Questions to Ask Deck Contractors

Decks are magnificent structures that give you more room for daily activities, be it cooking or socializing. If you are hiring a contractor to build this structure, here are some questions you should ask before any building commences.

Previous Work Experience

In order for your deck to be built correctly, you need to hire a contractor with ample experience. They need to be licensed and ideally offer insurance, just in case something goes wrong. Look through the contractor’s portfolio as well, if they have one, to see what their work looks like. Only then can you make an informed decision, knowing full well what you are getting into.

Deck Materials

Deck materials are also important to inquire about because they largely determine how much you spend. There are many types the contractor might offer, including redwood, cedar, composite, and tropical hardwoods.

In terms of durability and aesthetics, you might look for contractors that offer composite. Featuring a blend of recycled wood and plastic, composite decks are durable and offer a smooth surface. Consequently, walking on the surface won’t be as problematic because you don’t have to worry about splinters or sharp pieces of wood sticking out.

Time Frame

Probably the most important question to ask is how long the project takes to complete. In order to avoid any confusion, create a contract, indicating when you would like them to finish. Get their name and signature because they’ll then have a legal obligation to complete the project on schedule. Offering incentives, like paying extra if the project is finished on time or early, is also a smart strategy.

Building a deck comes with its fair share of challenges. When you hire the right contractor with the right set of skills, these projects can be completed in a timely, safe manner.

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