Contractors Guide to Selecting the Right Decking

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Are you a successful deck builder or other construction professional? Running a successful deck construction business takes a lot of skills. You probably have a good idea of how to meet your clients needs and deliver a good experience and a beautiful deck to your clients. Can you deliver a better deck and a better overall experience to your clients?

As a deck builder, you must constantly juggle a lot of priorities and tasks. From client interviews, writing contracts, project planning, pulling building permits, material ordering, scheduling, collecting payments and paying bills, the list goes on. At times, your job can be very overwhelming.

Ipe 5qtr x 6  decking with Eurotec Aluminum framing and adjustable pedestals-1


The Contractor’s Guide to Decking can be a helpful tool for you. It contains information about qualifying your clients and helping them become a satisfied client that would be happy to refer their friends and neighbors to you. It offers information about the best and worst decking material options, and which materials are best suited for each type of decking project and outdoor structure.

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Planning for a Successful Deck Construction Project

As you likely know, the first step is qualifying a potential decking client. Selecting the right client is probably the most important step in your decision-making process. It can make or break you. If you select the right client, the project should proceed smoothly. If you select the wrong client, it can lead to disastrous results.

Upset customers are no fun

Nobody wants an upset customer or an unreasonable client. Plan accordingly.

How are your client interviewing skills? Have you ever selected a bad client and lived to regret it? How do you determine if they are the right fit for you? Are you the right fit for them? Are they reasonable? Are they realistic? Can they pay for the work? Do they know what they want? Download the Contractor’s Guide to Decking for more information.

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What are the Best Decking Material Options?

With such a plethora of decking options available today, it can be very confusing to choose the right decking. Plastic decking, composite decking, real wood decking, and thermally modified wood decking are a few examples. Every decking material has its strengths and weaknesses. How do you find out what the best decking material is for your client?

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Garapa decking is high-density hardwood decking material to consider 


Synthetic Decking Material Options

From lower priced composite decking to capped composite decking to cellular PVC decking, there are so many different synthetic decking brands and products to consider. Each synthetic decking material has its own pros and cons. On the plus side, there are lots of color options and lower maintenance benefits. On the minus side, synthetic decking is lower strength and very likely to expand and contract.


Real Wood Decking Material Options

From low priced pressure treated decking to softwood decking like cedar to high density hardwood decking species like Ipe, Jatoba, Cumaru, Machiche and Garapa decking, there are no shortages of real wood decking material options. Each wood decking material option has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Check out the pros and cons of softwood decking materials, thermally modified wood decking material options, medium density hardwood decking options like Philippine Mahogany, and premium high-density hardwood decking materials.  

FSC Certified Machiche hardwood decking poolside

All the real wood decking options are naturally beautiful. Softwood decking needs periodic refinishing to last and stay good looking. Hardwood decking species are incredibly strong and durable. But they cost more upfront and cost a little more to install.  Hardwood decking can be allowed to weather naturally to a silvery tone without losing their strength. But if silvery gray decking doesn’t meet your color scheme, hardwood decking would require some periodic maintenance.



Meeting your Decking Client’s Needs

The Contractor’s Guide to Decking also contains other valuable tools to help your client – and your business. If your decking customer is interested in more than the just the upfront price of their deck, you can find total life cycle costs comparisons for all the popular decking material options here. If a checklist of what your client is looking for in a deck is helpful, you can find that in this guide as well.

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If your goals include continually meeting your customers’ needs, improving your business, and making your client an advocate for you and your construction business, this free guide is for you.




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