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and the crew doing the actual build, the total experience was beyond my expectations. In the quoting process
took the time to answer every question thoroughly and suggested a few different approaches to the design that as it turned out worked perfectly. There was a minor schedule conflict I had with the start of the build and
easily managed to work around it without issue.
and the crew's workmanship is impeccable and we really enjoyed working with
. We love the porch and are spending of ton of time in it. I recommend
highly and would not hesitate to use them again.

-Edward M.

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"I paid him $550 up front. He started on time and completed approximately 1/3rd of the job. I gave him an extra $75 for paint brushes. He spattered stain on the" porch floor and on a screen. He was able to remove the stain from the porch floor but not from the screen. He originally bid the job at 40 hours, but it took him about 2 weeks to complete the 1/3rd he has done. He has since stopped coming, and will not return my attempts at contacting him.

-Frederick E.

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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 Southbury

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came to my front door and gave the most horrible first impression. It's like he already knew he wasn't gonna do the job for us. Maybe we are not his usual 'type' of customers just because we told him that we are doing some research on other companies and exploring the most economical options? We had a 10 minute conversation.. No estimate given, no measurements taken and by the end of the conversation he accused us of 'using him' and he said 'his time is important'... Who says that to potential business?? Customer service was absolutely horrible... Not a good way to get hired!
- Moses B.
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After setting up a meeting 7-days in advance i get a message from
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saying he didn't want to meet that day because of the Blue Angels. Seriously? He blamed it on traffic but I think he was more interested in watching the Blue Angels than figuring out how to get to the meeting either on time or maybe a little later in the day. Weak!!!
- Jeffrey L.
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did an awesome job. He could visualize what we wanted in the project and delivered. He is the most honest contractor we've ever worked with. We gave him our garage door code to get in so he could have access to the electrical panels when we were not home. No matter how busy he was he always stopped to talk about what we wanted or needed done on the job. If there were any issues or problems with the work (we had nothing major at all!), as soon as we mentioned it to him, BAM, it was corrected without any comments, questions or complaints!!!!! There was a problem with our roof installation that we were unaware of but
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noticed it and was not happy. He took that section of roof down and replaced it correctly. He pointed out what the problem was and absorbed the cost himself (which is the correct and professional thing to do!). It's about 21 X 12 foot porch, with rough cedar siding inside and vinyl siding outside. He tore out and replaced a retaining wall on one side. He ripped off the old indoor-outdoor carpeting and installed tile flooring on the concrete base. He hooked up a storm door, cable, electrical outlets, ceiling fan and lighting. He also built Plexiglas panels to pop into the screened windows to keep out wind, rain or snow and built a beautiful storage "cabinet" for them when they are out. We would and WILL have
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back to our home for some more work that needs to be done here. He also did a massive bi-level deck at my sisters home that is absolutely gorgeous. (She is not an Angie's member which is why I mention it.) We think
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is the next best thing to sliced bread. we've got dibs on him, so you may have to wait to get him to your place!!!!!
- Aileen S.
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Turns out he is the same owner of
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seems to have a habit of taking off with people's money and not completing the work. He came by in March to measure the roof. We tried for two months to contact him to find out what was going on, when was the engineer coming by to make the report, when would he be speaking to each of the three top floor owners to discuss designs.
Finally, nearly 10 weeks later, he delivered his "design". The roof measurements were all wrong, he "designed" one large deck covering the whole roof with dividing walls (not what we said we wanted).
NO engineering report of any kind. We we tried to contact him to find out what was going on with the report, to express that this was not what we wanted, he became abusive and very erratic in his behavior.
We made two appointments for him to come by and remeasure the roof and meet with each owner. He never showed up and never returned any e-mails or phone calls. At this point it became clear this was a scam.
After showing up at his office, we finally got our money back.
STAY AWAY. This is not a legit business.
- Patty L.
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Homes Unlimited and their team was very professional. The most challenging part was that they were booked out for more than two months. However, the wait was worth it. The team worked quick and efficiently, taking pictures, explaining what they found as well as guiding us through how they were fixing it and informing us what we needed to do to expedite the work (identify tile, grout and paint colors, etc). They were also able to fix some unrelated siding issues upon request. I would definitely use them again but plan ahead because they are often very busy.
- Brian P.
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We are very happy with our deck. Excellent customer service--
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and his crew went above and beyond 18 months after deck completion when we had some moisture issues. The issues were not caused by the deck, but
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came out and did a thorough investigation to make sure deck was not contributing.
- Eric & Alexa J.
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I had three service providers to my home to give me quotes on removing my old wooden two-level deck in backyard and build a new deck with accessibility to my home.
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was the only one to provide a design that was one level thus eliminating possible safety issues. His quote was similar to another provider's two-level deck with ramps quote.
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's price was fair for the amount of work/materials required for the project. I feel I received my money's worth. The deck, ramps, and landing were built with composite material (TREX) and to
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compliance. The deck is approximately 15x30' with ramps 5x20' and two 5x5' landings. The final result is more that I could have imagined: extremely functional for my young grandson's power wheelchair to access my home and it looks fantastic ("Home Beautiful" magazine quality.) The work crew were prompt and kept the worksite clean even washing deck daily as each phase was completed. Workers were polite and professional.
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made sure the deck met my needs and was quality-built. TREX representative checked out the final deck project ensuring it met their criteria...it did. Thank you,
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, I love my new deck and so does my grandson,
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. He says it is like going to a hotel.


- Rosemary G.
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We knew from our very first interaction with
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that he was a true professional, and a perfectionist. We gave him our wishlist, which consisted of tearing down our existing deck, and replacing it with a paver patio. He listened carefully to all of our wishes, guiding us in certain areas where we had doubts, and the final result was something better than we even dreamed of.
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was very easy to work with, EXTREMELY responsive to our emails, phone calls and texts, and he was very honest about everything. In our original agreement, we had several semi-mature trees that were going to be planted around the lawn.
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and his team informed us that when they went to pick up the trees, that they were not in good shape, and elected to not put them in. Some vendors would have put the trees in just so they could deliver on what was promised; but we were so appreciative that the folks at
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were honest and apologized, but were not comfortable with anything sub-par. We agreed that the trees would be put in when better quality trees were available.
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's crew arrived on time each day, and were very polite and respectful. They made sure to clean up after themselves each day, and cordoned off the section of our fence that had to be removed to allow for their machinery to access our lawn.
When the project was completed, we did a walk through, and there was one very minor issue. We agreed that the issue would be repaired in full before the remainder of the balance was paid, and to me that shows great customer service. They stood by their work, and were not happy until we were happy. AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY!
When all was said and done,
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left behind a really nice patio (which we have received multiple compliments on already), beautiful landscaping, and any of the lawn that was damaged while they were doing the work was patched up, re-soiled and re-seeded.
We will definitely be calling on
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and his crew for any future landscaping jobs that come up!
- Kelley P.

Deck Builders in Southbury, CT

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4 Seasons Landscaping of CT, LLC.

51 Sugar Hollow Rd.
Danbury

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

America One Abatement Inc.

40 Atwater Street
New Haven

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

Apple Hill Construction LLC

PO Box 206
Beacon Falls

Arnold's Masonry, LLC

Wooster Ave
Waterbury

B & M Builders Decks Plus

63 Bullhill Rd.
Colchester

Bara Construction LLC

35 Taylor Rd
Bethel

Basement Solutions LLC

37 Main St
New Milford

Baybrook Remodelers Inc

824 Boston Post Rd
West Haven

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

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

Campos Custom Carpentry & Remodeling

1427 stafford ave
Bristol

Celebration Contracting LLC

20 Hamilton Dr
Madison

Church Hill Group, LLC

17 Kale Davis Rd
Sandy Hook

CKH INDUSTRIES

365 SILAS DEANE HWY
Wethersfield

Clark Concepts LLC

PO Box 348
Rogers

Classic Concrete

800 Main St

Classic Property Solutions LLC

229 Westfort Dr
Meriden

CMST Construction LLC

257 Alps Road
Branford

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

Dry X Waterproofing

67 meadow hill rd
Brookfield Ct

E & C Construction Co Inc

18 Brentwood Rd
New Milford

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

Grade A Home Improvement LLC

490 Main St.
Middlefield

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

Handyman Connection- Fairfield

141 Mt Pleasant Rd
Newtown

Harmony Home Improvement

2389 Main st
Glastonbury

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

JC Merritt Inc.

43 Hartwell Rd
New Milford

Jisonna Services

135 Canaan Rd
Stratford

JM Contracting Services, Llc

136 Airline Rd
Clinton

John Bagnoli Construction

714 Durham Road
Madison

John C Fiderio & Sons Inc

687 Broad St
Meriden

JVI Builders

9 Holly Pl
Wilton

LAKEVIEW BUILDING & REMODELING

1054 Boston Post Rd
Guilford

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LG Building and Remodeling LLC

475 Fishrock Road
Southbury

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

Odyssey Historic Construction LLC

204 East Main St
Clinton

One Stop Home Improvement

29 Pinecrest Rd
Willington

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

Perry Designs Llc

192 Tater Hill Road
East Haddam

Petrucelli Construction

PO Box 612
Wallingford

Phoenix East Construction, LLC

25 S End Rd
East Haven

Pickering Construction LLC

127 Candlewood Mtn Rd
New Milford

POST WOODWORKING INC

163 KINGSTON RD

PREFERRED PROPERTIES LSC

1456 HIGHLAND AVE
Cheshire

Right Choice Remodeling

P.O. Box 8117
New Fairfield

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

SOLIMINE CONTRACTING

21 Robinhood Rd
Danbury

STONY CREEK WOODWORKING

75 Leete St
West Haven

TCF Associates

259 South Main Street
Torrington

The House Doctor Handyman

45 Fenwood Rd
Old Saybrook

The Roofing Store LLC

PO Box 294
Plainfield

TL Home Improvement LLC

176 Ripton Rd
Shelton

Tom Saint Painting & Remodeling, LLC

5 Fleetwood Dr
Sandy Hook

Valerie Spencer Interiors LLC

146 Brewster Rd
West Hartford

Van Fleet Builders

14 Circle Drive
Clinton

Visions Construction

1 Frisbie St.
New Fairfield

Vista Home Improvement

2003 Riverdale Rd

Woodbury Supply Co Inc.

104 S Pomperaug Ave
Woodbury

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