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"If I could rate this company A+ in all categories, I would. After choosing them to build our deck, we visited their show room to select materials.
" Brueggenjohann spent a lot of time with us, showing us all the options while we made our choices. He really took the time to understand what we wanted, and what our concerns were. He followed up with a visit to our house to look at the site a few days later, and patiently addressed more of our questions. The two employees who actually did the work were total professionals who had many years of experience between them, and it showed. They were on time (or early) every day. It was a pleasure to watch the deck get built by people who care about the quality of work they do. We went with a composite material (TimberTech), and selected lighting at the top of each railing post. It turned out beautifully, and we can't wait for warmer weather so we can enjoy some outdoor time on our new deck. We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. We highly recommend this company to anyone who wants a deck built.

-Sherry S.

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"t began with a request for an estimate to replace a current deck.
(Project designer) came to the house and spoke with us about what we wanted" and how we planned to use the deck. He took measurements, and notes and photos. He returned another time with several options and cost estimates. We decided what options we wanted and
took more notes and measurements.
was very pleasant to work with on this project. He worked around our schedules and answered all of our questions.
returned with a formal agreement that included all costs, due dates,the final design plan and measurements. We knew at that time that it would be 6-8 weeks before work would begin. We were called and told when the supplies would be delivered and work would begin. Work began on a Monday and it was finished by Friday. Although we did not have a lot of contact with the workers (we were at work), neighbors all told us what great workers they were and they were all impressed with the work they did. R & R has a lifetime workmanship warranty. We are very pleased with the end product. We love the new design and feel like we have gained very usable outdoor space vs just a 8 x 18 boring deck.

-Lewis H.

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Decks and Porches

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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 Saint Louis

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Fantastic.
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and his crew stripped old, rotten decking to the footings and completely rebuilt the deck. The finished product was awesome. They did a great job. Pricing was vary fair. The work was done as scheduled and they finished ahead of time. The old deck material was removed and the area left cleaner than it was before they started. Overall great experience. Would highly recommend
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for anyone looking for a high quality deck.
- james K.
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Great job, very professional, very neat work.
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originally did hail damage repair. They did siding repair/replacement and recovered/re-wraped a bay window area with aluminum coil wrap working as a sub contractor for my roofing contractor earlier in the year.
I asked for a bid for painting and deck surface attachment work. The bid seemed reasonable so I had them do the job.
The painting part of the job job was 90 % two story work. The only ground work was the four large columns that support the two story portico every other part on the portico, both inside and out, was up two stories.
All work was done with care and quality by
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and his helper. Paint used was high quality, I was given the left over paint for my own use. They cleaned up everything.
I have recommended
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Const for work on another family members home.


- James M.
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, the owner, was very pleasant, informative and helpful with the plan and selection of materials. The carpenters were efficient and very skilled.
- Kathryn Y.
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Had an appointment with the company and they did not show nor did they return the call to find out if they were coming. Took the morning off work to meet with them.
- Jane M.
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did a complete roofing replacement at my home.
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, from
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, was project leader, he did an outstanding job. He was with my project from beginning to end visiting the site probably several hours each day.
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's attention to detail was outstanding. He coordinated everything, all of the material delivery and roofing crews, everything.
My roof is steep (12 pitch), large (5000 sq ft) and somewhat complex and as such required a full week to completely tear-off and replace, although two days were cut short due to heavy rain. My roof has lots of valleys along with full hip and ridge venting which also had to be replaced.
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installed an
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Total Protection Roofing System with ice and water shielding and a full synthetic underlay. They did additional valley work to prevent a return of ice damage. I initially relayed my issues, concerns and problems to
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and he translated them into roofing solutions. The roofing crews did the job exactly as had been described by
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including the special handling of several problem areas.
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did the original on-roof inspection returning to meet with the claims adjuster from my insurance company he made certain the adjustor considered every aspect of my roof . I did contact two other recommended roofers to look at the job, while both provided complete bids, neither seemed to have the level of interest or follow-up that Cardinal and
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had. In their defense this was during a very busy season with lots of storm damage to properties in the area, they did eventually me call back.
On my recommendation two friends also had full roof replacements performed by Cardinal again with
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handling the projects.
At the end of the job
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provided a paid-in-full statement, contractors final release, full
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waivers and an
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roofing system warranty document.
Overall I was very satisfied, I would use Cardinal again.


- James M.
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He is connected and finds the right people and stands behind his work. Scheduling is easy and communication is perfect. There is nothing he hasn’t been able to do and he goes above and beyond with quality.
- Jeff W.
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I am extremely pleased with this company! Quick, courteous responses to all my messages and friendly but professional demeanor on the phone and in person.
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(Owner) and
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(Initial contact) were great, I sent out for bids from multiple highly rated companies in a batch and
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was the first to respond by a solid margin and they continued to be very responsive thereafter.
They also delivered a fantastic bid for the work that was hands down the best and really outdid the competition. Between that and their existing high ratings here, I felt like I just couldn’t go wrong with them.
After deciding on Irish for the job
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and his crew were able to come out early the next day and get to work. They went at it quickly and efficiently, completing the job in good time and its great looking work. I really couldn’t be happier. I’m considering replacing my currently wood tie based retaining wall with one made of concrete/stone blocks one of these days and, while I’ve been playing with the idea of doing it myself, Irish is now definitely going to be on my mind after this experience.
- Lee E.
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It took quite awhile from initial contract to commencement of the work. However, that delay was acceptable to us since we were not in a rush.
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was easy to work with and the guys were friendly and did a really nice job. There was one issue that probably could have been avoided through better communication between the guys/
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/us, but
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wasted no time in making it right and correcting the issue. For me, that is one of the hallmarks of a quality company - sometimes things do go wrong, but a quality company steps up without argument or delay and addresses the problem. Will use again.
- Anne T.

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20 Cedar Park Dr
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126 Bear Claw Dr
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