What is the Cheapest Way to Replace a Deck?

What is the Cheapest Way to Replace a Deck?

When homeowners discover that their existing deck needs to be replaced, their first question many times is, “How much is this going to cost?”.  Price is always a concern for homeowners when they learn that their deck needs to be replaced. While choosing the lowest quote for a new deck might seem like a good way to save money, it can lead to more expenses in the long run.

This blog will discuss the risks involved with opting for the lowest quote for your new deck and why it’s so crucial to prioritize quality and experience.  Don’t compromise the long-term integrity of your deck by selecting your builder based solely on pricing.  Decks by Schmillen is an experienced and reputable local builder who can assist with your deck design and build needs.

You make yourself vulnerable to inexperienced, unlicensed, and uninsured builders. 

One risk of choosing the least expensive builder is the increased chance of being taken advantage of by an unreliable contractor.  Selecting the lowest quote may increase the risk of building a deck with low-quality materials.  An unscrupulous builder could take advantage of the knowledge that you are looking for the least expensive bid by using low-quality materials, omitting necessary materials, and hiring inexperienced labor.  Inexperienced builders may not know the proper techniques to install your new deck, which could  lead to potential safety issues or costly repairs later on.  It is also essential to ensure that your builder is licensed and insured.  Working with an uninsured builder means that you, the homeowner, are responsible for any accidents or damage that occur during the construction process.

You should ensure that your builder is experienced and that your new custom deck meets all the required safety and local building codes.  Decks by Schmillen has been in business for over 25 years.  We keep our license with the Regional Building Department current, along with all required insurance.

Deck post that was placed on the ground and is now rotting

An inexperienced builder could place posts on the ground which will eventually lead to a rotting post.

A deck support post that has been installed to a concrete footing using appropriate hardware.

To avoid rot, posts should be placed as seen in this picture.  DBS ensures that all posts are correctly installed with the proper hardware.

Low-quality materials can result in greater expenses later

When comparing prices on quotes, one of the most critical factors to consider is if they are genuinely comparable.  Many quotes will look similar, but one builder might be using significantly lower-quality materials than the other, higher priced builder.  As you review the quotes, it is essential to understand that a lower-priced builder may likely be cutting corners by using inferior materials in order to offer a cheaper price.  These materials can not only wear faster but also lead to additional expenses for repairs down the line.  For example, if your builder uses the incorrect material for the framing, you could end up replacing joists or beams, or in the worst-case scenario, the entire deck frame.

Hiring a highly skilled deck contractor can help avoid these issues and ensure that your deck is built with the high-quality materials and craftsmanship you desire.  At Decks by Schmillen, we guarantee your deck will be built with the highest-quality materials possible.

Extensive brown rot under the fascia of a deck



This picture shows you the severity of brown rot that can occur when the wrong material is used for the framing, and the fascia is installed incorrectly.

Longer timeline to complete your project

Some people believe a less expensive quote means their deck will be built faster.  While this might be the case, it may not be in a good way.  Contractors who are available almost immediately may not be scheduled out for reasons such as low-quality materials and craftsmanship.  On the other hand, it could lead to a longer wait time because a contractor with the cheaper quote may not have the necessary tools, employees, or resources to complete the deck quickly or efficiently.

Decks by Schmillen is a family-owned and operated company committed to providing the highest-quality craftsmanship and materials.  Our entire crew is trained to the high standards required by the owners, Doug and Keith.

Build your new dream deck with confidence

The risks of choosing the cheapest quote for your new deck build can far outweigh any potential savings.  By choosing a skilled and experienced builder in El Paso County, like Decks by Schmillen, you can be assured that your deck will be built to the highest standards, use quality materials, and be expertly installed.

A new deck is a significant investment in your home, and at Decks by Schmillen, we recognize that fact.  That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are fully satisfied with the total experience – from the personal consultation with Doug to our first-rate customer service and attention to detail.  Our whole team is dedicated to making sure that every aspect of your project meets your, and our, expectation.

To discuss creating your personal outdoor living oasis, contact us at 719-440-6966!