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Deck Construction Manual

As both a traveller and a member of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), I have the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful, well-made outdoor spaces. And many of these are built without guidelines on how the builder will put it together. I  …read more »

Deck Building Codes – Important

If you’re ready to build a deck, then I must remind you to check your local building codes before starting! Of course you need a building permit anyway, but local building codes help make sure that you’re building it correctly. A deck building code book  …read more »

Deck Contractor Training – Pricing Worksheet

I interact with deck contractors from time to time who don’t have an organized process for pricing out projects. Because it’s easy to forget about all the “little” things, it’s difficult to give a good pricing point that will be competitive and at the same  …read more »

Deck Project Meeting

It’s a great thing when making the first contact with a homeowner for a possible project (for both the homeowner and the contractor). Typically a homeowner has found you somewhere…or perhaps through your marketing efforts. After talking on the phone and setting an appointment to  …read more »

Deck Project Contract

Whether you’re just starting out or have been building decks for a long time, I can’t express how important a good deck contract is. What I’m referring to is the written agreement between the deck builder and the homeowner. This document should contain every reasonable  …read more »

Deck Project Checklist

I’m fortunate in that I come into contact with a lot of fellow deck contractors. I’ve found that there is a lot of building talent out there! I’ve seen deck contracting businesses come and go…not because they weren’t building beautiful decks (they were), but because  …read more »

How Many Balusters are Needed for My Deck Project?

As I mentioned in another post, I never knew math was going to be needed so much in building decks. But here’s another great example of where it’s definitely needed – calculating the number of balusters needed for deck railing. Also, once that’s determined, how  …read more »

Decking News

If you’re a deck builder/contractor (or even a homeowner that builds decks), then you live in a world today that offers a lot of wonderful decking information. There are some deck builders who really don’t stay current with things, and I think that’s a mistake.  …read more »

Square Footage Formula for Deck Builders

I never knew how much math would play into building decks when I first started. Well, fyi, math and algebra are big pieces to success for deck builders and contractors. If you’re not great at math and numbers, no worries. Once you get the initial  …read more »

Deck Contracting Business – Lien Waiver

Are you a deck builder? We’ve been building decks for over 20 years. We’ve seen it all in terms of the business and legal side. In addition to providing what are the finest deck building materials on the market, we offer our deck builder friends  …read more »

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