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was easy to work with and straight forward on the price. We made a couple changes during the course of construction and
" was always responsive to our concerns and willing to make changes as we went along.
and his crew were prompt, polite and did a really first-rate, professional job.
gave us straightfiorward advice about materials and options. He was sensitive to our budget and he concerned about keeping us happy throughout the project. I would definitely hire again (and I have hired him again for other projects).

-mary R.

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"They showed up right on schedule, worked quickly, and left the site very clean. The new deck is beautiful. The price quoted was a very good one - other companies" offered prices from $10,000 to $14,000 for the job. One smaller company declined to bid - the job was too big for him to handle.
offered an additional off-season discount, for work done during the winter (his slow season) on a when-available basis. I accepted this, and was a little surprised that it delayed the job by two months. It must be a good thing for them to have that much work in their slow season! The delay wasn't a problem - we don't have a lot of use for the deck in December and January - and once they started the job, they worked at it (even through a brief snowstorm!) until it was finished. The whole job was done in three days - one to demolish the old deck and two to build the new one. As I mentioned, the new deck is beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased.

-Vincent B.

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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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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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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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Deck Building reviews in Schererville

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Before we contacted
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at Calao Stone, we had reached out to multiple masons and landscape architects and had been unsatisfied with their exorbitant estimates and long projected lead times. Everything changed when we met
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, however; he was extremely prompt, professional, and responsive, and provided a very reasonable estimate and timeframe for our renovation project.

The estimate from Calao was so much better than their competitors that we also decided to place flagstone on our back patio -- and all for the same estimate as some masons proposed to simply replace our stairs and walkway. Calao also recommended that we choose our stone from a local
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in Maryland that carried an enormous amount of beautiful stone; my wife was very pleased with the price and selection.

Making matters even easier,
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offered to begin the work while we were away from town over the Christmas holidays. While this took a
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of faith,
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's professionalism and daily email updates during our absence made the process very smooth. Calao's crews completely transformed our relatively-small rowhome entrance and back patio; the crew even broke the stone by hand for our new front yard planter. The excellent quality of the masonry is apparent at first sight.

In short, if you're looking for professional, timely, reasonable stonework in the
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, D.C., area, choose Calao Stone.
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was a pleasure to work with and we recommend him and Calao without reservation.
- Paul G.
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Got the work done finally.Signed the contract on Sept 05, 2014. Was to be completed in 6/8 weeks. Took 19 weeks to complete. They were never here until Christmas.
- George H.
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All went smoothly from Showroom to installation. Phone calls were promptly returned. No hard sell. Listened to what I wanted and helped in my decision without trying to add mre cost to my order. Total cooperation with delivery & installation. Installers were punctual, professional & personable doing quality work & cleanup, moving furniture out & back with care. I highly recommend
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- Ann J.
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We're very happy with the quality of work we received from Best Rate.
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came a couple days ago to give us a quote. He was on time, and did a very thorough job inspecting the areas needing work. They called us the next day and said they had a cancellation, and got us on the books.
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were the guys who came out to actually do the work. They were very punctual -- they said they'd be here at 8:00 a.m., and their trucks pulled into our driveway at 7:59. They have been professional and upbeat while working, and have taken the time to make sure everything was done well. I feel like they went above and beyond our expectations.
- Chris P.
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The project involved correcting a previous contractor''s botched attempt to curve and install Trex handrails and panels on our front porch. After removing the old mess,
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gave us a perfectly curved railing that truly compliments the staircase steps and porch entry.
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and his crew are consumate professionls; craftmen who take great pride in their work. We highly recommend
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and will not hesitate to use them again.
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- Sanford R.
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and his crew (all related) did a fantastic job for our new home. He created a custom deck with
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, grilling area and bench seats. After drawing the deck he submitted it for approval to our
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. It was very easy for us to say yes. He suggested Azek a fabricated decking material and are so glad we did. Beautiful and absolutely maintenance free for years to come. He rerouted our natural gas line to fit the grilling area. He was very responsive, professional, fair, and very quality conscious. I recommend him and would use him again in a minute. We are very pleased.
- RON E.
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New full Cedar deck replacement for approximately 350 sq ft ground level cedar deck with railings. We love our new deck. the guys were great and we really appreciated the how hard the guys were working in the winter time.
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was not the lowest bid we got but they were by far the most knowledgable and we trusted them to do the best job. As we were paying a lot of money for this addition we wanted to be absolutely positive that we had the right contractor because of some of the horror stories we have heard in the past. We were very pleased with with how everything went and just love our new deck.
- Judi N.
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was immediately responsive to my request for an estimate, and for the high quality of the materials he uses, you cannot beat the price. The price he quotes you is for a complete and turn-key project, including all the little things you might not think of, like gutters. He uses the highest quality screening and black metal spindles come standard instead of wood. Our porch is absolutely gorgeous.
Once they started work, it was non-stop for about three consecutive weeks. Whenever I had a question or concern,
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got back to me within hours with a response that was fair and professional. He stands by his work and takes responsibility for his subs.
Would definitely use him again!!

- Jennifer F.

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3D Structural

20115 Jackson Rd.
South Bend

a j remodeling

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Crown Point

A-PLUS INC

504 Broadway
Chesterton

Abacus Home Inspections & Construction

P.O. Box 442
Rolling Prairie

Abe's Pro Painters & Remodeling

903 Wilcox St
Hammond

Acculevel

9495 N Waldron Rd
Rossville

AFFORDABLE REMODELERS, INC.

4207 Oak Grove Dr
Valparaiso

All Construction

462 South 500 West
Valparaiso

All-Phase Services

1825 Hale Ave
Chesterton Indiana

Amish Structures Inc

9626 W 400 N
Michigan City

Anderson and Anderson Construction

670 N Madison St
Crown Point

Apex Construction & Remodeling

2743 Highway Ave
Highland

AR Construction

6218 Abercorn Ave
Portage

Artistic Visions LLC

1515 Roosevelt Rd
Valparasio

Atlantic Siding

1130 Newman St.
Indianapolis

b & b remodeling

4628 towle ave
Hammond

B&L Work

Chesterton

Bee Window, Inc.

115 Shadowlawn Drive
Fishers

C R HOMES INC

8639 PARRISH AVE
Schererville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cal Homes Inc

11505 Maryland St
Crown Point

Capstone Construction LLC

115 Crestview St
Crown Point

Carpentry Plus Inc

901 Charles St

CEDAR RUSTIC FENCE CO

99 REPUBLIC AVE

CENTURY ROOFING

Schererville

CKlemme Design

PO Box 55042
Indianapolis

CL Builders

820 Manhattan Street
Michigan City

Classic Builders, Inc

7714 N. Meer Rd
Michigan City

Compton Construction

PO Box 266
Schererville

Creative Design Consultants LLC

7009 Cline Ave
Schererville

Creekside Landscaping

PO Box 727
Schererville

Cummins Remodeling

5404 W 78th Ln
Schererville

Custom Hardscapes

2708 45th St
Highland

Cutting Edge Builders

Michigan City

D M Maintenance

1444 KENNEDY AVE
Schererville

Danley's Garage World

10031 W Roosevelt Rd Ste 101

Dano Construction

5435 110 St Unit 3

DARRAH LANDSCAPING

215 E JEFFERSON ST
Westville

Dave's Decks & Construction

10324 West 100 North
Michigan City

David DeCesaris

2146 Coral Dr
Schererville

DECK BRIGHT INC

966 Lambrecht Dr

Deck Tech

PO Box 24

Done Right, Inc

11604 W 181st Ave
Lowell

Doppler Construction Inc

1023 1/2 E. Summit St
Crown Point

Doug Bush Handyman

9145 Liable Rd
Highland

Duneland Home & Hardware, Inc

1018 North Karwick
Michigan City

Duramax Roofing and Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr
Indianapolis

Dye Custom Carpentry

203 E 16th St.
Laporte

Eccentrics

453 Hayes Leonard RD
Valparaiso

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Eenigenburg Exteriors Inc

13926 W 117th Ave
Cedar Lake

EVENHOUSE CONSTRUCTION INC

17319 Oak Valley Dr
Lowell

Everyday Construction

717 Moraine Trace
Schererville

EXPERT REMODELING LLC

3458 HIGHLAND CT
Crown Point

EXPERT SERVICES

2683 jay st
Lake Station

Express Painting and Pressure Cleaning

8803 Calhoun Pl
Crown Point

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FFC FENCING CO

15080 US Hwy 41
Cedar Lake

Fred C Doppler & Sons Inc

305 N Colfax St
Griffith

Fred's Stumps & More

11175 W. 500 N.
North Judson

GORGEI & SON CONSTRUCTION

422 W US HIGHWAY 6
Valparaiso

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St
Shirley

H&L Handyman and Remodeling

6805 Forestdale Ave.
Hammond

Handy Joe

217 169th St
Hammond

HandyPro

902 Calumet Ave.
Valparaiso

HARMON PAINTING

PO BOX 9444
Michigan City

HAVMACK CONSTRUCTION INC

1137 167th St,
Hammond

Heavy Hammer Construction

1206 E Lake St
Griffith

Holt Home Improvement

4855 Sugar Bush Ln.

HOME CREATIONS INC

1418 W 96th Ave
Crown Point

HOME PRO OF VALPARAISO INC

2504 ROOSEVELT ROAD
Valparaiso

KUSIAK CONSTRUCTION INC

8338 KENNDY
Highland

Legacy Window & Door LLC

136 East Main St
Westfield

Mackenzie Group LLC

PO Box 2863
Chesterton

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magilla Builders Co

511 S Ashland Ave
Michigan City

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

ManUp

3336 176th Place

MBD SERVICES LLC

7129 Van Buren Avenue
Hammond

MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION CO

1331 BROADWAY
Chesterton

Mr. & Mrs. Fix It!

7775 Burr Street
Schererville

Mr. Handyman of N La Porte, Porter Counties

9896 W. 300 North
Michigan City

Northwoods Construction LLC

2698 N Van Gogh Dr
La Porte

Northwoods.Construction LLC

2698 North Van Gogh Dr.
La Porte

Old Farts Construction

220 s. linda st.
Hobart

ON THE LEVEL CONSTRUCTION

9318 W 158th Ct
Lowell

Perfect Solutions Co

506 Dexter Dr.
Crown Point

Phillip Van Prooyen - Handyman

215 N Colfax
Griffith

Porters Network

1050 W 81st Ave
Merrillville

Precision Painting AMF LLC

154 Worchester Dr
Valparaiso

Prestige Construction LLC

2700 Valparaiso St
Valparaiso

Price Point Builders

PO Box 1343
Crown Point

Prime Contractors, Inc.

6609 74th Place
Schererville

Professional Home Services

350 Campbell St Ste 24
Valparaiso

Projex-RHB Inc.

POB 2452
Portage

R and R Painting and Remodeling

503 Oak Street
Michigan City

Reeves Exterior Services

7602 W Lincoln Hwy
Crown Point

RSDS CONSTRUCTION

1599 177th Place
Hammond

SCHANDER REMODELING INC

2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach

Schilling

8900 Wicker Ave (US 41)
Saint John

SCHILLING BROTHERS LUMBER CO

8900 WICKER AVE
Saint John

Schmanke Home Improvement, LLC

335 Maid Marion DR. N
Schererville

Scott Hady/Hady Home Painters

691 E 100 S
Valparaiso

Shamrock Painting

1311 Elm St.
Valpo

Simply Angelo's Creations

886 Floyd St
Gary

SKI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC

708 E Talmer Ave Ste C
North Judson

Smiths Construction Services

1690 Starwood Dr
Chesterton

Solid Ground Concrete

6505 Armstrong Drive
South Bend

southridge building and remodeling

6503 East 84th Dr
Merrillville

Stash Construction

2137 4J Hart Street
Dyer

STEEL CITY HOME IMPROVEMENT CO INC

6930 BROADWAY
Merrillville

Straight A Builders, Inc.

13731 Deodor St
Cedar Lake

Superior Siding

63 west 68th place STE 201
Merrillville

SYLVIO GIANNINI CEMENT WORKS, INC

PO Box 341
Schererville

True Remodelers, LLC

133 Rillstone Dr
Kouts

TWO UNCLES REMODELING

844 N ELMER STREET
Griffith

Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware

256 S Washington St
Valparaiso

Waterproof4Less

15134 Myrtle Ave

Wilds Restoration Services

1901 N Sherman Dr
Indianapolis

willsons green valley plants

2600 east st rd 2
Rolling Prairie

Window Genie of Northwest Indiana

12400 105th Cir
Saint John

WOODSHOP, INC

6430 W LINCOLN HWY
Crown Point

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