Your new deck will be a space that is used for entertaining friends and family. It will also be the perfect outdoor space to relax in. Every step of the process, from design to the type of material used to build the deck is an important decision. However, one of the most crucial decisions is choosing the contractor who will build the deck.
Steps To Take Before Hiring A Deck Builder
It can be difficult to know where to start when you are building a new deck, rebuilding your deck, or adding on to it. Here’s a few steps you should take during the deck planning process.
Determine Your Deck Budget
The average price of a deck ranges between $2,000-$22,000!
Before you can decide on the size, design, and material that you want your deck made out of, you must first determine what your budget is. Don’t forget that the total price may also include deck railing, stairs, and lighting. Once you’ve determined your budget, stick to it.
Sketch Out Your Decking Ideas
You don’t have to be an architect to sketch out simple decking ideas! By drawing out your ideas you can help narrow down your options and begin to finalize a design. Make copies of these sketches to show to prospective contractors and suppliers.
Decide What Decking Materials You’d Like To Use
There are a wide range of decking materials available on the market today. Wood, composite decking, and premium plastic lumber are all regularly used to build decks. If you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of each decking material, you can read our post on the pros and cons of the most popular deck boards.
Things To Look For When Choosing A Deck Builder
Here are things that should be taken into consideration when choosing a deck builder.
When you start the process of calling potential builders with your design ideas, note how responsive they are. How quickly are your calls and emails returned? If you have to wait days or weeks to hear back, you can expect that this is the same type of communication that will occur throughout the entire process, which can be quite frustrating.
Clarity Regarding Costs & Payments
Any good builder will be upfront about the estimated cost of materials and labor. Be sure to ask for printed copies of estimates for your project.
The materials will likely have their own warranty from the suppliers, but what about the work performed by the contractor? Even the best builders occasionally make mistakes and homeowners need to know that mistakes will be rectified.
License & Insurance
A contractor who is fully licensed and insured protects property owners from unexpected expenses. Without a license and insurance, you could become responsible for:
- Medical bills of anyone injured on your property during the construction process.
- Fines issues for operating heavy machinery without a proper permit.
- Expenses relating to damage caused to a neighbors property.
Knowing a contractor is properly licensed and insured will ultimately provide peace of mind.
A Quality Deck Builder Combined With Quality Materials Makes All The Difference
When you find the right builder and use the right deck boards and railing, your deck will become an extension of your living area for decades to come.
If you or your contractor would like to discuss the different types of decking materials available from Plastic Lumber Yard, call our office at (610) 277-3900 or send us an email at email@example.com.