Note: West Coast Decks, referenced in this article, closed in 2022.

Dunn Lumber partnered with professional deck builder Ron Spillers, from West Coast Decks, and created a series of videos that cover a series of decking questions. In this post, Ron covers how to finish a decking project. For more in this series, click here.

Whenever you're working with a contractor it's important to get as much information in writing as possible, to protect both your time and money and theirs. This also helps set expectations. Typically, a contractor will draft a proposal that outlines what will happen at the beginning, middle, and end of a project. The longer it is, the better—be wary of a one-page proposal.

Changes will happen throughout the duration of the project, and it's important to get those changes in writing. A contractor may run into unexpected obstacles like dry rot that needs to be repaired, or the owner may want to add an additional section to the deck. The important thing is to get those changes in writing; make sure both parties agree on what's going to be done, and what costs will be involved in the amendments.

Additionally, know that it's perfectly acceptable to ask a contractor for references and their business license numbers. (Remember: Dunn Lumber is happy to provide any customer with a list of trusted contractors.)

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