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"Provider moved all my treasures stored in the basement and put it all back. They covered everything in plastic to minimize concrete dust and cleaned up after themselves." They were very polite and they did an excellent job. I highly recommend
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-LINDA R.

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"Next-day response to initial e-mail to schedule estimate. As in our previous experience with this company, the estimate is a little more than expected, but is worth" the quality of work performed. The workers are prompt, get the work done quickly, and leave the place clean.

-Stephen K.

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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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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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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 Saint Louis

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Not good that he never got back to us with a firm bid. He came out quickly enough after the initial call, gave us several figures, and then never sent us a firm bid--and never returned my phone call after we waited over a week to hear from him.
- Cynthia B.
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These guys were great! Even with the extremely wet June, they still built a beautiful and functional deck. Whenever I called with questions they either answered the phone right away or called back within 30 minutes. They did everything they said they would do and for the price quoted. I would not hesitate to use them again.
- Gary B.
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Certified staff members I spoke to and who did the work were prompt, responsive, professional and did great work. I had them out twice for tuckpointing because I decided to add work after the chimney was done. The work was neat and they cleaned up nicely. They also answered all my questions about future maintenance and repairs since the prior owner of my house neglected the masonry for a number of years. I'm very happy with their work and plan to have them back for any future repairs or work I need.
- Janet Z.
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Very well. Rain hurt the time line but the guys were here early. Fair price, excellent work and the men where polite and nice. Had to buy them a pizza for lunch on the last day.
- William P.
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We are so happy that we chose
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& Build to replace our old 12x12 concrete patio with a big, beautiful deck.

We had 3 contractors come out to look at the job and provide bids - 2 from Angie's List and 1 from a neighbor's referral. From the first meeting,
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stood out from the competition. Because we were expanding our outdoor living area, he realized how we used the space would change and he asked many questions that really made us think about things like layout and traffic flow. When we got his proposal we were impressed with how he incorporated our needs into a new design that will provide a much more functional space than we had originally envisioned. The price quoted was in-line with the other bids, and the design, attention to detail and focus on quality sold us.
The actual work went smoothly. Whenever
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told us something was going to happen, it happened. Permits were pulled, inspections scheduled, supplies delivered, work started - everything was as promised. The crew was great - they took steps to minimize the impact on our yard and cleaned up things like wrappers and cigarettes every day. Final clean-up was also done promptly. The concrete was poured on Friday and first thing Monday morning a worker was here cleaning up the site.
The quality of the workmanship is outstanding. They are really focused on the details that deliver an exceptional result and it shows in the final product. We couldn't be more satisfied with our experience with
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& Build.
- Alexis C.
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We called a few companies to replace our old deck that was falling apart. Of all the companies that came out and gave us bids, we were most impressed with
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, the owner, was the one who came out to our house. He listened to what we had in mind for the project and was helpful in helping us understand what our options were. We had a follow up meeting with him at his office where, based on our conversation and photos he had taken at our house, he had a 3D rendering of what our deck would look like with our home. That was pretty cool to see and helped us visualize things better. He also showed us all the possible materials for the deck and fence and was able to give us a bid based on our selections. While the bid wasn't the lowest we got, it wasn't the highest either and felt that
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had the materials we wanted (maintenance free decking) and that they were going to do the best job for us. We were not disappointed. The crew that came out (2-3 each day depending on the weather/schedule) did a great job, were respectful and kept the job site clean to minimize and inconvenience for us and our neighbors. The construction took place around Christmas and New Year's when the weather wasn't great but the guys showed up even on days that were well below freezing and I told them they certainly didn't have to work in these conditions for our sake! Bottom line, the finished deck looks fantastic and all our neighbors are envious of our new maintenance free deck. We'd definitely recommend
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and his crew to anyone looking for a new deck.
- ADAM K.
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They were able to start the job quickly and complete it in only two days. The team was very accommodating and gave great recommendations. Their pricing on the built in was very competitive and the team cleaned up after themselves well. We have used them for other projects since and they will continue to be on our short list of great carpenters that we receive quotes from for other projects.
- Errin B.
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The project took 3 full days with 4 workers and they did not waste time either. They were very experienced and clearly knew what they were doing. They arrived on time every morning and worked the full day. They were very friendly and accommodating with whatever I asked. They did some minor additional repairs at no extra charge just because it fit in with the project and needed to be done. Thing such as repairing loose boards and cleaning some dirt from vents that I could not reach.The old paint on the stone walls was faking badly and cracks had developed in the mortar around the stone and brick around the windows. They scraped off the old paint, repaired the cracks and repainted the walls with Thoroseal. I am very pleased with the results. The basement walls are now sealed and look good.
- RON S.

Deck Builders in Saint Louis

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Vision Builders

1704 Muegge Rd
Saint Charles

VMG Enterprise

11766 Lusher Rd
Saint Louis

VOP Handyman

Balllwin

W B GOODENOUGH CONSTRUCTION CO

7220 Glades Avenue
Richmond Heights

WAGNER & SONS EXCAVATING & CONSTRUCTION

4520 FOX CREEK LN
Wildwood

WAGNER DEVELOPMENT, INC

8835 JULIA DENT DR
Saint Louis

WCC ROOFING CO.

34 Front St
Valley Park

Weathertite Exteriors

113 Triad Ctr W
O Fallon

Webb Contracting

5253 Darkmoor Ln
Imperial

WEBB FAMILY CONTRACTING

1216 Ranworth Dr

Webster Exteriors Inc

1004 Portwest Dr
Saint Charles

WEST COUNTY DECK COMPANY INC

578 Stors Mill Ct
Ballwin

West County Gardens Inc

10687 Midland Blvd
Saint Louis

West County Home Improvement, LLC

16725 Hickory Meadows ct
Ballwin

WEST COUNTY HOME SERVICES

1815 SHEPARD RD
Glencoe

West End Services

17 Woodside Drive

Wet 1 Tile

2290 Parton Way
Barnhart

WIESS CONSTRUCTION CO LLC

12374 COUNTRY GLENN LN
St Louis

Wilmco

811 Hollywood Heights Rd

WILSON CONTRACTING

7751 Rannells Ave
Saint Louis

Wit Construction, LLC

PO Box 4034
Chesterfield

Wolf Power Washing

219 Lookout Avenue
Valley Park

Wolffe Enterprises LLC

180 S Weidman Rd.
Manchester

Womack Construction

3749 Rue St
Saint Charles

Work Horse Construction Group

93 St. Charles Street
New Melle

WRIGHT DO-IT CENTER

1306 N MARKET ST

WSR Roofing & Home Improvement

8299 Highway Yy
New Haven

X-Stream Power Wash & Paint

6000 Town and Country Ln
House Springs

Xtreme Remodeling

318 Centerfield Dr
O Fallon

YAHL CONTRACTING, INC.

903 Palm Dr.
Valley Park

Young Innovations

5235 Butler Hill Estates Drive
Saint Louis

Young Remodeling Company

20 Cedar Park Dr
Florissant

Your Remodeling Source

2676 Technology Drive
O'fallon

Zimmerman Exteriors

4141 East Lake Dr.

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