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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?

How do I find a contractor to build a deck?

First, conduct an online search so you can see a list of the best deck contractors in your area. This makes it easy to compare the top-rated pros, and you can quickly view their ratings. 

Next, click on several contractors’ profiles so you can read their customer reviews and view photos of decks the pros have completed. When reading the reviews, look for information that highlights the contractors’ quality of work, their ability to build the deck on time and their pricing methods. As you’re looking at the before-and-after photos of completed decks, pay attention to the craftsmanship, materials and style so you can get a sense of the contractors’ skills and experience.

After identifying several deck contractors who seem capable of building your deck, look into their credentials. Confirm the requirements in your state and city, and try to verify the pros’ licenses online. Or, you can ask the contractors to provide you with an overview of their credentials.  

Your last step: start asking for free estimates from several contractors. Give them as many details about your project as possible so the pros can give you an accurate estimate. What type of material do you want for your deck? How big will it be? Where should it be built — your front yard or backyard? When do you need it built?

Make your final decision after comparing quotes and analyzing the research you’ve conducted. Ultimately, you should pick a contractor who has experience building your desired deck, the necessary qualifications, mostly positive reviews and fair pricing.

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.

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.

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

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.

How do you find a good carpenter?

To find a good carpenter near you, do the following:

  • Use Thumbtack to find a list of carpenters in your area.
  • Filter the list by selecting a specific carpentry service, such as general carpentry or cabinetry. 
  • Identify carpenters who have high ratings.
  • View the carpenters’ profiles and learn more about their specialties. 
  • Read their customer reviews and look at photos of their past work.

After you get a good sense of their quality of work, make sure the carpenter has the necessary credentials in your state. Then, request several cost estimates for your project(s).

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.

Reviews for Ashburn decking professionals
Roman K.
I’m really happy with the deck cleaning and staining job that Kevin did. He was able to replace a few rotten boards on the deck and when it rained overnight he returned to put a fresh coat of stain to make sure the deck looks great and is protected from elements. Highly recommend
WashRockville LLCWashRockville LLC
Paige M.
I’m quite positive that I couldn’t be happier with my overall experience with AD Painting and Handyman. These guys were professional, so friendly and easy to work with. The quality of work was impeccable too. They powerwashed my formerly painted (and chipping) deck for me in preparation for staining it. The power washing and the staining happened on two consecutive days. They even covered my neighbor’s deck during power washing to prevent my deck dirt from getting on their newly built deck. This was an effortless process. I’ve already given their information to a neighbor. I’m happy to refer them as often as I’m an able.
AD painting and HandymanAD painting and Handyman
Elizabeth G.
Great work done to replace old deck boards and paint the entire deck. I received the estimate on February 17 and work was done on February 21. Turnaround was very fast and efficient. Very professional as well and price was very fair. Highly recommend A&C. Very happy with work and results.
A&C Services LLCA&C Services LLC
Nabilur R.
Provided great value for my deck staining job. Did a high quality job and kept their word. Easy to work with.
Gods Home Improvement Services IncGods Home Improvement Services Inc
Alex T.
We are extremely happy with the work Ken and his team provided. They tore down the old, aged deck and rebuilt a new modern deck with a large screened-in porch. The quality of the materials, workmanship of the crew, and ultimately the final product is outstanding. They even beat the estimated delivery date. I highly recommend Four Seasons and would definitely work with them again.
Four Seasons Design BuildFour Seasons Design Build
Sheila L.
Gloria did an excellent job. My deck looks so much better! Gloria is good at communicating and is responsible. Very easy to work with.
Glory's Elite Painting LLCGlory's Elite Painting LLC
Darren C.
I requested service for deck stain and G&G services was very quick to respond, and was here within a day. Highly recommend this company! Here is before and after photos!
G&G MultiserviceG&G Multiservice
Idelis F.
Trever was very responsive from my initial inquiry. He and his team described each step in power washing and re-staining my deck. They did an awesome job with everything: power washing, replacing 2 rotten deck boards and staining. It took 2 visits just as he described and always texted me when he was on his way. I would hire them again and highly recommend their services!
Mason Maintenance Pros.Mason Maintenance Pros.
Gowtham M.
Kevin and his team are very professional and did a great job with the deck. They accommodated every request I had. I would highly recommend them for any paint or repair work.
WashRockville LLCWashRockville LLC
Neethu T.
Alberto & Jose did a great job of power washing and staining our deck and fence in addition to power washing the driveway and steps. They were very professional and easy to work with. I will definitely hire them for future needs.
Thumbtack Customer
David and his team showed up the first morning and worked through the plan with me on site. They explained exactly what they would be doing, and David offered that he would call with any updates. The work was exceptional. The gentlemen who did the work definitely know what they are doing, and the decking repairs reflect their expertise. I will definitely keep David's contact information close at hand for years to come. I would highly recommend David and his company for any deck or carpentry-related contracting repairs in the future. I really appreciate their hard work and commitment to quality and communication.
Clearview DMVClearview DMV
Sanjay D.
I hired them to replace rotting wood on my front bump out and on deck door frame. Jimmy came and gave estimate. Very professional explaining the issue. Gave me the estimate. Was fortunate with availability. Jimmy was quick in getting it fixed in timely fashion before the snow. Highly recommended! Thank you
Loudoun Crown MouldingLoudoun Crown Moulding
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What you need to know about deck builders and contractors.

What does a new deck cost?

To have a new deck installed, you’ll pay anywhere from $12 to $40 per square foot. Your costs could be much higher or lower, depending on the condition of the site, the materials you choose and the deck’s size. There are some other variables that will affect your final price, including local real estate values, your contractor's rate for labor and whether you can complete some of the work on your own.

For a personalized cost estimate, reach out to several deck contractors near you.

How much does it cost to build a pressure-treated deck?

A pressure-treated deck costs around $12-$18 per square foot to build. Your final costs depend on the contractor's rates, the size of the deck, how much preparation is required to get the site ready, the materials and any extra bells and whistles you choose. Get price quotes from deck builders near you to find out how much you’ll pay for your project.

How do you build a deck?

Since so many of the details of your project depend on the site, your local climate, building codes and your deck builder's recommendations, it's difficult to give a step-by-step explanation that applies to the majority of deck-building scenarios. 

Talk with your deck builder to better understand exactly how they plan to approach your project. They can help you understand the materials they'll use, the steps they'll take and any upkeep required to keep your deck in good shape.

Does a deck add value to a home?

In general, a well-built deck that's properly maintained and meets local building codes may add value to your home. Past surveys and studies have shown that homeowners could see around 60%-80% return on investment after adding a deck. Talk to a real estate professional in your area to find out if adding a deck will help increase your home’s value.

What should I look for in a deck builder?

There are a few things a good deck builder should do. First, they should visit the site and meet with you in person to help create a plan. They'll listen to your ideas and walk you through the process on paper. 

Look for a local deck builder who has experience, a license and references from people living in your area. Ask for proof of their insurance, license and other credentials. You should also get price quotes from at least three deck builders near you to be sure you’re paying a fair price. 

Lastly, your deck builder should have good communication skills and a reputation for showing up on time and getting projects completed as promised. 

What questions should I ask a deck builder?

Here are some questions to ask as you interview deck builders for your project:

  • How much experience do you have building decks?
  • Do you have local references for your work and can I contact them?
  • Are you licensed and registered in my state?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • How long will it take you to complete my project?
  • What kind of decking materials can I choose from?
  • Can you help me navigate the permitting process?
  • How much do you cost for materials and labor?
  • Can you provide an itemized list of costs?
  • What kind of lumber do you use?
  • What kind of fasteners do you use?


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