When you’re ready to build a patio in your backyard, it’s important to find a reputable builder that can help you with the project. While patios are simple structures, there’s actually a lot of complexity behind the build, especially if you have unique needs or if your back yard requires a bit of finessing before the build can start.
A reputable builder will be able to:
- Ensure your patio is level
- Help you acquire the correct permits needed for construction
- Understand the local codes and requirements
- Help you choose durable and long-lasting materials
- Make sure proper drainage is in place
- Add in electricity and lighting as needed
It’s important to find a builder you are comfortable with and that you trust. As a homeowner, you want to know you’re spending your money wisely, and with a company that will build a structure that adds value to your property while being safe, durable, and stylish.
Finding a builder you can trust with the task may take a bit of work. You’ll want to do your research and ask questions to make sure the builder knows their stuff and can help you with your project.
Here are a few ways you can find a reputable builder near you.
Five ways to find a reputable builder
Look at Their Website, Blog and Social Media
Every reputable builder will have a website. This will give you a good overview of their process, the products they offer, and may even showcase some of their past work. Most websites will also link to their blogs and social media, so visit those as well. A blog will give you insight into the builder’s general knowledge and social media often will show examples of their latest work and may even have client testimonials.
If you aren’t sure how to shortlist a few patio builders, look for reviews. Most reputable builders will have reviews online and on their website. Look for reviews that discuss their reliability, adherence to deadlines, and professionalism.
If your patio builder, has a showroom, make it a point to go out and visit them. You’ll get to meet a few of the team members in person and be able to ask questions while touring samples of their work. This will give you insight into their general customer service levels. Are they friendly and helpful? Can they answer your questions? Are they genuinely interested in your project or are they just trying to upsell you? Visiting a showroom will probably be able to get a general vibe for what it would be like to work with the company.
Look at Their Materials and Product Recommendations
You want your patio to stand the test of time, so you should be seeking out a builder that uses solid materials of high quality. Look for a diverse product range and ask them their thoughts on what they consider the best materials. A reputable builder will often have materials at various price points and will be able to give you the pros and cons of each and can suggest which materials they think have the durability required for your project.
Ask for Guarantees
A reputable builder shouldn’t have a problem with guaranteeing their workmanship. They may be able to offer warranty and product guarantees as well. If they don’t offer any guarantee or warranty, it may be worth asking why. Many patio builders offer a warranty on leaks, tears, rattles, etc. and a separate warranty for significant defects that occur after an initial 12-month period. Request the warranty in writing and read through the terms and conditions carefully before construction begins. A good builder is more than happy to go into further detail about their warranty and guarantees, as well as what is covered.
How Stylemaster can help
By taking the time to do a bit of research and ask a few questions, you’ll be sure to find a builder you can trust. At Stylemaster, we work hard to make sure our clients are happy with the final product and we walk them through the process of building so they’re in the loop every step of the way.
We offer testimonials right on our site, so you can see how satisfied our clients have been. We also offer videos of our past work and describe our process for different projects in detail to give you a sense of how our past constructions came to life.
We ensure each project is designed with the latest code in mind and that the proper permits are in place before construction begins. We also only supply the most respected brands so that each patio stands the test of time and the finished product is of the highest quality.
When you’re ready to begin your project, we’re here to help! Contact us today and we can discuss your plans. Whether you have questions about materials or processes, we’re happy to share our expertise and experience.