Jul 14, 2021

The Top 7 Questions To Ask Your Deck Contractor

The contractor you hire for your decking installation project has almost as much to do with the project’s success as the materials they use.  That’s because rookie decking contractors can build unstable decks, damage your home’s exterior, or fail to complete the job.  If you’re planning to hire someone to build a deck, this list of questions can help you understand how to choose a contractor and ensure you’re working with a quality one that excels at craftsmanship.

installing TimberTech AZEK1. Are You Licensed & Insured For Deck Installations?

One of the biggest expenses a contractor has is the cost of their insurance.  Contractors that fail to carry an adequate amount of insurance are a liability.  Without this, if a worker is injured working on a project, the homeowner can be forced to pay their medical expenses.  A contractor’s license demonstrates that a contractor has met the proper criteria and can meet building code requirements.

steel deck framing & helical piers

2. Who Is Responsible For Pulling Permits?

It is a red flag if a contractor asks a homeowner to pull the permit of their own project.  This makes the homeowner accountable for the caliber of work the contractor performs, including any elements that do not adhere to building code.  When the homeowner pulls the permit, it creates a scenario where the contactor can hire unlicensed subcontractors to perform mediocre work.

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3. What Materials Do You Recommend & Why?

In the realm of decking, a variety of materials are available.  Take the time to ask your contractor about the materials they are suggesting for your project.  Why do they feel they’re the best fit over others in the same category?

AZEK Chanhassen Deck with Steel Frame

4. Do You Employ Your Deck Own Installers Or Are They Subcontractors?

Some decking companies may hire subcontractors to complete their projects or portions of them.  This can lead to loss of control of the project and extended timelines projects.

5. What Type Of Deck Warranty Do You Offer?

A reliable decking contractor should be able to clearly state in writing the types of warranties they offer on both the materials they use and their workmanship.

6. How Much Will It Cost To Build A Deck?

Decks come in a variety of price points.  If you receive a bid that is substantially higher or lower than others, investigate why.  It’s in the homeowner’s best interests to pay no more than 1/3 down on their decking project.  This allows the contractor to secure materials but still offers motivation to complete the job in a timely manner.  Be sure you understand the acceptable forms of payment and if the contractor offers financing.

7. Can I Speak To Your References?

Vetting should be done by asking a contractor’s reference questions about their experience.  Get in touch with a contractor’s past customers and ask them about how their project went.  Were the satisfied with the clean-up?  Would they use the contractor again?  How do they feel about the materials that were used and the craftsmanship?  All these elements should influence which decking contractor you partner with.

Deck Installations Completed By Lindus Construction:

Our Decking Project Reviews:

"Lindus Construction added a landing and steps to our 2nd floor exterior deck. They completed sooner than promised and did an outstanding job. The materials used are top notch, the construction was done with very good quality, and they look beautiful while being very sturdy. Everything was to code and the post construction inspection found no problems. I'm glad I chose them!"

Mark M.
Brooklyn Park, MN
October 3, 2022

"You have gone the extra mile for us. Thank you - what a great worker Lindus has! "We have enjoyed having you here."

Jay M.
Lindstrom, MN
September 30, 2022

"The guys who built our deck were very courteous and responsive. There were a couple KDAT boards we didn't like because of some big cracks and we showed them and they replaced them without a problem. After the project was finished they sent out their own Lindus inspector who then showed me some other things that we had not noticed and was sending them back out to take care of. We were really impressed with this.  The initial consultation was very informative about a lot of different products out there today. What they are made of, how they are made, how they hold up, and what is best for your personal budget."

Brandon K..
Hammond, WI
July 21, 2022

"We had Lindus do our roof in Plymouth in 2020 and a deck replacement on our home in 2021 to 2022 over winter. Everything was done on time, correctly and for a reasonable price, (not inexpensive but material chosen a large factor in that.) The old adage you get what you pay for applies to construction work and Lindus provided good value."

Mark M.
Plymouth, MN
July 7, 2022

"Great working with Lindus.  Easy to see the work being done and if had any questions they willing to answer an explain."

Diane S.
Prior Lake, MN
June 13, 2022

"Couldn't be happier with our new deck! Fast, clean, great craftsmanship - it'll outlast the house."

Karen J.
Minneapolis, MN
May 23, 2022
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