Every deck contractor should have a photo album to showcase their finest projects. This gives you a tremendous opportunity to gain a visual understanding of their work. Take some time to browse its pages. You may be impressed with the high quality photography and overall slick presentation. Every picture is worth a thousand words and because the photo album is the deck contractor’s primary sales tool it should communicate a lot of information you will want to know. What does it say about the quality of their decks? Does it appear that they have built a lot of decks and offer a wide range of styles? You will begin to become familiar with their sense of design and the ability of their craftsmanship. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do you like what you see? After taking a good hard look you should have a solid idea of whom you are dealing with. Many contractors have image galleries linked to their websites so you can browse them at your leisure.