FAQ

How much will a new deck cost?

To have a deck professionally built including materials starts around $15.00 a square foot, whereas an elaborately built deck using hardwoods or composite materials start around $30.00 per square foot.

How long will it take to build a deck?

This varies a great deal by the complexity of the project including any mishaps and weather conditions but in general a 12 x 24 foot elevated deck with a staircase and railing should take a carpenter and a laborer about one week to build (many times it is much quicker if the weather is nice).

What are the best materials to use for a new deck?

One of the least costly and most used materials for building a deck is Pressure Treated Lumber. If you’re looking for a low maintenance deck then man-made materials may be best for you. Azek and Fiberon decking are popular products with a large variety of colors and styles to choose from. Trex Transcend and TimberTech are also two others worth mentioning. All low maintenance decks come standard with white vinyl rails and composite skirting, meaning all materials exposed to the elements are covered.

Who is responsible for the permit?

Because of our understanding of the permit application process, we will obtain the permits for the homeowner.

How do I care for a deck?

If you have a wood deck it should be periodically cleaned and sealed to prevent the wood from splitting and degrading. Virtually maintenance free decks will need to be cleaned periodically to remove any stains and dirt.

Should there be a step down to the deck from my house?

In most cases it’s a good idea to have the deck installed a couple of inches lower than the house floor. This helps prevent rain, snow and ice from backing up under the door threshold and into the house. Decks with swing doors may have more of a step down particularly if you are in a snow region with no awning overhanging the door.

What deck plans will work best for my home?

A good starting point in plan decision making is to measure the proposed deck area and then measure some other spaces such as rooms to get a feel for the size deck appropriate for your home and liking. An average size deck is approximately 12 x 20 feet whereas a 16 x 26 foot deck is considered large in comparison to most deck projects. The larger the deck and more difficult in construction equates into more cost.

Is pressure Treated Lumber safe?

There was some health concerns related to pressure treated lumber that contain copper arsenic as a preservative. This preservative has already been phased out and replaced with a safe alternative.

What should be done with the exposed ground under the deck?

Very little will grow under a deck and relatively few decks have anything underneath them besides dirt. If you like more of an assurance that nothing will grow or would like to dress up the underneath of a deck, landscaping fabric can be installed with a layer 2-3 inch layer of 3/4 inch crush stone on top. For elevated decks that are high enough, concrete patios or pavers are sometimes installed

How many years will a deck last?

Pressure treated lumber last 50 years or longer if treated and maintained properly. Composite materials come with their own limited warrantees which can range anywhere from 25 to 100 years, please see the website of whatever decking and railing system you have to see warranty information.