One might think that a deck contractor is essentially a handyman that knows how to build a deck. The reality is different. Because it doesn’t take much to start a small contractor business, many will jump at the opportunity to do so. A good contractor will take the time to develop professional techniques to ensure that, among other attributes, precision, longevity, attractiveness, safety, and quality are part of the products and services provided. We started out no differently. In the early years, CFC crews installed just a couple of projects per week with installers serving as our “sales force” between jobs. Most of our business came from word-of-mouth referrals and we maintained a relatively small profile.

Over the years, we recognized the opportunity to establish a more expansive approach to our services. We purchased our own lumber yard both to ensure we were able to get quality materials for the lowest prices possible and to provide materials to do-it-yourselfers and small contractors just like us. This gave us the opportunity to grow in ways that were limiting our peers.

One of the most important elements of our business it to find a balance between small business prices and “Mom and Pop” customer service, and an ambition that ensured growth and its accompanying business sophistication. For most customers, a picture a simple outfit with honest services and good skills is good enough, but that doesn’t tell the whole story behind the business. Knowing more about who is working for you is important.

Over the years we have seen many competitors come and go. We have seen some contractors that specialize in other services such as framing attempt to dabble in decking as a side business. We have seen some contractors that were more focused on short-term gains at the expense of customer service, quality, and occasionally honesty. We have seen many that have not managed their businesses well and leave customers and suppliers holding the bag (we know – many of them still owe us money!). But we’re different than that. Over the 20+ years we’ve been in business, we have built thousands of decks and we’ve used that experience to fine tune our business. Unfortunately, there are always bumps in the road, but we can say with pride that it matters to us that our customers are pleased with our work and we follow good practices that any successful business should. Again, there are good contractors out there – we simply strive to be better.

Even though we have very competitive prices and are usually the most affordable option, we appreciate that your project or materials purchase could represent quite a bit of money to you. The old maxim “you get what you pay for” is exactly right with us. You can be assured that CFC will provide you with the products and services you have paid for. We’ll work for you in a timely, professional, and cost-effective manner.

CFC Consulting Services Resume

CFC is an often used resource for architects, engineers, planners, designers, and educators. As industry experts in both fencing and decking, we’re always available to assist those that are looking for consultative services. Here is how we have assisted professional communities.

Landscape architects
Decks and fences have become much more integral parts of a landscaping plan. As LAs continue to bring new levels of sophistication to the services they provide, their clientele continue to look for resources that can help them guide their clients to the right decisions

Composite decking manufacturers
Vendors don’t want their clients to use their products; they want to make sure they are offering the best options to meet market demands. Trex, Timbertech, and Fiberon are some of the decking and railing vendors that meet with us regularly to get input on what’s working and what could be improved in their product offerings

Composite fencing manufacturers
Trex turned to us for input in the design and market launch of their products; CFC also worked with Trex engineers to field test the product in the nation’s first installation; Timbertech has also asked for input on market information 

Builders
Developers and General Constructors often reach out to us to get input on architectural specifications or design ideas. Some of our clients include: Ivory Homes, J Ballard Homes, Zwick Construction, Zion’s Builders, Richmond Homes, Cameron Construction, Stallings, Kiewit-Herzon-Parsons, Jacobsen, Clyde, Westland, Hales & Warner, and more. 

Iron fencing manufacturers
IronGuard has used input from CFC in developing product and market approaches 

Lumber mills
CFC spec’d a new cedar post length to achieve the necessary post depth required for Utah’s frost line 

Home owner Associations
Whether HOAs are looking for design help or understanding the benefits of various products, CFC is heavily involved in assisting boards in making decisions 

City/County planning commissions
We have presented technical detail to city planners, architects, and engineers regarding the Trex fencing product; two large light rail corridors have since spec’d the product

Historical districts
CFC has presented case studies to the historical district commision in Salt Lake County on behalf of our clients 

WPC (Wood-Plastic Composites) Executive Conference
Presentation to over 50 industry professionals regarding the development of the low-mainteneance privacy fencing market 

Academic landscape management program
We have prepared materials for individuals and spoken to classes for BYU and University of Utah programs