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"My son, whom I help out because he travels extensively, wanted to start preparing his home for sale. There were a few low spots around his pool deck. I called" his regular maintenance pool service to ask if they do these type of repairs. They didn't but recommended two different companies. The first company was too busy, the second company came to give an estimate. The second company stated it would be no problem to repair the low spots around the pool deck. The service person also stated that the decking should be pressure washed, re-sanded to prevent week growth, and sealed to give the block a slight wet look. I informed my son, and he agreed. The contractor stated that the cost would be $1,510. I thought the cost was more than fair, in fact a little low but I wasn't going to argue. The contractor started the job. My son paid the contractor and my son left for six weeks. When my son came back his pool deck was all full of weeds, one area of the block that had been repaired had fallen into the soft ground, there was sand all over the top of the pool deck and the sealant was sprayed on top of the sand-gluing the sand to the top of the pool deck. The company was called and left textmessages, they never responded back. I checked Angie's List and found
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came out immediately and looked at the pool deck.
stated they could restore it but it would be a lot of work and it wouldn't come all the way back to what it was. My son didn't care...he wanted it restored the best it could be because he wanted to put the home up for sale.
sent a crew of two guys and expected it to take a full day just to strip it and part of another day to sand it and seal it. After a few hours the two-man crew called
and said the stripping was not coming along as they expected.
had to put four-men on it and they took two one-half days to do 3 strippings, pressure wash, re-sand the joints, and 3 seals to get it to look back to normal. There are still a few areas that are stained, but it looks so much better.
was in contact with me every day to tell the progress. He was also patient when i asked questions. The pavers looked fabulous...like they should've looked when we hired the first contractor. p.s.
also gave us the name of a company that could really repair the soft areas around the pool deck and did a great job too.

-Vicky S.

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"Rarely do you find a craftsman who does what he says he will do, when he says he will do it, and for the price he agreed to. Excellent work performed to exacting" specs. I would definately use him again.

-Joseph H.

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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. 

Deck Building reviews in Orlando

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!Last Friday 11/14/14, I had sent a message to
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, through Angie's List, telling him I was in need of his services and gave him my phone number. He responded back through Angie's List that he'd call me the next morning so we could discuss it. Saturday AM
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called to find out the details and discuss a price. I told him I needed the house exterior pressure-washed, as well as a chimney on the roof. I also had red curbing around the trees and shrubs in the yard and that the sidewalks and driveways were in need of a cleaning as well. I He said he could schedule me on the next Friday. I told him I was hoping it could be done on Thursday because I had 2 people coming out Friday to do work in the yard and they would also be helping me put up Christmas lights. After a moment of thought, he said yes he could schedule that for Thursday and he gave me a price. I said it sounded great. Then I thought of something else and told
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I had a small 9 x12 enclosed porch as well and how much more would that be? He said he would need to see it and would quote me a price when he got here. I also told him that my Mother & I had Doctors appointments at 2pm and 2:15pm and that I thought we would probably be home by 3:30-4pm and would that be a problem? And he told me that would be ok because he would probably be done between 4 and 4:30pm.
The day before the job,
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called to verify everything and then told me
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would be doing the work (
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& his family were in the process of moving and was caught up in that). He assured me that
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was excellent and I would be in good hands. Thursday morning
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arrived at 10 on the dot. He and I walked around the house and I pointed out 3 cracks in the stucco and I asked him if he would tell me if he saw any additional on the house or especially the chimney. He and I cleared the patio furniture and plants from the porch and then he set to work.
When we left for the Dr.s' office he was working working on the sidewalk from the house to the driveway. When he got back from the Dr.s' office he was finishing the sidewalk along the street. After parking the car, I walked around the house inspecting the work.
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did an amazing job! Everything looked like new!
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was so pleasant and knowledgable.
I would definitely recommend
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! They are on MY LIST of
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- MaryAnn H.
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did an excellent job! I have NEVER seen my driveway so clean. We needed to get our patio and pool deck repainted for some time and just were not able to get around to it. My husband suggested hiring someone--but who? So, I thought maybe I could get the pressure washing done then do the painting myself.
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had a high rating on Angie's List so I thought we would get an estimate. When
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arrived, we asked if he was interested in doing the painting as well. He was glad to do it as long as we purchased the paint product we wanted. We needed the driveway cleaned too but being unsure of what everything would cost, we asked him to price the driveway separately which he gladly did. He emailed me the proposal the next day and we agreed to have him do the entire job. He cleaned everything one day, waited one day to allow adequate drying and then came the following day to paint the deck. He did an amazing job. Very careful and thorough. I would recommend him highly to anyone.
- Valerie E.
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HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE!! BUYER BEWARE!!!! In addition to being extremely unorganized, constantly late or no-shows (and even his sub-contractors complained of this!),
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is a SCAM ARTIST!! If you look at his name
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on Sunbiz.org, you can see different variations of his business name. Note the "to" and "2" in order to qualify as a new business and to have dissolution instead of pay state fees. He is currently NOT ACTIVE WITH ORANGE COUNTY PERMITS/LICENSING. He did not build the pool according to our written contract and failed the final inspections and will not fix the issues so I cannot close the permit! If I ever sell the house or need it inspected, it will have an expired permit. Additionally, code enforcement laws change all the time, especially on pools in Florida! So I must fix these issues or gamble with having to redo or replace something that is OK with code enforcement now but won't be in the future. Additionally, I've already had to replace parts of the salt generator because he sold me one thatwas too small for the pool. I spent hundreds of dollars trying to keepthe balance and color right, only to find out it's impossible with theequipment he installed! I paid from my savings so there were no draws from banks regulating the payments and making sure he was passing inspections before getting paid. He would ask for the scheduled payment before the scheduled duties were completed. Also, I wanted the poo llayout to be different than what he said it needed to be due to expenseof retaining wall. He refused to install retaining wall, even though it was written in our signed contract. Now the pool isn't laid out how I wanted it to be AND I have no retaining wall. I had to spend a few thousand dollars more to get sod from a different company. Grass near a pool=horrible idea!! Ihad no choice though, unless I wanted the pool to float away due to erosion. Not to mention that this made his reasonable price to be more than every other bid I received because the retaining wall was included in all of the estimates. He still has a
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of concrete in my yard, after MONTHS and refuses to pick it up. They took advantage that I have no
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so the debris was extreme, another comment to me made by his sub-contractors! Even they couldn't believe it! There are soooo many more things thatare legitimate complaints and were costly to me to fix but I don't have that kind of time to list every single one. If you use this guy, you are FOOLISH! He comes across as good 'ol boy, but is really a CROOK! Do your homework on anyone you decide to hire. I thought I did, but I didn't
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deep enough. Go to Sunbiz, put in their name and their wife's name, in case they
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under someone else. Put in the owner's name into
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of court website for your county.
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the permit and licensing department for your county to see if they are pulling permits under another name. If they are, research that person too. Think of any loopholes and educate yourself on the process so they cant lie to you as easily. I believe this guy acts more like an addict than he does a business owner. He only showed up on the days he was scheduled to get paid. Pay attention to negative reviews, that's what Angie's List is here for so don't make excuses for criminals!!!
- Brandi T.
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We were on a tight schedule needing work done within the week.
I emailed
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on the weekend and he called first thing Monday morning.
To save time, I agreed to send pictures of our deck so he did not have to come for an estimate of the job.
After going over some options and packages available, we agreed on a price and there were here on Wednesday to do the work.
The deck, screens and enclosure look great.
I'd definitely use them again in the future.

- Joe H.
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are wonderful to work with. They responded to my original email the same day, and the job was scheduled the following week.
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called me upon arrival and when the job was completed. I couldn't be happier with the results. The asphalt roof is 8-9 years old and was very discolored in several places; looks almost like new. His crew also did a low pressure wash on the large back porch flat roof ... it's white again! They even did several little "extras" at no charge like the outdoor patio furniture, bird baths and plastic hose keeper! I will never use another pressure washing company again. Highly recommend!
- Margie H.
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There are 2 very highly rated companies on Angie's List for this kind of pool renovation. I almost went with the other place....it was really close.
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's price was a little lower....and he was going to do one basic little thing that the other company was not going to do (replace the drains pipes on the travertine deckl). I asked
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if this was necessary and he said "absolutely." He said "yours are small and smashed up, they need to be replaced with newer big ones." The drains are typically the least of peoples worries, but I thought that if they were that worried about the drains, I bet the rest of my pool will be awesome.
So I picked
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and his bunch to work wth.....and it was really good.
1. Most importantly, my pool is awesome. My wife LOVES it.
2. I called with 2 concerns regarding pricing (one was a mistake on my part, the other was a math error on their part). I got responses from their office same day on the first question and a call directly from
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on the second wtihin an hour of my inquiry
3. Their team was super professional.
4. We had scheduling conflicts to do the final walk through....
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came out at 7:00am to this morning to accomodate my schedule. I requested that they be on time....and
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was 20 minutes early. (Full disclosure I owed them a ton of money still, so they were well motivated.)
5.
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walked around my pool with me for 25 minutes this morning just talking about how to care for the pool, the travertine, and general pool stuff. He answered all my questions and would have kept answering had I kept asking.
Overall a very good experience. I'm already planning a couple of other things for
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and his group to do.
If you're thinking about a pool renovation definitely give
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and this group a
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- Justin H.
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I had asked
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to fix what I thought was a minor leak on the front porch of my colonial style house. His crew came out and put adhesive under all the shingles to seal potential leaks caused by rusty roofing nails. Everything seemed fine, but about a week later there was a period when it rained very, very hard for several days. The leak was still there.
I called him up and he agreed to come out again and fix it under warranty. This time around his crew tore up the old shingles and discovered that the plywood was rotten over most of the porch. The crew ripped out and replaced about two thirds of the roofing plywood. They put down all new rubberized roofing felt on the entire porch and replaced all the shingles. I ended up with almost an entirely new porch roof! They didn't charge me anything additional for the repair either, even though I volunteered to pay for all the new materials. (I may yet do that.)
While it remains to be seen whether the leak is finally fixed,
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and his crew certainly did a heroic job. It sure looks good and if this doesn't fix it I don't know what will.
- David O.
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was professional and punctual. He was very responsive and helpful. The job was started and completed as promised without delay. He honored the coupon and stained the deck free of labor charge. I recommended him to my neighbor who also needed to replace his sun deck.
- V W C.

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P.O. Box 690215
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Vader Construction LLC

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victor design&construction inc.

1108 george st
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Viking Carpentry LLC

5543 Parkdale Dr
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VIKING Masonry Inc

PO Box 470631
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VIP Construction Services. LLC

317 Whitaker Rd
Lutz

VK Building Group

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750 Lanark
Sanford

WEBER & SDW INC

PO BOX 621243
Oviedo

West Orange Lumber

8601 Justice Pl
Groveland

WEST ORANGE LUMBER CO INC

330 S TUBB ST
Oakland

Williams Custom Construction

P.O. Box 780908
Orlando

WINpro Construction, LLC

14241 Goodings Ln
Clermont

Wood Innovations

2772 Persimmon Loop
Lady Lake

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37511 kossik road
Zephyrhills

X-treme Building Contractors Inc

PO Box 521832
Longwood

XRC LLC

478 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

XTREME MAC Construction

605 Pearl Rd.
Winter Springs

Yard Muscle

23 Alafaya Woods Blvd #177

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13612 Hawkeye Dr
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