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did a amazing job on our siding replacement project. I can't even recoginize my house anymore. Every time I pull up to my house I" think I am at the wrong place. The siding looks great and we went with a
fiber cement board. we will recommend this company to our friends and family. They weren't the cheapest but we had a lot of faith that they would do it the right way and not take shortcuts

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was backed up with a lot of other jobs, but the reason was clear. His workmanship and professionalism were excellent, and the price was more" than fair. FLEXIBILITY is definitely an attribute of this company. They worked with me to allow my own installation of tile floor and paint jobs in between periods of their work. This allowed me to save a lot of money by doing some of the work myself. This is not something that every contractor will do.
was very accessible though cell phone and email, and every concern was adequately addressed. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of their work. Using J&B Construction for your project is something that you will not regret!

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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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The company was great! Our decking was installed and looked fantastic. We will be using them in the future as we have moved to a new house and will be adding a deck in the future.
- Jason W.
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He showed up to do the job on time as promised. He stayed in contact with me after the estimate was given to ensure all my needs were met. Once I accepted his estimate the time and date were set and he arrived on time with all required tools and equipment needed to complete the job.
He was professional and very courteous to me and my family....More /> The job was completed quicker that estimated and a quality that I require.
He even went the extra step to run water in them to show me that they would drain.
Would definately recommend
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- lisa D.
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was the sales rep who set the entire job up. The crew was here on time every time and was very courteous and professional. The job couldn't have gone any smoother, we are very pleased. The neighbors even commented!!
- Herbert S.
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Everything went well. Cavalier described the scope of work and gave me a cost estimate and a "not to exceed" estimate and every time I've used them they delivered on their promise. I also appreciated their honesty in that during one occasion I asked for work to be done and they said that was not in their area of expertise. I'd much rather have someone be honest with me and do what they say they will do and if they can't do it, to let me know. Cavalier is definitely that company.
- Susan B.
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I really don't think I will purchase one of these "deals" again from Angie's List. We really got absolutely nothing for it. I thought we would get a design and that didn't happen. If we would have continued to negotiate our plans with this contractor, maybe it would have
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- Virginia W.
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After contact three deck builders, we decided to go with keystone. Not only because their competitive price tag, but also because keystone is the only one who provided us a visual 3D file about what our deck would look like.(it turns out that the final project is very close to the 3d picture they provide). The whole project took them almost 6 days due to some weather condition. I am so impressed by their courtesy, punctuality, and wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you keystone, your hardworking brings me one of the best decks in my community, I would recommend keystone to all my friends!




- JING G.
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The entire experience was great, they came over a few times to look at our existing deck/space and discuss ideas. They listened to us but also offered their thoughts & suggestions. They showed up on time everyday, even worked in the pouring rain. The deck is stunning, we are beyond happy, we would definitely use
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- Lynne B.
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was punctual, caring and professional. He showed up on time for estimates and installation. He listened to and responded to all of our questions before estimating the work and again before starting the work. He completed the projects with minimal mess and/or commotion for our family. He has been careful to confirm our satisfaction before he finishes his work.
- Dave and Donna T.

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A K Remodeling and Design Services

40 N Plains Industrial Rd
Wallingford

A-1 Windows & Doors LLC

7 Herman Drive
Simsbury

Affordable Home Solutions

1257 Southford Road
Southbury

Affordable Home Solutions

1257 Southord Rd.
Southbury

Alcraft Inc

605 Washington Ave
North Haven

All Seasons Home & Landscape

PO BOX 314
Scotland

All-Time Manufacturing Co Inc

2 Bridge St
Montville

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

Andy's Handyman Service

80 Cow Hill Rd
Clinton

APR Roofing & Home Improvement

PO Box 297
South Windham

B & M Builders Decks Plus

63 Bullhill Rd
Colchester

Bara Construction LLC

35 Taylor Rd
Bethel

Baybrook Remodelers Inc

824 Boston Post Rd
West Haven

Bellevue Construction, Inc

15 Orchard Park Unit 18
Madison

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Better Home Improvements

144 Pine Lake Rd
Westbrook

Brian's Fix It

21 Soundview Ave
Old Saybrook

BUCKLAND HOME CONTRACTOR

48 WELCH St
Plainville

Built Right CT, LLC

198 Cooke St
Plainville

Cacique Construction

PO Box 548
Madison

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Callinan Construction LLC

40 RTE 148
Killingworth

Campos Custom Carpentry & Remodeling

1427 stafford ave
Bristol

Classic Concrete

151 Sycamore Dr

Classic Property Solutions LLC

229 Westfort Dr
Meriden

CMST Construction LLC

257 Alps Road
Branford

Connelly Building & Design, LLC

182 Sperry Drive
Guilford

Cornerstone Carpentry LLC

118 Klondike Street
Stratford

D & H CONCRETE

35 LAKE DR
Madison

Davoren Construction, Inc.

97 Clearfield Rd
Wethersfield

DCD Construction396

811 Phoenixville Road
Chaplin

Dexter Home Improvement, LLC

7 Sunset Dr
Waterford

DHZ Contracting

12 Soljer Dr.
Waterford

DITIORRE BUILDING & SERVICES

318 Elm St # 3
Meriden

Ditorre Building & Services

318 Elm St # 3
Meriden

Ed Herrington Inc

312 White Hill Ln

ed's carpentry

67 commodore commons
Derby

Everlast Construction LLC

49 Burtville Ave
Derby

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

G. Nevers Carpentry, LLC

511 Kettletown Rd.
Southbury

Gary Bertz Design Build

212 Georges Hill Rd
Southbury

GPM Home Services

17 Surrey Dr
Northford

Grove Gardens Landscaping Inc

341 E Main St
Clinton

Guerrera Landscaping LLC

164 Nut Plains Rd
Guilford

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

Handyman Connection- Fairfield

141 Mt Pleasant Rd
Newtown

HANDYMAN SERVICES OF CT, LLC

22 BROWNS LANE
Old Lyme

Home Doctor of America

15 New Lebbon Rd
Sandy Hook

Homescapes LLC

1355 Durham RD
Madison

J & L Concrete LLC

95 Downing St
New Haven

Jisonna Services

135 Canaan Rd
Stratford

JM Contracting Services, Llc

136 Airline Rd
Clinton

John Bagnoli Consrruction

714 Durham Road
Madison

John Bagnoli Construction

714 Durham Road
Madison

John Bagnoli Construction

714 Durham Road
Madison

John C Fiderio & Sons Inc

687 Broad St
Meriden

JVI Builders

9 Holly Pl
Wilton

Keith May Builder LLC

38 Five Field Rd
Madison

LAKEVIEW BUILDING & REMODELING

1054 Boston Post Rd
Guilford

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Marshall Home Pros

11 Olympia Ave

Mayas Services Home Improvement

15 Fox Run Rd
Norwalk

MILHOMME CONSTRUCTION

32 BOKUM RD
Chester

Mount Carmel Construction, LLC

370 State St
North Haven

MPB Builders

342 Thompson St
New Haven

Mr Fix It

23 Pardee Pl
Madison

Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County

2480 Blackrock Tpke
Fairfield

MURPHY'S BUILDING & REMODELING

384 GILEAD ST
Hebron

New England Companies, LLC

122 Pennsylvania Avenue
Niantic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

Newton Carpenters

12 Cross Rd
Chaplin

Odyssey Historic Construction LLC

204 East Main St
Clinton

Orange Fence & Supply Co Inc

205 Boston Post Rd
Orange

Our House llc

163 Saddle Ridge Road
Southbury

Parsons Home Improvement

1 Tamarack Ave
Danbury

Patrick T Daly Painting Co LLC

433 Little City Rd
Higganum

Petrucelli Construction

PO Box 612
Wallingford

Phoenix East Construction, LLC

25 S End Rd
East Haven

Porto Building & Remodeling LLC

40 Arthur Rd
North Branford

POST WOODWORKING INC

163 KINGSTON RD

PREFERRED PROPERTIES LSC

1456 HIGHLAND AVE
Cheshire

Renew Custom Kitchen & Bath

16 Pondview Dr
Cromwell

RINNCOM LLC

795 Grand st
Bridgeport

Safe Roof Cleaning, LLC

160 Oak Street
Glastonbury

Salem H J builders

48 Sunnybrook Lane
Clinton

Sevigny Custom Barns

47 Starr Road
Thompson

SIGEL BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION LLC

West Main Street
Cheshire

Sky Property Services

37 Hubbell Ave
Ansonia

Smart Choice Decks

876 Rodgers Ave

SnowShed Custom Cabinetry and Carpentry

320 N George's Hill Rd
Southbury

Sotac Home Improvement

109 Ridgefield St.
Hartford

Sound Carpentry of Old Saybrook

6 Tudor Court E
Old Saybrook

STONY CREEK WOODWORKING

75 Leete St
West Haven

SW Debs LLC

North Grosvenordale

Sweeneys Contracting

589 E Main St
Meriden

TCF Associates

259 South Main Street
Torrington

The House Doctor Handyman

45 Fenwood Rd
Old Saybrook

The Roofing Store LLC

125 Norwich Rd.
Plainfield

Tom Saint Painting & Remodeling, LLC

5 Fleetwood Dr
Sandy Hook

Visions Construction

New Fairfield

Vista Home Improvement

2003 Riverdale Road

Woodbury Supply Co Inc.

104 S Pomperaug Ave
Woodbury

Workhorse Repairs & Maintenance LLC

16 Rocky Ridge Rd
Westport

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