Top Questions To Ask Your Deck Builder

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So you’re been thinking about installing a new deck, you’ve explored your options for decking materials and now you’re ready to hire a deck builder to help bring your dream deck to life.

Like any construction project, building a new deck can be a long and tedious process. Hiring the right deck builder can save you from sleepless nights, needless negotiations and unsatisfactory results.

To ensure that you get the deck of your dreams, here are some questions that we recommend you ask your deck builder:

  • How many years of expertise building decks do you have?
  • What was your training; did you get professional training or did you complete an apprenticeship?
  • Are you registered and licensed?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Do you provide a warranty for work done?
  • What type of decking materials can you provide?
  • Do you specialize in any specific kind of decking materials? (For examples, composites such as Trex or real wood)
  • How long will you take to complete the decking work?
  • When can you start work on the decking?

Another great source of information is the previous customers of the deck builder. If your deck builder provides references, do ask past customers if they are happy with how their decks turned out, whether the decking project was completed on time and on budget and whether they would recommend the builder.

Aside from carefully screening potential deck builders, you can do the following to ensure the best results:

  • Plan your deck design

Yes, a builder has the expertise when it come to building decks. However, we highly recommend that you have a good idea of your deck design before you approach any deck builders. Figure out the location, layout andsize of your deck and do the necessary research into which type of decking material is most suited for your needs, lifestyle and budget.

Your deck builder can then provide advice and help finalize your design.

  • Get a written estimate

After you’ve met with some deck builders, get them to submit a written estimate for the entire decking project. This should include the costs of the decking material that was selected, manpower costs as well as the timeframe for completion of the project. The costs of other related services such as an necessary landscaping work or the clean up and removal of debris should also be listed.

A written estimate gives you a solid basis for comparison between the various deck builders.

  • Once you’ve made a decision, sign an agreement outlining all the terms of the deck building project

You have your final design, you’ve compared the estimates and now you’re ready to hire your deck builder! Be sure to sign an agreement that states all the scope and terms of the project as agreed by both parties.

With the above tips and tricks, we hope that you can fit a deck builder that fits your requirements! Don’t hire in haste; instead take the time to evaluate the background and work of the deck builders before you decide on one. Hiring the right deck builder can make the process of installing a new deck a worry-free one.