Q. Are you licensed and insured?
If a deck contractor cannot produce proof that he/she is licensed and insured you should avoid his/her company at all costs. You will need your contractor to have insurance in the event something goes wrong. This will give you peace of mind while the project is underway and afterwards as well. Finally, make sure that if your main contractor subcontracts his/her work that the subcontractor also has insurance and is licensed.
Q. What’s your warranty?
Adding a deck t o your home is a huge investment. Deck builders should be able to stand behind their product and do so in writing. They should be able to provide you with a warranty on all work done by them and their contractors. Talk with the candidates and find out the specifics of your warranty such as what is covered and for how long.
Q. Do you have references?
Any contractor worth his/her salt will be able to point you towards customers who have used him/her in the past. Reach out to past customers who are willing to vouch for the company you are considering. Finally, go over examples of the contractor’s work. As custom deck builders in NJ, we have many examples of our work on our site and many satisfied customers who will vouch for our work.
Q. How long will it take and when could you start?
A contractor should be able to give you a general timeline for how long the project will take. This timeline will very much depend on the time of year and his/her schedule.
Q. What decking material options can you provide?
The choice of materials to be used is very important. If you live in an area that is subject to extreme weather this is even more so. Composite decks are good for extreme climates as is pressure-treated wood. Find out which materials the contractor will use (if you don’t have a personal preference) and this will give you some idea of how your deck will fare over time.
Hopefully, these questions will help you sort out the scammers and schemers from the legitimate companies and the bad ones from the good. Our company stands ready to add value and quality to your home so that you can spend those relaxing summer days and nights partying, relaxing and conversing on your brand new deck.