Choosing the right deck contractor for your project is critical. You need a contractor that will guide you every step of the way, from design to completion. Read on as decking and roofing contractor Spicer Bros Construction, Inc. shares a basic guide to choosing a reliable deck contractor.
Check for Credentials
When choosing a contractor, one of the first things you should do is confirm they have a valid contractor’s license. The State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) issues licenses to contractors in the home improvement, electrical, plumbing and HVACR fields. The State of Delaware likewise issues contractor licenses through the Governor’s Office.
You should also ask the contractor for a copy of their insurance certificate. This document should clearly indicate coverage for general liability and workers’ compensation, which are your protections against accidental property damage and worksite injuries, respectively.
Just like when hiring a roofing company, you want a decking company that is not only legitimate, but also complies with local and international building codes. If they claim to represent a specific brand of decking material, check with the manufacturer to verify that they’re authorized installers.
Ask for References
The decking contractor should be able to provide at least three references. Calling each one takes some effort, but it is one of the most helpful ways to vet your contractor. In addition to asking about the quality of the contractor’s work, ask about the contractor’s punctuality, how they communicate and how they handled unplanned changes, if applicable.
Ask for a Written Estimate
If a contractor cannot or will not provide a written estimate shortly after an inspection, consider it a red flag and move on to another contractor. If they are able to provide an estimate, make sure it matches everything you discussed during the consultation. It should clearly indicate the cost of the project, the complete list of materials and warranty coverage.
Spicer Bros Construction, Inc. is your leading provider of roofing, siding and deck installation services. Give us a call at (410) 546-1190 (Salisbury) or (302) 703-6754 (Delaware). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation. We serve customers in Lewes, DE, and Denton, MD.