Contractors Have Skilled Teams
Contractors capable of building a more complex deck typically bring another set of skilled hands to get the job done. In this instance, the work is done in half the time with plenty of attention to detail. Two professionals are better than one!
They Already Have the Tools
Building a deck will require tools for measuring, tools to excavate the area (in some cases, an excavator may be required), pry bars, wrenches, power tools like a circular saw, jigsaw, tablesaw, and more, a nail gun, a compressor, and sanding tools. Not to mention, you’ll need a vehicle capable of carrying large amounts of lumber and material from the store to your house.
Unless you already have these on hand, or a good friend to borrow them from, the cost of renting or purchasing additional tools can wipe out any cost savings you’re realizing by building the deck yourself.
Relationships with Vendors
Contractors are used to purchasing large amounts of material. They likely already have relationships with local or national vendors, like US Lumber, or supply houses where they are getting the best price and quality.
Contractors Warranty Their Work
If you build your deck, and you aren’t happy with the final product, you don’t have much recourse. But, if a professional contractor is responsible, not only are they motivated to get it right the first time, but they are also responsible if something goes wrong with their workmanship.
It’s Not Just Building the Deck
It’s not just about building the deck–once in place, the wood must be sanded, sealed, and stained with outdoor deck stain. This is a time consuming process that requires a high level of attention to detail. If not properly weatherproofed, you risk structural issues or rot.
It’s a Safer Choice
A project like a deck doesn’t just require access to power tools; it also requires a high level of proficiency in operating table saws, sanding tools, moving heavy materials, and possibly operating heavy equipment. Contractors also carry their own insurance in case of an on-site accident because taking on a deck project can be risky.
If you are building an above-ground deck, you may also be working at heights that can cause injury in the event of a fall. Proper safety precautions should be taken regardless of if you choose to DIY or hire out for the job.
Time to Decide: Will you DIY or hire out?
Building your own deck requires access to material, equipment, and of course, your own construction savvy. It can take a tremendous amount of time and present safety risks to you. If you are trying to fit permitting and a major construction project around your day job or family commitments, you risk dragging out the project or worse, not completing it at all.
Homeowners who would like to be involved while still contracting out a bulk of the work can always inquire with their contractor if they can help with the project, taking on tasks like picking up material, obtaining tools, or helping lay planks once the structure of the deck is in place.
While it can be incredibly rewarding to build your own deck, knowing when to call in the professionals for more complex structures will get your project done more quickly, safely, and effectively.