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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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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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Deven
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was courteous, prompt, and kept in touch through email as to when he and his staff would arrive to work on our property. We were extremely happy with the way the fences turned out; the old fence almost looks new again! Would definitely use
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- Virginia Z.
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I was very impressed with them. They were very clean and tidy. They picked up everything and moved it out of the way. They did a great job and really got the mildew off. The house looked brand new.
- Stephen P.
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I used it a few months back in the summer. I have two decks and used the coupon for one of them. For that, he stained the bottom of the deck. For the other deck of mine, he sealed the top. I never actually met or saw the gentleman, but he provided good and honest work. He did have to come and correct one thing, but he did it in a timely manner.
- Lorrie B.
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was recommended by the contractor that built our deck. Good call on his part. Great service. Completed work in a timely manner (although they had to work around a couple days of uncooperative weather). Finished product looks great. Very professional contractor and delivered a finished product well worth the cost. Would definitely recommend him to a friend
- robert L.
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They did a good job of cleaning and sealing the deck. Good service, reasonable price, professional, nice to deal with - as it should be!
- SCOTT M.
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and his crew are true professionals. They showed up early, stayed late, and cleaned up completely when they were finished. Had two rooms that needed drywall. Some of the framing was not done correctly by previous contractor, and he fixed in order to be able to install drywall correctly at no additional cost and his prices were already very low. I was not expecting a professional job at his price, and was blown away with how great a job he did.
After the drywall was completed so well, I asked him to install a porcelain "wood grain" tile and they worked me into their schedule right away working most of Christmas Eve and even came back to touch up things on Christmas to make sure things were perfect even though I tried to insist they take the day off. Their professionalism and attention to detail were incredible and the finished product was great.
I am reluctant to give a great review, as I don't want too many people to find out about this company or he may become too popular and be all booked up next time I need work done.
- Philip H.
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I was extremely happy with the whole thing.
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has done a lot of work in our area, and showed us many examples of his work--everything from apartment units to a million-dollar mansion. He was helpful and patient as we selected colors and textures. He knows a lot about paint, and paint has changed significantly in the past 20 years. (We used
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.) Based on our preferences and needs, he was able to suggest several options, but not so many as to make the process stressful or confusing. We live in a hundred-year-old house that had not been painted in quite a while, and
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was also good at helping us decide the right degree filling and prep to do. He asked specific questions about how far we wanted to go in terms of restoration and completed the job at a level that fit with our desires. (I didn't want the interior to look like a new house: I like the roughness and irregularities of the plaster. At the same time, I didn't want the paint job to look in any way sloppy or slap-dash.)
I work from home, and needed the job completed with a minimum of disruption to my space. He proceeded one room at a time, allowing me to move around and prepare each room as he went. That allowed me to not miss a single day of work. Because of this requirement, I had asked him charge me by the hour rather than by giving me a single bid. He did not allow this approach to extend the time the job took to complete in any significant way. I never got the idea that he was wasting time or doing any task slower than necessary. Furthermore, he was always conscientious, checking in with me on a regular basis to make sure that the progress and costs were within my expectations. He was also very neat, cleaning up and stowing his tools out of our way at the end of each work day...and also keeping the cat out of the paint, no small task! :)
- Danel F.
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They restored the deck by painting and staining. The job was completed in a couple days. Scheduling was fine. It turned out very well.
- Aravind S.

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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

Birmingham

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

130 Inverness Plaza, #212
Birmingham

CertaPro Painters of Hoover

PO Box 362064
Birmingham

Complete Home Repair

PO Box 83
Cropwell

Completion Specialist

1552 29th court
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

1025 Montgomery HWY, Ste 207
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

Sun N Rain Landscape

516 Overhill Drive
Pelham

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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