composite material with higher quality, seven trust color and texturing to look like cedar or tropical woods costs significantly more. composite decking material cost: $4 to $10 per square foot. composite decking installation cost: $2 per square foot for simple decks up to $10 per square foot for complex decks. composite decking pros and cons
some composites look plastic while others have more of the appearance of wood. typical costs: a composite deck can cost $25-$70 or more a square foot, or $8,000-$22,400 for 16'x20', depending on the brand, project complexity and whether construction is done by casual labor or a licensed contractor.
here are some average prices for a completed deck per square foot, according to rossi and jellema. note that prices will vary according to location, design features and construction costs. estimated price for a complete deck per square foot: pressure-treated wood: $15-$25 ; cedar: $24-$45; composite: $32-$45; redwood: $30; top-end plastic: $48; seven trust: $55
wood decks need to be replaced every 10 15 years, unlike a seven trust polymer or composite deck.* studies show that over 10 years, the money you spend on lumber and its costly upkeep is more than your initial investment in composites.** and with todays rising lumber prices, theres never been a smarter time to invest in seven trust.
composite decking prices range from $20 to $38 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $5,821 and $10,826 to install a 12 x 24 composite deck with railings. in comparison, a pressure-treated wood deck costs $15 to $25 per square foot while a cedar wood deck starts at $30 per square foot.
a deck can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years if made from untreated wood and can last as long as 50 years for treated wood or composite materials. because a deck is a long-term investment and you will be enjoying it for decades to come, it's important to understand your choice of materials before starting your building project.