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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.  

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.

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.

Reviews for Fireside decking professionals
Analise G.
Great experience working with Michelle and her team! My deck turned out beautifully and they made it work even in my condo community. My deck looks so good! Thanks all!
Lazy B Fencing & StainingLazy B Fencing & Staining
Henry C.
The team did a quick and thorough job repairing our deck.
Lazy B Fencing & StainingLazy B Fencing & Staining
Lauren B.
Sergio was super responsive and great to work with. Would recommend to anyone searching for deck/fence staining!
North Texas Fence ServicesNorth Texas Fence Services
Ana R.
I’m very happy with the job they did on my little deck. Very professional and very easy to work with
Lazy B Fencing & StainingLazy B Fencing & Staining
Jessilyn T.
Scott did an incredible job and for an excellent value. The deck turned out to be everything we had hoped for and more.
The Artistry Shop Painting and CarpentryThe Artistry Shop Painting and Carpentry
Thumbtack Customer
Wilfredo was very prompt and did a good job on my deck. I would definitely use him again.
World of Painting & ServicesWorld of Painting & Services
Thumbtack Customer
Needed some upkeep on a deck and fence. Ross' crew did a great job. Made everything look like new.
Dynamo Home ImprovementsDynamo Home Improvements
Ellen B.
Have hired New Direction before. Denton fixed the deck issue quickly and went on to address an electrical issue with skill. Will hire again!
New Direction Structure CareNew Direction Structure Care
Jennifer R.
Matt did a great job installing attic decking for us! Punctual and friendly! Will use him again when we need carpentry work!
Sowell Exterior CraftsmenSowell Exterior Craftsmen
Brian S.
Stained a patio and deck. Did an amazing job! High quality, and finished in a day. I would hire them again without any concerns. If your looking for someone good, hire these guys!
USA paintingUSA painting
Peter f.
Hired Lazy B to build a TREX deck and I could not be happier with the entire experience. They did an awesome job; Michele and her team were the best! The price was fair and the job was completed in three days.
Lazy B Fencing & StainingLazy B Fencing & Staining
Lori K.
I cannot praise Katie enough. The time, effort and TLC she devoted to power washing, repairing and staining our deck demonstrated a level of dedication and professionalism that is rarely encountered when using a provider. There is no doubt I will be using her again in the future.
KF Power Wash Co.KF Power Wash Co.
Monica J.
Work was completed in a timely manor, however the attention to detail just wasn’t there. The staining/painting is very sloppy which will leave me with lots of clean up. After it was completed I’m not sure it was worth the cost. Retained deck, built access door and new 25sf extension.
Lazy B Fencing & StainingLazy B Fencing & Staining
Mackenzie B.
We would highly recommend Land Turf. Lary was very easy to work with and his guy showed up every morning early, worked his butt off all day and was VERY good. We are very happy with the completion of our deck and would use Lary & his crew again.
Land Turf IncLand Turf Inc
Katherine M.
Andy built a deck for me (with just one helper) in just 3 days (and this included tearing the old one out and hauling it away), and he did it at a great price! He was very professional and easy to work with. I will use him again for other work I need done on and in my house. I highly recommend him!
Handy AndyHandy Andy
Thumbtack Customer
***Update to my original review: Due to inadequate waterproofing/ sealing of the connection from the deck to the house I have experienced massive water damage inside of my house. Melody has ignored my phone calls and text messages, only to answer when I called from a number she wasn't familiar with. She claims a "5 year warrants on their work..." This is obvious BS. This woman is a crook and I am proceeding with a lawsuit. DO NOT HIRE THIS COMPANY. ORIGINAL REVIEW Do NOT hire this company to build you a deck. As another reviewer commented, this was a DIY style company that did a very unprofessional job. First, I was told this was a 4-5 day job. It has taken 5 weeks. Workers showed up at odd times and often showed up ill prepared to complete the work at hand and in one case worked until 9pm at night. Having Melody respond to my questions and requests in a timely manner was difficult at best. She also charged me for the remaining amount without approval and before the job was completed. I felt like I was forced to manage the work and provide Melody and her team (Eduardo etc…) with the tasks they needed to accomplish in order for the job to be complete. I have included my punch list email to Melody, the owner of Renew Fencing below for your reference, I have had a struggle with Melody completing these items and in several cases she has tried to charge extra for what I would consider very basic aesthetic and functional requirements… especially at $68/sqft. You could build an insulated and wired up house for that cost… I am very disappointed with this company. “Hi Melody, Here is a punch list with items that still need to be completed. We are now entering into the 3rd week of a job that you told me would take 4-5 business days starting on February 5th. You also told me these final items would be taken care of on Friday February 19th. I’d like them taken care of by Wednesday of this week (Feb 24, 2016) at the latest. Also, please make sure your team isn’t working after 7pm per city ordinance I believe and please have them park their trucks and trailers in actual parking spaces, I have had neighbors complain that they can’t pull out of their garage and go to work when your team parks in the center of the complex. Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions. I have marked up pictures below, here is a list of the items in brief summary. 1) replace or repair rubbled tiles on the patio 2) there are approximately 15 missing deck fasteners that need to be installed 3) there is overspray all over the deck that needs to be removed 4) your team didn’t do a very aesthetically pleasing job at patching a piece of missing deck on one side of a post, this needs to be addressed, repaired or the decking completely replaced and a post hole cut out of the center of the deck. 5) There is a missing cable cover on a post that needs to be installed. 6) There is over cut marks on the decking throughout the deck, How do we address this? replace? lower my price? 7) Your team bent the railing to the spiral staircase and it isn’t a smooth curve now, they need to rebend it or replace it. 8) Need to remove a screw from the wall that held the original railing in place. 9) A whole post is missing cable covers - please install these. 10) End caps still need to be installed on all railings. 11) There are areas of paint on the railing that need touching up. 12) The 1 x 4 that is placed under the main supporting 2 x 6 needs to be made flush to the house and sealed as discussed. 13) There is a loose bolt sitting under the staircase that needs to be drilled into the stair support.” ****Another excerpt from an separate email**** “Also, I meant to discuss with you how unprofessional the young man you had stain the wood acted while at the job. I had to ask him 3 times to use a drop cloth, of which he never did until I provided one to him. He was short with me as if I was bothering him when he was just wandering around the backyard and I asked who he was – I had no idea anyone was coming to work that day. He had a “person” sleeping in his truck which seemed odd and unprofessional. Finally there is stain all over my sod. I am not asking for anything in regards to this, I’m telling you out of professional courtesy that if I were you, I wouldn’t have that young man represent my company on any future jobs.”
Renew Fence & ConstructionRenew Fence & Construction
Kara L.
My fiance and I had a wonderful experience working with Steve. He answered all of our questions, worked around our busy Summer schedule and built a beautiful deck for us to enjoy for many years to come. Steve was upfront about all costs and verified any necessary adjustments before moving forward with his work. We really appreciated his honesty. We plan to use All in the Family for any future construction needs!
All Family Construction and RemodelingAll Family Construction and Remodeling
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