How long does it take to build my deck?
Of course that depends on the size and material being used. For every $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 you
can count on at least one full working day. This is based on a team with 3 crew members.
Your contract will show the starting date and the expected finished date.
Do you space my decking boards?
Yes, a deck has to breathe to prevent it from future problems.
If you have a treated deck there will be no spacing during installation. After a couple months you will have the proper spacing. For Ipe decking your spacing is 1/8” during installation, after a couple months you will have a 3/16” spacing.
What about spacing for my composite decking board?
Each manufacture has their own requirements for spacing in order to have it covered by their warranty.
Some are more than others. Because composite contains plastic what creates a thermal expansion as the temperature rise, your crew leader will discuss with me to determine the proper spacing depending on the temperature during installation.
Do you build if the weather is bad?
A little drizzle there is a good change we are preparing to leave the job. When it rains we go home and come back as soon the weather improves. Wind, frost or snow coverage below 1 foot doesn’t bother us.
Over 100 degrees? Probably heading to the beach (just kidding)
Do you build during the cold winter months?
We are dedicated deck builders and build all year around of course weather permitting.
With all the new materials coming out constantly it is a full time business operation to stay up to date
with the latest technology.
Do you give free estimates?
Yes, including a deck plan at no charge.
Architectural designs, landscape designs and structual engineered plans will come with a charge (if needed)
Do I get a proposal at our first meeting?
No, we will discuss the layout and material choices. With this information we will prepare a package that includes a proposal, a 2d plan and 3d plan at the office. This will be mailed to you within 3 days.
Do I need a permit and if so do you take care of this?
In most cases yes. Fine Decks, Inc. will fill in all the necessary paperwork to pull your permit. This is included in your proposal. We will need your plot plan in order to complete all necessary forms.
You can find this form in your settlement papers.
Do I have to call in for inspections?
No, this is the responsibility of the contractor. Your permit papers will be taped in front of the house visible for the inspectors from the road. Do not remove these papers till after the final inspections are done.
All paperwork will be covered by a large zip lock bag to protect it from the weather.
I have a Home Association; do they need to know I’m building a deck?
Yes, please contact your HOA and tell them what your plans are and fill in the necessary forms.
Your 2d deck plan is in most cases accepted together with a material list that is used for your deck.
To get your approval from the HOA is the responsibility of the home owner.
What are my responsibilities when your crew is building my deck?
Make sure the hose bib is on for water supply (concrete). Make sure the electric outlet outside is hot.
Make sure there is enough space for the crew to park (our crews do have a large trailer)
I have questions while they are building my deck?
On starting date you will receive the cellular phone number from our crew leader and from me. This way
we can answer your questions directly. Of course you can E-mail me and I will respond within 24 hours.
You can also reach me till 8.00 p.m at the office on business days (410 286 9092).
Is Fine Decks, Inc. licensed, bonded and insured?
Yes, we will supply this information to you upon request.
If you would like to check if we are in good standing please visit: www.dllr.state.md.us License # 71878
Can you give me at least 3 references?
Upon request, we will give you at least 3 references from clients that had a deck build by Fine Decks, Inc.
They will be within 10 miles of your home address and if needed we can make arrangements for a visit.
Over the years we have literally hundreds of references but in most cases 3 are sufficient.
If you are a happy customer (or not) please fill in our survey. (click on: rate us)
Are you on the job?
In most cases yes but not full time. I do visit the job site daily and I’m up to date with the whole building process on a daily basis. In the busy months I will also physically help my crews to stay on schedule.
If I sign your proposal is this a legal contract?
Yes, and is used in most cases for smaller decks like town homes or small projects.
For large decks we included a detailed contract stating all the details. If you would like to have a detailed contract no matter the size of the project we can provide that including a form stating the specifications.
When do I send a payment?
Payments are broken down in four sections.
Your first payment is considered a down payment and is due on the day the contract is signed.
The second payment is due on starting date (a material delivery has to be made before this date)
The third payment is due after framing and decking is completed. The fourth payment is considered to be a final payment after completion and approval of the homeowner.
(These are guidelines and used in most cases unless written otherwise in contract)
What kind of payment do you accept?
We accept: cash check credit card (Visa / MasterCard) money order or certified checks
Do you give me a warranty and what is covered?
With more than 120 years of combined experience under our belt we don’t practice on your deck.
Yes, we feel very comfortable to give you a warranty and are guaranteed for 60 month covering all labor done under the contract. All Material is guaranteed as specified by manufacturer. Most composites do carry at least a 10 year warranty or more.