Decking Maryland – What to Look for in a Deck Contractor

by | May 28, 2014 | Decking Maryland, TimberTech Decking, Trex Decking, Wood Decks Maryland

When it comes to decking Maryland, there are many contractors to be found. But how do you know that you will get what you pay for? There are several steps that you can take in the deck project process that will help you get your money’s worth.

Reputation is Key
A deck contractor is only as good as his reputation. The first step in your deck project process should be seeking deck testimonials. You no doubt have friends and neighbors that have decks, so asking who did theirs, how they like it and how it was working with the contractor is a great start. You will want to know things like…Was the contractor honest and on time with returning calls and working through the project? Were there any hidden charges? Was the deck material and design what you expected? Did the contractor obtain the proper permits? Are there any problems with the deck now?
Asking just a few questions from people whose opinions you value is a quick and easy way to learn which deck contractors are good and which ones to avoid.

Licensing is a Must!
It should go without saying, but hiring a licensed and insured deck contractor is a must. While you may “know a guy” who builds decks on the side, or be solicited by a contractor that promises decking at a great price, without a license and insurance, you’re taking a huge risk. Decking installed by unlicensed professionals can put your family’s safety at risk. Hiring a professional also means that if any issues should arise, you will be able to return to that contractor to have it rectified.

Materials Make a Difference
Professional deck contractors should be using reputable brand names and high quality materials. Seek out a deck contractor who is a certified or authorized dealer for the type of decking you’re looking for. For instance, if you are considering PVC or composite decking from brand names like Trex and TimberTech, visit the dealers’ websites to find authorized installers in your area. If you are looking to have a wood deck installed, inquire with the contractor about the quality of materials you will be getting.

We’re Here to Help!
Decking Maryland is our specialty! Tri County Fence & Decks has installed quality decks in Maryland since 1996. Our deck experts can help guide you through the deck project process, and help ensure that your new deck meets your high standards.