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"This is our second time using them, and the gentleman who did the work this time was outstanding. (Not sure of his name but he was soon leaving
" to move back to his native country). He showed up on time, was courteous and friendly, and his attention to detail was great. The decks have never looked better. The only negative thing I can say is that the service coordinator -
- was not great at returning my wife's phone calls. Other than that, I was very happy with the service and would use them again.

-Vallerie B.

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"Great as usual. Prompt, easy to work with, good price and does only what is necessary. Bill helps you think through an organized and thoughtful plan to keep up with all needed home repairs.

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As stated by others: You get what you pay for.  Many contractors no longer use employees.  The cost/benefit ratio is gone by the time worker's comp. insurance, unemplyment and other taxes are paid.  Especially with the high turnover in our industry.  Many, myself included, have our guys set up as sub-contractors.  That means even if the job is only for a day the duties have been outlined and a set pay to complete those duties has been established from the onset.  It's a better way to manage costs once I got used to it.  Also, it means I can operate cheaper and not have to charge as much to the customer.  My agreements with my guys, which they sign, make it clear that I nor the homeowner are responsible for their safety and medical care should a problem arise and that all parties are relieved of any such obligation.  If you hire a contractor who follows this growing practice ask to see a copy of his sub-contractor agreement.

That being said, a legitimate contractor still has operating cost which vary by area and how they run their business.  I break even at $150/day not including labor and materials so I've got to charge more than that to make money.  To keep the math simple, if I'm paying $250 for a pne day job in labor plus another $300 in materials and $150 operating costs I've got to charge $700 to the customer to break even.  That's if I'm only doing one job a day which is why most of us manage several at a time.  The point I'm trying to make is that someone with the necessary knowledge and experience to build you a safe deck is not going to be cheap.  Knowledge accompanies success which costs money.

I've repaired or restructured several decks built by handymen who should find another profession.  Ask yourself this question when hiring someone for this project: Would I trust this person to build my house?  If the answer is no you need to find someone else.  The deck is just as important.  It's where your family, friends, kids are going to gather and interact.  If it isn't structurally sound it can collapse causing injury or even death.  One last word on decks: Always screw a deck together, don't nail it.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com
San Antonio, TX
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I agree with Jim Casper - after about 50 years of dealing with weathered wood finishing both in my homes and in the construction business, it comes down to about 90% preparation, 10% the finishing. If you do not prep the wood right, any moisture, mold, etc in the wood will destroy whatever you put over it.

High-build finishes like paint and epoxies and, from reading the Rustoleum flyer on this new product that too, work by trying to make an impenetrable surface and depend on a very good bond with the surface, AND no water getting under them. Because they are thick and are designed to provide a waterproof surface, unfortunately where water gets under them they are just as good or better at keeping it from evaporating, so you get fungal growth, blistering, and peeling.

Unfortunately, on deck and most outdoor applications except siding the surface will get nicked, scratched and otherwise develop leaks in short order. Water will therefore get into the underlying wood, and because it entered through small cracks and scratches, does not have any airflow to make it evaporate, so it sits there and breaks the finish bond to the wood (causing peeling and blisters), and promotes decay. That is why new deck boards and siding and trim that have been heavily or multi-coat painted on all 4 sides, thinking that will give the best protection, only last a few years versus the usual 10-20 years or so for boards that are painted top and sides only.

The full sun and hot conditions will, of course, cause more thann normal heating of dark colored painted decking. I had one instance where I was doing an independent appraisal of a very large commercial deck at a government facility, and in 85-90 degree daytime temps, in the sushine the chocolate brown deck surface temp was 150 degrees, and the paint was softening so much it stuck to the bottom of your shoes a couple of months after application.

As Jim said, the studies pretty clearly show that a breathable penetrating stain gives the best life, after plain ACA/CCA (copper chromium variations - the green stuff) treated wood. Penetrating stains, properly applied, do NOT seal in the moisture, they inhibit its entry and (when dark colored) help protect against sun damage to the wood and finish, but still breathe enough to let moisture escape on dry days. For my money, I will only use petroleum distillate (paint thinner cleanup) products, as they penetrate into the wood much better. Water based ones immediately start swelling the wood pores, so it blocks further penetration of the stain, which while cleanup is a bit easier, totally defeats the purpose of a PENETRATING stain or sealer.

I would recommend against any sort of waterproofing sealer, as they trap the water just like paint, and I have never seen one that is effective for 2 years.

My personal preference, though it limits the architectural coloration possibilities, is ground-contact rated copper compound treated wood (NOT the Wolmanized brown product), which comes green initially but can be retreated with either green or brown solution or can be liquid colorized darker (though not easily to a specific tone) using either of those as a base. My practice is to redo the treatment before installation to ensure thorough treatment, as from the mill it commonly has skips where boards contacted each other or where stacking seperators laid on it, and the ends are commonly very poorly done. This is done after cutting to length, as cut ends have to be retreated anyway.  A simple short deck cleaner soak followed by a light pressure washing and brush or roller re-treating of ONLY the TOP surface every 10 years or so has, for me, reduced visible weathering of the boards and beams to negligible.

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Assuming you buy the right size door to fit the rough opening, and that your old door is not a size that is no longer made, and that you get the correct depth and transition adapters and sills and flashing and trim and seals and such, and that you transport it home without distorting and damaging it, then removal and disposal of old one and install new one probably about $250-400 depending on how well it fits, number of transition and similar pieces that have to be assembled (from 1 or 2 for some doors to as many as 30 on others).

The laundry list of things at the start WAS intended to intimidate you - I would say not 1 in 25 homeowners who buy a new patio door have bought it the right size for the rough opening and have everything needed to install it - the contractor almost invariably has to go get materials or parts to complete the installation - sometimes waiting weeks for factory adapters that are needed or missing parts AFTER the original door has already been taken out.

I would question why you are going to probably spend as much installing a door that may not do the job for you as the cost of the door. I would hazard at least half of people who go buy a $250-400 cheap door at a box store are sorely disappointed within months - due to poorly fitted parts, bad or non-existent seals causing drafts or water leaks, fogging or breaking glass, etc.

I would recommend you assess your needs, in conjunction with your installer find a decent and reputable brand unit to fit that need and that fits the loction right, and probably pay 50% more installed but have something that you might actually be happy with. Oh - BTW - your best installers generally will not install the cheapest box store units because they do not want the callbacks, so many times the quality of the installer who will actually do the job for you at a price you are willing to pay gives you a job that is - you guessed it, worth what you paid for it.

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The product has evolved considerably since the lawsuit.

 

I would still do your own research and give you contractor your feedback.  At the end of the day, the cost for whatever board you want will be similar. 

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Deck Cleaning reviews in Boston

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Our old patio was such an eyesore that for the last 2 years since we moved in, we've always kept the blinds closed. The fence was mismatched and ugly, and our retaining wall was literally crumbling apart. Other contractors wanted to charge us an arm and a leg until we found
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. He listened to our needs and worked closely to achieve our vision. We ended up decking over the retaining wall and building a new fence and gates. The project was actually quite complicated as the side of our fence with a gate leading to our parking area is shared by our neighbors. And the new fence we wanted to build looks completely different. Therefore,
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had to build our fence the way we wanted it but keep the other side looking the way it used to. This meant shaving down the old gate and attaching it to our new gate so that the two sides of the gate look consistent but we only need to open one gate to access the parking area. Genius!
In addition, to keep the cost low, we originally wanted to use PT pine and stain it.
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searched high and low and found us mahogany at a spectacular price point. This meant a lot of extra work for his crew because mahogany is a hardwood so they had to drill each individual hole before screwing in the stainless steel screws. After the project was completed,
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did a walk-through with my wife where she pointed out every tiny detail that she wanted fixed.
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was not only extremely patient with her but also, did the finish work himself. He stayed late into the night to personally sand and seal the wood himself. And that's
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for you. He's a perfectionist and really, truly cares about delivering top quality work.
We are literally thrilled with the results! Three of our neighbors actually came by to check out the new patio and they have all complimented us on how good it looks. NO EXAGGERATION! Plus
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's crew cleaned up daily so none of our neighbors complained. We would not hesitate to hire
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again.
- Timothy L.
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the team was very professional and did a great job getting all of the mold etc. off the support beams on our condo building decks. many contractors responded to our request for help with "we're not interested", but
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was very responsive. He came over to assess the project, provided an estimate as well as a copy of his insurance certificate, and got the work done in a timely manner. I was also happy with the cleanup afterwards, they put everything back where it was on the decks and cleaned up any messes before leaving the site. We will use Extreme again for future projects.
- Leah A.
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The quality of work was not even average. The worst part was that while working from home all day, I also had to do all of the supervision of the two young men who actually did the work. I had to keep running out there. They kept ringing my doorbell. I never saw their boss except to pick up payment. This was a complete pain and made my life miserable for the entire four days the job took.

When I ran the cost by neighbors and another contractor, they said it was way too high.
- Lizbeth G.
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Even though
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's company didn't do work with us, his professionalism merited this report. He saw the deck and told us we'd be better off lightly sanding it and letting the mahogany age instead of trying to put a finish on it instead of having him do it because roof decks get beaten up a lot. I've never had someone give that kind of honest opinion about it instead of trying to make the sale. Put your trust in Honest
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- KEN Y.
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As I thought would happen, more problems were revealed in the house as the work went on. They were very good about pointing out problems and offering a number of different solutions at different prices. They were very thorough and professional and did a very good job. In fact, my deck now looks better than it did before.
- Constantine V.
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They were all around a great company. I think they took pride in this job. It was a little bigger project than I thought. It did cost a little extra for the repair than what they told us up front, but that was OK as they did it right and that's what counts.
- REGINA P.
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We are very happy with the service. We purchased an Angie's List deal for deck restoration for $289 and paid a bit extra for stairs. I liked how the service contacted us right away via email to schedule a date. It was a bit of a wait (about a month) before they were able to come, but we had the appointment made very quickly after buying the deal. They were very responsive via email when we had questions, and were very punctual on the day of the appointment. There were a couple of areas I wish were a bit cleaner but we had waited probably too long to have it cleaned and there might have been permanent stains in the wood.
I would recommend
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to anyone needing power washing/deck work done. Very good experience and will likely call them again in the future when we need to do a good cleaning again!
- Lisa P.
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They did a great job. They were very hard workers and got the job done is 2 days. The prep and repair work were well done. All of the painting and staining looks great.
- Emily D.

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Vehiclean Total Wash Systems

10 Grenier Ave.
Webster

Versacor Enterprises Inc

129 Hartford Tpke Ste 3
Shrewsbury

Verzino Construction, Inc.

36A Crescent Street
West Newton

Victor's Home Services

50 summer st
Everett

Victory Construction

81 South st
Tewksbury

Viking Roofing

19 B Clinton Dr

Village Green Renewal LLC

6 Davis Ave
Brookline

Village Subaru

61 Powdermill Rd
Acton

VIP Home Remodeling

557 Dudley St.
Boston

Vision Painting Contractor

P.O. Box 406
Natick

VRAPI HOME REPAIR

208 VINE ST
Everett

Wagner Window Service

28 Grove St
Upton

Waldron Contracting Services, Inc.

49 Riverside Ave.
Quincy

Wallace Linardi Painting

55 Dinsmore Ave
Framingham

WB's Home Improvement

45 Burtt St
Lowell

We Show Up

336 Cornell St
Roslindale

WESS CO

80 PRINCETON ST
Boston

Western Construction Inc

193 Adams St.
Newton

White Birch Property maintenance

27 Cannon Hill Ave
Groveland

White House Construction

7 Craigie Street
Somerville

Whittingtons Painting

8 James st
Norton

Wilkins Remodeling

Mass. Ave
Arlington

WILLIAM EARLE & SON INC

PO BOX 650145
West Newton

Windisch Renovations

5 B Lincoln Ave.
Westford

Wood Is Good

10 Village Ln.
Berlin

Woodridge Construction

7 Skehan St
Somerville

Wordell's Home Solutions

190 Haverhill St
Methuen

WPainting

18 Poinsetta Ave
Weymouth

WS Decor

20 BROOKDALE ST
Roslindale

Wynne Painting

78 Donald St.
Weymouth

Yesteryear Restorations

2-B Woodland St
Millbury

Your Garden Curator

176 Albion Street
Somerville

ZPro Cleaning & Property Maintenance

145 SIMPSON ST
Stoughton

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