10 Things to Ask a Decking Contractor before signing a contract

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Tips

James Moylan

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

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Ready to start your new deck project? Don’t pull the trigger before asking your decking contractor these 10 important questions.  

With a major investment like a deck, it’s important to cover your bases with your contractor first. A quality deck can last years and add to the value of your home when it comes time to sell, but a deck that isn’t built properly can end up costing you time, money, and hassle. It can even be a safety hazard. Don’t break ground on your new project before asking your decking contractor these 10 important questions.

How to Interview a Deck Builder: Specific Process and Checklist

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Zuri Deck, Deck Tips, Deck Contractors License, Deck Contractor Permits, Deck Contractors Insured

James Moylan

Friday, August 21, 2020

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Questions to Ask Your Deck Builder Before Hiring Them

When you are interviewing possible candidates to build your deck, it’s important to get logistical questions out of the way – such as ensuring they are insured – but you also want to get a sense of what it will be like to work with them.

Depending on the complexity of your deck project, you may be working with this firm and their crew for weeks. Since it’s an outdoor project, decks usually require fewer interruptions to your normal daily life, but it can still be a major hassle to not have complete access to your outdoor space.

Why Do Modern Decks Cost More Than Traditional Deck Designs?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Why modern materials and contemporary designs cost more than traditional decks 

Designing outdoor spaces anywhere, let alone decks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC., is a careful balancing act between achieving a homeowner's desired look, and their promised budget. When the term " modern" is brought into the equation, however, chances are a design concept will cost at least a little bit more than a traditional deck plan would. Its at this point that you'll have to decide is what makes the most financial sense: a fully modernized deck, a classic high-end deck, or something in-between. Design Builders can help explain.  

7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

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James Moylan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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How to get your deck ready for spring after a harsh winter

Deck owners rejoice! After a long Maryland winter full of ice, snow, cold, and freezing rain, decks everywhere are primed to be reclaimed from mother nature. While there was little that could be done to help our outdoor living spaces in recent months, rising temperatures and increasingly-present sunshine are ready to join your quest to reverse the havoc caused by foregone seasonal elements.

What Should Be Included in Your Contract for a Deck Project?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Estimate, Deck Tips

James Moylan

Monday, March 02, 2020

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So, you’ve already found a decking contractor you trust, checked their license, reviewed references, seen their quality work firsthand, and are ready to sign on the dotted line.

Before you actually sign that contract, you should take the time to review it and make sure it contains some basic information. It pays to take the time to read it thoroughly, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If your contractor is reluctant to answer, this is a red flag. After all, they should be able to explain what you’re signing in a way that you can understand and feel comfortable with.