Whether you’ve decided to add a new deck to your home or update an existing deck, it can be difficult to find the right team for the job. Since it is a space you and your family will be using often, hiring a deck builder takes more than a quick internet search. Here are some tips that will help you sift through the results and get the best contractor for your project.
1. Perfect Planning
The first step for any major construction project is to start planning. While it is usually a good idea to discuss those plans with your contractor first, having a good idea of what you’re looking for will help you in finding a good deck builder that can address your unique needs. Think about how you’d like to utilize this new space.
A space that will be used to entertain guests requires different resources and designs than an area for sunbathing after a dip in the pool. Shade is also a factor to consider along with the overall size and shape of the completed project. Make sure that your backyard contractor understands and is capable of providing exactly what you need or can help modify your design to incorporate features you want.
For many contractors, word of mouth is their bread and butter. Anyone can say they use the best materials and consistently complete the job on time and under budget, but previous customers often provide the best feedback.
There are numerous websites that will help you with finding a good deck builder. Websites like GuildQuality send out impartial surveys which are then made available to potential customers for future products. If you are looking for highly-rated deck builders in your area, NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) is a great resource, as well.
3. The Interview
Remember that when hiring a deck builder or any other contractor, you are the big boss. Just like in business, you should interview your candidates with a discerning eye towards experience. When looking into possible contractors, some questions you might want to ask include:
- Requesting proof of licensing and insurance.
- Review their planning and building process.
- Inquiring about their experience.
- Asking for basic designs or portfolios of similar previous work.
- Discussing their preferred materials and construction options.
- Getting a detailed cost estimate.
- Asking for direct references.
In order to make the best choice, meet with a few different contractors and compare designs and estimates. Keep in touch with your contractor once you have made your decision if you’d like to make changes to the design or if new regulations need to be discussed.
Putting in the work to find a great deck builder will save you time and frustration during the project and after the construction has completed. A good contractor will work to meet your unique needs, have excellent testimonials, and will answer your questions with confidence.
The team at Breyer Construction & Landscape has decades of experience building decks that homeowners love. If you are interested in making this addition to your home, contact Breyer Construction to learn how we can build the deck you’ve always dreamed of.