Jan 18, 2019

Should You Build a Deck or Hire a Deck Builder?

DIY projects are becoming more and more popular each day. With YouTube videos and Pinterest ideas, your world is opened up to tons of information and advice on home improvement projects. However, these sites tend to gloss over the cost of the materials, tools or exactly how much time is put into each project. If you’re contemplating a new deck for your home but uncertain whether or not you’re up to the task, we’ve got information to help you make the right decision.

Should You Build Your Own Deck?

A few things to keep in mind while taking on a DIY deck project are cost, labor, installation time and necessary equipment.

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Deck?

A common misunderstanding homeowners have is acquiring a building permit and thinking it only applies to contractors. On the contrary, codes stay the same if it’s a professional or a homeowner doing the work.  Major composite decking manufacturers offer iron-clad warranties, however, if their product is not installed to those specifications, the warranty becomes voided.  Building codes are continuously evolving and failure to adhere to those can result in your project failing inspection.  That’s not to say it’s impossible to save some cash when doing home remodeling projects, like building a deck.

Tools, Time & Resources for a DIY Deck

It’s wise to honestly evaluate how much time it will take to build your own deck.  Unless you are a professional carpenter, you may run into costly snags or find yourself backed into a corner because the next step is unclear. This can delay your project costing you hours (or weekends). Building a deck will require an arsenal of tools including a circular saw, hand saw, chalk line, tape measure, a level, and a power drill. If these tools already live in you or your buddy’s garage, you’ve got a good start. Having to go out and purchase or rent them can quickly add to your budget.  However, once you’ve got them, they’re yours and can be used for any future project as well.

Why TimberTech® AZEK® Decking is Worth Considering:

Hiring a Deck Builder

Interview at least three deck builders, speak with their previous clients, and read multiple reviews before hiring a contractor to build your deck. Receiving multiple estimates will aid in your decision making on price, quality and pace of your project. Deck builders have solid ties with suppliers in the industry which can benefit you by getting the best of the best when it comes to price and material.

A reputable deck contractor will also have the expertise of products needed to ensure you won’t end up with a low quality unstable deck. While hiring a professional ups your budget with labor costs, it also provides the reassurance of an experienced carpenter working on your project. Deck and patio contractors have the tools necessary to get the job done right without you having to pay for them. They come with years of experience and knowledge to properly build your deck the way you dreamt it to look. A professional can also work a bit faster because they already have the expertise of prior builds and have encountered numerous deck installation scenarios. A reliable contractor has the experience to circumvent small initial mistakes that can turn catastrophic down the road

Why We're the Premier Deck Builders:

Composite Deck Building Reviews:

"Lindus was great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our new deck."

Todd M.
Woodbury, MN
May 5, 2022

"I was out of state when the work was done so all I have seen is pictures. I can say this company is great with communication, returning calls, & scheduling. Always very friendly and professional. From what I can see in pictures, they did a great job on the deck!"

Sally M.
Excelsior, MN
April 18, 2022

"Deck replacement with composite materials. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, on time and communication was good. The deck looks great!"

Marrielle & Fred O.
Shoreview, MN
November 22, 2021

Gutters and deck on our new construction. We love our new deck. The gutters were installed right on time and are performing well. On both jobs the young men were excellent. Very skilled and willing to work with us if we decided to make changes.”

Craig S.
Minnetrista, MN
October 28, 2021

"Roof done with excellent workmanship, great workers, roof and gutters done on time and in a day. We were out of town the day of roof construction but was done as agreed and the neighbors were impressed with the work and completion in a day. New deck is great with steel support system, and AZEK® decking. Country-wide steel shortage caused unplanned delay but not due to Lindus. When the supplies arrived the project started the next day. Well done."

James L.
Bloomington, MN
October 7, 2021

"Very happy with my new steel deck and LeafGuard® Gutters. Installed quickly and professionally. Everything looks great!  I would definitely recommend Lindus Construction."

Joanne S.
Woodbury, MN
October 7, 2021
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