As a homeowner, it's not uncommon to hire a few contractors for home improvement projects. Many homeowners can relate to the feeling of trying to decipher fact from sales pitch, and looking over competing quotes to decide which is the best option. As with many other things, asking your deck builder lots of questions is the best way to help you make a good, informed decision. Without asking the right questions before a project starts, you risk having an end result that doesn't turn out the way you'd hoped it would.
Here are some good questions to ask your potential deck builder that will help to ensure that your new deck will be all you had hoped for.
What kind of lumber do you use for the framing?
Builders should be using grade #1 or #2 Pressure Treated wood for all of the framing. ll the posts under the deck should have an extra level of treatment because they are in contact with dirt.
What kind of fasteners and hardware do you use?
There are specific types of hardware and fasteners that are approved for exterior use with Pressure Treated lumber. Make sure your builder is using those and not trying to save money by using cheaper stuff.
Do you use hidden fasteners to attach the deck floor?
All deck builders will be able to use some type of hidden fastener system to attach the deck floor. Some may have it factored into their quote, and some may charge extra. Make sure you know the potential charges before sealing the deal.
What brand of decking and railing will you use?
Watch for vague terms like “composite” and “vinyl." Not all composite or vinyl decking is created equal, and there are dozens of different brands of vinyl railing on the market. Find out exactly what brand of decking and railing they will use and do some research on your own.
When can you start building my deck, and how long will it take?
Depending on the time of year, deck building can take a while. Before you decide on a deck builder, have a completion date in mind, or a time that you would like to have your deck finished by. Then, you're able to choose a builder based on which are able to meet your deadline or not.
Hopefully, these questions should help you to navigate some of the critical parts of hiring a deck builder. We have a Step by Step Guide that can be very helpful with the process as well. If you're searching for a deck builder, trust Decks R Us! Contact us today for a free consultation.
By Ray Ebersol