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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Sandy Springs decking professionals
Ron C.
Absolutely love my new deck. The attention to detail and quality of construction is second to none. I would highly recommend CR Decks for all your decking needs.
CR Decks and FencesCR Decks and Fences
Kyle M.
Quick and painless to setup and execute the deck staining. Pleased with my new stained and sealed deck.
Dougherty n sons contractingDougherty n sons contracting
Kevin T.
Solid and beautiful deck.
K&E DeckingK&E Decking
Ur H.
They did our deck really fast and the quality is great.
CR Decks and FencesCR Decks and Fences
Caitlin J.
This team did a great job with my deck. Highly recommended!
HOME TEAM STAINHOME TEAM STAIN
Chelsea L.
Great job done on my deck and loved the finished job.
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Brenda S.
I believe the pictures speak for themselves. This is the new railing on my deck.
CityHome Painting & RenovationsCityHome Painting & Renovations
Phillip N.
Robert with Sully's did an excellent job on our deck. He was aggressive with pricing and didn't seem to cut corners. We are very happy with the new deck and use it almost daily. I would use Sully's Homeworks in the future.
Sully's Home WorksSully's Home Works
Kimberly J.
Robert did a great job on my deck. He came the first day to pressure wash and help me select the stain. The next day he worked diligently to stain my deck. I didn’t like going out on my deck before; now I’m out there all the time. I will definitely hire Robert the next time I need work done on my home.
Squeaky Clean Exteriors LLCSqueaky Clean Exteriors LLC
Kristen M.
Aries left us with a beautiful deck at a very reasonable rate. Thank you!
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Meenakshi P.
TLDR: Would not reccomend for deck staining, especially if you are looking for a hassle free service provider. He is not knowledgeable about decks. Terrance provided a competitive quote for deck staining, and then when he saw the deck he raised the price - which we thought was fair, since we do have a large deck. I asked him if he wanted to use a chemical stripper on the deck to prep prior to staining, as this is what I had read online, and he said this would not be needed with pressure washing. I trusted him as the pro. While pressure washing, a wasp unfortunately stung him, and this is where everything seemed to go downhill. He came back the next day with a swollen hand and tried to strip the deck, as he said the deck had been painted instead of stained, and needed a stripper - once again he didn't use a chemical stripper, just the machine rented from Home Depot. Of course, the cost of the job went up again. He understandably was in pain, and I encouraged him to take time off and return when he felt better. He had barely stripped 1/10th of the deck, but came back a week later and applied the stain on top of the existing paint - and left us with an uneven, very sticky/tacky deck that has not dried in over 2 weeks. This is not surprising, as he stained over the paint. Additionally, our deck gate is now off it's hinges - likely due to the pressure washer being directed at it. While some of these issues may have been avoided if he was more of an expert with decks, my biggest issue is not his expertise but his communication style - he argued and yelled at me when I was trying to explain to him the problems with the job he did. We paid him for the job prior to viewing the job, which was our fault. He returned 1/3rd of the money presumably because he knows he left our deck in a bad state, but of course we argued for a while about that too. We now have to hire someone to fix the damage he has caused to our deck using a dry stripper on top of everything else. I really encourage you to DIY or hire someone else even if they are more expensive.
Shanks 5 star painting & pressure washingShanks 5 star painting & pressure washing
Nia E.
Ty was great! Very professional, great pricing and my deck turned out beautiful!
Cutmaster Pro Paint Co Ltd.Cutmaster Pro Paint Co Ltd.
Omar Y.
Beautiful job with staining a deck. Very professional. Would definitely hire again if needed.
Aries Empire LLCAries Empire LLC
Duquoin K.
My deck posts split apart and the quality of work performed to put it back in place to the rail was great!
RCM renovationsRCM renovations
Thumbtack Customer
Jimmy and his team did a great job staining my deck and painting my front porch.
Scoa Remodeling & Home RepairsScoa Remodeling & Home Repairs
Adam T.
Sal stained our deck and did a great job. He made sure we happy happy with the result.
Corona Renovations LLCCorona Renovations LLC
Karen G.
Hired Andrew to repair and stain my aging deck. If I hadn’t seen the transformation myself, I never would have believed how much of the original deck he was able to restore! Andrew is extremely talented, knowledgeable, friendly and reasonable in his rates. I highly recommend Andrew for your project!
Complete Residential Services LLC.Complete Residential Services LLC.
Simon L.
These guys are great! Very professional and high quality work. I definitely recommend hiring them for exterior and deck repair.
Affordable Roof InspectionsAffordable Roof Inspections
Ron F.
Daniel Boco far exceeded my expectations in bracing and staining my old sagging deck. It not only looks brand new, he saved me thousands over having to replace the whole deck. Added to that, he's a nice guy and a pleasure to work with. I've found my my go to guy for interior and exterior from this moment on.
DelBoc Construction Interior-Exterior RemodelingDelBoc Construction Interior-Exterior Remodeling
Keats B.
Sal and his team did a great job on our deck. They showed up when they said they would and delivered. Highly recommend.
Corona Renovations LLCCorona Renovations LLC
Marc B.
Steve did a great job with replacing wood boards on my deck and subsequent wood staining. Gave great recommendations on how the deck should look based on the appearance of the rest of my house’s exterior. He was also prompt, available quickly and always kept me updated on status of the project. Will definitely go to Steve for future work on my house!
Handy Pressure Washing LLCHandy Pressure Washing LLC
Sarah A.
Steve is outstanding! Steve pressure washed and stained our deck. He had the best price of anyone we talked to. He was very professional, punctual, and considerate. I am so happy with how our deck looks and feel much better about the overall condition of the deck. I had a lot of questions, and Steve was very patient and kind in answering all of them. He was also willing to work with us to make sure we used a good stain in the shade our HOA wanted. I highly recommend Steve of Handy Pressure Washing!
Handy Pressure Washing LLCHandy Pressure Washing LLC
Tay G.
We hired DeWitt Construction to complete a complicated deck repair. We had several other companies come out to look at the project and none of them were able to address the problem. DeWitt Construction immediately assessed the problem and presented a plan to fix it. The work was expertly completed and the deck now looks brand new. I would definitely use them again.
Dewitt Construction CompanyDewitt Construction Company
Rob M.
Great experience. Was very quick, reliable and well priced. Fixed and stained deck, also painted and fixed plaster work inside. Will hire again soon.
CDJ Professional ServicesCDJ Professional Services
Chaz L.
Tao came by and evaluated the job. He completed a quick long lasting fix for my deck issues. I would HIGHLY recommend his services.
Tao Team 2020 LLCTao Team 2020 LLC
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