New deck help - cost/material Montgomery county MD
We are planning to get a new deck built and have no idea as to how to go about it. I called one contractor from a local ad and he said that the deck cost would be $15 sq/ft with labor and basic materials. With Trex he would charge $9 sq/ft for labor only (no material). I will have to get my own permit since this contractor is licensed only in VA. Does this sound reasonable?
I am looking for something with less maintainance but have no idea as to what material to go for. If I pay for labor should I buy material myself? And, if so, from where? Also if someone has any recommendations for someone in Montgomery county, MD that would be great.