Hire a Contractor or DIY a New Vinyl Deck?
We all love to save money, but at the same time we all also love to have high-quality projects when it comes to our homes – so should you DIY a new vinyl deck, or hire a contractor? As with most thing, it depends on a few factors:
Factor #1: Scope of Vinyl Deck
How big will your new vinyl deck be? Is it ground level or are there stairs? Are you looking for a straight rectangle or something more complex? Obviously the more complex the project, the more you might want professional expertise to ensure the job is done right. The same goes for the area where you’re building – is it level or on a hill? Do you have footings in place, or will you have to pour a foundation? As soon as you feel like the project is beyond your comfort level it’s time to bring in assistance.
Factor #2: Familiarity with Bylaws & Rules
DIY decks could be as safe and secure as those built by the pros – but often they aren’t. A lot of knowledge of construction (specifically deck construction) is imbibed in deck building professionals and doesn’t necessarily trickle down to the general public.
Secondarily, you have to consider the rules and regulations associated with building a deck where you live. Do you need a permit? How close can you build near the property line? After the build, will your deck pass inspection? If you don’t want to think about it, then let someone else do it for you.
Factor #3: Budget & Timeline
How quickly do you want your new vinyl deck ready? Are you willing to sacrifice evenings and weekends to get the job done? Are you trying to keep the budget to an absolute minimum? These are the driving factors behind a lot of DIY jobs. Remember that it will likely take significantly longer to complete your new vinyl deck yourself, without the years of experience that a professional contractor (and his assistants) have. You can save money in the short term with your own vinyl deck build, but in the long term it could cost you if it is not built to specifications, not safe, or doesn’t look like a professional job.
If you’d like to avoid the hassle, find a professional vinyl deck contractor to help you with your new vinyl deck project – you’ll be glad you did!