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"The Dexperts came recommended by the company that built our new deck. We had three quotes, Dexperts was the most expensive. All contractors agreed it was a two day" job. We were under a deadline to have the deck stained. But
neglected to realistically inform us they might not be able to get to us in time. Plus the cold and rainy weather delayed their other jobs. The crew came and "finished" the job in one day. Once we saw the mediocre job that was done we called and talked to
. Without actually seeing the problem areas (uneven blotchy staining, unstained wood, drip lines, overspray on the house, stain on the hot tub) he became very defensive saying all that it needed was a touch up. Over the course of three more visits (over several weeks due to the holidays and the weather) the crew repainted the affected areas of the house and redid some of the problem areas. But not without denting our new hot tub cover by standing on it. Even after all that we asked them to come out again to stain in between the boards because we could see areas where the raw wood was exposed. They claimed no one stains that area but did come out to do it. Though not satisfied with their work even after they did try to fix the problems we were tired of dealing with the Dexperts and agreed to pay the remaining balance. By not taking the proper time to prep the house and the deck they increased their own work and our frustration unnecessarily. Overall it was a rushed job and it looks like it.

-JAYSON F.

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-Leslie M.

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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.

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So far (quick glance) looks good! Workers were polite and
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was very good about answering questions, etc. No time wasted, waiting until tomorrow for the gutter people to come (hired from the Painting Co) and put up for job to be completed.
- Thomas B.
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The crew were prompt every morning they were scheduled to be here, worked cleanly and were very courteous. We had just put in all new carpet and they covered all the furniture and carpet with plastic. They moved large pieces of furniture and put everything back when they were done painting including window treatments. Overall a job very well done! I am going to use them for my exterior when it warms up enough to paint outside.
- David M.
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However deck was in serious need of repair.
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Service rebuilt the deck. We also had them clean and reseal two other decks once we saw the quality of their work.
- Deborah O.
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He has reasonable prices and provides quality service. He is easy to communicate with and his employees are nice people. Overall they are a nice contracting company. He is the kind of guy that I can call ahead of time, let him do the job, because I know the price will be reasonable.
- Marj L.
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They are familiar. In the last 4 years I've used them, they have the same team that returns to the house. They must be doing something right because there's low turnover. The crew are clean and careful. They have a great process of scheduling.
- Kaia C.
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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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3D Benchmark Builders

9837 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento

A Better Choice Painting

11366 Amalgam Way
Rancho Cordova

A Better Quality Painting

2725 Lerwick Road
Sacramento

A1 hauling

309 Amberwood rd.
Roseville

Accurate Cleaning Inc. (Residential Division)

6301 Angelo Ct, Suite 7
Loomis

ACW Pressure Wash

9773 Ben Hall Drive
Galt Ca

Advanced Decking

2228 GILA RIVER CT
Rancho Cordova

Alkema Painting

4021 California Ave
Carmichael

All 'Bout Painting

5713 Ridgepoint Dr
Antelope

All About Maintenance, Inc.

PO Box 5
Elk Grove

All Superior Custom Painting

1714 Tracy Dr
Yuba City

Anointed Painting

9447 Cote Dor Dr
Elk Grove

Apical Systems

9200 Madison Ave., Unit 238
Orangevale

Approved Contractor Inc

18375 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana

Archer Painting

1135 Iris St
San Luis Obispo

Arrowhead CA

6414 Timkir Way
Elk Grove

ATR Inc. Hard Surface Restoration

1420 E. Roseville Pkwy Ste. 140 #169
Roseville

Bates Constuction Company

PO Box 41544
Sacramento

Betlan Construction

PO Box 1134
Pine Grove

Big City Painting

7236 Mandarin Cir.
Citrus Heights

Bill Reed Handyman Service

21000 Old River Road
West Sacramento

Borg Fence & Decks

6837 McComber St
Sacramento

Bowerbird Remodeling

2418 overhill
Davis

Brooks Painting Inc

2860 W Covell Blvd
Davis

Business Finance Store

Castle River Way
Sacramento

Butler's Home Repair & Remodeling

8429 Pearl Prvt Way
Citrus Heights

BW Maintenance & Remodeing

PO BOX 1764
Norht Highlands

C F Services

8893 Kona Way719 California st
Woodland

Cal Price Contractor Inc

1471 Meredith Way
Carmichael

Canary Construction

3208 Ashwood Lane
Carmichael

Capitol City Contractors

3429 Freedom Park Dr
North Highlands

Cearlock's Custom Painting

P.O. Box 282
Loomis

CertaPro of Placerville & S Lake Tahoe

3450 Palmer Dr
Shingle Springs

CertaPro Painters of Sacramento/North Sacramento

11465 Sunrise Gold Circle
Rancho Cordova

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Construction Services

3844 Centinella dr.
North Highlands

Cost-U-Less Construction

6912 Treelark Way

Cota Painting

1088 Sandringham Way
Roseville

Creative Construction

7040 Saint Luz Court

Currie Construction

4556 B St.
Sacramento

Custom Home Solutions

23149 Sunset Ridge rd.
Auburn

Cutting Edge Painting

8048 Twin Oaks Ave
Citrus Heights

D And R Home Repair

8219 Peregrine Way
Citrus Heights

dahlquist construction

PO Box 720441
Pinon Hills

Daneau Painting

4031 Eastwood Village Ln
Carmichael

Deco Construction Inc

131 Gold Creek Cir
Folsom

Deome 2 Builders Inc

8401 Hidden Pass Ct
Antelope

DO Concrete

Roseville

Dobbs Construction

7591 linden ave
Citrus Heights

E & M PAINTING

690 Alamos Ave
Sacramento

Eagleton Construction

4930 Trotter Lane
Shingle Springs

Easton Painting Inc

530 2nd St
Woodland

EL DORADO BUILDERS EXCHANGE

3430 ROBIN LN
Shingle Springs

ELLIS CONSTRUCTION

3320 Marlene Dr
Sacramento

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Flowrite Landscaping

Citrus Heights

FOUR SEASONS PAINTING

3665 Jenny Lind Ave
North Highlands

FRIENDS PAINTING

8821 Bridalsmith Dr
Sacramento

G & M LANDSCAPING & YARD CARE

9224 EL MODENA AVE
Elverta

Galen Ander Electric

7018 Tamoshanter Way
Sacramento

GEARHART CONSTRUCTION INC

PO BOX 1294
North Highlands

Gearhart Construction Inc

PO BOX 1294
Antelope

Gemarius Painting & Decorating Lic.#954243

4900 Gibbons Drive
Carmichael

George's Construction

1292 Nicks Lane
Placerville

Glaab Construction

1401 Big Curve Ct
Placerville

Glenn's Home and Commercial Maintenance

2204 Cambridge St.
Fairfield

Goulas Construction

6931 Gimbel Way
Citrus Heights

Handyman Contractor

8341 Fair Oaks Blvd
Carmichael

Handyman Services

2526 Ganzan Way
Rancho Cordova

Handyman Services

2029 Benita Way
Rancho Cordova

Harvey's House Painting

6816 5th Ave.
Rio Linda

HAZEN LANDSCAPE

4812 DONOVAN DR
Carmichael

Home Tech

7340 East Parkway
Sacramento

HOWARD S. BROWNING, CONTRACTOR

Antelope CA
Antelope

Hybrid Construction

930 Florin Rd
Sacramento

Hydrex Pest Control Sacramento Inc

6416 Watt Ave
North Highlands

J&A Pino Construction

424 42nd st
Sacramento

Jays Painting Service Inc.

5946 Woodglade Ave
Citrus Heights

JERRY WOODWARD

PO BOX 161284
Sacramento

Jim's Painting Service

3840 Dotty St.
Carmichael

John Ellis Construction

8100 Mulrany Way
Antelope

JPS Painting

263 Center street
Auburn

KARL'S HANDY HOME REPAIR SVC

9541 Niemann Avenue
Elk Grove

Karnatz Construction

8952 Twin Falls Dr
Sacramento

Kristal's Painting

PO Box 161911
Sacramento

Kujala Construction

1238 Alice Street
Woodland

Kurtis Powell Painting

2562 Las Casas Way
Rancho Cordova

LARRY JENKS PAINTING

PO Box 1075
Lodi

Larry Nevills Construction

7509 Saint Tropez Way
Sacramento

Liberty Construction

3848 Sherbrook Dr.
Santa Rosa

Luxury Painting & Designing

10333 Dolecetto Dr
Rancho Cordova

M&M Construction & Home Design

1647 Willow Pass Rd
Concord

M2M CONSTRUCTION INC.

8084 OLD AUBURN RD.
Citrus Heights

Mac's Remodeling

PO Box 1852
Rocklin

MackConstruction

4801 Marconi Ave
Carmichael

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mark's Handyman Service, Inc.

1911 Douglas Blvd
Roseville

MAZZA HOMES

6309 ELKHORN MANOR DR
Rio Linda

MCDOWELL PAINTING

11905 BROOKCREST DR
Auburn

Monster Contractor

4763 Ravenstone Wy
Sacramento

MVV Homes, Inc

10183 Croydon wy, Ste D
Sacramento

My House Renovation

7301 32nd Street
North Highlands

NICKY BASS CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 423
Lincoln

North Cal Builders Inc

9918 Kent St
Elk Grove

PAINTING PROS

8007 HANSON AVE
Citrus Heights

Paintrite

Sacramento

Patrick Snyder General Contractor

5826 Permenter Court
Orangevale

Paver Experts Inc

915 Highland Pointe Drive
Roseville

Philip Braun Construction

404 Niles Ave
Roseville

Pinnacle Pest Control Inc

600 Broadway
Sacramento

PJS Home & Business Renovations

8156 polo crosse ave
Sacramento

Quality First Home Improvement Inc

6545 Sunrise Blvd
Citrus Heights

Reid Construction & Maintenance

1735 Enterprise Drive
Fairfield

Reinhardt Construction

2590 Tapley Rd
West Sacramento

REO Mechanical

2400 Manning St
Sacramento

RISLEY HANDYMAN

8434 AHRENTZEN CT
Citrus Heights

RJH Construction Co Inc

5931 Power Inn Rd
Sacramento

Royal Garden Landscaping

2222 francisco drive ste 510
El Dorado

Russ Johnson Construction, Inc.

5536 Whitney Ave
Carmichael

S & P Construction

181 Helmsman Ct
Vallejo

SAC CITY PAINTING

3681 Bridgeway Lakes Dr
West Sacramento

SHECan2

2646 Waterton Wy
Sacramento

SIERRA PAINTING & CARPENTRY

9209 HENLEY WAY
Sacramento

Sierra Property Services

1015 Riley St, #311
Folsom

Skyline Exteriors, Inc.

4120 Douglas Blvd. #306-193
Granite Bay

Snow's Construction

12 W Vine St
Lodi

soetaert quality painting

2516 patti ct.
Placerville

Sparkle Wash of Placer County

10161 Mt.Vernon Rd.
Auburn

Sprinklers 24/7 - Roots Landscaping

3308 El Camino Ave
Sacramento

Sticks & Stones Construction

3304 Cambridge Rd
Shingle Springs

Sunshine Cleaning

5475 2nd St
Rocklin

Szilagyi Construction & Landscape Co.

8345 Elegans Court
Antelope

The Handyman Guy

El Dorado Hills

Thrasher Construction

10300 Hidden Hill Rd
Auburn

Tim Perryman Painting

PO Box 3116
Granite Bay

TNT Window Cleaning & Home Services

6600 carmelwood dr.
Citrus Heights

TSD Construction

942 Trestle Glen Way
Sacramento

TURIACE LANDSCAPING

13340 Dry Creek Rd
Auburn

Universal Solutions

5935 Auburn Blvd Spc 8
Citrus Heights

Valley Pacific Construction

P.O. Box 605
Folsom

Valley West Construction

3503 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento

Vandewark Construction

7392 Locke Rd
Vacaville

Walker Handyman Services

2407 Cottage Dr
Auburn

Wolfe Construction Company

18609 Olive St
Woodbridge

Woodniche

8158 Lichen Dr
Citrus Heights

Zumwalt & Associates Inc

3301 Sunrise Blvd
Rancho Cordova

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