Building a deck is much like renovating a room in your home, there are many factors that come into play but when you do it, you want to get it done right the first time. Overall a deck can be a big investment but planning right will ensure that every cent that goes into the deck will pay off in the long run. If you are considering building a deck, there are some important components to break down so you do not go beyond what you can afford.
How Much Will a Deck Cost to Build?
The cost of a deck can vary widely but so you are not just left taking a stab in the dark when working out the overall costs, let’s break it down to what you need to factor in when planning your deck. The biggest costs are normally the materials and installation. It is recommended that you follow the fifty-fifty rule when working out your budget, so for every dollar that you plan to spend on materials, you need to be prepared to spend on the installation as well.
Materials can vary in price, with timber being one of the cheaper options initially. Other factors you need to consider are the size of the deck, the location, for example, is it on a slope because that will put the price up a bit, and the finishing touches. This includes any stains or paints if you are using wood.
Also, consider any climate issues such as UV protection or cold protection if in colder climates. Once the deck is completed, you need to also factor in any maintenance costs. Using materials like timber will mean you will be spending more money down the track on maintenance whereas, with composite decking or other synthetic materials, you will have less to spend on upkeep.
Ensure That You Have a Plan of Action
Just leaving the process up in the air will cause chaos, so by planning every detail from your budget, design, sourcing materials and contractors will have you prepared for the majority of expenses.
Knowing your limits is one of the most important things, so you do not get carried away in the design process and pay for things that do not ultimately work or suit your home. Building codes, zones and the upkeep of materials fall under these limits. Also have your budget firmly in place, allowing for a little blowout.
Once your budget is in place, make a list of the must-haves for your deck so you cover those first and if you have money left over, you can include other things that you may like but did not necessarily need. Your budget will also help you balance cost over benefit, letting you decide what is worth the investment and what is not, as well as helping you find the right contractors that can achieve what is needed for the right price.
Remember though, you get what you pay for so one of the benefits of investing in quality materials and workmanship is that you will save money on maintenance and upkeep down the track.
Tips and Tricks to Save Some Money
One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep the design simple.
Simple is often better in terms of a deck, so do not waste money on fancy add-ons and features that are simply not needed. While decorative patterns, additional spaces for preparing food or fancy railings may be desired, if you are not going to use the space for entertaining or just simply just getting them for the look and not function, then you can save money by cutting them out the design plan. Another way to save money is the timing in which you decide to have your deck built.
Consider getting your deck built in the cooler months, as the warmer months are the busiest time to have a deck built. It may take a little longer, but you will most likely be inside anyway, so not only will you save money but once the weather warms up, you will already have your new deck built. If you are comfortable building yourself, then why not!
Remember though, much like the consideration that you put into materials. What may seem like the inexpensive or cheaper option upfront, may cause more headaches and cost more down the track. So if you are not too skilled at building, investing in the right deck installer will ensure the job is done up to standard right from the start.
On the same vein, timber may seem like the cheaper option at the start but consider the maintenance and extra attention it needs. Making an investment into composite decking most likely will save you money down the track with maintenance and upkeep.