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"Both owners came to review existing decks to replace or repair. One was quite cordial. The other was arrogant at best. I was told to send them an email so they" could send me a quote. Four days later I got an email saying they "weren't the company for this job". Upon calling and speaking with the cordial owner, I was informed the other one had a feeling I would want to be "too involved" in the project. My original intention was to "do it myself" but decided against that and determined to use a licensed contractor who had experience and knowledge to do it right. I guess he didn't like that I had already contacted the city planning department and fire department to educate myself on what could/should be done in my high fire risk area. I got the impression they didn't want anyone who had any knowledge or interest in the quality or nature of the work they might (or might not) be performing. I was left with the impression they have no interest in doing work for anyone who might question what they might do. My plan was to approve plans, leave town and return when the work was done. I am very grateful they did not bid and I did not use them. Anyone desiring to be at the mercy of an arrogant contractor who "always knows best", should consider them. Anyone else... there are many other qualified and reasonable decking contractors I have discovered. Reviews forthcoming.

-Steven S.

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came to my home to give me an estimate for screening in our covered" patio. I had contracted with another fencing company, All Pro Outdoor Living, to install a shadowbox fence at my new home approximately 2 weeks ago. When I came home after the installation was completed and went outside to inspect the fence I was in tears. The quality of the workmanship by All Pro was horrendous. The pickets weren't evenly spaced and were of different lengths, the posts were exposed and the arching was not consistent and a couple of panels had no arches at all. It looked like they arched the top of the fence with a hacksaw. The gate was already sagging and they left all the dirt where they dug out for the posts on my lawn, some of the cement for the posts was even exposed on top of the ground. When they had called me to get the balance of money due them, I told them there is "no way" I am paying you for this horrible job. The owner did come out and look at it and offered to fix it and refund me $250 of my money back and I told him the only way I would be happy is to give me my full deposit back because this whole fence needs to be torn down and done all over. He gave me his word that he would refund my deposit, but sadly the next day he changed his mind. Fortunately, that same day
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had come to give me the estimate for the screening of the covered patio and he even commented on the poor quality workmanship of the fence. I contracted with him several days later to install and tear down the existing fence. I can't express enough how pleased I am with the new fence that he installed. The quality of his workmanship is superb...the arches are consistent throughout as well as the pickets and the posts are
from view. His workers were very professional and are true craftsmen. "Thank You"
for a job well done and I would highly recommend your company. Also, he did excellent work in screening in my covered patio.

-Anthony C.

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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 Leo

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was professional, knowledgeable and reasonable. He showed up and gave good advice based on his experience. He was more than willing to do what we wanted if we disagreed but we went with his suggestions and have no regret. He was respectful of the property and interior of the house, and completed the work on time. We had to extend the time out because there was more mold than anticipated for the siding part. He kept appointments with us and checked in regularly by phone (we live in
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- Lisa E.
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is an absolutely lifesaver! He was a huge help and made all the difference in getting me moved into my new apartment in a timely fashion. He worked 6 hours straight assembling furniture for my bedroom. The furniture looks absolutely PERFECT! He was even able to assemble the furniture although it was mislabeled and missing parts. He called back just three hours after I made the initial call, and stuck to his word. He was very punctual in calling me by the time he said he would, and worked until dark. I absolutely recommend
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for any handyman services! And he will be the first person I call if I need any other handyman work done.
- Baerbel O.
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We contracted with
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to do a replacement fence on a rental property that we have. The representative came to our house and did the paperwork, explaining everything that would be happening, he talked with my husband on site to see what needed to be done. Communication was excellent. We were contacted with concerns all along the way and we were able to call them as well.
The crew that did the work was very nice and very professional. On the day of the tear down and the install of the new fence, the crew made sure that they understood what was needed and what we wanted. The fencing material was great. It is a good and sturdy material that will last for years. We are very pleased with the work that
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did and would not hesitate to use them again or to refer someone else to them, F&DD is a great company. Thanks!
- Ginette S.
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I ordered the Angie's List Consultation and Drawings Big Deal.
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came to our home, took measurements, and returned the drawings promptly. I had numerous questions for
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and he was most helpful and thoughtful answering them via email. We went with a poured concrete floor, instead of deck material, for the screened porch, building with the idea of possible future conversion to an addition.
The project involved removing our old patio pavers, digging very deep footings, concrete pour, carpentry, roofing, skylights, gutters, adding electrical, ceiling fan, and lights. The work is done WELL.
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, our builder, is an extremely hard worker with an eye towards high quality, detail, and durability. He did a masterful job building our porch. GO
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! City inspections and permitting went very well.
This June was the rainiest in the past 40 years. Undoubtedly, this created major rain delays and project delays for contractors throughout the region, including Steadfast. Communicating the bad news, delays, adjustments, would be the constructive feedback I would provide Steadfast. Bad news is not fine wine and does not get better with age--let clients know promptly and with a pessimistic timeline scenario and they would be OK with it.
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, the owner, contacted us and came to our home to ensure we were satisfied. We could not be more pleased with our porch. It has added such wonderful, beautiful, space to our home. Our neighbors have stopped by and their feedback is universally positive.
- Matthew A.
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could not have been easier to work with. He and all of his employees were very professional (and skilled!)
He was very committed to doing a good job & we are very happy with the result.
- Kathleen N F.
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and his team were fantastic to work with. We had received quotes from several contractors and their pricing was competitive, and out of all of the contractors,
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was the one I felt most comfortable with. They were very responsive and reliable. They even came on the weekend to get the job finished up. I couldn't be happier with how the deck turned out.
- Lisa T.
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We hired
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to build a cedar
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over our existing deck. The finished
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has an approx. 13x13 ft footprint. A photo is available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/katn77/20411798638
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, and carpenters
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were all great. I'd agree with other reviews that called them "intense" - they are very detailed and thorough, and are very attentive to the homeowner's vision/needs/etc. They had scheduled us for October, but when other projects got delayed, they moved us up to August and completed the whole thing in just over 2 days.
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did beautiful work, and they were very careful about adjacent landscape plants and completely cleaned up the work space. The trade off was cost - this was more expensive than other bids, but we feel it was worth it.
- KAT L.
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Well, it went splendidly, and we are very pleased with the results. Yes, it cost a lot of money. On the other hand, we really got our money's worth, with competent service and quality materials. We asked for a deck with cedar wood and composite
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material, for long lasting, low maintenance outdoor living. They took down the old deck and stairs, put up a new one, and .... wow. The detail work on the cedar deck fascia is great. The overhead lattice (opted for instead of a slant-wood
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selection) is very sturdy. They put in a below deck drainage system so the ground below the deck stays dry- we are likely going to board it in and make a storage area of this.
The only warning I would give is this-please make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign the contract, as their software for showing the construction details is not very good, and sometimes shows things that will not be installed in your deck. That turned out not to be a problem, but I did expect the drawing plan to look like the finished product! I was initially disappointed in the handling of the stair railings, but their competency in what was actually installed won me over.
I would definitely recommend this service to others.
(Why did I rate their professionalism as only good? Because a couple of their apprentices were a bit slack on one single day-they still got some work done, but I'm a neophyte, and thought I could have done both their jobs in the time it took them to do theirs (installing deck railings). I'm guessing they will get better with more experience, though.)
- Chris P.

Deck Builders in Leo, IN

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A & B Construction

3101 Taylor St
Fort Wayne

Acculevel Inc

9495 N Waldron Rd
Rossville

Affordable Remodelers Inc

4207 Oak Grove Dr
Valparaiso

Alan Fleek Home Improvement LLC

16195 State Rd 37
Harlan

All American Eagle Construction

2728 Bowser Ave
Fort Wayne

All Star Fence & Decks

2101 California Rd
Fort Wayne

All Weather Exteriors Inc

5710 Industrial Rd
Fort Wayne

American Painting Specialists

3906 Oakpark dr.
Fort Wayne

Atlantic Siding

1130 Newman St.
Indianapolis

Baker's Contract Building & Remodeling

11833 Hood Street P.O. BOX 68
Harlan

Big Boy's Construction Inc

701 S Nay Rd
Greenwood

BROWN CONSTRUCTION INC

9477 Hicksville Edgerton Rd

Bushey's Window and Door

1701 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carbon Construction Company

3171 W. Carleton Rd

Changes Unlimited

1005 Herman St
Fort Wayne

COVINGTON HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

7331 WITLING BLVD
Roanoke

Creative Design & Construction

11435 State Rd. 101
Harlan

Custom Lines Inc

PO Box 169
Leo

D.J.'s Handyman

710 3rd St
Fort Wayne

D.M.H. Painting

4919 Woodway Dr.
Fort Wayne

Dakotah Pressure Wash Systems

7232 Rob Roy Rd
Fort Wayne

Danny's Pro Painters LLC

4833 Cedar Branch Ct
Indianapolis

Decks and Hardwood

6010 Meadows dr Sutie E
Fort Wayne

DESIGN BY BUDROW

6419 WOODTHRUSH DR
Fort Wayne

DGA Roofing Inc

14350 Mundy Dr
Noblesville

Doolittle Electric

PO Box 13581
Fort Wayne

Down to Earth Lawn and Landscaping

1916 Maples Rd
Fort Wayne

DuHadway Corp

2214 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr
Indianapolis

E & R CONTRACTING & INSTLLTN

4335 EARTH DR
Fort Wayne

E=MC Remodeling Services LLC.

4814 Warsaw Street
Fort Wayne

Earth Scape Landscape Designs

5850 W 1200 N-90
Roanoke

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Elwood Homes & Remodeling

132 Lincoln Hwy W
New Haven

Evergreen Remodeling Inc.

4006 Goeglein Road
Fort Wayne

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faerber's Bee Window Inc

115 Shadowlawn Dr
Fishers

FALK & SONS, INC

4928 WILLOW BROOK DR
Fort Wayne

Foundation Doctors

1618 Columbia Ave
Fort Wayne

Freedom Landscaping LLC

10212 Mildred Ave
Leo

GENSHEIMER CONSTRUCTION

8134 CHAPEL HILL PL
Fort Wayne

GRIGGS REMODELING

605 KINNAIRD AVE
Fort Wayne

Ground Up Contractors

PO Box 13623
Fort Wayne

Heritage Builders

15717 Viberg Road
Leo

Home & Lake Services

4905 Galway Drive
Fort Waynei

Home Dynamics

13516 Fairview Dr
Grabill

Home Works Professional Handyman Services

4825 Lafayette St
Fort Wayne

Honorable Home Repairs

9018 Village Dr.
Fort Wayne

Hoosier Permanent Coatings

5731 W 85th St
Indianapolis

House Doctors

1004 E Berry St
Fort Wayne

Hyde's Renovate Right

2041 Cherokee Rd
Ft. Wayne

INDIANA ADVANCED co

3604 STAFFORD DR
Fort Wayne

Interior Channel Inc

532 E Hawthorne St
Fort Wayne

J YODER INC

7802 YOUNG RD
Fort Wayne

Jerry's Custom Services

17326 Kent Way
Harlan

JPD Home Maintenance

2108 Lima Ln
Fort Wayne

K4 Renovations

4111 Woodstock Dr
Fort Wayne

Keck Services Home Maintenance

Po box 0341
Huntertown

Key Exteriors

821 W Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne

KNOT JUST DECKS

3753 LIMA RD
Fort Wayne

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lengacher Roofing & Remodeling LLC

9303 THIMLER RD
New Haven

LEO BUILDERS SUPPLY

14426 LEO RD
Leo

Low Dollar Companies

4056 12B Rd
Bourbon

Luis Cerron

123 CENTRAL ave
Fort Wayne

M&D Power Washing

4203 Sandhurst Drive
Fort Wayne

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAXWELL TREE EXPERT CO INC

7616 WINCHESTER RD
Fort Wayne

MORNING DEW LANDSCAPING

4132 KNOLL RD
Fort Wayne

MPP Contracting LLc

2403 N clinton

Myers Construction

5421 Chantilly Drive
Fort Wayne

PETE'S HANDYMAN SERVICES

214 ELMER AVE
Fort Wayne

R C D Construction

227 E Till Rd
Fort Wayne

Rainbow Spouting Inc

PO Box 455
Leo

RCD Inc.

315 Barouche Pl.
Fort Wayne

RFD Construction

PO Box 8592
Fort Wayne

S & D Construction

9720 Hosler Rd
Leo

S & S Enterprises

18819 Flatrock Rd
Monroeville

S H & S Construction Co

4130 Lafayette St
Fort Wayne

S L Construction and Remodeling

18521 Bishop Rd
Spencerville

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave
Indianapolis

SHROYER CONSTRUCTION INC

10407 MAPLES RD
Fort Wayne

Sizemore's Handyman Service

1808 CR16
Waterloo

Skaggs Construction, LLC

139 S Boehning St
Indianapolis

Sky's the Limit DK Inc

3003 Goeglein Rd
Fort Wayne

Springer Construction Inc.

9318 Airport Dr
Fort Wayne

STIFFLER REMODELING

8109 S 200 E
Columbia City

TCD Handyman Service

210 E North St
Columbia City

The Cornerstone Landscape Group

620 Hayden Street
Fort Wayne

Wake Contracting

9929 S Country Knl

Walter Lengacher Construction

16219 Amstutz Rd
Leo

Weathertight Exteriors

526 Broadway st
New Haven

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

Windows Doors & More

1121 W Washington Ctr Rd
Fort Wayne

WITCHET REMODELING CO., INC

443 ARCADIA CT
Fort Wayne

Zehr's Home Improvement

4310 Burnwood Pl
Woodburn

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