||09-06-2010 07:59 AM
Sounds steep to me too for such a small deck.
Im here in Michigan and we just had our patio redone. It was a 12x14 raised patio with a sagging slab on top. We had the slab replaced with stamped and colored concrete and a 12 x 10 lower addition added. The contractor also threw in replacing a whole section of the driveway, nearest the patio, for better drainage and they also had to replace the whole top course of block due to some being cracked, and we only paid $2600!
I did a lot of research on different materials to replace the old patio and had read that composite really isn't all it's cracked up to be....it can still warp & fade and you can get spotting/staining from water sitting, in spite of what the salesman may say.....some brands are better than others Im sure, but you may want to consider the stamped concrete....it's pretty maintenance free and long lasting and sounds like it would save u a lot of money.....I think it looks nicer too.
I've attached before and after photos for you to see as well. All in all...we got 6 estimates before we found someone who's been in business for 35 years and he was the only one who really paid attention to the unique drainage issues that our space had. He wasn't the cheapest, but was close.
Check your state licensing board to make sure license is current and the BBB for any complaints.
(Next I'll be staining the block foundation to match and building a Pergola on the top section...It'll be great when finished!)