Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Who Handles Permits, Approvals & Inspections for New Decks?


When you’ve decided to hire a professional to build your deck, it’s often unclear who’s responsible for handling the permits, approvals, and inspections.

You’ll find that some contractors will take charge of the whole project, and others may request for you to handle certain approvals before they get started. 

But what about Custom Deck Creations?

What Does Custom Deck Creations Handle?

Our team at CDC aims to take care of everything we can for you. So we’re responsible for not only completing the deck but ensuring it meets all the requirements of the local building code.

We have a dedicated Project Manager and Office Manager to help assist with each step, so you can sit back and relax. After all, that’s why you hired professionals, right?

Before the building process even starts, we start by handling the logistics on the back end; this includes:

  • Securing the plot plan/mortgage survey if you don’t have one
  • Completing all required drawings for permit applications
  • Securing all necessary permits
  • Coordinating with the HOA or Condo Association for any required approvals
  • Coordinating inspections with the building department

After the Build

Even after we’ve completed your deck, our work doesn’t end there. We make sure to clean up any unused materials in a timely manner and remove any debris from your yard. And something that’s often overlooked, we clean up after ourselves (which isn’t always the case with contractors).

We always do our best to leave your yard looking the same as it was before (except with a brand new deck, of course). But if there is any property damage, we take responsibility and will repair it at no charge. 

PRO TIP: Working With Another Builder

At Custom Deck Creations, we handle as much of the process as we can for you. But if you’re going to work with another company, look to hire a builder who takes care of the permits, approvals, and inspections for you. 

Any experienced and reputable company knows those processes like the back of their hand. 

Make sure to do your research, check for testimonials, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Ready to Build?

Put your mind at ease and work with professionals who handle all the heavy lifting and tedious parts of the job for you. 

At Custom Deck Creations, we work with clients to design and build composite decks across Southeast Michigan. We handle the entire process from getting permits to coordinating inspections and can complete your project in as little as a few weeks. 

Feel free to check out some of our most recent builds or get in touch.

If you’d like to learn more about composite decks, check out some of our other posts:

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About Custom Deck Creations

From design to installation, Custom Deck Creations combines beautiful decks with fair pricing and unparalleled customer service. Our designs stand out, while our install processes exceeds expectations. We are a certified TrexPro Platinum builder. Custom Deck Creations is located in and serves Southeast Michigan. 

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Lumber and Trex Market Costs Update

Last Updated: 1/29/2022
Custom Deck Creations

A brief look into the current and expected inflation

Quick Summary

Lumber rose +28% locally from November 2021 to January 2022, and is expected for another significant double-digit increase impacting us in June 2022. We’re also anticipating a cost increase  from Trex around that  same time frame. Depending on size and material selection, decks are anticipated to increase in cost an average of $2,000 to $4,000 come June 2022. Custom Deck Creations is currently scheduling projects for April/May, before we feel these cost increases. Schedule a quote with us today to lock in today’s costs.

For a more detailed look into the market, please continue reading:


The lumber market continues to see pressure on the supply side. Canadian truck drivers are protesting COVID vaccine mandates, threatening to disrupt deliveries in Canada and possibly into the US. Fuel prices are also increasing. Overall demand for Southern Yellow Pine (pressure treated lumber used here in MI) remains steady. Mills are not sitting on a lot of inventory. Lead times from mills to dealers are getting extended.

Pressure treated lumber costs increased locally +28% from November 2021 to January 2022.

Lumber is expected to increase another ~+40% in June 2022. 

Custom Deck Creations is currently scheduling projects for April & May 2022, before we’re impacted by these increased costs.


Data from Trex distributors nationwide are seeing a steady growth in purchases even through winter.

Trex continues to see huge demand increases nationwide. 

Our Interpretation

Lumber will continue to rise in price throughout 2022. We don’t believe we’ll see pre-2022 lumber pricing any time soon.

In 2021 Trex put out 4 separate approximately +10% price increases. We believe more are to be expected in 2022. We do not expect Trex to ever lower their pricing.

No Inflationary Clause

Custom Deck Creations does not have an inflationary clause. Lock in today’s lumber and Trex costs with a signed agreement which puts you on our schedule. We will not charge you more even if our costs go up.

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