If there is one home improvement that many people put at the top of their bucket list, it’s a deck. There’s just something about having this special outdoor gathering place to entertain friends and family. Outdoor decks are a place for memories to be made. The biggest question you need to ask yourself is, should you build a deck or hire a professional?
There are many options when it comes to decks that one can build. Building your deck can undoubtedly save you a lot of money; however, make a mistake and costs can rise quickly. Here are a few pros and cons to consider when it comes to building the deck of your dreams.
On the surface, costs for materials can seem cheaper for a homeowner. Many contractors will put a markup on materials to cover their time in picking up, hauling, and dropping off the materials required for your deck project. There are also some advantages to going with a professional contractor. Most will have good relations with the local lumber source. Additionally, they have built this relationship due to the multitude of projects they have completed. This allows a contractor to buy in bulk and at a cheaper rate.
DIY projects are great, but they are also time-consuming. There’s a lot to be said for the pride and satisfaction of having built your deck yourself, but there are also some drawbacks. Building a deck is not a simple project to do on the weekends. A full deck build can take up to 3 weeks to complete, and that’s working on it full days for five days a week. A qualified contractor has the experience and expertise to build a deck efficiently. They will provide you with a project timeline and will also have the resources readily available to keep the project on track.
Many municipalities require permits and inspections of decks. You will need to secure the necessary permits before the project begins. You will need to pick up the required documentation, submit rough sketches, pay any fees. A contractor can handle all this for you and is well versed in what many municipalities require.
When it comes to making sure your deck is constructed correctly and lasts for many years, hiring a professional contractor is the better course of action. We have all seen the deck horror stories. These include deck collapses due to loose fasteners that were not adequately anchored to the main structure and incorrect or missing diagonal bracing that strengthens the deck structure. These mistakes are costly, if not deadly. A professional contractor knows to make sure these scenarios do not happen to you.
If you have a dream deck on your mind, then give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We have the expertise and know-how to take your deck from a dream to reality.