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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 Park View decking professionals
Robin R.
I needed my deck and deck railing repaired. I received three estimates and Carlos of CDF had the best deal and recommended repairs. He was extremely prompt — arriving at the time agreed to provide an estimate and was courteous and professional. He promptly followed up and explained options for the repairs. He arrived with his workers on time on the date agreed to power wash the deck and returned as agreed to replace boards, stain the deck and repair the railing, including painting. The deck is much improved and looks almost new even though it is 21 years old.
CDF General ConstructionCDF General Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for making our deck beautiful!
Natasha H.
Great job building a deck. Would highly recommend.
B & C Better Choice LLCB & C Better Choice LLC
Christine Z.
The team finished the deck in a day and were very professional!
GAN Construction IncGAN Construction Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Did not complete deck preparation properly and did not complete job.
Deck Wonders LLCDeck Wonders LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great work, on time, very happy with how my deck looks
Deck Wonders LLCDeck Wonders LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Put in a request on Thumbtack and Deck Wonders responded straight away and was able to come out and give a reasonable estimate and thoroughly checked our decking for damage Jorge then took the time to go through all the areas that needed to be replaced or treated and explained exactly what they were going to do. After a short time to get materials and the paint we picked out, they scheduled a time to perform the work and showed up promptly They worked quickly, but more importantly did a great job and went over everything that they had performed and gave some tips for maintenance to keep the deck in good shape for the next couple of years Would definitely recommend to anyone needing deck work done!
Deck Wonders LLCDeck Wonders LLC
Vania M.
OMG!!!!! My deck looks amazing. JAG Contractor did any amazing job. Definitely work with them again.
J.A.G Contractor LLC.J.A.G Contractor LLC.
Jose O.
Jose and his team removed an old fence and installed a new one and also stained it. The big project was replacing our old deck with a much bigger deck. We went with composite material. Once all the materials were available his team got to work and the final project came out really nice.
José ChafoyaJosé Chafoya
Nuaman responded first and with the best bid for a deck staining project we had. He worked quickly and was responsive to questions and specifications we had for the project. The deck turned out great and we hired him back to stain some untreated wooden stairs in our yard as well! Definitely recommend for this kind of project.
Nuaman’s Painting LLCNuaman’s Painting LLC
Stephen F.
G&G services provided a quick reply and estimate for a deck wash and seal. Their work is top-notch and was completed quickly.
G&G MultiserviceG&G Multiservice
Olivier g.
Leo was very quick to respond with an attractive offer, and delivered the repainting of our (large) deck impeccably. I recommend him highly
☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆
Darrin M.
I had gotten myself stuck beyond my abilities on a deck/stairs project. Ivan responded to my call immediately, named a price and was there within a day. He was punctual, pleasant and professional and didn’t mind me looking over his shoulder to learn a little. If we expand our deck, I will definitely call him to do the work.
Iván Gómez And Son CarpentryIván Gómez And Son Carpentry
Raja T.
Carlos was excellent! Very professional and responsive. He and his team did painstaking and detailed work. Would highly recommend for my deck project.
CDF General ConstructionCDF General Construction
Jennifer R.
They did a great job on the deck. Very efficient. They started on a Monday and it was done the following. They also provide a great value. I would hire them again.
J.A.G Contractor LLC.J.A.G Contractor LLC.
Natalie B.
Gilberto and his company did a great job painting my deck and fence. He was organized and they were punctual and the quality of the finished product looked superb.
GAN Construction IncGAN Construction Inc
Rachel C.
Ivan and team did a fantastic job with repairing and expanding my deck, he was fast to respond and schedule and completed the work quickly. In addition, he was helpful in identifying issues that we had not known about to ensure our deck was reinforced and safe. Ivan was also very good about checking in on the design to ensure it was meeting the request and adjusted work accordingly when there was confusion. Would hire again!
Iván Gómez And Son CarpentryIván Gómez And Son Carpentry
Denise T.
G&G did excellent work on my deck. They were able to complete the job in two days and I have also recommended them to my neighbor.
Arianne M.
The team was great. Came out right away and gave me a fair estimate, communicated thoroughly throughout the process and worked quickly. My deck looks great!
Ryan R.
Angel and his team were great. I really appreciated his communication with me throughout the time he worked on my deck and fence. Would rehire again!
Eagle View Painting LLCEagle View Painting LLC
Brad G.
Chris built custom flower boxes on our deck. He designed them and did a fantastic job. He is professional and highly skilled. I would definitely use him again.
Zook Quality Construction LLCZook Quality Construction LLC
Parsa S.
Quotation was very competitive, work scheduled quickly and job was thorough. The team who did the power-washing and painting of deck and fence started early/worked late to get the job done efficiently.
GAN Construction IncGAN Construction Inc
Ann R.
Dwayne and his team were phenomenal staining my back deck and wood patio underneath. He is a true professional, shows attention to detail and the result is a beautiful deck. Also Dwayne is a great communicator and keeps true to his word about showing up when he says he will or letting me know if weather, etc might hinder the process - something I really appreciate. Fair pricing. I have more projects to do with this old house and plan to call Dwayne again. Highly recommend!!
Zach A.
Jose and his crew did a great job taking out my deck and building a set of stairs. They had a great price, were very punctual and responsive, and easy to work with. I highly recommend them!
J.A.G Contractor LLC.J.A.G Contractor LLC.
Karl R.
Alex was very professional in working on our deck and front walk project. Both look great after his diligent work. Our neighbors were also impressed by the jobs and complimented us on the work done. Great communication and easy to work with.
Wasi Solutions LLCWasi Solutions LLC
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