If you design is pretty straight forward your deck will generally cost less. If you are looking to have curves, borders, angled deck boards etc you cost will generally rise. Best thing to do is have someone (Hopefully from Hickory Dickory Decks- HDD) come out and look at the area you want to build on and a design. HDD can help you out with this.
Building codes can differ from area to area regarding railing requirements. In general the magic number is 24". If you are looking to eliminate the need for rail? a good designer can help you visualize your dream deck. Again, an HDD pro can provide this service.
Roughly $7,000 to $10,000.
Don't recommend vinyl or composite if you are in direct sunshine, Your feet will not enjoy it.
Go for cedar or select P.T. lumber, if you take the time to pick thru the lumber stack it will be beneficial. any deck above 24 inches requires a railing.
Your approximate cost can range between 4 + $5,500... depending on variables and styles of railings that you wish to use. I highly recommend you stay away from synthetic decking because it is not a good product and it's very hot on your feet. The new Sienna pressure-treated is a very good product and I use it all the time. The Irish deck height that requires a railing is 23 and 5/8 in.
Thank you all very much for passing along your information. It has been quite helpful. I live in Guelph, ON. I'm still conflicted by choice of deck material - a local guy, who came to discuss the possibilities and will be quoting on the project for all 3 options, believes that composite is the best for my specific needs (I cannot do annual maintenance). He also says cedar isn't a good option - it ages poorly. I will continue to ask others for further information. Thanks again!
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