Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Most of our work is replacement of old worn out wooden decks. Most of these had very little design or thought about the actual use of them. Rectangles are common to tear out and uncommon for us to build. We believe that the design is really key to getting the greatest return on your investment.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Quality materials, design and craftmanship will add real value to your home now and in the future. Cheap bids will not. We see many guys trying to be contractors who are really not that professional and will not be around next year when the problems come to surface. Check references!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. One issue we always run into are setbacks. Setbacks are distances from the property lines that we cannot build into. They are set by the local building and zoning department. Unfortunately, homeowners and sometimes other less experieced deck builders have already thought, bid and planned on ideas that cannot be built. If you know your setbacks this will also help us to be more effecient in the initial design process.
Before you call us, please call your local building department and explain what you want to do and ask how close to the property lines you can go.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We have been designing and building custom decks in the metro area for about 20 years, and in this business experience really counts. We hire only the best carpenters who take great pride in their work. We use the best materials on the market today, backed by the best warranties available. And the best part is that we have many happy references to prove it!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. One of the greatest things about my job is that I get to help people every day. Also, when we design and build a deck we are actually adding value to the home, now and for future resale. When we wrap up a project every person involved is happy, including us. We don't punch a timeclock and we work outside in the best climate in the country.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Continuing education is one thing that really separates the professional from the guy with a truck and some tools who used to work for a homebulder. Remember your cell phone from 5 years ago? The custom deck arena is much the same way. Materials and construction methods are constantly changing, and for the better.
We attend several manufactures summit meetings and product demos throughout the year. In these we discuss trends, materials and topics of interest. We all really work together with manufacturers and suppliers to develop products and systems which will make a real difference when it comes to your backyard. We are also networked with some of the best custom deck companies all over the country. On an almost daily basis we stay current on ideas, concepts, problems, materials and methods which go into your project.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. We are very excited about the latest generation of decking materails. The traditional composite materails are being phased out petty quickly. Last year we built very few composite decks. PVC or composites capped with PVC or other variations are really working well for us. Generally they show very little fade and staining, and come with warranties to back that up. They also look much better than the older composite decks. The major manufacturers all offer these sort of products currently and I expect to see many more come to market.
At Centennial Custom Decks we stay away from newer materials with smaller brand names. We only offer products that we stand behind and those come from the major brand name companies. Please beware of lesser known products backed by lesser know companies.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Some customers need help with design. Do you custom design decks also?
Yes, we believe that custom design is one of the most important keys to a successful project. Your family, friends and neighbors will know the difference right away when stepping on a professionally thought out living environment.
We now offer 3D deck design services! You can take a virtual tour of your new deck before any construction is started or building permits are paid for. This leads to happy clients. Watch our video walk through here or visit us on our website.