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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 Tacoma decking professionals
Heather C.
Carlos and his team created a beautiful deck. They worked with me to make decisions on design and materials and problem solved wonderfully. We are so happy with our deck and would definitely work with them again on another project in the future.
Starlin llcStarlin llc
Uduak R.
Great job!! responsive and Gary took pride and care when performing the work on my deck as if he was working on his very own house. I am VERY happy with my deck. I completely recommend and will definitely hire again! Thank you Gary!!
Gary MarshallGary Marshall
George L.
I appreciated the quickness with which William responded to my request for a bid without even seeing the decks in person. He also painted both of my other two decks helping to make the whole place look fresh. He also accomplished the job in a weekend. Thumbs up.
Dani L.
Sam and his crew fixed our deck, floor and dry wall for us in our house. We have a 3 level decks, so lots of work. They are very friendly and working very hard. They are not just doing the basic, but strive to ensure better quality of their work. I appreciated their knowledge and willingness to build relationship with their clients as well.
HR General ConstructionHR General Construction
Adam o.
Had BCS add a pergola to our deck. Price was competitive with other quotes. They were professional, responsive, and friendly. Very happy with the process and the result.
BCS constructionBCS construction
P. a.
I truly appreciated the professionalism of TruBlue. Nate offered guidance on deck stains and was more than reasonable on the value of the job. I could not have been more satisfied!!!
Trublue of South SoundTrublue of South Sound
David B.
So happy to have Josh and his crew at Elite Renovations out. They matched the existing deck perfectly and had great attention to detail. Worked hard and I am looking forward to enjoying our new space.
Elite Renovations LLCElite Renovations LLC
Tanja O.
Pros • Overall I am pleased with my deck • It is a solid deck • It is level • Gary showed up on time, every time • Good communication, responds quickly, easy to communicate with Gary • Completed on time • Good spacing on the joists * Price was good. About half of what the other two quotes I received. Cons • Lacks some attention to detail o Upright pickets for handrail are evenly spaced until the end o Started laying decking from house side forward instead of front edge back. This meant that when he needed to cut a piece to fit, the narrow cut piece is on the front and stands out. Additionally, he put the cut edge out on the front leading edge. This will mean it will tend to chip off. • The stairs are enclosed with kickboard as requested. However, the kick boards are treated fence boards instead of the treated deck wood that the rest of the deck is made from. He built the treads first and then put in the kickboards so the fence boards where the only thing that will fit. Had he built the steps by putting the kickboards on first, it would have shifted the treads out and all would have fit and matched. • Most of the stair stringers are sitting down in the mud. This is a very wet location. It would have been better to put the stringers on concrete tiles. Both to keep them out of the mud and to distribute the load so that they are less likely to sink. I let Gary know of my review and he requested that his response be included and I am happy to do so: Tanja, you always start decking at house because you would have trouble fitting the last board the other way, and its better to trim the last one as it may not be the exact measurements all along. The kick boards are pre factory stained with 7yr warranty. The kick boards were designed to go on top to match the 5 1/2 '', the other way would be 7" not a standard size.
Hartloff Property RestorationHartloff Property Restoration
Linda W.
Diaz Construction did a very good job of staining my deck and painting cement porch. Very good work quality and professionalism. Jose even came back to repaint the porch as the color I had chosen was not working for me.
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Gary B.
Great service from a great Team of professionals!! From beginning to end they were thorough, responsive, hardworking and keep us up to date at every point during the build on their progress. My deck is outstanding and we love it. We will be working with them again soon!
Creative effects contracting LLCCreative effects contracting LLC
Christine G.
Juan did a great job replacing the top of my deck and steps. He found good unwarped planks and used a measure to space the boards and to put in good quality wood screws. He sent a detailed quote as a bid and kept in good communication until the job was done. Recommend him for any carpentry projects.
Sunrise custom deck & home remodelingSunrise custom deck & home remodeling
Kyeli S.
UPDATE: We have now worked with Melcham multiple times; after the enclosure, they built a new deck with a ramp for our front porch, they built a new fence, and we just worked with them to renovate our garage into a guest space. They are absolutely the best company out there. They're punctual, efficient, and easy to work with. They clean everything, leaving a tidy space behind, and they always produce extremely high quality work. We are delighted to work with them and delighted with the results. We plan to have a long-term customer relationship with Melcham throughout the life of our home! --- Original review: We worked with Melcham to have a screened enclosure built on our existing cement patio. Melanie and Cham are pleasant to work with, efficient, and knowledgeable. Cham and his team finished the enclosure in less than 5 days, even when dealing with my fiddly requests along the way and having to redo work to accommodate a late request. They worked reasonable hours - not too early, not too late - and were respectful of us, our property, and our neighborhood. We enjoyed working with Melcham so much, we immediately hired them for a second project!
Melcham HomesMelcham Homes
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