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"The provider was knowledgeable on how to pressure wash a deck constructed with pressure treated wood that had no previous stain applied and what stain products to" use for most durable results. The provider was punctual and noted all the landscaping and house walls that needed to be protected from the spray-applied stain. The provider knew he was restricted in which
-voc stains he could use in our region, but did not understand that these restrictions were likely dictated by regulations to protect Chesapeake watershed. We were not at home at the time of the work - 1 day of cleaning, several days to dry, and 1 day of stain application. We returned home each time to find the wood cleaning and stain application went well and the landscaping and house was protected as promised. At the end of the stain application, the upward facing surfaces of the deck were evenly coated and looked great. The undersides of the staircase and other posts which are visible from underneath had inconsistent application - some were covered in stain completely, some partially, some not at all - which was likely due to spray application. The deck lighting and driveway were not protected as well and had stain on the plastic surfaces (in the case of the lights) and in various places on the asphalt. We cleaned the drips on the lights, but the stain could not be lifted from the asphalt. The stain on the asphalt has not contributed to any long term issues with the driveway surface in the last 1.5 years. Overall, this company did what we needed to have done at a fair price. The quote was right in the middle of the three we requested and we are likely to use this provider for a deck care needs in the future. With a little more attention to detail, finish and full protection to the entire ground area, and this company would rate all As.

-Caroline W.

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"Arrived on time, was professional, neat and did exactly what he said he would do.. Performed duties exactly as advertised and for agreed on price. Took time to explain" type of paint used and made useful suggestions on how to save money and what paint was best for each area painted. Completed job on time, kept me informed of progress and cleaned up areas after painting. I have received many positive compliments on how great the house looked inside and out after Empire painted my house.

-WILLIAM D.

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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. 

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While you can apply for an after-the-fact permit yourself, you risk a LOT - i.e. if you do not dot the i's and cross the t's just like they want, they might deny it and issue a removal order for it - not at ALL what you want. And you may not be looking at just the building permit, but a Planning and Zoning review andpossibly other types of permits like wetlands permits as well.

 

I would talk to an architect or civil/structural engineering firm who ROUTINELY does permit applications and waiver work. In many jurisdictions, a retroactive permit requires an inspection by a structural engineer (for this type of structure) and sign-off on the design and installation before the city will accept an after the fact permit application, so that might be your best starting point.

 

Regardless of the outcome, be prepared to pay the regulatory fine for building without a permit. And of course, if it violates P&Z regs like being too close to a property line, then you will also need to apply for a waiver for those violations, plus maybe pay a fine for not having gotten prior approval. Of course, if in violation of a non-waiverable condition, like infringing on wetlands or in a designated floodway it might have to come out anyway, so having a professional review your situation FIRST before putting money into trying to get permits and approvals (with any fines) might tell you removal is the only likely result anyway.

Deck Cleaning reviews in Bessemer

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I've contacted them three times this week, I've left multiple messages. They have my deposit check and have cashed it and now I cannot get a hold of anyone to schedule the work.
- Ferran-Pichel G.
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This master contractor carpenter/designer is timely, efficient, reasonably priced, trustworthy, and above all, highly skilled. The built in cabinets look like high priced furniture. I live in an old
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where constant attention is required and projects always involve fitting and [removed] new with old. Master contractor allows us to restore the home at a reasonable cost.
- Andrew & Madeline M.
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They did an excellent job. They were very good. It was very reasonable. They did what they said they were going to do. They were on time and communicated well, and it looks good. This is the second time we used them. We didn’t put it out for bids last time. We did it the time before so we knew his price.
- Teresa S.
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They were professional and did a careful job. They came when they said they would come. The weather intervened but they handled that appropriately. They had to do some minor repairs but the charge for that was very reasonable.
- MARC F.
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came out to my house to stain the deck and it went great! There is not a drop of stain on any surface other then the deck, there are several areas that required a pro to make sure it did not get on my wall.
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showed up on time, was in and out within a few hours and did a great job. Cleaned up well and the stain is very consistent and the exact color that I wanted.
If you need anything stained
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is your man. Will definitely use him again!
- loren G.
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Everything went really well. They were punctual, reliable, and did a beautiful job in all respects. In fact, they did such a remarkable job that they're coming back to do some additional work in the near future.
- Chris L.
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It was horrible. There there was no evidence of sanding and when he applied the sealer stain I provided a can of my own stuff, which he did not return. I have 150lb pots, which he left in my yard. I had to ask him to come back to return the pots. He arrived with this son and they dragged the pots across my newly finished deck and broke the stands. Within 30 days of completing the deck treatment it began to mold and moss again.
- NANCY G.
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We have worked with numerous painters over the years and
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has been the best in this area by far. He is meticulous. His work ethic is exceptional and he took
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car to leave our house as he found it. We will definitely work with
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again in the future.

- Matt C.

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A & A Construction &Roofing

5608 ave k
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A New Look Painting of N.F. Inc

4827 Capital Circle SW

A&C Landscaping

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About Contractors

645 Gary Mac Drive
Birmingham

Alpha Painting

1804 Huckleberry ln.

American HomeCrafter Inc.

4249 4th Ave S Apt D1
Birmingham

Andan Home & Business LLC

6251 Kidron Place
Birmingham

ANDY OnCall

3 Belcher Dr
Pelham

Authentic Restoration

3510 Vann Rd
Birmingham

award painting

1475 arrowhead trail
Alabaster

Bama Home Improvement

337 Park Road
Pleasant Grove

Bear Painting & Home Repair

1945 Maple Dr
Gardendale

Birmingham Income Properties

5330 Stadium Trace Parkway Suite 100
Hoover

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

BMG Remodeling

3008 Belmont dr

Bob Whitley Decorating Inc

2719 19th Pl S
Birmingham

CertaPro Painters of Hoover

PO Box 362064
Birmingham

Clear Choice Roofing

2100 Southbridge Parkway Birmingham AL
424 Church Street Nashville Tn

Complete Home Repair

PO Box 83
Cropwell

Completion Specialist

1552 29th court
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

115 Walter Davis Dr Ste B
Birmingham

CRESTLINE PAINTING

7251 Faucett Cut-Off Rd
Pinson

Crosby Paint Works

3708 Shoals ct.
Birmingham

Daniel Hill

1113 Greensprings AV South
Birmingham

Darden Construction Co, Inc

P.O. Box 1307
Trussville

Dave's Home Improvement

626 Crumley Chapel Rd.
Birmingham

Deck Works

645 popler Lane Southeast
Birmingham

Deckbuilders

134 Harvest Rd
Harvest

Dempsey Designs

3531 Cherokee St NW

Ed's Special Services

848 Grants Mill Rd
Birmingham

ELITE PAINTING CONTRACTORS

156 ROCKY TOP DR.
Remlap

Estes Painting

1401 Doug Baker Blvd
Birmingham

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faith Construction

224 Vancouver
Birmingham

Fence Factory

321 Sunhill Rd.
Birmingham

Grace Klein Construction, Inc.

1678 Montgomery Hwy Ste 104
Birmingham

Grimebusters

6162 Valley Station Cir
Pelham

Home Handyman

1813 Indian Hills Rd
Pelham

HOME MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATES INC

4000 Eagle Point Corporate Drive
Birmingham

HUGHES PAINTING INC

1409 Pinson St
Birmingham

I Need Pressure Washing. com

9340 Helena Rd.
Birmingham

J.C Remodeling

950 Rainwood lodge rd.
Quinton

JD's Painting & Contracting

879 Wiley Drive
Tuscaloosa

Joel Rhodes

338 East View Dr
Birmingham

Lawn Care and More, LLC.

4800 War Eagle Drive
Bessemer

Lawson Contracting

7124 County Rd 37
Clanton

Lee's Custom Painting & Carpentry

29086 Pinedale Rd
Ardmore

Long Brother Roofing & Renovation

3440 Valley Ave SW
Decatur

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MetroCleans Building Maintenance

1053 Long Leaf Lake Drive
Helena

N C TREVINO CONSTRUCTION, INC

2219 Vanderbilt Road
Birmingham

No Peel Painting & Remodeling

6778 Spanish Lakes Blvd

North Alabama Builders

311 County Road 1387
Vinemont

Olympic Fence

P.O. Box 63
Maylene

Once Upon A Time Painting

3124 Gurley Ave
Gadsden

ONE MAN & A TOOL BOX INC

500 Southland Dr
Hoover

PENTOIR INC

404 BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE
Birmingham

Premier Restoration

1500 Urban Center Drive
Birmingham

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Pro Handy Man Services

1542 Buget Ln
Mount Olive

Pro Kleen

14667 Watermelon Rd
Tuscaloosa

Quality Pro wash LLC

1025 Stableway Rd
Pike Road

Quinney Contracting

38 Amber Ln
Dixons Mills

Robson Contractors Inc.

3423 Ashford Ln.
Trussville

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr Ste A

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Shelby Decks

Birmingham

Superior Cleaning Services LLC

1604 Indian Springs Lane
Birmingham

The Care Group, Inc.

PO Box 430123
Birmingham

The Painting Co

5151B Cahaba Valley Rd
Birmingham

Total Home Maintenance LLC

105 Reese Dr
Alabaster

Trinity Contractors, Inc.

561 Simmons Dr.
Trussville

Waynes

2183 Parkway Lake Dr
Birmingham

Willis Roofing and Siding

3640 Field Street
Birmingham

WoodCo Roofing

2659 Apollo Cir
Birmingham

Wyatt Building Corp

1077 Commerce Cir
Pelham

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