New Deck Specs - how long to build
I'm having a covered attached patio 15x32 added to our house and as a part of the contract they will replace our existing ground level deck. The new deck will be just over 1500 square feet (replacing a 25 year old 1100 sq ft deck)and is the last thing to go in. For whatever its worth, we live in Houston home of heat and humidity. The deck will be attached to the house (ground level) and about 700 sq ft will be covered. There are a couple of curves on it, but no elevation changes. Most boards will be run diagonally with straight cuts defining various areas of the deck. No boards are over 20 feet. The material is MCA treated pine and, yes I wanted to do IPE, but there were 20,000+ reasons I couldn't and our last PT pine deck worked out great - 25 years - probaly could get another 3-4 years out of most of the deck.
My first question is if it is reasonably possible with a two or three man crew working normal days, the area already cleared and all materials available to build this big of deck in 4 to 5 days. The problem is that my builder has come back to me and said I'm very particular and its takes them longer to build it and that he only has 4 days in the contact (there is nothing in the contract about number of days to build the deck) and that he'll give me an extra day, but anything beyond 5 days I have to pay $500.00 per day. The crew told me it will take 9 or ten days to build. It seems to me he must be running over his cost limits and is trying to get an unjustified price increase.
Generally he's been pretty stand up about their mistakes and have corrected them and while I had to point them out and make them redo it over, that doesn't make me particular or whatever you want to call it. there were a few other items where I had to pay extra and it wasn't cheap, but not necessarily out of line.
Unfortunately he has me over a barrel here because of two things that aren't spelled out in the contract. The first is routing of all boards. I told him that's what I wanted because that's the way the deck is built now. He put rounded edges in the contract and I wasn't smart enough to realize that boards now come with rounded edges, but don't look as good as a 3/8's routed board and we haven't even discussed that issue yet. The second item is nails or screws, which I haven't decided yet other than my edge boards will be screwed.
In any case can anyone tell me if 4-5 days is reasonable for a deck of this size?
Sorry for venting so much.