Council Approval and Insurance
First of all, you might require the approval of your local council if you were to perform decking modifications on your house. The approval cost and requirements varies from country to country. Some councils also make it mandatory to hire a building contractor or to have building insurance if your decking designs were to exceed a certain size. If your local council does not make this mandatory, however it is still advisable to have building insurance in case decking builders run into some problems and are unable to complete your job on time.
Finding a Decking Design Company
In the process of comparing quotes between companies, it is important to consider the following points.
How long has the company been servicing the community? New companies generally give cheaper decking design quotes, but there is a higher risk of non-completion of your job if the company is suddenly faced with financial problems. Well established companies with a longer history are more likely to finish the work they are given and provide that extra professional touch.
Can the company provide you with testimonials of their work? This is of course to help give you an idea of the service they will provide.
Is the company insured? You don't want to have to bear the brunt of accident liability in case something goes wrong.
Can the company provide you a detailed cost breakdown in their quote? Are the prices given estimates, or detailed costs?
What kinds of decks does the company specialize in?
How often will the companies perform maintenance on your deck, and what is done? Most companies do maintenance every 6-12 months and this will include cleaning and recoating your deck with decking oil which can improve its appearance and durability
The deck building company will be needing a lot of information from you when finding out how much does your decking cost. They will initially be needing the square meters of the areas that require decking. Larger decks obviously cost more than smaller ones. Also to keep in mind would be, how many people will be using the deck at once.
Decking Designs Extras
You might also consider the following decking features, though these can add significantly to the cost:
railings - for safety of small children, often required for above ground decking to prevent accidental falls
stairs - Another necessity for an elevated deck, or stairs can also be used as a decorative item.
lighting - In case you wish to use your decking at night, you will have to consider installing some lighting.
skirting - An additional lattice usually installed around the perimeter of the deck, it protects the underside of the deck from weeds, rainwater, and small animals.
storage bench - A very functional bench for storing garden materials or for sitting.
additional fencing - Perhaps you will be needing fencing to separate your deck from your home interior in order to increase privacy
decking materials - There are so many materials out in the marketplace today. Hardwood such as cedar has the highest cost, but is the most resilient to damage.