How to Pick Your Deck Contractor

How to Pick Your Deck Contractor Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverKnowing how to pick your deck contractor is an essential step in planning for a new deck. At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado we have put together this guide to help you with this critical decision. Once you read through these tips, we’re sure you’ll see that we’re a great deck contractor to choose and check all the boxes.

Read on to learn how to pick your deck contractor.

Check Certifications

This should go without saying, but here’s your reminder. Good deck contractors will be licensed, bonded, insured and certified. The ones that don’t have this important foundation might be shoddy contractors that may not build your deck up to code. That’s another thing, ask your potential contractor if they will be getting all the necessary permits to build and ask for copies.

Check References and Portfolio

Asking to see their portfolio is not just a great idea to make sure their work looks good. It is also helpful in planning how you want your deck to look. Draw ideas from the contractor’s deck work and point out aspects that you like and want to incorporate into your deck design.

If possible talk to references. Be sure to ask about anything specific that is important to you. For example, the time they took to finish, how closely they stuck to their vision and budget, etc.

Timeline

Your deck builder should be able to provide you with a reasonable timeline, so you can plan when to expect your deck to be finished. Be understanding of unforeseen issues like weather and permits causing construction delays and discuss padding the schedule to account for them. At the same time, talk through how delays will affect your original estimate and overall budget.

It’s not uncommon for some deck builders to lowball a quote to secure your business only to hand over a final bill that is significantly more than anticipated. If there are any issues during the build, you should be notified immediately to discuss next steps. There should be no surprises.

Discuss Your Project

Your contractor should be willing to discuss exactly how you want your deck or patio to be. You don’t want a cookie-cutter deck. You want something with character that goes with the style of your home and fits with your lifestyle. They should be there to guide you, not take over.

A great addition that not everyone thinks about is a patio cover. Enjoy your deck more often with a patio cover since it protects from rain and sun! Carefree Decks has some wonderful louvered options that can be adjusted to offer full coverage from the rain or sun and filtered or full sun.

We hope that this information on how to pick your deck contractor has been helpful to you. You can always reach out to us at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers for more information. We’re happy to listen to your wants and needs and build the perfect deck for you. With 23 years of experience, we have a proven track record of quality builds and customer satisfaction.

Choosing a Deck Material

Choosing a Deck Material Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverChoosing a deck material is an important task. That’s why the friendly team here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado provide this quick look at decking materials. The right option will vary depending on your situation, including your home’s style, your budget, as well as how much time (and more money) you want to put into maintenance.  

So, let’s take a look at your options when choosing a deck material.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is typically made by mixing waste wood and plastic fibers. Most often, it is designed to provide you with the rich look of wood but offers far greater resistance to insect damage and rot. Composite decking can also stand up to our Denver weather, including hot summers and cold, snowy winters. It also requires less maintenance than wood, just a quick cleaning once in a while. While composite decking is more of an investment than a cheaper wood product, the savings in maintenance over the years will offset the upfront costs.

PVC Decking

PVC decking is an excellent option for those that prefer a low maintenance deck, slip-resistant deck. This lightweight material will not rot, stain or fade, and as a bonus, it is entirely recyclable. Advancements in engineering have made it look more like wood and may even fool you from a distance. While closer inspection might reveal that it’s a substitute, our customers don’t mind. PVC decking can be a great option if you want a long-lasting, virtually maintenance free deck.

Wood

Unlike composite or PVC decking, wood is susceptible to damage caused by both the elements and insects. There are steps you can take to prolong the life of your wooden deck, but that means more time and money are required to keep your deck properly maintained. For example, in addition to annual cleanings, you will need to deep clean and stain or reseal your deck every couple of years if you don’t want it to rot, splinter, fade or warp. Here are two types of wood that are most commonly used for decks:

  • Pressure-Treated Wood – This wood is treated with chemicals to help it last longer, but be careful because these chemicals are toxic. You might get about 15-20 from this deck.
  • Redwood and Cedar – Popular for their natural beauty, they’re somewhat resistant to rotting and insect damage. However, they are softwoods and susceptible to damage and warping. It will take a careful attention to ongoing maintenance to get about 20 years of life.

We hope that this information on choosing a deck material has been helpful to you. Of course, if you have any more questions, or are ready to start planning your new deck, feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. Our goal is to take the stress out of picking out the perfect deck for your home. We’ve been making customers happy for 23 years, and we can’t wait to help out on your deck or patio project. Contact us today for a free quote.