How long does it take to build a deck? It’s a common question that our customers ask us when considering building a deck for their homes. However, there’s no definite one answer to this question because certain factors can affect the timeline of a deck’s completion. We’re highlighting them in the following.

How long does it take to build a deck?

Homeowners who desire to increase the value of their homes, renovate before putting up their home for sale, or create a more enjoyable outdoor space for their guests and family ask us to build a deck for their home. 

If you want to construct and build a deck, here are some things to bear in mind on what affects the length of time that a deck will be completed.


The planning, design, and permit application for a deck project is time-consuming. If the project requires a permit, allocate at least one month for the design of the deck and permits.

Deck size

A smaller deck size will take less time than it will be to build a multi-level deck. The bigger the deck, the longer time it will take to complete because there will be more materials involved and the designing will also be longer.


A single-level deck will take less time to design and physically build than it will to construct a multi-level deck, a deck with complex design, one with a roof structure, or one to surround a swimming pool. Nevertheless, a more complex deck project will require more design and engineering time.

Site conditions and weather

A deck can be built in any weather, even in the winter. However, certain weather conditions, like heavy blizzards, thunderstorms, hail, and super low temperatures, would interrupt the work because it would be unsafe for the workers.

Cold temperatures that can freeze the ground will make some aspects of the building, like drilling concrete, a struggle, increasing the project timeline.

Meanwhile, when the snow and ice melt, the land can be soft and muddy, and working in these conditions will affect the outcome of the deck project. For instance, digging supports in muddy conditions can also be difficult because mud can make the surface dirty and slippery.


Another thing to affect the timeline of the project is inspections that are conducted to ensure that the construction complies with regulations. Before the construction continues, contractors must wait for the inspectors to inspect and approve a project’s certain aspect or stage.


The materials you want to use for your deck building project will also directly affect its timeline for completion. Your Houston deck contractor should be able to give you an idea if certain materials would require a special order, which will also require a longer waiting time.

Our deck construction team recommends building a deck in the summer for fewer weather disturbances and delays. But even if summer is considered the best time to build a deck, the off-season is the best time to buy. This will allow you to arrange the installation date of your preference.

Features and additions

The deck project will also take longer to install or get started based on your requirements. For example, do you want the deck to end on a patio? If you don’t already have a patio, it should be constructed and installed before building the deck, causing more delays in the beginning of the deck construction.

Deck builder experience

The experience of the deck builder also affects the timeline of the project’s completion, so it is important to choose one that has the skills and experience in deck building.

Our contractors at Vazquez Custom Homes will be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take to build a deck or its completion.

Nevertheless, there is no definite answer to the length of time that a deck project will be completed because it is affected by the factors we mentioned earlier. Every deck, depending on its design complexity and size, will be different.

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