Deciding to build a patio in your backyard is a big step and choosing the correct patio builder is essential to ensure that not only you receive the best value for money, but that the end result is a perfect fit for your individual backyard and requirements.
How to Select the Correct Patio Builder
As with any important decision, it is advantageous if you perform thorough research upfront when looking for the correct patio builder.
Before you speak to any builders, take a look online to see if they have any Reviews. Keep in mind that a lot of online reviews are fake (generally the 5 star reviews), although if they have several bad reviews this should be a warning sign.
We strongly suggest that you speak with numerous builders in order to get a good feel for what is required to complete your project, before you ask for a quote.
Here are some simple preliminary questions that you can ask each builder in the research phase:
Q: What are your qualifications?
A: The builder should be a fully qualified carpenter.
Q: How long has your business been running for?
A: Experience is vital, although keep in mind that some businesses that have been running for a very long period may have lost their passion and may have not kept up with modern changes in materials and workmanship, so don’t assume that someone with extensive experience is always going to produce the best results.
Q: What is your experience building patios?
A: They should have built several patios within your town or city and be able to provide examples with photos and testimonials.
Q: What timber, steel and materials will you be using to build the patio?
A: Most builders use different materials so do some research online once you know to confirm that they are of high quality and suitable to your environment.
Q: Do you offer a warranty on materials and workmanship?
A: The warranty on materials is generally provided by the manufacturer of those materials although your builder should be able to answer this question. The warranty on workmanship should be at least a 5 year structural warranty.
Q: Are you insured?
A: The builder should be fully insured for all accidents.
Also, are they offering additional free expert advice in regards to your particular requirements? A builder with great knowledge and communication skills will always make an effort to properly understand your requirements so they can provide the best result.
Lastly, ask the builder if they can provide answers to your questions ‘in writing’ as well. If they are not prepared to answer in writing, they may not be telling 100% truth.
Once you have selected a few potential builders that have answered the questions above correctly, you can request an on-site quotation from each of them. Make sure that each quote is comparable – don’t focus solely on the price.
We also suggest that you ask the following questions in order to gain a good understanding of how the project will be completed –
– When can you start and finish the project?
– Will you work everyday on the project and what time will you start and finish each day?
– Who will be building the patio? Will you be on-site as a builder or supervisor?
– May I have a list of references for similar projects you have completed?
– Are you a member of the Master Builders Association or another reputable association?
– Have you considered the direction of sunlight in our backyard and how will this affect our structure?
– Have you considered the airflow in and around the patio?
– What is required to maintain my patio once it has been built?
We hope these tips allow you to select the perfect patio builder who can produce an amazing structure that is ideal for your backyard and provides you with many years of relaxation and entertainment with your family and friends.
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