How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Deck?
A deck is a significant investment, and in many cases a repair may be an economical choice compared to full replacement. Small repairs and even replacing all of the deck boards is often significantly less than a full rebuild and can offer an updated look.
Still, it helps to know how much the repair work is going to cost you. So, how much does it cost to repair a deck? The short answer is: it depends.
Most homeowners spend $1,500 to $2,500 on a repair project. Here are the factors that affect the cost:
Size of Deck
The size of your deck is a fundamental aspect with regards to calculating the cost of your deck repairs. If you’re thinking of hiring a professional and want to get some quotes for the work you need done, one of the first things you’ll be asked is what size the deck is. You should be prepared for this question.
It’s easy to measure and calculate this, simply multiply the length by the width (in feet) to find the square footage.
Once you have these measurements, pricing material and labor gets a lot easier because you can calculate how many deck boards, hidden fasteners, and screws you need for your deck. If you want to find out how many boards you’ll need, measure the length of the boards you currently have to use as an estimate.
Let’s not forget the other elements of a deck, however. When calculating repairs, it is easy to forget the railings and balusters that make up a significant proportion of your deck. As such, you can estimate the number of balusters you need for your railing by taking into account the length of the railing and the number of posts it has.
Extent of Work Needed
This, along with the size of your deck, is the most crucial factor with regards to cost. If the damage is minor, the price will be minor. Similarly, if the damage is extensive, be prepared to pay thousands to get your deck looking in good shape again.
Cost to Repair Floor Boards
A common repair project is to replace or update the floor boards on the deck. Replacing a single broken deck board could be as cheap as a couple of dollars, but updating the entire floor to composite decking could cost thousands. A typical deck board flooring upgrade costs about $1,000.
Cost to Repair Railings
Railings and balusters are another common repair item on a deck as they wear over time. Addressing a wobbly post might cost $100. Replacing a small section of railings often costs around $400 while replacing the entire deck railing can cost up to $5,000 for a large deck.
Cost to Repair Stairs
Repairing stairs often costs around $100 to replace a single tread. Replacing an entire set of deck stairs is typically $1,000 to $2,000.
Joists and Beams
If the structure is sound, then repairs of boards, posts and railings may be more economical than replacing the whole deck. But the cost of labor to replace core structural elements such as joists and support beams may make some repairs more expensive than replacing the whole deck.
DIY Versus Hired Labor
Doing your deck repairs yourself will be more affordable, but consider that professionals often have the tools needed and carpentry skills to create a long-lasting repair. Hiring professional help might seem more expensive in the short term, but it can save you a lot of money in the long-term.
If you’re adamant about doing things yourself, supplies for repairing your deck can cost anywhere from tens to hundreds of dollars. If staining or varnishing your deck, a tin of good quality stain costs around $20 to $35. To get a more long-lasting finish, consider cleaning or power-washing your deck first. Deck cleaner costs around $10 to $20. Thus, cleaning and staining your deck will cost around $60 or more depending on its size.
For more extensive repairs like replacing rotten deck boards or completely redoing some or all of your deck, the costs go up dramatically. Redoing the entire thing will require a budget of thousands while repairing a part will cost hundreds.
It’s clear that there are many things to consider when you’re trying to calculate the cost of your deck repairs. However, it’s still possible to provide some ballpark estimates for you by assuming measurements for some of the variables. Assuming, then, that you need a section of your deck replaced entirely, here are some estimated repair costs for deck flooring:
|Material||Cost per Square Foot|
|Pine, pressure treated flooring||$2.50|
|Redwood, select heart flooring||$4.35|
|5/4″ x 6″ recycled composite lumber||$8.06|
|2″ x 8″ recycled composite lumber||$14.27|
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
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