Handyman Services Manchester, NH



Handyman Services Manchester, NH

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Building Tips for a Your Deck:

Better Homes and Gardens has a great feature called 10 Things to Know Before Building Your Deck, and it mentions a few things you may not already know about building a deck, such as:

  • Curved decks are just about as easy to build as the usual square or rectangular decks.
  • Adding a pergola to your deck not only gives you shade, but has a functional purpose. You can hang speakers, plants, and lights, too.
  • If you don't like the look of railings, did you know that you can substitute a wide set of stairs for decks that hug low to the ground.

Your Budget Determines Deck Size and Type of Materials

Calculating a construction budget is like an equation with three variables:

1) Cost 2) Square Footage 3) Quality of Materials.

Your decision of cost and square footage determines the quality of material you decided to purchase. Most decks material costs range from $10 to $20 per square foot. That means a no frills 350 square foot cedar deck will run about $4,200 for materials or about $7,000 if you plan on using composite materials. 
The cost of decking materials will vary depending on the type and quality of material you choose, where you live, and what type of lumberyard you buy from. The price of decking is a commodity just like gasoline.

Pressure treated wood is an economy material which is ideal for people working within a tight budget but doesn't always hold up as well over time. You can expect to pay between $.75 and $1.25 per linear foot for 5/4x6 ACQ treated decking from a big box store.

Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards usually only stock short lengths of decking less than 12' which will leave your deck with more seams. If you go to a local lumberyard for contractors you will find higher grade materials with longer available lengths at a slightly higher price.

Routine staining will help protect your deck but it is not uncommon for pressure treated decking to split, crack, warp, and turn gray in a few years. Cedar and redwood decking prices range from about $1.25 to $2.00 per linear foot. Redwood is commonly available on the west coast but is scarce in the eastern United States. With over 100 brands to choose from there is a wide range of prices for vinyl, composite and aluminum decking.

Low maintenance products such as GossenEvergrain, and LockDry offer attractive and cost effective choices.  A variety of attractive colors and textures can be combined in interesting ways such as borders and inlays. 

Low maintenance decking products should offer at least a 15 year warranty. Exotic hardwood decking materials such as Ipe, Tiger wood and Brazilian Redwood are usually the most expensive option. You can expect to pay between $4.00 to $5.00 per linear foot. Exotic hardwoods are only available at higher end lumberyards and are usually a special order item. Exotic hardwoods usually require side mounted hidden fastener clips which will add to the total cost.
(603) 848-1886 Call Tom Barnes

(603) 848-1886 Call Tom Barnes