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Old 03-11-2012, 07:29 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Default Advice / Average cost for a new deck?

Looking to replace my current deck and before I call around, I'm wondering what the average cost to rebuild a deck is.

What I want is for my current deck to be torn down and have a new deck put up. My deck is about 310 sqft (31x10) and we're either going to keep the same size or maybe go 434 sqft (31x14).

I had one contractor come out last summer and I was quoted around $2500.
Now they were a small mom & pop outfit. From my understanding, that quote is very low and I should be expecting to pay maybe 2-3 times that.

When I shop around, what are some of the questions I should be asking or what are some the "key words" I should listen for that will clue me in that these guys have an idea of what they are doing?

I have asked friends and family but no one has had any deck work done or know of anyone that had deck work done.

Should I just call using the yellow pages or should I also look at ads on Craigslist?
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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For chi-town I would figure $25-$30 sq/ft. Pressure treated on the low end; nothing fancy, standard handrail. Certain composites or exotics on the high end with wrought iron type balusters. Stairs are usually priced per step.
The main thing to be aware of- IRC (International Residential Code) has a whole section on decks now. Check and see if it is being accepted by your convening aurthority (building dept); and, or any amendments. There's a lot of info on the net about the new codes- especially about lateral load devices and handrail support.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Sorry, forgot to add that I was looking for standard lumber, nothing fancy.
No composite or exotic wood.

Thanks for the help.
Going to start making calls this week.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: The Middle
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We priced decks last summer and wow it was a shock. I didn't expect the cost to be so high. We were going to build it ourselves and just the cost of materials was almost triple than we figured it would be. Our plans were for a small deck space, nothing large or fancy. We do not have a deck currently, just a few steps off our french door to a very small concrete patio, that is worthless. I would say the estimate of 2500 is a pretty good deal for the size you are talking about. Our neighbors tore out their deck last year. They replaced it with a concrete patio, they said it was cheaper so we are going to look into that ourselves. Just kind of shocking to us because it always seemed concrete was more expensive than wood. Maybe that isn't the case anymore.

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Old 03-12-2012, 09:02 AM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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We priced decks last summer and wow it was a shock. I didn't expect the cost to be so high.
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I would say the estimate of 2500 is a pretty good deal for the size you are talking about.
I've never had to price out deck costs so this is all new to me.
At the time I thought $2500 was to much... then again what do I know.

Then I find out that $2500 is way to low and I should be expecting to pay around $9-10K. Again, what do I know.

I guess I won't know a cost till I shop around, LOL.

Our deck is for a walkout basement, wondering if that is more expensive???
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Our deck is for a walkout basement, wondering if that is more expensive???

I should have added to my initial post-
Sq/ft price is based on a hgt of 9' or less- anything over that is usually an add-on fee.
And of course there is the tear-down and removal of the old deck- No telling where that cost could be. A lot of it will have to do with where the landfill is that will accept the old material.

And, as a word of caution don't hire anybody off of Craigslist. Unless they have Worker's Comp and General Liability Ins. (verify it's current with the listed agent). There's a lot of people that "doctor" the forms to make it look like they are current on their coverages.

See if there is a member in your area-
NADRA - The North American Deck and Railing Association - Decks, Deck Builders, Decking Material Manufacturers, Deck Safety, nadra.org
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Jedi

Is this ground level walkout or did I misunderstand that? What size are you considering? Would a poured concrete or paver patio do instead?

Thanks

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Old 03-12-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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Sorry for any confusion. This is above ground... is that how you describe it?
So deck above ground and patio would be the ground level.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Sorry for any confusion. This is above ground... is that how you describe it?
So deck above ground and patio would be the ground level.

My confusion came when you said from walkout basement. I assume walkout meant at ground level. How how off the ground would the deck be?

Thanks
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: North Burb Chicago
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What... 9-10ft?
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