12:52PM | 06/20/13
We are new homeowners and realize that our deck planks are warped and cracking. We have thought about replace the deck, which is high of the ground, with one that has a small landing on the way up/down. What are good options for strong, bug resistant woods and what should be wary of when hiring a contractor? If region matters, we are in the Southeast


02:33PM | 06/20/13
Dear New Deck, First have you looked into Trex Decking instead of regular treated wood? I would assume in the SouthEast that it is very humid? Trex Decking might be a better way to go. Also I do not know if your state where you are regulates your contractors, but make sure you hire a LICENSED CONTRACTOR, who is licensed to do the type of work you want done. Make sure you check their license and make sure they have the proper insurance, i.e. workman's comp,liability, etc. Do not get ahead on payments! If your contractor asks you for half up front, run very far! A good contractor should only ask for a small 10% deposit to hold your start date, and then only ask for payments when that portion of the project is completed. And last but not least, I always advise getting a to-scale design/blueprint of exactly what you want to have done. That way there are no misconceptions of what is to be erected and you can use the design to get multiple bids and for pulling permits. Do your homework if you can. Check references. Hope this helps!


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