What’s the Actual Cost of a New Outdoor Deck?

As the dog days of summer draw near, many families and homeowners look around and wonder where the time has gone. What about those projects you swore you’d finally accomplish this year? What about that new outdoor deck? It’s always on the list of projects and investments to consider, but somehow it keeps getting pushed back, year after year.

Maybe this is because the household budget is tight. Perhaps other unexpected concerns have arisen, making new projects impossible for the time being. Or maybe you haven’t really looked into the actual cost of a new outdoor deck.

How much would it really cost to install one this year?

The short answer is between $4,000 – $10,000. However, you could be lower or significantly higher than this range, depending on four important factors.


The bigger your deck, the more materials you’ll need. Outdoor deck builders also tend to bill “per square foot” for outdoor deck installations. An average sized deck between 200 and 500 square feet will usually fall comfortably within the average price range. If your deck is on the sprawling side, with square footage greater than 500, you’ll likely surpass the $10,000 mark for materials and labor.


Outdoor decks have traditionally been built with natural hardwood, but many homeowners are now choosing to construct decks out of newer composite materials. These can mimic the appearance of natural wood, yet last quite a bit longer and do a better job of standing up to the elements. Using composite decking materials will definitely drive the cost up, however.


A simple platform with stairs and a hand rail is one thing; but people are getting more and more creative with outdoor decks. Built in seating, outdoor kitchens, multiple “tier” designs, and other attractive features may quickly increase the overall cost of your project. A reputable deck builder will, however, work closely with each client to try and realize their goals without compromising the budget.

Labor costs

Many people choose to focus on contractors whose fee structure fall into the “competitive” or “middle of the road” categories. Looking for the absolute cheapest cost might put you in the company of certain contractors who aren’t as skilled or reputable as others.


This is another factor that can affect the cost of your outdoor deck. If you live in a trendy area of town where everything generally costs more, you can expect outdoor deck builders to try and charge more. That’s why it’s good to look for honest contractors with a reputation for serving a wide range of cities and towns in your area. You’re more likely to get an honest deal and be able to stretch your budget further.

How to set up your project

In many areas, it’s possible to build an outdoor deck year round. Finding a qualified specialist with whom you can discuss your goals and outline your project is an important first step. At the same time, do your own research. Get familiar with the cost of outdoor decks, and how those costs are actually determined. This will give you more bargaining power and help make sure you get the highest quality installation at the fairest price.

Enjoy your new outdoor deck! Please feel free to leave your comments here.

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.”