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did a wonderful job on our deck. They were very professional and did a quality job. We made changes along the way and it ws never an issue." They answered all our questions in a timely manner. I would never hesitate to refer them to friends and family.

-Lynn B.

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"Even though the day before i was told they did work right down the road from me. He only asked me about a detached garage this was just one project i had for him," We also had a bathroom, kitchen deck and garage retro in mind as well, the garage just needed to be done first.. I told the person i talked to the day before this exact thing i had many project i would like to discuss. Now when i was called by the owner he may not have had all of this information that is not my fault, i was going to say something but i thought if your to busy and don't think its worth the trip to put up a garage i don't think i want to give you 100,000+ to do my other projects. I am sorry to give you a negative
but my money is as green as the rest and if you don't want it then I guess i will look for someone that does as you told me too do.

-kevin M.

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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 Jefferson

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They did a good job of matching the curve of the existing fences although the posts were slightly different on top from the existing ones (we discovered this after they were delivered, and it was close enough, so I just went with it). My only issue was about 4 of the pickets were a much darker color wood, but they came out and replaced them no charge. I also had to remove the white stickers on the bottoms of the pickets in places where you could see them (such as under the gate). It would have been nice if they had done that. Still, the fence looks great and the price was reasonable.
- Julie H.
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Better price and better quality components based on my research of area installers. They started when they said they would with a few rain day delays. Quality work by quality people! I would absolutely recommend
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- Scott E.
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was prompt, knowledgeable, professional and very pleasant to deal with. Once the permit had been issued Sandy called with a start date and the guys were there on-time and ready to get working! They did an excellent job - we're very happy with the whole look of the deck and the construction of it. It was a great experience dealing with all the staff at N.C Exteriors and we will use them again and recommend them to anyone.
- Judy D.
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Pay close attention to quality of his work as he lets his worker do majority and doesn't check work. I had joists replace on upper deck (and lower deck repair)that were not level and several were missing nails, post missing lag screw, not straight, ends not treated, and much time and effort as well as money spent to adjust for top boards to be put in by someone else. Work site left with wood pieces nails etc in yard not cleaned up. ( plants trampled fountain full of debri)Several times didn't show up , sometimes for week or two. Has great ideas but doesn't follow through and doesn't inform worker of plan. Hired in April, by June told him I didn't want him back. Project took way too long, prices kept changing, as there also was a lower entry deck rebuild involved. Post crooked, and work incomplete, even left old joist hangers dangling. Worst part was not noticing evidence of drywall termites right where he replaced a
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which was blantenly obvious as there was a pile of termite poop next to it. I had to get termite treatment after discovered when top boards put in a month later. Maybe this contractor is unaware ( or his worker) that tiny black seedy pellets are indication of termite activity! Since he cut out part of trim before installing
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it would have been impossible to miss. I was left with cleanup. I paid him total of $6000 and still may report him to contractor's license board. I have had
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skilled ( unlicensed) laborers do more professional work. No I do not recommend. I took many photos afterwards which I am more than willing to share.
- Linda W.
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(technicians) were friendly and easy to talk to, but very professional at the same time. The price was right and we received expert workmanship. Showed up whey they said the would and did an excellent job in one day! We feel we made new friends in
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- Susan S.
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Very professional, our deck is absolutely gorgeous! The material they used is not cheap but the outcome of the deck is worth it and the deck will outlast us.
- LINDA T.
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We are very pleased with entire process of our deck project. From the very beginning everything went very smoothly.
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showed up on time for our initial consultation and was very knowledgeable about all the composite products and options and was patient in his explanations. He helped us choose the right product for our project and budget. Romy was the lead builder and his craftsmanship and attention to detail were fantastic.
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visited the job site on multiple occasions and made sure we were happy with the project progress and final result. Every night the project site was cleaned and all material pieces were picked up. The final clean up was very detailed and well done. Overall, we could not be more pleased.
- Felix C.
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The project went very well. The price was fair and reasonable given the amount of work required.
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and their helper started work and completed the project on the dates promised. They offered some excellent design suggestions such as where to place the stair to the ground (the original deck had no stair) and how to modify the railing so as to permit the crank windows in the kitchen to open fully. The resulting deck is sturdily built, good-looking and functional. They were easy to work with and careful about such matters as not letting the dog out of the backyard, etc. When finished, they did a good job of clean-up and removal of debris, etc. I would not hesitate to use them again.


- SUZI A.

Deck Builders in Jefferson, GA

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(Anthony)Co.

112 Blackthorne rd
Nicholson

15 Minutes of Fame

8160 HW 81
Bethlehem

A legacy Construction

108 Laurel Lane
Social Circle

Accomplishing Interiors

543 Forest Lake Rd
Pendergrass

Advance Southern

10168 Azalea Dr
Covington

Affordable Athens handymen

705 spring valley road #75
Athens

ALL ABOUT FENCES & MORE

789 VERBENA WAY
Auburn

All Four Seasons Lawn Care

852 Idlewood Rd.
Winder

Allied Home Solutions

501 Social Circle FairPlay Rd

Another Man Home Repair

108 Alexander St
Winder

ARI Construction & Roofing Inc

PO Box 103
Winterville

Atlanta Remodeling Pro

2672 White Rock Dr
Buford

BERDING CONSTRUCTION

1090 LAVISTA RD
Athens

Berenger Unlimited

PO Box 2258
Loganville

Best Results of Ga. Inc.

831 Carl Davis Rd
Monroe

BLS Group Inc

1860 Barnett Shoals Rd
Athens

Blue Print Construction, Inc.

209 Chandler Walk
Loganville

Bona Fide LLC

455 N Milledge Ave
Athens

Braswell Construction Group Inc

6105 Emory St
Covington

Brookfield Residential Const.

MAIN ST
Sandersville

Chapman Fence Company Inc

4955 Athens Hwy
Jefferson

Choo Choo Build-It Mart

6401 Lake Oconee Pkwy
Greensboro

Clean & Tidy Handy Man

620 Nonsuch Way
Winder

Cofer/Adams Building Center, Inc.

175 Buford Dr
Lawrenceville

Craigs Remodeling & Repairs

5581 High Shoals Rd
Bishop

D.B.A. steve oesterle

1696 hoods mill rd

Daniel Brown Construction

1126 Flatwoods Rd
Elberton

Deans Construction-Roofing & Remodeling

1021 Industrial Blvd
Watkinsville

Dixie Painting

190 Park Ave
Athens

Done Rite

348 CROOKED CREEK VLG
Athens

DraytonWorks

PO Box 121
Athens

Dreamtime Outdoors

10787 Hwy 92
Woodstock

Elliot's Odds & Ends

2600 Waketon Rd

Encompass Contracting LLC

2819 Bay Ridge Dr
Loganville

ETL Construction

1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy.
Athens

Fagant's Contracting & Electrical

893 Monroe Hwy
Bethlehem

FCS Residential Design/Build

286 Apperson Dr.
Winder

GARY'S PAINTING & CARPENTRY

2628 SANFORD RD
Hull

GATA Development

27 St. Ives Cr.
Winder

George L. Hammond Construction

1331 Lenru Rd
Bogart

Grade 'A' Painting

1735 Buford Highway
Cumming

Green Source Homes

4035-C Danielsville Rd
Athens

Griffin Remodeling and Decks

1080 Carrie Craft Rd

Guardian Roofers, Inc.

245 Lakeland Drive
Athens

Hall's Handyman Service of Georgia LLC

327 Rock Forge Ct
Jefferson

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd
Douglasville

Hodge Design & Remodeling Inc

PO Box 1319
Watkinsville

Horizon Roofing

5184 CALDWELL MILL RD

Ivy Landscape Group

475 Summer Hill Dr
Jefferson

JBR Enterprises Inc

4584 Knightsbridge Rd
Flowery Branch

Ladue Roofing Systems

244 Washington Pkwy
Jefferson

LEE LAWN CARE

640 H D ATHA RD
Monroe

LONG CONSTRUCTION LLC

1860 APALACHEE RD
Madison

M. Zornig Construction LLC

110 Sagewood Drive
Winterville

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta

MD House Doctors

1234 Spooner Street
Alpharetta

Michael Carr & Associates Inc

821 Jett Roberts Rd.
Jefferson

Morgan's Ridge Homes, LLC

585 Morgans Ridge Court
Winder

Nelson Construction

108 Old Rogers Mill Rd
Danielsville

NIKS&NIKS.LLC

113 platte street
Winder

Northeast Gerogia Contractors

305 Rock Forge Ct
Jefferson

Peek's Bobcat Service

P.O. Box 633
Watkinsville

Powell Painting

32 Laurel Dr
Elberton

Precision Concepts Construction Company

2003 Ora Circle
Loganville

Preferred Building Solutions

104 Mary St
Monroe

Premier Homes and Contracting Group LLC

210 Old Loganville Rd
Loganville

Prestige Remodeling

P.O. box 82279
Atlanta

Quality Landscape Services LLC

405 Crested View Dr
Loganville

Rock Solid Exteriors Inc

PO Box 1047
Jefferson

Safe and Affordable Handyman

4335 Hwy 53
Hoschton

Sandpiper Contractors

2621 Round Ridge Road
Loganville

Shower Glass Dreamworks

3535 Club Dr
Lawrenceville

Simply Southern Homes LLC

PO Box 110
Monroe

Skilltouch

2095 Hwy 211 NW
Braselton

Southern Swing Company

5867 HWY 124 W.
Hoschton

Southern Woodworks

1065 Taylor Ct
Winder

Steeleys Lawncare and Remodeling

232 s. myrtle street
Winder

STILLWATER COMMUNITIES INC

PO Box 1758
Loganville

Structural Integrity Construction

142 Deer Hollow Rd
Bogart

Superior Professional Construction

5583 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta

Talastar Exteriors

514 Commercial Dr
Statham

Team Roofing & Construction LLC

3932 Bullock Bridge Rd
Loganville

Tim Womack Contractors LLC.

590 McCreery Rd
Jefferson

Trademark Contractors, LLC

5096 Bristol Industrial Way # B
Buford

Trusted Exteriors

p.o box 154 1972 railroad street

Tyler Jonathon Homes Inc.

3415 Nancy Creek Rd.
Gainesville

Universal Home Improvments

2592 Bermuda Dr
Loganville

Viking Development Group,LLC

4625 Trilogy Park Trail
Hoschton

VISION LANDSCAPING

1081 RED OAK CT
Watkinsville

Weaver Guy Trim & Remodeling

2455 Azalea Drive
Loganville

Westbrook Roofing and Remodeling

207 Garden Walk Way
Loganville

Wilson Roofing and Restoration

2082 Bethlehem Church Road
Grantville

Wolf Development Inc

122 S Stratford Dr
Athens

Wood Perfections by Al Wyatt

158 West Kellogg Drive
Colbert

Young's Interior Trim and Remodeling

1541 Weaver Jones Rd
Rutledge

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