Cost to break down deck and build a concrete backyard?

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Posted by: from Mississauga
2/23/2015 at 1:26:34 PM

My deck seems to have got termite infested and is taking a lot to maintain each year. (I got it with the house). I want to replace it with a concrete or interlocked backyard this spring.

I would like to have an idea of how much it would reasonably cost for a good quality job and the pros and cons!

Thanks in advance!

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Date/Time2/23/2015 at 2:10:51 PM

Its hard to say without knowing the layout of the patio, the exact size, and the type of pavingstone required for the job. There are a lot of variables that apply. I would hire a landscape design/build firm to come up with a plan and price for you.

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Date/Time2/24/2015 at 12:11:45 AM

Hi Ameeth,

I'm going to assume your deck is close to the ground so you are able to step down to a patio from your door without any trouble. I would also imagine it's carpenter ants that are eating at your deck and not termites. The ants are after the moisture that has settled in the wood and they burrow in it. Not eat the wood like termites do. You could just remove the old deck and rebuild as an option.

There are many factors in determining the results you are pursuing. Cost would be determined on the type of interlocking stone you would like to use. Any patterns you wish to incorporate into your design. Interlocking stone is a very viable option because concrete tends to crack over time and if not properly done, it can cause a lot of problems in the future. Interlocking stone moves with the settling of the earth and is more forgiving. But again, if not done properly, you can have low spots and separation and weeds growing up between the stones.

As for concrete, you can have it stamped with a decoration and coloured to your choice. But that becomes very costly.

Other things to consider is whether there are basement windows in the area with window wells. These could be dangerous around children playing if they are not protected.

There is much to consider and you should call someone to have a more professional look at it.

Hope this helps.

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Date/Time2/24/2015 at 2:12:44 PM

Hi Ameeth,

Yours is an unfortunate situation. Firstly, be concerned about eradicating the termites. Even if you get rid of your old deck, it may not get rid of the termites. After that, I agree.... get a local and reputable landscaper in to give you options on paver stone costs and design options. Have a long conversation and don't skip details... and don't be at all reserved about talking to or visiting reference sites. Just be 100% comfortable with who you're dealing with and all will go well.

Best of luck and enjoy your new patio/deck!

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Date/Time2/24/2015 at 8:45:58 PM

All of the previous postings are pretty much accurate. However the most important thing is to ascertain whether it is termites or carpenter ants. As you are in Mississauga it is not likely termites but as the treatment for extermination is different for each of them it is important to know. To get an accurate estimate of the cost, as the previous folks stated, it is best to have a couple of on site estimates prepared.


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