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Old 03-22-2008, 11:45 AM
 
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I am considering having a 800 sq ft Trex deck installed. Can anyone please help me on ballparking what that might cost? Also any recommendations on contractors or building materials would help too. Thanks .
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Old 03-22-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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No idea the cost; but I would highly recommend looking into a composite deck; low maintence and looks great!
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Old 03-22-2008, 02:06 PM
ira
 
Location: Bergen County
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We just got a quote from Lowe's for a 16x16 composite deck - $20,000 including materials and labor. I think they're nuts. Or maybe I am???
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Old 03-22-2008, 03:56 PM
 
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We just got a quote from Lowe's for a 16x16 composite deck - $20,000 including materials and labor. I think they're nuts. Or maybe I am???
That's nuts unless you're asking for plumbing and electrical work on your deck too.

Why not get some wholesale supplies and hire someone to install it for you? I'm sure it'll be less.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:11 PM
 
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My father recently built his own deck... it's approximately 12x18, and cost about $1000 for materials. In all my experiences, Lowes and Home Depot will almost always rip you off on labor.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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They now have decks that are made of Plastic (trex) they look like real wood dont rot or color change. Way to go!!!
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Leesburg, NJ
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Believe it or not a composite deck is at least $25/ square foot. So $20,000 for 800 SF of deck is not outrageous any more. That's a big deck. If it's done right, it can add as much value to your house as a new bathroom or kitchen.

You can DIY but, composites are tricky and there are a few things to learn when you work with them. Remember to be careful of the cut edges as they can chip easily, especially when cold. Get the right screws or mounting kits or it can get really ugly. Leave the right amount of space b/w the boards as composite swells and contracts quite a bit with the temperatures. Also, it's not as strong as wood and has a lot of deflection.

In the summer, if it's dark colored, it can get rather hot in the sun. It stains from oils like grease from a grill or sunscreen.

I still like composites as lumber is not what it used to be. The new pressure treated lumber is garbage as companies aren't making the money the used to and the newer process is more expensive.

Good luck. I know this is sticker shock but, a good deck will last you many years.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Leesburg, NJ
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We just got a quote from Lowe's for a 16x16 composite deck - $20,000 including materials and labor. I think they're nuts. Or maybe I am???
If I thought I could build 16X16 decks for $20K/each, I'd build 4 a day...

You're not nuts, they are.

For good decks, look for contractors that do decks at the shore. There are more decks per capita at the shore than anywhere.
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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GEOFF MRT is right on. My brother is a contractor and although he doesn't use TREX he quotes a basic composite deck starting at $25 Per square foot. Basic deck means simple rails and one set of steps. 800 square feet is a very big deck.

To anyone considering Lowes...realize that Lowes is paying contractors plus adding a mark-up. That's why they often come in more expensive. Some people feel better having a big company standing behind the work but I've personally run into some of the worst customer service at Lowes and Home Depot with regular purchases and defective products so buyer beware.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:41 AM
 
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Default Cool thanks

I appreciate the info, at 25/ft it ain't gonna be 800 no mo'!
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