The Cost of Building a Deck

Today, most homes include spacious decks. The reason is two-fold. Adding a deck to your home is a great way to gain enjoyment value now and resale value later. Whether you are replacing an old deck or building a new deck, the sheer pleasure of spending quality time in your new outdoor space will make the cost worthwhile.

But what is the cost? The cost of building a deck can vary widely depending on what kind of materials you use, the size and complexity of your deck design, any additional features you incorporate, and the quality of your builder. The average per square foot price is generally between $25 and $70.

Let’s break it down:

Size definitely matters

When it comes to decks, size naturally affects the cost. Larger decks are more expensive because they require more material and labor to construct. But don’t let that scare you. Oftentimes, large simple decks can cost less than small, intricate, or overly complex decks.

Location impacts cost

This may not seem immediately obvious, but where you choose to build your new deck will affect the cost. Decks constructed on second stories cost more to build than ground level decks. Decks built on steep slopes can offer dramatic views but require more complex footings. The least expensive decks are those built at ground level with simple layouts. Not sure what’s right for you? Give Dream Builders a call. We’re professional deck installers with 15 years of experience. We can design and build the perfect deck for your home.

Decking: Composite or Wood?

The answer to this question depends a lot on your budget, but when it comes to quality decking that will last for years, there’s only one choice, and that’s composite. Composite decking is made from compressed wood fiber and resin. It costs more than wood to install, but it lasts much longer than wood, never needs staining or sealing, and stays beautiful regardless of weather exposure.

Railings can enhance beauty or focus on functionality

Deck railings, like all deck components, vary widely in cost. This is mostly due to the variety of materials in which they’re available including vinyl, wood, or composite materials. Other factors that affect the cost of deck railings are the amount of labor they take to install and the amount of railing you need. A reputable deck builder like Dream Builders can tell you what your town’s building code requires and what your options are.

Add-ons add up, but they’re worth it

Today’s decks can features some pretty cool custom add-ons such as:

  • Custom lighting
  • Built-in furniture
  • Outdoor kitchen features
  • Outdoor fireplaces

Any custom feature you add to your new deck will impact the cost. Add-ons are not necessary to have a beautiful deck, but they can make your deck more custom and add enjoyment!

Dream Builders will build you the deck of your dreams!

Dream Builders has been building quality decks for over 15 years! We are a licensed & insured Class A contractor that strives to make your new deck installation as easy as possible. If you’re in Central or Northern Virginia and thinking of adding a new deck to your home, call us at 540-295-4111. You can also visit our website at to see past projects and learn more about us. We’ll get your deck done right!

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