Building a deck can be a beautiful addition to a home’s setting most especially if it is well designed. A deck provides better outdoor space for leisure and relaxation. It’s very important that your deck installation task is done correctly with the right structures such as solid footholds, wooden supports and efficient outlet for easy movement to and from the house. Here are is how you can go through the process:
Planning for your deck
Planning for your deck
First. You should plan the layout and structure of your deck, how you want it to be positioned and designed. Find a contractor to verify your deck plans because it is important that your plan includes the right specifications for the building work to go well. Among the things you need to plan and include the deck’s layout- whether you prefer one or two stories, the staircase design and then the materials to use – whether you prefer natural wood or man-made. Others to think about are, the type of fences to install on the deck, built-in benches, and some lighting.
Getting recommendations and checking reviews
Find out if any of your friends or neighbors has ever had any deck built in their homes. They are a good primary source to get information about deck building service quality. Inquire how their experience was, whether they liked it or disliked it and if they would recommend for you a reputable deck builder. In addition, try finding online reviews of deck building professionals in your area. Furthermore, ensure that your preferred contractor is well licensed in the state where they operate.
Interviewing potential deck builders
After you have made a thorough research, try narrowing your gathered list of potential deck builders to four. Contact each of them and arrange to meet so that you can ask them some questions about their experience in deck building, if they are licensed, insured, offering a warranty on the provided service, in how much time they can complete the work and if supervisors are provided during the course of work. You should also find out if they are able to use the materials in your deck plan and whether they can recommend an appropriate design.
Get a written estimate of the overall costs
After you have interviewed them, invite at least two deck builders to your project site and ask them to estimate the total costs and then give you a written costs estimate. The given price estimates must include all the materials well separated from the labour costs. In addition, the estimate should also include landscaping costs in case some earth work will be performed.
Choosing the right deck builder
Hiring should take place after you are pleased with the deck builder’s proposed work plan. A contract should be signed but make sure that it includes the total price amount deposited and the final payment terms, copies of insurance documentation and contractor’s license, the date by which project is to be completed, the design approvals, a responsibility statement by the contractor in case of damage to your home property.
It is highly rewarding to hire someone who is highly skilled in their work. But it will take considerable efforts to find one that matches all your deck building expectations. Following the above procedures will not only ensure that you get the right person for the job but also enjoying using your deck for a long time without encountering any challenges.