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Why are Decks So Expensive?

Why are Decks So Expensive?


So you’re probably looking to get a deck, and you’ve already asked for several quotes from different contractors, but you’re asking yourself, “why are decks so expensive?”, there’s a good reason behind it.

Below is a deck building cost that’ll give you a quick breakdown of how much your deck will cost, based on size, materials, and extra features.

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Three Primary Factors Affecting Deck Building Costs

Like any home improvement project, there’s no one-size-fits-all.

You can’t expect to pay the same amount of money for any deck for obvious reasons. The materials will be different, the size of your deck will vary, and so on.

There are more factors that will impact how much you’ll pay for your deck, but let’s discuss the most important ones.



The size of your deck is the most significant factor influencing its cost. Larger decks require more materials and labor, resulting in a higher overall price. Here are some typical price ranges for decks of various sizes, based on an average cost of $40 to $90 per square foot:


16 x 20: $12,800 – $28,800

16×30: $19,200- $43,200

20 x 20: $16,000 – $36,000



Keep in mind that for a raised deck, you’ll also need to budget for stairs and longer posts, which will further increase the cost.



The two main decking materials are wood and composite, each with its own pros and cons.


Wood Decks

Traditional wood decks are more affordable upfront but require ongoing maintenance, such as staining, sealing, and repairs. While pressure-treated wood may seem like a cost-effective option, you can expect to spend an additional $2,000 on maintenance every 2-3 years.


Composite Decks

Composite decking, made from a mixture of recycled plastics and wood fibers, is gaining popularity due to its low-maintenance properties. Although the initial cost of composite decking is higher than wood, it can save you money in the long run by eliminating the need for frequent upkeep.


At Decked Out Builders, we recommend Timber Tech & Decorators composite materials for their superior warranties, lifespan, protection against wear and tear, and extensive styling options.



Labor costs for deck construction vary among builders in Illinois and Wisconsin. Some companies boast years of experience, while others may offer comparable quality at a lower price point. Ultimately, the cost depends on the values and expertise of the company you choose. At Decked Out Builders, we are committed to providing the most seamless, enjoyable experience for our clients.


Note: The lowest bid might not always be the most advantageous, and the highest won’t be either. Make sure the company offers a service worth every penny, from communication to craftsmanship.


Additional Costs to Consider

For simple decks, you may not encounter many extra expenses. However, more complex projects may involve the following additional costs:


Permits: Building permits may be necessary, with costs varying by jurisdiction. In Omaha, deck permit costs range from $50 to $150, plus potential fees for demolition and inspection.


Taxes and Insurance: Adding a deck may increase your property taxes or homeowner’s insurance premium, although decks typically increase the value of a home.


Deck Removal: If replacing an existing deck, expect additional labor costs for demolition and disposal, ranging from $5 to $15 per square foot.


Stairs: If your deck requires stairs, this will increase material and labor costs. Professional installation of wood deck stairs typically ranges from $250 to $350per stair, with larger projects potentially costing up to $1,550.




The high cost of building a deck can be attributed to various factors, including labor, materials, and additional fees such as removal, permits, and demolition. However, this doesn’t mean you’re being overcharged. Professional deck builders need to make a living, and as long as their craftsmanship and service are top-notch, you can feel confident in your investment.


At Decked Out Builders, we ensure that every dollar you spend is invested in the quality and longevity of your deck, creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor space that will impress your guests for years to come.