Cost to Build a Deck

Take the guesswork out of your deck budget.

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 substructures are just a few elements to take into account. In order to get a ballpark estimate for your build, explore the resources below. Read up on how composite decking can save you both time and money in the long run, check out the cost calculator, and start making a budget.

Factors That Influence Your Cost to Build a Deck

Click through the slider to learn about some of the major elements that will play into estimating the cost of your backyard build.

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Labor

Typically the greatest portion of your deck building cost.

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Typically the greatest portion of your deck building cost.

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Design

The more complex your design (think a herringbone pattern or unique inlay), the more you will pay in labor costs.

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Design

The more complex your design (think a herringbone pattern or unique inlay), the more you will pay in labor costs.

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Substructure

If you already have a substructure that’s in good shape, you can save money by just replacing the boards on top.

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Substructure

If you already have a substructure that’s in good shape, you can save some money by just replacing the boards on top.

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Materials

Price will vary depending on whether you choose capped composite or capped polymer decking, plus which collection you pick within a given product line.

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Materials

Price will vary depending on whether you choose capped composite or capped polymer decking, plus which collection you pick within a given product line.

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Fastening

Often overlooked, fastening options range from basic screws to advanced color-matched fasteners and hidden clips, impacting your overall cost.

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Fastening

Often overlooked, fastening options range from basic screws to advanced color-matched plugs and hidden clips, impacting your overall cost.

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How TimberTech Outperforms Wood

Pressure-Treated Lumber
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Capped Composite Decking

  • Pressure-Treated Lumber

    • Environmentally harmful — contributes to deforestation.
    • No protection against the elements.
    • Eventual loss of integrity from moisture.
    • Requires costly maintenance and regular staining.

  • TimberTech EDGE® Decking

    • Sustainable — engineered with up to 80% recycled material.
    • Attractive and attainable — upfront costs are only slightly more than pressure-treated lumber.
    • Improved performance with 25-Year Limited Product Warranty.
    • No staining needed. Ever.

Choose capped composite.

Exotic Hardwood
vs.
Capped Polymer Decking

  • Exotic Hardwood

    • Environmentally harmful — deforests the Amazon.
    • Fleeting beauty — quickly turns from richly hued to silver.
    • Requires costly maintenance — up to almost 4x what you spend on capped polymer deck maintenance.

  • TimberTech AZEK® Decking

Choose capped polymer.

A TimberTech Deck: No Long-Term Labor Costs.

Over 10 years, maintenance costs for both pressure-treated lumber and exotic hardwoods will mount.

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Explore the Relative Cost to Build a Deck

You're already planning on investing in your home's value (and upgrading your lifestyle). Why not do it right?

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Upfront Cost to Build a Deck: Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards
TimberTech EDGE Prime decking costs slightly more than pressure-treated lumber upfront, but you’ll save money in the long-run. Based on a 16' x 20' deck.

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Cost Over 10 Years: Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards
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. Based on a 16' x 20' deck.

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Upfront Costs to Build a Deck: Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards
The TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection costs less upfront than premium hardwoods and the savings only grow over time. Based on a 16' x 20' deck.

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Costs Over 10 Years: Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards
With Vintage Collection boards, the total cost of building and maintaining your deck is up to 24% less than Ipe after 10 years. Based on a 16' x 20' deck.

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Balance Your Budget

Use our tool to price out the cost to build a deck.

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.

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