How Budgeting for Decks Can Keep Your Project Grounded
Every project, whether you’re building a birdhouse or a full-sized home, costs something to complete, and that cost is largely determined by the type of materials you choose to use. The less expensive the materials, the lower the cost of the project. But when you’re building something like a deck that needs to hold up against time, wear and weathering, you’ll need to focus just as much on the quality of the materials as you do on their actual price.
The Material Costs of Decking
Building a deck begins with a budget, so you’ll need to be aware of the various things that affect the cost of a deck. Materials, as you already know, play the biggest role. Naturally, each has an upside and a downside, so check into each before making a decision.
· Tropical hardwoods last 30 to 50 years and stand up even to very harsh coastal conditions. Their density, however, means that special tools will be required to install the deck, and the cost of labor will also be higher. You’ll also need to oil it every couple of years so that the wood won’t be weathered to a pale gray.
· Composite decking takes little maintenance, and most have a 25-year warranty against fading and other defects.
· Capped composite decking differs from regular composite in that the composite core is sheathed in a layer of PVC. Capped composite comes in a wide range of colors and textures and can give the look of natural tropical hardwoods.
· Cedar and redwood are good for homeowners looking for a natural wood that is moderately priced. They typically last 15 to 20 years, but they do need a fair bit of regular maintenance such as cleaning and staining.
· Pressure treated woods are the most budget-friendly option, but they lack the longevity of the more expensive woods and composite materials. They also require a great deal of maintenance like sanding, staining and cleaning and generally last only 10 to 15 years.
Don’t Rail Against Your Budget
Depending on local building codes, you’ll most likely be required to have a railing installed around the perimeter of your deck. Even here, the materials you choose will have a bearing on the budget, so think about the price as well as the look you want to achieve.
· Decks that are less than 30 inches above the ground won’t usually be required to have safety railings, so if you need to stay to a lower budget, think about the upside of a lower deck.
· Wooden railings can usually be made inexpensively from precut wooden pieces purchased at a hardware or building supply store.
· Metal railings made of steel, aluminum, or iron will range greatly in price and add to your budget but can bring some interesting detail to your design.
· Composite railings are usually moderate in price and can match the style of any type of deck. They’re also easily maintained and durable.
· Cable rails are ideal for properties that should capitalize on the view of their location. Slender metal cables are run horizontally between posts and take up virtually no visual space to provide unobstructed views of the surrounding area. They are, however, on the pricier side, both for cost of the materials as well as the cost of installation.
· Tempered glass panels are another great alternative for areas with beautiful views that should be seen without obstruction. They block wind and are safe for children but come at a cost similar to cable rail systems.
Budgeting for your deck will ultimately determine every component of the project, from the size of the deck and the materials chosen to the design details as well as extras including fire pits, spas, kitchens, and shade structures. The simpler the design and the smaller the size, the lower the cost. What you need to know is what you hope to achieve with your deck and the way you plan to use it, and we at Executive Landscaping, Inc., have a team of experts who can guide you through the process from design to installation and help you main a budget you can nanage at the same time we create a masterpiece you’ll love.
Give the team of experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today to learn more about how we can make your deck a masterpiece today!