Let’s Get Real About Decking Costs
The cost to build a deck can vary quite a bit – factors like labor, materials, geography, and existing sub-structures are just a few examples of things to take into account. In order to get a ballpark estimate, explore the resources on this page, like the cost calculator, reading to learn how composite can end up saving you both time and money in the long run – and start making a budget.
Composite vs. Wood
Is it worth it? Let us work it! We’re happy to shout this for the folks in the back: Pressure-treated wood usually costs the least initially, however the weak wood requires extensive maintenance every year on top of generally having the shortest lifespan of any decking material. The cost to build a deck the right way and with the right materials is invaluable. Discover why capped composite and capped polymer decking are the better long-term bet.
Capped Composite vs. Capped Polymer
While the benefits of composite decking could (and should) be shouted from the rooftops, for a lot of homeowners, their ultimate decking decision boils down to their budget. Typically, the initial cost to build a composite deck may be more expensive up-front, however, you’ll save money over your deck’s lifetime. Brush up on the difference between capped composite and capped polymer decking – and how both materials end up saving you money (and the headache of regular and costly maintenance) over time.
Upfront Cost to Build a Deck: Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards
In terms of upfront costs, TimberTech EDGE Prime decking costs slightly more than pressure-treated lumber, but you’ll save money in the long-run since it doesn’t require the costly and laborious annual maintenance that comes with wood decking.
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Cost Over 10 Years: Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards
Compared to pressure-treated lumber, you start saving money with TimberTech EDGE Prime decking after 3 years of ownership due to lumber’s regular maintenance costs. And, over 10 years, the total cost of building and maintaining a TimberTech EDGE Prime deck is up to 16% less than you'd spend on pressure-treated lumber.
Keep scrolling to find out how capped polymer decks measure up against premium hardwoods.
Upfront Costs to Build a Deck: Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards
If you’re looking for a premium outdoor living space, ditch the status quo of hardwoods and take a look at the Vintage Collection from TimberTech AZEK. Vintage decking cost less upfront than premium hardwoods and the savings only grow over time.
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Costs Over 10 Years: Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards
Over time, the benefits of choosing the Vintage collection over Ipe continue to add up. With Vintage boards, the total cost of building and maintaining your deck is up to 24% less after 10 years.
Now You Know!
*Deck installation costs are estimates based on feedback from deck contractors. Actual costs for any particular deck installation will vary depending on several factors, especially location. Estimated maintenance costs include an assumed annual cleaning of TimberTech products and an assumed maintenance requirement of annual pressure washing and sanding, staining, and sealing a pressure-treated lumber deck every three years and an Ipe deck every two years to maintain aesthetics.