If you are considering hiring a professional fence contractor or deck contractor, there are few questions you’ll want to ask before getting started. Here are the questions to ask your contractor:
1) Ask about insurance and licenses
Hiring a handyman to build a fence or deck may cost a little less up front, but there are several risks involved if they don’t have the proper license or insurance. Professional fence and deck contractors will always carry adequate insurance and the appropriate local business licenses.
2) Ask about extra charges
Sometimes you will receive an estimate from a fence company or a deck company instead of a quotation. Fence and deck projects have little or no cost changes along the way, so make sure that you are receiving a price quotation in writing that will represent the final bill for the project as described.
3) Ask your deck or fence builder if they use screws or nails
Although most wood fence contractors and wood deck contractors these days are only using screws in their construction, some companies are still using nails. Using nails is faster than screwing. Proper fence builders and deck builder will never consider using nails. You’ll need to ensure that you are hiring a company that is using only outdoor screws that are approved for use in the material being used (usually pressure treated lumber).
4) Ask about a warranty
A reputable contractor like Panel Fencing London should offer a warranty on the quality of the finished project. The material warranty, if applicable should also be passed along to the homeowner and will vary in terms and length.