Select the Best Decking Contractor for Your Resurfacing or Dream Deck Project and Outdoor Living
There are many factors that a homeowner should consider, some more obvious than others, when choosing a contractor to build their dream deck. A custom deck warrants choosing a builder who is much more than a general contractor.
One of the most crucial factors to consider when choosing a deck builder for your custom deck, is their experience as designers as well as deck builders. Be sure to check their portfolio of finished decks to see that their range includes decks that are more than typical squares and rectangles. Look for curves, octagons, and multi-level designs that complement the landscape and homes where they have been built.
Another critical aspect of a deck builder to consider is their use of up-to-date tools, techniques, and technology to design and build their decks. A deck builder should be able to provide a rendering of what your deck will look like, be comfortable discussing installation techniques that are relevant to your project, local codes, and should also be willing to provide a copy of the building plans that they will provide to the building department once you commit to the project.
Most deck builders will help you decide on an appropriate size deck for your yard. A highly qualified and experienced deck builder will also help you define your spaces by how they will be used. They will take into consideration important factors such as location, landscaping, the orientation of the sun, and the view of neighboring properties.
When interviewing a deck builder, it is important to have an idea of what questions you are going to ask them ahead of time so that you do not forget to obtain information pertinent to your project. Here are some examples of questions to ask potential deck builders:
What does your company specialize in?
What materials do you use?
How long can I expect to wait for my project to begin?
Does your company complete the deck design or will you need architectural plans?
Does your company handle permitting and inspections?
Do you have a current business license and insurance?
Can you provide references?
Once you’ve interviewed potential deck builders and have narrowed down your selections, be sure to take a look at reviews and references. An experienced deck builder will have a long list of reviews and references available from both large and small projects. Here are some examples of questions to ask references should you choose to contact them directly:
Would you hire this deck builder again?
Did you experience any issues or problems during your project? How were they handled?
Did the deck builder communicate well? Did they alleviate any concerns that you had?
Was the project completed on time and on budget?