Top 10 Carpenters in Portland, ME

Porch Pro Headshot Remodeling & More Inc
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
(14)
Here are some reviews I have from Home Advisor Review by Robert R. in Norway, ME Project: Remodel a Basement Comments: Travis is excellent at working with our vague requirements and producing outcomes which exceed our expectations. We gave him few instructions other than to "finish the basement." He...Read more about Remodeling & More Inc
Here are some reviews I have from Home Advisor Review by Robert R. in Norway, ME Project: Remodel a Basement Comments: Travis is excellent at working with our vague requirements and producing outcomes which exceed our expectations. We gave him few instructions other than to "finish the basement." He...Read more about Remodeling & More Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Summit Construction & Design
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
(8)
"I have had 2 fairly extensive jobs done (2019 & 2021). I have been equally amazed & impressed with the professionalism, quality of work and respect to my home, budget & timeline. I will, without a doubt, be calling again. Well run company with talented, detail oriented employees."
"I have had 2 fairly extensive jobs done (2019 & 2021). I have been equally amazed & impressed with the professionalism, quality of work and respect to my home, budget & timeline. I will, without a doubt, be calling again. Well run company with talented, detail oriented employees."
Porch Pro Headshot RockPartners Contracting llc
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
We are a small up and coming professional remodeling company. Our goal to is make your idea, a reality. With over 15 years experience in remodeling. We have what it takes to get a job done, and a job done right.
We are a small up and coming professional remodeling company. Our goal to is make your idea, a reality. With over 15 years experience in remodeling. We have what it takes to get a job done, and a job done right.
Porch Pro Headshot Bonafide Builders
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Bonafide Builders is a full service, fully insured contractor who stands behind their work by providing an industry leading three year craftsmanship warranty. We take pride in presenting outstanding quality, friendly, adequate professional services to help protect, expand and maintain your most pri...Read more about Bonafide Builders
Bonafide Builders is a full service, fully insured contractor who stands behind their work by providing an industry leading three year craftsmanship warranty. We take pride in presenting outstanding quality, friendly, adequate professional services to help protect, expand and maintain your most pri...Read more about Bonafide Builders
Porch Pro Headshot Atlantic Home Improvements
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
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Porch Pro Headshot JT Custom Carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Over the past 25 years, I have provided services to people in Western Maine : building homes, decks, garages, additions, replacing roofs with metal or asphalt shingles, vinyl siding, installation of replacement doors and windows, working for my clients to provide a quality service at an affordable ...Read more about JT Custom Carpentry
Over the past 25 years, I have provided services to people in Western Maine : building homes, decks, garages, additions, replacing roofs with metal or asphalt shingles, vinyl siding, installation of replacement doors and windows, working for my clients to provide a quality service at an affordable ...Read more about JT Custom Carpentry
Porch Pro Headshot Oyster River Woodworking
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Porch Pro Headshot Chance Enterprises & Property Services
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
(1)
We Specialize in tenant occupancy preparation and property sustainability.
We Specialize in tenant occupancy preparation and property sustainability.
Porch Pro Headshot Americraft
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
I do all phases of carpentry and remodeling. From framing, decks and trim work to Windows, Doors and sheetrock. Also provide handyman Also provide handyman type services.
I do all phases of carpentry and remodeling. From framing, decks and trim work to Windows, Doors and sheetrock. Also provide handyman Also provide handyman type services.
Porch Pro Headshot Dash Property Services
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
No job too Big. No job too small. From interior/exterior repairs, painting, plumbing, electrical, remodels, and renovations. DASH Property Services is your “One Call Solution”.
No job too Big. No job too small. From interior/exterior repairs, painting, plumbing, electrical, remodels, and renovations. DASH Property Services is your “One Call Solution”.

Frequently asked questions about carpenters

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions — for as long as people have needed shelter to live in, there has been some form of carpentry. Today, carpentry has become a very specialized trade and most carpenters have a niche. The hallmark of all types of carpentry is that carpenters are experts in working with wood. There are some small exceptions to this for buildings that use steel studs or other types of metal framing, for example. However, for the most part, when you think carpenters, think wood.

  • Rough carpenters – Rough carpenters are one of the first trades you'll have on-site if you’re building a house. Their expertise is in the overall structure and stability of buildings and the big-picture aspects of building a home.
  • Framing carpenters – Framing carpenters are the pros responsible for putting up the base structure that will become the interior and exterior walls of a building. Framing carpentry goes hand-in-hand with rough carpentry, however, framing is often seen as a specialized skill.
  • Jointers – Joint carpentry involves putting together floor joists that create the surface you'll walk on once it's finished.
  • Cabinet makers – Carpenters specializing in cabinetry are extremely skilled at fine woodworking and excel at precise and detail-oriented work. They are some of the last carpenters that work on a project because cabinetry is a part of the finishing process and is generally one of the last things that are installed.
  • Finish carpenters – similar to cabinet makers, finish carpenters are responsible for the finer details that are not structural but make up the parts of your home that you'll see daily. Finish carpenters will be the ones to install your trim, wood flooring, railings, and handrails and are also sometimes referred to as trim carpenters.

Have they done the work being requested before?

This is an important question that can often be overlooked, with potential clients assuming that all carpenters work on all types of projects. As we discussed before, carpentry has several specialized skill sets, so it's important to make sure that any carpenter you're considering has worked on your type of project before.

Are they examples of their work?

Carpenters near you will have pictures of past projects they've done that they can share with you. The building process is impressive, and the change from beginning to end can be staggering, so these proud tradespeople will likely have work they'll be happy to show you.

How much experience do they have in your type of project?

This ties into the first question, however, it’s a bit more detailed. Many clients have fallen into the trap of only asking basic questions, like “Have you done a project like this before?” and failing to follow up with, “How many times?”

In many cases, it may not matter if a carpenter has only done a certain type of work once or twice, but it could make a huge difference if your project is complex — and that’s not something you want to find out mid-project.

Are they licensed (if necessary)?

Many municipalities will require permits for carpentry work, depending on the scale. These permits are only applicable if a certified carpenter will be doing the work. In addition, your carpenter may need to have a Red Seal in carpentry to obtain the correct insurance.

Are they insured?

There are three different types of insurance that carpenters will need to carry to conduct work safely. These are general liability insurance, professional liability insurance, and Worker's Compensation insurance.

Don't be shy about asking a carpenter you're thinking of hiring for proof of the appropriate insurance, and be wary if they can't provide documentation.

The short answer to this question is that a carpenter isn't always a builder, but a builder is most often a carpenter. Don't worry — we’ll clarify what that means below.

Carpenter

As we discussed above, there are many types of local carpenters who specialize in one or more distinct areas of carpentry. Depending on where you are in your construction process, multiple carpenters who are experts in their niche may be needed.

Builder

If a construction professional refers to themselves as a builder, they are likely saying that they are a general contractor or a construction project manager who can take more of a full-scope approach to your project. Most builders are carpenters by trade but have expanded their skillet to encompass more of the building process.

It can be a bit confusing because carpenters do build things, but when someone is referred to as a builder, it generally means that they are experienced in integrating multiple stages of construction and tradespeople on one project.

However, this is definitely a bit of a gray area. Make sure to clarify what type of professional you’re working with when you vet tradespeople, so you know exactly what their specialty is.

A carpenter is absolutely the right tradesperson to build a beautiful, sturdy deck for you. Depending on what you're picturing for the finished product, however, you might want to look at bringing in both a rough carpenter and a finishing carpenter.

Rough carpenters are experts at putting in the proper foundation to make your deck safe and secure, as well as grading the ground below and ensuring adequate drainage. They'll also be the best people to advise on what types of materials the structure of your deck should be made of, including foundation, stairs, and railings.

It’s important to note here that in most municipalities, you’ll need a permit to build a deck. Your carpenter will need to be licensed to have the expertise and certification to apply for the proper licenses.

Once the structure of your deck is complete, a finish carpenter can give your project a different level of polish and aesthetic appeal, putting that final touch onto your new deck.

If your vision of your new deck involves built-in seating or an outdoor kitchen, a finish carpenter will also be the best tradesperson to help you bring your unique space to life.

Many rough carpenters are very skilled at finishing, and others don’t prefer to do finishing work, so it’s worth it to ask upfront.

Licensing for carpenters can be complicated. Not everyone who refers to themselves as a carpenter is a licensed carpenter, handypersons often do carpentry work. Only some states require carpenters to be licensed for specific types of work.

In many cases, licensing is required in order to ensure that a carpenter has an adequate level of knowledge and experience. There are plenty of unlicensed carpenters with a wealth of experience and talent, but the licensing process is a way for employers and clients to feel secure that a tradesperson has a standardized level of knowledge and experience. Most licensing programs require four years of work experience and the passing of a certification exam.

Below, we’ll go through some common questions and misconceptions to help you untangle the licensing web.

States that require carpenters to have licenses

Alabama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah have state-level requirements for carpenters to be licensed to do certain types of carpentry work. While each state has its own list, some common types of carpentry often require licenses:

  • Millwork
  • Framing
  • Structural work
  • Cabinetry
  • Installing metal studs or framing

When can you hire a carpenter that does not have a license?

In some cases, lighter carpentry work on non-structural areas of a home doesn’t require a carpenter to carry a license. This may also mean they don’t have the proper workplace insurance, so make sure to ask those questions and weigh the risks accordingly.

Locations that fall outside city or municipal regions may have fewer restrictions on building permits. If you’re confident, you can have a non-licensed carpenter do structural work. This varies by location, so research the rules that cover your property before agreeing to have any work done.

Carpenters are integral to the home-building process, and their various areas of expertise are what allow the vision of a home designer or structural engineer to go from vision to reality.

If you’re unfamiliar with the home-building process, you may be surprised at first to learn that, in many cases, one carpenter does not handle the entire process. Particularly on large or complex projects, you’re likely to have several different types of carpentry experts. Beginning with rough carpentry to create the foundation and structure of your home, you’ll bring in framing carpenters for the exterior and interior walls, joint carpenters, roofing carpenters, and finish carpenters and cabinetmakers.

Depending on your location, finding the right carpenters near you can be simple, or you may have to look at bringing in the right pro from a larger city or town.

Other trades will need to work alongside carpenters during the building process. Homes are built in many layers and stages, so you can expect to have several trades working simultaneously at certain times.

Here’s a list of other trades you’ll need to build a house:

  • Machine operator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Gasfitter
  • Drywaller
  • Septic installer

Recent reviews for Portland Carpenters

6025

Travis bailed us out on a major remodeling of our cabin when we had to fire the incompetent original contractor. Finished that up, making needed corrections along the way, then took on remodeling a shed into a bunkhouse. Everything ended up great. Sinc...

5983

Just love the finished product.

- Ed Loxterkamp
91183

I hired Remodeling & More / Travis Haggerty to touch up the stain on my deck. The stain was applied too thick. The contractors stepped in it and left bootmarks. Within a couple of days of the work, it had bubbled and cracked in numerous places. The compan...

- Matthew Rodrigue
5979

Excellent value. Excellent to keep appointment. Excellent work quality.

My re modeling project went perfectly. It was finished on schedule and within budget and I was completely satisfied with the quality of the work.

469473

Travis Haggerty scammed us. He said he could do the work and we were on a time limit. We gave him $2000 and he said the final payment would not be until all work was done. After not competing anything he asked for $ 2000 more. We wouldn’t pay him. Long st...

- Liam Young
88636

I hired Remodeling & More to spot sand and stain my deck. The work was not done well. Stain was applied much too thick, bootprints were left in the stain, and within a few days of the work, it was bubbling and peeling. The owner, Travis Haggerty, demande...

- Matthew Rodrigue
89195

I hired Remodeling & More / Travis Haggerty to touch up the stain on my deck. The stain was applied too thick. The contractors stepped in it and left bootmarks. Within a couple of days of the work, it had bubbled and cracked in numerous places. The compan...

- Matthew Rodrigue
146622

work still incomplete.work still incompletStay Away, stay FAR away from this contractor. He took our money, was in way over his head, did a terrible job. He kept saying he was going to "wrap it up, Project not finished. He came to work one day and d...

- linda perrault

Everything You Need to Know About Portland Carpenters

Does the carpenter I want to hire need to be licensed in Portland?

Before you start any project, it is crucial to learn about the certifications and licenses that you or your Carpenter need to have. There are 0 carpenters in Portland that are licensed.

Here are the types of license(s) Carpenters need to have to work on Carpentry Services jobs in ME:

Should I hire carpenters with lower ratings in Portland to save money?

The type of carpenter company that you should hire really depends on the difficulty and specifications of your project. Keep in mind that lower ratings could be a sign of unsuccessful jobs or simply that the professional or company has not done many jobs quite yet. Either way, you will still want to contact any Carpenters you are considering and inquire about their work history. There are plenty of great Carpenters in Portland that have very few or low ratings.

For example, right now in Portland there are:

  • 1 5-star rated companies/professionals

Can I browse unscreened Carpenters in Portland?

We do our best to screen all of our carpenters. However, there are still some carpenter professionals in Portland that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Portland or ME. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering carpentry services:

  • Ron Verrette,Carpenter/Builder:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Ghubs carpentry:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Ambra Painting Inc:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive

All Carpenters in Portland, ME

Porch Pro Headshot Little Randy's painting
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
We paint everything from interior and exterior. Homes, garages, sheds, apartments, hallways, porches. No job to big no job to small We can do them all
We paint everything from interior and exterior. Homes, garages, sheds, apartments, hallways, porches. No job to big no job to small We can do them all
Porch Pro Headshot Every Degree Garage & Homes
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
providing quality workmanship at an affordable price
providing quality workmanship at an affordable price
Porch Pro Headshot Branch Brook carpentry
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
My company specializes in small carpentry and handyman jobs.
My company specializes in small carpentry and handyman jobs.
Porch Pro Headshot Southwest Bend Landscape Construction
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Porch Pro Headshot S & P Construction
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
S & P is a customer oriented company with a heavy emphasis on quality work and really try to adapt for our customers wants and needs to really give them a once in a life time experience with a one of a kind companyb
S & P is a customer oriented company with a heavy emphasis on quality work and really try to adapt for our customers wants and needs to really give them a once in a life time experience with a one of a kind companyb
Porch Pro Headshot Custom Made By Me
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Porch Pro Headshot Patriot General Contracting
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine
Porch Pro Headshot JFM Construction & Property services
Carpenters
Serves Portland, Maine

Latest projects near Portland

Recent projects booked on Porch
South Portland 04106
Carpentry
Start Date
Within a month
Door service
Install
Door type
Single
Door location
Exterior
Number of doors
1
Location
Front door
Pet door installation
No
Doorway installation
Yes
Doorway adjustment
No
Already purchased materials
Yes
Portland 04102
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Type of deck
Pressure-treated pine
Areas of deck to repair
Stairs and railings, Decking or deck surface
Deck damage
Rotting, cracked or missing boards, Loose, wobbly or unstable
Severity of damage
Moderate (the deck is potentially unsafe)
Filing insurance claim
No
Already have deck materials
No, and I'd like the pro to provide them
Westbrook 04092
Carpentry
Service needed
Carpentry
Start Date
I'm flexible
Portland 04103
Carpentry
Service needed
Carpentry
Start Date
I'm flexible
Portland 04102
Deck Repair
Start Date
I'm flexible
Structure type
Deck, patio or porch
Repair item
Porch
Construction material
Wood
Damaged components
corner is sagging
Repair issues
Loose or wobbly
Filing insurance claim for project
No
Already have materials and supplies needed
No, and I'd like the pro to provide them
Westbrook 04092
Deck Construction
Start Date
Within a month
Service requested
Replace deck
Deck removed
No, but it will be before work begins
Plans, drawings, blueprints
No, but I know what I want
Deck size (SQFT)
500 to 1000 square feet
Surface and railing material
I'd like a professional recommendation
Structure material
I'd like a professional recommendation
Structural features
Custom stairs
Supplemental features
Something else
Materials included
No, pro must provide materials
Portland 04103
Deck Construction
Start Date
I'm flexible
Service requested
Replace deck
Deck removed
No, pro should remove existing deck
Plans, drawings, blueprints
No, but I know what I want
Deck size (SQFT)
100 to 250 square feet
Surface and railing material
Composite
Structure material
Something else
Structural features
Custom stairs
Supplemental features
Something else
Materials included
No, pro must provide materials