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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ukrainian Village decking professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Tomas and his crew did a great job with our decks. In four days, they turned our rotted decks into beautiful decks. Our neighbors also wanted to hire them to redo their decks.
Crystal General ContractorsCrystal General Contractors
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
Thumbtack Customer
We had some deck boards replaced and then the whole deck repainted. The job was done quickly and nicely.
Paintmasters LLCPaintmasters LLC
Steven B.
Tom did a fantastic job respacing the deck boards on our back deck. Would absolutely work with him again.
Impact MTCImpact MTC
Kyle B.
Excellent job on building a roof deck.
Kosterna ConstructionKosterna Construction
Tom C.
I now have a perfect deck!
Impact MTCImpact MTC
Pam M.
Expressive Painting fit in our porch and deck job last minute, since we needed it fast. They were professional and thorough. The deck and porch look great now!
Expressive ConstructionExpressive Construction
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
Joey W.
James did a phenomenal job staining our deck. I would highly recommend!
Bullet PaintingBullet Painting
Deepak B.
They did a great job repainting and restaining my deck! Very professional and a great value.
Robert B.
Did an awesome job of saving me a lot of money by fixing up the deck. Will use again.
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Yayoi a.
Becky is very quick to respond and we got the deck repair done within a very reasonable price.
Vanessa L.
Great work! They were able to stain my deck with short notice. Will definitely use them again.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
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
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
Trish B.
I appreciate the work of Labyrinth Design. They were helpful, professional and our deck looks great. Highly recommended!
PorchFix LLCPorchFix LLC
Clark K.
Luis and his team made quick work of our deck refinishing project. They power washed all the surfaces and masked the house off properly for spraying. They took the time to do extra coats, and the finish was flawless. Couldn't be happier with the end result. If you need your deck stained, I'd absolutely recommend Luis.
Salguero PaintingSalguero Painting
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.
Jcp construction LLCJcp construction LLC
Omo B.
Scott did a phenomenal job. He showed up on time and completed the job. The painting looks great and the deck repair was beautiful.
Paintmasters LLCPaintmasters LLC
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