You’ve made the decision to build a new deck or replace an existing deck. Now what? The next decision most people grapple with is “Should I build it myself, or should I find a deck builder?”
I’m a big advocate of DIY home improvement. It can save you a lot of money and there’s nothing more rewarding than relaxing on a custom deck that you’ve designed and built yourself. But mistakes can be costly. Professional, local deck builders know the ins and outs of deck building in your area, and they usually have the expertise in design and building to prevent small mistakes that can lead to bigger problems down the road. If you’ve made the decision to hire a deck contractor, here are some tips to find the right one to help you make the most out of your outdoor space.
We’ve all heard horror stories from friends or relatives about bad experiences working with general contractors - “I signed a contract and paid the deposit six months ago and the work hasn't even started yet!” or “Our total bill was DOUBLE the cost estimates!” Ultimately, you're looking for a partner who can skillfully make your outdoor living space come to life. So what can you do to ensure that you find the right local deck contractor for the job? Here are some things that I have learned in my many years of deck building.
Once you’ve found a contractor who shares your vision and has the expertise to handle your custom deck project, I strongly urge you to demand the following very specific design and construction documents:
Working with a deck contractor can be a gratifying process if you start off on the right foot by asking around, doing some basic research, asking a lot of questions, and getting all of the important things in writing. These tips should take you a long way toward finding the right company to work with you to design and build the deck of your dreams. And if you live in Northeast Ohio, be sure to include Woodland Deck in your research! We wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t earned the trust and confidence of so many homeowners since we started building decks back in 2000. Learn more about our deck design process or contact us to get more information or a free estimate.
I founded Woodland Deck in 2000 to create decks and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed for generations. Here in beautiful Northeast Ohio, we’re lucky to experience four dramatically different seasons throughout the year, and I want you to be able to enjoy each one of them from the comfort of your own backyard. As a deck-building company, we are always looking for ways to better our products, services, and ourselves. We are passionate about life outside and believe that enjoying God’s creation is a rich gift to us.
We are looking to understand your dream and vision for the outdoors, but we don’t stop there. What are your likes and dislikes? How and when you are looking to use the space?
We start with a phone or email consultation to gather preliminary info that will help us in providing effective deck construction solutions. We are interested in learning as much as possible about the specifics of the project. Not sure what the scope is? We can help!