Work with this Deck Cost Calculator and see what it gives you. It is extremely useful in helping you determine the very best approach to your new deck and there are nine (9) reasons why:
For any given deck design, it instantly calculates the total cost of materials in pressure treated, composite and Ipe (Pau Lope) for the hardcore Do-It-Yourselfer. But for the rest of us, it provides invaluable information because it instantly calculates the total cost of a given deck design nine (9) different ways.
Yup. Here's how:
Take a deck made from pressure treated wood (#1 decking) for example. This instant Calculator gives you three (3) different total costs for a pressure treated deck... (my firm's Services in red follow below)...
But this incredibly smart little Deck Cost Calculator doesn't stop with a pressure treated deck. It also gives you the same above three (3) total costs for decks done in composite (like Trex or GeoDeck™) or the awesome exotic wood called Ipe (Pau Lope or Mataverde... which, incidentally, we know of a supplier that beats everyone else's prices).
So, let's recap: For any given deck design, you can instantly view and analyze your total deck costs in three (3) Services for pressure treated, three (3) Services for composite, and three (3) Services for Ipe (Pau Lope or Mataverde). By carefully studying the results, you should be able to determine the very best Service and the best material in order to get the most for your money.
In this way you become a very wise consumer. We have put into your hands a tool by which you can become a very smart deck shopper. Tell your neighbors, your friends, your relatives and your work associates about this Calculator. Better still, take a few minutes and email them the url to this page. We all love to share exciting discoveries (and it doesn't hurt that we look smart in the process).
Note: Many of my competitors probably think I'm a little nutty to offer my web site visitors an online method of calculating the cost of their deck instantly... no waiting to get a price... no emailing to get a price... no phone calls to get a price... no Salesman sweating all over your kitchen table while he's trying to sell you on why his deck is really worth all that money. You see, most deck companies won't publish their prices on their web site and most deck companies typically don't give you a quote over the phone. Why? They think (cleverly) that by withholding the price from you, then they will be better able to get their foot in your door. Then once they are "in", they think they can "sell" you on why you should pay so much money for their deck. (A few deck company names come to mind immediately who thrive on this rather sneaky approach... but their names shall remain anonymous.) Actually, some deck companies are pretty good at this approach, too. It does work.
So why don't I take the same approach when it seems to be the industry standard? Funny thing happens when you are honest with people and transparent and give them the information that they want: They begin to believe in you. They begin to realize that you are honest and maybe you're not trying to send your kid to college on the profit from their deck alone. In short, it's just good business. Honesty is still the best policy. Transparency is even better. That is what this web site is all about. That is what I hope I am all about.
By the way, enjoy the Calculator. If you study its features and put a little effort into understanding how it generates so many different ways of looking at deck costs (3 different materials x 3 different Services = 9 different approaches), you will discover that you have a tool by which you can mathematically and systematically determine the best deck materials with a Service that you can afford.
Now that you have mastered the above "Deck Cost Calculator"... I have just recently uploaded a really comprehensive and super cool Excel spreadsheet that will calculate the cost of a deck and/or screen porch with a bunch of options.