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Our Process

We have developed a proven process that ensures your deck project runs smoothly from start to finish. Beyond a talented workforce, quality and productivity require consistent and tested processes with the support of modern technology. We at Util Construction have taken the time to perfect our processes starting from our discovery consultation, all the way to the completion of your deck installation. 

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Installation Methods That Last

Our construction methods are tried and true. From the placement of the first footing to the installation of the last board, we have standardized the process so that our decks are built to last. We use only the best products from leaders in the decking industry to ensure that our decks will stand the test of time.

Discovery Call

The first step in the Util Construction process starts with a discovery call where you will speak with one of our design experts. During the call we will ask questions about your needs, your wants, and your vision. we will then give you a rough estimate on project costs. If the price range is what you are looking for, we will book an in-person consultation.

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In-Person Consultation

During the in-person consultation, one of our design experts will meet you at your home. We will take measurements of the project location, finalize the project layout, and present you with a proposal. We will also select material options such as decking, railings, lighting, skirting, and more. We will then finalize the proposal and get your project rolling!

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Design & Permitting

This is where your project gets assigned to an architect, and the building plans are drawn up. Once the architect has finished, your file will be sent over to your township for permitting.

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Once the township approves your building permits, your project installation milestones start to kick off. We will deliver the project materials, install footings, and schedule the installation with you. And don't worry, we will notify you every step of the way so that you are always aware of were we are in the process.

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Relax, Enjoy, Entertain, Wow!!

Once your installation is complete, we will register the warranties for all of the products that we have installed. Now it's time to celebrate your NEW DECK with family and friends, enjoy perfect evenings outdoors, morning coffee, sunrises and sunsets, and definately have a party to start off making new memories for years to come!!

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How It Works

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  • Where Are You Located?
    We are located in South Brunswick New Jersey
  • What Areas Do You Service?
    We service the following counties in New Jersey: Middlesex County Monmouth County Mercer County Somerset County Hunterdon County Union County
  • How long does a project take?
    Most high quality decks can be built in 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions, lead times, and current building backlog if built by an experienced outdoor living builder. However, depending on the complexity of the project, it can take longer. Please ask your Util Construction Deck Expert how long your project will take for more specific timeframes.
  • Are you licensed and insured?
    Yes, Util Construction is fully licensed and insured in the state of New Jersey.
  • Why should I resurface my deck?
    Resurfacing your deck will modernize it and make it more comfortable. Resurfacing your deck is a sure investment, it will ensure the longevity, usefulness and deck value.
  • What type of material should I use for my new deck?
    The best type of material to use for a new deck or deck resurface is composite decking. In New Jersey, wood decks require much more maintenance due to the wide variation in the climate from summer to winter. Composite decking is made to last 30+ years and is warrantied as well.
  • What type of railings are best?
    Most high quality deck railings are made of aluminum, this tends to be extremely long lasting and durable and it has the best warranties when compared to other materials. Our vinyl railing options also have an aluminum core which increases the strength and durability.
  • Should I repair or replace a rotted deck?
    You should always replace a rotted deck, once the rot has set in it is much harder to get it repaired rather than replaced. When the costs of the repairs starts to get close to the cost of replacing the entire deck, you are better off considering to replace it.
  • Does a deck add value to my home?
    Decks usually have a close to a dollar for Dollar return on the investment ( Around 80%) give or take. Having a deck a is one of the best home improvements you can make to increase your home’s value.
  • How long does a deck last?
    Decks made of pressure treated wood and composite materials can last as long as 50 years. Many composite decks come with a 20-50 year warranty and often a limited lifetime guarantee on composite decking materials.
  • Do I need a permit for a new deck?
    Yes you need a permit for a new deck. They are required by your township to make sure it meets code requirements and the construction methods are correct.
  • Do I need a permit to resurface my deck?
    No, unless you are making a change to the layout/footprint of the deck, you do not need a permit.
  • Is cleaning and sealing my wood deck necessary?
    Yes, if you do not clean, seal, and stain our deck, it will start rotting in the shaded areas within 2-3 years, and then you will need to replace those deck boards.
  • How often do I need to replace my deck?
    If your deck is made with pressure treated wood, it should last 5-10 years depending on the environment in your yard. Wood decks in shaded areas do not last as long as wood decks in sunny areas. If your deck is made from composite, it will last anywhere from 30-50 years if built correctly.
  • When is the best time to start my deck project?
    The best time to start your deck project is RIGHT NOW. Util Construction works all year round, however material pricing steadily rises due to inflation and other price increases during the year. The longer you wait, the more you will pay.
  • Can I put a fire feature on my deck?
    Yes, depending on the type. Wood burning fire features such as fire pits and fire places should not be placed on a deck due to the embers popping out of them. Gas fire pits tend to be the safest because they do not have any projectiles that are ejected from them.
  • Can my composite deck be curved?
    Yes, Util Construction offers a wide variety of decking options and railing configurations capable of being custom curved.
  • Does composite decking get hot on sunny days?
    Yes, Composite Decks exposed directly to sunlight can easily become too hot walk on with bare feet. Alternatively, PVC decking stays cooler while in direct sunlight, but has a much higher rate of expansion and contraction during the seasons. Please ask your Util Construction Deck Expert which material would be best for you based upon your specific situation and budget.
  • Is composite decking maintenance free?
    The top layer of composite decking features a tough resin as a finish which helps off a maintenance-free design. There is absolutely zero sanding to be done, no painting, and zero staining, as well as no splintering either.
  • How do I clean a composite deck?
    You can simply use liquid dish soap (ammonia-free) it is safe to use when cleaning your deck mixed with a little warm water.
  • Will you apply for the permit for my new deck?
    Yes, we will apply for the permit but you will reimburse us for the township fee which will be added to the final invoice.
  • Can I get the permit myself?
    Yes, if you are doing it yourself but if you are paying a deck builder then that person/company required to take a copy of their insurance and license in to apply for the permit.
  • How long does it take to stain my deck?
    Depending on the size and complexity of the project it can take from anywhere from 1-3 days.
  • What do you do if my decking is cracked?
    When we assess the deck to begin the process, we look for any cracks and decide if the wood needs to be replaced or repaired. If the damage isn’t too severe, we can just fill and smooth them to make them look better and hold up longer.
  • Do I have to pay for a consultation?
    Your initial consultation is free, we simply educate you on your solutions, provide you with and estimate and a price and then let you decide what to do.
  • Can I wash my deck and not stain it?
    Yes, you don’t need to stain your deck every time you wash it, however you should stain your deck on an bi-annual basis at the minimum.
  • What is the difference between pressure treated vs steel framing?
    Pressure treated wood framing should last an average of 25-30 years before it begins to show signs of decay. Although it is a less expensive option for frame construction, over time the wood will start to break down. Steel framing is a product that will last 25 plus years and is warrantied for 25 years. The deck boards will stay flat and level, and it will appreciate the resale value of your home, however it is much more expensive than pressure treated wood framing.
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