"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too
little, you sometimes lose everything; because the thing you bought was incapable
of doing the job it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits
paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest
bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run; and if you do that
you will have enough to pay for something better." - John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Have you ever wanted a ballpark quote from someone and they said, "Whatever the materials cost, just double it and that's your Total for materials & labor."?
This is true for most every trade - EXCEPT decks!
Please (PLEASE) understand that, unlike the custom landscaper or concrete finisher, unlike the roofer, brick layer, or swimming pool installer, we do NOT have new trucks, over-sized houses, swimming pools of our own, we don't get vacations (ususally even to the local lake much less overseas) and our kids don't go to private schools. We don't have house keepers and our yards have more weeds than grass. And this is because, for some reason, the deck industry in Arkansas doesn't have the same profit margin as every other trade. No matter how 'astronomical' your deck quote may seem to you, we will only take home enough money from it to be lucky if we can afford to go straight to the next job. Think the price is too high? Thank the Timber Industry and the business model that someone other than us set up where even WE have to pay retail for lumber.
But... we are not complaining; We LOVE what we do. Just know that pleasing YOU is our reward - we are not getting rich. We just want you to understand, up front, that we are on YOUR side and our first quote to you will be at minimal "survival" levels for us. We don't leave room in our quotes to "negotiate" or "sharpen our pencil" because, if we did, that would mean that we weren't being fair and honest to you from the start.
And... get this.... the decks we have at our houses were built using scraps & boards from YOUR job that we deemed "not good enough" to install on your deck. If not, we wouldn't even have our own decks - even though our own labor is free to us. But, on with the pricing.....
The few Deck companies in this area that
even have websites, don't list their prices and we never have either. There
are many reasons for this. Each job is different in so many ways - height, size,
accessories, old deck tear-out, location, choice of materials... not to mention
the fact that material prices are constantly fluctuating. But each area of the
country does have an average square-foot dollar amount that Decks can
be installed for.
When trying to compare a price we may quote you to the
price another contractor gives you for, what you may think is, the same
job, you should first read our article Apples
to Apples in a Bad Economy. We may be higher or we may be
lower than your other quotes. Then, after you understand how we are so different
than any other contractor you will encounter, you can take an extra level of
"pricing-comfort" in the information below.
I performed a Google
Search for "deck pricing per square foot" and I've listed the
Top Seven links on the first page of the search.
But... if you'd like me to save you some time and just give you
the gist of it here, I'd be happy to!
The lowest average sq ft price I could find for a Quality
installed Deck, anywhere in the country was $12 psf. using Treated Pine.
(and that WASN'T here!)
In most locations, the average sq ft price, installed, is between $16
and $21 for Treated Pine. Every other material choice can double,
triple, and sometimes, quadruple what you'd spend using Treated Pine.
According to research, even beyond the links above, and average
Treated Pine material costs, the Average square-foot price for an installed
Deck in Arkansas is.......... $16 psf. And, get this... most
companies don't include their handrail or anything else in that price! Here's
the good news for you:
The highest sq ft price we have charged,
to date, was NOT over $13.75! And... handrail is included in our sq
ft price. If the deck is lower than 28" and you don't want rail, our
sq ft price is reduced accordingly.
So, when you review our website, read
our testimonials, peruse our many photo Galleries, visit other jobs we've
done, check out our history in the community, view our ratings by industry
watchdogs, and feast your eyes on the custom plan we draw for you.....
You will realize just how much more
you are getting, than any other company in Central Arkansas can provide,
for MANY dollars per sq ft LESS than the proven average for our State!
There are companies that charge more
than Custom Deckworks does. But if we can provide what we do for less than
them, and less than the State Average, just imagine what you will get (or
more importantly - NOT get) if you hire someone that charges even less!
At some point, corners are being cut and your money is at risk of being
For our level of design creativity,
our depth of construction excellence and attention to detail, and our unparalleled
customer service, you should expect to pay, at the very least, the State
average, if not more! And even though that would be more than fair, we don't
charge that much!
If you need a new Deck and, therefore, you're going to invest your money
with someone, make the best and most informed decision you can and Contact
Get the Highest Quality Deck at a