Despite increasing interest in composite products, wood decking remains the most popular choice among homeowners. Over the past 10 years, traditional wood decks have experienced a revival. Even with the variety of alternatives, wood still provides the highest return on investment.
|What you can expect|
|Range per square foot:||$8.34||$10.81|
|Range for this type of project:||$2,502||$3,243|
Wood Deck Cost
Cost of residential-grade wooden deck, with 2"x6" planks and 4 surfaced sides. Rate is inclusive of standard excess for perfect installation and occasional repairs.
Wood Deck Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. 2"x6" wooden decking will be laid out and installed on existing deck support framing using exterior-grade screws. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Wood Deck Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including corrosion-resistant fasteners, flashing, exterior-grade caulking, weather stripping, and sealants.
Wood Deck Equipment Allowance
Daily rental of specialty equipment for maximum quality and efficiency. These include pneumatic-finish nailer, 10" miter saw, electric jigsaw, 3" belt sander, and 3-1/4" electric planer. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Wood Deck Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
Option: Remove Decking
Screw fasteners will be removed, deck surface planks separated from support framing, and materials removed from premises. Available for wood, metal, or synthetic deck surfaces.
|cost to install wood decking|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per square foot||$3.83|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$2,826.56|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 300 square foot||$2,461.93 - $3,191.19|
Decks constructed from hard and softwoods offer numerous advantages. They're attractive and durable when properly maintained. Many homeowners find that they prefer the warm, welcoming appearance of natural wood over synthetic materials and engineered lumber.
The cost of installing wood decking depends on the size of the structure and the complexity of the design. Ideally, the deck should be large enough to comfortably accommodate chairs, a table, a grill and other accessories. The type of material also affects the cost. Pressure-treated Southern yellow pine is the most common option due to its affordability, availability and pest-resistant properties. Redwood and cedar are preferred by purists, while tropical hardwoods, such as ipe, cumaru and massaranduba, are suitable for high-end applications.
In most areas, building permits are required when constructing a deck. Working with a professional simplifies this process and ensures that the finished structure meets all code requirements. Licensed contractors are experts at selecting materials and using construction methods that prevent warping, sagging and cracking. Improper installation can damage the surrounding structure and create hazardous conditions. In most cases, working with a licensed contractor is the best way to ensure that the deck is code compliant and structurally sound.