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10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Deck Builder

If you're looking to add a deck to your home, hiring the right deck builder is crucial. The right contractor can help you design a deck that meets your needs and budget while also ensuring it's built to code and built to last. But how do you know which deck builder to choose? Here are 10 questions to ask before hiring a deck builder:


1. Are you licensed and insured?

Warner's Decking Inc is a licensed and insured deck builder in Naperville, Illinois, with certifications such as TrexPro Platinum and membership in the North American Deck and Railing Association. Our team undergoes ongoing training and education to stay updated on the latest industry techniques and best practices. We offer exceptional service and quality workmanship to help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams. Ensure your deck builder is licensed and insured, and trust Warner's Decking Inc for your project.

2. How much experience do you have?

Experience is crucial in deck building. At Warner's Decking Inc, we have over 35 years of experience as a licensed and insured deck builder in Naperville, Illinois. Our skilled team has completed numerous projects of varying sizes and complexities, developing a deep understanding of our client's unique needs. We prioritize high-quality materials and safety guidelines to ensure each deck is not only beautiful but also safe and durable. Trust Warner's Decking for exceptional service and quality workmanship to bring your outdoor living space dreams to life.

3. Can you provide a detailed estimate?

We have a streamlined process at Warner's Decking Inc to provide accurate and transparent estimates for our clients. We start with a consultation to discuss the project and gather information, take measurements, and create a detailed estimate that outlines the scope of the project, including costs. We review the estimate with our clients, answering questions and making adjustments as necessary, to ensure complete satisfaction before beginning the project. Trust us for exceptional service and quality workmanship, starting with the estimate process. Contact us today to get started on your dream deck project.


4. What materials do you recommend?

At Warner's Decking Inc, we believe in using the highest quality materials to ensure that your deck is not only beautiful but also safe and durable. We offer a range of materials to choose from, including composite decking, natural wood, and PVC decking. Our preferred brand of composite decking is Trex, a leading manufacturer that offers a wide range of styles and colors. Trex decking is low-maintenance, eco-friendly, and comes with a 25-year limited warranty. We also offer natural wood options, such as pressure-treated pine, cedar, and redwood, which provide a classic look and feel. For clients who prefer PVC decking, we offer brands such as Azek and TimberTech, which offer a wide range of colors and styles to choose from. We will work with you to determine the best materials for your project based on your specific needs and preferences, ensuring that your deck will look beautiful and last for years to come.

5. Can you provide a timeline for the project?

At Warner's Decking Inc, we understand that our clients are eager to enjoy their new outdoor living space, which is why we strive to complete our projects as efficiently as possible without compromising quality. The timeline for a deck building project depends on several factors, such as the size and complexity of the project, the materials used, and weather conditions. Generally, a typical deck building project can take anywhere from two to six weeks to complete. We will provide you with a detailed timeline during the consultation phase of the project, and we will keep you updated throughout the building process to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the progress being made. Our goal is to complete your project within the agreed-upon timeline while maintaining the highest standards of quality workmanship.


6. Will you obtain the necessary permits?

At Warner's Decking Inc, we handle the permit application process for our clients to ensure that all necessary permits are obtained before we begin the project. Obtaining a permit in Naperville typically involves submitting an application, detailed plans and specifications, and paying a fee. The local authorities will review the plans to ensure that the project meets necessary codes and regulations. We make the permit application process stress-free for our clients by handling it ourselves, ensuring that the project is completed safely and legally.

7. Do you offer a warranty?

Warner's Decking, Inc. has been providing professional deck design, deck building, and outdoor oasis services to Plainfield, Naperville, and surrounding Chicago suburbs since 1988. We are a long-standing partner of Trex, the world's largest manufacturer of composite and wood-alternative decking and railing products. Our partnership with Trex allows us to offer industry-leading warranties, including a 10-year labor warranty and a 25-year fade and stain warranty on the decks we build. We are recognized as a TrexPro Platinum Contractor, the highest level of recognition given directly from Trex, and we take great pride in representing such a reputable brand. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you create your dream outdoor living space with the peace of mind that comes with our warranties.

8. How do you handle changes to the project?

Changes to the project can happen for a variety of reasons. At Warners Decking, we always have an additional plan in place for handling changes, including how they will be communicated and other additional costs.

9. Who will be responsible for cleaning up?

At Warner's Decking Inc, we value a clean and organized worksite throughout the deck building process. We take precautions to protect your property and landscaping, using specialized equipment to minimize damage to your lawn. After the project is complete, we conduct a thorough cleanup, removing all debris, tools, and equipment. Our commitment to cleanliness and organization demonstrates our dedication to customer satisfaction. Trust Warner's Decking for exceptional service and quality workmanship, from start to finish. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on your dream outdoor living space.

10. What is your payment schedule?

Make sure you understand the payment schedule before hiring a deck builder. Some contractors require a deposit upfront, while others may require payment after certain milestones in the project. You can contact us at Warners Decking to find out our payment process before you begin your deck-building project.

Conclusion

Hiring a deck builder is an important decision. By asking these 10 questions, you can ensure you're hiring a contractor who is licensed, experienced, and able to build a deck that meets your needs and budget.


Other FAQs

  • What is the average cost of building a deck?

The cost of building a deck can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the deck, the materials used, and the complexity of the design. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $60 per square foot for a standard wood deck, while a composite deck can cost between $35 and $60 per square foot. Keep in mind that these are just estimates, and the actual cost can vary based on your specific needs and location.

  • How long does it take to build a deck?

The length of time it takes to build a deck can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the deck, the materials used, and the complexity of the design. On average, you can expect a basic deck to take anywhere from one to three weeks to complete. However, more complex designs or larger decks may take longer.

  • Can I build a deck without a permit in Naperville?

In Naperville, Illinois, building a deck requires obtaining the necessary permits from the local authorities. The process typically involves submitting an application, providing detailed plans and specifications of the project, and paying a fee. The local authorities will review the plans to ensure that the project meets necessary codes and regulations. The permit process can take several weeks, depending on the complexity of the project and the workload of the local authorities. At Warner's Decking Inc, we handle the permit application process for our clients to ensure that all necessary permits are obtained before we begin the project, providing a stress-free experience and ensuring that the project is completed legally and safely.

  • What is the best material for a deck?

The best material for a deck depends on your specific needs and budget. Wood is a popular choice for its natural beauty and affordability, while composite and PVC offer low maintenance options. It's important to consider factors such as durability, maintenance, and aesthetics when choosing the material for your deck.

  • Do I need to be home while my deck is being built?

It's not necessary to be home while your deck is being built, but it can be helpful to check in periodically to ensure everything is going as planned. It's important to communicate with your deck builder about any specific needs or requirements you may have during the construction process.


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