What to Expect From the Deck Installation Process
You’re ready to upgrade your outdoor living space with a new deck. It’s exciting! You thought about watching a few “how-to” videos and taking on the project yourself. But after a bit of research, you realized that building a deck is a complicated and time-consuming endeavor, and it’s best to let the pros handle it.
That’s a good call. But once you reach out to the deck contractor, what can you expect? The deck installation process can vary a little from one contractor to another, but some basics should run true for any reputable deck contractor. Here’s what you should expect from the deck installation process:
The first thing that should happen is a meeting at your home. It’s important for the contractor to not only measure your space but also learn about you and what you envision for your outdoor living space. Do you have a size or shape in mind? Are you looking to add extra amenities like an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, or built-in planters? What are your budget limitations? Once your contractor has all of this information, the planning can really begin.
From there, the contractor can design the layout of your deck and go over your materials options. Once you agree on this, the materials can be ordered.
Before construction can begin, you’ll probably need some municipal permits. A good deck contractor will take care of that type of red tape for you. Once your permitting is in order, it’s time to start building. The first stage of construction will be the framework, then other parts of the deck like posts, railings, and built-in seating or planters will get added on.
Once the deck is constructed, the real fun begins. Now you can add the finishing touches like lighting, eating spaces, or an outdoor kitchen area. Before your contractor’s crew cleans up everything and goes on its way, your deck builder should go over the whole project with you to be sure that you are happy with the results. You should also receive a labor warranty from the contractor and potentially a product warranty from the decking manufacturer.
Most custom deck projects can be completed by a professional deck contractor in a few weeks or less.
If You Can Dream It, We Can Build It
If you’re ready to optimize your outdoor living space with your dream deck, contact MN Contractor Pros, the Twin Cities’ premier deck contractor. We’ll be happy to meet with you and get the process started any time of year!