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** Advice from the Deck Answer Man desk **

Paying money up front is not at all a prudent idea

Make it a point to pay for your deck or patio project when it has been completed to your full satisfaction. When a down payment or partial payments are made during a job, or at the beginning of a project, all the parties actually suffer for it in some way. In most cases, the client will not receive the care, quality craftsmanship and the excellent service they require once the partial monies are paid. The contractor may tend to lose their motivation without a clear and objective goal. If the revenues are misdirected to anything other than your project, the carpenters and other contractors working on your project may not get paid an appropriate wage and the payments that are made may not be timely. Often times, when this type of mis-management occurs on a project, the material suppliers will not always receive regular payments on time for their products and services as well; this is just creating even more confusion all around when that supplier comes to collect.

Get the deck you really want for the price you agreed upon, everyday & every time!

         ** Advice from the Deck Answer Man desk **

Being a willing (or an ignorant) partner to an illegal labor practice will hurt our country, economy and you as well!

Please, educate yourself about these things - to be fully aware of the market prices within the deck and concrete (patio) industries here in Colorado. When a quote from any company is more than 10 to 20% more or less than the rest of your qualified competitors on a comparable design, you may be getting ready to lose big. Our U.S. Immigration and Labor Laws are designed to allow each participant (from this great country or any other) an equal chance to make a better life for themselves and for their families, while also being able to legally pay the accurate taxes on the moneys received while working in this fine state and country. Many prominent and influential people in the past and in the present have brushed our laws aside as insignificant or too costly in favor of their own ideologies and greed, but if we do not like or agree with the current laws, we have been given a legal recourse to change them in our due process. Yet there are still those who would try to take advantage of some people's circumstances; either engaging in or indirectly promoting; through the use of uneligable labor to gain an economical advantage from either side. Consequently, the fines for knowingly hiring an illegal alien can range from the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, but often times a blind eye is turned and then all the parties involved will lose again. Denver Decks, LLC will continue to furnish the quality materials, the legal and also experienced craftsman and the exceptional service that you have come to expect, while promoting the country's growth.

     The cost savings is not worth the crime

       ** Advice from the Deck Answer Man desk **

Pricing for DECKS

In most cases your average 200 to 500 square foot grade level deck will be built with a concrete caisson foundation (piers), treated frame (D. F. # 2), galvanized Simpson Z-mac I.C.C. approved hardware, 5/4 x 6 composite or cap-stock decking, a typical type of snow railing system of Composite, fabricated or pre-fabricated metal or even wood, and a few steps to the ground. Keep in mind that all stairs are required to have a landing in your landscape design. Brick veneers, Stucco and Vinyl siding houses will be an exception to the standard ledger rule because of the newer deck ledger attachment and hardware application requirements - our building codes are always changing to insure the public safety, to protect our environment and to promote the finest structural integrity as well as longevity of any product. With the new 2018 I.R.C. (International Residential Code) and the other relevant I.B.C. (I.C.C.) International Building Codes, almost every deck built in the State of Colorado needs to be permitted and approved (first) by the Planning and Zoning Administration and then will need to have an appropriate Building Permit obtained from the city or county in which you reside by a licensed contractor, who is also required to maintain the appropriate liability insurance for the tasks being performed. If you are only replacing or resurfacing an existing deck and you are going to add, fix or to remove any structural components at all, you will need a building permit and will be required in most cases to bring the entire (deck, roof or arbor) structure up to meet all current or existing building codes. Maintenance and the small repairs can often times be done without a permit - please call your own local Building Department official for further clarification on any of these type building questions.

When a contractor tells you; off the cuff; (NO SIR) that you do not need a building permit for this type of project, please just make a quick call to the Building Department official to check it out and to make sure, because the owner of a certain property is the one that is ultimately responsible if something is built on that property without a permit. Regardless of what you may have been told, if a homeowner obtains his or her own Building Permit (which is still certainly legal to do), that anyone making money from the construction of that deck, roof, pergola or patio cover project will be required to have a building license for that type of work being performed and be signed onto that building permit. Most of the potential clients that we estimate on a daily basis, are told by at least one or more companies that a permit is not necessary (for a variety of reasons) for their kind or type of project, but this is just not at all accurate. In the majority of these cases, the homeowner takes on a heavy liability of the project being built illegally without a permit without even knowing it. We would not pretend to know the exact reason that certain contractors would share this type of misinformation; whether they are not licensed, not properly insured or just don't want to deal with the hassle of obtaining the correct and accurate documents to do the work within the law. But we do see a great deal of our potential client's who desire us to take over a deck project that has been started, half (poorly) built, or built incorrectly which does not have a permit and has not been properly inspected. Unfortunately, this mistake inevitably costs those clients thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to make it right. This, of course, is not the type of problem you want or need.

Call for accurate pricing (303) 730-9642 for your specific deck project design. Please be sure to have the basic field measurements of your project available when you call : )

Customized items (such as lights, skirting, columns, rail gates and benches), shapes, smaller deck sizes and also some of the site complications, will increase the cost of any type of deck.

Our price of any given deck or patio quoted, is calculated by a computer database that is designed to accurately estimate each design item in great detail. Our estimate consultant, is a very well trained professional, and will be identifying the overall costs from a variety of factors. During these fast changing economic times, we want to make sure that you are getting the best possible value for your money. Denver Decks, LLC is all about giving you the fair pricing for a quality product at a Great Value. We know that our customers are looking to get the "dream deck" that they really want. This would surely include all the options that they desire, from the hands of our experienced craftsman, with all the timely and exceptional service that Denver Decks is most famous for; all at the least possible cost available. General pricing is available by phone or email so that our clients can budget their projects more effectively and to design a project accommodating all their needs with a really good idea of the total costs at the onset.

Here are some standard guidelines that may help you in the process of pre-quoting your job. Please take into account that the permit, zoning and engineering fees will also vary drastically from one municipality to another and that these costs are not included in this estimated project cost - Plan Ahead for this.

Type of Material -------------------------Typical Deck price range

Heart Redwood -----------------------------$42 to 46 per square foot

Keystone Cedar ---------------------------- $42 to 45 per square foot

Trex w/ Cedar rail ------------------------- $48 to 52 per square foot

Trex w/ TimberTech rail ------------------ $52 to 58 per square foot

Trex w/ Transcend railing ---------------- $54 to 59 per square foot

EverGrain w/ Cedar rail ------------------ $44 to 48 per square foot

EverGrain w/ TimberTech rail ----------- $51 to 57 per square foot

TimberTech w/ Builder rail --------------- $51 to 58 per square foot

TimberTech w/ Custom TimberTech rail $55 to 62 per square foot

Fiberon w/ Trex or TimberTech Rails -   $53 to 60 per square foot

Pricing for PATIOS

A typical (or average) patio off of the back door of the house will be between 200 - 500 square feet in size. We will charge $13 to $15 per square foot for standard gray concrete, $16 to $18 per square foot for (one color) colored concrete and $18 to $24 per square foot for the multi-color stamped concrete (up to five colors - 1 base color, 3 marble colors and 1 top release color). Most back yards are several steps down from the door threshold and your patio may need a landing outside of the door and probably a couple of stairs. These landings are usually $600 to $800 and the stairs range from $250 to $450 each depending on the configuration. The size and shape will determine the cost of each product (in general, the square or angular design being less expensive and a radius or round step being more expensive). The elevation grade of the land (and the existing pitch) may require a thickened edge to be formed and finished around the perimeter of the patio. These costs will vary according to the complexity of the total project and the amount of road base and the finish face footage. Most side walks and driveways will be priced according to their ease of access and the availability to equipment and their location on the lot. All pricing is subject to current market fluctuation and a complete site inspection. Remember your roof downspouts.

** Advice from the Deck Answer Man desk **

Prices will only increase with the passing of time and our schedules get full; so buy sooner than later to save money

Call for an accurate price 303-730-9642 for your own specific project. Please be sure to have the measurements of your project available when you call and a short description of what exists now and what exactly needs to be removed, re-graded or needs to be demolished (demoed) and then removed

Customizing items, interesting shapes, smaller sizes and any site complications will increase the cost of any deck or patio.

Solid roofs (shed, gable and hip style) Patio covers, upper level decks, large sets of stairs, mid-level landings, Pergolas, Spiral Staircases, benches, planters, trellis work, cabinets, tables and lighting packages will increase the cost of a deck from $ 5 to $ 50 per square foot. Estimates are just that, it is just an estimate, until we know all the finer details of a job.

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** Advice from the Deck Answer Man desk **

If you've made it this far, you are a serious and prudent consumer to be sure ; )

Whether your house is a newer subdivision or an older home in an established part of town, we can assist you to create the one deck, patio or outdoor structure that meets all your aesthetic and design needs, while still including all the finer details that are needed to satisfy your family's unique and individual style.

The following list of ideas and concepts have been compiled to assist you in this process and to protecting your families best interests. To provided some general frame-work questions and relationship considerations that you may use to qualify a set of companies or to help you to establish a standard bidding guide.

  1. Is this company seeking your best interest through safety, accessibility, character and aesthetic issues that matter?
  2. Will the estimator or designer be open to blending your ideas, other deck plans and his company's experience to provide you the best plan that they can offer you to build?
  3. Are the drawings, proposals and contracts that you have received been designed to be clear, easy to read, geared to fairly protect your families interests as well as their own?
  4. Are the prices that were quoted to you specific and in line with comparable designs you have obtained from others? Have they made you fully aware of the additional permit, zoning, engineering, survey fee posibilities in advance?
  5. Is the company capable of meeting your family's ever changing schedules, present day and future restrictions,     and unexpected circumstances that will surely happen?
  6. Has the estimator informed you of all zoning or permit requirements, Homeowner Association applications, and the other related complications, which often times are associated with these permit, I.L.C. and engineering fees?
  7. Did the estimator spend a sufficient amount of time with you to inquire about your family’s habits, conceptual uses or frequency of parties and family gatherings? Did they provide you with visual aids (pictures of the jobs they have done) to help you better understand the aesthetics?
  8. Is the company widely known in the Deck industry, as to be respected by neighbors in your area (request a list of references to check this out), do they have good reviews on Angie's List, Yelp, Google, Better Business Bureau and with the Building Department that you currently reside?
  9. Is the company properly licensed and insured in your city and will they be obtaining the appropriate building and zoning permits needed to perform the project legally?
  10. Do their contractors maintain at least the minimum amount of liability insurance and do they have pending claims? (Request a copy of the Liability Insurance Policy)
  11. Are the material and concrete suppliers, that this company currently uses, specialized at handling the specific deck products proposed in your project and do they deliver the products directly or are they picked up?
  12. Will a scrap trailer or debris container be provided to insure that your site is kept clean daily of site debris?
  13. Are the crews that perform the different tasks specialized in this type of work and well equipped for your project?
  14. Is the concrete for the caisson foundation pre-mixed from a professional Ready-Mix company or is the contractor mixing the concrete from a bag on site? Real Important
  15. Is a person of authority (or Foreman) available during the project to answer your questions and (or) any concerns?
  16. Does this company have an administrator that can easily and promptly react to any changes that will certainly occur during your projects construction? Experience??
  17. Does this company fund the entire project up front or do they require down payments or intermediate payments?
  18. Is the lead carpenter assigned to your project a Master of his trade and is the crew fully and solely committed to this project until it's been completed to your satisfaction?
  19. Does this company have experienced and trained staff that make timely inspections on your project within the normal working or business (8 to 5) hours to insure the quality of their products against the industry standards?
  20. Is the warranty specifically designed to exceed the drying period of the material used on your project? (1 to 2 years)

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Please be a very smart consumer and check it all out very thoroughly, just by doing your homework will surely save your family a lot of money and some unnecessary aggravation. This will bless you in the end! For our God has said that "where there are many councilors, there will surely come victory" so be victorious!

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