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Estimating the Cost of Deck for Your Home


By Christopher David



Adding a deck can add value and enjoyment to your home. Decking cost or cost of decking depends upon the quality of the material and the design of the deck. Choosing the right professional to install your deck will also affect the bottom line. Prior to consulting a professional deck builder, you may want to do some research either online or at a deck specialty store.

Materials

Materials are the biggest expense associated with the cost of decking. There are many woods to choose from. For example, solid woods like cedar, redwood and pine make beautiful decks; however, they require some maintenance in that they need to be re-stained or clear-coated every five years. Composites offer a maintenance free alternative to wood, but may add to the initial cost of decking. You should not compromise with the quality of the decking material, so choose a high quality option within your budget.

Design

There are numerous designs for decks such as angled, curved and straight. Size also has a direct impact on the cost of decking. Adding distinctive features can also amplify the cost of a deck. Obviously, the more ornate the design and the larger the deck, the higher the cost of decking or decking cost. Don’t forget to include diversified features like railing, balusters, steps and underlayment when considering the design of your deck.

Estimate

Once you’ve identified the materials you would like to use, and you have an idea for the design of your deck, you are ready to find a builder. The easiest way to become acquainted with a deck builder is to start asking for estimates. Because you’ve done some upfront research on the components of deck building costs, you will be able to select a professional deck builder who can guide you through the rest of the process.

Once completed, your new deck will add beauty and value to your home. You will have an additional appreciation for the completed project because you ensured that it was built by an experienced deck builder with quality materials in a design to your liking.



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