Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does a typical deck cost?

There really isn’t a “typical” deck. Every customer has a different idea or vision for how they want their deck to look. Every deck is different depending on design, square footage, features, etc. We will help you choose exactly the right deck for your budget and maximum outdoor enjoyment. Prices can range from approximately $2,000 to $15,000 or more depending on your wishes and budget.

How long does it take to build a deck?
Based on the size of your deck, an average project may take anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks (or more). Larger projects may take longer.

What types of wood will be best for my project?
We find that a high quality pressure-treated lumber (specifically pine) still makes a very pretty deck. Cedar seems to have had it’s heyday for use as a decking material. Cedar makes a very pretty deck when first complete, however it’s lifespan is about 12 years on average, and many people want better performance. Composite & PVC capped material is on the rise. Some of these products have a look and feel of plastic or vinyl. While the decks may be nice and require less maintenance (there is no such thing as ‘maintenance free’). Anybody that has had a deck built with this material is never asked, “Is this a wood deck?” There are several manufacturers for these products.

How can I make my deck look different than a typical deck?
Unlike other deck companies or home supply retailers, Jacksonville Deck Builders never uses stock deck designs. Every deck is custom designed and tailored to your unique needs and desires. You can also choose from a variety of design details including different deck shapes and patterns, inlays, unique railing styles including copper, illumination for evening, etc.

How much more does it cost to use composite versus wood?
Expect to budget 25 – 30% more for composite deck material.

What is composite made of?
It depends on the manufacturer. Composite materials range from recycled plastic bags and milk jugs to recycled plastics, vinyl and aluminum.

How do I care for my deck after it has been installed?
Shortly after your wood deck is built, (30 days in summer, longer in cooler months) you will need to seal the deck with a high quality wood sealer. This can also provide a finish with color for the deck since the stain and sealer are the same color. After that, we recommend staining and sealing your deck on an annual basis. MFG Sealant is a manufacturer of a great deck sealer that we often use and recommend.

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