Building or repairing a deck is one of the most common home improvement tasks that homeowners aim to take on themselves. Unlike other renovation projects, decks seem fairly straightforward and low risk. If you’re considering hiring a decking contractor or completing a deck renovation on your own, we’ll help you make the right decision.
The case for DIY
Being able to tick something off your list without having to hire help can mean big savings. Beyond financial benefit, taking on a deck renovation yourself can be a welcomed challenge — it may be an opportunity for the family to work together. There’s certainly something to be said for sweat equity and a hard day’s work. If you’re excited to spend your free time outdoors with power tools (and you’ve got some experience with them) this may be just the project for your summer.
Why you should hire a deck contractor
If you’re still up in the air about what you should do, allow us to make the case for bringing in the professionals. A professional decking contractor (like us!) has expertise and insurance — two very important things that won’t be matched by most homeowner’s policies or experience.
Experience is important for getting it done right the first time. Ensuring the deck is built to code and that it’s going to stay standing are some additional benefits.
Insurance is important because if something goes wrong during the project –someone gets hurt, damage occurs, etc — you don’t want to be the one footing the bill or on your way to the ER.
Moreover, hiring a contractor means that you don’t have to spend your precious leisure time smashing your thumb with a hammer or sweating like a hog. A team of pros will complete your dream deck faster, so you can spend your time actually enjoying it.
A happy medium
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you want to play more of a part in your deck renovation than just Capt. Check Signer, consider completing part of the project yourself and bringing the cavalry in for the harder stuff.
We often have clients who will complete portions of the preparation or finishing on a project, making it faster for us and cheaper for them. Just make sure you consult your deck contractor before you dive in, or your work may actually cause more trouble than good.