Hiring a Deck Builder

Get tips on hiring a deck builder, from researching local contractors to pre-planning for your deck project.



Hired deck builder measuring wood for installing a deck in this backyard space.

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If you're planning to add a deck to your home, it may be time to investigate hiring a deck builder. Building a deck on your own is definitely doable, but even the experts consider it a difficult project. So unless you've been to the deck construction rodeo once or twice already, it may be time to call in the pros.

Amazing Deck Designs

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Gather, Chat and Play

This deck is ideal for gathering with guests, as it has multiple areas for entertaining. Spaces for enjoying intimate conversation, dining and playing should be incorporated into every functional deck design. Photo courtesy of Trex

Decorative Design

This expansive deck includes decorative design elements. Create interest by using different tones and levels to section the space for multiple functions like seating, planting and grilling. Photo courtesy of Trex

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Functional and Grand

A fire pit is one of the many focal points in this design. It's a great option for cool nights and marshmallow roasts. This deck creates a seamless extension of the home's living space. Photo courtesy of Trex

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A Relaxing Retreat

Designed by Wood Shop Company, this deck takes relaxation to the next level with exquisite craftsmanship. Since the deck is enclosed, the hot tub and city view can be enjoyed rain or shine.

Created for Lounging

This poolside retreat is the headquarters for lounging with family and friends. Privacy pairs perfectly with safety, as parents can keep a close watch on the kids in the pool without hovering. Photo courtesy of Trex

Spacious and Serene

Sometimes you need more space, and this deck incorporates ample seating along the edge without overcrowding the area. The curved design is an attractive, eye-catching feature that enhances the aesthetic. Photo courtesy of Timber Tech

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Ready for Viewing

Taking advantage of an outside view is one of the most important reasons for building a deck. Everything about this space capitalizes on nature's elements. Container plants and shrubs soften the design of this hardscape. Photo courtesy of Fiberon

An Evening Escape

This classic deck design pulls in the rustic color scheme from the adjacent woods. Railings, built-in planters and a discrete step define the outdoor space, making it feel like you're in a room. Photo courtesy of Timber Tech

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There are several things you'll want to have prepared prior to making a call to your local decking contractor. Firstly, you should know at least the rough dimensions of the deck. This will give the contractor an idea of the project's scope, both in terms of costs and materials.

Secondly, decide whether your deck will have one or multiple tiers or levels. If there will be multiple levels, will they be connected by stairways or passageways? Will the deck be adjacent to any other landscaping or hardscaping, or a pool or garden?

You'll need to provide your deck builder with specific information on the material and finish you want for your deck surface. You'll have many choices, from traditional pressure-treated wood to exotic, tropical species of wood, or even composite or plastic decking.

Lastly, decide on a feature set for your deck. Will it sport a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, a barbecue or dining area?

Finally, it's time to find your contractor. Start within your network—nothing means more than a personal endorsement of work from a friend or family member. Seek out former clients for reference, and ask about the timeliness, quality and price of the contractor's former projects. Once you've found a contractor you're interested in using, establish what their work schedule would be, how payments would be handled, and who would be in charge of permits, coordinating with local utility companies, and other logistical factors. Some things to watch out for when hiring contractors are requirements of large advances or cash only payments, lack of proof of insurance, or that you're required to obtain any necessary permits.

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