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Calculate the Cost to Build a Deck

Simply enter the desired width and depth for your deck below. Your results will show you the estimated cost for materials, allow you to compare pricing based on your preferred species of wood or composite, and give you options to download our free design plans that you can use to build your own deck. Let’s get started!

This calculator will tell you:

  • Estimated Material Costs for your deck
  • Comparison Costs for building materials
  • Deck Plans that match your desired dimensions
  • Estimated Material Costs for your deck
  • Comparison Costs for building materials
  • Deck Plans that match your desired dimensions
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Deck Width

Estimate the width of your deck using either the ledger length or total deck width
Deck Width:
Deck Width Diagram
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Deck Depth

Deck Depth:
Deck Depth Diagram

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Deck?

The costs to build a deck can vary based on the type of material you use, as well as the square footage of the deck with those materials. For instance, pressure-treated pine is the least expensive option among your choices for natural wood decking, with a cost of approximately $3 to $6 per square foot. More exotic hardwoods – such as Redwood or Ipe can range between $7 to $15 per square foot. Composite decking, such as Trex, can cost between $5 to $13 per square foot, however, it requires less upkeep than most types of natural wood.


Decking MaterialLow-End Cost (per square foot)High-End Cost (per square foot)
Pressure-treated wood$3$6
Exotic hardwoods$7$15
Composite decking$5$13


Cost to Build a Deck by Size

Costs for materials for a deck range according to a number of factors, including:

  • Square footage of your deck plan
  • Height, width, and depth of your planned structure
  • How elaborate your design is (for example, is there enough room in the budget for a shed roof?)
  • The type of materials you plan to use and how much they cost within your particular region of the country

Whether you’re wondering how much does a 14x20 deck costs, or if you want a smaller deck, such as a 10x10 deck, below are the average costs of materials to build a deck, depending on the square footage and type of material you plan to use. Please keep in mind that this does not include labor cost to build a deck and only takes into consideration the cost of materials, without railing.

SizePressure-treated wood
Average cost per sq ft
Exotic hardwoods
Average cost per sq ft
Composite decking
Average cost per sq ft
8x10$520$880$1,120
10x10$650$1,100$1,400
10x20$1,300$2,200$2,800
12x12$936$1,584$2,016
12x20$1,560$2,640$3,360
14x20$1,820$3,080$3,920
16x16$1,664$2,816$3,584


Please keep in mind that these costs can vary according to a number of the factors we’ve mentioned before, as well as whether you plan to use those materials to build the deck yourself, or if you prefer to hire a contractor.

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