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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 Des Moines

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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.

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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

Bridgewater Handyman Service LLC

2027 64th St
Windsor Heights

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr
Johnston

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Buresh Home Solutions

9379 Swanson Blvd.
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 & Roofing

20000 Wendover Pl
Dallas Center

Don Geisse LLC

3008-50th st.
Des Moines

Dreams2reality

16016 Meredith Dr
Urbandale

Duane Dixon

1306 32nd St
West 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

Jepson Enterprises

1812 60th St
Des Moines

jerry d. lohner

3500 36th St
Des Moines

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

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street
Strawberry Point

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

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

Roof Iowa

PO Box 1345
Ankeny

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

Smith Home Restoration LLC

2734 E Cutler Ave
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

PO Box 644
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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