Knowing the potential high cost of hiring a contractor, you might be tempted to install your deck by yourself. While this seems to be a more practical option, it leads to some really serious consequences. Unless you were previously a deck builder yourself, the risk of messing up the entire project is too high. Here are some of the issues that might occur after a DIY deck building project.
Used the Wrong Materials
Of course, you will do your research and you’ll find tons of information about deck building on the Internet. Nothing beats experience, though. No matter how much information you dig up from the Web, deck contractors will still know the best material for your deck. They also know where to find it. Their vast connection of suppliers make them all-knowing when it comes to deck installation and sealing and anything in between.
A contractor can finish deck building in days. They can probably finish in a day what you think you can finish in a week and with great results. If you’ve started your project quite late in the fall, it’s only a matter of time before the weather gets in the way. So better hire a deck contractor to make sure that your deck will be installed fast and your family can enjoy it before the weather gets really bad.
Poor Job May Lead to Accident
The risk of doing a poor job is too high in any type of DIY. Loose nails, wobbly plank, or unlatched rail may lead to accident that can send you or another family member to the hospital. Meanwhile, a deck done by professionals are sure to be safer due to their excellent workmanship. There’s more peace of mind in spending more on a professionally installed deck than saving a little of DIY.
If you decide to hire a deck contractor, though, you have to take into account critical factors to make sure that you’ll get the value for your money. Consider how long they’ve been in operation, what type of insurance their employees have, and their license. It pays to conduct a thorough background check before you make a choice.