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"Worst job ever. Horrible company and ignorant owner. We called in to get back on the schedule after paying $200 and he just kept pushing" us to the end of the week then to next week then the end of that week and so on.

-Amy J.

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" The work started the day we agreed on and contined every day thereafter until the job was done. maintained his presence throughout the job" as stated. We made some changes along the way and they accomodated. The crew were all hardworking professsionals.They were always friendly and ccurtious with the neighbors thru the whole project. We couldnt have been happier with the finished product. We will hire for more work in the near future.

-Tim K.

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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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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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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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was great to work with. He communicated clearly and easily what the deck plan was, what permit was needed (and how long it would take), accurately estimated the cost and the timeline to start and complete the work.
He accommodated our desire to change the footprint of the deck, add a few little features like an access ...More point to a faucet, steps that wrapped around a corner, and other little details such as dealing with slope of the yard and tieing deck in with existing gazebo structure and two doors to home.
His crew was fastidious in their work. They were not the fastest crew, but they cleaned up each night and the final product is beautiful and well made. Getting inspections done was delayed, but once the approval came, work resumed immediately. If weather caused a delay, we appreciated getting a call explaining that the crew would or wouldn't be there that day.
We are completely satisfied with the quality, look and price for our deck. Our neighbors have complemented us on the look and design of the deck as well as the workmanship. We highly recommend .
- amy H.
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. We received an estimate from in June who also warned us of his hectic schedule that would put the project back to August. He returned the weekend after giving the estimate to replace the board so that no one would fall through. He returned to complete the projects in October due to delays caused by projects that preceded ours. ...More He and his crew repaired everything well and the deck and bridge look much better and just in time for the holidays!
- Aya W.
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was very professional in providing an estimate to replace the front porch. The crew showed up a little later than expected due to a flat tire. They finished the job in one day and removed all of the debris. Yard was left very clean and no damage to landscaping. One minor issue was addressed and corrected within a week. Overall ...More we are pleased with the outcome.
- Julie L F.
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and his team did a great job from design to installation. Very complicated job on time within budget. They worked with us to refine the quote to ultimately give us exactly what we needed.
- Daniel M.
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Started the work on time but never completed.
don't TRUST THIS GUY.
BIG .
**** NEVER PAY MONEY IN FULL ****
PAY AS PER THE AGREEMENT. EVERY DAY HE COMES WITH SOME REASON AND ASKS FOR THE MONEY.
WE STILL HAVE A BIG HOLE
NEVER LIFTS HIS PHONE.
HE DID FOR OTHERS AS WELL IN MY COMMUNITY.

- Venu P.
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Everything went as smoothly as could be expected with what I would describe as a medium size project. came out promptly on time to give a bid and gave a written estimate the same day which ended up being the final cost. I worked with Chip who was the project manager who did a great job keeping us updated on what was going on ...More and what the plan was. Some bad weather and supply shortages (not NC exteriors issues) slowed down the project a few days but I knew about everything as it was happening. and his team did a great job replacing our siding and the painters made it perfectly blend with the rest of the house. Our roof needs to be replaced and we will definitely be contracting NC exteriors for that work and a deck replacement next year. We looked around for several months and many contractors this was certainly the right choice.
The Family
- Caitlin M.
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I did call with some questions after the service was done, that I wanted him to look at and I never heard back from them. The job was done nicely and it was beautiful. He was quick and responsive in the beginning.
- John P.
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was a pleasure to work from the beginning of my project. He is extremely professional and responded to my request through Angie's List immediately to schedule our initial visit.
My job started with a front porch remodel and because of the quality of work I saw in the initial stage, I quickly decided that I had a very ...More good contractor here and expanded the scope of work to some much needed deck, staircase and siding replacement.
and team demolished my old porch and overhand and broke down a large concrete planter and revealed the original porch stoop for my house that was built in 1918. This took me in a different design direction and I was able to "refresh" the concrete surfaces of the original steps and add Tuscan columns to make this period stoop usable and beautiful again.
My house has vinyl siding on the outside and after we removed the vinyl for the porch, I did not have the heart to replace it and decided to install Plank cement siding instead. Combined with new stoop and colums, the porch looks like it belongs with the original 1918 Federal style design.
The best thing about my experience is that with and team, I felt like I had a design partner as well as a contractor throughout the remodeling and renovation project. learned my design sensibilities and aesthetic quickly and I was able to rely on his carefully considered decisions throughout the project and was committed to a high quality job.
also put together a great team of high quality workers who were reliable and could execute quickly with a very high level of quality. When discussing the front staircase, brought in his best concrete contractor who worked his magic to create a beautiful curving staircase for my entry. Each phase of the project, was able to bring in other professionals that knew how to execute high quality work in their respective fields of expertise.
I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering deck, front porch or siding work here on Angie's List. I am a thoroughly satisfied customer and will definitely call for any future work on my home.

- David C.

Deck Builders in Southbury, CT

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2519 10th Street

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

A2Z Contractors LLC

169 Columbus Pl
Stamford

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-Around Handyman Service

4 Pratt Ln
New Milford

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

ARD Builders

P.O. Box 66
Guilford

Atlas Overhead Door Sales

7 Moody Rd
Enfield

Basement Solutions LLC

37 Main St
New Milford

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Benoit Construction Group LLC

1080 New Haven Ave
Milford

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Bob Beck

38 High Bridge Rd
Bantam

Bright Star Construction

69 Lynn Road
Ivoryton

Built Right CT, LLC

198 Cooke St
Plainville

Celebration Contracting LLC

20 Hamilton Dr
Madison

Church Hill Group, LLC

17 Kale Davis Rd
Sandy Hook

CKH INDUSTRIES

365 SILAS DEANE HWY
Wethersfield

Classic Property Solutions LLC

229 Westfort Dr
Meriden

CMST Construction LLC

257 Alps Road
Branford

Connecticut Basement Home Remodelers

P.O. Box 264
Wallingford

Davoren Construction, Inc.

97 Clearfield Rd
Wethersfield

DCD Construction396

811 Phoenixville Road
Chaplin

DeLucia Construction

20 Woods Grove Road
Shelton

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's carpentry

67 commodore commons
Derby

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Emini Masonry

137 Martone street

Exceptional Home Improvements

5 Samuelson Rd
Weston

Express Construction Inc

2716 Tenbroeck Ave

Fialkovich Contracting

11 Birchwood Lane
Monroe

G NEVERS CARPENTRY LLC

511 KETTLETOWN RD
Southbury

Gary Bertz Design Build

212 Georges Hill Rd
Southbury

GPM Home Services

17 Surrey Dr
Northford

Grandview Homes LLC

PO Box 347
Southbury

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

Handyman Connection- Fairfield

141 Mt Pleasant Rd
Newtown

Harmony Home Improvement

2389 Main st
Glastonbury

HERC Construction

6 Heritage Brook drive
East Haddam

Holmwood Construction

969 Long Hill Rd
Guilford

Home Doctor of America

15 New Lebbon Rd
Sandy Hook

Homescapes LLC

1355 Durham RD
Madison

Honest Homes Development LLC.

295 Oak Drive
Watertown

Integrity Construction

24 Old Lantern Rd
Danbury

Jamieson Limited LLC

20 Bentley Cir
Goshen

Jarrett's Home Improvement LLC

PO Box 113132
Stamford

JC Merritt Inc.

43 Hartwell Rd
New Milford

Jerry & Carr Services, LLC

118 Wilson Street
Bridgeport

Jisonna Services

135 Canaan Rd
Stratford

JM Contracting Services, Llc

136 Airline Rd
Clinton

John Bagnoli Construction

714 Durham Road
Madison

JVI Builders

9 Holly Pl
Wilton

LAKEVIEW BUILDING & REMODELING

1054 Boston Post Rd
Guilford

Lecla Home Improvements LLC

8 Alan Avenue
Danbury

LG Building and Remodeling LLC

475 Fishrock Road
Southbury

LJ's Residential Remodeling

77 Catherine st
Stratford

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAX PARANGI ARCHITECTS

399 Knollwood Road

Mayas Services Home Improvement

15 Fox Run Rd
Norwalk

Mount Carmel Construction, LLC

370 State St
North Haven

MURPHY'S BUILDING & REMODELING

384 GILEAD ST
Hebron

New England Companies, LLC

122 Pennsylvania Avenue
Niantic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

Northeast Facilities Management

27 Hyde Street
Torrington

Nunzianto Construction LLC

1510 great hill rd
Guilford

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

Paramount Construction Services LLC

1500 Echo Lake Rd
Watertown

Parsons Home Improvement

1 Tamarack Ave
Danbury

Perry Designs LLC

192 Tater Hill Rd
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

Porco Construction

P.O. Box 69
Newtown

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

Salem H J builders

48 Sunnybrook Lane
Clinton

SanDur LLC

K3 Nanni Drive
Winsted

Sevigny Custom Barns

47 Starr Road
Thompson

Shoreline Home Restoration LLC

215 Hawkins St
Derby

Shoreline Renovations

34 Taylor Ave
Madison

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 LLC

21 Robinhood Rd
Danbury

STONY CREEK WOODWORKING

75 Leete St
West Haven

Sweeneys Contracting

589 E Main St
Meriden

TCF Associates

259 South Main Street
Torrington

The Cooper Group

25 White Rock Road
Pawcatuck

The Roofing Store LLC

PO Box 294
Plainfield

Tom Saint Painting & Remodeling, LLC

5 Fleetwood Dr
Sandy Hook

Tully Construction Services

176 Old Salt Works Road
Westbrook

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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