Saint Louis Deck Builders

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Diane L.
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and his crew did a wonderful job. I love my new kitchen and bathroom. They were very professional and friendly and always cleaned up each day. I would recommend
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Helena B.
"The team completed the work on time, and my front porch looks very nice! They also noticed a small part of the storm door that needed to painted, and took the initiative to paint it" without any additional charges.
called, stopped by and email me during the entire process, and it was nice to have this level of communication.
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KATHLEEN M.
"Their first bid was for a major repair to the deck which was more than I wanted. They were willing to adjust bid. The price for powerwashing was high but it included the use of a" pre-cleaning treatment and cleaning the gutters. Did not provide samples of stain from which to choose, although I was okay with what they used.

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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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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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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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Deck Building reviews in Saint Louis

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I thought i would need to rebuild a part of my deck but he assured me it was done correctly the first time and safe which saved me money. He was very nice and upfront about everything. He may have upsold me on powerwashing my deck which i wasnt planning on doing but definetly needed. When i ran into finincial issues and was unable to move fwd the the job, he was very understanding and I plan to use them when i can afford it.
- Seth G.
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He was a No-Show - twice !! The first time he said he wrote the apt down on the wrong date. We rescheduled. No-show again. If he wasn't interested in doing my relatively small job, he should have said so at the beginning. I have several "small jobs"'which add up over the months -guess he doesn't care.
- Charlotte C.
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I really appreciate the response from
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Customs Decks in supporting their product despite not owning the company when my deck was built. I also respect their complete honesty in charging me a fair price for the work which could easily have been exaggerated as a more serious problem requiring more costly repairs.
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Customs Decks is a reputable company that stands behind it products and has complete integrity in pricing and quality of work. They also build a good product. My deck is over 20 years old and still looks as good as new. And the repairs they performed are helping to keep it that way.
- ANN T.
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was very responsive in making an appointment and providing a bid. The timing worked out that it was winter by the time he opened up to do the work but he and his crew made it on every clear day the weather allowed. He was very professional in providing information and I received a compliment from my neighbor as
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asked permission to do some minor tree trimming. He also realized he could use my original fence posts which reduced the cost of the job and called to walk me through some additional items they could do on the job to make up for those costs!
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was attentive, detailed and punctual not to mention the final deck and fence looks great.
- Chad Y.
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Was having a pool built, wanted a
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and our landscaper (
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-who i would also highly recommend) we were using recommended
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to us.
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came out within a couple of days to give me a quote on a
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and helped me to design the look we were going for. There were many projects going on in the backyard and scheduling of when and who should be there was a little complicated. All of the sudden I needed the posts put in for the
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so another contractor could complete another project. I had communicated to
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that we were not in a rush - and then all the sudden I needed them to show up. I called
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in a panic and he promptly got his team out to place the posts for us. When we were ready for them to complete the
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, we scheduled a date. That morning it was snowing slightly and I figured that no way someone was going to show up to build the
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. To my surprise,
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and
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showed up, spent long hours and built the
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in two days in the freezing cold. I couldn't be happier with the
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, their work is amazing. Was just at the home show and none of the other pergolas they had there compared - except the one they built for
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nursery. I also had been wanting to replace our wood deck with a composite deck, but was going to put it off until later. However, because of their work on the
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, I asked
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to quote me a price and he helped me to design it and figure out what we needed. Again - can't say enough about their workmanship, their attention to detail, very personable.
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and
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built the deck again in the freezing cold during the month of December. It is absolutely beautiful. I really can't say enough about
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and his team. i would highly recommend them to anyone. i will definitely use them again.
- Suzanne S.
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We were extremely pleased with all aspects of this transaction. We never felt pressured or steered to one particular product or another.
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and his staff were more than willing to go the extra mile to allow us to make sure we had the appropriate color/material for the project by allowing us to take home some oversized samples to insure we had the right match.
Once the job began the various tradesmen were courteous, professional, clean, and most importantly, highly competent.
I can't think of a home remodeling project that has gone so smoothly or painlessly for us.

- Julie H.
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Contract signed in
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2013, project started September 20th 2013, Job still not completed as of 1/8/2014. During sales and contract signage we were told this was a 7 day job and then concrete removal was added which was estimated to add 1-2 days onto the length of the project, almost 4 months later and job is still not completed with phone calls and emails being unanswered. When initial deck boards were being laid we had in contract a
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mounting system as shown in brochure that is made by evergrain, screws were being top driven, then that was fixed and they moved to a Camo system but the installer did a shoddy job and drove the screws into the sideboards and mushrooming occurred. All of that material was replaced at
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expense and when work finally began again in late October it was determined that the matching evergrain rail system was discontinued. When probing for details of
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he would not admit to us when material was discontinued so we called the manufacturer directly and found out it was discontinued October 2012. REMINDER: Our contract was signed in
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2013 so the company sold us a product approximately 9 months later that had been discontinued. Solutions were presented to us to have a white vinyl wrapping and railing system installed and this was unacceptable. We called the manufacturer directly and found that they had a designer rail system meant to enhance the evergrain material and this is what was installed, again at the expense of
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. As of 1/8/2014, the railing system is not completed and someone made a slit in the siding along with the final trim work being incomplete, County inspection not yet completed and warranties and
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waivers not received. We received an email on 12/30 informing us that the men would be at our home 1/2 and 1/3 to complete, it snowed on 1/1 however we removed snow to ensure the job was not blocked and work could be completed as promised. No one showed to work, email was sent and no response received.
Many promises were made during contract sales pitch concerning design meetings before job would begin, weekly updates and final project walk thrus. None of which occurs. Communication is lacking with this company, project timeline estimates are way off target. Installers are not same throughout life cycle of project and to boot our salesperson left the company before the job was completed so now we only have contact information for
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who has made questionable statements throughout.

- Lori B.

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