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was easy to work with and straight forward on the price. We made a couple changes during the course of construction and
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and his crew were prompt, polite and did a really first-rate, professional job.
gave us straightfiorward advice about materials and options. He was sensitive to our budget and he concerned about keeping us happy throughout the project. I would definitely hire again (and I have hired him again for other projects).

-mary R.

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"They showed up right on schedule, worked quickly, and left the site very clean. The new deck is beautiful. The price quoted was a very good one - other companies" offered prices from $10,000 to $14,000 for the job. One smaller company declined to bid - the job was too big for him to handle.
offered an additional off-season discount, for work done during the winter (his slow season) on a when-available basis. I accepted this, and was a little surprised that it delayed the job by two months. It must be a good thing for them to have that much work in their slow season! The delay wasn't a problem - we don't have a lot of use for the deck in December and January - and once they started the job, they worked at it (even through a brief snowstorm!) until it was finished. The whole job was done in three days - one to demolish the old deck and two to build the new one. As I mentioned, the new deck is beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased.

-Vincent B.

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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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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. 

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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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Before we contacted
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at Calao Stone, we had reached out to multiple masons and landscape architects and had been unsatisfied with their exorbitant estimates and long projected lead times. Everything changed when we met
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, however; he was extremely prompt, professional, and responsive, and provided a very reasonable estimate and timeframe for our renovation project.

The estimate from Calao was so much better than their competitors that we also decided to place flagstone on our back patio -- and all for the same estimate as some masons proposed to simply replace our stairs and walkway. Calao also recommended that we choose our stone from a local
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in Maryland that carried an enormous amount of beautiful stone; my wife was very pleased with the price and selection.

Making matters even easier,
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offered to begin the work while we were away from town over the Christmas holidays. While this took a
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of faith,
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's professionalism and daily email updates during our absence made the process very smooth. Calao's crews completely transformed our relatively-small rowhome entrance and back patio; the crew even broke the stone by hand for our new front yard planter. The excellent quality of the masonry is apparent at first sight.

In short, if you're looking for professional, timely, reasonable stonework in the
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, D.C., area, choose Calao Stone.
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was a pleasure to work with and we recommend him and Calao without reservation.
- Paul G.
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Got the work done finally.Signed the contract on Sept 05, 2014. Was to be completed in 6/8 weeks. Took 19 weeks to complete. They were never here until Christmas.
- George H.
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All went smoothly from Showroom to installation. Phone calls were promptly returned. No hard sell. Listened to what I wanted and helped in my decision without trying to add mre cost to my order. Total cooperation with delivery & installation. Installers were punctual, professional & personable doing quality work & cleanup, moving furniture out & back with care. I highly recommend
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- Ann J.
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We're very happy with the quality of work we received from Best Rate.
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came a couple days ago to give us a quote. He was on time, and did a very thorough job inspecting the areas needing work. They called us the next day and said they had a cancellation, and got us on the books.
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were the guys who came out to actually do the work. They were very punctual -- they said they'd be here at 8:00 a.m., and their trucks pulled into our driveway at 7:59. They have been professional and upbeat while working, and have taken the time to make sure everything was done well. I feel like they went above and beyond our expectations.
- Chris P.
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The project involved correcting a previous contractor''s botched attempt to curve and install Trex handrails and panels on our front porch. After removing the old mess,
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gave us a perfectly curved railing that truly compliments the staircase steps and porch entry.
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and his crew are consumate professionls; craftmen who take great pride in their work. We highly recommend
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and will not hesitate to use them again.
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- Sanford R.
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and his crew (all related) did a fantastic job for our new home. He created a custom deck with
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, grilling area and bench seats. After drawing the deck he submitted it for approval to our
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. It was very easy for us to say yes. He suggested Azek a fabricated decking material and are so glad we did. Beautiful and absolutely maintenance free for years to come. He rerouted our natural gas line to fit the grilling area. He was very responsive, professional, fair, and very quality conscious. I recommend him and would use him again in a minute. We are very pleased.
- RON E.
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New full Cedar deck replacement for approximately 350 sq ft ground level cedar deck with railings. We love our new deck. the guys were great and we really appreciated the how hard the guys were working in the winter time.
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was not the lowest bid we got but they were by far the most knowledgable and we trusted them to do the best job. As we were paying a lot of money for this addition we wanted to be absolutely positive that we had the right contractor because of some of the horror stories we have heard in the past. We were very pleased with with how everything went and just love our new deck.
- Judi N.
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was immediately responsive to my request for an estimate, and for the high quality of the materials he uses, you cannot beat the price. The price he quotes you is for a complete and turn-key project, including all the little things you might not think of, like gutters. He uses the highest quality screening and black metal spindles come standard instead of wood. Our porch is absolutely gorgeous.
Once they started work, it was non-stop for about three consecutive weeks. Whenever I had a question or concern,
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got back to me within hours with a response that was fair and professional. He stands by his work and takes responsibility for his subs.
Would definitely use him again!!

- Jennifer F.

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1st Craftsman Carpentry and Construction LLC

1985 nw 94th st. suite c1
Clive

A Little Bit of Everything

1209 Lewis Ave
Des Moines

A&H Home Improvement LLC

2295 Deer Ave
Perry

A-1 Handyman

833 C Ave
Nevada

Action Painting

PO Box 324
Prairie City

Action Roofing & Construction Inc

5485 NE 17th St
Des Moines

ADC Hawkeye Storage

1201 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill

Affinity Contractors

1406 Main Street
Norwalk

Archadeck of Central Iowa

2925 99th St
Urbandale

ARIZONA CUSTOM PATIOS

406 SE 3RD ST
Ankeny

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

ARNOLD CONSTRUCTION INC

917 28th St
West Des Moines

BERTINI STONE & TILE

3355 SE Crossroads Drive
Grimes

Better Home Construction

1601 2nd Ave SW
Altoona

BHS Handyman Service LLC

2719 E Grand Ave
Des Moines

Blue Llama Enterprises

PO Box 25233
West Des Moines

Blue Star Lawn & Landscape

8601 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines

Blue Waters Services

1520 Burnett Ave
Ames

Blueprint Homes LLC

14212 Ridgemont Drive
Urbandale

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.
Urbandale

Bob Lasnek construction

4501 aurora ave
Des Moines

Brenizer Builders

115 Elm Court
Norwalk

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr
Johnston

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Buresh Home Solutions

8421 University Blvd. Ste. K-1
Clive

C O INSTALLATIONS & REPAIR

5016 CYPRESS DR
Des Moines

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines

Carpenter Construction Services

732 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls

cms handyman services

18047 130th
Perry

Common Cents Construction

924 Eighth Street
West Des Moines

Complete Contruction

5029 450th St
Winterset

Concept Design Construction

3217 Vine Street
West Des Moines

Country Landscapes Inc

56985 Lincoln Hwy
Ames

Deck & Drive Solutions

3903 50th St
Des Moines

DeckScapes

2122 37th St
Des Moines

deWit Construction and Roofing

20000 Wendover Place
Dallas Center

Don Geisse LLC

3008-50th st.
Des Moines

Dreams2reality

16016 Meredith Dr
Urbandale

Duane Dixon

1306 32nd St
West Des Moines

Duea Construction

612 W Pleasant St
Pleasantville

Elite Crete Iowa

3903 50th St
Des Moines

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter

Executive Exteriors

PO Box 35114
Des Moines

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fireplace Stone & Patio

850 SE Alices Road
Waukee

Friend Landscaping

SE 9th Ave
Des Moines

Haes Construction

818 Sw Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny

Haggerty Windows & Siding

2771 104th St Suite A
Urbandale

Halo Capital

859 17th St.
Des Moines

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Handy Guy

5712 SE 25th St
Des Moines

Handyman Connection- Austin

223 W. Anderson Ln.

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger

Heartland Lawncare, L.L.C.

33430 Glenn Hazel Ln
Adel

Hickory Construction Inc

P.O. Box 136
Ames

Holst Construction

4665 North East 7th street
Des Moines

HOME PRO'S INC

1413 RICHMOND AVE
Des Moines

Hughes Home improvements

809 Cade Court
Des Moines

Hughes Home Improvements LLC

809 Cade Court
Des Moines

Ichi Bike

311 E Walnut St
Des Moines

JD Homeowner Services

4807 160th Ave
Carlisle

Jeff Smith Painting LLC

12204 Ridgemont Dr
Urbandale

Jepson Enterprises

1812 60th St
Des Moines

jerry d. lohner

3500 36th St
Des Moines

Jespersen Construction

4909 NW 8th St
Ankeny

John Eginoire Enterprise LLC

519 Rose Ave
Des Moines

John Schossow

4427 86th St Apt 31
Urbandale

KC Handyman Services

1848 Fuller Rd
West Des Moines

Kent's Karpentry

1540 48th St
Des Moines

Kirchoff Paint & Stain

2150 NE 18th St
Grimes

KRM Development

10640 Justin Dr.
Urbandale

Kurth Construction

14694 Kennedy st
Indianola

Lil' Brother Construction

3623 Douglas Avenue
Des Moines

Lynn Jenkins Construction

1500 47th st.
Des Moines

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAWDSLEY HOME IMPROVEMENT

505 NE 12th St.
Grimes

MDH Design & Construction

1986 NW 80th Ct
Clive

Michael Harris, LLC

126 1/2 S. 11th Street
West Des Moines

Millard Lumber

3321 109th St
Urbandale

Modern Touches LLC

6781 Hickman Rd
Urbandale

Monkeys Auctions

69 Johns St
Indianola

Mr Fix It and Remodelworks

606 SE Boone Dr
Waukee

Mr Workman, Inc

1021 24th St
West Des Moines

OAKWOOD BUILDERS GROUP

316 SW 5TH ST
Des Moines

Outlook Hardscape

4518 W. 89th Street

PAT EDWARDS REMODELING

2615 HICKMAN RD
Des Moines

Patriot Unlimited, Inc.

103 North Iowa Street
Colfax

Pender Construction

1423 56th St
Des Moines

Petty Vinyl Co Inc

1203 Hwy 96
Gladbrook

PipCo Home Repairs & Remodeling

5926 NW 106th St
Johnston

Power Pro's

2214 Forest Ave
Des Moines

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines

Pride Builders Construction

1600 E Watrous
Des Moines

ProTect Painters of Des Moines

6795 NE Rising Sun Dr
Des Moines

Purscell Construction

2231 SE 82nd St
Runnells

Red House Remodeling

5904 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines

RJ Builders

1423 56th St
Des Moines

Roofing Specialist

2423 E. 11th St
Des Moines

schultz construction

4999 Ash Dr
Des Moines

SCOTT'S HOME RENEWAL

676 44TH ST
Des Moines

SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD

9205 SWANSON BLVD
Clive

Sir Build-A-Lot

1900 Walnut St
West Des Moines

SUNROOM ESCAPES

4870 Andrews Pl
Des Moines

Superior Exteriors

3076 104th St.
Urbandale

Superior Siding & Window Systems

3823 Douglas Ave.
Des Moines

Swieter Home Lawn and Snow LLC

2900 Capitol Ave
Des Moines

T & T HomeCare

4835 NE 30th St
Des Moines

Tasler Carpentry LLC

4975 170th Ave
Carlisle

Tazman Construction

4910 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines

Texas Best Fence

500 E Hwy 121 Business Building B

The Carpenters Group

2009 Nature Trail
Winterset

Trezac Construction

355 88th St
West Des Moines

Triple R Builders Inc.

2000 NW Kelsey Lynn Circle
Grimes

Tru Contracting

6111 Meacham Dr
Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

Vice Construction

1203 N 9th st.
Indianola

WAHLERT IMPROVEMENTS

PO Box 53
Grimes

WALKER CONSTRUCTION

3121 ZIMMERMAN ROAD

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines

Woodmaster Remodeling

885 NW Aurora
Des Moines

Woodsman Construction

3790 Kinsey Ave
Des Moines

Worth Exteriors Inc

475 SE Alices Rd
Waukee

Xstreamgreensoftwashing

12418 NE 64th St
Elkhart

Young Construction Co

5105 Wildwood Dr

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