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worked with us extensively to provide us with the features we were looking for in our basement renovation project. The communication was" open and always punctual. We will definitely look to
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-Tiffany M.

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did a fantastic job! - Initial Meeting: I had an idea of the type of new deck I wanted (layout, seating, etc.), but they came up with an" even better design based on years of practical experience. They thought of things I never would have and developed a wonderful design. - During construction: The men on the site were very friendly and courteous. Just before the build got started I wanted to change the length of one set of stairs and the material of some of the supports. They catered to these adjustments perfectly. The build was done on time and bang on budget. - Durability: It's been a couple of years since we had the new deck put in. I've stained it twice just to make sure the wood stays protected. The construction is holding up very well. We couldn't be happier!

-Christian S.

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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 Stonington

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mentioned he was out of town the following week, but that the guy with him would provide me with an estimate over the weekend or on Monday at the latest. I hadn't received anything the next week so I gave the office a call. No one answered so I left a message. I then tried emailing the company and
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called me back (the next Friday) saying
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lost his phone, but he would figure out an estimate and get back to me that night or the next day, Saturday the 14th. It has been weeks and I haven't heard from anyone. This is unfortunate because I was actually really excited after we met and looked forward to working with them.
- Andrea D.
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Septic tank field lines were severely damaged during construction and required a complete replacement.
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(IGPD) refused to offer any compensation. IGPD utilized a concrete pump system to deliver concrete from concrete truck to the pool deck area where they were performing their work. During this process, they managed to blast concrete onto my newly installed roof. The concrete damage covered the entire roof of my 2 story home. Front and rear. IGPD did not notify us of the damage so when we noticed it days later, the concrete was bonded to the shingles and could not be removed without damaging the new roof. We are left with severe cosmetic damage to a newly installed roof. IGPD offered no compensation. During the installation of the pool pump, filter and heater, the plumbing and electrical systems were installed incorrectly and required multiple return trips by IGPD to resolve the issues. After IGPD completed the installation of the concrete pool deck, we noticed, after the first rain, large areas of deep standing water on the patio surface. The puddles were due to low spots and shallow pockets created during the installation process. IGPD offered no assistance for resolution. They simply provided us with a "tennis court squeegee" to remove the water after each rain. After less than 1 yr., the "
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Deck" surface that IGPD applied to the concrete patio they installed, began to flake off in large sections. IGPD sent an employee to repair the damage that was visible at the time. The concrete surface continued to flake off until approximately 40% of the entire patio surface was gone. I had a number of concrete professions survey the damage and provide their repair recommendations. The general consensus to repair all of the damage was to completely remove the entire deck and re-install using proper procedures and materials. This was not an option due to the amount of landscaping, fencing, etc. that had been installed after the pool area was constructed. Since the concrete, now visible where the surfacing had flaked off, appeared to be in fair condition, we decided to simply have the remainder of the "
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Deck" surface removed and then utilize the remaining concrete surface as our deck. IGPD agreed to remove the surfacing and hired a sub-contractor to perform the work. The concrete deck that remained was in horrible condition. Massive cracks, holes and hideous textures ranging from gravel-like to slip hazard smooth. IGPD no resolution and I was informed to no longer correspond with
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Brown (very nice and professional sounding salesman) but direct all future correspondence to
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Brown. Their position is that they rectified the issues when they removed the surface. I contacted Concrete Repair Specialists to survey the remains of my pool deck and offer possible solutions. I notified IGPD of the $14,845.00 repair cost quoted by CRS but received no response. I contracted CRS to perform repairs and resurface the deck. Although the deck still reflects the poor workmanship performed by IGPD, the final product achieved by CRS has left us with an outdoor activities area of durability and beauty that IGPD could not and would not provide at any cost.


- Clifford G.
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It went amazing. Always on time. Always worked late. When we first chose our materials, the cost of the deck was over 15 thousand dollars.
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was able to make the deck look exactly how we wanted but he introduced us to materials that were actually more durable, had better warranties, and COST LESS MONEY!! With a few tweaks on the design and these new materials, he lowered our cost an amazing 30% to 40%. No other contractor mentioned any of the ideas that
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had. He is an expert in his field. I wish he could do my whole house!!
- Michelle C.
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We have been very happy with every project
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has done. We believe we have received great value and service. The materials and workmanship are top notch and
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has always been very professional and responsive if there were any issues.
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has also done quality work at our son's house and at other relatives and friend's houses as a result of our recommendation. We will continue to hire
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and always recommend his company.
- Ava K.
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He came and did the consultation but never gave me the drawing. He made some very good suggestions and I had to do a hand-drawing on my own based on his suggestions. I followed up with them but never heard back.He made some suggestions about landscaping at the back fence; he suggested that I get some pine straw and
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river rock in a dry river bed. He also made some suggestions on a paver patio and firepit area but I wasn't wanting to move forward with that right away.
- LEANNE S.
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It was okay; they fixed the boards, but I'm not entirely happy with the work. He left two men who didn't speak English to do the work, and I couldn't communicate with them.
- Suzanne A.
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It went well he was on time and got the job done when he said it would. the price was a little expensive but worth it when he was done. I also asked him to look at a few other thing when he was done and gave me a price. he also picked up everyday which was nice to see.
- sarah B.
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I made initial contact through Angie's List using the "schedule an appointment" function. I got a response the next day from
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and described what I needed done and we setup the appointment to look at the repair job. On the day of the appointment, I met
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who is the general contractor for the company.
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was very easy to talk to and knew exactly what I wanted done and what my thoughts were on how the
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should be repaired. We discussed some dates for when the job could possibly be performed and then
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took my email address so that she could send me a bid for the job. I did have to follow up with a phone call in a couple of days to ask why I had not gotten a bid but then I got the bid the next day. The bid was reasonable so I replied back with my acceptance and from that point on I dealt directly by phone with
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in getting the work scheduled. He was very accommodating with trying to work around an unforeseen conflict that I had come up but all went well and in a few days the job was finished and all went well. The repair went faster than what I thought and the work area was cleaned up afterwards. I will be using
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Co. Construction for future jobs that are to big for me to handle but not big enough for "big boys". I highly recommend their work.
- Gary R.

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

AJ MULHOLLAND CONSTRUCTION

36 SWANTOWN RD
Preston

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 St
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.

Fisher and White Construction

12 Douglas Lane
Waterford

FORTIER'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

11 ACADEMY ST
Plainfield

Fresh Exterior Cleaning

954 Newfield Street
Middletown

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

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

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

Michael V Williams Builder LLC

146 Mile Creek Rd
Old Lyme

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

ROOFING SOLUTIONS

45 BANK ST
New London

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

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