What to Consider When Building a Deck in Albuquerque

What to Consider When Building a Deck in Albuquerque

Are you thinking about adding a deck to your home in Albuquerque?  It’s certainly a tempting idea, as it’s the ideal way to enjoy summer with family BBQs and enjoying the beauty of the Southwest scenery. The big question though is how much you want to spend and what type of deck is right for your home. On average, a wood deck can cost around $10,000, while a composite deck can set you back almost $18,000, according to Remodeling magazine’s “2018 Cost vs. Value Report.” The report was based on a national review of costs based on a 16x20 deck with pressure-treated joists, a built-in bench and planter.

When it comes down to it, the cost for your deck will vary based on size, style, and the contractor.  But you can get an idea of costs in advance so that you can keep the total price under control.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

There are quite a few factors that affect how much a deck will cost. The biggest factor will end up being professional installation. Getting a bead on this cost alone will help you avoid unpleasant surprises. According to Andrew Wormer, editor of Professional Deck Builder magazine: “For every dollar spent on materials and supplies, expect to spend another dollar to have it installed.” Some contractors will quote per square foot, and this usually covers both labor and materials.

Planning Your Deck Installation

Set Limits: Keep in mind that this is a permanent addition just like any room. You’ll need to follow local building and zoning codes for Albuquerque which may affect the size of the project. Also think about upkeep. It may cost more up front to use synthetic materials, but they don’t need as much maintenance, which will cost less in the long run.

Budget: Just like when buying a home, it helps to have a list of “wants” and “must haves.” And of course the most important question is how much you’re willing to spend on the entire project. Think about the size of your home as well. The deck should be proportional to the size of your home.  A small deck on a large home might look a bit silly. And if your home is smaller, an elaborate deck might not make sense either. Insurance costs may be a consideration, so check with your homeowner’s insurance to make sure.

Find the Right Contractor:  Finding the right contractor will take some research, but it will definitely be worth it. To get a fair price, try to get quotes from at least 3 contractors.  If you can find reviews of these contractors, that will help as well. Ask potential contractors for photos of past projects.  You should also check with your local building department to make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Reducing Costs

You can reduce costs in a number of ways. Staying away from fancy design features, along with reducing the overall size can help reduce costs. Selecting the right wood is also important. Untreated decks cost less to install, but more to maintain. The reverse is true for composite decks. Also, if you build during the fall or winter, it could save you more, as contractors have fewer jobs and may be inclined to reduce their costs.

Building a deck is a great way to increase the value of your home, both in how you enjoy living in it now and in the future when you decide to sell it.

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