“Rebuilding/Repair a Deck?”

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“Anyone have any good recommendations for contractors to build/rebuild/repair a deck (the ground level, not roof kind). Would appreciate it!

Our deck is about 16×8 with a set of stairs and so far we’ve heard estimates from $1800 to repair to $7500 to replace.”

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  • I’ve been quoted anywhere from $1200 to $10K to fix or repair mine and it’s around the same size. I can’t seem to pull the trigger on it. Seems really expensive, at least the 10K for a new one is anyway. Sorry I don’t have better news or contractor to help.

  • Phoenix Mason replaced our deck (similar size to yours) are they were excellent to work with.. They offer design and build using their own staff and they do the dirty work of dealing with DCRA. But the deck was only one part of a gut job of our entire backyard, so I don’t remember the cost of just the deck, but the overall quality of the finished product was worth it.

  • What is your scope?

    ex. scope: Removal and replacement of decking, stairs, railing, no paint/ no hidden fasteners/ no structural upgrades.

    cheapest option – treated lumber
    material $1800-2400
    permitting $500 (ktr pulled)
    labor: $3000
    profit/OH: 1189 or 20%

    total: $7080

  • We just had a ground level deck built, probably 13×10 with high quality wood and some slight custom features, for $3400. That’s starting from nothing but dirt. I’d say for yours, $3-4 grand would be appropriate. Are you keeping the structure and replacing the boards and stairs, or replacing everything?

  • We worked with Prime Construction in MD to build our deck from scratch in Petworth. They came in at the absolute best estimate, even half of what the highest bidder offered, and it’s beautiful. It’s 15×15 and about 12 ft off the ground since our basement is a deep walkout in the back, and the total to build was about $10k (that’s with upgraded features and being built freestanding instead of using the interior support beam on the back of the house). I highly recommend them.

  • I recommend DecknFence. I hired them for a fence last year and last month they completed a screened in porch, replacing the old deck. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments from neighbors and passerbys on their work.

    http://www.decknfence.com/

  • If you can wait until winter, you might get a better deal. A good friend works for Long Fence (not licensed in DC or I’d recommend him) and he says December to February is the best time to get a deck because it’s slow and you’re more likely to get a deal.

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