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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!

-Eric G.

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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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Deck Building reviews in Stonington

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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.

All Deck Builders in Stonington, CT

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A L Contracting, LLC

436 New London Turnpike
Norwich

A Plus Construction LLC

252 E Main St
Jewett City

A-1 Windows & Doors LLC

7 Herman Drive
Simsbury

ABCR Solutions

P.O. Box 512
Old Mystic

ABS Systems

205 Main St

Advanced Improvements LLC

61 W Main St
Mystic

AGENDA HOME IMPROVEMENT

123 BEAR HILL RD
Dayville

Alcraft Inc

605 Washington Ave
North Haven

Algiere's Landscaping LLC

132 Parks Rd
Preston

All Seasons Home & Landscape

PO BOX 314
Scotland

ALL TRADES

Quaker Hill

All Washed Up Power Washing LLC

1402 trumbull highway
Lebanon

All-Time Manufacturing Co Inc

2 Bridge St
Montville

AM-PM Roofing

30 Mill St
Middletown

American Remodeling

19 Green Field Ln
North Haven

ARTISTIC HOME IMPROVEMENT

70 WHALEHEAD RD
Gales Ferry

Avery and Sons

265 Colonel Ledyard Hwy
Mystic

BAZINET LLC

41 Sullivan Rd
Jewett City

BENEDETTO PAINTING & HOME INPROVEMENT

133 MILFORD POINT RD
Milford

Benoit Builders LLC

80 Brunswick Ave
Moosup

Better Built Basements LLC

229 Christian Ln
Berlin

Better Home Improvements

144 Pine Lake Rd
Westbrook

Built Right Remodeling

106 Avery Hill Rd.
Ledyard

Cabral's Home Improvement LLC

54 Alger Place
New London

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Caulkins Design & Building

5 Freedom Way
Niantic

CHACE BUILDING SUPPLY of CT

90 ROUTE 171
Woodstock

Champion Window Co of RI LLC

15 Centre Of New England Blvd

CHARLES J BRAND & SON

9 OVERLOOK AVE
Mystic

Connecticut Home Network, LLC

116 Wawecus Hill Rd
Bozrah

Cornerstone Carpentry LLC

118 Klondike Street
Stratford

Creative Enclosures LLC

56 Stockhouse Rd
Bozrah

D.H. Radomski, Inc.

26 Steadman St
Hartford

Dependable Contracting Services

6 Plant Drive
Waterford

Dexter Home Improvement, LLC

7 Sunset Dr
Waterford

DHZ Contracting

12 Soljer Dr.
Waterford

DM Remodeling

290 Ohio Ave
Groton

Edward Gonsalves

89 Niantic River Rd
Waterford

ENTERPRISING SOLUTIONS LLC

11DANIEL ST.
Norwich

Evergreen Decks

610 Brooklyn Turnpike
Hampton

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FORTIER'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

11 ACADEMY ST
Plainfield

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 N Main St
Norwich

Fuery Development Group LLC

445 North Main St
Norwich

Gene McAllister Builder, LLC

473 Fabyan Rd
North Grosvenordale

Girard's General Contracting LLC

12 Crocker Hill Rd.
Ledyard

GO2DUMP LLC

144 New Road
Thompson

GRAY CONTRACTING

132 North st
Groton

GS Flatwork

60 Oakland Dr
Oakfield

Gutters & More

495 Main St
Cromwell

HARBOUR PAINTING

68 HEMPSTEAD ST
New London

Holtzworth Home Improvement

81 Norwich Salem Tpke
Oakdale

Home Elements LLC

455 Levita Road
Lebanon

House Doctors

206 McKinley Ave.
Norwich

J Davis llc Remodeling

PO Box 375
Niantic

John Henderson Construction LLC

300 Pendleton Hill Rd
Voluntown

JRS Custrom Interiors

25 Prospect St
Putnam

K.Z. Construction

55 Woodland Road
Lebanon

Krupula Enterprise LLC

432 North Main Street
Moosup

LARRY THE HANDYMAN

66 STONYBROOK RD
Gales Ferry

Lefevre Bros, LLC

99 Patrick Rd
Jewett City

Lizardi's Fix4 You!

44 Pratt Street
Norwich

LOWE'S

167 WATERFORD PKWY N
Waterford

M & W Enterprises LLC

2 Ann Rd
Waterford

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAJ Remodeling LLC

17 Deerfield Rd
Waterford

Matt The Handy Man

101 Summit Woods Dr
Norwich

McCutcheon Building & Remodeling

32 Myrock Ave
Waterford

MHI Building & Remodeling

60 Scotland Rd
Chaplin

MOROSKY BUILDING & REMODELING

43 Walnut Dr
Uncasville

Mystic Professional Service

25 New London Road
Mystic

New England Companies, LLC

122 Pennsylvania Avenue
Niantic

New England Traditions

262 Derry Hill Rd
Uncasville

New Hope Carpentry

58 May Street
Fairfield

North American Building Inc

100 Putnam Rd
Dayville

NORWICH LUMBER CO

RR 12
Jewett City

Patterson Painters

502 Thames St # 3
Groton

Perfection Powerwashing

166 Pickett Rd.
Plainfield

Peter F Stadnick LLC

196 Old Norwich Rd
Quaker Hill

R.Rich Construction LLC

89 Monroe ave
Griswold

RB Painting & Restoration

206 Cow Hill Rd
Mystic

Red Cap Construction

2 River Road Apt 1A
Lisbon

Renew Custom Kitchen & Bath

16 Pondview Dr
Cromwell

ROOFING SOLUTIONS

45 BANK ST
New London

S.W. Debs, LLC

503 Fabyan Rd.
North Grosvenordale

Safe Roof Cleaning, LLC

160 Oak Street
Glastonbury

SCRIBNERS KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN

44 Route 32
Quaker Hill

Select Construction LLC

82 Cross Road
Chaplin

Sevigny Custom Barns

47 Starr Road
Thompson

Simonds & Co LLC

4 Broadway Ave
Mystic

STRESS FREE SOLUTIONS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

64 Bennett Circle
Voluntown

Tetlow Builders LLC

13 Reuven Dr
Ledyard

The Hampton Remodeling Co LLC

247 Singleton Rd
Chaplin

The Roofing Store LLC

125 Norwich Rd.
Plainfield

THERMALFIT LLC

10 Laurier Ln
Lisbon

Top Coat Painters

120 Branch Hill Road
Preston

Trudeau Home Improvement

20 railroad ave
Plainfield

Twenty Design

697 A Pomfret ST
Pomfret Center

Woodhaven Development Corp

335 Prospect Hill Rd
Windsor

Yankee Remodeler of New London Inc

95 Truman St
New London

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