What To Discuss With Your Deck Contractor

by Grace Motley

There are various reasons why you may want to add a deck to your home. Not only does a deck increase your outdoor living space, but it can also increase your home's value. Decks are fantastic for enjoying the outdoors and for entertaining. But, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about adding a deck to your home. Here are a few things that you should discuss with your deck contractor before construction begins.

What Options Work Best For Your Home

The first thing that you need to know is that not all decks are created equal. Deck materials and designs can vary significantly in terms of price, appearance, and upkeep. A deck that is perfect for one home may be the wrong choice for another. Wood decks are beautiful but require periodic maintenance, including staining and sealing. Vinyl is durable and virtually maintenance-free. For those who want the wood-look without the upkeep, wood composite is a fantastic material.

How Much You Want To Spend

The cost of deck construction will depend on a few different things, including the size, shape, and design of the deck. Decking materials will also impact the total cost. The cost of materials can vary depending on your location. On average, the cost of a new deck ranges from $15 to $30 per square foot. Before work begins, you should discuss your budget with your deck contractor. You will also want to set aside a portion of your budget for any contingencies that may arise during the construction process. 

How Long Will Construction Will Take

Another thing to discuss with your deck contractor is how long the construction of your deck will take. Of course, the timeline will depend on the complexity of the deck design and how much preparation work is needed before the deck installation begins. Deck construction can also be loud at times, so make sure that you give your neighbors a heads up before work begins. Discussing the estimated timeline with your deck contractor is essential. 

There are plenty of reasons why you may want to add a deck to your home. However, before you start construction, there are a few things that you will want to discuss with your contractor. First, you'll want to decide which type of deck will work best for your home. Next, the budget is also something that you need to talk about with your contractor. Finally, the construction timeline is also something that you need to bring up before construction starts. 

Speak with a deck contractor to learn more.