Despite what the Weather Channel insists on telling us, 2018 was the first year many of us heard the term “Bomb Cyclone”. However, homeowners in the Boston, MA Metrowest area are never going to forget it: this wild winter storm, which included flooding, snow and freezing temperatures, caused a great deal of damage. If winter wrecked your deck, and you know you’re going to need deck repair or replacement once spring arrives, the time to begin your search for a local deck contractor should begin now. Here’s what you need to know:
Your deck may not be done for. In some cases, it’s self-evident that a deck will need to be replaced. When the deck’s structure has been compromised, it’s no longer firmly attached to your home, or it’s otherwise unsafe, replacement has to happen. However, some of the damage caused by the Bomb Cyclone is less severe. To repair or replace broken rails, stairs, or decking can be much more affordable than replacing your deck. An ethical local deck contractor will inspect your deck and give you their honest objective assessment of its condition so you can decide your best route forward.
Winter will happen next year too. Be prepared. We’re not exactly done with winter yet. The Metrowest MA area can expect snow, freezing rain, and other less than optimal conditions throughout January, February and into the spring. You want your new deck to be prepared for every type of weather. When searching for deck contractors near me, ask about what type of building materials they work with. While some traditionalists prefer wood, if you want to make the most of your budget and have a durable deck, you want a deck built from composite building materials.
Experience matters. Crisis creates an opportunity, and the sight of many Metrowest MA homeowners who need their decks fixed will result in legions of people who own a hammer and have watched way too much DIY TV going into business for themselves. You don’t want to be part of someone’s learning curve, especially when the appearance, safety, and value of your home is on the line. Ask any deck contractor you’re considering how long they’ve been in business, if they’re licensed and insured, and for references.