When it comes to tackling a landscaping project in your backyard, there is no time like now to start planning. Unless you are planning to build your own deck, one of the very first items on your “to-do” list should be hiring a composite decking contractor. Quality deck builders can book up quickly as the warm weather arrives, and often have waiting lists by late spring. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this might not be the case. By doing some research in advance, you can ensure a spot in the project queue and have a new deck in time to make the most of your outdoor living season. While many questions are obvious, like timelines and costs, homeowners sometimes overlook other aspects when hiring a contractor. To help you find the proper professional for the job, consider these five questions.
Are you and Your Company Insured and Licensed?
Make sure that the composite decking contractor has insurance and the necessary licenses to obtain permits by calling her or his insurance company for verification. Without any coverage, you could be held accountable for any property damage or injuries that might occur on your property.
How Will the Permit Process Be Dealt With?
Nearly every single composite deck project requires a permit. If you build without the required permits, you might have issues with the paperwork or have to pay a hefty fine when you try to sell your house. Most composite decking contractors handle the permit process, but make sure to grab a copy for your records.
Which Decking Materials Are You Working With?
Your new deck is a permanent addition to your house that affects its property value, so it is essential to pick a contractor who’s skilled and comfortable with working with your desired material. Which, in this case, would be composite. Ask them all about the details and intricacies of the composite decking boards that they will be using. The more you know, the better suited you will be for maintenance, and any other future uses for your deck.
Can You Give References?
It is one thing to read online reviews, but to personally ask a previous customer offers a whole other level of reassurance. Once your basic preliminary questions have been answered and you feel more comfortable with your composite decking contractor, take the time to contact some references to ask questions about the quality of work and overall experience. This will help give you peace of mind that you’re making the right call hiring them.
Do You Offer Warranties?
This is very important in case anything goes wrong with your deck in the future. Be sure to check in with your decking contractor to see their policy on warranties.
Trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio
When you embark on your next project for your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, Salisbury, and the Delmarva area. You can request a quote today! If you have questions or concerns, call us at 302-436-9520 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates and ideas, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Youtube.