According to a survey of industry experts, homeowners are looking for outdoor space to gather with friends and family. By installing a deck on your home, you extend your living space and add additional square footage for entertaining and outdoor living.
Dining al fresco, grilling up steaks, curling up with a good book, or watching the big game…these are just some of the things you may dream about doing on a home deck.
Are you planning to install a deck for your home? How much can you expect to pay? Keep reading to learn the average cost of a residential deck installation.
What Impacts the Cost of Deck Installation?
How big of a deck are you building? What kind of decking materials are you going to use? Have you chosen a complex design? All of these things are factors in the cost of the deck.
On average, the cost to build a 200 square foot deck is around $7,000. If you’re building a larger deck, between 300 and 400 square feet, you can expect to pay between $30 and $60 per square foot.
While most people think of using wood when building a deck, the two other common choices are composite and plastic. Pressure-treated wood runs around $15-20 per square foot and the decking boards are between $2 and $5.
Plastic and composite materials are higher-end, costing between $30 and $40 per square foot with the decking boards running anywhere from $12 to $22.
If your deck is going to hold something heavy like a hot tub, it will require poured concrete footings and strong support structures. If you are installing a raised deck, it’ll need additional beams and footing to make it safe and secure.
Poured concrete footings cost between $200 and $400. If you’re building a small deck, you may only need concrete decking blocks for an average of $62.
Design and Type
A normal square or a rectangular deck gets much more expensive when you add an elaborate railing, multiple levels, built-ins like benches or grills, or a complex design. You can expect to pay 50%+ for special designs and add-ons.
Build it Yourself or Hire a Professional?
You can save a significant amount of money if you DIY your home deck. If you’re building a 16′ x 16′ deck, it would cost you approximately $6,400 in labor if you hired a contractor. You could save that by doing it yourself.
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Cost to Install a Deck
Now that you have some idea about how much it costs to install a deck on your home, are you ready to start your project? Whether you hire a professional or plan to do it yourself, make sure you have an idea of exactly what you want before you get started. This way it’s easier to stay on budget.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.