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"We had a very good experience with
. Appropriate consultation, engineering, planning and inspections were done. We found the crew and sub-contractors" to be very skilled, courteous, and enjoyable. They were very flexible and worked with us to get what we wanted. We are very happy with the result and would recommend them without reservation. We have a high quality product which should last for a very long time.

-Gary R.

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"It went well. The deck looks great and we feel safe with our new deck now.
did almost all of the work by himself which was impressive cosidering" it was second floor deck. We had a couple of minor issues getting the inspection passed, but
came back in a timely manner and did what needed to get done in order to pass inspection. We would use him again.

-Matthew 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 Felton

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(sp?) came to the house about 0900 and removed my old wooden deck and replaced it with a composite deck. Their work was very precise and the deck is unbelievably substantial and of very high quality. It would probably survive an earthquake and I do anticipate that I will ever have a problem with it! They paid great attention to detail. All the measurements, cuts and installations of the deck material were outstandingly accurate and professionally done. I am a retired engineer with graduate degrees and I am extremely critical of work that is done for me.
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EXCEEDED my expectations by a long shot. I am recommending them to all my friends. They were responsive, timely and I couldn't have asked for more. I heartily recommend them and will be delighted to provide recommendations or answer questions to anyone who may be considering a deck builder.
- Frank J.
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I decided not to do the work since it was more expensive than I thought it would be. His prices weren't out of line since they were comparable to what someone else estimated. He was super professional and courteous, and definitely knew what he was talking about. He explained things that I didn't even think about. I will definitely consider using
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- Susan M.
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We have a large high deck off the back of our house and because of the 12 ft height and sloping backyard, we were never able to get a staircase down to the yard and patio. It was a challenging task but
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and his team did a fantastic job. He finished on time and on budget and kept me informed of his design plans beforehand and also during the project. I I felt like all my demands were met and that I had a say in how the job was to be completed, which was very important to me.. It was a great experience from start to finish.
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knows his stuff. If you need a new deck or an addition to your existing deck, Call
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is your guy. Everyone who sees the new stairs, admires them.
- terry J.
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was supposed to put down wood as a base for bamboo floors to go on.
He charged for 8 hours a day and wasn't there but six per day. That's
including him going to Lowes to get the baseboards. He walked off the
job and said he was done. I pointed out that there was still flooring
that needed to be put down and he said he was through. He walked off
the job without finishing it. He said if the guy putting the bamboo
down wanted to have wood there that he could do it himself. The bamboo
guy charged me twenty dollars per space that should have been done by
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. Very disappointed.
I can no longer refer him to my clients or friends. I am a Realtor and I need someone that is dependable and reasonable. I have used him many times before and loved working with him. We don't understand what changed with him, but can no longer depend on him to finish a job. Maybe it's time to retire. We hate that we can't use him any more. We can't get almost through with a job and have them leave it unfinished.


- Cheree D.
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this was the 2nd project within a year that
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and his team have done for me. Last September they installed a dock with boat lift. Well done and was the envy of the lake. Another neighbor is using them now for their dock. A year later we love it and use it often. This summer we decided to have them install a carport.
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was able to design and install exactly what I was looking for and we are very pleased. We plan to use them again for another similar structure on our property. The crew is very polite and work hard.
- Cindy A.
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They did a good job, they just didn’t quite match the stain on the front. The price was good. They were punctual, fast, professional and courteous and they did what I want them to do.
- Bonnie G.
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We had a
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issue with a low battery warning going off on a smoke detector that was mounted on our cathedral ceilings, which we did not have a long enough step ladder to reach ourselves. I contacted various
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services and
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was kind enough to actually return the call and offer his services for a very good price. We scheduled for him to arrive the following Monday and my wife planned on going into work later to see him in. He never showed up, did not respond to any calls, and we never got a reason for him not showing up.
- Eric C.
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's Construction does a first rate job at building decks. Our only complaint was that they could have worked better with our landscaping/hardscaping contractor.
- David P.

Deck Builders in Felton, DE

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A to Z 1st Builders LLC

87 gardenia blvd

A to Z First Builders LLC

87 Gardenia Blvd
Greenwood

A.G. Builders

16466 Seahore Hwy
Georgetown

Affordable Roofing and Siding

70 Humpsman Dr
Dover

Aml Top Quality Construction

1522 Cattail commons way

APJ Home Repair Services

73 Frog Leg Ln
Frederica

Atlantic Aluminum Products

12144 Sussex Hwy
Greenwood

atlantic shore builders llc

32129 Dupont blvd
Dagsboro

B & M Electric Inc

19460 Savannah Rd
Georgetown

Bayside Roofing Inc

394 Masseys Millpond Rd
Smyrna

Blue Heron Builders, LLC

15 Albert Place
Felton

Blueline Contracting

28307 Bowden Street
Millsboro

Bright Side Building & Design

22 Sarah Circle
Camden

C & C Siding and Window Inc

Po Box 578
Ocean View

Camenisch Company Inc.

302 Chestnut St
Milton

CME Construction

212 Purple Finch Ln
Milford

collins wood Products

205 South Main St.

Comer Construction Co Inc

25020 RIVERMERE DRIVE

David S. Lawson Contracting, LLC

2392 Flat Iron Rd
Harrington

Deck Resurrect

10240 Sharptown Road

Destiny Construction

1022 Beaglin Park Drive

Double J Construction

16495 Heritage Ln
Milford

Gullwing Contracting Inc

728 Toby Collins Ln
Harrington

GW Home Improvements

27185 Crooked Oak Lane

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd

Helping Hands Home Improvement, LLC

34282 Harbor North
Millsboro

J. Rocco`s Construction, LLC.

22476 Deep Branch Rd
Georgetown

K&B Builders

613 Elm Street
Seaford

Kersey Home Improvement

104 McCoy St
Milford

Lane's Construction

23 Bree St
Felton

M Phippin Contracting Inc.

8735 Island Pointe Drive

M. R. Hurst Contracting LLC

31722 Coveys Landing Road

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

McLamb's Construction

1309 Middleneck Dr

Mellors Contacting LLC

17 dorman st
Harrington

Mercedes Benz Of Salisbury

2013 North Salisbury Blvd

Natural Creativity

605 Cedarwood Ave
Milford

Ocean City Boat Lifts & Marine Construction, Inc.

12010 Industrial Park Road, Unit 11

Ottinger services

28509 pocohontas

Porch Protection Systems

9203 Brickyard Rd.
Seaford

Pryor Services LLC

Po Box 247
Milton

PSA Design Studio

14791 Staytonville Rd
Lincoln

Quality Builders Inc

213 Willow Ave
Camden Wyoming

Rolyn Companies

7 Crozerville Road

Runk's Custom Woodworking LLC

425 Rudder Ln
Milton

Scholz's mobile home Service

5 nelsa lane
Millsboro

Schwinn's Construction

34689 Heartland Dr

Yencer Builders Inc

925 Marshyhope Rd
Felton

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