The Average wood deck costs between $25 -$40 per sq ft vs $60 -75 per sq ft on an average composite deck. At UglyDeck, we are your trusted deck builder, offering decking products such as composite decking that can help you achieve the deck of your dreams. When it comes to composite decking, Twin Cities’ homeowners can rely on our know-how and experience for the decking solutions they need.
Factors Affect Composite Deck Cost
The design and size of a composite deck are key factors in determining total deck cost. Obviously the smaller the deck size in square feet, the smaller the cost. Simply reducing the square footage of a deck by 40 to 50 sq. ft. could lower the cost by a few thousand dollars.
Other factors include whether you need to remove an old deck, adding desired accessories, overcoming structural obstructions/obstacles, lack of an existing substructure, grading/leveling, creative deck corners, deck installed in Spring (more expensive).
Some of the positive factors that affect the price of composite decking include:
Minimal maintenance required – no sanding, painting, sealing, or staining needed.
Resistant to bugs (unlike wood decking)
Durability – Withstands weather well and resists splintering, warping, rotting, mold, and mildew
Stain and fade resistant.
Easy to install – user-friendly interlocking system.
Made from recyclable materials
Some of the negative factors that affect the price of composite decks include:
Initial higher cost of installation than standard wood decking (however, low maintenance cost usually evens out the total cost compared to wood decking)
No color change possible (unlike wood decking)
Scratched or scraped composite boards requirement replacement (more expensive) than sanding and repainting in the case of standard wood (less expensive)
Although the initial cost of composite decking may be higher than the cost of traditional wood plank decking, due to the fact it has a longer service lifespan and requires much less maintenance on a yearly basis, the cost generally evens out or is less expensive in the long run.