What You Should Know Before Hiring A Decking Contractor

Before starting your hunt for a trusted reliable contractor to take on your deck build there are some things to consider first.  There are aspects that many homeowners let slip their mind when looking for the right contractor or company.  Let’s go over these aspects in detail that should be considered by every homeowner.  

What to Look for In a Deck Contractor

One of the most obvious and important aspects of choosing the right deck contractor is their experience and team.  Whether or not they have a good designer and team to be able to carry out that vision.  An extensive and varied portfolio of completed work is one of the first steps to ensuring that they have the design experience that sets them apart.  

On top of the team being an important factor, the tools and materials they use matters as well.  Making sure that the company or contractor is using up to date or top of the line techniques, tools, and materials can set your deck apart from others.  

Most deck builders will help with considering how the space can be used and planned out.  A professional decking contractor will be able to be thorough with different uses of the order of importance, location, and the overall backyard.  

Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Before meeting with your decking contractor it is important to gain insight into how the company handles projects from start to finish as well as examples of their work.  One of the best ways to get a feel for a company is having questions prepared ahead of time.  Here are some examples of questions to consider asking: 

  • What are your company specialties?
  • What materials do you use?
  • What is the lead time for a new decking project?
  • Do you assist with the design of the deck or will I need architectural help?
  • Do you have a business license and insurance?

Making the best choice when it comes to your contractor is determined not only by the questions you ask but their answers, but also the questions they ask you.  A strong and varied portfolio should always be accompanied by a long list of references.   Here are some examples of questions that you can ask references:

  • Would you hire this deck builder again?
  • Did any problems or issues come up during the project?  If so, how were they resolved?
  • Did you feel that you were listened to and updated throughout the project?
  • Was the project completed on time and inside your budget?

All of these and other considerations can only come to light by a homeowner doing their homework before choosing their professional decking contractor.  

The Professional Decking Contractor Difference

A truly qualified professional deck contractor will take in all of these considerations along with others. The considerations that we went over will play a role in collectively informing all manners of further design considerations.  The average deck contractor may not have the breadth  of experience of the understanding of today’s materials and design options.  A professional is well versed in much broader design possibilities including pergolas, porches, gazebos, fireplaces, and walls to define different functional areas and create privacy.  

Today’s design aesthetic, use, and performance attributes are freed or limited by design tools and materials.  Not all contractors will have the flexibility and quick response to design changes.  The use of composite materials have broadened the possibilities of deck design, but not every contractor has the required level of expertise to showcase that.  A leading professional deck contractor will be able to show knowledge of their chosen manufacturer.  


Contact T n A Contracting Group

Our team of professional deck contractors are able to offer their knowledge and expertise for all decking needs!  We will work alongside you to build the deck you want from estimate to finish.  Get started by calling us at 508-387-9302 or by filling out a contact form on our website. 

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