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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’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 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.

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.

Reviews for South Austin decking professionals
Dejuan K.
The best deck installation and repair guy in Chicago. They do great work and always flexible. Need a new deck or repair a horrible deck job Karol is the only guy for the job.
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Kyle B.
Excellent job on building a roof deck.
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Thumbtack Customer
He stained our three level deck in the back of our condo building and did a great job. The deck looks brand new and was way overdue to be restrained and sealed.
Russo RemodelingRusso Remodeling
Dave K.
Very satisfied with our deck staining and planter addition
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Mike K.
I hired Elliot Ness builders to add a new railing on my deck. It was a tricky job because this is not a straight railing, as the edge of the deck is like a half circle curve. They did a great, it looks amazing and is very sturdy.
Elliot Ness BuildersElliot Ness Builders
Nicholas B.
Brad put a trex deck on my garage. Workmanship and value was excellent.
Brad schiltzBrad schiltz
Deepak B.
They did a great job repainting and restaining my deck! Very professional and a great value.
Joey W.
James did a phenomenal job staining our deck. I would highly recommend!
Bullet PaintingBullet Painting
Robert B.
Did an awesome job of saving me a lot of money by fixing up the deck. Will use again.
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Vanessa L.
Great work! They were able to stain my deck with short notice. Will definitely use them again.
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Yayoi a.
Becky is very quick to respond and we got the deck repair done within a very reasonable price.
Alexy K.
Tony & Mark were very responsive and provided high quality service to stain our decks for a 7 unit condo association. I would recommend them to anyone looking for professional help with deck staining. I will reach out to them in the spring for window cleaning and gutter cleaning services.
Clean Windows incClean Windows inc
Trish B.
I appreciate the work of Labyrinth Design. They were helpful, professional and our deck looks great. Highly recommended!
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Sean R.
Josh was great. Extremely responsive and knowledgeable. He did a great job on our deck and under a tight timeline!
Josh N' Paints & Home ServicesJosh N' Paints & Home Services
Lorena M.
He did our deck using trex. It looks neat. Arrived on time and did what he said.
Brad schiltzBrad schiltz
Ben Z.
Great work by Pete and his guys. I’d highly recommend them to anyone needing to stain a deck/stairs. Thanks!
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Abby G.
Deck looks great! They did great work and were responsive and communicative about timing, options, etc. Would recommend!
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Thumbtack Customer
We had two decks power washed and stained by Kosterna Construction. They were able to do the job right away and for a good price. The decks look great and the hard-working team was great about moving heavy flower boxes and furniture. They even threw in a wash and stain for a big wooden flower box on our roof deck. The only reason I can't give a perfect rating is that they did not always arrive at the time we had arranged. It was not a problem for me as my schedule is flexible, but other Thumbtack users may want to be aware of this.
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Robin H.
I had Perdomo Construction build a deck for around my pool and they did a great job. The price was fair, they were able to start right away and finished quickly. They have good ideas & solutions. The crew is professional and they did a quality job, my deck is perfect. I would definitely use them again on future projects.
Perdomo Construction Inc.Perdomo Construction Inc.
Ryan W.
Peter did a really nice job with our rooftop deck project. We love it and look forward to using it next summer.
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Erica W.
Elliot and his team were great from the get go! They finished the project quickly and we absolutely love our new rooftop deck!
Elliot Ness BuildersElliot Ness Builders
Diane P.
Alejandro is very responsive, professional and easy to work with. He did a great job on our very large deck. I would highly recommend him.
Alejandro’s Painting and RemodelingAlejandro’s Painting and Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Chris is very professional, prompt, and does excellent work. He stained our deck, balcony and painted the balcony rails. I would highly recommend!
Russo RemodelingRusso Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Katie and Brian painted our master bedroom and stained our deck. I was worried that staining our deck would be a two day job but they did everything in 7 hours. Everything looks great! We have more projects to complete and I will certainly request their services again. We paid with a credit card and I'm sorry we didn't have cash on hand to tip them because they certainly deserve it.
Jitin G.
Overall, the experience was good. Carlos accommodated my reschedules a couple of times. CHV powerwashed and stained my rooftop deck. They also built out a railing. The only thing i would say needs improvement is that I wished Carlos came back after the deck was dry to touchup some small things without me asking him to do so. Upon calling he was responsive and came the next day.
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