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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

The cost of building a new deck or porch is $1,500. However, this price can vary depending on a few different factors. The square footage of the space, the type of materials to be used, the intricacy of the project and your specific region can cause the price to fluctuate. To find out how much your new deck will cost, get free estimates from the best deck contractors near you.

For more information, read “How much does it cost to build a deck or porch?

Does a deck increase home value?

A back deck may (or may not) increase your home’s value or attract potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. According to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, a new wood deck with an estimated construction cost of $10,000 recovered $8,000 for the overall recovery of 80%. Still, 9% of realtors suggested that home sellers should add a new wood deck before putting their home on the market, and 4% said this project has helped closed deals. 

The impact of adding a new deck will likely depend on its material (wood, composite, etc.) and where you live. For example, if you live in an area where people rarely spend time outside because of the weather, it’s reasonable to predict that prospective home buyers might not rate a deck highly on their list of must-haves when looking for a new home.  

When in doubt, consult with your realtor or a real estate expert to figure out if adding a new deck to your home is the right move to increase your home’s value. If it is, contact the best deck contractors near you to get free estimates and start planning your project.  

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

What should I ask a deck contractor?

One of the first questions you should ask is whether the contractor has the proper license or insurance. To be a licensed contractor in many states, they must have the experience and knowledge to pass the requirements from your state’s licensing board. 

You should also inquire if they have done work related to your specific project. Just because they’re a contractor, that doesn’t mean they’ve built a deck or an addition like yours. Ask for photographs of decks they've built in the past, and go online to read reviews from past clients.

You also need to ask for a free estimate from several contractors so you know how much the project will cost you (and so you can pay the best price).

Get started today by contacting the best deck contractors near you

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do carpenters build houses?

Carpenters are trained to work with wood. That means that any part of your home that is built of wood is very likely to involve a carpenter. Framing carpenters will put up the wood that makes up the bones of your home. If you’re having a wood floor installed, it may be done by a carpenter — although being a carpenter is not a requirement to install flooring. Trim, baseboards, wainscoting and any other detail work is typically installed by a finish carpenter. The wood boxes of custom cabinets will be built and installed by a carpenter.

Although all of these components in your new or remodeled home are built by carpenters who specialize in building things with wood, a general contractor typically oversees construction of the entire house. If the general contractor is also a carpenter skilled in all these areas, they may well construct your entire home. More often, the general contractor subcontracts out the various building stages to different individuals, including carpenters.

How do you find a good carpenter?

To find a good carpenter near you, do the following:

  • Use Thumbtack to find a list of carpenters in your area.
  • Filter the list by selecting a specific carpentry service, such as general carpentry or cabinetry. 
  • Identify carpenters who have high ratings.
  • View the carpenters’ profiles and learn more about their specialties. 
  • Read their customer reviews and look at photos of their past work.

After you get a good sense of their quality of work, make sure the carpenter has the necessary credentials in your state. Then, request several cost estimates for your project(s).

Reviews for Vestavia Hills decking professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Bill did a great job on my deck.
Small Project Construction Co.Small Project Construction Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Did a great job building our deck quickly and for a fair price.
Trinity ConstructionTrinity Construction
Jeannie S.
Wow!! I couldn’t be happier with our new deck!! Better Built Craftsman did an excellent job! Tyler was quite the craftsman when building our deck. The quality and sturdiness is amazing! When the City inspector came to do the final inspection he said this was one of the best built decks he has ever seen. I agree! This has been one of the best experiences we have had with hiring a contractor! If you are wanting a beautiful well constructed deck built by very responsible and reliable people call Rocky at Better Built Craftsman!
Better Built Craftsman LLCBetter Built Craftsman LLC
Michael J.
Outstanding work and attention to detail. Good team of hard workers and I would highly recommend Jose to anyone needing deck or handyman services.
Jose EscobarJose Escobar
Thumbtack Customer
Repaired loose boards on my deck. Mr. Mancilla was right on time and finished the job in a professional and timely manner. I would definitely give him an A+ for his work.
Trinity ConstructionTrinity Construction
Teresa P.
I was not expecting such a great deck to be built. I had a very small space and they made it look so big. They cleaned up everything and I couldn’t be more happy and pleased. They did a great job.
Better Built Craftsman LLCBetter Built Craftsman LLC
Peggy C.
Mr Escobar was very prompt and efficient. He and his helper were polite and totally focused on the job. I would recommend him to anyone looking for deck or fence work. The price was very fair
Jose EscobarJose Escobar
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent Work! Extremely satisfied. Mason initially was there only to stain my deck (which looks great). One thing led to another and now I have a new kitchen tile floor as well as backsplash and the wall painted! I highly recommend Mason for any sort of Home Contracting job you have!
DUEITT DESIGN & REMODELINGDUEITT DESIGN & REMODELING
Tanya E.
He came out to my home to give me an estimate on deck repair and gutter cleaning. He noticed that a gutter needed to be replaced and sone facia boards on the roof needed repair. He came back out and replaced my gutter and downspout. Did exactly what he said he was going to do. Just waiting for him to him to return to cut the end of the gutter due to too long.
Dunaway Roofing and ConstructionDunaway Roofing and Construction
Taylor A.
Had a great experience with Charles and even got him to do a couple of other things around our house. He was very responsive, nice, and communicative about the project. He was open to and excited about a couple of ideas I had and thoroughly explained everything well to me. The quality of work is excellent and he went above and beyond making sure that our deck is as safe as possible for our toddlers. Can’t say enough good things!
ShieldsHomeImpovementShieldsHomeImpovement
Thumbtack Customer
He is very professional. Went to my rental house and provided a written estimate. He quotes a maximum time for labor, (ie not to exceed 3 hours) and then charged me for how many hours he actually spent (less than the original quote). So, if it takes him less time than the quoted number of hours, he charges you less, but if it takes more time than he thought to do the project, you don't pay more than the quoted price for labor. He communicated with me via texts for materials, which was very efficient. He did a deck repair and was very reasonably priced. I have hired him to put together a prefab garden shed for me based on his performance and professionalism and price. This will occur in a few weeks. He is very helpful with explaining what we need to do a project, and very accommodating about getting the supplies if I don't provide them myself. I recommend him very highly.
Over the Mountain HandymanOver the Mountain Handyman
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