Carpentry Contractors

Carpentry contractors handle a number of jobs from framing walls to installing doors and windows. Some even install siding on the home exteriors.

Carpentry contractors generally serve in two areas: rough carpentry and finish carpentry. Framing jobs like rough carpentry include framing the general structure of a home or business. Math is a major component in any carpentry job. Carpentry contractors must be able to work with fractions, the metric system and measurements. Finish work involves items like the finishing trim on walls, around doors and around windows. It also can involve installing cabinetry or designing and building cabinetry from scratch.

Carpentry contractors work on homes, businesses, rental units, condos and town homes. Generally, there are few limits on the types of buildings a carpentry contractor repairs or enhances. Most carpentry contractors learn on the job, but some do attend trade schools to learn the craft.

Many states, California, Florida and Arizona for example, require carpentry contractors to pass a state licensing exam. As the structure of a home or business must meet state guidelines, the licensing process is used to ensure a carpentry contractor is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the state laws and guidelines.

Carpentry contractors generally average $17-$20 an hour. They must understand how to use power tools such as saws, sanders and drills. Use of chisels, hammers and screwdrivers is also common. Finish carpenters generally receive a lower salary because they are doing the trim and finish work that comes after a home’s heating system has been installed. Rough carpenters will earn the highest salary.

Right now, home constructions are down, so carpentry contractors may find it hard to find suitable work in their area. In areas where winters create a frost line, construction usually occurs in the spring, summer and fall. Work in the winter months can be scarce. You must consider this when scheduling your carpentry contracting jobs.