Getting the best Prices when Shopping for Decking

Getting the best Prices when Shopping for Decking

Now that everyone knows that decking is a cost-effective way of enhancing the looks of a house while also helping it climb up the ladder in the housing market, it is not easy deciding which is the best material and where should one buy it.

Wood, composite, metal, bamboo and plastic are some of the common material used in decking, of which plastic decking boards are very popular because they are easy maintenance, stain resistant, weatherproof and will not splinter like wood and most importantly they are cheap. But not everyone likes the plastic look. You must consider the pros and cons of all the materials before you finalize on the product.  Thus, decking costs primarily depend on the material and the size of the product required to meet your demands. But there are a few other factors that one often overlooks while budgeting decking costs.

Lesser known decking costs

You must know the various heads to calculate your costs for decking.

  1. Labor: Some decking is dependent on screws and fasteners. When you use these types, you will have to pay installation fees which is independent of the material used. Not only that you must also take into account labor costs. Together these two factors account for two-thirds of the total cost of decking.
  2. Hardware: Besides the decking material there will be additional charges like railing, protective spray, fasteners, screws etc. which must be included in the costs. To minimize wastage and save money you must take the exact measurements of the area for decking including the curves and steps.

While shopping for decking one must ensure that you are not buying treated material, especially with phenol because hypersensitive people have severe side effects. You must also ensure that the usage of glue is minimal.