The Cost of Building A Deck Today

Deck building costs vary across the country...

Many factors come into play on what the final amount that you will pay to build that dream deck of yours.

We have taken a bit of survey of our visitors from across much of the United States and Canada to help you get a sense of what is going on.

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Check our summary at the bottom of this page.

Let's break down the three things that most affect the final price you pay.

Cost Factor #1 - Proximity to Urban Centers

Where do you live?

Generally speaking the closer you are to larger urban areas the higher the cost of labor.

Wealth tends to gravitate in cities where the economy is strongest. More buyers, more demand.

Travel times, traffic congestion, cost of living for employees. All of this translates into higher costs for hiring a contractor.

On the other hand, material costs can be more competitive if you are in a large area where there are several large suppliers.

Cost Factor #2 - Proximity to where materials are produced

Remote locations...

It should be no surprise that lumber and material costs are higher in places like Hawaii where things have to be shipped across vast distances from where they are manufactured.

On the mainland, most areas rural and urban are well serviced with building materials.

But in some very remote areas such as Alaska, and the Yukon in Canada, builders may have to have certain materials shipped up or local supply yards may not offer the same diverse and broad selection of materials.

This can increase costs.

Cost Factor #3 - Materials

The other key factor that affects the cost of building a deck are the materials used.

Lumber used for decking

Pressure Treated Lumber

The least expensive material to build with are the pressure treated varieties of lumber. They include pine, hemlock and other lower grade wood that has to be preserved in order to perform outdoors.


One of the nicest softwoods available and a big bump up in price from treated materials.


This is where you will find the biggest jump in cost to build a deck are happening. But as you are probably aware, the savings comes in over the many years of the reduced annual maintenance for the deck.


Hardwoods are generally even more expensive than composites. But that is not always true.

You might be surprised to learn that a number of the hardwoods can actually be less expensive and then have a life expectancy that is longer and proven to be longer.


What People Are Telling Us

The costs listed are for labor and materials.

Keep in mind these represent the lowest costs you are likely to find. You can spend as much as you wish and some decks are very elaborate.

That is why we have shown a Low and High value to give some kind of context.


  Type of Materials Used $/sqft
State PT Cedar Composite Hardwood Low High
Michigan y       15  
  y     18  
Mass.     y     53
Washington y         25
Missouri y       15  
Arkansas y       15  
New Jersy y       15  
California y       22  
Iowa y       15  
  y     24  
Kansas y       22  
  y     16 31
    y     36
Province PT Cedar Composite Hardwood Low High
BC y       14  
  y     34  
Ontario y       20  
  y     24 29
Quebec   y     36  
Nova Scotia y       15  
Yukon   y     35  


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