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    Cost Of A New Deck

    We had a 12 x 16 deck attached to our new home this summer. No railings at all, just the flat deck with one step from the sliding door and three steps down to the ground. Our contracter used the best materials from our local lumber company, but I was quite suprised that he still charged us $4,300.00. Am I right to be shocked or is the top grade materials that costly???



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    You didn't get a bid up front?


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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    our deck is 14x18 with railings and steps. we used treated lumber and built it ourself. Total cost was around $1700 for materials.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Not surprised by the cost. Labor would be 50% I bet and if you used Cedar or maintenance free it adds up quickly.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    We had a 12 x 16 deck attached to our new home this summer. No railings at all, just the flat deck with one step from the sliding door and three steps down to the ground. Our contracter used the best materials from our local lumber company, but I was quite suprised that he still charged us $4,300.00. Am I right to be shocked or is the top grade materials that costly???
    We built a 16 x 12 in Ames. It also was ground level. We used cedar deck boards and rails and stained them. We did it ourselves and I spent about $1200. I also pulled a permit and that is included in that cost. If someone built it for you, I'd say that price doesn't sound too bad. You might have gotten it for $3000-$4000 with multiple bids.


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    He did use the maintenace free materials, the kind that doesn't show screws, etc. He built our house and treated us very, very well so I wanted some opinions before I asked for a cost breakdown. Thanks!!!



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    He did use the maintenace free materials, the kind that doesn't show screws, etc. He built our house and treated us very, very well so I wanted some opinions before I asked for a cost breakdown. Thanks!!!
    On something as simple as a deck you should be able to get a relatively firm number up front, but don't hesitate to ask for a breakdown and sometimes guys can be pressured into given a back end discount.

    But it's not horribly out of line.


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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Deck I built last year was 12x12. Used pressure treated wood (not the top of the line material like the OP's) and it cost us around $1400. I guess I built it on my own and did not hire anyone out though.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    He did use the maintenace free materials, the kind that doesn't show screws, etc. He built our house and treated us very, very well so I wanted some opinions before I asked for a cost breakdown. Thanks!!!
    If he used some type of composite and hidden fasteners I would say you got a good deal. The fasteners themselves aren't cheap and it is more labor intensive to install deck boards with hidden fasteners.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    If it's the composite material, I would be content with the price since they installed.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    We had a 12 x 16 deck attached to our new home this summer. No railings at all, just the flat deck with one step from the sliding door and three steps down to the ground. Our contracter used the best materials from our local lumber company, but I was quite suprised that he still charged us $4,300.00. Am I right to be shocked or is the top grade materials that costly???
    Is it wood or trex?


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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    He did use the maintenace free materials, the kind that doesn't show screws, etc. He built our house and treated us very, very well so I wanted some opinions before I asked for a cost breakdown. Thanks!!!

    Ok, if he used that stuff, it sounds like you are in the correct ballpark. I had a 10x10 installed and it was right around that price.


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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    Quote Originally Posted by bobh33 View Post
    He did use the maintenace free materials, the kind that doesn't show screws, etc. He built our house and treated us very, very well so I wanted some opinions before I asked for a cost breakdown. Thanks!!!
    There is no such thing as maintenance free materials. That deck will need to be cleaned every 4 or 5 years depending on the amount of shade it gets. If you let it go longer than that then it gets really expensive to clean it.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    For our 16x15 deck Lowes quoted me around $3500 for basic treated. I think my total bill is going to be around $1600 to do it myself but I did have to buy a few tools. If that was indeed with composite decking I'd consider yourself lucky. I think when I priced that out it was going to add around $750-$1000 in materials alone.



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    Re: Cost Of A New Deck

    My neighbor had a deck built a couple of years ago with maintenance free composite. It is larger than yours and has rails. He spent about $8,000



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