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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).

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.

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.

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).

Reviews for Saint Louis decking professionals
Thumbtack Customer
I got quite a few bids on my deck stain project. Gasconade is the only one who noticed my deck also needs correction in addition to stain. They examined my deck carefully and provided very professional opinions. By talking to them, you know they are really deck experts and are friendly to chat with. We decided to hire them after comparing to other companies. They worked very hard and thoroughly to fix and power wash my deck -- my deck looks brand new afterwards. On stain day, they were flexible to allow us to try different color samples before applying stain and work hard again to get the job done. At the end, we now have a beautiful deck! Moreover, they also built a deck gate for us to prevent kids falloff, which exceeded our expectation as the gate looks super strong and pretty! We like their work and highly recommend them. We will call them again for future deck and fence projects.
Gasconade Fencing & Decking Services LLCGasconade Fencing & Decking Services LLC
Bill W.
Aaron did a superb job on my deck. He took a 12 year old structure and made it like new again. The original build on the deck was poor, so Aaron stabilized the structure, and did so in an aesthetically pleasing way. He sanded and treated and power-washed and then stained the deck, and now it is really looking great. Now the old deck is currently stronger than when we first purchased. Very good worker. Just gets it done without fuss or aggravation. This guy is first rate. Thanks Aaron . . . Bill Whitaker
AAA Maintenance Services LLCAAA Maintenance Services LLC
Richard M.
Lou has complete my pool deck and it looks great; if you need a deck built this is the guy. He is fair, straight up with his work and prices and can be trusted; I will be using Lou again for future projects. Again thanks Lou and great job!
Lenz Home Repair and Remodeling LLCLenz Home Repair and Remodeling LLC
Lyndsey C.
Loving our new front porch! Would recommend Intelligent Roofing to anyone looking to upgrade their porch or deck.
Intelligent Roofing & ExteriorsIntelligent Roofing & Exteriors
Benjamin M.
Sean did a great job on our deck and he went above and beyond to secure the bid. In addition to the deck he did a great job replacing a gate on our fence and that extra service was much appreciated. He was always in touch and willing to stop by for any touch-ups. Highly recommend him for your projects.
Emily T.
Dan did a great job repairing and refinishing our front porch and back deck and painting trim. I would recommend him!
Handy Dan ServicesHandy Dan Services
Thumbtack Customer
Barrale Brothers recently completed a deck staining project at my home. The deck looks beautiful! John and Mario did an outstanding job from the prep work to the finish. You can tell that they take a tremendous amount of pride in their work. They did extra sanding of sharp edges and screwed in some spots that the carpenters had missed. They met the agreed upon timeline and their rates were competitive. I plan to have Barrale Brothers stain my deck for years to come and will give them opportunities to look at all of my future home projects. I highly recommend Barrale Brothers. Thanks John and Mario!
Barrale Painting & Remodeling  LLC.Barrale Painting & Remodeling LLC.
James G.
I needed a new deck/landing because my old one was falling apart. I wanted to make sure I hired a company that would provide a good product and that would give me the peace of mind of knowing that all codes were followed and the requisite permits were obtained. Intelligent Roofing and Exteriors provided me with this, while also charging a few thousand dollars less than some of the large deck builders in St. Louis. If you want a company with great industry knowledge, without having to pay for high overhead to go along with it, Intelligent Roofing and Exteriors does that. My new deck looks great!
Intelligent Roofing & ExteriorsIntelligent Roofing & Exteriors
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron was professional, responsive, and worked quickly to get our deck project completed. I would highly recommend him for any job you may be considering.
AAA Maintenance Services LLCAAA Maintenance Services LLC
Andy S.
Great experience. He was very efficient, professional, and creative in his solution to our deck and step issues. We're very happy. Good value for the work done and excellent outcome.
Broadview Group LLCBroadview Group LLC
Thomas Z.
Great job on staining our deck by Alphonso. Prompt bid and and able to complete the work timely and with great quality. Even went above and beyond the bid by fixing a few holes and handrails. Highly recommended!
properties r us home improvementproperties r us home improvement
Jared F.
Roman did nice work repairing the stairs off our deck. He was easy to communicate with and showed up when he said he would. He was transparent throughout the process. I would hire him again.
Broadview Group LLCBroadview Group LLC
Emily M.
Dan was fantastic. He was very prompt in his responses. His work was completed within 2 days [powerwashing our deck and re-staining with multiple coats] and he was in constant contact with me. I would highly recommend using him.
Handy Dan ServicesHandy Dan Services
Debra S.
I would give Shane a 10 star review if it was possible. Shane worked with our budget after a different contractor took our money. Shane and his crew are awesome they built us a beautiful deck , kept us informed and was on time every day. I will hire this company with no problem.
Thumbtack Customer
Bill and his son came out and fixed our deck that had been built incorrectly by another company. He was very professional and they did a wonder job. I should have gone with them in the first place. I've recommended him to all my neighbors and plan on using his company again!
Ross ExteriorsRoss Exteriors
Cindy V.
We were very pleased with Sam, from Murrell construction. He was very personable, very professional & despite the horrible heat & humidity, the whole job on our deck was done quickly...sooner than anticipated. Everything was left in a neat condition when the work was completed. We would definitely hire him again when needed.
Murrell ConstructionMurrell Construction
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