DIY or Hiring a Vinyl Deck Contractor?

DIY or Hiring a Vinyl Deck Contractor?
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Saving money is great, isn’t it? But is it worth it in the long run when it comes to a new vinyl deck? When it comes to new deck projects, DIY or hiring a contractor is a big decision, so consider the following:

Consideration #1: Size of Vinyl Deck Project

Are you replacing the vinyl deck surface, or installing a whole new deck? Is it just a few square meters, or bigger? The bigger the project (and heavier the deck), the more complex the project will be, so you might want to ensure that a professional is involved – mainly if your new deck requires a foundation or footings. However, if you are comfortable with the level of complexity (and good at research) then it’s up to you.

Consideration #2: Building Codes & Bylaws

Not knowing the rules of vinyl deck construction, or that of local bylaws can create chaos in a DIY building project and may even result in fines or having to remove your deck if it doesn’t meet regulations. Don’t forget that you’ll likely have to apply for a permit when it comes to new construction, and when it comes to selling your home, you’ll want your new vinyl deck to pass inspection. If you’re unable to work out the details with the help of building codes and your local bylaws for construction, it might be time for some help – even if it’s just to cover the basics of building vinyl decks and navigating the bylaws particular to where you live.

Consideration #3: Timing and Budget Constraints

Are you comfortable working on your vinyl deck in your leisure hours, knowing that it could take several weeks to complete? Or do you want your new deck ready as soon as you find a reliable contractor to take on the project? Decking contractors obviously can dedicate their time (and even overtime) to your vinyl decking project, while you probably have a day job. However, contractors also have to be paid, and if budget is your primary concern, then DIY might be the way to go.

There are indeed pros and cons to each side of the argument, and it comes down in the end to your comfort level with building your vinyl deck versus the cost of paying someone to do it for you. Weigh each consideration carefully, and talk to other deck owners about their experiences before you start shopping for vinyl deck surfaces.

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