Welcome to the Deck Cost Guide, your source for deck ideas and information that will help you select the right material to complete a deck you really enjoy.
Our guides are designed for both DIY homeowners and for those who plan to hire a deck builder for the work.
Each deck guide contains a wealth of information about the material. Our readers use the guides to compare materials head to head in all the important areas such as:
What Is the Best Decking Material
Each guide explains the basics of the material including what it is made from, where it is grown or how it is produced and how it is processed into deck material.
We’ve created comprehensive deck buying guides for these materials and more:
- Pressure treated lumber
- Elevated Decks
- Multi-Level Deck
- Other tropical hardwoods including garapa, tigerwood and cumaru
Deck Material Pros and Cons
There is no perfect decking material. Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each to get a balanced perspective on the deck materials you’re considering.
Our deck pros and cons are very thorough, so you won’t experience any surprises once you’ve chosen your deck material and built the deck.
Decking and Complete Deck Prices
How much does it cost to build a deck? We start with the cost of the decking material itself. Then, the deck frame, posts, rails, stairs and accessories are factored in. The results are deck price ranges for both the material and the labor per square foot of deck.
In this section, factors that affect the price of your deck within the spectrum are considered. These include the complexity of the deck design from a simple rectangle to a multi-tiered masterpiece, the quality of the material used and who builds the deck – you, a handyman or a professional deck builder.
Decking Maintenance and Decking Care
Wood decking requires a lot more TLC than composite, vinyl or aluminium deck materials. Our guides let you know what is required to keep each type of decking material looking great and performing as it should.
Top Deck Brands
Do you want to know who makes the best PVC or composite decking? Is it important to you to get tropical hardwood only from a source using sustainable, ecofriendly growing and harvesting methods? This is the kind of information you’ll get as you explore the major manufacturers of each decking material.
Deck Material FAQ
Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about use, deck installation, durability and care for PT lumber, redwood, composite, aluminium, PVC decking and all other materials covered in our deck guides.
Find a Qualified Deck Builder
When you’re ready to get competitive estimates from qualified, screened installers in your area, we can help. The service we offer greatly reduces the hassle of contacting and sorting through local contractors.
When you fill out one fast, convenient form with a few details about your project, you receive written deck estimates from three deck builders in your area who know that they are competing for the work.
Research, Compare and Enjoy
Our deck material guides are a great way to learn about and compare the materials you’re considering. As an educated consumer, you’ll choose decking that will deliver the beauty, performance and durability you expect.