Is it Really Cheaper to Build Your Own Deck?

Is it Really Cheaper to Build Your Own Deck?

You have decided you want to build a new deck or replace an existing one. This seems like a great opportunity to try your hand and test your skills on a do-it-yourself project, doesn’t it? That may not be the best avenue to take on this one. Let’s explore the question homeowners may ask themselves, “Is it really cheaper to build your own deck?” To answer that, let’s explore some factors that go into deck construction.  

Design

This can be the fun part of any deck build, but it is also the most critical. Make a mistake in the design phase, and you could be paying more to fix what was designed incorrectly. Some things to consider when designing decks include: Where do you want to put it? How tall will it be? What railing and steps are necessary? How will you tie it into your existing home? What do local codes require for deck construction? An experienced deck builder can help you answer all these questions and save you significant cost. 

Time

Constructing a deck is not for the faint of heart. You are going to need plenty of time for this project. Plan on working evenings and weekends and giving up a few months of those until your deck is completely built. A local deck contractor can work on your new deck consistently, saving you precious time. 

Materials

Decking materials are not cheap. Additionally, an upfront decision needs to be made if you will be using lumber (which will need regular maintenance) or composite lumber. Your natural inclination will be to go to your local big-box store for supplies, but a local contractor can help you save money. Contractors will have working relationships with suppliers, and since they are frequent visitors with multiple projects requiring supplies, they will often get materials at better pricing than you can on your own. Another thing to consider is installation methods. Techniques to install traditional pressure-treated lumber do not necessarily work with composite lumber. 

Tools

A variety of tools are necessary for building a deck successfully. Some of these are simple hand tools, but more expensive power tools are needed as well. If you do not own the right tools, this project will become more difficult and more costly. A local contractor has all the tools to get the job done right and efficiently, saving you time and money. 

It may seem like a fun project to tackle, but there is a lot to consider when building a deck. At the end of the day, a professional deck builder can complete the job quicker at less cost. If you are looking for a trustworthy local contractor with the experience and know-how to handle your deck build, give us a call today.