What will it cost to build a deck?

Deck – Cost to add a pergola awning

Submitted by: enelsonmo – Budget: 1000 Kansas City, MO USA (Thursday, July 14, 2011)

Extend our deck with a pergelo awning to shade the patio. The pergelo awning will be 10` x 10` and attach to the deck. Two posts will need to be placed on the end to hold up the pergola.

Estimate: $3000 including materials and labor.

Deck installation cost for 12 x 12 deck with stairs

Submitted by: HandymaninAtlantaGA – Budget: $2000 – $3000 Atlanta, GA USA (Sunday, April 15, 2012)

I want to build a 12×12 basic wooden deck outside my back yard flat surface maybe 4-6 ft from soil one set of stairs. How much would it cost?

What is an average price for square foot? What about linear ft of railing?

Building a Deck 12×14 – What to charge for labor?

Submitted by: hartno1 Apopka, FL USA (Wednesday, May 02, 2012)

My husband is a handyman who agreed to build a 12` x 14` deck for a friend. The friend will buy materials so how much should he get for labor charges?

Moderator: Charge your friend half of what you would charge to a regular client.

Remove and replace decking

Submitted by: rseekerr lake arrowhead, CA USA (Sunday, July 08, 2012)

What would be the cost to remove old deck board on 2 decks. 1 deck is 16 x 22ft 2deck is wrap around in 3 parts 16 x30ft 13x15ft adjoined by diagonal section 24ft x 15ft. Install the new boards with teko clips. Boards and brazilian mahogany hardwood that had to be pre-drilled for each.

Estimate: $1500-2000 labor

49 thoughts on “What will it cost to build a deck?”

  1. What would you charge in labor to build a 14′ x 40′ deck with railings and a single staircase about 4 foot high, made out of composite decking. I would buy the decking and railings.

      1. $3,200 just for labor? Wow I’m not charging enough or something wow I’ve been doing construction since 1985

  2. If the foundation is complete, installation costs for the decking would be approximately $2.50 per sq. ft. Railings, steps and foundation would be extra. If you’re looking at bare ground, building from the ground up, you looking at $2,500 in labor alone as a minimum.

  3. Hi, just did a re and re on a 500 sq ft deck for a friend. He bought composite decking and other materials costing approx $3000. I took apart all the glass railing and other railings, all the old wood decking ( which someone else picked up in driveway). I installed all composite by framing outside of deck like a pic frame ( had to add many new mini joists). Boards met a feature piece all at 45 degrees. ( Deck wraps around house) Reinstalled all railing and resurfaced all stairs in composite (12 steps) This was for a friend ( but not a close friend). What should I charge for labour??? Struggling with this one.

  4. Hi. Husband took a job installing a composite deck for a gentleman. It’s 16×30 with possible steps. The man attempted to do himself but unable. However he did put up the framing. It’s just my husband an I working. I’ve built decks but have no clue on what to charge.

  5. My husband does remodeling as a side job. He has experience working with commercial construction & fine interior trim work, as well as decks. He has been asked to tear down an existing 14×16 deck & rebuild (same size) using composite (Trex) decking. He is trying to determine a fair price for labor. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Missy Oakman

    1. Hey Missy Oakman,
      I’m looking for someone to build a deck for me. Are you located on Long Island in New York by any chance? Thanks, Gail

  6. Hi. I am looking to have a 20 x 24 attached deck built. It will have 10 posts, 16 inch oc joist, preassembled railing, 8 feet above grading at highest with 36 inch footing. all material will be pressure treated lumber. How much in labor cost should I expect. I live in Pennsylvania.

  7. Hi,

    I am planning on having a composite (Timbertech Earthwood Evolutions) deck with Radiance Rail Express railing. The deck is a two tiered with approximately 7 ft high set of stairs. There will be 14 posts with 14 LED cap lights and 14 LED riser lights.

    Could you please provide a cost breakdown for:

    Dismantle of existing deck
    Install of new deck
    Hauling of old deck

    Thank you

  8. How much should it cost to build a awning framed with cedar (3)post. 28 ft long with 4×10 beams. Attached to the side of a home, with pine 2×8 roof rafterz with the rounded off tips. 13coming off the house 28 ft long with soffit board on the bottom of the rafters and with 3 tab roofing.

    Done by a contractor

  9. My friend asked me if I would build him a deck 30×10 with roof. I was tryin figure out a good price to charge him he has all materials already.

    1. So many variables that could affect your cost estimate. Your best bet is to calculate how many days it will take you and multiply by a rate that you can accept. Since it’s a friend you could give him your “friend’s” rate. (75% of your regular rate?)

    1. Depending on your materials and labor cost you could expect to pay of $20 per square foot. This might be not be the case in your area. Anyone else have any ideas? You might also try here for ideas.

  10. how much should i charge this guy to build two decks for him upstairs and downstairs 10 ft x 10 ft from scratch, both decks 10 x 10 he’s buying the material.

  11. What’s a fair labor cost for a brand new deck and rainscape install?

    Materials of decking is Trex, Rail is Trex, structure is wood

    Deck is 21 wide and 12 in length and attaches to house.

    There is nothing to remove as it is a new build.

  12. What should we charge for removing wallpaper, painting a kitchen/dining room. Tile the back splash , take out carpet and install hardwood floors in a area around 600 square feet. She has all the materials?

  13. My friend and I are tearing down an old wooden deck 12×16 and we are going to rebuild 14×18 with Composite Decking and with these works what I charge for labor for two person?

  14. Im thinking of replacing decking on a 30 x 18 deck with either composite or going with southrrn pine PT. My problem is the stringers are rotting. If my measurements are correct it came out to 5610 sq. Ft

  15. What would be a fair labor cost to build a 10×10. And a 14×30 deck be. They have the lumber already. Both decks will have a handycap ramp and rails.

    1. How much do you charge to build a 8 x 12 deck with a 4 step down off of one side with hand railing and wrapped with letters at the bottom

  16. What would labor cost be for removing6 supports and replacing them on a 12 by 24 foot deck cementing them and rerouting a run off drain into a leech bed 20feet into my yard

  17. I built a 10’X12′ PT Deck for my neighbor and it turned out Perfect. The deal was he would bye all the material and wood and i would build it with my own tools. The deck sits 4 foot above ground. I used 2×10 PT wood for frame, the wood i used for the top of deck was 1x6x8 PT wood. This deck comes off the back side of house where sliding glass door is. Then i made my railings all away around ( 3 sides) then built stairs. This deck uses four 4X4 PT post. I am looking to find out my LABOR ONLY please. I live in Burlington, VT.

  18. Hello. I live in Massachusetts. I have worked as a carpenter for over 10 years. I am trying to go out on my own. I have a customer who wants to tear down a 12 x 14 deck 6 feet off the ground and build a new 18 x 14 deck. With 1 set of stairs. The customer will buy all the materials. What is a fair labor price? I will also be hand digging footings 4 feet into the ground.

    1. $2,500 would be a base price for Massachusetts.
      Includes labor for concrete piers, deck frame, deck floor, 1 set of stairs and railings all in PT. Composite finish materials would add $1,000 to labor.

  19. I am looking to build a deck the size 8 ft by 21 for a close friend he is going to buy all materials I’m just going to do the work I need to know roughly what labor should cost.

  20. elizabeth oese

    Looking to install a platform deck alongside a new pool. deck would be 21 by 15, no railings, 24 inches high with two steps down approximately 6 foot wide. Buying all supplies/materials just wondering what a install should run (Central NJ) Thx.

  21. Charge by the hour. I wouldn’t go less than $20. If you are experienced and have the tools for the job, go $30. If you have to rent equipment or tools, charge more. Get paid every day. Don’t bid if you don’t know how to bid.

  22. Hello I’m from NJ

    How much should I charge for a 10×10 wood deck with railings and stairs labor only, they are proving all the materials?

    also for a deck 4×5 with railings and stairs also?

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