With the approaching spring season, many homeowners are likely considering warmer weather projects for installation of fences and gates. Thus they are left unfinished from the year before. It’s now time to install a newer fence or a long-awaited deck makeover. Your budget is typically top-of-mind for any homeowner looking to take the next step.
If you are considering hiring a professional contractor to take on the project, there are a few pointers that can help when determining the appropriate budget. These are factors that can drive the project costs up or down, depending on your wants and needs.
- The height of your fence: The higher the fence, the more time is required to install them, and the more the cost of the materials. Installation of fences and gates can be pricier because the materials are larger and more difficult to work with. Most homeowners opt for a six-foot privacy fence.
- Material: While some fencing material may be the cheapest to install, it may not be easy on the eye. Chain link fences are the cheapest of the bunch, available with PVC covering, these fences last a long time and are easy and quick to install. However, they offer little in the way of privacy and do very little in terms of curb appeal. For this reason, many homes in the GTA – especially in the suburbs – choose the more traditional wooden fence option. Costs are higher, but not prohibitive.
- Other aspects that can fluctuate the price of your fence installation include:
- Marking utility lines
- Concrete delivery (if needed)
- Size: When it comes to size, a bigger deck is not always better. Consult with various construction companies and a designer, if possible, about what size of the deck will complement your home best. You will want a deck that is big enough to accommodate your outdoor activities during the warmer months, but not too big that it will eclipse your entire backyard garden. One tip is that your deck should be no larger than the largest room in your home. Thinking about how long you plan to remain in your home, can help you decide how much you are willing to invest in your deck. A long-term plan may warrant the extra investment so that you can enjoy your new deck to its fullest potential.
- Material: Pressure-treated wood is the most common material of choice in Ontario, but may not be as durable as some pricier materials. Pressure-treated requires regular maintenance, like regular cleaning and resealing (or repainting) to avoid rot or discoloration.
- In addition to the deck material, other costs associated with building a deck include:
- Grading or leveling the land if necessary
- Installing concrete post foundations
- Banding (the border around the deck floor, which is optional, but helps with looks and durability)
- Additional options that also add to costs, but are not necessary for every job, include:
- UV Blockage/Sealing
- Corrosion-resistant fasteners
- Railings and balustrades
Thinking of installing your new fence or deck? Call us now for a free estimate.