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What to Ask When Hiring a Deck Contractor

Before and after of a custom deck installation with the old before on the right and the new deck on the right by archer exteriors.

A custom deck is a significant investment that enhances both the value and enjoyment of your home. Finding the right deck contractor is essential to ensure you get the deck of your dreams. At Archer Exteriors, we are committed to delivering high-quality deck services tailored to your needs. This guide will equip you with the right questions to ask when hiring a deck contractor, helping you make an informed decision.

Gathering Quotes: Crucial Questions to Ask When Hiring a Deck Contractor

When gathering quotes from potential deck contractors, it’s important to ask the right questions to gauge their expertise and reliability. Here are key questions to consider:

  1. Have you built with the specific decking materials we’re considering?

  2. What is your area of expertise within deck building?

  3. Do you have experience building multi-level or complex deck designs?

  4. Can you help design our deck, or will we need architectural plans?

  5. Are you licensed and insured for deck construction?

  6. Do you handle municipal permitting and HOA approvals?

  7. What is the typical lead time for starting a new deck project?

  8. Can you provide references from previous deck projects?

Confirming Credentials and Experience

Verifying a contractor’s credentials and experience is crucial for ensuring quality workmanship. Key details to confirm include:

  • Business License and Insurance: Ensure the contractor has a valid business license and carries liability insurance.

  • Certifications and Training: Check for certifications and training specific to the decking materials and techniques they will use.

  • Experience with Decking Systems: Verify their experience with various types of decking materials (e.g., composite, wood, PVC).

  • Product-Specific Training: Confirm they have completed training on the specific products they will be installing and have had installations inspected for quality assurance.

Assessing Previous Work and References

Assessing a contractor’s past performance is a key step in your evaluation process. Important questions to ask former clients include:

  • Would you hire this contractor again?

  • Did the contractor address your concerns and listen to your needs?

  • Were there any challenges, and how were they resolved?

  • Was the project completed on time and within budget?

Additionally, visiting previous projects or viewing a comprehensive portfolio can provide valuable insights into the contractor’s workmanship and attention to detail.

Understanding the Deck Project Process

Understanding the deck-building process can help set your expectations and ensure a smooth project. Here are the key stages involved:

  1. Initial Consultation and Site Assessment: The contractor will assess your outdoor space and discuss your needs and preferences.

  2. Design and Planning Phase: Detailed plans and designs will be created, and materials will be selected.

  3. Obtaining Permits and Approvals: The contractor will handle all necessary municipal permits and HOA approvals.

  4. Installation and Project Management: The deck installation will be managed from start to finish, ensuring quality and adherence to timelines.

  5. Final Inspection and Project Completion: A final inspection will ensure all work meets quality standards, and the project will be officially completed.

The Advantages of Choosing Archer Exteriors

Archer Exteriors is known for our expertise and stellar reputation in the deck building industry. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Certified Decking Professionals: Our team consists of highly skilled, certified professionals who are experts in various decking systems.

  • Comprehensive Warranty: We offer a comprehensive warranty and satisfaction guarantee for all our projects.

  • Proven Track Record: Our portfolio showcases numerous successful projects, highlighting our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

Ensuring Quality and Peace of Mind

Selecting a contractor who prioritizes quality and customer satisfaction is vital. At Archer Exteriors, we are committed to:

Completed custom deck installation on back of house by Archer Exteriors.

  • Using Premium Materials: We use only the highest quality materials to ensure the durability and longevity of your deck.

  • Adhering to Best Practices: Our installation techniques follow industry best practices for optimal results.

  • Providing Excellent Customer Service: From the initial consultation to project completion, we are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and support.

Recapping the essential points, it’s clear that hiring a professional, experienced deck contractor is crucial for a successful project. We encourage you to contact Archer Exteriors for a consultation and take the first step towards a beautiful, durable deck.

Ready to start your deck project? Contact Archer Exteriors today to schedule a FREE consultation. Plus, don’t forget to ask about our referral program – you can earn money for referring friends and family to our services!

For more information on decking materials, maintenance tips, and project planning, visit our blog and resources section. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us via our contact form. We’re here to help! Thank you for reading.


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