First Things First:

The cure for a day spent staring at a computer screen is sitting on your deck, watching the sunset, glass of rosé in hand. It almost makes you forget what a pain in the *ss that deck was to build (unless you shell out the cash to have someone do it for you — more on that later). Homeowners typically , with an average of $1,526, according to HomeAdvisor.

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Giving It A Refresh:

A new finish is an effective, inexpensive way to make an old deck look new (especially one that's been worn down by the elements). Refinishing a 10 x 12-foot deck with a new coat of sealer, paint or stain costs $350 to $750. If you're only dealing with some deck boards or railings that are rotten, decaying, or broken, replacing those specific sections starts at about $300.

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Rebuilding The Whole Deck:

If the $5 to $15 per square foot, so taking down a 10 x 12-foot deck would set you back about $1,200. A an average of $10,950, according to Remodeling Magazine, and a new composite deck is almost double that, at $17,668. For a few hundred bucks, you can add a trellis or pergola to your deck, then let plants climb along them to provide shade and privacy. The options are basically endless when it comes to designs.

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Picking The Materials:

Replacing the decking for a 10 x 12-foot deck starts at $2,100 for treated lumber; $4,100 for cedar; $5,600 for composite materials; and $5,800 for redwood. Railings are extra. But then again, so are you. Cedar, for example, is a popular deck choice, but after a few years, it starts to turn gray and dingy if you don't treat it once a summer.

Giving It A Refresh:

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A new finish is an effective, inexpensive way to rejuvenate a wooden deck. $350 to $750. Finishes include sealers that preserve the wood's look, semi-transparent and semi-solid stains that bring out the wood grains but tint the color, and solid stains and paints that change the color.



Fixing The Railings:

Sturdy railings are a necessity. Costs for repairing broken or wobbly railings depend on the materials and extent of the damage, but typically start at $250. Upgrading railings, even if they’re not broken, can really take your deck from meh to major: Going from basic 2 x 2-inch wood balusters to decorative aluminum rails, for example, makes a big impact. New railing for a 10 x 12-foot deck starts at $400 for wood; $1,600 for aluminum; $2,560 for composites; $2,880 for cables; and $3,820 for glass.

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Adding Personality:

It's all in the details. Upgrading your outdoor lighting starts at less than $200, which is great for ambiance and for safety (consider putting them near seating areas and along stairs). Solar lights are a good option (around $100 a piece) if you want to avoid electrical work. For about $200, you can add to give the space come color — for about $75, you can install lattice panels that allow flowers to climb and keep nosy neighbors from peeping.


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