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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Phinney Ridge decking professionals
Maria R.
Amazing! They were able to finish a deck we started, fixed the steps, and their attention to detail helped make the deck look so much better. They listened to what we wanted and worked above that to deliver a wonderful deck! They finished before their projected date.
LEGENDARY FENCING & DECKING LLCLEGENDARY FENCING & DECKING LLC
Jen C.
Initially reached out to Dwain for a deck repair. Ended up working on 2 projects: deck repair and egress window. Dwain and his team was professional and punctual. Dwain was willing to work within my budget. See pictures for the egress window (before and after). The deck repair is still in progress (see pictures). I recommend Dwain and his team for house projects.
DH1 ConstructionDH1 Construction
Devon P.
Legendary Fencing & Decking LLC were great to work with. After our first conversation, they quickly put together a plan to build both a deck and replace fencing on our property, and the results are wonderful! Beautiful and highly professional work.
LEGENDARY FENCING & DECKING LLCLEGENDARY FENCING & DECKING LLC
Benjamin P.
Som did an excellent job building the foundation for our deck. His pricing was fair and transparent. He even picked up leftover materials to return to Home Depot for a refund. Would highly recommend for building your next deck.
S@R Renovation,llcS@R Renovation,llc
Rachel F.
Hector and his crew did a great job replacing the plywood on our deck, getting our deck up to code, and installing new stairs. Hector was easy to work with and very professional. I would highly recommend hiring Hector and his crew.
Express roofingExpress roofing
Joyce S.
Very happy with the deck repair work by Ilya. He was on time, polite and completed the project quickly.
WW JobsWW Jobs
Abby R.
The stain begin to peel off our deck within the year. Looked awful by end of season.
OIKOS PAINTING & DESIGNOIKOS PAINTING & DESIGN
Alan T.
Elias and team did a great job completely stripping and restaining our deck. Highly recommend!
Seattle House RemodelingSeattle House Remodeling
Rodrigo S.
I had a lot of questions for Chris as I decided who to hire for my deck work. In addition to being very responsive, patient, knowledgeable and respectful, he managed to explain every little detail of the work to come, down to the nuts and bolts. Needless to say he got my business, and now, with my front and side deck done, I couldn’t be happier. He exceeded my expectations, and I’d recommend him to anyone looking to get a deck done.
Cascade Woodwork & ConstructionCascade Woodwork & Construction
Brian M.
A Milton is responsible, kind, honest, and hardworking. I really appreciated the work he did on my deck.
Souza’s Painting trySouza’s Painting try
Laura M.
Artchagastudio did a great job on our back deck repaint project! Fair price and they completed the job in 2 days! They were even able to help repair a few spots on the deck that had rotted out. Communication was good and we’re very happy with the work! I would hired them again!
ArtchagastudioArtchagastudio
Kelly B.
I met with Eddie back the end of January to see about having him build a deck to replace the old one. By far, Eddie was the nicest and most respectful contractor I met with. I hired Eddie to start work May 21 and he did a wonderful job building my new deck with a mixture of trex and lumber. The deck looks fantastic and I’m hiring him to do more projects on my house. I highly recommend Eddie! Can’t wait to work with him again.
Duration roofing services LLCDuration roofing services LLC
Jessica R.
The work that the team did on my deck was great. The team is always very responsive and went above and beyond. I will be working with them again :)!
HR General ConstructionHR General Construction
Krista B.
Greg was very quick and responsive to my request for deck repair. He came within a day to quote the job and had it fixed within two.
RDRRDR
Patrick S.
The crew worked hard and fast. There were some minor issues at final inspection but Nino took care if it. We love our new deck
HAUZZ LLCHAUZZ LLC
Michael K.
Cesar is great. Not only is his work top quality, but he is super friendly and great to work with. He stained and sealed our roof top deck.
Golden Line Painting & Staining, LLCGolden Line Painting & Staining, LLC
Warren H.
I had them paint my deck over the summer and with a little direction they did a great job. Very happy and would use them again.
OIKOS PAINTING & DESIGNOIKOS PAINTING & DESIGN
Heidi A.
They were here when they said they would be and worked hard while here. They worked the schedule around our poor weather with good communication. Our deck looks good.
SALAS PAINTING AND RESTAURATION LLC            ...SALAS PAINTING AND RESTAURATION LLC ...
Emilie K.
Wow! Gonzalo went above and beyond to make our deck look as good as it did when it was first built and stained. He is very knowledgeable about his trade, detail-oriented, has the right equipment and works hard. He showed up early every day and got right to work. We’re grateful to have met Gonzalo and look forward to hiring him again. Our deck was worn and dirty before Gonzalo transformed it!
Popcorn & painting drywall morePopcorn & painting drywall more
Brenna D.
Handyman 206 did a fantastic job rebuilding our deck! The crew was punctual, hard working and professional. Will use them again whenever we have a project to do. Thank you!
Handyman206Handyman206
Scott S.
Will and Ilya were 5 minutes early to our appointment and they were able to take care of our deck and fence projects in one day! Highly recommend and will contact for any future projects.
WW JobsWW Jobs
Megan R.
Miguel and his team did an incredible job, he was so responsive the entire time, very thorough and his work is beautiful. Our deck looks the best it has ever looked!
SPR servicesSPR services
Rachael F.
We were very happy with the deck & sliding door installation done by David & crew. Very knowledgeable, fair priced, and they were determined to ensure all of our expectations were met.
24/7 home improvements24/7 home improvements
Scotty S.
Whole experience was amazing. Vini responded right away and came out to do an in person estimate. Once everything was agreed on, work started within a couple days and Hernandes was on top of everything while ripping out my old deck materials and then cutting and installing the new Trex materials. My deck is on the 3rd floor and he did everything he could to minimize the effect of the construction and mess on my downstairs neighbor. So happy with everything and will hire again in a heartbeat!!
FaGu ConstructionsFaGu Constructions
Travis T.
My deck was repaired quickly and work was done to my liking. I've already set up my next project with them. Plus they cleaned up everything when the finished. Highly recommend.
Calel's landscapeCalel's landscape
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