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"Worst job ever. Horrible company and ignorant owner. We called in to get back on the schedule after paying $200 and he just kept pushing" us to the end of the week then to next week then the end of that week and so on.

-Amy J.

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" The work started the day we agreed on and contined every day thereafter until the job was done. maintained his presence throughout the job" as stated. We made some changes along the way and they accomodated. The crew were all hardworking professsionals.They were always friendly and ccurtious with the neighbors thru the whole project. We couldnt have been happier with the finished product. We will hire for more work in the near future.

-Tim 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 Eagle River

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was great to work with. He communicated clearly and easily what the deck plan was, what permit was needed (and how long it would take), accurately estimated the cost and the timeline to start and complete the work.
He accommodated our desire to change the footprint of the deck, add a few little features like an access ...More point to a faucet, steps that wrapped around a corner, and other little details such as dealing with slope of the yard and tieing deck in with existing gazebo structure and two doors to home.
His crew was fastidious in their work. They were not the fastest crew, but they cleaned up each night and the final product is beautiful and well made. Getting inspections done was delayed, but once the approval came, work resumed immediately. If weather caused a delay, we appreciated getting a call explaining that the crew would or wouldn't be there that day.
We are completely satisfied with the quality, look and price for our deck. Our neighbors have complemented us on the look and design of the deck as well as the workmanship. We highly recommend .
- amy H.
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. We received an estimate from in June who also warned us of his hectic schedule that would put the project back to August. He returned the weekend after giving the estimate to replace the board so that no one would fall through. He returned to complete the projects in October due to delays caused by projects that preceded ours. ...More He and his crew repaired everything well and the deck and bridge look much better and just in time for the holidays!
- Aya W.
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was very professional in providing an estimate to replace the front porch. The crew showed up a little later than expected due to a flat tire. They finished the job in one day and removed all of the debris. Yard was left very clean and no damage to landscaping. One minor issue was addressed and corrected within a week. Overall ...More we are pleased with the outcome.
- Julie L F.
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and his team did a great job from design to installation. Very complicated job on time within budget. They worked with us to refine the quote to ultimately give us exactly what we needed.
- Daniel M.
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Started the work on time but never completed.
don't TRUST THIS GUY.
BIG .
**** NEVER PAY MONEY IN FULL ****
PAY AS PER THE AGREEMENT. EVERY DAY HE COMES WITH SOME REASON AND ASKS FOR THE MONEY.
WE STILL HAVE A BIG HOLE
NEVER LIFTS HIS PHONE.
HE DID FOR OTHERS AS WELL IN MY COMMUNITY.

- Venu P.
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Everything went as smoothly as could be expected with what I would describe as a medium size project. came out promptly on time to give a bid and gave a written estimate the same day which ended up being the final cost. I worked with Chip who was the project manager who did a great job keeping us updated on what was going on ...More and what the plan was. Some bad weather and supply shortages (not NC exteriors issues) slowed down the project a few days but I knew about everything as it was happening. and his team did a great job replacing our siding and the painters made it perfectly blend with the rest of the house. Our roof needs to be replaced and we will definitely be contracting NC exteriors for that work and a deck replacement next year. We looked around for several months and many contractors this was certainly the right choice.
The Family
- Caitlin M.
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I did call with some questions after the service was done, that I wanted him to look at and I never heard back from them. The job was done nicely and it was beautiful. He was quick and responsive in the beginning.
- John P.
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was a pleasure to work from the beginning of my project. He is extremely professional and responded to my request through Angie's List immediately to schedule our initial visit.
My job started with a front porch remodel and because of the quality of work I saw in the initial stage, I quickly decided that I had a very ...More good contractor here and expanded the scope of work to some much needed deck, staircase and siding replacement.
and team demolished my old porch and overhand and broke down a large concrete planter and revealed the original porch stoop for my house that was built in 1918. This took me in a different design direction and I was able to "refresh" the concrete surfaces of the original steps and add Tuscan columns to make this period stoop usable and beautiful again.
My house has vinyl siding on the outside and after we removed the vinyl for the porch, I did not have the heart to replace it and decided to install Plank cement siding instead. Combined with new stoop and colums, the porch looks like it belongs with the original 1918 Federal style design.
The best thing about my experience is that with and team, I felt like I had a design partner as well as a contractor throughout the remodeling and renovation project. learned my design sensibilities and aesthetic quickly and I was able to rely on his carefully considered decisions throughout the project and was committed to a high quality job.
also put together a great team of high quality workers who were reliable and could execute quickly with a very high level of quality. When discussing the front staircase, brought in his best concrete contractor who worked his magic to create a beautiful curving staircase for my entry. Each phase of the project, was able to bring in other professionals that knew how to execute high quality work in their respective fields of expertise.
I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering deck, front porch or siding work here on Angie's List. I am a thoroughly satisfied customer and will definitely call for any future work on my home.

- David C.

Deck Builders in Eagle River, AK

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1treehouse

2519 10th Street

A & H Builders

PO Box 877833
Wasilla

A Better View LLC

PO Box 110231
Anchorage

A to Z Handyman Services

145 Rusty Allen Pl
Anchorage

A Touch of Class

PO Box 211046
Anchorage

Above The Grade Landscape, LLC

1191 Granite Springs Rd Lot 71

Accessible Homes Inc

PO Box 220494
Anchorage

Accurate Contracting

PO BOX 111203
Anchorage

Accurate Rain Gutters

4004 Lois Dr
Anchorage

ACE Painting Inc

1321 Gram Cir
Anchorage

ADAMS CONSTRUCTION

651 E CREEKSIDE DR
Wasilla

Affordable Construction

2907 Turnagain St
Anchorage

Alaska Decks & More LLC

13000 Bainbridge Rd
Anchorage

Alaska Roofing & Construction LLC

3830 Milky Way Dr
Anchorage

Alaskan Quality Contractors LLC

3338 east 72nd ave
Anchorage

alpha company

4031 Lore Rd
Anchorage

Anchorage Property Solution

9100 Elim St
Anchorage

APEX Construction & Remodel

PO Box 140523
Anchorage

Ashner Construction, LLC

13035 Algarin Circle
Anchorage

Atom Services

2221 Muldoon
Anchorage

Best Inspection, Inc.

2440 E Tudor Road #401
Anchorage

Bighorn Remodeling & Repair LLC

PO Box 671462
Eagle River

Borreson Painting

9499 Brayton Dr.
Anchorage

BUHLER CONSTRUCTION

3733 COVENTRY DR
Anchorage

Byman Construction, LLC

PO Box 877030
Wasilla

C's Services, LLC.

1310 E 66th Ave
Anchorage

C.D.F. Inc. General Contractors

4235 Morphy Court
Anchorage

Clifford Remodeling Inc.

19517 Inlet View Drive
Chugiak

Cobalt Services

3600 Challenger Cit
Anchorage

Combs Construction Company

9841 Tolsona Cir.
Anchorage

Complete painting service

1658 Woodroe lane
Anchorage

Crestone General LLC

200 W 34th Ave
Anchorage

Cunningham Roofing and Carpentry

18619 S. Lowrie lp
Eagle River

Custom Carpentry

20509 Raven Dr
Eagle River

D'S DIVERSIFIED SVC

15201 W Drowsy Dr
Big Lake

Dan's Do-it-all

1555 D St
Anchorage

David's Services

1170 Golden Dawn cir #1

Done Rite

2307 McRae rd

Down Home Repairs

4000 Taft Drive
Anchorage

Due North Restoration

PO Box 243293
Anchorage

E. R. Handyman services

3307boniface pkwy spc126
Anchorag

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Elevate Construction LLC

PO Box 240732
Anchorage

Equity Builder Home Improvement

7133 Arctic Blvd
Anchorage

Faltz Landscaping

1401 Labar St
Anchorage

Flawless Construction Inc.

189 E Nelson Ave
Wasilla

FM2 Inc.

1451 E Parks Hwy
Wasilla

GK Construction Inc.

11812 Falklands loop

Good's Repair

3307 Boniface Pkwy
Anchorage

Gray Wolf Services

19031 Eagle River Lane
Eagle River

GRAYLING CONSTRUCTION CORP

7133 ARCTIC BLVD
Anchorage

Greatland Roofing

15175 W 7th St
Wasilla

GreenBuild Design & Construction

11221 Olive Ln.
Anchorage

H&K Enterprise

5551 N snicker ave

Hale Construction

16156 Mallow Cir.
Palmer

Handyman Services of North America

6115 Chevigny Street #1
Anchorage

HENRY'S SERVICES INC

7449 OLD SEWARD HWY
Anchorage

hillco construction

4241 roson court

Himmelwright Construction

PO Box 242283
Anchorage

House Surgeons of Alaska

6641 Wes Way
Anchorage

J&R Construction, LLC

18827 Citation Rd Unit A
Eagle River

JB Contractors

1845 Terrebonne Loop
Anchorage

Jensen Construction

3307 Boniface Pkwy
Anchorage

John W Thomas Painting

1020 Eagle St.
Anchorage

John's Excavating, Inc

6343 Spruce Meadows Dr.
Anchorage

K and N Construction LLC

po box 3056
Palmer

Kendall Construction, LLC

PO Box 91762
Anchorage

Kristiansen Contracting Inc

2521 East Mountain Village Suite B # 288
Wasilla

Last Frontier Builders

2400 N Via treanquilla
Wasilla

LH Contracting

Anchorage

Lindemann's Services

7410 Solarset Cir
Anchorage

Lionheart Construction LLC

P.O. Box 770087
Eagle River

M2C1, INC

P.O. Box 670045
Eagle River

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maguire Design and Build

200 W 34th Avenue
Anchorage

Malak construction

Po box 874567
Wasilla

Matsuvalley Skilled Handyman

11325 Big Dipper Dr

Morgan Construction

3313 East 46th Ave
Anchorage

My Good Handyman

1922 Logan St
Anchorage

Nielson Construction, Inc.

6613 Arctic Blvd.
Anchorage

North Country Builders of AK, Inc

3435 N Daisy Petal Cir
Wasilla

Northern Lights Roofing & Contracting

1100 N Sam Sneade Loop
Wasilla

Notyour Handyman

2351 N Lucille Street
Wasilla

Paint Anchorage

3601 E 68th Ave
Anchorage

PDC General

pob 672551
Chugiak

Perfection Home Repairs

2750 Whispering Woods Dr
Wasilla

Piersma Home Services

508 E Beaver Ave
Palmer

Quality Home Services

18634 S Lowrie Loop
Eagle River

Quality One LLC

P.O. Box 872728
Wasilla

Quality Painting

511 W. 90th
Anchorage

Reeves construction

3705 Arctic Blvd.
Anchorage

Ritala Custom Services LLC

2701 N Brennas Way
Wasilla

Rock Engineering

4333 Butte Cir
Anchorage

Rufus Construction, General Contractor

10012 Nantucket Circle
Anchorage

Sami Construction & Landscaping

11111 Forest Dr
Anchorage

Smith & Sons Painting LLC

6405 N Jason Ct
Palmer

SmithSons Enterprises Inc.

5317 Arctic Blvd.
Anchorage

Southeast Cedar Homes

705 Lake St
Sitka

SPENARD BUILDERS SUPPLY INC

17320 NORTHGATE DR
Eagle River

Steiner Bob

Anchorage

Sunshine Garden Services & Landscaping

775 E. 100th Ave.
Anchorage

TAYLORED RESTORATION SVC

8535 Dimond D Circle Unit A
Anchorage

The Handy Hubby

5931 Keyann Circle
Anchorage

The wright touch

Po box 879323
Wasilla

Thee Fenceman Inc.

4301 Rabbit Creek Rd
Anchorage

TMS Construction

7134 Clemens Cir
Eagle River

Tony's Enterprises

7239 O'Brien St
Anchorage

TYTIN CONSTRUCTION

17905 E SUNNYWOOD DR
Palmer

WESTERN ENTERPRISES INC

4101 ARCTIC BLVD
Anchorage

Workman Construction LLC

4228 West Memory Dr
Wasilla

Works In Wood Custom Finish Carpentry

7055 W Moose Ridge Cir
Wasilla

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