Building a deck is about as American as apple pie. But the American dream can quickly turn into a nightmare when you hire the wrong contractor who doesn’t use quality decking materials. That’s why you should trust the Grand Rapids expert contractors at Avio Deck Builders. At the end of the day, using quality decking materials matters. We’ll also explain why you should be careful about who you hire to build your deck. Your life may just depend on it.
We understand the temptation to cut corners. But it’s not worth risking the safety of both you and your loved ones. Consider this true story from Inspectapedia where, “a poorly-constructed deck collapsed and fell eight feet to the ground, sending three people to the hospital.” There were also children playing underneath the deck when it collapsed. While they were able to run to safety, it could have so easily ended in tragedy. Had the children not been paying attention, they would have been seriously injured or killed. No amount of money can replace a human life. As a decking contractor, we make sure that everything we build is safe, code-compliant, and legal. That means using quality decking materials and providing excellent craftsmanship. Every. Single. Time.
A deck made with natural wood can last between 10 and 20 years with proper maintenance. Composite decking lasts even longer—well over 20 years! But that all depends on how well the contractor and their crew built your deck. Poor craftsmanship may result in a deck that degrades, rots, or even collapses. There’s nothing more disheartening than shelling out thousands of dollars only to be disappointed with the end result. Our deck builders always use quality materials to ensure your new outdoor living space lasts for years to come. For example, your contractor should always install proper deck flashing to prevent water infiltration and wood rot. Otherwise, the wooden deck will become compromised over time and could even collapse.
Some dishonest contractors will charge full price for quality decking materials but use inferior products without the homeowner’s knowledge. They then pocket the difference. Other contractors will offer low prices that seem too good to be true. But they’re only able to underbid on projects because they’re offering low-quality materials and construction. The old adage rings true: You get what you pay for. Always make sure that your deck builder is licensed and insured.
Most scammers are not licensed and insured. Instead, they often go door to door to pressure homeowners with “limited-time” offers. They may also pressure you to pay a lot of money up front and sign a contract right away before you have time to think. If you’re ever unsure about a contractor, research their background. We always encourage our clients to ask us for references or anything else they may need to make an informed decision.
Our custom deck builders in Grand Rapids, MI, are ready to help you with your next project! To request a free estimate, call AVIO Deck Builders at (616) 608-9713. You may also fill out our online contact form to get started. We offer in-person estimates.