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7 Important Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Decking Builder

7 Important Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Decking Builder

Vancouver Renovation Blog

Building the deck of your dreams is a lot easier when you select the right decking builder. Knowing which questions to ask before making your final decision can help you find the best deck-building company to work with and make sure that your dream outdoor space turns out exactly as planned.

What is your experience in building decks?

It is important to select a builder who has experience building decks. Ask how long they have been working in the industry, and request to see a portfolio of other projects they have worked on. Knowing that your contractor has already completed successful deck installations helps set your mind at ease so that you won’t end up with an unprofessional job.

Do you have any references or reviews I can read?

It’s always best practice to check the references of any contractor you plan to hire, and the decking is no exception. Ask for a list of past customers, and contact them for their feedback and reviews. Also read through third-party review sites like Yelp, Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List if available, to see what other people have said about the deck builder’s work.

Have you worked on decking projects of this size and scope before?

Regardless of the deck builder’s credentials and experience, this question should always be asked. Many people have grown a successful business over 10+ years, which may mean they’ve limited their scope to basic constructions and repairs. Ask your contractor if they are experienced in projects similar to yours in size and structure – for example, if you are building a multi-level outdoor living space with custom features like fire pits, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens or specialty decking boards. This can help ensure the contractor is well-versed in more complicated projects and prepared to work with you on designing your dream deck.

Do you offer a warranty or guarantee on your work?

Finding out if the deck builder you are looking at offers a warranty or guarantee on their work is one of the most important questions you should ask. A reputable contractor will have confidence in their work and be willing to stand behind it, so make sure to ask for specifics about what type of warranty or guarantee they offer and for how long. Also look for customer reviews that comment on satisfaction with warranties and guarantees after the project was completed.

What types of materials do you use for decking construction?

A good decking builder should be able to offer you several options in terms of materials. Make sure to ask what types of materials they use, whether they are sustainable and environmentally friendly, and whether they work with high quality brands and suppliers. Additionally, find out if custom designs are possible and if the deck builder can recommend any upgrades or improvements that will benefit your final project.

Will This Deck Require A Permit?

Permits are often necessary. Your contractor should know when one’s required and be familiar with the different Metro Vancouver municipal requirements.

Do you offer a wide range of deck railings?

Your dream decking project is not complete without attractive railings to finish off the look and to keep your friends and family safe. With such a wide variety of deck railings available, from wood, to composite or even glass, be sure to check that your decking builder has the suppliers and experience to create the deck railings you need

In conclusion, it is important to ask the right questions when hiring a Vancouver Decking Builder. Asking these seven questions will help you make an informed decision and ensure that you hire the best decking builder for your project. Click here to get started with your Vancouver Decking Project today!