What to consider when building a deck in FlagstaffIs building a deck on your to-do list for your home?  Without a doubt, it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Flagstaff.  What really matters though, is how much you want to spend and what type of deck is best for your home. According to Remodeling magazine’s “2018 Cost vs. Value Report,” a wood deck on average can cost around $10,000, while a composite deck can set you back almost $18,000. The report was based on a national review of costs based on a 16x20 deck with pressure-treated joists, a built-in bench and planter.

In the end, the cost for your deck will depend largely on size, style, and the contractor.  However, you can get an idea in advance of how much it will cost overall.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

You need to consider a number of items to determine final costs. Installation is one of the largest factors.  Determining installation costs will go a long way in ascertaining the final cost. According to Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder magazine: “For every dollar spent on materials and supplies, expect to spend another dollar to have it installed.” Some contractors cover both labor and materials in their quote.

Planning Your Deck Installation

Set Limits: Building a deck is no different than building any room. You’ll need to follow local Flagstaff building and zoning codes, which may end up determining the size of the project. When it comes to upkeep, you need to plan for the future.  Synthetic materials cost more up front, but they don’t need as much maintenance, costing less overall.

Budget: Set a budget by making a “wants” and “needs” list. Set a limit on the total price you’re able and willing to pay. The size of your home also should be considered. The deck needs to be proportional to the size of your home.  It may look find of funny if you have a large home with a tiny deck. And if your home is smaller, an elaborate deck might not make sense either. Also, check with your homeowner’s insurance to see about the need for additional insurance for your deck.

Find the Right Contractor:  This is a big one. Finding the right contractor will make all the difference, but make sure to do your research. Try to get quotes from at least 3 contractors so that you get a fair price.  Also check online reviews, and ask potential contractors for photos of past projects.  You should also check with your local building department to make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Reducing Costs

There’s more than a few ways to reduce costs. Stay away from fancy design features. You can reduce the overall size of the project to help reduce costs. The right materials also makes a difference. Untreated decks cost less to install, but more to maintain. The reverse is true for composite decks. Also, if you build during the fall or winter, it could save you more, as contractors have fewer jobs and may be inclined to reduce their costs.

Building a deck is a great way to increase the value of your home, both in how you enjoy living in it now and in the future when you decide to sell it. Check back on our blog every week for more real estate and home care advice.