Building a new deck comes with a lot of considerations, such as which deck boards you’ll use and how you’ll design your composite deck. While DIY-ing your deck is an option, this will require certain tools and the right skillset to do the job right. The easier choice? Work with deck contractors to complete the build for you.
Finding local deck contractors doesn’t have to be a complicated process. When you know what to look for and what to ask, you’ll be able to find the right contractor to build the deck you’ve envisioned for your yard.
Why Work With Local Deck Contractors?
Working with deck contractors offers many benefits compared to DIY-ing your deck build. A professional contractor will have readily available information on deck material pricing, local building codes, and obtaining a permit. Additionally, they’ll have the necessary expertise to build your deck just the way you want it — with your chosen deck boards, railing, and even additional features like built-in deck lighting.
Before diving into finding the right contractor for your build, it’s important to consider your project budget so you have a ballpark figure to bring to your discussions with local deck contractors.
Once you have your budget locked down, learn what to look for and which questions to ask during your consultation to find your perfect deck building partner.
Tips for Finding the Right Deck Contractor for Your Project
When you search for a contractor for your deck build, it’s not just about finding a capable contractor, but finding the right contractor for you.. And how do you do that? By learning what to look for, and what to ask.
What to Look for in Deck Contractors
A professional deck contractor will be forthcoming when they answer your questions and when speaking towards their expertise.
✓ Clear communication
✓ Good reviews
✓ Good reputation in the community
✓ Familiarity with your preferred decking material
✓ Experience in the type of build you want to complete
What to Ask Deck Contractors
To help you determine if a deck contractor is the right fit for your deck build, ask them the following questions at your initial consultation and make sure to take notes of their answers.
- How long have you worked as a contractor?
- How frequently do you build decks?
- Have you done any projects that are similar to the one I’m interested in completing on my home?
- Do you provide a written copy of your bid, estimate, and construction schedule? (Hint: The answer should be yes!)
- Can you break down how you come up with a price for a project?
- Would you be able to connect me with other homeowners in the area with whom you have worked with?
A Few Extra Tips
- If you can, visit a deck or display built by a contractor to a get a sense of their skillset.
- Don’t base your selection solely on the number of decks that a contractor builds per year—there are high-quality contractors that only build a few decks per year.
- Many contractors offer their own labor warranties for confidence in their work — so be sure to ask about the details. For extra peace of mind, TimberTech also provides a labor warranty in certain cases when product and installation requirements are met.
Now that you know tips for how to select deck contractors, explore what working with a TimberTech-registered contractor* can mean for your build.
Explore Real Decks Built by TimberTech-Registered Contractors
Our professional contractors have built a number of beautiful outdoor spaces for you to pull inspiration from to create your own outdoor living space. Explore some of our favorite TimberTech builds by local deck contractors below or browse our entire 3D image gallery to see more deck design examples.
FESTIVE & FUNCTIONAL DRINK RAIL
This family needed an outdoor living space designed with kids and adults in mind. The answer? A TimberTech capped composite deck with enough space for the kids to play and the adults to dine — plus, the Drink Rail gives guests a convenient place to set drinks while socializing.
Pictured: Coastline decking from the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection.
ELEGANT SOUTHERN LIVING SHOW HOME
This sweeping Southern home exudes luxury living by marrying traditional charm with contemporary design using the cool gray tones of TimberTech AZEK® Coastline® decking. Their contractor gave this home a multi-tiered design, layering elevated decking spaces with a sunken stone patio. The effect is a multi-dimensional outdoor living space, ideal for hosting gatherings.
LUXURIOUS LAKEFRONT LIVING
The owners of this Minneapolis deck wanted a large gathering place awash in standout style, but still fitting the feel of their lakefront home. Using Multi-Width Decking, their contractor created a custom inlay design featuring an inlaid square and herringbone design as the striking focal point.
Thinking you’ll go with a simpler build and wondering if you even need a contractor? Building your own deck can be a rewarding experience, but it requires the right planning, skillset, and tools to be done right.
What to Know About DIY-ing Your Deck Build
When you DIY your deck build, you’ll need to handle all the paperwork and code compliance yourself — and then install your decking.
What to Ask Before You DIY
- Are you comfortable adhering to local building codes and securing a permit?
- Will your deck have any complex design features, such as a deck board pattern, and are you confident in installing those features?
- Do you have access to / are you comfortable using the tools you’ll need to build your own deck?
- Will you have help, or will you complete all the work solo?
After you’ve asked yourself the above questions, and still feel confident going forward, think through these other factors for planning your deck build.
Deck Planning Guidance
When planning your deck, you want to ensure your deck shape and size optimize the space around it. It’s important to choose a shape that will meet your needs while also being easy to build.
Deck Material Options
Your material options typically include traditional wood species and non-wood options like composite decking. While you may think wood is the simplest choice, its rigorous maintenance needs would say otherwise.
The right railing can add the perfect final touch to your deck design while improving safety. Create a unique, enduringly beautiful deck design when you choose from our aluminum and composite railing options.
Planning and building your own deck is a challenging — but rewarding — process. And it’s not for everyone. Working with a contractor means they will handle all the necessary permits, adhere to building codes , and have the expertise to build your deck right — even with unique designs like elegant curved decking.
If you’d rather rely on a professional, you have the knowledge you need to be selective in your choice. Now, it’s just a matter of connecting with right local deck contractors to find the right fit.
Discover Trusted TimberTech-Registered Deck Contractors in Your Area
There are many resources to help you find local deck contractors, but you don’t just need any professional — you need the right professional for your job. A TimberTech-registered contractor can lend you their product and installation expertise to help you create an enduringly beautiful, low-maintenance outdoor living space. Use our online tool today to be connected to local TimberTech-registered deck contractors* who can bring your deck vision to life.