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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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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 Gulf Breeze

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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.
Gulf Breeze Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
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
Gulf Breeze Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
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.
Gulf Breeze Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
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.

All Deck Builders in Gulf Breeze, FL

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7 DAY SERVICE

2082 CATLINE CIRCLE
Navarre

A Terry Austin Concrete, LLC

5885 Saufley Pines Rd
Pensacola

A&A ENTERPRISES OF PENSACOLA, L.L.C.

7810 MELLOWDAYS DR
Pensacola

A-1 Shanahan Construction, Inc

976 Sandy Bay Dr
Pensacola

Absolute Painting Co.

3478 Buskirk Avenue

Adkisson Painting

10481 bet mark rd
Pensacola

ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

1550 E GONZALEZ ST
Pensacola

All American Industries llc

1200 hwy 97
Cantonment

All Source, LLC

Milton, FL
Pensacola

All Tech Services

8926 Sunset Drive
Navarre

Allen's Home and Rental Repair

10051 Sunday Rd
Cantonment

American Home Renovation

2540 Houston Cir
Gulf Breeze

American Remodeling

1724 Dogriver Dr. West

APEX PAINTING & STAINING

6889 Leisure St
Navarre

Bruce A Johnson Constructor's

990 Great Oaks Dr
Gulf Breeze

Buckys Construction Inc.

4795 Andrea Lane
Milton

Build Rite LLC

4906 Laurel Oak Dr
Milton

C & S Construction and Remodeling

2209 Salamanca St
Navarre

CJC Contracting

3229 Clubhouse rd

Clear Creek Construction

11480 Clear Creek Drive
Pensacola

CM Handyman Services

7377 Westminster Dr
Navarre

Coastal Property Preparation

PO Box 3457
Pensacola

Creative Contractors LLC

336 Valencia St.

CTG Improvements

5628 Pond Creek Road
Milton

Ctg Improvements Inc

5628 Pond Creek Rd
Milton

Custom Design Tile

12832 Dusty Willow Rd

Damon Lett Roofing

553 Holcombe Ave

DAVID KOPPIN HOME IMPROVEMENT

5566 WESLEY DR
Milton

davisons remodeling

11001 canal dr

Dempsey Designs

3531 Cherokee St NW

Diamond N Rough handyman

909 Clearview Ave
Pensacola

Edwards Building and Design Inc

2901 N. E Street
Pensacola

ELITE Power Washing LLC

8643 Norstum Dr
Pensacola

Empire Builders Group, Inc

3217 Tallship LN
Pensacola

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fair Price Construction, LLC

9 Linda St.
Pensacola

Fantasy Flooring and Tile Design LLC

11035 Diana Estates Dr., South

Florida Precast Concrete Steps

6214 Thousand Oaks Dr
Lakeland

Floridas Finest Structures

6960 Pensacola Blvd.
Pensacola

FMC Mobile

12041 West Oak Court

Foreclosure Clean & Repair LLC

8147 Pinosa St.
Navarre

FREEMAN ROOFING

4201 AUCKLAND RD
Milton

FREEMAN'S ROOFING

4201 AUCKLAND RD
Milton

Full Service Maintenance & Painting

436 W Winthrop Ave
Pensacola

GFY Construction LLC

81 Marina Cove Dr
Niceville

Gray & Gray Contracting, Inc.

3749D Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

H2O Solutions

PO Box 212

Happy House Pros

5876 Blue Angel Pkwy.
Pensacola

Hometown Contractors, Inc.

4567 Pace Patriot Blvd
Milton

Jeremy Mills Constuction

4647 Fowler Dr
Milton

Jerry Morey Construction, Inc.

3901 Tungoil Road
Mc David

JK Morris Outdoor Designs

891 Woodbine Dr
Pensacola

JOHN NORRIS CONSTRUCTION

9250 COLEMAN DAIRY RD E

Lakewood Home Builders Inc

10008 Pouring Rain Pl

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Loftis Marine Division Inc

7150 Clearwood Rd
Pensacola

LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

29645 FREDERICK BLVD

Lowe's Home Improvement

151 E I65 Service Rd S

Mack's Contractors

6729 Fairmont St
Navarre

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Managed Renovations LLC

4624 Thoroughbred Drive
Milton

Mark Kite

PO Box 53

Marks of Improvement

720 Candlestick Pl
Pensacola

Mayko Construction, LLC

380 Stonehenge Cir
Mary Esther

Mike Dean Construction LLC

5888 Houston Ln
Crestview

Nelson's Construction Company

5947 Trail Lane
Milton

New Horizons Remodeling,LLC

602 Koniser Court
Shalimar

Northwest Florida Vacation Home Services

6324 East Bay Blvd.
Gulf Breeze

Omega Construction & Design Inc

2880 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

One of a Kind Fences

201 Brigadier st
Pensacola

Onpoint Construction

5492 Frith Ave

Osborne Again Home Improvement,LLC

4232 W Avenida de Golf
Milton

Otto Wallace Construction LLC

1090 DAFFIN RD
Molino

Paradise Fence & Decks

4694 Blue Ribbon Dr
Milton

Paul A McMullen Jr, LLC

3174 Atlas Drive
Milton

Pelican Exterior Cleaning, Inc.

420 Norris Avenue
Pensacola

Pensacola Handyman

4730 Woodcliff Dr
Pensacola

Property Doc, LLC

3908 India Cove
Gulf Breeze

PROSTAR COMPLETE LLC

PO BOX 3948
Pensacola

RAB of NW Florida, Inc

2 Tristan Way
Gulf Breeze

Really Handy Handyman Services

9651 Bowman Ave
Pensacola

Robert Leonardi - DaVinci Home

15 Parda Blvd
Pensacola

Robert Roberts First Coast Roofing Inc

4533 Sunbeam Rd
Jacksonville

Roger Taylor Painting

17030 county road 10 lot 26

Sailwind Construction Inc

362 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

Scogin Construction

1409 Pine Needle Ct

Southern Trade Home Builders

5628 Ponte Verde Rd
Pensacola

Southern Trade Home Builders

5628 Ponte Verde Rd
Pensacola

Tartan Construction

4051 Floridatown Rd
Pace

The House Doctor

7 Walter Martin Rd NE
Fort Walton Beach

Titan Sunrooms

5680 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze

TOWNSEND CONSTRUCTION & RMDLNG

1536 SILVER RIDGE DR
Cantonment

Trees & More of NW Florida

8717 Sand Pine Dr
Navarre

Tri-State Industries Inc

2512 Hwy 98 W
Mary Esther

Tri-State Roofers Inc

158 Monahan Dr
Fort Walton Beach

Vanderheyden, Inc.

8783 Navarre Pkwy
Navarre

W.D. Braddock Handyman Services Inc.

3500 Dunwoody Dr.
Pensacola

White Sands Decks & More

Woodbine Rd
Milton

willie swails handyall services

909 west detroit blvd.

WILSON CONSTRUCTION

3551 SMYER DR
Milton

WINDHAM CONSTRUCTION

1850 WINDWOOD DR W

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