Do you have a worn deck that prevents you from enjoying your outdoor space? In some cases, repairs are an option. For example, you can spend an average of $2,062 to replace deck boards with broken, loose steps or wobbly railings to ensure your deck operates safely and looks great.
However, common deck repairs may not be all you require, especially if the decking wasn’t properly maintained throughout its lifespan. In this case, you’ll need to understand the replacement costs you might pay to remove the old deck. We discuss both options in this article!
Deck Replacement Costs
The average price to build your new deck is $4,100 to $11,700, between $30 and $60 per square foot. However, deck demolition and removing your old deck costs about $5 to $15 per square foot.
Deck Boards Replacement Cost
If you wish to replace broken boards, the price will depend on your chosen deck materials. Likewise, you’ll have to think about whether the planks are in good shape or if they caused structural problems you’ll need to address first.
Types of Deck Boards
Deckboard replacement costs mainly focus on the type of material used for the deck boards, as each has a different lifespan. Therefore, you might have to replace one type more often than another.
If you have treated lumber, you’ll pay about $8 or $10 per square foot. However, this depends on its quality. Less expensive options will warp and retain moisture more frequently, but the better-quality versions are kiln-dried, which might maintain their shape for many decades.
Though it doesn’t look like cedar, treated lumber requires less maintenance and is easy to install.
If you enjoy the style of cedar decking, you can expect to pay $3 to $7 per square foot. Homeowners love its rich color, but maintaining it requires periodic resealing and diligent cleaning. The wood will produce its oils after processing to retain its cedar smell.
Typically, cedarwood that’s been properly maintained will last anywhere from 15 to 20 years, but it could deteriorate quickly in shaded or wet areas.
The average cost to get redwood decking is between $5 and $30 per square foot. This type of wood deck features a broad grain pattern, which makes each deck unique. It can last 15 to 30 years with proper maintenance.
Ipe Hardwood Decking
Ipe decking costs roughly $10 to $20 per square foot, but it could be higher. It’s a tropical hardwood and one of the most durable options. Its lifespan is estimated to be anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Plus, it naturally resists rot!
Recycled Plastic Lumber
It costs about $30 to $45 per square foot to get recycled plastic lumber. Many people like it because it resists decay and weather well and won’t crack, warp, or splinter like natural wood. However, it might not look the same, though you can save money by choosing it.
On average, composite decks cost between $12 and $45 per square foot. The material can be plastic wrapped around the wood core, wood, and plastic, or entirely plastic. Overall, composite decking has a low cost initially and is resistant to weather and stains. However, it still requires more maintenance than a traditional wood deck and doesn’t look the same.
Deck Railing Replacement Cost
Replacing the deck railing could cost $35 to $120 per linear foot. Maintaining the railings is crucial because they are safety features for a raised deck. Likewise, they prevent tripping for floating or ground-level decks.
The final cost will depend on the material type you choose. Here are the average prices you’ll pay per linear foot:
- Wood – $40 to $60
- Composite – $80 to $165
- Metal – $55 to $85
- Cable – $115 to $175
- Glass – $140 to $210
Deck Repair Cost Options
Below, you will find the most common decking issues you could encounter. It’s wise to use a deck repair cost calculator to help you determine the total price, but here is a peek at them:
- Railing Repairs – Anywhere from $500 to $4,000
- Loose Stairs – $100 to $300
- Loose or Missing Nails/Screws – $0.30 per square foot
- Termites and Other Pests – $200 to $600
- Board Replacement – $500 to $4,000
- Mildew – $0.25 to $1.50
- Rot and Mold – $200 to $500
Let’s dive deeper into these common problems and potential repair costs:
Popped Screws or Nails
Popped screws and nails cost roughly $0.30 per square foot to fix. While it might feel like a minor problem, one screw can make a huge difference in the safety and stability of the area, especially on rails or stairs. Plus, it’s a relatively easy fix, and some people might be able to do it themselves, though hiring a professional is always the best solution.
Fixing the railing can cost about $500 to $3,000, depending on the damage. Plus, the type of materials you use makes a huge difference here. Composite and cable railings are often the most expensive.
Mildew, Rot, and Mold Issues
If mold has affected the deck and is not in a weight-bearing area, you can remove the damaged wood and fill it with epoxy compounds. They cost about $35 to $70/quart or about $100 to $200/gallon.
However, mildew can easily be washed away with a power washer. You can rent one for about $40 to $75/day and even purchase cleaning supplies for about $30.
Incorrect power washing might cause more damage to the deck’s appearance or structure, so you want to use the best techniques for the project. Hiring a professional to clean the decking materials properly might be wise.
Deck stairs can cost about $25 to $50 to fix, which is per stair. Wobbly or loose stairs can be a tripping hazard, so you want to address the issue quickly.
Check for missing or loose screws and nails before attempting the job. In some cases, they are the problem source and are easy to replace. If the structural integrity of the stairs seems to be the issue, you might need to hire a professional to do a serious repair.
To fix the deck surface (resurfacing), you’ll pay roughly $15 to $50 per square foot. Replacing the stairs, deck boards, and railings will transform the space and keep the structure intact.
Termite Damage and Pest Control
On average, professional pest or termite control for a deck costs about $200 to $600. Staining and sealing the deck every few years is wise to decrease the chances of an infestation.
Pressure washing will cost about $200 to $400, but it will be about $550 to $1,250 to stain your deck. Some homeowners can do both themselves, which can save them money. However, you must know how to power wash and stain for the best results.
Stair Repairs (Anchoring)
You will pay about $15 to $40 per step to anchor the steps. This will correct wobbles and will improve the safety of your deck.
Refurbishing the deck could cost just $100, but you might pay over $2,000, depending on the deck materials you use and the extent of the work. This process involves cosmetic fixes to the deck, such as replacing rusty nails, restaining, and sanding.
Deck Repair/Replacement Cost Factors
Here is the cost breakdown when hiring a professional to deal with the repairs or replacements of wood decking.
Material Cost (Per Square Foot)
The deck materials can cost between $3 and $5 per square foot, though this depends on the type you have or want. For example, natural wood might cost more than plastic recycled products.
Average cost amounts will depend on the deck size and the repair area, whether you focus on repairs or complete deck replacement.
The total deck replacement cost will include higher prices for materials and significant labor costs.
Minor repairs won’t likely require a permit, but you may have to spend $225 to $500 for a new deck permit. The elevation and deck size will generally affect your price.
In Austin, Texas, decks under 30 inches tall or 200 square feet don’t require permits or authorizations. However, you must get a permit if yours is bigger than that.
The labor for a deck repair project will be $100 to $500, depending on the fixes you require and the type of materials. You could do small repairs to save money, but many prefer hiring a professional to avoid later problems.
Time of Year
If you want professional deck repairs during a busy time of the year, typically between early fall and late spring, you will likely pay premium prices because they’re in high demand. Therefore, putting off your cosmetic repairs to save money might be wise. However, if the repair could impact the deck’s safety, it’s best to call immediately to avoid hazards.
The Extent and Type of Repairs
The cost to repair your deck depends on the extent of the repairs. A minor cosmetic issue will cost less than extensive repairs to your existing deck.
When dealing with a significant repair, such as refurbishing, restaining, and resurfacing, there could be more costs for any prep work. This will cover things like paint stripping, sanding, power washing, and staining.
Where you live can impact things like labor costs and material prices. Urban areas or places with a higher cost of living will be more expensive than “normal.”
If you’ve got a major rebuild or repair, the contract might have to evaluate the site before tackling the project. Most contractors do waive that fee if you hire them for the work. Others might provide a free quote. Make sure you ask about this to avoid surprises!
Demolishing the old deck could cost between $5 and $15 per square foot. This will include removing the old materials and the demolition itself. You could cut costs by disposing of the used materials yourself.
Considerations for DIY Deck Repair/Replacement
It can cost about $10 to $50 for DIY deck repairs, such as strengthening posts, replacing some broken boards, or replacing the nails.
However, replacing a deck board can cost between $3 and $45 per square foot, and replacing the railings could be anywhere from $35 to $120 per linear foot.
Overall, hiring a professional for a deck renovation or replacement is wise.
Tips for Reducing the Cost to Repair or Replace a Deck
You can purchase the decking material to reduce the price you pay for deck repairs. Get a full list of what’s needed and go to the hardware store.
Overall, deck repair costs are high, but you want things done correctly.
When to Replace or Repair a Deck and Why Choose a Professional
A total deck replacement might be your best solution if the deck is in bad shape. You might notice termite damage, split boards, holes, rotting, mold, loose railings, and more. If that happens, it’s best to call Austin Fence & Deck Builders to request a free estimate today!