For Easy DIY - Use a Decking Kit
Construction is Easier with a Decking Kit
To enhance your home and your outdoor living experience you have decided to add a deck. You know the size and shape, but you’re not sure of
your expertise with a powersaw. The answer could be in one of several companies offering a decking kit.
A good decking kit will come with everything you need except the labor and the willingness to do the work yourself. The
higher cost associated with buying a decking kit as opposed to raw lumber, or any number of available materials, is more than offset by time
saved in cutting and drilling.
Most companies offer a decking kit in a variety of sizes and styles with some built to your specifications, although those will generally cost
a little more. However, the cost savings will still be tremendous.
Save Money with a Decking Kit
For example, using pressure treated lumber to build a 300 square foot deck with two four foot by four foot
landings and a set of stairs either into the house or down to your yard will cost about $2,500 for materials. Labor costs for this deck will
be about $3,000 for a total labor and materials cost of roughly $5,500. The average price of having a contractor do all the work,
buying materials, pouring cement for footers – absolutely everything will average about $24 a square foot. In this case, it would come to
You can find a decking kit in this size range for around $4,500. That comes to almost $2,000 more for materials but you’re doing the work
yourself and saving $2,700 over the cost of having someone else do it all. This does not, of course, consider additional costs
if you break something in the decking kit and have to replace it.
Take Advantage of Available Decking Materials
A variety of materials can be found for your decking kit, from treated wood to vinyl and composite materials, each have their advantages and
disadvantages. Each type will have to be judged on their appropriateness with your geographical location, the use for which the deck is intended,
the life expectancy you expect for the deck and your personal preference.
The precut edges in tongue and groove decking used in the decking kit are designed to fit right the first
time and will offer a professional finish and appearance. Mitered joints and close fitting edges around newel posts will give the appearance of
having had a professional install your deck - even if it was just you.