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Find a custom deck builder near Chicago, IL

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Top 3 Custom Deck Builders near Chicago, IL

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1. Exterior Construction Services Inc
Good 4.0

(34)

Good 4.0

(34)

Deck or Porch Remodel or Addition, General Carpentry

In high demand
Offers remote services
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Chicago, IL
I contracted Exterior Construction Services for the first time in 2016. This is a Veteran owned business and came highly recommended from my contractor. We needed some tuck pointing work to our building, and the first 2 quotes we received were for 6 figures. Eric and his team evaluated the whole building and only recommended tuck pointing 2 of the walls and fixing specific defects in the other 2 walls. His quote was 20% of the other quotes I received. Moreover, ECS was going to grind and point every brick on two of the walls. ECS was incredibly professional. I paid 30% in advance, and the job was started and completed on time. Additionally, ECS cleaned the entire space each day and brought their own dumpsters, secured their own permits, etc. Subsequently, I hired ECS again to put in a new 8 foot patio door, replace all of the windows on 2 walls, install a new fireplace, repair 2 lintels, and fix a chimney. Again this work was done ahead of schedule at 20% of the cost of other estimates. When I had an emergency issue with our roof, Eric came immediately to patch the leaks. When I needed to secure permits for work, Eric was able to put us in touch with the best permit expediters. Eric's team did so much work on our building and was trusted to the point that he had keys and came/went as he needed to. We recently got an appraisal 3 weeks ago, and the appraiser stated that the masonry work increased the value of the property more than what we paid for the work. But the real testament to ECS is how they treated my family when we were recently faced with a tragedy. ECS came out with food, porta-potties, assisted in a search of a 12 block area in the South Side of Chicago. When my father's body was recovered, Eric and his crew were there for me. When I unexpectedly took over properties in the South Side, ECS did tuck pointing and roofing work that other companies wouldn't even quote. Finally, ECS employs kids from high risk situations and teaches them a trade as an alternative to gang life. ECS is often busy, but they have always been transparent with their scheduling. I can't recommend any business more than I would recommend ECS. I can provide referrals if necessary *please ask ECS for my contact information.See more
I contracted Exterior Construction Services for the first time in 2016. This is a Veteran owned business and came highly recommended from my contractor. We needed some tuck pointing work to our building, and the first 2 quotes we received were for 6 figures. Eric and his team evaluated the whole building and only recommended tuck pointing 2 of the walls and fixing specific defects in the other 2 walls. His quote was 20% of the other quotes I received. Moreover, ECS was going to grind and point every brick on two of the walls. ECS was incredibly professional. I paid 30% in advance, and the job was started and completed on time. Additionally, ECS cleaned the entire space each day and brought their own dumpsters, secured their own permits, etc. Subsequently, I hired ECS again to put in a new 8 foot patio door, replace all of the windows on 2 walls, install a new fireplace, repair 2 lintels, and fix a chimney. Again this work was done ahead of schedule at 20% of the cost of other estimates. When I had an emergency issue with our roof, Eric came immediately to patch the leaks. When I needed to secure permits for work, Eric was able to put us in touch with the best permit expediters. Eric's team did so much work on our building and was trusted to the point that he had keys and came/went as he needed to. We recently got an appraisal 3 weeks ago, and the appraiser stated that the masonry work increased the value of the property more than what we paid for the work. But the real testament to ECS is how they treated my family when we were recently faced with a tragedy. ECS came out with food, porta-potties, assisted in a search of a 12 block area in the South Side of Chicago. When my father's body was recovered, Eric and his crew were there for me. When I unexpectedly took over properties in the South Side, ECS did tuck pointing and roofing work that other companies wouldn't even quote. Finally, ECS employs kids from high risk situations and teaches them a trade as an alternative to gang life. ECS is often busy, but they have always been transparent with their scheduling. I can't recommend any business more than I would recommend ECS. I can provide referrals if necessary *please ask ECS for my contact information.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.  

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

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?

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. 

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.

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 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.

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