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How Much Does Decking Cost?

Author: Rob Schneider
Source: hipages

Stand at your back door or look out your back window. What's stopping you from going outdoors and enjoying the fresh air? In most cases, it's because you don't have decking.

Adding decking is one of the most cost-effective ways to add floor space and value to your home.

Decking Materials

If the cost of decking materials or maintenance issues are holding you back from installing a deck, knowing a little bit more about decking materials might change your mind.

The three most popular types of materials are:

  • Treated Pine - this is one of the cheapest options and it is easy to work with and can be stained or painted. 
  • Hardwood - hardwood decking is more expensive than treated pine, but a number of species are available and some are much less expensive than others. 
  • Composite - this type of decking is made from a mixture of timber fibre and plastic. It is made to look like timber and comes in a variety of natural timber and "paint" colours. It usually costs about the same as a mid-priced hardwood decking material, but has some advantages:
  • While you have to stain and seal any kind of natural timber, there's nothing to do to composite decking after it's installed.

How Much Does Decking Cost?

Of course, the cost of your decking will depend on its size and other factors, but materials average around $180 per square metre. If you hire an installer, the average cost of a deck, including materials, is about $265 per square metre.

Related Article: What to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Deck

However, averages can be deceiving. Treated pine decking costs about $13 to $15 for 90mm wide lengths of up to 6 metres, while composite decking can cost between $35 and $60 for a board of the same dimensions.

Labour costs can vary dramatically, too. While the average is about $45 per hour, the spread is between $35 and $65 per hour.

With such dramatic price variations, the only way to get the best decking for the best price is to compare materials and get quotes from a variety of decking suppliers and builders - you can fill out the form below to get 3 free no obligation quotes. 

If you're the DIY type and you're building a small, ground floor deck, you may not need council approval. Make sure you check with your local council first, though. Regulations vary and can depend on the cost of the project and other factors. If you want a second storey deck, for example, it will probably require a council building permit and professional installation.

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This article courtesy of hipages.com.au, Australia's #1 site to hire tradespeople. To get 3 FREE no obligation quotes for tradesmen in your area, fill out the form below. 

Image courtesy of Growing Rooms Landscapes.

Disclaimer: Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

Published: 24 November, 2015

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