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Replacing your wood deck with composite is a great idea! Composite decking is durable and beautiful, with plenty of different styles to choose from.
In this post, you can find out how much it costs to replace decking with composite. You can also discover the main reasons the cost varies.
“Trust me Steph, you’ll love replacing our deck with composite boards,” promises David.
Stephanie scrunches her face. “I’m not so sure. What do we even know about composite decking? Do we know how much it costs to replace a wood deck with composite at least?”
David smiles shakily. “Well, not yet, but,” -he fumbles his phone out from his pocket- “we can Google it to find out!” He starts typing into Google search. “Well, ok. I guess it did work for exterior house painting costs,” agrees Stephanie reluctantly.
Here’s what the couple finds:
The cost to replace deck boards with composite ranges from $6,250 to $32,000 and higher. It mainly depends on the size of your new deck, the kind of composite decking, color choice, textures, finishes, damages, and the oil and lumber market.
Basic Cost For Composite Decking – $6,250 to $10,000. This includes replacing a small, 250 to 400 square foot deck top with solid color composite material.
Average Cost For Composite Decking – $12,000 to $18,000. This includes replacing a medium-sized, 500 to 700 square foot deck top with solid color composite material.
High-End Cost For Composite Decking – $19,000 to $32,000 and higher. This includes replacing a medium to large, 700 -to 1,200 square foot deck top with solid color composite material. It may involve structural and stairs work, like railings and staircase rebuild.
*Prices above are averages and can change mainly depending on the following factors.
The cost of composite decking boards per square foot is usually between 22 and 30 square feet. It can be higher or lower depending on the size of your new deck, the kind of composite decking, color choice, textures, finishes, damages, and the oil and lumber market.
The size of your new deck. Larger decks tend to take more time, labor, and materials to build. This adds to the cost. Smaller decks can still be costly depending on what you choose for the other factors.
The kind of composite decking. You can choose between lower and higher-quality composites. Some composite decking is even heat-resistant.
Color choice. Some colors cost more than others. Part of this also plays into the heat resistance as some colors are better at reflecting heat than others.
Textures. You can choose different styles for your composite deck. They can look like several different types of wood or not like wood at all.
Finishes. Different finishes require different methods and processes. This can change the cost.
Damages. The main type of damage we’re concerned about is underlying frame rot. We’ll need to repair this before replacing your wood deck with composite.
The oil and lumber market. Composite is made from wood and plastic. The market determines the current price which therefore determines the cost to you.