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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.  

Is it hard to build a deck yourself?

If you don’t have the skills, experience and qualifications, building a deck may be difficult for you to do on your own.

Structural integrity is key when constructing anything, but especially something you plan to have your family and friends use regularly. The safety of the structure takes careful planning and experience.

Professional contractors have the knowledge to make a safe, beautiful deck for you. They also know the proper permits and insurance required to legally build a new deck or remodel a porch in your city.

When in doubt, contact the best deck contractors near you and start getting free estimates today.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a general contractor when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a general contractor, avoid any physical contact, don’t shake hands, keep 6 feet of distance between you and the pro and sanitize all involved surfaces. Also, use digital platforms to communicate and make payments.

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.

Reviews for San Diego decking professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Alan Cress Construction contracted with Kevin Walters to replace my 25x14 foot redwood deck & 1/2 gazebo wood lattice covering on that deck. Trex Transcend decking was installed with clips flawlessly. & creative bowed & S-curve ends to the deck were finished perfectly. The wood lattice was replaced with 4x8 sheets of plastic privacy lattice, requiring creative meshing of the pieces for uniformity of the lattice over the gazebo. That finished lattice looks excellent. I'd recommend their work without exception. Brian
Alan CressAlan Cress
Scott S.
We had an old deck that needed to be torn out and replaced. Joe and his team did an awesome job. They gave a competitive quote, got started in a timely manner and built a composite deck we hope to be using for a very long time. I'd highly recommend them!
Darosa ConstructionDarosa Construction
David B.
I would highly recommend Warner Woodworks. Elliot was very helpful in repairing our deck and sealing up our home. He was flexible and responsive and completed the project quickly. I will definitely use him again for future projects.
Warner WoodworksWarner Woodworks
Sabine P.
Javier worked a long time on our porch, helping with the choosing of the tile and ensuring that the deck was safe. He would stay late to finish. The project took longer and was more expensive than we expected, but that's the nature of projects. In all, we are satisfied.
The Renaissance Handy ManThe Renaissance Handy Man
Bonnie B.
Color of faith did an excellent job of restaining my ipe deck. They power washed, sanded and stained it and it looks great. They were always on time, very polite and friendly to work with. I am hiring them again now for another project. I highly recommend them.
Stephanie C.
We are so happy to finally find honest, responsive, qualifed builders with a wide skillset to fit the range of household projects we've had in mind! We contacted Need for Build to help with the steep hill in our backyard. Avi and his team were incredibly knowledgeable and their experience and ability to do landscape as well as construction helped us understand all the options. He also put us in touch with structural engineer to humor our grandiose deck idea. Ultimately we agreed with his first honest assessment that it would not be worth the expense. One project to build a retaining wall quickly turned into three projects with Need for Build as we were so pleased with the quality of the work and how quickly and seemlessly the project progressed. We now have safe new concrete stairs with a beautiful fence and handrail that give easy access to lovely low-maintenance artificial grass. We are so grateful to have easy access to a safe soft grassy area for our young kids to play, especially during the COVID quarantine. Avi talked and texted with me frequently for updates. We always knew when they were coming and they came on time and finished quickly. Even my Mr Fix-It father-in-law was impressed with the care and quality of the construction! We already have another project in mind for them when it's safer to have people in the house again. I don't usually write reviews and I've had several bad experiences in the past, but we highly recommend Avi and Need for Build.
Need For BuildNeed For Build
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