Deck Addition Is a Top Remodeling Project

Deck Addition Considered One of Top 5 Home Remodeling Projects

Bethesda, MD—May 4, 2011—According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report, a wood deck addition is one of the top five remodeling projects that yield the greatest return on investment. In this slow-growing economy, many homeowners are hesitant to upgrade or improve their homes due to fears that their costs will not be recouped in a sale. The 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report provides support that smart, mid-range upgrades can be worth the investment. The annual survey uses input from realtors in 80 cities across the country to rank home remodeling projects according to those that bring the greatest cost recovery at resale. Five projects topped the list and clearly indicate that first impressions really do matter when selling your home.

Of the five projects, four are considered mid-range investments, aimed at budget-conscious homeowners and only one of the five is an interior project. A midrange entry door replacement yields the highest payback at a national average of 102.1 percent, followed by a midrange garage door replacement, at 83.9 percent. An upscale siding redo will recoup 80 percent of the cost. A midrange kitchen remodel averages 72.8 percent and a wood deck addition also generates a 72.8 percent return. For more information on Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, click here.

Long® Fence Provides Budget-Friendly Wood Decks

Adding a deck can be a desirable feature to a prospective homebuyer. In many markets wood decks are considered essential rather than discretionary, particularly in neighborhoods where every home has an outdoor living space. Wooden deck installations need not be fancy or expensive. Long® Fence has deck designs to accommodate any budget.

A 16-by-20-foot deck using pressure-treated wood joists, posts and deck boards installed in a simple linear pattern would be an example of a mid-range wood deck project. This project might include a built-in bench, planter and a few steps to grade in the same material. A railing system using pressure-treated wood posts, railings, and balusters would complete the job.

“Homeowners should be sure a new deck is not too big or small,” suggests Barry Kishter, residential sales manager at Long® Fence. “An 8-by-8-foot deck might seem useless to potential buyers. A deck that spans the length of the house might be great for entertaining but too costly to recoup the better part of the investment.”

A new wood deck can be beautiful, but if not done correctly it could be a negative to buyers. Before any work is done, obtain all required permits and inspections to ensure that the deck is built to code. Use careful consideration when hiring a contractor. Make sure they are licensed and ask for references.

About Long® Fence

Long® Fence, a family owned business in operation since 1945, primarily serves the mid-Atlantic region from Pennsylvania to Georgia, however large scale government or industrial installations can be found in most of the United States. Long® Fence installs all types of fencing and decks including wood deck additions for residential and commercial use, gazebos, pavilions, boardwalks, docks, piers and pergolas. Notable projects include the Annapolis City Dock, Baltimore’s Power Plant Live! and Hyatt Hotels.

For more information, call 888-220-5664 or visit Long® Fence.