5 Questions to Find the Best Decking Contractors Near Me

Decking contractors near me

When hiring decking contractors near me, what sets apart one contractor from another? And how can you pick the options for your deck project? Let’s talk about five questions every homeowner needs to consider when hiring a deck builder.

Which Decking Contractors Near Me Offer Custom-Designed Decks?

First, consider which deck contractor will be able to take your vision and bring it to life? And what if you don’t know what you want, beyond a beautiful outdoor living space?

Here at Structurally Speaking, owner Jim Brennan personally oversees every project from start to finish. He’ll meet with you to discuss your needs and see your outdoor space, design your deck, and oversee the building team. If you have an idea of what you want, Jim will help you achieve your goals. On the other hand, if you’re not sure what you want, Jim can explain your options. His decades of expertise in this field will always provide you with your dream deck…no matter what your dream envisions!

Our decks can be simple or elaborate. Here are just a few of the different projects we’ve designed and completed in the past:

  • Multi-level decks
  • Second-story decks with stairs leading down to your yards
  • Decks with pergolas
  • Small decks for limited spaces
  • Hot tub decks
  • Decks that are built around landscape features, such as trees
  • Combination deck/sunrooms
  • Decks with built-in benches
  • Gardener-friendly decks with built-in planters
  • Decks around a pool

Your custom deck will take advantage of all your home and garden’s unique features when it is designed by Structurally Speaking.

When designing your new deck, here are a few things Jim and our team will keep in mind:

  • What is the primary use for your deck and which family members will use it most often?
  • Will you need built-in seating for large parties? Or will you need areas where seating arrangements can be created with stand-alone furniture pieces?
  • What kind of maintenance and upkeep are you willing to do?
  • Are there any mobility issues for yourself or guests that necessitate ramps, wider stairs, etc.?
  • Do you have an existing porch, patio, or deck that needs to be demolished or incorporated into the design?
  • What direction does your home face? (i.e., when and how much sun will your deck get?)
  • Do you have a pool, hot tub, or water feature you’d like to incorporate?
  • Is it important to you that we include a fire pit or fire table area?
  • What kind of railing do you want (and what do you need to keep your family safe)?
  • Are you interested in a wood deck, a composite deck, or another material?
  • Do you have existing outdoor furniture or elements that you want us to incorporate into the deck design?
  • Will you need new doors added to your home to access the deck?
  • Do you have any construction challenges, such as an extremely sloped yard?
  • Does the deck design need to incorporate built-in lights, or will you make use of existing outdoor lights?
  • Do you want space for outdoor cooking and grilling?
  • What is the overall aesthetic of your home?

This isn’t a complete list, but don’t be intimidated. We’ll walk you through all the options in terms of size, color, materials, and more during the initial consultation.

After the initial consultation, we’ll do a design presentation with at least two different design recommendations. These are scaled drawings that show different elevations and viewpoints. You get a chance to discuss the advantages of each option, as well as make any changes.

You won’t get this kind of back and forth with every deck builder. With other contractors, you might have fewer options for customization. In fact, some only offer cookie-cutter decking solutions. Will you really use your new outdoor space if it isn’t designed well? A custom solution gives you more bang for your buck. It’s why we are a top deck contractor in the Triad area!

How Much Will My New Deck Cost?

Every deck builder has their own way of calculating how much your deck project will cost. However, when you work with the Structurally Speaking team, we don’t start with a design and then determine the budget. Instead, we start with your budget and create a design that falls within it.

Speaking about your budget will be part of our initial consultation. If you have a limited budget, don’t worry! We can still help you build the deck of your dreams. In this case, we’ll look for ways to save money while maintaining the unique deck elements that are important to you.

For example, maybe you are willing to consider a smaller deck, as long as it still has enough room for seating your family.

Or, as another example, maybe you go for the bigger deck but a less expensive material and standard decking color, instead of a material that is fully customized and more expensive.

We’ll go over every design element so we can gauge what is most important to you. Then, we’ll design a deck that perfectly fits your budget and your wish list.

Keep in mind that when you work with the Structurally Speaking team for your custom deck, we don’t present you with a surprise bill at the end of the project. You’ll know exactly how much your deck will cost before we start building it. We don’t magically find ways to inflate your bill during the project as some contractors do. The number we quote is the price you pay.

We have relationships with many manufacturers, so we’re able to offer competitive pricing. We pass on any savings to you, so you’ll be able to get a new deck without breaking the bank.

Will My Deck Project Be Well-Managed?

Deck building is our passion. We don’t sell you on a design and then pass off the project to an independent general contractor, as is the case with some companies. When you hire Structurally Speaking, you hire our in-house team. We’ll be the ones completing the construction part of the project.

This is part of the reason why it’s so important to hire a local team for the job. Larger national companies generally have subcontractor teams that take over when the sales team is done. The problem with this is that the sales team might not know much about decking design. They just know how to convince you to sign on the dotted line. At the same time, the general contractor team doesn’t know what the sales team promised. They aren’t invested in making sure the customer, is happy. They simply build what they are told.

And if they can cut corners, they often do. Subcontractors are paid a set fee to do the work, and this pay rate is often low. So, they cut corners in order to take home more money. They might buy lower-quality supplies, rush the work, or skip important steps. As a result, many homeowners who work with larger decking companies find that they need a deck replacement after just a few years.

At Structurally Speaking, Jim oversees every project to make sure it is done right and you are happy with the results. We never cut corners to make a job go faster, and our number one concern is ensuring your deck is safe, functional, and beautiful. You won’t need to replace your Structurally Speaking deck for decades after it is built.

Can the Contractor Help Me if a Deck isn’t the Best Option?

Sometimes, you might start out thinking that you want a deck. However, once you really think about it, you might want a screened porchthree season porch, or sunroom instead. If this is the case, can the contractor you choose help you?

If you hire Structurally Speaking, the answer is yes! We have experiences with all types of decks and porches. Our goal isn’t to design your deck; it’s to design your perfect outdoor living space. Sometimes, once we start talking, we determine that a deck isn’t the best choice. Or, we do a dual deck/sunroom combination.

Your outdoor living space needs to fit your family’s needs. So, if you hire a custom deck builder who isn’t flexible, you may find yourself with an end product that you don’t really use.

Which Local Deck Contractor Provides the Best Customer Service?

Our overall recommendation is to interview several potential custom deck builder companies and find the one that provides you with the best customer service. Most other issues can be handled if you have a design and building team dedicated to making you happy. Here’s how we go above and beyond for our customers:

  • We stay in close contact during your project. You never have to wonder what’s going on, and you can call any time if you have a question.
  • When we set a timeline, we stick to it. Obviously, when speaking about outdoor work, Mother Nature sometimes has other plans. However, we always stay in close communication. During the building process, our team shows up on time, so you don’t have to sit around wondering where we are or if we are coming that day.
  • We love your input. We don’t have pre-set designs that we use for every homeowner. Your home and yard are unique, so your deck should be unique too. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want initially. We’ll walk you through it.)
  • If needed, we’ll do the paperwork for you. Some projects require approval from a homeowners’ association or even a permit from the city. We know exactly how to deal with these needs to ensure that your deck building project is completed without any problems.
  • We’ll hunt down those special materials you really want. If you have your heart set on something, we’ll make it happen.
  • If you aren’t happy about something, we’ll make it right. At the end of the project, you should completely love your new deck.

We take pride in providing top-quality customer service every step of the way. In fact, here’s what one of our customers had to say about working with our team:

“Now that our deck is complete, I want to thank you and your team for the high level of craftsmanship and professionalism. We gave you a tight deadline for completion of the deck before a major social event and your team hit the target perfectly. The back and forth exchange of ideas and suggestions for the materials and design were most productive and our collaboration produced a beautiful deck area. As you know we connected immediately with the sense we could work well together and the whole process was well-explained and executed to perfection. The experience you possess showed itself many times over from the easy inspection approval to the look of the deck design from all viewpoints. Your crew was hard-working and very highly skilled…a rare combination that shows in the final product. Thanks for a great job and many more beautiful decks are in your future, we are certain.” – Rob and Sheila Roszell

You can read more customer reviews here.

How to Get Started

If you’re ready to start on your custom deck design, click here to contact us. Jim is happy to speak with you in a no-obligation consultation, in order to determine the best option for your home.

Learn How Our Deck Builders can Customize Your New Deck

deck buildersStaying at home can get monotonous, especially if you are used to getting out of the house during the summer. A custom deck or porch can add to your usable living space in a fun new way. Imagine drinks on the deck with your spouse or enjoying time outside with your kids. Here at Structurally Speaking, our team of deck builders can create the custom enclosed porch or deck of your dreams. Let’s take a look at exactly how you can customize your outdoor living space.

Decking Materials to Fit Your Home’s Style

When you picture your new deck in your mind, what is it made from? Most people would say wood, but we have several material options to fit your aesthetics and budget.

No one material is better than others. That’s why every deck project we complete starts with a consultation. We’ll talk about your vision and lifestyle. Then, we’ll design options with the materials that will work best. Before our team of deck builders gets to work, we’ll make sure you are 100% happy with the color, maintenance needs, and style of the deck materials you choose.

Pressure-treated wood and composite decking are two of the more traditional deck materials. However, our team also can use stainless and aluminum options or discuss other materials with you as well. Wood options can be stained or painted, based on the look you want and the level of upkeep you want to do in the future.

In short, the best way to learn about deck material options is to speak with a deck contractor like Structurally Speaking. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each option.

Levels and Stairs with Your New Deck

Here at Structurally Speaking, we build all kinds of decks. If you check out our gallery, you’ll notice that we’ve built small, simple decks, as well as large multi-level decks with stairs.

Which is the best option for your home? Here are a few questions to consider:

  • How often do you plan to use your deck? Do you often wish you had an outdoor space to entertain, or is it just a place to put the grill? If you want to use your deck as an extension of your home, you’ll want to think bigger.
  • What makes the most sense for your home’s style? Some homes lend themselves to a multi-level deck, while others look better with a single-level deck.
  • Is your yard on an incline? A natural incline lends itself to a multi-level deck, even if you have a ranch style home.
  • What is your budget? Obviously, the bigger the deck, the more expensive it will be due to the increased materials. Bigger decks also take longer to build. Our custom deck builder team is fast, but we don’t rush through a project or cut corners.

If you aren’t sure, we can show you multiple deck designs. After your initial consultation, we will come up with a few options for you, based on your needs and budget. We can include a multi-level deck as one of the options if you are interested in this kind of design. There are no strings attached if you decide you want a smaller deck after all.

Deck Seating to Provide a Comfortable Outdoor Space

You can’t fully enjoy your new deck without seating. You have two main options for seating:

  1. Stand-alone seating that you purchase separately
  2. Built-in seating such as benches, which we’ll design as part of the deck project

If you’ll be purchasing stand-alone seating, we’ll still want to include it in our design plans. Your new deck will be perfectly suited to your needs, with space for any planned seating. For example, if you plan for a small round table with four chairs, you’ll need a different design than if you want a large table with seating for eight.

With a larger deck, you’ll typically want a few different seating areas based on how you’ll be using the space. You may want seating for outdoor dining, as well as seats that enjoy more sun or more shade.

If you enjoy hosting gatherings, you’ll also want additional seating options for guests that don’t obstruct your use of the deck when they aren’t in use. To solve this problem, we recommend built-in benches. Our team has experience building functional benches that also look great. Benches can serve as additional seating when you need it, but also work well for potted plants. We can also build wide stairs that double as benches.

Room to Garden on Your New Deck

Speaking of potted plants, do you enjoy gardening? We can build a deck that works with your existing landscape and gives you a new area for gardening options. Every deck installation has only one goal – to focus on your satisfaction with the finished product.

First, it bears mentioning that we’ll respect your current landscape if it is important to you. Don’t worry about your favorite rose bush or tree. Our designs will take any existing landscape into consideration. We work with your yard, not against it. This includes considering how your new deck may cast shadows in areas that were once sunny. Our deck builders are also careful to not disturb your landscaping more than necessary during construction.

If you love to garden, we can create new opportunities built into the deck design. Benches are just the start. With a new wood deck, you can also have built-in planters or planting areas. We’ll design them in the perfect locations for sun or shade, based on what your plants require.

Additionally, we can include a pergola as part of your dream deck. Pergolas have several benefits:

  • Planting: You can plant any kind of climbing ivy, rose, or vine to create a vertical garden on your new deck.
  • Cooling: A pergola adds extra protection from the sun in certain areas. If you have plants or seating areas that need shade, a pergola is a great option.
  • Privacy: Once you’ve added the climbing plants, a pergola adds a little privacy to your deck, without completely obstructing your view.
  • Uniqueness: Pergolas give your landscape that “something special” that you don’t find everywhere.
  • Defining a Space: With a pergola, you define a space without closing it off. This works especially well for large decks.

Adding a pergola to your deck project is extremely affordable. It adds visual impact to your deck without breaking the bank. Simply mention to our designer that you are considering a pergola during your initial consultation. We’re happy to show you custom deck options with and without including a pergola.

Add a Hot Tub, Kitchen, or Other Features to Your Deck

Your new deck can truly be an addition to your home. As we design it, we can add any special features you might want, including room for a hot tub, a large outdoor kitchen, and more. Consider built-in lighting, a fence enclosure, sunken seating, designer handrails, a fire pit, and other fun features. If you can dream it, we can build it. This article from Houzz has a few luxury deck ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can Redesign Your Old Deck

Instead of starting from scratch, the deck builder team at Structurally Speaking can simply redesign and replace your existing deck. Over the years, any deck can fall into disrepair. This can be a hazard for your family, pets, and guests. Here are a few indications that you may need a new deck:

  • Severe discoloration that is not easily fixed with a pressure washer or refinish
  • Holes or broken boards
  • Signs of damage from pests such as termites
  • Visible mold, mildew, or rot
  • Boards that are separating and pushing nails out of the wood
  • Tree roots breaking through your deck
  • Loose deck railing or stairs

We can come to your home to assess the condition. Sometimes, deck repair makes the most sense. Often, problems look worse than they really are. However, it is always better to have our professionals assess the problem. We can spot safety hazards and build you a new beautiful deck if it is time to say goodbye to the old one.

Beyond the Deck: Other Options Available from Deck Builders

Although we love decks, they are not your only option for remodeling your outdoor living space. Here at Structurally Speaking, we also build screened porches/sunrooms to make outdoor living possible for your family. Here are a few reasons why you might want a screened porch instead of a traditional deck:

  • Function During Three Seasons: A screened porch is often called a three season porch because you can use it for most of the year. The entire porch is actually a room with ceiling and screens to protect you from rain. It can have fans or even heating and cooling.
  • No Pests: Say goodbye to mosquito bites or the need for harsh chemical sprays and insect repelling candles. Screened porches are also an especially good place to enjoy an outdoor meal without constantly swatting flies away from the food.
  • More Secure: Families with young children and pets often like a screened porch, since it adds an extra level of security. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard or have a pool without a separate gate, a screened porch maybe be a great option for you. Of course, a screened-in porch also has a door that can be locked at night, making it slightly more secure for items that could be easily stolen from a porch or deck.
  • Comfortable Seating for All Guests: When you’re hosting a party, you want all guests to feel comfortable. Older guests and others who are more susceptible to high temperatures might like sitting inside better than enjoying the fun outside. A screened porch allows everyone to be together.
  • Increase Your Home’s Value: As with a quality deck, a beautiful screened porch can increase your home’s value. It is a major selling point if you ever decide to put your home on the market.

We can easily convert your current porch or deck to be a screened porch or sunroom. Or, let us design and build one from scratch.

And here’s the best part: You don’t have to choose. We can create a combination deck and screened porch for the perfect backyard space for your home.

Why Choose Structurally Speaking for Your Custom Deck

For nearly a decade, Structurally Speaking owner Jim Brennan worked for the largest deck and porch builder in the United States. During this time, he became a top deck and porch designer and learned that his approach was what made him stand apart. He started Structurally Speaking in 2008, and today, Jim still personally works with every client. When you choose Structurally Speaking, here’s what you can expect:

  • Jim will work with you directly to create a design you love. No idea is too outlandish. No project is too small.
  • We’ll set a budget during your initial consultation, and we’ll stick to it. No surprise bills!
  • Our pricing is competitive. We have relationships with manufacturers so we are able to pass on those savings to you.
  • Jim supervises the crew and oversees every project. We don’t pass off the construction to a third party.

Most importantly, if you have any questions along the way, we’re happy to answer them. We listen to every concern and can make changes as needed. This is your new deck and we want you to love it. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it after our crew leaves. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll work with you until you are.

Your new deck starts with a free no-strings-attached consultation with Jim. Fill out the form on this page to get started or click here to contact us.