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The Importance of Using a Professional Deck Design and Build Company


Archadeck of Fort Wayne advises homeowners to be cautious when it’s time to select a company to design and build your new deck. Not everyone who can nail two boards together will qualify as a legitimate deck builder. And not everyone who can build a deck has the high standards, professional business practices, and quality workmanship you get with Archadeck as your deck builder and design company.

What’s the difference between a deck builder and a deck builder and design company?

There is a difference between Archadeck of Fort Wayne and other local deck builders, and we call it “the Archadeck difference.” Archadeck of Fort Wayne is a professional deck design and build company. To us, the process of designing a high-quality deck is as important as building it.


Designing an outdoor living structure requires knowledge of building materials, an understanding of spatial requirements, and familiarity with local building codes. We focus attention on the design to make sure that when we reach the building phase, we have everything we need, including the building permits. Careful design and planning reduces the likelihood that we’ll encounter unnecessary delays during the building phase.

If you use a contractor who knows how to build, but doesn’t understand the importance of design, your deck will probably not be as sturdy or as functional as if Archadeck had designed and built it. How do we know this? We have been called in to rebuild or replace decks that were designed poorly. A poorly designed deck is not going to last as long as a well-designed deck. Flaws in the design can lead to structural deficiencies.

What you gain by using a professional deck design and build company


You might think, but it’s just a deck – until you take a good look at the decks in our photo galleries. Whether you’re interested in a wood deck or a wood alternative – composite or synthetic – having it professionally designed and built gives you an advantage in several respects.

Professionalism and customer service

At Archadeck of Fort Wayne, we respect your time. We arrive on time for our meetings with you. We return your phone calls. Many clients are surprised by this. They’ve had the opposite experience with other builders.

Extensive design and deck-building experience


We’ve been designing and building high-quality decks across the Fort Wayne area for more than 10 years. We have extensive experience with composite and synthetic decking as well as wood decks – and we also have deep experience building hardscapes, porches, 3-season rooms, etc. We keep up-to-date on preferred installation techniques for the leading composite and synthetic/PVC decking brands. With Archadeck building your project, we will not make costly mistakes that could void your manufacturer’s warranty on materials.

A custom deck and design every time


Each of our decks is designed for a specific client’s home. All decisions about materials are based on the homeowner’s preferences and budget. The size and shape of your deck is specific to your site and guided by the way you intend to use your deck. To make sure you get the perfect deck for your home and your lifestyle, we listen to you describe what you want in a deck, and we ask questions. We call this process a comprehensive needs analysis. No other builder will give you a better custom deck and design experience. The success of this process is evident in our customer reviews. To see our reviews, scroll down to the lower section of our Home page.

Careful attention to tried-and-true processes

Archadeck® Contract Selection Checklist

  1. Integrity & respect in all our relationships ✓

  2. Written specifications, agreement & warranty ✓

  3. Warranty ̶12-mo. workmanship & 60-mo. structural ✓

  4. National guarantee of job completion & warranty ✓

  5. Experienced / polite / skilled carpenters & staff ✓

  6. Background checks on all employees ✓

  7. Permit application & inspections ✓

  8. Exact price for project, no estimates ✓

  9. Balanced & fair payment plan ✓

  10. $1,000,000 General Liability Insurance ✓

  11. Workers Compensation Insurance for all workers ✓

  12. Award-winning designs ✓

Process is important to us at Archadeck of Fort Wayne. We follow specific steps throughout the designing and building of your deck for planning and then monitoring construction. We use checklists to make sure we follow our processes in the proper order. It’s not just paperwork or busywork. These processes increase efficiency and result in consistently high-quality work.

Attention to detail: A deck builder vs a construction crew

A deck builder’s attention to detail (or lack of it) can make or break the appearance and safety of your deck. For that reason, attention to detail is built into Archadeck’s processes. Sloppy work is not acceptable to us, and we require our sub-contractors to meet that high standard, too. When we meet with you for a deck design consultation, we can point out specific examples of our attention to detail in photos of our projects.

Deck floor details

When we say, a deck builder vs a construction crew, we don’t mean to diminish the importance of a good construction crew. We hire skilled construction crews to carry out the plans we have made with you during the design phase of your deck. However, that is different from you hiring a crew – a carpenter and their helpers – to build your deck. The difference is in the details.

Warranty years

Warranties and protection

Archadeck of Fort Wayne gives you warranties, in writing, that your deck will be built correctly. Your deck will be covered by a 1-year warranty for workmanship and a 5-year warranty for structural integrity. We also provide a completion guarantee. If Archadeck of Fort Wayne were to go out of business, another Archadeck location would step in and complete your project according to your contract’s specifications. You won’t get this kind of warranty from another deck contractor.

We also carry liability insurance and workers comp insurance to protect you from financial exposure in the event of any accidents on the job site. This assurance ties back into our promise of professionalism. If you interview other deck builders as well, be certain to ask them for proof of insurance coverage. A reputable contractor will not be offended.

We hope the information provided here convinces you of the Importance of using a professional deck design and build company. If you have any questions about this information or about hiring Archadeck of Fort Wayne to design and build your deck, please call us at (855) 931-4746.

Company owner
— Craig Whitman, owner at Archadeck of Fort Wayne.