There are many benefits to outdoor decking, 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 most obvious differentiating factor in the price of wooden decking is the wood material. Most wooden decking in Singapore is made of Chengal wood or composite wood, which are 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 only. Chengal wood and composite wooden decking are the popular choices for big 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 certain unit rate, usually per square foot or per meter square. This means that the bigger the area is, the more expensive the total price of the wooden decking will be. Customers may note that there is more willingness for 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 labour charge to install the wooden decking. This means that the more difficult the installation is, the more the price of wooden decking will be. The most favourite decking jobs for contractors is probably one that installers can direct-lay the decking on existing ground (concrete, tile or wood). However, sometimes it is a requirement to raise up the height of the wooden decking, typically with planter box areas. Raising up the decking to a certain required height involves more materials used and more labour hours on the clock. In the case of outdoor patio wooden decking, raising up the wooden decking also means extra decking vertical sides to cover. These extra 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

4. Logistics

Logistics cost is very often ignored by clients but is a significant hassle to the installation process. You may consider and compare two different 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 slowly carry the decking material up through several flights of stairs, the whole logistic itself may already consume half day or a whole 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 pretty much all contractors have to deal with. Almost all the time that the actual materials used to do the wooden decking is more than the size of the wooden decking. Different contractors deal with wastage issues differently; some charge additional percentage of area to the clients and some just decide to absorb. If the shape of your balcony decking is not a square or rectangle, then most likely the wastage of materials is quite high.

Trapezium-Shaped Composite Wooden Decking

The picture above shows a balcony wooden decking that comes in a trapezium shape. The slanted side on the left side incurs high wastage as the rectangular wooden planks have to be cut off to fit into the slanted line. This means that the actual quantity of wooden decking materials used is more than the mathematical figure of the area of the wooden decking.

6. Working Hours

Most foreign workers in Singapore are paid to work from 9AM to 5PM, with a mandatory higher hourly rate for additional works beyond those hours, as per Ministry of Manpower’s regulation. Therefore, most construction jobs, including wooden decking is done around those hours. Should it be a requirement to work in the evening or midnight, there will be extra charges as the installation costs are a lot more.

 

7. Pattern of Wooden Decking

Most wooden decking in Singapore is done in a straight pattern with random joints to minimize wastage. At times, customers request a more difficult pattern in herringbone or chevron style. Herringbone and chevron style wooden decking consume a lot more materials and labour hours compared to normal 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.

 

Conclusion

There are several factors 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!

 

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