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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 Sandy decking professionals
Marci W.
They were very professional, and my deck is beautiful!
Johnston Construction LLCJohnston Construction LLC
Jenny C.
Did a great job! Very responsive and efficient and very nice to work with. The deck is beautiful.
SL & C ConstructionSL & C Construction
Thumbtack Customer
We had our backyard and master bedroom decks sanded and re stained..Excellent job done by Brian and his 2 co workers!
The Insulation Guys, Dba: Energy Star ConsultingThe Insulation Guys, Dba: Energy Star Consulting
Kathryn M.
We have been very pleased with Allen's work! We had him add a set of stairs to our deck as well as rip out the rotted wood and replace with Trex. His bid was extremely competitive and was definitely the better deal over other professionals. Would 100% use his services in the future. PS. The dog loves the new deck and her stairs 😎😍
Allen’s Handyman LLCAllen’s Handyman LLC
Rebecca H.
Carlos was great! He built the frame for our new deck and was very professional, hardworking and he definitely knew what he was doing. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat.
CS HandymanCS Handyman
Kim D.
Moises and Juan did an excellent job- fixing a prior issue. They were timely, and did quality work. We are going to have them complete a deck handrail next. I would highly recommend them!
Utah Railing Co.Utah Railing Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Did exactly what he said he would do exactly when he said he would do it. The deck turned out great and he is very efficient and does high quality work.
Carlos AmbrizCarlos Ambriz
Jen M.
We had this company stain our deck. They did such an amazing job! They were very responsive and helped us pick out a great color to match the house. Very fair pricing and high quality work!
Salt Lake Custom Painting LLCSalt Lake Custom Painting LLC
Jeannie W.
Roman Construction built our Trex deck and we love it! The quality of workmanship is excellent. I also really appreciated that Lyman was very responsive throughout the project, and always answered my questions quickly. I highly recommend them!
Roman Construction LLCRoman Construction LLC
Russell F.
I am so happy with our new deck and pergola. Scott did amazing work! The quality is outstanding, he takes a lot of pride in his work. Easy to work with and trustworthy. I definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
Duvall ConstructionDuvall Construction
Stacy M.
Scott and his crew were wonderful to work with! They were professional, polite and always on time! He kept us updated on the progress of our project, made certain the little details which made the deck special were met. And when he left each day the yard and project area was cleaned up and safe for our family to still enjoy on the weekends. We would and will recommend him for future projects!
Duvall ConstructionDuvall Construction
Christine T.
Carlos is a master of his craft. We had an existing composite deck that was redone using redwood. He had many good design ideas and is great to work with. He found some issues with the existing framing and corrected them. I feel he is very honest and is by far the best experience we have ever had with a contractor. He is a very hard worker and always let us know when he would be working on our project. We recommend him with 5 stars!
CS HandymanCS Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
I had a deck built from a "contractor" I found on Home Advisor. This contractor did a horrible job and my wife and I just didn't think it was safe for our family. Scott came out and gave me a very fair bid for fixing the problems and making it look amazing! He explained everything that was unsound and that needed to be fixed. He was here when he said and talked me through the whole process. He made me feel like I priority and not another job just to get to the next. There isn't one thing I would change about the work he did! I highly recommend Scott and we will definetly hire him for our future projects!
Duvall ConstructionDuvall Construction
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't have asked for a better guy or job. The work from Scott was absolutely phenomenal and flawless. His attention to detail and creativity was unexpected as most skilled craftsmen do it for the quick buck and then move on down the road. Scott has pride and passion in his work and you should absolutely see this in his work. The time frame that he gave me was met and the price Scott quoted me was spot on. He took the time to show me the work he did and left on this note. "As you and your wife stand on the deck over the weekend if you find something you do not like, please call me. I'll come over and fix anything you do not like." Always remember that you get what you pay for. You can not put a price on quality and you absolutely get what you pay for! Quality is had to find these days and I can say. Scott is a man you won't have the question. Tell him what you want and let him do his thing!
Duvall ConstructionDuvall Construction
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