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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 does a finish carpenter charge per hour?

On average, finish carpenters charge $60 per hour. However, this hourly rate will vary depending on where you live, the scope of the project and other factors. For a more accurate estimate, ask for price quotes from at least three finish carpenters in your area.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Marietta decking professionals
Pam W.
My decks looked awful! They pressure washed and stained the decks. They look great.
Panthers Painting & RenovationsPanthers Painting & Renovations
Cathy W.
I did not choose Deck Masters of Georgia to nor hired Deck Masters of Georgia to repair or rebuild my decks. Hank and I had great discussion over the phone and he gave me an idea in price for the rebuilt price for my front deck. (my pic)I was not able to afford his price at the time but wished I had because his pictures speak for itself, his positive reviews, and years of experience in deck building. Thank you, Frank
Deck Masters of GeorgiaDeck Masters of Georgia
Thumbtack Customer
Great deck stain job at great price.
Ross Property Services, LLCRoss Property Services, LLC
Aby M.
Devon did a good job on staining my deck. He was prompt in replying and gave a reasonable quote. I would recommend him for deck staining and would hire again.
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Betty C.
When Hurricane Irma destroyed our back deck we hired Robert. He was not only more affordable than the bigger decking companies but honest and very receptive to our needs. Robert was wonderful to work with. He built exactly what we wanted and stayed within our budget. We’re extremely pleased with our new deck and look forward to working with him on other projects in the future.
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Oliver Y.
Great looking new deck. Very pleased. Built to last for years and years to come.
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Aby M.
I got my deck roof installed by Deck Masters. Very good quality of work and a reasonable price. Hank was professional and will respond to all questions promptly. The staff came with him were friendly. Hank had a good design and didn't cut the corners, and at the end I got a really nice looking roof on top of my deck. Got the inspection passed with no issues. I would strongly recommend him for others.
Deck Masters of GeorgiaDeck Masters of Georgia
Thumbtack Customer
As previously stated, we contacted Thumbtack in mid April, 2016 to have a deck removed and rebuilt.
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Thumbtack Customer
Built a deck for us. Professional, friendly, on time, good price! Would definitely use him again
KM Custom WoodworkKM Custom Woodwork
James R.
Chase did a great job replacing deck boards, securing a loose railing, and staining. Would recommend!
Chase VictorChase Victor
Daniel D.
Deck Extension Project Hank and his crew just finished a job for me today (2/4/2021). They provided quick quality work at a fair rate. The job wasn't very complicated but I had specific requirements regarding time frame and weightload (on Deck). Hank promised me a quick turnaround and a quality job. I feel as though the work was done soundly, promptly and for an affordable rate. I will definitely keep these guys in mind next time I need any deck work done.
Deck Masters of GeorgiaDeck Masters of Georgia
Kellye W.
I could not be happier with the deck that JC flooring built for me. The quality of their work is outstanding, and they designed and built me a beautiful deck. It was better than I could imagine. They finished the work early, cleaned up and finished on budget. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire them again. Thank you for everything!
JC Remodeling & flooring LLCJC Remodeling & flooring LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Robert did an excellent job repairing our deck. He was courteous and punctual, and I would definitely recommend him
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Marie S.
Erik did a fantastic job. Very professional and knowledgeable. We love our new deck. We are very pleased.
Serenity Outdoor ServicesSerenity Outdoor Services
Chris R.
Ivan and his team did a wonderful job on our deck and will be using him for other projects around the house in the future!
CR Decks and FencesCR Decks and Fences
Thumbtack Customer
Robert did an excellent job for us. He built a new A/C condenser deck and created an access door for an indoor furnace.
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Janaye H.
The work was very good. I would have him back again. Did a great job on my rather large deck.
Sustainable Home and GardenSustainable Home and Garden
Sharon B.
Fredy was great! He responded quickly, came out to give me an estimate very quickly. Easy to work with, upfront about what needed to be done and was always punctual. He and his crew did some deck repairs to replace some rotting boards and then stained the deck and barn door and cedar shakes. Looks great! Highly recommend!
Fredglass and paintingFredglass and painting
Marie W.
Penny Brothers repaired, pressure washed and sealed/stained our deck and fence. It now looks like a brand new deck! The stairs were unstable and splitting. They replaced the wood and some of the beams to stabilize and then sealed and stained with our color selection. They not only did an amazing job but they were timely, friendly and professional. We will definitely be using their services again!
Penney Brothers ConstructionPenney Brothers Construction
Larry B.
Aries did a great job staining my deck. Very pleased with the results. Will use them again and would recommend them to others.
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Very professional, and easy to get in touch with. He power washed my deck and stained it. It looks great, and I'm very happy with the service.
Amin H.
Very professional, very high quality painters. They did a fantastic job on my deck. I think it might be the envy of the neighborhood now :)
Dream ShinersDream Shiners
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff and his team did a great job. We had Jeff come out to refinish our deck. They replaced boards that needed it sanded, power washed the deck and did a great job completing the job. After completion of the deck, we decided to move forward with Jeff on repainting the exterior of the house. Jeff's team did an outstanding job securing many loose panels on the side of the house, caulking and painting everything. Everything came out great. With a job this size, there were a few small follow up things I need to attend to but overall I can safely recommend Jeff.
Jenkins Siding & Gutters, Inc.Jenkins Siding & Gutters, Inc.
Geoffrey O.
Used them for a pretty large deck staining project. Amazing work, fair price, and job got done really fast. Really enjoyed working with them.
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Scott D.
Austin did a great job staining my 500 sq ft deck and was on time and very efficient. I would recommend him for any service he provides
Xtreme Xterior Cleaning LLCXtreme Xterior Cleaning LLC
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