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How to Find the Right Local Deck Contractors

June 30, 2020

We get it: Creating a new outdoor living space is a big decision — not only in terms of investment, but also when it comes to nailing design and installation. What’s more, if you’ve chosen TimberTech® decking, you’ll have even more exciting design choices than you would otherwise, from heat-bent applications to Multi-Width Decking to a wide range of color options. It’s a lot to consider. That’s why finding the right local deck contractors can make all the difference.

Working with a registered TimberTech contractor will help you navigate your choices so that you get a signature outdoor living space tailored to your unique style and needs. (That said, if you’re more DIY-minded, want to take control of some but not all of the elements of decking, or just want great design inspiration, check out our Deck Building Resource Center.)

Keep reading to learn more about the what, why, and how of working with the right local deck contractors.

What You Should Know About Installing Composite Decking

As you know if you’ve chosen low-maintenance, high-style composite decking over pressure-treated lumber, there are meaningful structural and aesthetic differences between the two categories. Here’s a quick refresher:

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Traditional Wood Boards

  • Have no protective caps or high-performance cores — the entire board is made of organic material that is vulnerable to erosion.
  • Are porous — wood deck boards will eventually fade, warp, buckle, and/or crack.
  • High-maintenance — wood will require costly care like staining, sanding, and/or deck board replacement that will accumulate over the years.
  • Does not come with any warranties guaranteeing beauty or structural integrity.
  • TimberTech PRO and TimberTech EDGE decking.
  • Feature a protective polymer cap to lock out moisture, mold, and mildew.
  • Boast a composite core made from 100% recycled wood and up to 80% recycled material.
  • Won’t fade, stain, buckle, warp, or crack.
  • Come with competitive warranties, such as the industry-leading 30-Year Fade & Stain Limited Warranty with TimberTech PRO.
  • Grooved boards can be installed with ConceaLoc Hidden Fasteners for a tighter fit.

When it comes to installation, these differences matter because they will influence everything from deck board and joist spacing to the expected lifespan of your deck. Working with experienced local deck contractors who regularly use TimberTech decking means you will have an expert on-hand to make your capped composite decking vision a reality. Fortunately, we partner with experienced contractors registered with our TimberTech Loyalty Rewards Program.

The Importance of Working With a TimberTech Contractor

Because we leverage innovative materials science to make our premium outdoor living products, it’s useful to partner with a registered TimberTech contractor. This contractor will be familiar with the specific properties of, and installation best practices for, TimberTech capped composite and capped polymer boards.

Check Out How These Local Deck Contractors Used TimberTech

These impressive outdoor living spaces were only made possible with
TimberTech composite decking.

Bending Backyard Escape

Contractor Mark King of Infinite Decks made his clients’ dreams come true with this Bending Backyard Escape. King specializes in curved decks for a one-of-a-kind look and uses only TimberTech AZEK decking products due to their outstanding performance, beauty, and malleability. The capped polymer makeup means that otherwise detrimental factors like weathering and moisture don’t stand a chance.

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Eclectic Multi-Width Deck

These Eclectic Multi-Width Deck owners brought multi-width style to both their second-floor porch and adjoining deck. Contemporary and contrasting Coastline® and Dark Hickory deck boards from the TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection® kept things eye-catching and design-forward. What’s more, the tongue-and-groove board profiles of the screened porch offered a flush installation to seal off the space from moisture or dirt from below.

Luxurious Lakefront Living

The owners of this Minneapolis, Minnesota deck wanted something awash in standout style, but which still fit the feel of their lakefront home. Founder and owner of Deck & Basement Company Pat Noonan used TimberTech Multi-Width Decking to create custom diagonal and diamond shapes across the deck inlay, plus heat-bent the handsome picture frame perimeter into a single curving edge.

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And we don’t just have the decking portfolio you’ll need to complete your outdoor living vision — our registered contractors also have the second-to-none decking knowledge you need. Registered contractors complete a holistic training at our home office in Chicago, after which TimberTech development professionals perform job site visits, new product training events, and more. When it comes to our registered local deck contractors, you could say they’ve got expertise on deck.

When to Call In Your Contractor

The best homeowner-contractor relationships are those defined by clear expectations and on-time execution. To put your mind at ease, you need to know that your contractor has the expertise, track record, and accountability to complete your project on time and at the highest level of quality possible. The best way to do so? Ask questions and make a project checklist.

Whether you’re working with a TimberTech registered contractor or otherwise, here is a quick list of questions to help keep your project running smoothly:

  • How long have you worked as a contractor?
  • Which material options for decking, railing, and lighting are available to me? Which ones do you think best fit my goals and budget?
  • Could you break down how you go about pricing a bid for a project?
  • Would you be able to connect me with other homeowners in the area with whom you’ve worked and who have had a positive experience?
  • Have you done any projects that are similar to the one I’m interested in completing on my home?
  • How frequently do you build decks?
  • Do you provide a written copy of your bid, estimate, and construction schedule? (Hint: The answer should be yes!)

How to Find Local Deck Contractors

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We know there are lots of resources available to help you find a local deck contractor — but we also know you need not just any professional, but the right one. Our contractor locating software shows TimberTech registered, local deck contractors — tailored to the state you live in — along with links to their websites so you can peruse completed projects. Get started today.

Bring the Beauty of TimberTech to Your Backyard

Work with one of our registered contractors for a build that transforms your outdoor living space.

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