Written by Nora Velazco on
Written by Nora Velazco on
A well-designed hardwood deck is one of the most rewarding additions you can make to your home. Not only does a decked area look beautiful in the late summer’s sun, it also provides a comfortable space where your family can relax. It’s not surprising to read that a 2019 survey by ‘Remodeling’ magazine found that outside decking provides one of the largest returns on investment for homeowners.
Decking installation is not a simple DIY job. It is a complex task that requires an understanding of building codes and construction principles. Unless you are a licensed, qualified builder, it is always worth investing in professional contractors to complete this type of job.
Safety should always be your most important consideration. The risks go beyond injuring yourself during construction with a power tool. You should also consider the safety of your family once the job is complete. The deck doesn’t have to collapse to be unsafe. Poorly thought out drainage or railings can also represent a hazard. Fortunately, a fully licensed and insured contractor will have the experience and know-how to avoid these types of dangers.
This consideration may come as a surprise to many. An overly eager amateur handyman might proclaim, “Surely the project will be cheaper if I complete the work myself!”. While this may be true for some, this logic is flawed when we take into consideration the cost of mistakes and lack of construction warranty.
Hardwood decking is a high-quality premium building material. Working with such materials means that mistakes are costly. Even a highly-skilled amateur is more likely to make unnecessary errors or waste more material than an experienced professional. Shortcuts may save you a few dollars up-front but can cost you big dollars later.
In terms of materials, you can rest assured that many species of Mataverde hardwood decking include a 25-year warranty against decay and insect damage. However, self-installed projects will not benefit from a warranty covering the construction of the deck. On the other hand, decking installed by a reputable contractor will often include a guarantee of workmanship.
Time and Effort
It goes without saying that hiring a professional contractor is going to save you a considerable amount of time and stress. Attempting a major project yourself means several weekends and evenings of hard work. Depending on the size and complexity of your deck, it could take you months to complete.
Alternatively, a professional contractor should be able to complete your deck in a much shorter time frame. This leaves you free to tackle the important challenges in life, such as planning the menu for your first BBQ on your new decking.
Finally, an established decking company such as Mataverde will have partnerships with skilled contractors. These relationships allow them to share best practices and learn from combined experience. An approved contractor will have excellent support from their supplier. In reality, hiring a professional contractor means hiring an organization that exists solely to ensure your project is the highest quality it can be!