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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 Sammamish decking professionals
Maggie J.
Vega Finishing made sure our deck was stained well and on time even looking ahead at the potential rain and juggling projects to get the deck stained before it rained. A+ for their work, communications, and honesty.
Omni Home ServicesOmni Home Services
Bill S.
Luke and his team did a FABULOUS job on our deck rebuild! Our new Western Red Cedar deck was done as promised and on budget. Thank you Art/Tek! It's gorgeous:) Bill and Nancy Sherertz
Art/Tek Deck and DesignArt/Tek Deck and Design
Marianne W.
He had a good understanding of the best way to repair our deck. Looks good and is solid.
Amazing Doctor LLCAmazing Doctor LLC
Mine T.
They built a great looking and high quality deck for us, 500+ sqft in just 3 weeks. They also added benches and bar table which improved the look very well.
Manoj S.
We contacted Expert Home Construction for building a Pergola/cover for our raised deck. Ours is not a straightforward rectangular deck; there is an angled wall on the side of the house. After talking to a few contractors (some of them had no idea what they were talking about), it was clear that Max had a clear plan and was able to put a design together in a couple of days. I loved Max’s responsiveness; he was very proactive and usually responded with a few minutes. That actually gave me confidence that his work and work ethics will be good as well. So we hired Max and the project was completed in roughly 2 weeks time. Result: mind blowing!! (pics below) and we love the outcome! Our deck looks classy now and we can’t wait to have our friends over! Max is truly passionate about his work, and is flexible and open to your ideas. He used top of the line materials and his work is thorough. I will easily hire Max again for another project!
Expert Home Construction LLCExpert Home Construction LLC
Connie L.
Silbano and his team are extremely reliable and trustworthy. I’m going to say the most professional and organized contractor we have had working at our home. Silbano replaced our deck and the work is perfect. He also helped rebuild an exterior doorframe. We are very happy with the results and hoping to have him take care of a few larger projects with our kitchen and bathrooms next. I highly recommend Blanca’s general contractors. Also appreciate the prompt quotes and updates. 100% happy.
Blancas General Contractor LLCBlancas General Contractor LLC
Gaurang N.
I hired Lakeview Construction for a significant backyard project - the dismantling of a large and heavy-duty deck, and replacing that with new pavers (and aligning those pavers with a grass lawn), building and installing new composite stairs, establishing new backyard lighting, etc. They did a great job throughout. The key points that stand out - the top-class quality, professionalism, timeliness of the engagement (~2 weeks from the initial estimate to completion of the work), the competitive price, and the $0 difference between their initial estimate and the invoice. In addition, they also fixed a good number of smaller (yet persistent) issues that I needed resolved around the house, and did those free of charge. I highly recommend their services, and will hire them again in the future should the need arise.
Lakeview ConstructionLakeview Construction
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