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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a good carpenter in D.C.?

Perform an online search to find top-rated carpenters in Washington, D.C. You can narrow your search by looking for a custom cabinet maker, a framing contractor, a trim or finish carpenter or even a general contractor, depending on the scope of your project. 

Make sure the carpenter you hire has positive reviews from customers and a good work history. And don’t be afraid to contact three or five carpenters to request free estimates, talk about timelines and ask questions.

How do I hire the best deck contractor in DC?

To find the best deck contractors in DC, conduct an online search of local professionals. Start by comparing the pros’ ratings, as well as any Top Pro badges. You can also see details about some of the contractors’ specialties and how many times they’ve been hired. 

You should also click on a few pros’ profiles so you can learn more about each contractor. For example, you might find details about their pricing, their credentials and even more information about their specialties. This is also where you have an opportunity to read all of their customer reviews and view photos of their completed projects. 

Next, it’s time to look up their credentials. You might be able to see what licenses or certifications that contractors have obtained on their profiles. If not, try searching online. For example, visit DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs website to look up professional licenses.

After you’ve come up with a shortlist of deck contractors, ask them to send you free estimates. Hire a deck contractor you believe offers a fair estimate, has experience building decks for DC homes, is qualified for the job and received mostly positive reviews from satisfied customers.

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.

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.

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.

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

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

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 Washington 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
Ritu U.
They did a great job painting and screening in our deck!
B&S DecksB&S Decks
Thumbtack Customer
Did not complete deck preparation properly and did not complete job.
Deckwonders LLCDeckwonders LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great work, on time, very happy with how my deck looks
Deckwonders LLCDeckwonders 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!
Deckwonders LLCDeckwonders 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
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
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
Jeff S.
Alex was prompt, responsive, and knowledgeable with my home deck power washing, staining, and repair. And the value was exception. Would hire again.
A&C Services LLCA&C Services LLC
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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
Chelsea S.
Fantastic experience, painted my deck banister and stained and finished my basement stairs. Was on time, always professional and went above and beyond with his work product. Could not recommend more!
WashRockville LLCWashRockville 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
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