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"They did a great. The salesman,
, was great and professional. The most professional of anyone else that came. The quote was thorough and" timely and explained everything we talked about and provided a number of add on options for our convince. The crew they sent were some of the hardest workers I've ever seen. They struggled through 90 degree heat and oppressive humidity, and a little rain, to get the job done on time. I can't be happier with the completed project. Without a doubt we now have the best looking and best made deck in the neighborhood. They weren't the cheapest quote we got but their professionalism and reputation made the decision to go with them easy. Highly recommended.

-John L.

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's crew did an excellent job of removing everything and cleaning up the whole area. We love the new deck they built. It is very attractive."
answered any questions I had about the structure very quickly. The deck is structurally sound and can support a lot of weight. We are very pleased with the work.
is very professional and easy to work with.

-Bill S.

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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 Tremont

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Do not use this company. Failed inspection! Absolutely no service after the sale. Had to call another pool company to repair leaks and two other plumbing issues. Hires handy men who don't know what they're doing. Site was a garbage dump, not a construction site, for four months. Didn't measure area correctly so excavator had to dig a smaller pool than the one contracted for. The list of issues is long but you get the idea. don't believe the excuses they write after this comment. They have an answer for everything.
- amy G.
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This is really a follow-up. I had Deck Helmet do an installation my back deck after I got tired of stripping and resealing every couple years. Although I had a couple problems with the installation (chemicals killed nearby grass and one spot needed to be redone because the wood underneath had moisture, which causes the covering to bubble), I have loved the product - absolutely love it. The problem is 4 years later. Product is still great but I chipped through it in a few places while trying to remove ice this past winter. I have been calling DH for about a month just asking for advice on how to reseal a half dozen spots about the size of a quarter. Got a callback from
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, who asked for pictures so he could see the color. Sounded like he might make me a little patching batch. that was about a month ago. I've called DH a handful of times since. Sometime the number rings with no one ever answering. When I do get a customer service person, she sends me to his team or number. When no one picks up at the team, I am invited to hold. However, the "hold" eventually rolls over to voice mail. I've left at least two (perhaps three) message but have yet to receive a call back. Great product but awful customer service. The chips are still in the deck and I'm getting ready to go to Home Depot to figure it out for myself.
- Gregory M.
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we've worked with several contractors recently. The experience with
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was absolutely the best. Communication was excellent. We were told when he would be available, and that is exactly when he came to work on the deck. It is a beautiful addition, giving us almost another room outside. We could not be happier. The quote we received was the best quote out of all the people who gave us estimates, by far, and the work is excellent.
- Kimberly L.
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and his crew did a truly outstanding job. We met with
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several times over a two week period to determine the exact configuration we wanted. He was very flexible and agreed to meet with my wife and I during weekends and evenings. During one meeting we mentioned a design idea and he quickly recommended a change that provided the exact look we needed. His team worked quickly and thoughtfully, helping to move some outside furniture and cleaning up after all the work was complete. I would highly recommended his company.
- Andrew H.
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I have to say I couldn't be happier with my new porch and step railing. Even moreso I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of service I received during the project. I like to work with wood myself (although not even close to the level of expertise the installer and his crew have) so I appreciate the time and attention to detail that I saw, especially from my installer. The sales person was knowledgeable, and went out of his way to show me samples, explain the process, take his time measuring, etc. He was very pleasant, respectful and courteous (shades of what was to come). I have an older Pittsburgh house so you never know what to expect or what you might find when you begin to open things up. The installer took everything in stride and
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the team in removing existing old DIY attempts at porch deck structure supports that had shifted over time. I never once heard a complaint about the removal process which was physically challenging. Any questions I had for the installer were answered. I never felt they were perceived as 'stupid'; they were met with a 'Sure, what's your question'. If I didn't understand something, the answer was rephrased until I did. Rebuilding the deck began:
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, joists, et
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in place, laying of the decking boards.. it really started to take shape. Depending on the day, my installer's team could change, but even though there were new faces, the same polite, courteous, friendly, competent, willing to listen theme, remained. I felt like I, as the homeowner, was a part of the process, involved only as I should be, but respected. I found I could feel confident that my home was in good hands. Around this time, we ran into a snafu with communication around the skirting color and I did make a decision to go with a color that wasn't exactly what I had wanted, but the company's management and I worked it out and the results are fine. They did order me a specific accent color board for above the skirt, which as of this post has not yet arrived. My installer will take care of this when it is in. Porch steps, rails and spindles, the step railing, small cement work areas.. this is when it really began to take shape and I began to visually see what it would look like. A lot of the work was coming to a close, yet that same diligence to the job and a great work ethic persisted. The installer and his crew(s) are not slackers; they work hard and I can tell they enjoy what they do. All in all, it took 5 days, not counting the boards that we are waiting for. I doubt it will take long to add the 'finishing touch' to a great project. So would I recommend this installer, his crew, the company? In a heartbeat.

- Bonnie C.
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It’s been 5 months since our bathroom was completed and we still comment almost daily how much we love it.
My background is in Facilities Management so I have managed more than my share of corporate construction projects. The contractor selection makes all the difference between a successful project and a nightmare. I specifically chose
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over a smaller company because I wanted to ensure that the contractor for my home would have the bandwidth and cash flow to warranty the work properly. I met with and solicited bids from 4 contractors and chose
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to do the work.
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handled the design and worked with me to put together a comprehensive scope of work before starting the job. He was also our Project Manager.
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was easy to work with, responsive to my calls and flexible in working with us along the way. He dealt fairly with us every step of the way. I
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’t think we could have had a better person in our corner.
Norm was the person that actually built our new bathroom. He isn’t just a tradesman, he’s a craftsman. The work he does is
impeccable and we were absolutely blown away with the final product. Norm will not sacrifice quality for speed and he absolutely knows his stuff. Since the work was completed, I have had 2 friends who both do kitchen/bathroom renovations for a living look at our new bathroom and comment on the attention to detail and high quality of his work. Norm was easy to work with, does beautiful work, has a great sense of humor and was very respectful of our space. He also answered all of my questions and had great ideas for small no-cost tweaks that improve the overall look and feel of he bathroom. The end product was better than we expected.
We lived in the home while the only bathroom as being renovated which was not a lot of fun. However, Norm worked closely with us to ensure that we knew well in advance anytime the toilet would be unavailable. He planned the one piece of the project that would make the bathroom inaccessible for 24 hours to occur on a weekend when we were already scheduled to be away. He worked in our home that entire weekend to ensure that the bathroom was usable when we returned on Sunday night. We also have pets so Norm took a few extra minutes every day to make sure the bathroom was safe before he left.
Since every project is bound to have a few surprises, the true measure of a company isn’t how they handle things when everything is going right but how they respond when issues arise. This is one of the reasons why I’m so glad we chose
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. I’ve had to work with more than one shady contractor who uses change orders as an income stream.
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Builders doesn’t work like that. They handled issues quickly and with integrity and I always felt like we were treated fairly on price. Changes that were minor cost items were absorbed by the project and the one larger dollar item was discussed with real numbers and not the padded numbers most contractors throw at you. We were able to come to an agreement that was both fair to us as their customer as well as to them as our contractor and I never once felt like I was being ripped off or lied to. These guys were a class act.
Near the end of the project, we realized that the vanity would not work due to an unseen existing condition inside the wall. After adjusting for the interior wall condition, we ended up needing a very unusual and hard to find vanity size. After having little luck finding an off-the-shelf vanity that would both work with the bathroom design and egress needs of my home business, Norm informed me that he is also a cabinet maker with his own shop. He suggested that he could design and build a custom vanity to fit the space perfectly.
Norm worked with us on the design and was even able to shave costs by using the stone shop inside the same office park where his cabinet shop is located. Since he was able to provide exact measurements and do the installation himself, their site visit and installation costs were eliminated. Since the cost of the custom vanity and upgraded counter material would be higher than the in-stock vanity originally specified,
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worked closely with us to come to a final price that was fair for both parties. I know that our final cost for the vanity and top was significantly less than what we would have paid for a custom cabinet and top of this quality. A smaller builder would not have had the bandwidth to be able to handle this problem the right way. The custom vanity was literally built for the space and makes our bathroom look far and away better than anything we could have expected. We really couldn’t be any happier.
By choosing
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, we got a fantastic bathroom, high quality work, an excellent experience and a builder we can partner with for all future projects. We’ve had the final bathroom for about 5 months, are still in love with it and have had no issues. However, I also have no worries that if something were to come up 6 months from now,
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would be right there to make sure we remain happy with their work.
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was excellent at every turn and I intend to use them for all
of our future home projects.
- Lisa B.
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The new deck is sturdier than what it replaced. Provider's work and product were excellent and exceeded our expectations. Workmen were courteous and very professional. I would recommend this contractor for any project upon which he bids.
- Robert W.
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Very good to deal with. Good work crews. Patio crew excellent. Builders excellent. Plumbing Average.
- Robert B.

Deck Builders in Tremont, IL

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ABC Construction & Restoration

406 Charlotte St
Washington

Abel Builders

Farmington

Affordable Builders

1411 Bellaire
London Mills

All Around Handyman Svc

319 E Elmhurst Ave.
Peoria

All Around The House & More

3100 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria

All In One Property Management

205 E. Frye Ave.
Peoria

Alliss Construction

117 Detweiler
Congerville

Bathroom Remodeling Specialist

1215 Market St
Pekin

Bayview Exteriors

327 Derby
Pekin

Bennett Builders

1626 N Kankakee
Lincoln

Better Way Siding & Windows

1501 N Main St
East Peoria

Blumenshine Construction

1012 St Julian
Pekin

Bob Gottschalk General Contractor

259 E Parkway Dr
East Peoria

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cbohmdesigns

102 Craig Rd
Marquette Heights

Central Contractors Inc

223 Meadows Ave
East Peoria

CHRIS RODGERS CONSTRUCTION

345 ROOSEVELT
Creve Coeur

Christian Home Improvement

28105 Allentown Rd
Tremont

Cornerstone Builders & Developers Inc

6129 W Southport Rd
Peoria

Crawford & Brinkman

7715 N Crestline Dr
Peoria

Cronkhite Home solutions

7920 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria

DANIEL J HEINZ REMODELING INC

1729 W LAMONT AVE
Peoria

Dentino Lawn Designs

2675 Allentown road
Pekin

Dillman Brothers Contracting Inc

3509 N Cunningham Ave
Urbana

Doc. Kildairs Home Repair

1628 glenview dr
East Peoria

Dreams To Reality

PO Box 210155

Elite Seamless Gutters, Inc.

125 E. Dakota Street
Spring Valley

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FOUR SEASONS GUTTER PROTCTN CO

1432 HIGHVIEW RD
East Peoria

Gary Roe Home Improvement

809 W McClure
Peoria

Go Green Construction Inc.

5617 Dorita Ln
Dunlap

Goodwood & Stone Inc

304 New Salem Dr
Canton

Goodwood & Stone, Inc

304 New Salem Dr
Canton

Greg Sharp's Gutter Service

17411 Oak St.
Brimfield

Handyman Services

146 W. Main St.
El Paso

Homepro

2415 W Antoinette St
Peoria

Homestead quality

26083 Liberty Ln
Washington

JB & Sons Construction

124 Greenlawn Ct.
East Peoria

JLJ CONSTRUCTION

222 W SYCAMORE ST
Chillicothe

KELLEY CONSTRUCTION

201 N. 8th
Pekin

KEN STUBER BUILDER INC

326 S SAMPSON ST
Tremont

Ketcherside Companies

3209 W Ann St
Peoria

Kitchen & Bath Specialties

7041 N. Teakwood Ct.
Peoria

Konie Repair & Construction LLC

1705 S. Livingston St
Peoria

Larry May Carpenter Contractor Inc

1012 E Wilson Ave
Peoria

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lowe's Of Peoria

5001 N Big Hollow Rd
Peoria

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MATTHEW NIXON

PO Box 422
Brimfield

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St
Peoria

MIDWESTERN BUILDING SUPPLY

508 E PEARL ST
Tremont

nevitt construction

14314 grandview dr

No Stone Unturned

145 Chicago St.
East Peoria

Oyer & Sons Construction

505 N. West Street
Tremont

Peoria Siding & Window Co

203 Eastgate Dr
Washington

Precise Repair & Remodel

1026 Meadow Ave
East Peoria

Remodeling Roo & His Crew

203 S Meadowview
Washington

S&S Automotive

665 S 6th Ave
Canton

S.F. Pauli Builders, Inc.

1518 E Beach St
Peoria Heights

Sky Real Estate Services

511 W High St
Peoria

STEIDER HOME IMPROVEMENTS

125 CAMELIN DR.
Washington

The Oak Crest Group, LLC.

641 Glacier Court
Roselle

Vance Remodeling and Restoration

210 Laurel Ln
East Peoria

Voorhees Siding & Window INC

1299 N Henderson st.
Galesburg

World Painting Company

1613 Commerce Pkwy
Bloomington

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