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    Premium deck planning and budgeting

  • Plan Your Deck

    How to get from point A to finished.


    Premium decking budgets are affected by virtually everything, and many of those things are listed below. Changes you make and inspiration you get in the building stage will be far costlier than they would have been at the planning stage. So express yourself with as many inlays and additional entry points as your ideas and desires dictate. Just be sure to do it pre-build.

    Remember to factor in the material and labor costs in your area. They vary from region to region, as do home resale numbers. And always remember to think about the big decking picture: the cost of your project compared to the added home value, fun and memories it will repay you with over the years.

  • Elements to factor into your premium decking budget.


    Long-term Maintenance Costs

    Decks definitely add value to your home to varying degrees, but some decking material carries more maintenance requirements and long-term costs than others. On the high end of the style scale and the easy end of the maintenance scale you’ll find Zuri® Premium Decking by Royal®.

    Deck Shape

    If you want to introduce curves, remember creative and dramatic shapes cost more and exotic woods don’t shape-shift very easily.

    Deck Height

    Will it be on or above the ground? Additional levels require additional material and add up to more labor hours.

    Access Points

    The fascination and drama of a double-decker deck with multiple access points may demand additional design elements (like transitional doors, fencing and lighting) and will definitely require more dramatic craftsmanship. It will also necessitate the higher price tag that accompanies extra labor.

    Contractor Efficiency

    Even if competency and familiarity with your chosen decking material are not an issue, another factor that may arise is lack of close supervision of subcontractors. Whatever the cause of the inefficiency, it’s all about time. And doing things right the first time, which naturally affects costs.

  • Navigating Codes and Permits


    Even though a premium deck is part of your home, you’re still changing the landscape, and there are rules that govern this aspect of deck building. You or your contractor (if you’re not doing the heavy lifting) will need to check with your state, county and city government offices about any permit or code requirements.

    Also make sure to consult your homeowner association about any special rules dictating size, color, material or design. Another important pre-build consideration is to check with your local utility companies about where cables, wires and pipes may be lying underneath the deck you’re about to build. If you’re using a contractor, he or she should be handling this.