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Well, there are quite a few factors that influence the price and drive it up and down, but here is a run-down of the main few.
The make-up of a decking system
If you are installing an aluminium decking system, it is usually built up using these standard components: decking boards, joists, screws and fixings, and pedestals. If you take this as a standard system, this can be placed on most terraces and will create a fully supported standing system. However, if you attach it directly onto a metal-framed balcony, you can begin to swap out the pedestals for joist cleats or hangers which will begin to bring the cost down. In some applications, joist supports can be removed altogether, or more cost-efficient joists can be used if fully supported by the balcony steel. Additionally, you need to consider the height build-up. If you are looking for a large height build-up or even a very small height build-up, these may come with additional charges for specialist products i.e., low height joists or extra-large pedestals.
So, if all the factors we have gone through affect the price of the materials and the systems you use, you could be forgiven for not completely understanding the often-sizable differences in price between different suppliers. Why is it that two companies offering very similar products quote completely different prices?
Like with every product, there will be the usual price changes between suppliers due to things like desired profit margins, market placement and internal costs. But these aren’t specific to aluminium decking boards by any stretch of the imagination.