If you’re hiring a contractor to build your new deck, you probably feel excited. Most likely, you’re also a bit nervous. This is a big decision with 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, then 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 actually that hard, technically speaking. What is hard? Making sure it’s properly shored up. Ensuring the foundations won’t settle or give. Building a deck that’s earthquake-safe, up to code and free of lawsuit dangers. If you can’t guarantee your ability to provide all that, don’t take it on yourself.

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 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 in order to pad out their profit margin is not going to 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 upfront that they use the best processes and materials. You have several options when it comes to decking, and you should know what they are before you start talking with contractors. Your options include:

  • Wood which you must paint or stain to get the long-lasting effects
  • Composite which mimics wood but is somewhat fake-looking
  • Aluminum which 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, get in touch with 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 shoot us an email at info@wahoodecks.com or give us a call at (877) 270-9387. Our friendly team is ready to help you create an approach that pleases your clients, helps you build trust with your prospects and fills out your portfolio with aplomb. Don’t wait to get in touch with us today!