Deck Contractors are an odd home improvement item. They do not exactly “replace” your deck at all. What Deck Contractors do is replace and repair a majority of the deck – the wood and hardwood – but the whole deck stays in place. It is nearly impossible, and not at all advisable, to rip out the entire deck and replace it with a new construction deck.
However, there are a few instances when you would do this. If you are completely replacing a part or if the area around the deck is so rotted out as to be structurally unsound, then you would want to use a new deck construction. In addition to putting in the new construction deck, you would construct a substantial frame around the deck to hold it in place.
The deck installation industry has gained a reputation over the last several decades of being overly aggressive, comparable to the reputation that door-to-door siding or encyclopedia salesmen gained in the latter half of the 20th century. This reputation is not entirely unfounded. Since profit margins can be so high, some companies use less-than-savory tactics to make a sale. Consumers are advised to obtain at least 5 quotes, and to educate themselves as much as possible prior to signing any contracts. There are some companies, though, that are striving to change engrained attitudes towards replacement window companies.
Few homeowners who have been through the deck repair and installation process will say that they care to repeat it. After all, it is necessary to invite 3-5 companies into your home to give quotes, and then invite one of those companies back to spend 2 or 3 days installing the decks (which necessitates being on the premises the entire time ). It is work, but worthwhile. Your house looks better and feels better. Your next round of wintertime energy bills are 10% lower. Your house is quieter.
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