Video: Expand Your Living Area by Adding a Deck

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Carol

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I'm getting bids on a new mahogany deck right now and they are coming in at $54-58/SF. I choose mahogany for the gorgeous look, limited maintenance--sealing is easy for me, and resale value for the home. Pressure-treated doesn't add to the house and may detract. Cedar and fir both require much more maintenance. Premium composites are 3 times more expensive than mahogany, according to one contractor, still have mold and mildew problems, do get quite hot underfoot, and if there is a problem, can't be sanded down and refinished. Low grade composites look like plastic cardboard. Mahogany, or ipe, was the choice for me.

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Ed
What's a good cost per square foot to estimate for adding more deck space to an existing deck. Say an additional 5' x 10' treated wood deck?
7/6/2011 9:46:10 AM
I would like to see or hear answer to Ed's question.

Jim

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We have a composite deck on our house. NEVER again. It gets too hot in summer and radiates heat even after its in the shade several hours. It also grows moss on it. It is on the west side of the house so every day it receives 6-8 hours of direct sun but it still grows moss under the railings. It will eventually be replaced with a ceder wood deck within the next 5 years.

David Herbig

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Just a small warning - composite decks get really hot in the sun.

Ed

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What's a good cost per square foot to estimate for adding more deck space to an existing deck. Say an additional 5' x 10' treated wood deck?

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