Here in Reno and Sparks, a beautiful patio space (ideally with a cover!) is pretty synonymous with outdoor living. But the right deck can be just as beautiful. If you’re considering adding a deck, you likely have questions about costs and feasibility given our high-desert climate, and whether a deck will add value to your Reno home. Here’s what to keep in mind.
Adding a Deck to Your Reno Home
At Golden Eagle Builders, we’ve installed engineered and real wood decks for many happy customers. Understanding the level of maintenance both options require and balancing cost and aesthetic considerations can help you decide which material is the best option for your project. Either way, it’s true that a deck will add value to your Reno home. But there are a few important considerations.
- Materials. In terms of ROI, there is a small difference between high-quality wood and composite. The former will require annual upkeep, with staining, sealing, and sanding all necessary to maintain aesthetics. An engineered option will curb those expenses, often with little maintenance beyond cleaning.
- Location. A well-placed deck extends your living space, creating an outdoor space for gathering, entertaining, and relaxing. Being mindful of the best placement for your deck is the best bang to ensure the most bang for your buck.
- Quality of installation. If you’re looking to save money, you may be considering a DIY deck build. It’s true that you can save a lot of money on installation costs going this route, but only if you have the right tools and skills, and you’re willing to handle the permitting and follow relevant building codes. If you feel like that’s beyond your wheelhouse, you’ll save frustration and money by bringing in a professional.
Let’s Talk ROI
The general rule of thumb is that a deck build can recoup close to three-fourths of its cost, though that depends on materials, labor costs, and the design itself. A 2021 Cost vs Value Report from Remodeling Magazine calls deck additions a top ten outdoor home improvement, with wood decks recouping about 68% of its value and a composite deck about 63%. That number tends to go up in warmer climates. Again, here in northern Nevada, our four seasons mean annual maintenance is a must for wooden decks—something worth keeping in mind.
If you’d like to talk through your options for a new deck in 2023, Golden Eagle Builders is happy to help. Contact us today to learn more.