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Difference Between a Carpenter and a Builder

When people imagine carpentry and builders, they tend to think that the two are the same and interchangeable. While both carpenters and builders are involved in ‘building’, there are distinctions between what they actually do and how they do it. Let’s define the two terms:

Who Is a Carpenter?

A carpenter is a professional that repairs, builds, or erects structures made of timber or timber substitutes. They can install or repair many areas of a home, including flooring, cabinets, windows, doors, and cabinets. However, they can only work on non-habitable structures and shelters like gazebos bur nor sheds and garages. If you are building a home, outbuilding, or home extension, a carpenter cannot oversee such a project because the structures are habitable.

In most cases, people hire carpenters to repair or make broken furniture within the home. This is okay because the structures are not habitable and are within a carpenter’s perview.

Who Is a Builder?

A builder is a professional that is licensed to make additional, alterations, or constructions to a dwelling. Building includes jobs done on habitable buildings like bungalows and story buildings. In most states, builders are categorized into groups depending on what they specialize in. Common categories are:

· Brickwork

· Gates and Fences

· Laundries, Kitchens, and Bathrooms

· Joinery and Cabinetmaking

· Structural Landscaping

· Flooring

· Sub-Floor Works

Some builders own a license that allows them to oversee of perform the construction of entire houses. If not, the builder will have a license covering one or more of the tasks mentioned above.

Builder Vs. Carpenter

When it comes to choosing between carpentry and builders, you need to determine what kind of job you would like done. A builder is the go-to professional for structural work while a carpenter is better suited to jobs that are more of finishing touches on established structures. If you are still unsure, you can ask either professional to show you their past work then decide if it is what you want.