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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Cedar Wood Deck?

Typical Range: $3,000 - $9,000

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Cedar Decking Prices

The average cost of a cedar deck is about $4,500 for a 10- by 15-foot surface. That range can go as low as $3,000 for a small area with low-quality wood or as high as $9,000 for high-quality materials on a deck larger than 300 square feet.

Your project budget is largely based on size, including $4 to $9 per linear foot for the boards and $20 to $40 per square foot for labor. Size, quality of materials, and the difficulty of the terrain where it sits all influence that price.

Cost of Cedar Wood

A cedar decking boards range from $4 to $9 per linear foot. Where exactly your choice falls depends on the exact type as well as the size of the boards you're buying.

Cedar Deck Boards Prices by Size

5/4 in. x 6 in. x 1 ft.$3.50-$9
5/4 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft.$15-$23
5/4 in. x 6 in. x 12 ft.$20-$31
5/4 in. x 6 in. x 16 ft.$27-$40
2 in. x 6 in. x 1 ft.$5-$11
2 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft.$18-$27
2 in. x 6 in. x 12 ft.$26-$42
2 in. x 6 in. x 16 ft.$34-$50 

Western Red Cedar Decking Prices

Western Red cedar decking ranges between $5 and $9 per linear foot. It is the most commonly available and most popular option for decks. Western Red boards repel water and resist decay at higher-than-average rates.

Its low density makes it easy to shape, but also leads to a relatively rough surface that can be difficult to keep smooth.

Northern White Cedar

Northern White boards are the lowest-cost option for wood decks, ranging between $4 and $7 per linear foot. They are insect and moisture repellant, but also more brittle than their Western Red counterparts.

Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red planks cost between $5 and $8 per linear foot. Its pungent natural oils give it a distinct aroma, which many believe repels bugs. It needs to be finished and treated for exterior use to last more than just a few years.

Clear Cedar Decking Costs

Clear cedar decking ranges from $7 to $9 per linear foot. The term 'clear' describes the highest possible grade of board, not a type of wood. It's clean and free from any defects or knots. It's also difficult to find in nature and therefore expensive.

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Average Cost Per Square Foot to Build a Cedar Deck

The cost to build your deck typically ranges between $500 and $1,500. Most professionals charge by the size of the structure, at about $20 to $40 per square footfor labor, excluding material prices. That does not include the $900 to $2,900 average price to build stairs and railings. This is typically an extra quote charged by the project.

Labor Costs by Type of Work
Installation StepsPrice Per Square Foot
Deck permit$0.50-$1.50
Wooden Substructure or Concrete Foundation$3-$8
Deck boards and footing$15-$30
Stairs and railings$900-$2,900 (total)

Does Your Deck Need a Permit?

In most U.S. states, your deck construction does not require a permit if it's under 150 square feet and under 30 feet off the ground. An experienced contractor will help you determine whether your state follows that rule.

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Cedar Decking Costs vs. Other Wood Decks

Which decking materials you choose should depend on three major factors: cost, durability, and maintenance needs. 

Cedar vs. Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure treated wood boards range between $3 and $7 per linear foot, which is lower than cedar at $4 to $9 per foot. It lasts longer than most natural alternatives and requires less maintenance. However, the chemical treatment of this material can lead to health problems

Ipe vs. Cedar

Ipe is a high-end wood that ranges between $4 and $8per linear foot, similar to cedar. It is much harder than cedar, which makes it more durable but also more difficult to work with. You need specialized tools to drill a hole into it.

Ipe Brazilian hardwood lasts up to 40 years with regular treatment compared to cedar’s 20 to 30 years. 

Redwood vs. Cedar

Another premium material, Redwood ranges between $5 and $10 per linear foot. For that price, you get a highly graded lumber that keeps its shiny glow for longer than most alternatives. It's the most environmentally friendly option on this list and has an expected lifespan of about 20 years, similar to cedar.

Vs. Composite or Trex Decking

The cost of composite decking ranges between $7 and $12 per linear foot, more than cedar’s $4 to $9 per foot. It's an artificially-constructed material that looks like wood but lasts longer and requires little to no maintenance. 

Options range from PVC to various brand-proprietary alternatives. For instance, Trex decking costs between $7 and $10 per linear foot, and comes with a 25-year manufacturer's warranty. 

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Cedar Deck Maintenance

Ensure your cedar deck reaches its lifespan of 20 to 30 years with annual maintenance that ranges between $150 to $375. Estimate about $1 to $2.50per square foot per year.

  • Cleaning & Resealing: Sealing a deck costs between $1 and $2 per square foot. Do it annually to retain durability.
  • Staining: The price to stain your deck ranges between $1 and $1.50 per square foot. Extend its lifespan by choosing to stain instead of painting the wood. Not needed yearly.
  • Repairs: Remember to budget for deck repairs, which typically ranges from $700 to $2,500. This can be anything from fixing popped screws and nails to best control and major mold issues. 
  • Refinishing: If, after a few years, the wood loses its shine, refinishing your deck costs between $300 and $1,600

DIY vs. Hiring a Wood Decking Pro

You can build your own cedar deck but hiring a pro brings several advantages:

DIY Cedar Deck BuildingHiring a Pro
Price includes materials onlyMust budget extra for professional labor
Quality depends on your expertiseReliable building quality
Longer construction timelineFast construction

Choose whether you want to DYI or hire a decking pro based on these factors.

If you build your own surface, consider the entire deck building process and all the variables that come with it before beginning. If you go with an expert, know what questions to ask the carpenter and how to ensure you find the right decking pro.

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What's does cedar lumber cost per board food?

Expect to pay between $4 and $9 per linear foot of a typical decking board. A “board foot” accounts for a square foot that’s one inch thick. A thicker board will likely fall on the higher end of that per-foot cost, depending on its quality. 

What's the best and most affordable cedar decking?

Western Red tends to be your best and most affordable cedar decking option. Its abundance makes it affordable, but it's also among the most durable lumber for any outside surface.

Is cedar a good material for a pool or roof deck?

Cedar is good for a pool or roof deck only if treated regularly. The wood naturally repels moisture, but its light density allows for mold and mildew growth. Annual resealing helps to keep it dry even when exposed to water around a pool or on top of a roof. 

Can I use rough cut cedar boards for a deck?

You can build a deck using rough cut cedar boards. Many builders prefer this option, because it allows for better control over the material and a more rustic look. Like other lumber, it will need a finish and seal to last outside.

How much are cedar shingles for roof or siding?

The price for cedar shingles is around $4 per square foot. You can buy these shingles in bundles at about $130 per bundle. A budget of $400 covers about 100 square feet or roofing space.

The rate for cedar siding is between $3 and $5.50 per square foot, depending on the exact type of lumber. 

Where can I buy cedar decking wood near me?

Cedar wood is available at any large hardware store like Home Depot or Lowes. You can also find it at many building materials supply stores. If you need anything other than the common Western Red, consult a pro to help you find the best-priced materials for your new surface.

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