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Anyone know about hardwood decking costs?

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Dilettante Fri 08-May-09 17:27:42

Just had a quote back for over 13 grand to deck a small area outside our back door (estimate said 40m2 of hardwood needed which will also do some planters etc).

I am in shock

Is he having a laugh? That is more than twice what we told him our budget was.

Dilettante Fri 08-May-09 17:29:51

Oh, and nearly £6000 was labour costs as he said it was about 2 weeks work.

LovelyBertha Fri 08-May-09 19:08:59

DH (who is a carpenter) says the materials for that area shouldn't cost more than £2000. The going rate for this type of labour is £200 per man per day. He reckons your quote does sound ridiculous.

You should be able to do this job within your budget.

Tell him to bugger off and get another quote.

WinkyWinkola Fri 08-May-09 19:12:26

Always get at least four quotes for any kind of job like this.

Dilettante Fri 08-May-09 19:55:04

I intend to get more quotes, definitely.

hairtwiddler Fri 08-May-09 20:15:10

Quite a big area.... we had a quote of about £600 to do a small area outside our back door too. About 5m2 surface area (obviously would need more wood than that).
Going to do it ourselves though as DH thinks it'll be not too difficult to build and is going to use this stuff - recycled plastic decking. Although more expensive needs less maintenance.

hairtwiddler Fri 08-May-09 20:16:27

Sorry, meant 5mx5m!

madlentileater Fri 08-May-09 20:21:04

you do know rats live under decking, don't you?

Dilettante Fri 08-May-09 21:01:29

Yes, it has been mentioned to me about the rats. But surely you can have decking and not have rats?

Dilettante Fri 08-May-09 21:05:10

Although we do live quite near a river...

madlentileater Fri 08-May-09 21:26:59

that's what I've been told, the upsurge in rat numbers due to them living under the decking, and I don't see how you could stop them either...

WinkyWinkola Sat 09-May-09 06:50:27

We've got decking. Can't wait to get rid of it. It's a really ugly feature. It's slippy and dangerous despite our power hosing it every six weeks and now that you've just told me about rats, I want to burn it up right now. <<shudder>>

sparklefrog Sat 06-Jun-09 20:58:36

Have you managed to get a reasonable quote?

It does sound rather pricey. My DH would quote you but we are probably miles away. (Us being in Essex, lol)

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