How Will a New Deck Impact Your Bank Account? -

IMG_1656Are you dreaming of a new deck? It’s one of those projects that has a certain excitement for homeowners. More functional square footage, higher curb appeal, a better place to entertain guests—there are any number of reasons to consider investing in this popular outdoor feature.

But let’s be honest: Cost is an issue. Owning and maintaining a home is expensive already. Once you start talking about renovations and additions that could add up to thousands of dollars, you have to be careful. You have to make sure you’re getting into a wise investment, rather than getting into something you’ll regret down the line.

On average, American homeowners spend over $7,500 to plan, build and finish a new outdoor deck. That’s the cost of a decent used vehicle.

Is it possible to come in lower than this? What if your project goes badly—can the costs increase even more? Here are a few important factors that will determine the final cost of a new deck.

What’s your square footage, how complicated is your design, and what’s the surrounding terrain?

It should come as no surprise that increasing the square footage of your deck will also increase the overall cost. Deck builders often charge by the square foot for installation, and materials are also commonly sold per square foot.

The next obvious factor is the design of your deck. A flat, simple surface with no custom features will have a lower price tag than a deck with multiple tiers and built-in features such as an outdoor kitchen or fire pit.

Terrain is also a consideration. Your contractor will use special methods in order to secure the foundation of the deck, depending on how high it is off the ground. Generally speaking, most decks will involve auguring holes in the ground, filling them with concrete, and setting the deck’s support beams into the concrete. In many cases the terrain may also have to be graded and leveled, which adds to the cost.

Which materials?

Some homeowners use natural softwood or hardwood as their chosen deck material. Decks made from natural wood tend to come at a lower cost than the alternative, which is composite material. However—if you’re looking at long term costs and maintenance requirements, the case for composite becomes stronger. It doesn’t require regular staining or stripping like natural wood; it’s less susceptible to the elements, and it lasts longer. The only downside: It costs more upfront. Some homeowners also prefer the look and feel of natural wood, despite the benefits of composite material.

Hire a pro or do it yourself?

If you’re looking for the cheapest possible solution, don’t assume that DIY is the way to go. If you’re good with tools, surveying, planning, measuring—in other words, if you have experience with construction projects—you might find the project challenging and exciting. But many DIYers actually find themselves in over their heads. They end up calling in a professional to fix problems and finish the job.

Working with a licensed, reputable deck builder in your area can give you predictable, professional results at a price you can live with. It all depends on your ability to research and find the best companies around.

Moving forward toward a new deck

Now that you have a better idea of the various factors that will decide the cost of your new outdoor deck, you can get on with the business of collecting estimates and choosing the right deck builder for you. This should be a company who understands your design ideas and is able to help guide you toward solutions that will work for your budget and exceed your expectations.

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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.”