Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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Do You Need to Be Home for Any Part of the Deck Build?

You’re ready for a brand new deck. But do you have to be home during the build? 

Schedules are tight these days. But have no fear that the project could interfere too much with your schedule. Aren’t there a lot of inspections and things that could set back the process? You and your family have busy lives! So as much as you’d love a new deck, you keep putting it off until the “timing is better.”

Does that sound familiar? If so, you’re in the right place. Today, we’re going to address these concerns and put your mind at ease!

Do You Have to Be Home During the Build?

The short answer is no.

At Custom Deck Creations, we try to take care of everything on the backend for you. We have in-house full-time deck designers and provide a dedicated project manager to take care of everything for you, including:

  • Handling homeowner or condo association approvals
  • Obtaining the builder permits
  • Creating the construction drawings
  • Drawing a plot plan (if you don’t have one)
  • Ordering and managing the materials
  • Scheduling our crews
  • Coordinating and preparing all necessary inspections

You will be able to go about your schedule without having to worry about anything from us. If you have to be at work or have other commitments, it won’t interfere with your deck build at all. And we will happily send you daily photos of the progress — just ask! 🙂

You are, of course, welcome to stay though! Heck, even pop up a lawn chair and have a watch if you’re curious about the process.

PRO TIP: Taking a Vacation?

We all know how exciting vacations can be! So if you’d like to be home but have some vacation time planned, let us know ahead of time. We can schedule your deck build around your trip if you’d prefer. 

Will We Need Access to Your Home?

Now, you may also be wondering if we ever need access inside your home. For most deck builds, we stay outside. We don’t ask to use your restroom or need to be inside your home at all. And in most cases, the building department inspectors won’t need access inside your home either. 

The exception is if your deck will be ledgered, which makes it structurally secured to your home (for both siding or brick veneer). In this case, we’ll need access to your basement to make the proper code-required connection from your home to your deck. And the inspector will need to verify that everything looks right.


In most situations, you never have to be home during the deck build unless you choose to be. No missing work or having to sacrifice your free time; we’ve got you covered! We’ll take care of everything for you throughout the entire process, so you can sit back and relax. 

And with the exception of building a ledgered deck, we’ll never need access inside your home. Remember, most of our decks are built freestanding: read more on freestanding vs ledgered decks here.

What Next?

Are you looking for a deck builder? Let’s chat!

At Custom Deck Creations, we work with clients across SE Michigan to design and build their dream decks. We want to hear all your thoughts and ideas for your deck so we can bring your vision to life while you go about your day.

If you’re ready to get started, give us a call! We’ll chat about your project and give you a free-over-the-phone estimate. Or, feel free to check out some of our most recent projects first.

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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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