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Deck Issues? Your Questions Answered

Can my deck be repaired?

That would depend on the condition of the deck and its construction. We tend to find that most decks built in the last 20-25 years have solid framing that can be reused. Generally, only decking and railing needs to be replaced. However, if you want to change the size of your deck, then it might need to be replaced instead of repaired. 

Do I need a permit?

That depends on the scope of your project. If you are renovating the existing frame without changing the size of the deck, then a permit is not required. This does save a significant amount of cost since a permit requires drawings and permit fees. If you are making your deck larger, than it does require a permit. We handle the whole process for our clients. 

What are my material options for the deck’s structure? 

The framing of the deck is pressure-treated lumber. For the finished decking, the lowes cost option is pressure-treated lumber or synthetic materials such as composite decking or PVC. Composite decking is about triple the cost of pressure-treated wood. While PVC is about 20-30% more than composite. These products give long-lasting performance. Composite products have warranties of 25-30 years, and PVC products have warranties of 50 years. For the railing you can use pressure-treated wood.  For low maintenance materials, vinyl railings (few color options) composite railings (more color options, look like traditional railings) or there are aluminum railing systems (more color options and give the cable option) which provide visibility through the railing to take advantage of the views. Railing costs go up significantly when you move away from wood, although you no longer have the cost of staining those materials. 

How much does a deck cost?

The costs of decks can vary widely, but a simple pressure-treated wood deck close to the ground costs between $5,000 – 10,000. The same deck in composite is going to be between $10,000 -15,000. As you start getting into larger, more complicated projects, there’s really no limit, but many projects with low-maintenance materials and plenty of space for family activities fall between $20,000 – $50,000. 

How long does it take? 

Most deck projects can be completed in a couple of weeks. However, if a deck requires a permit that will affect the lead time. That process of project prep usually takes about a month. 

What about shade in our area?

There are a few options for decks that get hot due to a lack of shade. Fisrs, the lowest cost option would be a sun shade. These provide protection from the sun and are attached to poles.  These sun shades last a few years and then need to be replaced.   They also need to be taken down in the winter time.  The cost for sun shades, installed, is usually less than a thousand dollars. Second, you could build a pergola. These are permanent shade structures that are made out of different materials. Most pergolas cost between  $5,000-15,000. Last, the third option would be to build something like a patio cover or porch roof, which provides shade and solid protection from weather. These structures generally cost between $15,000 – 30,000. 

How big should my deck be? 

This is a good question and would depend on how often it is used. If you would like a simple dining area for a table of about six people, then a 12×12 deck is a good size. If you want room for more people or a seating area, then going up to 12×16, 16×20, or larger would provide much more space. If you anticipate using your deck for large groups of people (i.e. 20-30 people) then the deck size should be 16×24 or larger.

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Rob and Renee

Bear Creek took the time with us to truly find our wants, needs, expectations on our deck project. They were friendly, patient, and flexible figuring out the best way to make our deck just as we wanted. Our Project Consultant made a big impact as we made our decision on a builder. Friendly, professional team to work with from deck crew to team at office and all in between! Then obviously having our fantastic deck complete is a great joy! We recommend Bear Creek to anyone who will listen or asks, including friends, family, Facebook requests for recommendations, etc.. That should tell you all you need to know about our overall experience.
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2020-09-08T08:37:28-04:00
Bear Creek took the time with us to truly find our wants, needs, expectations on our deck project. They were friendly, patient, and flexible figuring out the best way to make our deck just as we wanted. Our Project Consultant made a big impact as we made our decision on a builder. Friendly, professional team to work with from deck crew to team at office and all in between! Then obviously having our fantastic deck complete is a great joy! We recommend Bear Creek to anyone who will listen or asks, including friends, family, Facebook requests for recommendations, etc.. That should tell you all you need to know about our overall experience.

Tom

Bear Creek's passion for creation is the first thing I noticed. The more I got to know them, their integrity and commitment to collaboration began to stand out. Follow through is part of their DNA. I have and will continue to recommend Bear Creek to clients and friends alike.
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2020-07-21T14:18:24-04:00
Bear Creek's passion for creation is the first thing I noticed. The more I got to know them, their integrity and commitment to collaboration began to stand out. Follow through is part of their DNA. I have and will continue to recommend Bear Creek to clients and friends alike.

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2020-07-21T14:11:22-04:00
Bear Creek is clearly full of craftsman. The most amazing part about it to me is just how Bear Creek Get's Things Done when they make a commitment.

Peter

Bear Creek was helpful throughout the process and flexible (their willingness to send guys back to replace 4x4s that bowed after installation was a nice touch). When our neighbor, who is a contractor, came over to take a look at the completed job, he gave it a thumbs-up and asked for their contact info.
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2021-01-07T03:04:05-05:00
Bear Creek was helpful throughout the process and flexible (their willingness to send guys back to replace 4x4s that bowed after installation was a nice touch). When our neighbor, who is a contractor, came over to take a look at the completed job, he gave it a thumbs-up and asked for their contact info.

Karen

Bear Creek was highly recommended by a local contractor. The staff was efficient, timely and went above and beyond our expectations. They updated us as every task was being done: ie: materials purchased, cut to size, stained and time they would arrive at our home to install our pergola. Our overall experience was the best we have had with any contractor we have used. We will call them again!
Bear Creek Outdoor Living - Decks | Porches | Pergolas | Patios
2020-07-21T14:28:08-04:00
Bear Creek was highly recommended by a local contractor. The staff was efficient, timely and went above and beyond our expectations. They updated us as every task was being done: ie: materials purchased, cut to size, stained and time they would arrive at our home to install our pergola. Our overall experience was the best we have had with any contractor we have used. We will call them again!

Ian

The Bear Creek Team did a great job on my deck! Everything turned out as promised.
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2020-07-21T14:23:21-04:00
The Bear Creek Team did a great job on my deck! Everything turned out as promised.

Mike

I can recommend Bear Creek without reservation. They are very knowledgeable and professional but, most important, they demonstrate that they care about their clients and doing a good job.
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2020-07-21T14:24:40-04:00
I can recommend Bear Creek without reservation. They are very knowledgeable and professional but, most important, they demonstrate that they care about their clients and doing a good job.

Kirsten

After researching [different companies], we found Bear Creek. They did a video call to demonstrate what they could do for us. They were very professional and knowledgeable. They provided regular communication on status of the project. The project was completed timely and the end product looks amazing! And the ceiling repair was perfect — the team was professional and thorough. The leak is gone!!
Bear Creek Outdoor Living - Decks | Porches | Pergolas | Patios
2020-07-21T14:26:16-04:00
After researching [different companies], we found Bear Creek. They did a video call to demonstrate what they could do for us. They were very professional and knowledgeable. They provided regular communication on status of the project. The project was completed timely and the end product looks amazing! And the ceiling repair was perfect — the team was professional and thorough. The leak is gone!!

Ann

We we're very impressed with the initial contact with Bear Creek. They listened well, were interested in the project, and created a design that was concrete, appropriate, and well considered. Great crew and staff! Smart, polite, creative, flexible, careful, and hardworking. Responded well to additional requests, fixed any issues that occurred, and maintained a good attitude all through a sweltering summer. Went out of their way to listen and make terrific suggestions that improved the end result dramatically.
Bear Creek Outdoor Living - Decks | Porches | Pergolas | Patios
2021-01-05T13:42:14-05:00
We we're very impressed with the initial contact with Bear Creek. They listened well, were interested in the project, and created a design that was concrete, appropriate, and well considered. Great crew and staff! Smart, polite, creative, flexible, careful, and hardworking. Responded well to additional requests, fixed any issues that occurred, and maintained a good attitude all through a sweltering summer. Went out of their way to listen and make terrific suggestions that improved the end result dramatically.
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