How Much Does it Cost to Build a Deck?
Having a deck built can really enhance the enjoyment you get from your outdoor space. While the sky is the limit on what you can do with a deck design, budget will always be a consideration. How much will your dream deck cost?
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question since no two decks are the same. Even if you were to look through our deck photo gallery, you might see two decks that look nearly the same and yet – for a variety of possible reasons – may have been thousands of dollars apart in price.
As a rough estimate, however, you can expect to pay about $100/square foot for an installed deck from a custom deck company.
The following are some of the factors that go into the pricing of your new deck:
Cost of building materials
Depending on the type of decking materials you choose, the price of your materials will vary greatly. Even within the same manufacturer, you will see less expensive and higher-end options.
Inflation also has an impact on the cost of building materials.
Having your deck designed and built by skilled and experienced professionals is usually a good investment. However, if you choose to do the work yourself, it is essential that you have all the necessary permits in place and that you have the required level of skill to perform the job.
A factor that many homeowners don’t necessarily think of as affecting the cost of their deck is the foundation type.
- Ground-level decks which do not require stairs or railings generally cost less.
- A floating deck (not attached to the home) will require additional footings under the substructure, which will add to the price.
- Second-story decks can require additional posts and stairs, which will add to the price.
Designs and patterns
Adding designs and patterns to your deck will also increase the cost of your deck. A deck with unique designs and patterns will take more planning and time to install, and there can also be more waste, resulting in a higher materials cost.
Getting a Quote
If you are considering having a new deck built, we invite you to contact Hickory Dickory Decks for a project quote. We will always do our best to find a solution that fits your needs and budget.