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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 Portland decking professionals
Nancy D.
Our large backyard deck and small front deck were restored beautifully. The work was done timely. David was very professional and easy to work with.
Chameleon Painting & Siding LLCChameleon Painting & Siding LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great job pressure washing and staining two decks. Decks look perfect! Excellent quality, fast completion, excellent price. Will definitely hire again.
Steven N SonsSteven N Sons
Francisco E.
Completed the work for Trex Deck build in a couple days, including tear down and disposal of the old rotten deck. Delivered as promised and the work was well done.
Shelmet ConstructionShelmet Construction
Patrick M.
Nick did a great job stripping, sanding, and staining my deck. My old cedar deck now looks amazing - I highly recommend Oz Wash Cleaning.
Oz Wash CleaningOz Wash Cleaning
Bill M.
Zach did a great job on our new deck ! He was easy to work with...Once the material arrived for our new deck...Zach stayed on it until it was completed! Highly recommend Even Grade Constuction!
Even Grade construction llcEven Grade construction llc
Ramadass N.
Jorge and his crew did a fantastic job of repairing my deck. They replaced a few damaged boards, repaired the deck rails, pressure washed and repainted both the top and bottom of the deck. He spotted additional problems that I wasnt aware of and clearly explained why those needed to be resolved. My deck looks as good as new now. Jorge also repaired a door trim for me and repainted it. He listened to and accommodated all our requests and finished the job on schedule. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the experience.
Walt B.
David did a terrific job doing major deck repairs. Quality work, good communication, and very thoughtful. Even came back after stain had dried to help me move bbq pit and table back onto the deck.
Chameleon Painting & Siding LLCChameleon Painting & Siding LLC
Amy M.
Repair and refinish of a large deck, repair of a poorly pitched garage roof. Really happy with the outcome. The deck looks beautiful. The cost of materials increased after the original estimate, but we were notified and shown receipts. Great communication, on time, great quality
Christie G.
I highly recommend the work of father & son team, Don and Brock, to bring our deck back to life. An earlier botched paint job and sinking supports needed fixing. The 3-day job included pouring concrete for new supports, fixing water run off issue, replacing old boards, properly prepping and then painting the deck with a high bonding deck stain. Our deck looks like new and they were so great to work with, bending over backwards to make everything right for us. As an added bonus, their pricing was very reasonable. I give them 5 stars!
Brock's Exterior ServicesBrock's Exterior Services
Erin D.
Richard did an amazing job cleaning and re-staining our deck. He took the time to explain everything he was doing and why, and give us great advice. He also made sure that we could maintain the deck in the future if we wanted!
PressureWorks NWPressureWorks NW
David K.
A&C was easily the lowest bid I received from three contractors to build a small deck. They delivered exactly what they promised when they promised. And they did quality work -- in fact, they sent several boards back to the lumberyard for replacement because they didn't think they were good enough for the deck.
A&C Innovative ContractorsA&C Innovative Contractors
Lisa B.
Zach did an amazing job on our deck! He was easy to work with, professional, and did quality work.
Even Grade construction llcEven Grade construction llc
Marka C.
Josh did a lovely job on our ipe deck construction and staining on our existing deck and fencing. He and his team were very professional and did beautiful work I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team to friends and family or to seek them out for future projects.
Josh Soucy ConstructionJosh Soucy Construction
Joseph L.
The best experience with a contractor I’ve ever experienced. Justin is a joy to work with. The deck he built for us is beautiful!
Ivan B.
Really great work, and many thanks for taking care of this project! Deck was horrible before, now beautiful!//Ivan
RJ LeathermanRJ Leatherman
Colin W.
Brock and his team were very responsive, friendly and professional. Originally was looking just to have my deck stained and sealed, but in talking with him around some issues I was having with my gutters, wound up hiring him for both jobs! Deck looks good, and gutters are both cleaned and fixed!
Brock's Exterior ServicesBrock's Exterior Services
Katie V.
Excellent work! Very responsive, educational, and professional. So happy to have had Rich fix up my deck.
PressureWorks NWPressureWorks NW
Robert B.
The crew was extremely professional and yard was left extremely clean. They were easy to work with and competent. They brought my deck back to life. Robert
Brock's Exterior ServicesBrock's Exterior Services
Nina J.
I hired Dario to re-stain our deck and staircase. He was very easy to work with- responsive and knowledgable about how the stain would take to the wood and other considerations based on how much sun our deck receives. He and his partner did an excellent job painting around fencing/stair detail and protected the exterior well from splatter.
Gaxiola's Painting LLC.Gaxiola's Painting LLC.
Quinn R.
Wow! Lovely folks to work with, from start to finish. Generous and creative in problem-solving (they were fixing a deck I tried to build myself and the result wasn’t level)….a few hours later, they’d not only leveled the deck perfectly, but also stabilized it, and as a bonus helped me out with 1-2 other things as well. Absolutely would hire them again!
Chameleon Painting & Siding LLCChameleon Painting & Siding LLC
Jesse S.
Jeff is wonderful. I would definitely use him again and recommend his services. High quality and attention to detail. Deck looks great!
Ridge PaintingRidge Painting
Emily O.
Very impressed with the quality of their work and their responsiveness to any concerns. John was very helpful with creative design solutions for my deck and the results are just beautiful.
A&C Innovative ContractorsA&C Innovative Contractors
James S.
Logan got the job done right and also make it beautiful! I had him fixed my fence and now we are working on the deck project!
Something constructiveSomething constructive
Ken O.
Brien did a really good job redoing my deck. His work is exceptional and his bid was very competitive. I HIGHLY recommend him.
Something constructiveSomething constructive
Carmen m.
We got a hot tub and wanted to build our deck around it. However, the installer told us that was a bad idea because if we ever have problems with the hot tub, we would have to dismantle the deck. QI came up with perfect idea, he built us a platform on one side, but it can be removed! He also replaced our step. Would definitely hire again.
QI Carpentry, LLCQI Carpentry, LLC
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