When it comes to any home improvement project, the cost is a significant consideration. Many homeowners struggle with justifying the cost of composite decking. The cost of installing a composite deck will certainly be higher than building with traditional treated lumber. However, comparing the material and installation costs alone won’t tell the whole story.
The Benefits of Composite Decking
Composite decking has been around for a long time, proving its benefits. Composite decks last longer than traditional decks, lasting up to 30+ years! With that in mind, expect to pay more upfront for the longevity and less for repairs and maintenance. Furthermore, composite decking is durable and low-maintenance, with nothing more than occasional cleaning with soap and water.
Composite decking offers a creative and personalized oasis as homeowners continue to look for more benefits from their outdoor living spaces. Composite decking materials come in a variety of beautiful colors and a variety of styles options. Another added benefit of composite decking is not worrying about splinters! In addition, homeowners who choose to install a composite deck can have peace of mind knowing their home improvement project includes a 25-30 year warranty.
Many Factors Can Affect the Price
While replacing wood deck boards with composite materials can cost between $15 to $25 per square foot, various factors may impact the cost. The size and height of a deck, the brand, and the contractor you choose to install your deck are critical factors in the varying cost of a composite deck. While it is possible to use existing footings or framing from your existing deck, the original deck may not be up to the code or standards the decking manufacturer upholds. This option could lead to more time, work, and investment on the homeowner’s part.
Another critical factor to consider is the complexity of the deck’s size, shape, or patterns. How large do you want the deck to be? Will you incorporate stairs into your composite deck? Do you want risers, fascia, and skirting? Do you want to include extra details into the decking to make it last? These are all variables that influence the cost of a composite deck greatly.
Which Composite Decking is right for you?
Each composite decking brand has tiers of decking to appeal to different customers. In addition, most manufacturers offer a variety of colors and grain options, making it easy for homeowners to find an option that suits their style. In addition to composite decking, PVC composites offer another option for homeowners to choose from. While composite decking is made from a combination of wood pulp and recycled plastic, PVC composite decking is made from 100% plastic.
Composite decking manufacturers typically follow a “good, better, best” format for their different decking options. In addition, there are different tiers to their warranty options. Here is an example from one of our favorite composite decking material manufacturers:
Pricing is Variable
While low-maintenance decking involves a higher price upfront, it’s a more stable investment in the long run. Compared to a wood deck, a composite deck requires nearly zero maintenance and can last for 30+ years. As an added bonus, you can get up to 66.8% of your investment back when you sell your home. Though each project will be different depending on specifics, here’s what you can expect to pay when you build a composite deck with Forsman’s Finest:
You can expect to be informed and in charge of your composite decking project when you work with Forsman’s Finest. We know life is fast-paced and hectic, so you can have peace of mind knowing our process keeps you front and center at all times to reduce stress and facilitate communication. So schedule a free consultation to get started on your dream project!