Adding a deck to your home can increase its value, provide an excellent space for relaxation and generally give your home better visual appeal. However, this is only possible if the deck is constructed properly, and that the design matches the design of the rest of the house. You can attempt to do this on your own, but chances are that you will not be able to pull it off. It’s commonly advocated that you consult deck builders in Calgary who are not only licensed, but who have a lot of experience on the job.
When planning on building the deck, you will of course need to interact with your contractor for some time before the job actually begins. Some of the questions you need to ask during this interaction include:
Are they familiar with working with different decking materials?
Other than wood, there are many other decking materials available, and each has its own pros and cons. If you encounter a contractor who does not have an idea of some of them, chances are that they are not very experienced, and working with them would probably not give you good value for money.
If your contractor has experience with wood, composite, vinyl and other newer materials during deck construction, they are likely to be more helpful. This means that if you choose to work with any of these other products, they will still do a good job. Other than that, they can also be a great source of information if you are not sure about which product to use for which application. Remember, using the wrong material for deck building could make the difference between it lasting long and breaking down after a few months of use.
Do they have a strong portfolio?
Some deck contractors usually keep a portfolio of some of their best work. If they do, you can go through it to see the kind of quality that you can expect. This will also give you an opportunity to pick ideas from the different pictures, which you can then request for when designing your own deck. This is important if you do not have much experience with decks, and are not sure about the exact details of the structure you want it to have. The availability of a rich portfolio is also a sign that the contractor takes their work seriously, and this should give you confidence that they will be able to serve you with utmost professionalism.
Are they part of a professional contractor's association?
This question may not play a direct role in determining how your deck will be built, but it will give you an idea of the kind of company you are working with. Firms that are part of larger associations usually tend to work by strict rules, and this then means that you can trust them to give you value for money. Some of the features they may have include guarantees in terms of when they will complete the project as well as how much it will cost you.
Are they licensed, accredited or registered?
Registered and licensed decking contractors have more to lose if they do a shoddy job. It’s also easier for you to follow up such issues. Choosing to work with contractors who are accredited, licensed and/or registered simply means choosing to work with the best. Some of them may be slightly more expensive than the rest, but you do end up getting more value for money. Besides, it’s also easy to search for companies that are accredited and licensed, but who still offer great deals.
These are some of the questions you can ask prior to working with your decking contractor. It’s particularly important to sort the above out if you are new to decking and are not sure about how the process of building one usually occurs.