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"Restored roof damage, interior damage including large structural beam.
was amazing to work with. He was honest, fair and prompt.
" 's team did excellent work restoring unexpected tree damage that was fairly significant.
went out of his way to locate an "heirloom" structural beam of similar vintage to the 1955 modern home. The replacement beam was the crown-jewel of the project, as anything less than a beam that perfectly matched the house would have ruined the restoration. I unreservedly recommend
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-Michael S.

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"Everything went fairly well. The install of the riprap only took about a week. The only problem was that it had rained the night before and there was pretty extensive" damage done to the lawn. It ended up costing approximately $4000 in new sod to repair. It probably should have been put off another week. When I asked about them about repairing the lawn they referred me to a landscape company. They told me that it is part of the business. Overall I am satisfied with the riprap they installed. They even replaced some of the dock that was damaged.

-Barry B.

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Decks and Porches

Building a deck or porch can be a great added benefit to any home. Learn about common deck materials and get tips for hiring a porch or decking contractor.

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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 Newark

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They built a great deck for my home and they showed up on time all the time. The deck turned out great for my family to enjoy in the coming summer! Everyone loves it so much.
- TAO Z.
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He came out and did not finish the work, stopped the process in the middle of the job. He is someone to stay away from, he does not have the credintials to be working. He is not to be trusted.
- Lin F.
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Terrific job. Without a doubt would work with them again. The craftsmenship was excellent. Communications was the best I ever experienced. I never had to wonder what was going to happen next.
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kept me up to date on each phase of the project. Built the deck in a single day, crew was right size to handle the job I needed. When the job was completed the employees of
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cleaned up every last scrap of material, leaving everything to look the way it did before the project.
- John S.
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The job was flawless, it was great! The price was good and fair, they cleaned up nicely afterwards, and always showed up on time. All in all, no problems.
- Jeanine S.
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I was a wonderful experience and they were great. We had some water problems and he worked with the township and he did whatever they said. They wanted a filter put on the deck and he told them that it wouldn't be necessary. He got it to what would work for us. It only a slight cost more. He did a beautiful job on the deck. He started it and finished it when he said he would. He worked straight through until it was done. He put what was required underneath the deck. He saw to it that it passed.
- Susan B.
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They did come out and give an estimate and they were very nice, but we had scheduling issues with them. We initially tried to get the work scheduled, and thought that we did. However, it seems that our scheduling was bumped for a larger job. We contacted Angie's List for a refund.
- Tammy Marie H.
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I thought when we signed up with Angie's list they would be weeding out the contractors who are not professional.
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came over and looked at two different projects that we need done in our home. One to be completed ASAP (cash in hand now) and the other in the fall. He seemed very nice and knowledgeable on the tasks at hand. When he left he informed us that it might be as late as the next week before he would be able to get a bid to us.....well, it has been 3 weeks and I have not even received a courtesy call. If you don't want the business, the job, or don't have the time, you should still return a call. I am very disappointed in the professionalism of some of the businesses that Angie's list allows on their website.
- Douglas A.
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was very prompt, responsive, and professional. He scheduled a date and time to come out and measure for a new patio and covered patio for our backyard along with a sidewalk and small area for garbage cans. He arrived on time and called to let me know he was on schedule. He provided a thorough bid within 2 weeks of the visit. We ultimately decided to go with another vendor but not due to pricing. His pricing was right in line with other bids. The other vendor we chose could roll in some hardscape work and provided better visual representation of the work we wanted done so we went with them. I would recommend them and would definitely have them bid on future projects.
- Connie R.

Deck Builders in Newark, DE

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A & Beyond Services

1198 Chester Pike

A E Quesenberry Carpentry, LLC

1012 Stanton Rd.
Wilmington

A List Concrete

18 Lafayette Ave

A MAN FOR ALL REASONS

105 CHEYNEY DR

AAA Painting & Powerwashing

42 Montrose Dr.
Newark

AAluminum Fence

1373 Birchwood Ave.

ABC Home Improvements

4142 Ogletown Stanton Road
Newark

Agron Construction

10154 Bustleton Avenue

Alfonso Sanbe Construction

1207 Butler Street

Alfred Spearman

Blueridge Cir
Newark

All United Roofing & Siding

313-B S. Walnut St
Wilmington

Allegiance Builders Inc

1804 Skiles Blvd

Alta Design

948 Matsonford Rd

Asphalt Services

500 E Maple Ave

ASV General Contractors

4301 Decatur Street

ATG Construction LLC

2137 Darby Creek Rd

Ayala Painting

306 Central Ave
Wilmington

B & F Millwork

607 Mary Street

B & L Home Remodeling

1816 Mount Holly Rd

B The B Construction

572 Wartman St

B.L. Ward & Associates

1148 Pulaski Highway, Suite 223
Bear

Bansaz Construction

602 Greenview Dr

BarrNone Construction

PO Box 5532
Newark

Bass Remodeling

3485 Linda Ln

Bayside Exteriors

32295 Nassau Rd
Lewes

bbabuilds

2723 E Madison St

BDP Excavating

19 Reese Ave

Beck & Panico Builders

411 Snuff Mill Hill
Hockessin

Beckers Chimney And Roofing

54 Emandan Ln
Hockessin

Beltran & Son's Inc.

7228 Ditman Street

BenFab Inc

13 S Highland Ave.

Bergo Fencing Inc

2030 Grant Ave.

Best Contracting

3850 Ridge Rd

BLUE HEN VINYL INC

19 Erie Ave
New Castle

BLUESTONE GARDENS

18 EASTON RD

Bolster Ltd

Box 1786

Borsello Landscaping

720 Yorklyn Rd
Hockessin

CADILLAC CONTRACTING

1164 Horseshoe Pike

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carmen General Contracting

2623 S. Darien St.

carter construction co.

41 carole road
Newark

Casa Bella Builders Inc

3205 Bristol Dr
Wilmington

Cavalier Construction Co Inc.

2407 Red Lion Rd.
Bear

CAVELLA CONTRACTING

2818 Cedar Street

Ceccola Construction Co LLC

2417 Silverside Rd
Wilmington

Classic Exteriors Inc

2300 Cattail Ln

Classmate Contractors

525 South Heald Street
Wilmington

Cohen Contracting

138 Carmen Dr

collins construction

532 jackson rd.

Columns of Wood

2066 Squirrel Hill Rd

Common Structure LLC

4103 Unruh St.

Competitive Painters

4762 Parkman Ct

CTC Contracting

2109 Biddle Street
Wilmington

Curry's Home Improvements

171 Hillside Circle

CUSTOM CONTRACTOR

673 MOHAWK AVE

D&J Home Improvements LLC

2 E Weatherly Rd
New Castle

D'King Construction

3914 N 7th street

Dadem Contracting

922 Pitman Ave

DAndrea Contracting

230 Milford Dr
Middletown

De Carlo Construction

6326 Roxbury Rd

Decks R Us

10 N. Vintage Rd

Delaware Constructionology

314 White Pine Dr
Middletown

Delaware County Restoration

5 1/2 (rear) Bartram Ave

Divine Painting & Construction

41 Martindale Dr
Newark

divine painting & construction

41 Martindale Dr
Newark

divinepainting&construction

41 Martindale Dr
Newark

DLS Builders LLC

1048 Gap Rd

Duane Quick Home Repair

2231 W Diamond st

Dunrite construction company

1916 N West St
Wilmington

Dvorak Construction & Design

207 SILVER BIRCH LN
Bear

Dynamic Remodel & Repair

2505 Concord Pike
Wilmington

E&K Builders LLC

PO Box 37170

Emerald Isle Services LLC

6 Rolling Rd
Claymont

Equity Builders

462 South Feathering Lane

EUROPEAN PAINTING CO

50 WELLINGTON DR
Newark

F. Ramondo Inc.

1020 Garrett Mill Rd.

Fackenthall Construction

15 Dartmouth Circle

Ferreiro Inc

304 E. Ayre street
Newport

Ferris Home Improvements

209 Main St
Wilmington

FINNERTY LANDSCAPING

510 E BARNARD ST

First Class Contracting

231 Shore Wind Rd
Bear

First State Building and Design

110 E Main St
Newark

First State Contractors Inc

5700 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington

flannigan russo contractors

525 NEWTON LAKE DRIVE

Gallagher's Power washing

513 Raspberry Lane

Gambacorta Construction Consulting

4617 Ethel Circle
Wilmington

GEM Home Maintenance

174 Nassau St.

genconUSA

8023 Mars PL

Goldey Co. Inc

Glen Mills, PA

GP Martini Roofing Co

600 Brandywine Ave

Great Railing

1086 N Black Horse Pike

Green Hill Fencing

307 green hill rd

Greenable

2037 Washington Ave.

GreenWorks Designs

1208 Broad Street

Griffith Exteriors

126 Railroad Dr

Handy Dan

PO Box 552

Handycraft Construction

126 Great Oak Drive

handyman99llc

900 mcdade blvd

HOME SERVICES UNLIMITED

8 Alexis Drive
Newark

Homecraft Inc

1407 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington

Homeowners Helping Hand LLC

not available
Newark

Homes R Us

Newark

Install America

1353 Alleghenyville Rd

Integrity Exteriors

100 Greenhill Ave
Wilmington

ISC LLC Remodeling

4364 Manayunk Ave

Itsdiggz General Contractor

PO BOX 113
Middletown

JOSEPH KERNS

632 DUPONT ST

JRM Enterprises

155 Esplanade Ave

JRT Contracting

22 2nd Ave

JS Contracting

68 Upper Orchard

JW Home Improvements,LLC

805 West Third Avenue

K & L Construction

3445 Thompson st

K&A Construction

239 Prince William Way

Katek Construction

1501 N Beecham Rd

KCS Carpentry

15 Twin Oaks Drive

Keen Builders

502 Lestershire

KEENER CONCEPTS

2850 NORCOM RD

Keith Wilson Contracting

70 Old Dublin Pk. G-7

Kerry's Handyman Service

3569 Station Ave

Keystone Custom Decks

631 Springville Rd

Kitchens Baths Blinds Floors & More

240 S DUPONT HWY
New Castle

KMC Construction

1244 Steel Rd

Kolbi & Company LLC

1382 Piedmont Dr

KPI 2 Incorporated

117 E Philadelphia Ave

KPK Contracting

207 MacDade Blvd

Krewatch Construction

1125 Old Lancaster Pike
Hockessin

Lambert Contractors

106 Maple Ct
Newark

LEMPER'S LANDSCAPING INC

PO Box 430
Townsend

Lenhart Construction

414 Washington Street

Liberty Builders LLC

239 Ardmore Avenue

LL Renovation LLC

3RD AVE
New Castle

Lovin Contractors

5712 Cottage St

LOWE'S

630 COWPATH RD

Luxury Bath & Kitchens

469 Easton Road

M & L Contractors

3602 Drumore Drive

M D Warren Co Inc

505 Springhill Ave
Wilmington

M'rked Improvements, LLC

2406 West Newport Pike
Wilmington

M5 Construction LLC

280 Bridgewater Road

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Madrid Construction LLC

5700 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MARRS CONTRACTING INC

13 CANARY COURT
Middletown

Martin & Calloway LLC

1224 McKennans Church Rd
Wilmington

Martin's Home Improvement

304 Concord Ave
Wilmington

Michael Marino Inc.

3 Clemson Court
Newark

Milano Home Improvement

401 Pennsylvania Ave

MNS ENTERPRISES LLC

140 Bradford Dr Ste A

Modelist

110 Lockart plz

Modern Renovations LLC

5 Speer Rd.
Wilmington

Morris Home Remodeling

2206 S Bucknell

Moyer & Son Inc

113 E Reliance Rd

Mr. Contractor Inc

2634 Frankford Ave

Musciano Construction

35 Lincoln Ave

Myer Builders

137 Greenvale Rd

NapoliBuilders

76 Meetinghouse lane

ONE CALL CONSTRUCTION LLC

4900 Cypress Gardens Rd Apt 10

OTW Masonry

PO Box 5011

Outdoor Kitchen Co.

2187 Hopewell Rd

P J Fitzpatrick Inc

21 Industrial Blvd
New Castle

Pace Building Supply

821 W 5th Street

Paddy's LLC

28 Argyle Rd
Newark

Paint Spot

913 west miner street

PanGro Development LLC

2600 Broom Street
Wilmington

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue
Wilmington

PDM Construction

8012 English Creek Ave

Peak Construction, LLC

2412Twist Ln
Wilmington

Penn Remodeling

52 Orange Ave

Penstone Building Corporation

1302 North Dover St.

PERFECT HOME INC

2520 CHANNIN DR
Wilmington

Phoenix Restoration

403 Marsh Ln
Wilmington

Pienkos and Son, Inc.

729 Grantham Lane
New Castle

Pieretti's Landfeatures

9174 Gap Newport Pike
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