You probably feel excited if you’re hiring a contractor to build your new deck. Most likely, you’re also a bit nervous. This is a big decision; you have a lot of money on the line, so you want to get the right help. Here are a few considerations to help you make the best possible decision.

Why Hire a Contractor to Build Your New Deck?

If you’re not the DIY type, this is an easy question to answer: You don’t know how to build a deck, so obviously, you need help.

However, plenty of folks are handy, and building a deck isn’t that hard, technically speaking. What is hard is ensuring it’s adequately shored up, the foundations won’t settle or give, and the deck is earthquake-safe, up to code, and free of lawsuit dangers. Don’t take it on yourself if you can’t guarantee your ability to provide all that.

Plus, while many homeowners could take on a wooden deck, they don’t know as much about using composites or aluminum, one of the sturdiest and longest-lasting materials on the market. You need a contractor who knows about all of the above.

How to Interview Contractors to Find the Right One

Never hire a contractor to build your new deck without interviewing several. Questions to ask include:

  • Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • How many clients like me have you served, and over how many years?
  • Can you furnish examples of the type of deck I’m considering?
  • What kind of warranty do you offer if something goes wrong?
  • What’s the upkeep for this type of deck?
  • What are the main drawbacks associated with the type of deck I’m looking at? (Note: There are always a few, and an honest contractor will tell you what they are so you can compare your options objectively.)
  • What materials do you use?

This last question is one of the most important. A contractor who skimps on materials to pad their profit margin will not have your best interests at heart. They’re less likely to do a thorough job on the build and to honor warranties, so you want to avoid them at all costs.

What You Need to Know When It Comes to Deck Material

The best way to avoid working with shoddy contractors is to ensure that they use the best processes and materials upfront. You have several options for decking, and you should know what they are before you start talking with contractors. Your options include the following:

  • Wood which you must paint or stain to get long-lasting effects
  • Composite, which mimics wood but is somewhat fake-looking
  • Aluminum is sturdy, long lasting, non-rusting, and available in a variety of colors

Ask your deck contractor about their experience with each before deciding on a path forward.

Ready to hire that contractor to build your new deck? First, contact a quality decking company to find the decking material and style that will work for you.

If you are a contractor interested in working with Wahoo Decks products, please email us at info@wahoodecks.com or call us at (877) 270-9387. Our friendly team is ready to help you create an approach that pleases your clients, enables you to build trust with your prospects, and fills out your portfolio with aplomb. Don’t wait to get in touch with us today!

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