What sets us apart from other deck builders?

2006 through 2010 - Kansas City Remodeling Industry (2010 "Best Service" award)
2007, 2009 - Andover Research Group "Overall Quality" award
2008 - PSRC (Polls & Surveys Research Council) "Based off cumulative data gathered"
2008, 2009 - Named Kansas City's "Overall Premier Contractor for Continued Excellence" by the Kansas City Remodeling Industry.
2010 - Andover Research Group "Premier Designer" award

2. ONLY DECK BUILDER WITH SHOWROOMS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  We are locatable and you can view our craftsmanship up close and personal.

3. EXCLUSIVELY BUILD DECKS:  Unlike many other deck builders, we do not “dabble” in several different trades. Instead, we master and enhance the art of deck construction.

4. MOST COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY IN THE INDUSTRY:  2 year craftsmanship/ 5 year wood rot

5. OWNER OPERATED:  Always an owner supervising and in direct contact and communication with our customers.

6. In House Employees - Opposed to subcontracting, we employ and retain our own carpenters. This allows us to maintain a high level of quality and achieve consistent results.

DW notices a trend in larger Kansas City decks.

DW notices a trend in larger Kansas City decks.
Evergrain composite deck & railings with Deckorator "classic" spindles

Composite deck & cedar pergola built by DW Elite Decks in Olathe, KS

As a professional Kansas City deck builder, we’ve always built an array of deck designs and sizes. We construct decks that range from postage stamp size martini lookouts to expansive outdoor environments including fireplaces, kitchens, and jacuzzi. We’ve always had a fairly regular distribution of small and simple decks sprinkled in with larger and more intricate ones. That was, until the recession thumped us in 2008.

With the sudden collapse of our housing market came a major trend shift in consumer spending on home improvements. Decks are no exception. Since the fall of 2008, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the demand for screened porches, sun rooms, and outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. We still build some smaller, plain old decks. However, most of our schedule gets devoured by bigger decks, porches and three season rooms.

People are now investing more in their current houses than ever. Rather than upgrading to a new homes, consumers are improving the ones they’re in. The reason deck renovations, replacements, and expansions have become so popular is simple. A deck can add significant living space to a home for a lot less money than say a room addition, and you can generally use a deck in Kansas City year round unless it’s snowing or bitterly cold. This winter may be the exception for most of the country!

I don’t believe the deck industry transformation is bounded to the Kansas City area. It seems that homeowners everywhere are also now trading some of their vacation budget to buy more deck space in order to enhance their home life.

Adding a deck or other living space outside is “another flavor of the ‘staycation,’” said Jim Curtis, the owner of building firm SpaceCrafters. “Instead of putting that $10,000 into going to Rome for a week or two, you’re putting it in the backyard to enjoy it for years.” ( – Decked out: homeowners adding decks and outdoor rooms to enhance living spaces)

This really is a historic recession. The impact is so powerful that it’s not only changing the way Americans spend money but even how they recreate. Decks in Kansas City aren’t just keeping pace with economic recovery expectations, they’re exceeding them. This is great news and a great time for Kansas City deck builders and contractors alike. Hopefully it continues, expands and helps bring the entire United States back to prosperity. I’m sure it will!

Hope this helps,

Dan Milford

DW Elite Decks (Kansas City deck builder)

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