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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 Des Moines

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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 Des Moines, IA

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A&H Home Improvement LLC

600 NE 64th St
Pleasant Hill

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

Afterimage Construction Services LLC

PO Box 65975
West Des Moines

Alasto Specialty Coatings

120 1st Ave N
Altoona

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive

ARNOLD CONSTRUCTION INC

917 28th St
West Des Moines

B-Squared Construction

27 Pivot Rock Rd

BAGNALL BUILDERS

318 NW Ridgeline Drive
Ankeny

BASEMENT REMODELING EXPERTS

2608 Driftwood Ave
Des Moines

Beisser Lumber

5300 Beisser Dr
Grimes

BERTINI STONE & TILE

3355 SE Crossroads Drive
Grimes

Better Home Construction

1601 2nd Ave SW
Altoona

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

Brown & Co.

422 60th St
Des Moines

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr.
Johnston

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk

Buresh Home Solutions, Inc.

9379 Swanson Blvd
Clive

C O INSTALLATIONS & REPAIR

5016 CYPRESS DR
Des Moines

Can-Dew Construction

614 SW 59th St
Des Moines

Capital Landscaping

5465 NW 1st St
Des Moines

Carpenter Construction Services

732 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee

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

Deck & Drive Solutions

3903 50th St
Des Moines

DeckScapes

2122 37th St
Des Moines

deWit Construction & Remodeling

10500 Hickman Road, Suite C
Cive

Don Geisse LLC

3008-50th st.
Des Moines

Dreams2reality

16016 Meredith Dr
Urbandale

Duane Dixon

1306 32nd St
West Des Moines

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

Fischer Quality Construction

300 west 32nd street

Friend Landscaping

SE 9th Ave
Des Moines

Haes Construction

818 Sw Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny

Haggerty Windows & Siding

2771 104th St
Urbandale

Halo Capital

859 17th St.
Des Moines

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines

Handy Guy

5712 SE 25th St.
Des Moines

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger

Heartland Lawncare Llc

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

Iowa Home Exteriors

2050 SE Willowbrook Dr
Waukee

J&S Contracting

4714 EP True Pkwy
West Des Moines

Jacobs Painting

1114 lincoln st se

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

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

Michal Home Repair

18561 Jewell Dr.
Earlham

Midwest Remodel

po box 753
Grimes

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

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

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

Superstorm Restoration

8435 University Blvd
Clive

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

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

True Vine Services

1011 Geil Avenue
Des Moines

Turning Leaf Properties

921 40th Street
West Des Moines

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines

Vice Construction

PO Box 644
Indianola

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

ZJ Maintenance

3811 University Ave
Des Moines

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