There are so many ways in which a well-built deck can improve life at home—and American homeowners our building and resurfacing their outdoor decks in record numbers. But as the Industry grows, the importance of choosing the right contractor increases. Here are five things your outdoor deck specialist may not be telling you.
1. “Your deck could be resurfaced”
Deck resurfacing has emerged as a popular alternative to building a brand-new deck. Often times, the surface and railings on your deck are in tough shape, since they take the brunt of daily use and weather. But the structure that supports your deck might actually be in very good condition. This is where removing the old surface and installing a new one can be a productive and relatively inexpensive option. But some contractors don’t want you to know about it, because they would rather sell you a brand-new deck.
2. “Your design isn’t actually the best choice”
The most experienced and skilled deck builders will always give you constructive and useful advice when it comes to the design you have in mind for your deck project. Contractors who are less reputable will simply agree with whatever you want to do, without pointing out significant issues that may arise in the future. Obviously, the design is ultimately your call. But it helps to have expert advice during this critical phase. A contractor who stays silent is likely to be more concerned about his own bottom-line then the success of your project.
3. “You’ll be hit with hidden fees when the job is done”
When you sign up to have a new deck built, or to have your existing outdoor deck resurfaced, you need to know exactly how much you’re going to pay in the end. Too many frustrated homeowners have reported extra fees when the final invoice came in. Reputable deck builders will always be completely transparent about the cost of the project, and will not try to confuse you with hidden fees and fine print.
4. “Your new deck isn’t actually guaranteed”
There are contractors out there who want you to believe that your new deck will be guaranteed against defects for any number of months or years. But when push comes to shove, there is nothing in the contract that obligates them to correct mistakes that were made during the construction or planning phase. When a contractor tells you that your outdoor deck will be guaranteed, they need to be able to back it up in writing.
5. “You could have found a better outdoor deck specialist”
Obviously, most outdoor deck contractors would be happy to have your business. But will you be happy that you chose their company out of all available options? That’s the most important question. A shoddy contractor will never tell you outright that you could’ve done better, even if they know it. Hence the importance of carefully researching and choosing an outdoor contractor from the beginning.
Finding a contractor you can rely on
No matter which contractor in your area you ultimately choose, it’s important to ask the right questions and demonstrate that you are a discerning client. If you’re lucky enough to find a truly reputable deck builder, you’ll get all the answers you need, as well as a rock solid return on your investment.