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It's more than a deck. It's a better way to be. Building with TimberTech means the most technologically-advanced materials and the most design options for a more enjoyable, longer-lasting outdoor space.
Find a qualified deck builder who’s easy to work with and understands your project.
Deciding to add on, rebuild, or replace your deck is a big step. Even if you’re still in the research phase, getting the entire picture from your deck’s design to decking material choice is important. However, finding the right person to do the job is critical.
To make building your ideal outdoor living space easier, we’ve assembled an all-encompassing guide to finding, vetting, and hiring a deck builder. Or, if you want to skip all the legwork, use the TimberTech Contractor Locator tool to find local, qualified deck builders. We’ve even made it possible for you to simply request a quote and receive proposals from three deck builders in your area.
If you’re more of a planner, keep reading to get a to-do list and start checking off boxes.
Whether you like to start home improvement projects by designing your future space or calculating your budget, the TimberTech site is structured to make sure you’re aware of every angle of your project. Start gathering the facts by visiting our Decking and Railing 101 page; you’ll learn decking lingo, the anatomy of the deck, and the degrees of variegation a deck board can have. All of these are things that a qualified deck builder could teach you as you go.
Once you’ve gotten the 411, you can switch from left to right brain and start designing your future outdoor living space. Be inspired by real deck plans, real deck builds, and real design suggestions from sought-after designers. Whatever you want to get out of your space, there’s a perfect deck and railing pair for you.
Look through the TimberTech inspiration gallery at your leisure and see what styles speak to you. Choose a color of decking. Explore real deck plans from other homeowners. Now’s the time to start forming an idea of what size, scale, and special features you may want to add. Do you want to add levels or staircases? Does your home have a second-story deck where you want to use the space underneath as a second outdoor living space? Get a rough idea of what your ideal outdoor living space would look like so you can articulate that to your deck builder.
Use the TimberTech Deck Designer tool (available via desktop browser or on your iPad) to bring your deck to life. You can save your design and download a material list you can take to your deck builder.
Or, you can work with a skilled deck builder to make your decking daydream into reality. Many deck builders have their own methods to bring their clients’ vision to life. They know inspiration starts in the backyard and most are willing to walk through the space while talking through the design.
Tap into the TimberTech Cost Calculator tool to help make sure you’re on budget and have accounted for everything you need for your ideal outdoor space. Specifically, did you remember to include the cost of labor, deck boards, railing, the decking framework, and any lighting or add-ons you have in mind?
While a deck builder may do this for you, it’s always smart to know what the cost of materials may be before labor is factored in. Sometimes, labor can account for half of the total cost to build a new deck.
Congrats! You’ve selected your color, style, and deck design, it’s now time to get your hands on the real thing. Order free samples of the deck boards in the colors and widths you’re planning on using to make sure they look good in the sun, shade, against your home’s exterior color, and in the surrounding environment. Or, have your deck builder bring decking options that they recommend – or, visit a local showroom to help narrow down on the color(s) you want in your space.
Finding a local deck builder who is qualified doesn’t have to be a drain on your time and energy. Start the old fashion way by asking around for recommendations from family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
Getting a feeling for how a potential deck builder has treated and serviced previous customers can be telling. While it’s important to keep in mind that every online review should be taken with a grain of salt — most happy customers keep their gratitude contained to offline conversations. It’s typically only those who want to do damage that bring their opinions to the internet.
Getting a good feel for someone over the phone and via email will help reinforce your “gut instinct” about a potential deck builder. Consider asking them these telling questions:
Just like getting a “gut feeling” when you chat on the phone, meeting in person can provide clarity into if this might be the right person for your deck build. While the builder may be qualified, don’t choose someone whose work and communication style doesn’t align with yours.
At this stage, you probably have one or two deck builder(s) that you think could complete the build well. Feel free to ask for a detailed contract to capture all the nuances of your deck project that you’ve previously discussed. In order to ensure they’re legit, ask them:
You’ve done the legwork and now can rest easy knowing that your deck is scheduled to be built and that you’ll soon be relaxing under the great blue sky this summer.
If your deck builder gives you bad vibes or any of these red flags, think twice about hiring them.