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The number one concern for homeowners in Northern Virginia when building their decks is budget. How much money you have set aside for such a project determines the size of your deck and the materials for your deck.
By controlling two of these variables, the square footage and the quality of materials will affect the third variable, the cost. Most decking materials run between $15 and $30 a square foot. That means that a simple 350 square foot cedar deck will run about $5250 for materials or about $10,500 for composite materials.
The type of decking material you choose, where you live, and the type of lumberyard you purchase your materials from will affect the cost. Pressure treated wood is less expensive if you are on a tight budget. You can expect to pay anywhere between $.75 and $l.25 per linear foot for 5/4x6 ACQ treated decking. Although wood requires routine staining to protect your deck, it is not uncommon for pressure treated decking to split, crack, warp, or turn gray in a few years. Cedar decking prices will run from about $1.25 to $2.00 per linear foot.
The average cost of composite decking is $35 per square foot. For polyethylene-based composite decking, the average cost is $7.82 per square foot and for polypropylene-based decking, the average cost is $8.68 per square foot. Solid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based decking, the average cost is $9.48 per square foot. Decks from composite decking materials can last for over 50 years so with minimal upkeep; you can have a great looking deck in Northern Virginia for half a century.
There are a few drawbacks and benefits of each material.
A deck is a huge investment for any homeowner in Northern Virginia. Whatever your budget, you can never go wrong by installing a deck no matter which type of materials you use or the size of your deck. It will bring you and your family years of outside enjoyment for relaxing, entertaining, and grilling.