Selecting a Deck Builder

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Building expert Shawn Miller discusses the importance of selecting a reputable company to build your deck.

    Shawn Miller: Hello! My name is Shawn Miller with deckdesigns.

    com. I'm also President of the North American Deck and Rail Association.

    The most important decision a homeowner can make when adding a deck to their home is choosing the right company to build it. I'd like to offers some valuable tips. Let's first start with credibility. Is your contractor licensed in your area? Is he going to pull the permits? Does he have the proper insurance?

    Next, we will talk about design. The two most important elements of design are form and function. We would like to hit on those points. Finally, we'll talk about quality. Clean cuts, smooth angles, a well-finished space. These are all key points to consider when choosing a contractor.

    Before we get started today I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I've been in the outdoor living industry for 20 years. I am also a licensed contractor. My designs and deck projects have been featured in numerous national publications and have been seen on HDTV and DIY. I've also been on several manufacture advisory boards providing feedback on national decking trends. So let's get started!