How Much Will a New Outdoor Deck or Gazebo Really Cost? -

IMG_2980Most homeowners would love a new deck or gazebo on their property, but it doesn’t really seem feel like a necessary undertaking. If people are going to invest in home renovations, kitchens and bathrooms are much more likely candidates. Focus on the areas that really need work, and build that deck or gazebo some other time.

This reasoning is understandable, but it doesn’t really account for how much a new outdoor deck or gazebo can add to a property. They provide a unique aesthetic value to the home’s exterior. They give homeowners better options for entertaining guests. Plus, they provide functional square footage and can be used for just about anything, from cooking and eating to exercising or relaxing with a book.

But cost is a big issue when it comes to outdoor amenities like this, especially when there are so many other things to do around the house. Building a new deck or gazebo may seem like a nice idea, but when it comes down to actually investing money and hiring a contractor, many homeowners simply lose interest.

The main reason for this is that most people don’t really understand the cost of such a project. It is, of course, a reasonable investment. But is the price tag really prohibitive, or can a new deck or gazebo fit into the average homeowner’s annual budget?

What people spend on average

Let’s get right to the point: The average American spends between $1900 and $11,000 on a new outdoor deck. The reason for this large spread is, of course, that decks and gazebos come in all shapes and sizes. Plus, the building materials you choose can make a huge different in terms of cost.

There are also ways to spend more if you want to. For instance, you could build a full-fledged outdoor kitchen into your outdoor deck. This would amplify the cost by thousands. But generally speaking, most outdoor decks fall into this $1900 – $11,000 range.

What about building a new gazebo? You can actually build a brand new one on your property for less than $1,000—but that’s assuming a very basic, no-frills design. If you figure in premium building materials, a larger footprint and custom detailing, you’ll soon find yourself heading north of $10,000.

There are a number of factors—including the amenities, designs and materials you choose—that will determine where your outdoor deck or gazebo figures into these average price ranges.

Have you decided?

Now that you have a better idea of the actual costs involved, you might be interested in making your new outdoor deck or gazebo a reality. But you want to go about the process in the most intelligent way possible, right?

The next step is to research deck and gazebo builders in your area and make a short list of those with the best reputations. Here are a few key traits you should look for during this stage:

  • Online reviews from past clients
  • Clean, organized web site
  • Years of building experience
  • Clear, competitive pricing
  • Written guarantees of quality

Once you’ve found two or three contractors who fit the bill, it’s time to collect a few estimates. Building a new outdoor deck or gazebo is a moderate investment—but if you go about it the right way, you’ll enjoy the results for years to come.

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”