Building decks and patios falls in the area of construction. Workers need to have the ability to handle manual labor and to enjoy working outdoors.
Some companies specialize in one or the other. Many do both and also do driveways and walkways. Gazebos and bridges may also be constructed.
Workers need to know how to handle various materials. Wood is still popular, but many homeowners request composite materials with the same texture. Patio structure varies, with stone, brick and cement all being used. Jobs may range from simple repairs such as replacing a rail to installing a completely new deck. On occasion, they may advise on or assist with routine maintenance.
They may work with other construction contractors on adding a deck or patio to a new building. They may also perform improvements to existing decks such as adding a pool or hot tub. Workers need to be able to work with carpenters building houses or with plumbers laying lines to a pool. They need to understand the specific challenges related to pool enclosures. A knowledge of gardening and plants can also be helpful. Workers need to be able to handle various power tools and machinery to perform tasks from cutting wood to leveling the ground.
A homeowner may provide their own plans to the contractor or they may expect them to work on the design. Warranties are expected and a contractor may be required to come back and fix problems, or to help with maintenance for the first year or so.
Working as a deck builder is, like other construction work, physically demanding. It may also be mentally demanding, especially when dealing with homeowners who may have clear ideas as to what they want.