So you’ve decided that a new vinyl deck surface is the right choice for your outdoor living space. That’s great! But how do you go about finding the right installer? We all know that cost is a big part of the bottom line, but as you go out and get quotes, don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Here are 7 things to find out about your deck installer before you decide on them.
Make sure that your deck installer is both a licensed contractor and licensed to install vinyl decking. If your deck surface is installed incorrectly, it could void warranties, cause damage to your deck structure, and end up costing you big.
Make sure that your installer carries liability insurance or worker’s compensation coverage. This way, if there is an accident while they are working on your property, you’re not financially responsible. Of course, no one wants an accident on their job site, but protect yourself by hiring someone who provides protection for their workers.
A good warranty is probably going to play a huge role in your choice. Look for warranties on both the product and the actual installation process. This will give you peace of mind that the product and service are likely to last, and in the event that they don’t, you’re still covered.
Ask for an estimate of how long it will take to install your vinyl deck. This way you can compare not just the monetary costs of different quotes, but also the intangible costs of time having workers in your space.
Ask for testimonials or spend some time researching the installer online. Look for reviews, critiques, or complaints. It’s fine to see what they have on their website, but remember that they are only going to post flattering reviews. Finally, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any known issues with them.
Correctly installing vinyl decking takes training and know-how, so make sure that you are choosing an installer well versed in the process. Ask how much experience they have installing vinyl decking and what kind of training they went through.
While this may not be a deal breaker when choosing your vinyl deck installer, it is helpful if they have other deck related services they offer. From installing staircases or lighting to fixing the drainage around the deck, there are lots of other jobs that could be done at the same time, so it would be easier to have a single person provide all the services related to your deck.
Trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio
When you embark on your next project to update your deck on your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, 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, Google+, LinkedIn, and Youtube.