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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 Austin decking professionals
Stan O.
Orlando was responsive and helped repair a portion of the deck that was incorrectly built. He stabilized the deck and me a costly repair.
Rivera’s brothers  remodelingRivera’s brothers remodeling
Natasha S.
Got my deck stained by core. Communication was great and they worked with my budget. The work was done on time. The deck looks great!
CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.
Zak c.
Sam and his team did a great job with my second-story deck. The deck was almost entirely rotted and was becoming a hazard. Sam identified the problem, got to work, and completed the job in a timely and professional manner. Would definitely use for future decking needs.
Peacock Decking CompanyPeacock Decking Company
Lauren W.
Great work painting my deck.
Private Ryan Painting, LLCPrivate Ryan Painting, LLC
Dulcy F.
Peacock Decking did a superior job on rebuilding our deck. They worked very hard to get the job done on schedule and Sam made sure everything was properly done. Our deck is quite high but now as rebuilt it is sturdy and safe. I would recommend hiring Sam And Peacock.
Peacock Decking CompanyPeacock Decking Company
Karen H.
Josh did an excellent job on my deck.
West Austin FenceWest Austin Fence
Jon O.
Red Knights did an excellent job tearing down our old deck and new install. The foundation was very well done and the composite material is well crafted around all the edges of the deck and steps. Highly recommend.
Red Knights Construction LLCRed Knights Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We replanked the boards for our small decks for our house and studio space. All Aboard Decks was cheapest quote we received and they were finished VERY quickly. They look great, we are happy with how they turned out.
Bjugan & SonsBjugan & Sons
Diandra F.
I loved working with Monica and team!! Such a great job on the deck and very timely!!!
Private Ryan Painting, LLCPrivate Ryan Painting, LLC
John R.
Great job on our deck. Got it done fast and right. Absolutely recommend.
The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.
Billy Z.
Bud and his assistant did a great job power washing our deck, drive way, and even the garage door. He repair/replaced part of the deck where wood are either wrapped or cracking. Overall I am very satisfied.
The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.
Katie C.
Bill is a gem. He built our 18x16ft deck in a little over a week so that we could use it for our baby shower. The deck was well priced and turned out beautiful and well-constructed. Bill is professional and a genuinely nice guy - someone you can trust. I've already given his contact information to people I know looking to build a deck - I'd definitely recommend him!
Bill HansonBill Hanson
Amanda J.
I am very happy with the finished project on my extensive deck remodel. I have a large lower and upper deck and had difficulty getting others to respond or take on such an extensive remodel job. Orlando responded right away and he and his crew repaired all the dead wood, resealed and painted, and replaced the railing. Now I have a beautiful deck that I know will last for years to come!
Rivera’s brothers  remodelingRivera’s brothers remodeling
David H.
LMP powerwashed and stained my deck. Communication was great, very professional. Highly recommended.
Jill J.
Juan went ahead and measured the deck to the lakehouse even though I wasn’t there. (I had messed up the appointment time.) He wrote up a reasonable estimate for a new deck with specifications I had just jotted down that I needed in an email.
American Fence Repair, LLCAmerican Fence Repair, LLC
Audrey D.
Steve and his team did an awesome job on our 400+ sq foot deck. The deck turned out beautifully and they were very fast and efficient. Steve and his team were wonderful to work with and we will likely use them for future projects! Thanks Steve!
David P.
Nathan was great to hire - I had a unique deck project and I am exceptionally happy with the work.
CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.
Bryce G.
This company was highly responsive, affordable, and did great work. They removed stain from my deck and re-stained. It now looks like a brand new deck. Their workers are very cordial and polite; the type you feel comfortable having in your backyard for a few days. I highly recommend!
The Local DadThe Local Dad
Bryce C.
Orlando did a great job on my deck. He provided great work at a great value. Thanks Orlando!
Rivera’s brothers  remodelingRivera’s brothers remodeling
Morgan G.
Monica and the team we’re awesome and they made my deck look amazing. I will definitely hire them again.
Private Ryan Painting, LLCPrivate Ryan Painting, LLC
Andrea S.
Vincent did an awesome job on our deck. Our deck was dirty and needed a refresh - he made it look so much better! He was also polite, on-time, and reliable. I was impressed at how quickly he worked, too. This is a great business, and I'd hire them again. Thanks, Vincent!
The Local DadThe Local Dad
Marisa L.
Orlando and his crew did an excellent job power washing and oiling my ipe deck....looks great!
Rivera’s brothers  remodelingRivera’s brothers remodeling
David H.
Very responsive and great quality! Very pleased with how the deck turned out! Would hire them again.
CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.CORE, Minor Construction & Services, LLC.
Joyce M.
OMG these guys were awesome. stained my deck for the price submitted and then stained stairs and railings as well. Perfection!
Remodeling & Construction moranRemodeling & Construction moran
Jill A.
Steven was quick to respond and quick to get to work on my deck powerwashing and staining job. I appreciated the good communication and his dedication to making sure I was happy with the job when he was finished. The deck looks better than it did the first time it was stained 6 years ago. I recommend this company.
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