Q: Should I try to build my deck myself?
A: Most decks are not extremely difficult to build. A ground level deck is
perhaps the easiest of all to construct. If you have the proper tools,
expertise and most important, a lot of time, you could build your own
deck. Hire us only if you lack any of the above or if your deck is upper
level and complex.
Q: Do I need a building permit for my deck?
A: Most ground level decks do not require building permits but any deck
structure more than 30″ off the ground will require a permit. Building
codes do vary in our different cities and towns and our estimators will
let you know if a permit is required when we visit your home.
Q: If a permit is required, who gets it?
A: We would be happy to apply for and secure a building permit for your
project. If you would like to get your own permit, we will give you some
guidelines that will help speed the process.
Q: Do you guarantee your work?
A: Yes! All our work is completely guaranteed. If anything goes wrong with
your deck and it is due to the materials we used or the way we put it
together, we will fix the problem. All we ask is that common sense is
used. Everyone knows that wood outside will shrink and swell with the
seasons. Wood also will crack and split at different times of the year,
this is a natural occurrence. Severe cracking and splitting should not
be expected unless the wood is left unprotected from the sunlight, (protection
is usually provided by deck stains or sealants). With proper maintenance,
your deck should last and perform for years to come.
Q: How much does a deck cost?
A: The price of a deck can vary greatly. Things such as size, shape, height
off the ground, types of materials used, extras such as benches and planters,
will all affect the price. We can usually quote ballpark per square foot
cost figures over the phone if you are able to answer a few simple questions.
Please call if you are interested in getting a rough phone estimate.
Q: Is a new deck a good investment?
A: Most definitely yes! A new deck on a home here in the Pacific Northwest
will add great value to the home. Usually you can expect to recoup at
least 80%-100% of the cost of the deck upon resale of the home.
Q: How do I protect my deck from the elements?
A: There are many schools of thought on this subject. Most professionals
agree that cedar, being the most popular wood for use on a deck surface
and railings, requires a protective stain applied at least every 2-3 years.
We recommend a deck be cleaned every year to remove moss and algae and
re-stained as needed. Even the low-maintenance composite products, such
as TREX, require regular cleaning to prevent the buildup of dirt which
can lead to algae growth. The composite products however, do not require
a protective stain.
Q: How long does it take to build a deck?
A: That depends on the size and complexity of the project. An average deck
should take about 4-6 working days to complete.
Q: Can I put a hot tub on my deck?
A: No. Most decks are not built to accommodate the weight of a hot tub. We
always recommend a strengthening of the framework below where the tub
will go or the addition of a tub support. A tub can sit on a concrete
pad built into a ground level deck.
Q: What is a “code” railing?
A: A railing that meets the building code is one that has no openings on
the railing greater than 4 inches. In other words, if a 4-inch ball can
be pushed through your railing at any point it does not pass code.
Q: I want a big deck with lots of different levels but cannot afford to
do the entire project at once. What are my options?
A: This is a common problem. We recommend if your project exceeds your current
budget that we spread the project over more than one season. As long as
the master plan is complete and allows for the addition of more deck levels
or areas in the future, it is easy to tailor the construction over a period
of time. This also gives you the opportunity to decide if you really want
that large of a deck by using what is currently built for a season to
get a feel for your use of the deck.
Q: I have a picture from a magazine of the type of deck I want. Can you build it?
A: Yes. If you show us a picture of a deck, rail, trellis, bench, planter,
pergola, or any other component of a deck, we can certainly build it.