Is a deck addition or upgrade in your future? A deck is a great way to create a space for comfortable outdoor relaxation and to create more space for family and friends to gather. Whatever purpose you have in mind for your new deck, you’ll want to choose a trustworthy builder to put it together. Ask your candidates the following questions to make sure they’re worth their salt:
How long have you been building decks / what kinds of decks have you built?
These questions help establish the builder’s level of experience and whether or not that experience includes the particular style of deck you’re looking for. Single-level decks are relatively straightforward and don’t require a master builder. But larger, multi-story decks should only be trusted to someone with the right skills and experience.
Are you licensed and insured?
A license helps to establish a builder’s competence and commitment to his work, and insurance is a must-have to protect both you and the builder in the event of an accident on the job or an issue with the deck.
Do you have any references?
It’s always a good idea to speak to past clients before hiring any builder. A trustworthy professional will gladly give you a list of references. Here are some questions to ask when calling a reference:
- Were you happy with your deck?
- Was the deck completed on time?
- Was the deck completed within the budget?
- Were they easy to work with or challenging?
- Did the workers show up on time?
- Would you use this deck contractor/builder again?
Do you offer warranties on materials?
It’s always good to have a backup plan in place in case something goes wrong. If your builder doesn’t offer a warranty, ask if they offer other product guarantees.
Decks and permits
An experienced deck pro will know whether or not the building codes require you to have a permit or license for your deck. Just make sure to ask before construction begins.
How long will it take you to build the deck?
You’re not likely to be given an exact completion date, but most deck pros can give you a rough estimate based on the design of your deck and the layout of your home.
What kind of lumber do you plan on using for the framing?
If you’re looking for top-quality work, the answer should be “Grade #1 or #2 pressure-treated wood.” Also, the posts beneath the deck should have an extra level of treatment to protect against contact with the dirt.
What kind of hardware will you use?
Only certain kinds of hardware and fasteners should be used for exterior use with pressure-treated wood.
Find out the brand of decking and railing
Not all brands of composite or vinyl decking are top-quality, so find out precisely what brand your builder will use and research it for more information. If you want more information about choosing the best decking products for your needs, call any of our East Tennessee locations! Hopefully, the answers to these questions will lead you to the perfect professional to make your deck dream a reality. Got other questions about decking? Reach out to us on our social media or call us at any of our East Tennessee locations. We’d be more than happy to help!