Installing an outdoor deck is a creative way of spicing up your outdoor space. You can turn your garden area into an outdoor haven by having a deck where you can soak in the sun on a warm day, enjoy the sunset in the evening or watch the sun rise on an early morning.
Decks are also excellent social spaces for you and your family. When installing a timber deck, there are several factors that will affect the cost of the project. In addition to the size and location of the deck, the source of timber used will also influence how much you should put aside before work begins. Here are some cost considerations to keep in mind for a timber decking project.
What's your desired size?
Timber decks can vary widely in shape and size. From smaller decks that can only fit a few chairs to more expansive decks that you can use for a barbeque, the size options are plenty. As you would expect, a larger timber deck will require more material and thus will cost more. In addition, features such as terraces, steps and balustrades will come at an added cost.
Your landscape will also affect the cost of your timber deck. In some cases, it may cost less to lay a larger foundation of the deck as opposed to squeezing it into a small space on the yard. And if building the deck will require any building permits from your municipality, consider those costs as well.
The timber you intend to use
Timber decks can be broadly categorised into hardwood or softwood decks. Hardwood decks are more durable and come in many different design options. For example, you can obtain non-slip hardwood that maintains your grip on the platform even after wet weather.
There is also the option of engineered hardwood, which has undergone a specialised manufacturing process to boost usability and aesthetic appeal. Hardwoods will cost more than softwood decks. So if you're looking for a high-end decking material, hardwood will get the job done. However, decks that are simply built to cover up part of the garden will do just fine with softwood.
The source of timber
Timber that is harvested from renewable sources is not only a better choice for your deck, but it is also cost-effective. This sustainable timber is typically free of chemicals, is grown to the right specifications and is a more environmentally friendly option. On the other hand, timber from unauthorised sources may be cut to inappropriate sizes or overpriced due to use of the wrong channels.