How much does your typical deck cost? - This is tough to determine as there is no “average” or “typical” deck. Each individual deck and owner have different size requirements, wood, painting or staining preferences. Even the ground underneath the deck changes the amount of materials, man hours and complexity of the design.
How long does it take to build a deck? - The time it takes to build a deck varies between each project. Depending on the complexity of the design and environment, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, or longer for larger projects. If you have a deadline to meet, let us know before beginning and we will give you an estimated timeline.
What types of wood will be best for my project? - The type of wood you choose makes a huge difference in the quality and lifespan of your deck. Many people may even think that cedar still has its time in the spotlight, though its lifespan is only about 12 years with regular maintenance. Instead, a great wood that is proving its worth in decking is a high quality pressure-treated lumber. If you're looking for a wood alternative, consider composite and PVC capped material. This material feels much like vinyl or plastic with the look of real wood.
How can I make my deck look different than a typical deck? - Germantown Fence & Deck Builders will never use stock deck designs so you can rest assured that your deck is custom tailored to your home, personality and needs. You'll never have to worry about installing a new deck just to find out your neighbor down the street has the exact same look. You can choose a variety of designs and details from different patterns, inlays and railing styles.
How much more does it cost to use composite versus wood? - It's safe to budget 25 – 30% more for composite decking material.
What is composite made of? - This depends on the manufacturer, but the materials range from recycled plastic to vinyl and even aluminum.
How do I care for my deck after it's installed? - You will want to seal your deck with a high quality wood sealant after 30 days of being finished in the Summer (longer for the cooler months.) Simple re-application of this deck sealant on an annual basis is enough to maintain your deck.