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"Restored roof damage, interior damage including large structural beam.
was amazing to work with. He was honest, fair and prompt.
" 's team did excellent work restoring unexpected tree damage that was fairly significant.
went out of his way to locate an "heirloom" structural beam of similar vintage to the 1955 modern home. The replacement beam was the crown-jewel of the project, as anything less than a beam that perfectly matched the house would have ruined the restoration. I unreservedly recommend
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-Michael S.

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"Everything went fairly well. The install of the riprap only took about a week. The only problem was that it had rained the night before and there was pretty extensive" damage done to the lawn. It ended up costing approximately $4000 in new sod to repair. It probably should have been put off another week. When I asked about them about repairing the lawn they referred me to a landscape company. They told me that it is part of the business. Overall I am satisfied with the riprap they installed. They even replaced some of the dock that was damaged.

-Barry B.

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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 Fairfield

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They built a great deck for my home and they showed up on time all the time. The deck turned out great for my family to enjoy in the coming summer! Everyone loves it so much.
- TAO Z.
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He came out and did not finish the work, stopped the process in the middle of the job. He is someone to stay away from, he does not have the credintials to be working. He is not to be trusted.
- Lin F.
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Terrific job. Without a doubt would work with them again. The craftsmenship was excellent. Communications was the best I ever experienced. I never had to wonder what was going to happen next.
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kept me up to date on each phase of the project. Built the deck in a single day, crew was right size to handle the job I needed. When the job was completed the employees of
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cleaned up every last scrap of material, leaving everything to look the way it did before the project.
- John S.
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The job was flawless, it was great! The price was good and fair, they cleaned up nicely afterwards, and always showed up on time. All in all, no problems.
- Jeanine S.
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I was a wonderful experience and they were great. We had some water problems and he worked with the township and he did whatever they said. They wanted a filter put on the deck and he told them that it wouldn't be necessary. He got it to what would work for us. It only a slight cost more. He did a beautiful job on the deck. He started it and finished it when he said he would. He worked straight through until it was done. He put what was required underneath the deck. He saw to it that it passed.
- Susan B.
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They did come out and give an estimate and they were very nice, but we had scheduling issues with them. We initially tried to get the work scheduled, and thought that we did. However, it seems that our scheduling was bumped for a larger job. We contacted Angie's List for a refund.
- Tammy Marie H.
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I thought when we signed up with Angie's list they would be weeding out the contractors who are not professional.
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came over and looked at two different projects that we need done in our home. One to be completed ASAP (cash in hand now) and the other in the fall. He seemed very nice and knowledgeable on the tasks at hand. When he left he informed us that it might be as late as the next week before he would be able to get a bid to us.....well, it has been 3 weeks and I have not even received a courtesy call. If you don't want the business, the job, or don't have the time, you should still return a call. I am very disappointed in the professionalism of some of the businesses that Angie's list allows on their website.
- Douglas A.
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was very prompt, responsive, and professional. He scheduled a date and time to come out and measure for a new patio and covered patio for our backyard along with a sidewalk and small area for garbage cans. He arrived on time and called to let me know he was on schedule. He provided a thorough bid within 2 weeks of the visit. We ultimately decided to go with another vendor but not due to pricing. His pricing was right in line with other bids. The other vendor we chose could roll in some hardscape work and provided better visual representation of the work we wanted done so we went with them. I would recommend them and would definitely have them bid on future projects.
- Connie R.

Deck Builders in Fairfield, CT

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1 Good Carpenter

156 Silver Spring Lane

1-800 Construction,Inc

655 Washington Ave.

3 King's Custom Homes LLC

114 Stony Ridge Dr

A & J Reliable Inc

39 S Central Ave

A & T BUILDERS

2 Ranch Blvd,

A & T Iron Works Inc.

25 Cliff Street

A Man and His Dog

Greenwich
Greenwich

A New Look

Home Office

A Plus Home Improvements LLC

4 Sandpiper Ln
New Milford

A-1 Marco T's Inc

183 Crooks Ave

A-D Contracting

162 Park Hill Ave

A-OK Pressure Cleaning

492 Meisel Avenue

A-Screens Inc.

PO Box 1226

AAA MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration

PO Box 13205,1583 Central Ave

AAK&T CORPORATION

1074 Marc dr

ABBE LUMBER

200 Avenel St

ABC CONSTRUCTION

19 SILVER BEECH RD
Riverside

Accurate Construction

42 Virginia St

Achromatic

581 Bergen Blvd, Suite 8

Acme Home Renovation LLC

530 Lakeview Dr
Fairfield

Action Construction Inc.

45 Beaver Brook Rd.
Danbury

ADCORAD LLC

Fairfield

ADS Construction

989 Thomas S. Boyland Street

Advanced Creations

3 Darien Cir

AG Architecture

20 Laurel Hill Road

AGAR Construction CO.IN

Located in Kearny,NJ and Sea Girt, NJ

AGI PAINTING

271 FIFTH STREET

ALAMO HOME IMPROVEMENT

111 ELMWOOD DRIVE

Alane Homes LLC

430 Grant Street

ALCAMO SUPPLY CORP

1152 JERICHO TPKE

Alcraft Inc

605 Washington Ave
North Haven

Alex Folnagy Construction

1371 Hamilton Street

Alex General Contractor

1976 gildersleve ave.

Alex Masonry

62 Sky Hill Cir
Waterbury

ALEX'S RENOVATIONS

415 92-nd street

All American Fiberglass

1671 Beaverdam Road

Amer Haobsh

38 Mathews Ave

America One Abatement Inc.

40 Atwater Street
New Haven

American Contractors LLC

130 Ryerson Ave.

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

AMG Construction

111 Washington Ave

Amity Woodworks LLC

40 Prices Switch Rd

Amoroso Landscaping

236 Pastors Walk
Monroe

AMTEEL CONSTRUCTION

124 Remsen Rd

ANGERSOLA CONTRACTING

196 CAMPBELL AVE
West Haven

Antosek & Associates llc

268 W. Passaic Ave.

Apex Handyman Services, LLC

96 Homestead Ave
Stratford

Appleby Systems Inc

3850 Lehigh St

ARBORSCAPE INC

75 FIELDS LN

Artegiano Contracting LLC

31 Crown St
Naugatuck

ARTISTIC EXTERIORS LLC

68 southfield ave. 2 Stamford Landing,
Stamford

Artizon Construction LLC

94 Diaz St
Stamford

AssemblyGeeks

525 ramapo ave

Atlantic Home Restoration

87 North Water Street
Greenwich

AVM CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

PO BOX 3304
Stamford

Azcatl Paint

800 lindley st
Bridgeport

Back in Action Carpet Service LLC

154 Rockwell Ave
Stratford

Backyard Masters

912 Broadhollow Rd

Bara Construction LLC

35 Taylor Rd
Bethel

Bear Paw Builders

237 Post Road W.
Westport

Bear Paw Excavating

237 Post Road W.
Westport

Bella Home Improvements LLC

6 Sims Way
Shelton

Berkeley Exteriors

121 Bridgeport Ave
Milford

Best Contracting

32 Vulcan St

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Beyond Squarefeet

200 Bradford Ave

BHI Contracting Inc.

170 Taylor Rd
New Milford

Bird Enterprises

1036 Spindle Hill Rd
Wolcott

Bivco Services

1 Evergreen Dr
Bethel

Black Dog Remodeling

High Ridge Road
Stamford

Blue Star

355 Marcus Blvd

Broadbent Construction

54 Cognewaugh Rd
Cos Cob

Broadway Building Products Inc

574 N. Broadway (Rte 110)

Brothers Aluminum Corp

33 E Merrick Rd

Brunetti & Sons Property Management

77 Butterfield rd
Newtown

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Calant Contractors Inc

2365 HUdson Terr Suite 1E

CAMPCAST CORP

104 HIGH ST

Can Do All

147 Rafkind Rd

Caperton Co LLC

7 Bridge View Dr
New Fairfield

Capstone Painting Contractors

Staten Island, NY 10309

CertaPro Painters of Fairfield

1771 Post Rd E
Westport

Chalres W Ford jr. llc

105 snow crystal lane

Champion Window Co of RI LLC

15 Centre Of New England Blvd

chartwell builders, inc.

419 Lafayette St FL 2

Choate Builders, LLC

5 Ryan Ave
Norwalk

Chris Constructions

104-29 38th Avenue

Chris Craftsman Development

60 E Hartsdale Ave

Church Hill Group, LLC

17 Kale Davis Rd
Sandy Hook

Citiscape Construction

1400 Avenue Z Suite 302

City Decks

652 Port Richmond Ave Apt 2C

Clark Concepts LLC

PO Box 348
Rogers

Clark Sellars Building & Remodeling

46 Joshua Hill Rd
Woodbury

Classic Construction Group

PO Box 326
Fairfield

Clear Choice Exteriors LLC

PO Box 707
Wallingford

Clear It Out Contracting

211 Tecumseh Ave

Connecticut Floor Supply Inc

120 Honey Hill Rd
Wilton

Connecticut Home Additions

59 Puritan Rd - REAR
Trumbull

Construction Concepts 2000

17 Theodore rd
Shelton

contractorsforyou

40 colorado str

Cooper Contracting

147 beach 127 st.

Corporate Realty Services, LTD

955 Connecticut Avenue, Unit 4004
Bridgeport

Cross River Design Inc

1473 US Hwy 22 E

CRS Carpentry

2A Lacey Ln
Norwalk

CT Lawn & Landscape Inc

12 Dodgingtown Rd.
Bethel

Cuda Remodeling and Additions

25 Burtis Avenue
New Canaan

Curb Appeal Home Improvement

105 Orland St
Bridgeport

Curti's Landscaping

169 Route 303

CVG Remodeling, LLC

19 Astoria Pl # 2

Dan of All Trades

207 Barger st

Dario Palladino & Son Construction, LLC

45 South Lindsey Avenue
Stamford

Darkside Development

7090 Amboy Road

DAVES FENCES

3 Pine Ave

Davids Construction

130-42 Van Wyck South

DC Construction

Suite 96 Catherine Lane

DCR Handyman

32 Prospect St
Norwalk

DDF Construction

79 bay 20th street

DDL ENTERPRISES

154 Legion Dr.

DeBo Construction, LLC

1806 Monmouth Blvd

Deck Guardian

458 Elizabeth Ave

Decks By Ziec LLC

66 Gordon Ave

Decorative Iron Works

73 Belmont Ave

DeFalco Siding and Construction

19 Candlewood Heights
New Milford

Delphis Enterprises Inc

47 Blackrock Turnpike
Redding

DeMattio Construction

27 Overbrook Rd
Norwalk

Demetre Skoufas

151 Knickerbocker Rd

Dmar.Remodeling.LLC

77 Vermilyea Ave.

Doctor Pavers

6 Harrison Ave

Doiron Building & Remodeling

160 Lasky Rd
Beacon Falls

DOL Carpentry

PO Box 2213

Dominici & Broder Associates

13 Old Easton Turnpike
Weston

Double Eagle Construction

159 LINCOLN PARK RD

dP Remodeling

1067 wayne street
Bridgeport

DRUM POINT INDUSTRIES

85 Notre Dame Ave

Dry X Waterproofing

67 meadow hill rd
Brookfield Ct

DSP, LLC

78 Shortwoods Rd
New Fairfield

Dun-Rite Inc

9054 Fort Hamilton Pkwy

Dunrite Contracting

150-16 11th Ave

DW&D CONSTRUCTION LLC

400 Clinton St

DWC Construction

524 16th Street

Dxl Construction Inc

64 White Birch Rd
Redding

DYKES LUMBER CO

555 STATE ROUTE 17 SOUTH

DYKES LUMBER COMPANY, INC.

348 WEST 44TH STREET

DYKES LUMBER COMPANY, INC.

155 RAILROAD AVENUE

DYKES LUMBER COMPANY, INC.

15 SOUTH 6TH STREET

E & C Construction Co Inc

18 Brentwood Rd
New Milford

ELLIOTT'S HOME RESTORATION LLC

36 OLD FARM RD
New Fairfield

Emerald Doors Inc.

19-14 22 Drive

Empire Painting

216 Cherry Hill Dr
Bridgeport

Father & Son Construction

54 W. Oldis Street

FERNANDO ANTONIO

25-70 100 ST

FG Construction

21 HEATHER COURT
New Milford

For His Glory Custom Carpentry

23 Bristol Downs St

forbes home consulting

70 marcotte lane

Forever Roofing LLC

13 Sherwood St
Norwalk

Franks Home Renovations

120 Lexington Ave.
Norwalk

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PO Box 714
Norwalk

Frost Builders LLC

4 Willow Run Rd
Greenwich

G&J Home Improvement

31 Stanwich Rd.

G.D.B. Remodeling, LLC

13 Myrtle Street
Norwalk

G.S.Weiss

2470 Madison Ave
Bridgeport

GAINES CONSTRUCTION CO

32A Berwick Ct.
Fairfield

GAK Construction

202 Washington St

Gango construction

335 hendrix st apt 1

GAPPSI INC

1015 W JERICHO TPKE

Garage & Storage Gear Inc.

85 Mey Crescent Rd

George Apap Painting

1278 Route 311

George Lenkowski

42 Devils Garden Rd
Norwalk

GEORGE'S SIDING & WINDOWS LLC

184 SPORT HILL RD
Easton

GRP Contractors

Wood Acres Dr

GS Asphalt & Sealcoating

1382 Toms River Rd

GS CARPENTRY LLC

45 RIDGEWOOD CRT
Shelton

GTS Builders Supply Inc.

4701 Veterans Hwy

handyman express

304 east 54th street

Harman Contracting Inc

701 Ocean View Avenue

Haus Pros, LLC

1 Brush Hill Rd
New Fairfield

HBA Home Improvement LLC

28 Carriage Dr
Stamford

HG Concrete Solutions Corp.

124-15 Metropolitan Ave

Hilltop Remodeling LLC

16 Unity Dr
Trumbull

HJ Painting

1200 Springfield Ave

HK Contractors LLC

1926 Stanhope Street

Home Depot

930 Springfield Rd S

Home Depot

150 Midland Ave

Home Depot

55 Weyman Ave

HOME DEPOT

656 RESERVOIR AVE
Bridgeport

HOME DEPOT

400 PROMENADE BLVD

Home Matters LLC

17 Hunting Lane
Stamford

Homeline Inc

39 Fort Point St
Norwalk

Homeport Construction

149 30 84th St

HomePro LLC

11 Lancaster Dr
Norwalk

Homescapes of N.Y Inc.

2511 Hyacinth st.

HONEY-DO HOME IMPROVEMENTS

2 BALD HILL PL
Wilton
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