Covered Deck by Archadeck with Outdoor Furnishings

Covered Deck by Archadeck

Archadeck has long been called one-of-the-best, most trustworthy and hardest-working deck companies in St. Louis.  And it’s true.

Since ringing-in the new year, we’ve been flooded with calls from St. Louis homeowners telling us their resolution is to have Archadeck design and build an outdoor space for them.

Ok well, maybe not… but we think this should be every St. Louisian’s New Year’s resolution!

All kidding aside.  Let’s get back to the topic of choosing a contractor this year.

Most folks, when considering a contractor for a new deck or other outdoor space, seek project quotes from two or three builders.   This is a smart way to determine fair pricing, a company’s reputation and with whom you feel most comfortable.

Once in a great while though, a homeowner might make their decision solely on price.  We’ve heard people say, ‘We decided to go with the basement guy — he’s really cheap!’… or ‘I know someone in my office who said they’d give me a good deal and build our deck on the weekends’.  This type of ‘contractor selection process’ usually spells disaster.  So… Just Don’t.

Screened in Deck with Shed Roof, St. Louis West County by Archadeck

Screened in Deck with Shed Roof in St. Louis West County by Archadeck

For you, selecting the right contractor for a new deck, screened porch or other outdoor structure is the single most important decision you’ll make.

And for us, the success of your project directly correlates with our reputation and the success of our business.

We work very hard to ensure you’re happy because, like you, Archadeck has a vested interest in your project.

In that sense, we’re both ‘in-it-for-the-long-haul’.

But the challenge for consumers is this.  Even if you have several bids in-hand, how can you be sure you’re really comparing apples-to-apples?

Taking the time to ask key questions upfront, is a bit of an effort; however, the pay-off is well-worth it.  Eliminating ‘surprises’ is always a good thing.

Deck, Pergola and Screen Room by Archadeck

Deck with Shade Pergola and Screen Room by Archadeck

Hence to kick-off 2014, below is a check-list for selecting a reputable builder for a deck, screened porch, patio enclosure, pergola, gazebo or other outdoor space.

And of course in the end, we hope you’ll choose Archadeck.

1.  Is the contractor well-established?  How long have they been in business under their current name?  Are they properly licensed?

2.  How does the contractor rate with a distinguished third-party resource such as a franchise or industry experts?   What about industry awards and recognition?

3.  Do they have a proven system?  Do they adhere to professional business practices and building processes?

4. Will the contractor secure all of the proper building permits on your behalf?

5.  Is the contractor knowledgeable about safety and local building codes?  Are those codes followed?

6.  Are the carpenters skilled and experienced?

7.  And how about insurance?  Liability, Worker’s Compensation?

8.  Does the company warranty all of their work?  Is there an outside, third party guarantee and if so, who is this?

9. Is the company affiliated with a larger network of resources or have they simply ‘hung out a shingle’?

10. How is their communication and efficiency?  During the design and bidding process, are details stipulated and properly documented?  Are things handled in a timely fashion?

11. Does the company use detailed professional documents and computerized design drawings?  (Or are things rapidly sketched out on a sheet of paper or worse yet, a napkin?)  Are you satisfied with the details and the overall plan?

12. Is the company representative patient and willing to listen to your ideas and concerns?  Or does a commissioned sales person apply ‘high pressure’ tactics?

13. Does the builder have a strong relationship with his/her vendors?  Are they in good standing with their vendor partners?

14. And finally, do you feel personally comfortable with the professionalism and knowledge of the owner, staff and company brand?

TimberTech Capped Composite Decking by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

TimberTech Capped Composite Decking by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

As you may have guessed, Archadeck excels in all the above areas.  We’re very proud of our brand, the work that we do and the way we conduct business.

So, if you live in the metropolitan St. Louis area, please consider Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County as your contractor of choice for a deck, screened porch, pergola or other outdoor living addition.

If you reside outside of our region, simply visit archadeck.com.

We look forward to talking with you and best wishes for 2014!

Related Reading:

Archadeck – About Us

Archadeck Earns World Class Franchise Award

Archadeck Named #1 Top Remodeling Firm for Decks

Sources:  Archadeck Outdoor Living Brands, Franchise Research Institute, Qualified Remodelers, Beautiful Backyard Blog

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