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"We communicated via email. I sent him pictures of our deck and he responded with a quote which was quite reasonable. After a short weather delay, Barack arrived" and thoroughly pressure washed our deck. He helped us select a stain color and returned a few days later to finish the job. We could not be more pleased with the results. The original cost was estimated at $750 but Barack reduced the price because he said there was less work involved than he had anticipated. This was a very pleasant surprise. Barack is an honest man who does an excellent job. Of course we will contact him again when our deck needs to be re-stained.

-ROBERT M.

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"I'm very happy with the results. I had limited times when the work could be done and
worked around my schedule and weather to get the" job completed. He was on time or early for every appointment and kept in close contact as we were trying to get the work scheduled. He and his team were very careful taping off and controlling overspray of the stain. I'm really happy with the work.

-JOHN E.

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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. 

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Deck Cleaning reviews in Sioux City

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We have a large deck.
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came out last month and pressure washed the deck one day, and within the following day or two stained our deck. Unfortunately we had a downpour the evening that we had the deck stained. We had many water spots on it and were not satisfied with the way the deck looked after it dried. We called and left a message, and that day we received a call back letting us know that when the weather cleared up they would be back. Yesterday they returned and not only sanded the deck but also restained it. They were very professional and did an amazing job. (Thank you
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and
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!) They also covered our plants with plastic so as not to get stain in or near our small pond. We would definitely do business with them again. They make their customers come first, and if they are not happy with the service...they return until the job is done to the customers satisfaction!!
- Sheri D.
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They did a beautiful job once they got around to finishing. The only complaint I have is, when I bought the deal they told me they would powerwash one day and stain the next day. They didn't stain until one week later and were not forthcoming regarding when they would complete the job.
The workers were very courteous but they trampled my ferns by the side of
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Overall, we are verrrry happy with the results.
- Jerry Z.
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Called for an appointment and Rusty came out and looked at the newly installed decks and told me what needed to be done. Purchased the Big Deal for the deck restoration through Angies List and had to wait because of all the rain had backed logged his team. The first time they called I was out of town attending my youngest daughter's wedding. A week later another call and scheduled for the following day. Two day process and the crew was extremely courteous and professional. Did not want to come into and through the house but because they did not have their 30 foot ladder on the truck there was no choice. The next day
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and crew were back with their 30 footer. Any and all questions were answered. Great group to have working for you. Would use again.
- Joseph F.
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My experience with
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started with a visit from
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who arrived on time as promised.
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spent the time to explain what needed to be done on my new cedar deck. He brought cedar wood stain samples to make it easier to choose the color for our deck.
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was very professional. The power wash crew came a week earlier than originally promised (a good thing). The crew was very attentive to the landscaping surround the deck. A cleaner and brightener was applied by the power wash crew to prepare the deck for it's fresh coat of stain. The staining crew arrived three days later after the deck had time to dry in the warm summer sun. Again, the staining crew was very attentive to the landscaping surrounding the deck. They also were extremely careful not to get stain on the house or adjacent concrete. The crew of three stainers got right to work with each member of the team knowing their specific job. When they were finished the deck looked fantastic. Other than the obvious new stain on our deck, you would have never known the crew had been at my residence. My experience with
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and ALL of their employees was fantastic. Service "after the sale" is also exceptional. Highly recommended.
- Timothy G.
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This is the 3rd time we've engaged
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in the past year. 1st was complete deck power wash and stain; 2nd was full house window wash; 3rd was interior painting and fan installation.
Each job was done in a timely (punctual) and professional manner by well-trained, polite and efficient staff. Complete satisfaction was the result.
- Tedd T.
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Really lousy job. First, it was difficult to get anyone to return my calls and emails. They didn't show up on the days they said they would. Then, when they finally showed up, the staining was uneven and splotchy. They came back out to "fix" it, but made it look even worse. I chose them because their price was competitive and the person on the phone the first time I called seemed friendly. But now that I'm not getting called back, we plan on hiring someone to fix their work.
- Jane B.
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We scheduled this service in early April and the service was not completed until the end of
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and we were not updated on the delay. However, once they did come and complete the service, we were very satisfied. They did a wonderful job power washing the deck and removed the old stain. They did a great job staining as well. Overall a great experience.
- Dawn H.
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Overall my wife and I are happy with the services provided.
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was very responsive and quick to respond throughout the whole process, and the estimate he gave for the job was fair. The job did start and was completed within the approximate time frame we were given from the beginning, and we did not have to pay any money for the project until it was totally completed. I would consider using
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again for any other work we need in the future because he is very easy to do business with.
We did have a few hiccups throughout the process, but
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and his foreman very quick to respond and to our concerns to make it right. After they painted the deck, my wife and I noticed about 5-6 areas that missed paint. The color we chose was similar to the original color so I do understand how mistakes were made, but based on how much was missed it felt like they may not have done a walk through after they thought they were finished. We also had a pond underneath our deck, and it was littered with paint scraps from the power washing. I called
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with my concerns and he answered the phone right away. He told me he would come out to the house with his foreman first thing the next morning to do a walk through with me so I could address my concerns. They apologized for the spots that were missing paint, and came prepared to paint any unfinished areas. They also drained and cleaned my pond without question.
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also would not accept payment from me until all of my concerns were addressed, which was very comforting.
Although we had concerns with the service just after our deck was painted,
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took our concerns seriously and wasted no time in responding. I don't think any of my calls ever went to
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's voicemail, and he was not confrontational. Overall I would recommend using this contractor.
- Edward P.

Deck Cleaning Services in Sioux City, IA

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EARL MILLER CONSTRUCTION INC

182 Saddlebrook Court

Ewart Concepts

2111 Rockwood ave
Bedford

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Handyman's Express

305 N. 7th St.
Marshalltown

J&M Residential

Burlington

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Nawanna Construction

3210 Davis Ave
Sioux City

RC HOMES & REMODELING

1423 PRAIRIE DRIVE
Story City

Remington Mobile Welding and Repair

911 West Ave Lot 13
Webster City

Smitty's Construction

3108 Myrtle Street
Sioux City

SPARKLE WASH

P.O. Box 416
Solon

Touchstone Painting Co

17618 W Summit Dr
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