Building a deck is a great investment, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. A deck is a place where you can gather family and friends for a barbecue or Sunday brunch. It can also be a quiet area to lounge and relax. However, the process of purchasing a deck may be quite overwhelming. There are plenty of things to consider, especially the cost.
G.M. Roth Design Remodeling provides an overview of the factors you need to look into that will affect the cost of your new deck.
Size & Primary Use
The size of your new deck influences its overall cost. A small 8-by-8 foot deck requires fewer materials and labor than a 16-by-20 foot deck. To determine the size of your deck, be sure to consider its primary use. This is because the main use of your deck is a contributing factor to the weight limitations. As such, you need to ask yourself how you intend to enjoy your new deck before consulting a deck contractor.
Material & Maintenance
While the frame of every deck is made of pressure-treated wood, there are many other choices for flooring, trim, stairs, rails and more. Pressure-treated pine is the most affordable choice, but it shrinks and splinters over time. Cedar and mahogany are more durable and reliable, but note that they cost more and still require yearly treatment. On the other hand, although synthetic materials such as composites and PVC cost even more, they need very little maintenance.
Freestanding vs. Attached
The design of your deck is also an important factor in the overall cost. Freestanding decks are cheaper and do not need an additional structure. Meanwhile, attached decks have to be bolted to the home and rely on its structural integrity. If your home is fairly old, this may not be the best solution. Your deck contractor may recommend a freestanding deck so it can be built to the specifications you prefer.
At G.M. Roth Design Remodeling, our team specializes in the creation of custom decks. We can make your dream deck come true, faster and more affordably. Call us today at (603) 880-3761 or fill out our online contact form to set up an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Andover, North Andover and Chelmsford, MA.