Outdoor Decking has many benefits, and it will be a good investment. Outdoor decks are often the best place to relax and enjoy the colors and scents of nature while having fun with loved ones.
Decking prices are determined by many factors. In Singapore, wooden decking material is either solid wooden decking or composite wooden decking. Composite decks are constructed using wood fibers and recycled plastic to create a solid yet lightweight surface.
Wood decking, if you wish to call it that, or balcony flooring has different pricing depending on the type of wood and some other factors you decide to use. It includes all the steps involved in supplying, installing, sanding, varnishing, and maintaining the timber decks. Here are the different factors affecting the price of wooden decking in Singapore.
1. Choice of Wooden Decking Materials
The wood material is the most obvious differentiating factor in the price of wooden decking. Most wooden decking in Singapore is made of Chengal wood or composite wood, the two more affordable decking. Burmese Teak wooden decking costs more due to its more expensive material costs. As such, Burmese Teak wooden decking is often chosen for small balconies. Chengal wood and composite wood decking are popular for extensive areas as their unit-rate price is more affordable.
2. Area of Wooden Decking
It is commonly understood that the price of wooden decking comes in a specific unit rate, usually per square foot or square meter. This means that the bigger the area is, the higher the total price of the wooden decking will be. Customers may note that there is more willingness for a contractor to apply some discount on the unit price of wooden decking if the area is large.
3. Height of Wooden Decking
The price of wooden decking includes a labor charge to install the wooden decking. This means that the more complex the installation is, the more the wooden decking cost will be. The favorite decking job for contractors is one in which installers can directly do the decking on the existing ground (concrete, tile, or wood). However, it is sometimes required to raise the height of the wooden decking, typically with planter box areas. Raising the decking to a particular height requires more materials and labor hours on the clock. In the outdoor patio wooden decking, raising the wooden decking also means extra decking vertical sides to cover. These additional costs are usually transferred to clients with a higher unit-rate price for the wooden decking.
Comparison of Direct-Lay Wooden Decking and Raised-Up Wooden Decking
Clients often need to pay more attention to logistics costs which are a significant hassle to the installation process. You may compare two decking jobs: a decking job on ground level and a decking job on a rooftop balcony where installers have to climb and carry the materials through several staircases. With rooftop balcony wooden decking where installers have to carry the decking material up several flights of stairs slowly, the whole logistics may already consume half or a full day. In a Covid-19 setting where installers are supposed to wear masks, this logistics through staircases is a big problem for contractors. This cost is absent for ground-level decking jobs.
5. Wastage of Wooden Decking
Wastage is an issue that all contractors have to deal with. Almost all the time, the materials used to do the wooden decking are more than the size of the wooden decking. Different contractors deal with wastage issues differently; some charge more of the area to the clients and some decide to absorb. If the shape of your balcony decking is not a square or rectangle, then most likely, the wastage of materials is relatively high.
Trapezium-Shaped Composite Wooden Decking
The picture above shows a balcony with a wooden decking in a trapezium shape. The slanted side on the left incurs high wastage as the rectangular wooden planks must be cut off to fit into the diagonal line. This means that the quantity of wooden decking materials used is more than the mathematical figure of the wooden decking area.
6. Working Hours
Most foreign workers in Singapore are paid to work from 9 AM to 5 PM, with a mandatory higher hourly rate for additional work beyond those hours, as per the Ministry of Manpower’s regulation. Therefore, most construction jobs, including wooden decking, are done around those hours. Should it be required to work in the evening or at midnight, there will be extra charges as the installation costs are much more.
7. The Pattern of Wooden Decking
Most wooden decking in Singapore is done in a straight pattern with random joints to minimize wastage. Customers sometimes request a more challenging way in herringbone or chevron style, and herringbone and chevron-style wooden decking consume much more materials and labor than traditional straight decking.
Composite Wooden Decking in Chevron Pattern
Composite Wooden Decking in Herringbone Pattern
The two pictures above show composite wooden decking in both chevron and herringbone pattern respectively. These patterns are difficult patterns to do and they incur high wastage of materials.
There are several factors that influence the price of wooden decking in Singapore. If you’ve been planning to get a new wooden deck for your home or office building, get in contact with SG Goodwood today!