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siding bid process, due to the costs decided to wait but had
wood siding and porch repairs early 2013 that was perfect work. Latter part of this year 2013, re-bid and selected
Pros: Best bid I got both times including a few upgrades. Work was professionally done, looks like I
have a brand new house and have gotten nothing but compliments from the
neighborhood. The owner and estimator/contact
(no hard sell), and a great eye for color/design suggestions. I followed one of his design suggestions and
was blown away with the results! The
work crew itself were professional and cleaned up daily and at the end of the
job, headed by
to any questions.
Cons: Besides a couple miss-communications on job details (have never
seen that not happen lol) which were resolved and corrected immediately, I have
no other issues. I am typically very
critical of contractors and the resulting work, but would have to give a 98%
out of 100% to
work quality to follow up.
Once the project started,
At 9:35 on Sunday the gentleman showed up. I started showing him the specifics.
1) The french door. We could fix that if he had a paddle bit in his truck and if I would go and get a cover for the hole he drilled in the floor. I offered my drill and standard bit so he could drill a smaller hole and fixed that.
2) He looked at the deck and agreed with me that it needed fixing. He wanted to reschedule for another time and wanted me to go to Home Depot or Lowes to pick up the supplies for an extra $10. He also suggested that I pick up a Deck Sealer that he recommended and that I should pick that up because I had to decide a color (that I agreed wtih).
3) He looked at where I wanted the railing and seemed surprised that I wanted it to mount to the concrete in place...he, of course didn't have the tools to do that either. I also did not have a high degree of confidence that he knew how to do that task.
He left with a promise to get back with me later that day after talking to the owner and to schedule the job that was suppose to be done that afternoon for either Monday or Tuesday and also he wanted another person to come out there (so now $80/hr) with him with the promise that it would take half the time. As he heads out the door I ask about what we are doing about the railing. He tells me to just measure the distance and buy piping but they can't cut it.
I go to Lowes. They do not have the deck sealant. So I call him. At that time he says that I need to go to Home Depot...even though I told him earlier I'm going to Lowes. He also told me he talked to the boss and they "might" be able to get back to me later this week. With the complete lack of professionalism so far I doubted it so asked for him to have the owner call me back. So far I have not heard back.
Bottom line, I call professionals when I do want to deal with a project or do not have the tools or expertise myself. I do not expect to have to supply tools, run around town getting supplies, and having to measure and figure out what's needed myself. I also expect that when I give someone a list of what needs doing and they say they are coming to do it, that they are prepared to either do the task or get the materials and then do the tasks. I thought that was what I was buying.
Update: In response to doing no work for me, that is correct even though I wish they were prepared to work the four hours they scheduled. I have not received any contact from this provider since my original review."
I then put ,after at least 2 weeks, my deck furniture and pots. I noticed the next day that there was what looked like mud spots all over the deck. It rained and I sprayed them with the hose thinking it would come right off. It did not. Then, I moved some furniture and more
We can't say enough good things about the guys we worked with.
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I had three other contractors quote on remedying the problem. Two suggested replacing all columns, posts and railings at a cost of about $2000 (give or take $100 or so). However, the end result would be a different, more vertical appearance because neither contractor could locate an exact match for my horizontal railings.
Another contractor quoted a $1000 to wrap the the wood with vinyl, but recommended against it because it would likely discolor over time and it wouldn't resolve the "hazard" problem.
Then I contacted
The owner, Ed, came out promptly and offered me a couple of options that would retain the look of my porch. One involved cutting out and replacing just the rotting wood sections, then caulking all porch seams, exposed nails & screw heads, etc., and sanding, priming and painting the entire porch. The second option would be similar, except it would entail replacing the entire columns and posts, rather than just cutting out the rotting parts.
I was delighted Ed's solutions would retain the look of my porch, and both were priced very reasonably.
I decided to go with the first option since it would retain the look of the porch more exactly, and save me nearly $300 over the second option. And Ed assured me the final look would be nearly seamless.
A few week's later, at the appointed time, two of Ed's staff (pleasant, college age guys), came out in a van and got to work setting up a table saw on the front walkway. They spent much of the day carefully measuring and cutting CUSTOM replacement parts for my porch. They also made sure everything was level, and caulked all seams & exposed nail & screw heads before they left for the day. They returned 10 days later, after the new wood had "cured", to sand, prime & paint the entire porch.
After enduring unsightly rotting porch columns and rails the past few years, I am thrilled to have my porch looking "new" again! I've attached some before & after pics below.
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