Putting up a new deck can improve both the function and look of your home and its future resale value. New home decking cost can vary significantly, however, depending on square footage, the type of materials used and whether you choose to hire a contractor or do it yourself will have an impact on home decking cost. So, what can you expect to pay for a new home deck?
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New Home Decking Cost and Materials
Deck Type and Size
The most important new home decking cost consideration is the size and type of deck you want. The bigger the square footage, the more you can expect to pay. The type of deck materials you use will also factor into your overall home decking cost.
Where you’re putting your deck also matters. If it’s low enough to the ground, you may be able to place the joists on four-way deck blocks rather than digging post holes. It’s possible to level the soil and place these directly on the ground, but most homeowners choose to add gravel or a large paving stone to help keep the structure from shifting.
The higher your deck is off the ground means you will need to pour concrete pilings for support pillars, and your city or town has rules about how high a deck can be before needing supports. Post holes will have to be augured and the posts set in place before any construction can begin.
Deck Materials are Important
The type of materials you choose will have a big impact on your new home decking cost. This is something you need to consider before starting your new deck. Researching the deck materials, you will use, is one of the most important tips we can offer. There are a lot of choices for decking materials, so find the one that’s right for you.
Pressure treated wood such as southern yellow pine, which has been chemically processed to resist rot and insects, will average from $8 to $20 per square foot.
It’s important to remember that a smaller, simpler deck that’s low to the ground is less expensive than a larger, taller deck.
The price also goes up if you use higher-quality wood.
Cedar, for example, is soft to the touch and doesn’t splinter or crack as much as pine. Decks built with cedar can cost between $11 and $26 per square foot.
Man-made or composite materials are among the most expensive materials available and will increase the new home decking cost, sometimes as much as $50 per square foot. Composite material is becoming increasingly popular, and sometimes replaces wood decks in homes before they’re put on the market.
These prices will also vary depending on what a contractor charges for both materials and labor.
Cad Pro is an affordable and easy alternative to other more expensive deck design software programs. Cad Pro is great for creating deck plans, DIY home projects, custom home plans, building plans, electrical drawings, construction details, and much more. Anyone can start their new deck project with CAD Pro.