Deck bids

marstarJune 1, 2011

I am a new homeowner receiving estimates on replacing wood on my deck and these contractors have left me just crossed eyed by the amount they want to charge me. Hopefully someone can give me some input on how much it should cost to replace wood or composite on an existing deck. My deck is about 1050 sq ft. My house sits on a slight slope and the deck is what supports our entry way to the house. The deck runs all along the house, about 5 feet wide with stairs going down to our backyard. I have received quotes as high as 60k and as low as 22k for redwood decking, the lowest bid told me to add another 15k for composite. I went down to the lumber yard and they quoted 7k for the composite we liked, I just can't justify the extra $28k for labor and why its 15k more than redwood. I am in Los Angeles.

On another note, I am unsure how composite will look with my existing redwood deck frame, curious if anyone has tried this.

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Without seeing exactly what you have, there is no way anyone here can you tell you what it should cost. Is all the framing being replaced, as well.

That said, 60K is possibly high and 22K is probably low. There are a number grades of redwood and possibly 100's different types of composite. You need to be more specific. High end composites are going to be more then redwood. The 15K difference is way out of line, for any redwood and any composite.

I'm in Nor Cal, if you have a plan, I will look at it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Deck ideas

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 12:44PM
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We are using the existing frame, the composite we are looking at is trex transcend. I believe that is the more expensive composite material. Lumber Yard quoted 7k. I don't know where to find plans for the deck. The deck is about 20 years old.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 9:39PM
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If the deck is 20 years old, you will probably want or need to replace the framing. The existing framing will probably not survive the length of the new decking.

I can get a average grade of redwood for about $ 4600 + tax. That's just for the decking with no waste. Ipe would run about $ 8000 or less.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 12:40AM
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Can you post a photo of your existing deck? That would help.

I agree that if it's 20 years old it would be a good idea to replace the framing, to bring it up to current codes.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 5:13PM
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