Having a deck added to your home can make your yard and space so much more usable. A deck is the perfect place to grill with friends, relax and read a book, or simply sit and watch nature in your backyard. The first step to having a deck built is, of course, choosing someone to build the deck. How do you go about that? Well, you start by making a list of potential deck builders you might want to hire, and then you compare them. Here are the key things to consider as you make your comparisons.
What is the company's timeline?
Deck builders can get quite busy during the summer season when a lot of customers want their decks built. So, it's a good idea to ask, upfront, what the builder's timeline might look like. They may tell you that they can get to your deck in a week, or they might be booked for three months. Look for a company whose timeline suits your own.
What materials do they use?
Some companies exclusively build wood decks. Others only work with composite decking. Still, others offer a wide range of materials, such as vinyl, composite, and wood. Do some research into these various decking materials to get an idea of which one you prefer. Then, look for a company that works with the material you choose. You can also talk to the builders about their reasons for using their preferred materials. You might learn something that inspires you to choose a different material.
Do they guarantee their labor?
Most deck companies offer a warranty on the decking material, itself. But some companies also offer a warranty on the labor. This is nice to have if you can find it. You'll have peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong with the deck, you won't have any out-of-pocket expenses.
Do they finish and seal the deck?
This mostly comes into play with wood decking. Often, a deck needs to age for a year or so before it is finished. Some companies include sealing and finishing in their initial price and will just come back and do it when the time is right. Others charge separately for this service. Make sure you're comfortable with the way a deck company handles sealing before you hire them.
If you consider the factors above, you should soon be able to decide on a deck company. Before long, you'll have your very own deck to enjoy.
For more info, contact a deck contractor.