If you are thinking about adding a deck to your home, you are likely daydreaming about relaxing on the finished product. But starting the construction process can feel overwhelming for many homeowners.
Asking the right questions before construction can go a long way toward feeling satisfied with your new deck. So use this list as a jumping-off point for clear communication with your potential deck builder.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
Your potential deck contractor should be able to produce their insurance certificate, business license, and Work Safe BC credentials upon request. If not, you should go in a different direction.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Look for a company that has been in the decking industry for many years, as contractors who do shoddy work last only a brief time. Additionally, deck builders that have been around for a long time will likely have more experience handling contracts, financing, and timing related to your project.
What Material is Your Specialty?
Most deck builders have one or two materials that they prefer to work with when building their decks. Asking this question will help you understand how experienced they are with your preferred materials. As part of this question, ask them to expand on the pros and cons of the materials to help you make an informed decision.
What is Your Warranty?
A great deck-building company will use quality products that carry a warranty. This information should be readily available to you. Additionally, the contractor should provide a warranty on their work. Asking this question helps you understand what is covered and for how long.
Who Will be on Site During the Work?
There are obvious advantages to having someone with authority and experience on your property as the work is done. Some companies hire others to complete jobs on their behalf, and others have their own crews that come out to your home. Clarify what to expect from each company that you get your bids from.
What is the Timing of the Project?
While many factors will affect the timing of building your deck, your potential builder should be able to give you a reasonable timeline. Their estimates should include the timing of the planning of your deck, how long it takes from planning to the beginning of your project, and how long the deck will take once the construction begins.
Do I Need Permits for this Project?
Chances are, the answer is yes to this question. But this will depend on your specific location. Ask your potential deck builder who is responsible for pulling the permits. Often, the contractor will navigate the permit process for you.
How Do You Handle Payment?
Most deck builders will require a deposit before the work begins. Often, this amount falls between 10 and 30 percent of the project’s total cost. Additionally, ask what forms of payment the builder accepts. Beware of contractors that only accept cash.
For expert advice and installation for all your deck and porch needs, count on Coy Construction. We are a family-owned and -operated Michigan deck-building company with a 40-year tradition in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan. From design to installation, Coy Construction is proud to offer a wide range of products for your deck and outdoor needs, such as Trex, cedar, treated pine, and more! Call us today at (248) 363-1050 for a consultation!