Benefits Of Hiring A Deck Contractor vs DIY | What To Expect

Your home is a space that reflects you and your family.

It is up to you to create a beautiful space that is both functional and stylish. A deck is the perfect place to add value to your home while providing you with an oasis to relax and unwind.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Deck?

There are so many benefits of adding a deck to your home that it can be difficult to discuss just a handful. While it’s true that many of the benefits are in the functionality and aesthetic appeal for the people who live there, it can also provide a very practical benefit of adding value to the home.

The biggest benefit is that decks provide additional living space to the floorplan of your home, utilizing space that wouldn’t otherwise be available to you and your family.

Especially if you are building a deck on the second or third floor of a home, it allows you to add vertical space to the floor plan; for example, a bottom porch could be utilized underneath if you have a flat yard. For steep yards that don’t have much space for enjoyment and entertainment, decks provide a place for your family to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about safety.

Do Decks Increase Home Value?

Yes, decks do typically increase the home value as they are a sought-after item for any homebuyer. This, however, is only the case when the deck is properly built and well-maintained.

Unfortunately, many people choose to DIY their deck, creating a space that is unique and adds floor space, but also creates a safety hazard or something that could detract from the home’s overall value if not maintained.

When you hire a professional builder to build and maintain your deck, however, you can expect a positive return on your home investment. When considering any addition to the home and the value it might add to the sale price when it’s time to put your home on the market, it’s important to consider the quality and longevity of the addition, as well as the aesthetic appeal.

What to Expect from Your Professional Deck Installation

A professional deck installation starts from the bottom up, ensuring you have all the necessary requirements for your build before anything is ever assembled. This means that your professional builder at Custom Design and Build will work directly with you to design the deck with you, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

From there, your deck contractor will apply for all the permits necessary to begin the build. A good local deck contractor with a proven track record of success will also be aware and up-to-date with any municipal or local codes that could affect your deck building process.

Once the site is prepared and all permits are approved, the actual building can begin. The footings and posts are typically installed first, and will act as the framework of the deck at each of its different heights. Next, deck joists and beams are installed, preparing a safe and proper trussing for the deck surface.

After these items have been installed, only then are railings and steps completed, then the whole deck is finished, painted, and polished.

How Long Does it Take a Professional to Build a Deck?

With the long process of building a deck, it’s a wonder how any deck contractor can work on multiple projects at once. It’s not uncommon for a single deck builder to manage only one or two projects at a time, as the design and build phase takes a lot of care and attention to detail.

Overall, the amount of time it takes to have a deck professionally designed and built is different for each deck. That’s because every deck is going to be different in design and have different requirements. Furthermore, applications for permits and final deck inspections aren’t always in the deck contractor’s control. These items can take longer depending on the time of year.

Once the deck building process begins, however, the actual assembly can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks depending on the deck. Then painting and finishing can begin, which can take up to another week depending on the weather.

Typical Services Provided By Your Deck Contractor

At Custom Design and Build LLC, we take pride in providing many of the services you would need to complete a deck build. Our licensed deck contractor team has experience with roofing and patio work to work around your existing structures while helping you create your own personal masterpiece.

We have your back every step of the way, from designing your dream deck to building it. As your premiere deck contractor, we are responsible for the typical services required to construct and build a beautiful space that you can enjoy. That includes digging footings, providing general carpentry, and material pick-ups, as well as moving staging material and removing construction debris after the job is completed.

Why Hire Professionals?

There are many reasons why you would want to hire a professional deck contractor over hiring a handyman or building your own deck DIY style. First and foremost, you’ll have more peace of mind over the safety of the construction, as a lot of mathematics and construction experience goes into a deck to ensure its longevity and safety in the long-term future. For a simple-looking structure, it’s critical to make certain that your deck is both safe during building, but also for those accessing it once it’s built.

Furthermore, professionals take the time to blueprint, map, and detail the design vision with specialized tools and experience that isn’t available to the everyday handyman or otherwise-capable homeowner. Permit regulations and safety codes aren’t always easy to figure out, and it’s always better to leave those things in the hands of a professional, as it may not otherwise be covered under insurance claims.

One of the bets parts of having a deck professionally built is that you can put your own personal touch on the structure, customizing it to your design preferences but also your individual needs and desires for the space.

From every nail and piece of lumber used in the craftsmanship of your deck, down to the tools we use, we take pride in quality workmanship that lasts a lifetime.

With a professional deck design and build, you can rely on the long-term longevity of the structure and ensure that all safety inspections are passed and quality controlled.

The level of care and commitment that professional deck contractors put into their creations is unlike other home remodeling services. Our team is passionate about truly creating beautiful places and elevating the home’s entertaining and relaxation space to a new level, all with careful attention to detail and years of experience to back every decision.

Quality and Safety is our #1 priority

At Custom Design and Build, we don’t skimp on anything. We strive to offer a design and build service that truly helps you bring your vision to life, providing you with a unique experience that, piece by piece, creates an oasis for relaxation that you’ve always dreamt of.

Every step of the way, we strive to communicate with you about the process and expectations of the project, detailing every last inch of deck space and ensuring all the necessary permits and safety inspections are completed to ensure our decks last a lifetime.

After all, we believe that good decks are an investment not just in a functional and stylish piece of the home, but in making memories that will always be with you.

What to consider before hiring a deck contractor

Before you hire a deck contractor like those at Custom Design and Build, be sure that you have discussed the potential timeline and budget. While these items are always educated estimates that could change, it’s unlikely to stray far from the discussed price.

If there are delays or additional costs, it’s typical for the deck contractor to re-negotiate before building begins, or as soon as possible. Be sure to discuss these aspects of the job before you begin, as you need to know how much communication to expect and when. This, as well as the ability to ballpark the estimated cost and completion date will allow you to go through the process with more realistic expectations of the project.

Choose Custom Design & Build LLC

Are you considering investing in a custom-built deck and need a deck contractor in the Maryland and Pennsylvania region to inspect the space and help guide you through the process from the very beginning?

Give Custom Design and Build a call today for a free estimate.

Just let us know what you are looking for in a deck, and we directly work with you to design the deck of your dreams, whether you know exactly what you are looking for or need a little inspiration to start.

We’re happy to provide you with guidance and walk you through each step, detailing project costs and showcase end results and potential designs.