Cost of New Deck Building in Michigan and Illinois

Spring and Summer are the main seasons for deck building in Michigan and Illinois. During this season, we get many questions asking about the cost of a new deck. There are many deck-building companies out there but few can compete with the high-quality workmanship, materials, and knowledge that Miles Bradley provides. We will tell you all you need to know about the procedures and costs of getting a new deck built for your home. Our offices are located near Detroit and Chicago, serving both metro areas. It should be noted that cost can vary for different types of materials. The ranges below reflect the current year’s prices, but will undoubtedly change year to year.

Low maintenance composite deck costs

Miles Bradley cost guideline for a typical new custom deck construction.

The average deck is around 300-400 square feet.

  • Pressure-treated wood deck can cost around $15,000-$18,000 depending on how it is constructed.
  • Cedar decks can cost between $20,000 and $25,000 depending on the specs of the deck.
  • Composite decks can cost between $20,000 and $25,000. Despite the price, these decks are the best value. They are built to brave the elements so forget warping, weathering, and damage by insects. Check out our Trex Low Maintenance Composite Decks, there is no need to paint, seal, or stain.

Deck cost pricing includes; permits from the city, clean up, labor, material, warranty, and some beautiful rail lighting. (We add in to thank you for your business!)

The prices above are for complete deck construction. Your custom deck will vary within the pricing. Contact us for pricing on building a new deck for your home.

Custom Deck features can increase deck building cost;

Your options are endless! Keep in mind custom features such as curved rails, steel frames, spiral staircases, radius decks, and custom decking patterns can increase costs. Right now is the perfect time to have Miles Bradley help design and build your custom deck. Call our Detroit Michigan office: 248-478-8660 or our Chicago Illinois office: 847-920-7601 for new deck-building costs in your area.

Updated March 2021

2 BIG Things to Consider For Your Deck

2 BIG Things to Consider For Your Deck

Getting a deck built is a big decision to make. Consider these 2 things before getting your deck built.

Things to Consider – How do you want to use your deck?

Comfort

Did you just want to create a snug spot in the backyard for you and your family? Design your deck to accommodate lounge chairs and a patio set based on how many people are in your family. Also, try to plan ahead for sunny spots by building a shade with greenery or build a shade.

Parties

Most decks are designed to support up to 60 pounds per square foot including the weight of the deck.  Overloading it could be very dangerous.  If you plan to have huge parties or heavy furniture, you may want to have a stronger supporting structure built. You also want to make sure that your deck is large enough to fit a lot of people, furniture, and appliances.

How do you want your deck to look?

There is a wide variety of materials that you can choose to have your deck built from as well as many benefits that go along with each type of material.

Pressure- Treated Wood: This type of wood takes stains and waterproofing easily. It is also cheaper than many of the other options for deck building in Michigan or Chicago

Composite Decking: This wood-look alternative is known for its long-lasting nature and durability. You can get composite decking in a variety of colors or textures. Composite decking doesn’t splinter, crack, warp, or rot significantly reduced the need for maintenance.

PVC Cellular Decking: PVC is easy to clean and not prone to rot or termites which makes it stand out over wood. Having a cellular PVC deck built can be beneficial as it is moisture resistant and will not swell or shrink with temperature changes.

Cedar: Cedar decking has a natural insect resistance which can help eliminate termite problems that often arise in regular wood decks. Cedar is very easy to work with during installation and can be easily stained.

After selecting the material that you wish to have your deck built you then need to decide where do you want your deck or patio to be built? Can you accommodate the lifestyle that you want to live on your deck or patio?  Based on this, plan how you want to build your deck in Michigan or Chicago.

Finally, contact Miles Bradley to get started on building your dream deck today!

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Should I buy a Deck or a Patio?

Should I buy a Deck or a Patio?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a deck or a patio? They are very similar but one might fit or look better than the other in your backyard. It is important to understand the differences between a patio and a deck in order to make an informed buying decision.

Decks are platforms made of wood or composite materials. Also, decks work best if you have a sloped yard and you want to create a flat area. Homes that sit high above the ground are also good for decks. In addition, decks can be built as high as you need them, unlike patios.

Patio Options

Patios are normally built on flat ground. They are made of wood, concrete, or flagstone. It is also possible for them to be built on a sloped lot but building it can be more costly. If your door is ground level, then many people choose to have them built instead of a deck.

When deciding to get a patio or a deck Deck or Patio built, you should consider how many people you want it to accommodate and what activities you want to do outside. This will help Miles Bradley figure out traffic flow, safety measures, and size estimates. A growing trend in the deck industry is to build a multi-level deck with steps leading down to a patio. This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of both if you still can’t decide which one to get.

Let Miles Bradley in Michigan build your next deck or patio. We have over 20 years of experience constructing decks on a variety of landscapes. We do great work and have excellent testimonials to prove it. A Miles Bradley deck comes with exceptional workmanship and is built with high-quality materials. Finally, contact Miles Bradley today to start your deck or patio project!

Timbertech or Trex- Choosing Low Maintenance Composite Decking

Timbertech or Trex- Choosing Low Maintenance Composite Decking

Over time, the decking industry has made drastic improvements to materials used to create your dream deck. Trex or Timbertech are very popular composite deck companies. Also, manufacturing composite decking materials that give homeowners the wood look they want, yet easy maintenance and longevity. As time continues to pass, composite decking continues to transform and other composite decking manufacturers are being introduced.

If you are planning on having your dream deck constructed out of low maintenance composite decking materials, Trex or Timbertech both supply high-quality decking materials and have very similar collections for you to choose from. So what is the difference between the two? Which should you choose? Looking fo tips on maintaining your Trex deck? Click here.

Timbertech or Trex

The decision on when to choose Trex composite decking or Timbertech composite decking is completely up to you. As far as the product goes, they are very similar and both offer the same low maintenance aspect that everyone is searching for. You may realize that your decision on which company to select may come down to texture, color, or customization you wish for your deck or landscaping project to have.

When searching for a Timbertech installer, look no further than Miles Bradley!

Miles Bradley Building has been installing composite decks for decades. Our experienced staff can help find exactly what you are looking for. At Miles Bradley, we construct your low maintenance dream deck with the highest quality Trex or Timbertech composite decking materials. Our decking professionals will review your deck plans and help you determine whether Timbertech or Trex composite decking is right for you. Finally, contact our professional deck builders today so we can get started.

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Make Your Gazebo or Pergola Stand Out This Winter

Pergolas and gazebos are becoming more popular additions to add value to your home. Have you recently had a pergola or gazebo added to your deck or yard in Michigan? If so, you may be wondering how you can decorate it for the winter. There are many creative decorating ideas for pergolas or creative decorating ideas for gazebos that will turn heads. Of course without any work at all, the wood stain against Michigan’s bright white snow is beautiful in itself, here are some simple additions that will  truly make your pergola or gazebo stand out.

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Adding simple holiday lighting to your pergola or gazebo will create a stunning ambiance that will illuminate your structure. Whether you select a basic white lighting or other color, it will reflect beautifully off of accumulated snow. Because of the unique structure of your custom pergola or custom gazebo, your lighted snow covered gazebo or pergola is sure to produce a great photo op!

Greenery

Whether you go with a faux garland or choose real evergreen, you will create a stunning contrast to your pergola or gazebos finish. Garland can be wrapped around the posts of the bottom of your gazebo of pergola, or draped from the roof. You may also choose to incorporate your lighting into your greenery by twisting it around as you would for holiday decorations. Some even add red bows in the center of draping or at the top of posts wrapped in garland to really add a holiday touch.

Whether or not you choose to decorate your gazebo or pergola is completely up to you. Check out some of the awesome winter decoration ideas for pergolas or winter decoration ideas for gazebos that we have found on Pinterest.

If you haven’t contacted us to have a pergola or gazebo added to your home, its not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to schedule your pergola construction or gazebo construction in Michigan. With off season building you can save up to 20% on your project! Contact Miles Bradley today for more information.