Lumber and Trex Market Update: 1/29/2022
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What You Can Expect From Our Initial Consultation Call

When you get in touch with Custom Deck Creations, you may notice we take a little more time getting to know you than maybe other deck builders might. We strive to understand each of our clients. We want to know what your visions are for your new deck and what you desire in an outdoor space. Our goal isn’t just to build an amazing-looking deck but one that truly meets your needs. 

We do that through our consultation calls, where we also want to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. So before moving on, lets quickly cover when we might not be a good fit:

  • If the project is outside of our service area
  • For simple railing installations on an existing porch or deck
  • For wood decks (which we don’t specialize in, so we don’t install)
  • For the cheapest bid (to bid lower than the other three or so quotes they have)

Note: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with calling around for multiple quotes and wanting a fair price! But if you’re looking for a cheap deck, it’s going to be built cheaply too. That’s just not us; we don’t cut corners. That’s not what we do. We are rarely the most expensive in the area, but we typically aren’t the cheapest either. 

With that covered, we can definitely help you if you’re looking for a stunning, quality-built composite deck. We specialize in:

New Trex Composite Deck Installations
We offer three quality lines of Trex decking, including multiple railings options, built-in lighting, pergolas, and many other upgrades options.

Complete Demos (Deck or Patio) + Trex Build
If you already have an old deck or patio, we can handle the removal for you. Also, depending on the condition of your foundation and framing, we may even be able to reuse it.  

What to Expect When You Get in Touch

When you call us or reach out via email, text, or live chat, you’ll connect with our friendly office manager. They’ll work with you to understand your project and schedule an initial consultation with one of our in-house, full-time deck designers and estimators. 

If we aren’t able to answer your call or message right away, we won’t make you wait on us for days. We return all calls and emails within one business day, but you’re likely to hear back from us much quicker!

The Initial Call with Our Deck Designer

As we mentioned earlier, the initial call with our deck designer is where we want to hear exactly what you’re envisioning for your project. Now is the time to tell us about your timeline, budget, and features you’d love to add. 

At this point, we can usually provide you with a rough ballpark number. It won’t be a firm proposal by any means, but a good idea of what kind of investment you’re looking at for your project. 

We can also answer any questions you have for us or about your project. The call usually lasts about 20 minutes or so. But we’re happy to stay on as long as you need to get all the information you’re seeking. 

And regardless of whether you move forward with us or not, by the end of the consultation, you’ll walk away with more knowledge than you had before. We’re happy to help even in the littlest of ways!

The Next Step

After the call, if you’re happy to move forward, we’ll schedule a no-obligation, in-person consultation at your home. We’ll bring all our color samples, photos, and design ideas with us; you can think about us as a mobile showroom! Oh, and don’t worry, we always show up to our appointments on time.

Let’s Build!

When you’re ready, we’d love for you to give us a call so we can learn about your project.

But if you’d like some inspiration first, feel free to check out our most recent builds. Or maybe you want a better idea of what it’s like to work with us? In that case, head over to our testimonials to see what our wonderful clients have to say. 

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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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