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"The man I spoke to actually laughed at me. I don't call contractors every day and needed to get a quote to replace my porch stairs. Looked like the reviews" and website advertised this type of work. Was I so out of line to assume they would discuss it with me? They said I need a "handyman". What is his definition of a handyman? Using his brain to form words to explain instead of just laughing and saying No might be more professional. Seem super pretentious for no reason.

-Andrea H.

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"The roof was replaced in a single day and looks great! Laminate had a false start because the worker was unwilling to allow substandard quality in his workmanship." The result was excellent. Lights were installed quickly and efficiently, as was a large tub.
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) worked with us through the entire process to ensure we were happy with every step of the process and to ensure all work was done to both his and our standards. In the end, we were so pleased with his services, that we are having him paint several rooms in our house as well. Every step of the process has been a pleasure.

-Colleen T.

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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. 

Deck Building reviews in Schererville

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Christian and his staff did a tremendous job for me and I couldn't be happier. The fence turned out exactly as I had hoped it would and it looks fantastic. The quality of their work was outstanding. It's straight, it's sturdy, it looks great and my dogs are loving the freedom they now have to run around as they please! They provided the best quote out of several that I received and quite a few references, each one of which spoke very positively of them and their work when I called to validate. They also did a fantastic job with the front porch posts and railings and it has made a significant difference in the appearance of the front of my house. Again, Christian and his team did a great job with the installation and the quality of his work was exceptional. Christian is very personable and he's great to work with. He was very responsive for the most part and I wouldn't hesitate to utilize his services again should the opportunity present itself. I very highly recommend him.
- Timothy D.
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The project went exactly as planned from start-to-finish and I was extremely pleased with them as a contractor, especially with their quality of work.
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and the rest of the sales/design team were very responsive to me throughout the whole project and did a great job of planning, design and communications. I had acquired four different quotes and theirs was the only one that provided everything that I was looking for in my design and it also came in at the lowest price. I had researched them on Angie's list prior to calling them and had seen all of the great reviews so I decided to go with them. As it turns out, I wasn't the least bit disappointed. The deck and landing both look fantastic! Everything turned out just as I had expected and there are no problems to speak of, as of right now.
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and the rest of the installation crew did a fantastic job and were a great team to work with. I was very pleased with both their craftsmanship and with how they went about doing their business. They were very nice and very accommodating to all of my questions throughout the process. It only took them three 3 days to complete everything and they did a great job of cleaning up afterwards. I very highly recommend them and would, without question, utilize them again in the future should the need arise.
- Timothy D.
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was an absolute joy to work with. From the initial phone call, to the estimate and completion of the work, I have zero complaints.
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was professional, explained pricing, materials and options in great detail to help me make the right choice. They even came back and added molding along the wall which made a truly finished look after I realized how bad the home builder actually finished off the bottom of the house. The 515 sq foot patio was done in one day and I couldn't be happier. I have gotten quotes from other companies and they were all outrageous and some never even showed for the estimate at all. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking for patio work. I just wish they provided more services as I would absolutely use them again!
- Julie M.
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responded quickly to my email request to visit my property. He gave a quote for the deck on his first visit to our house. The quote for the fire pit and planter box was given after his second visit to our house when we decided that we wanted these things .
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was helpful in deciding the scale and location of the fire pit and planter.
Most of the work on the deck was performed in the first week of work. ( The start date from the time that we agreed with
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that we wanted him to do the deck was just a few weeks). The fire pit and planter were completed in the second week. His people extended an irrigation pipe to the planter, and brought a gas line to the fire pit.
There was something minor in the deck construction that didn't satisfy me. I brought the issue to
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, and he made the necessary correction.. I am 100% satisfied with all the work. I am thrilled at how everything looks.
- martin M.
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Very pleased!!
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was responsive, timely, and actually did the job the way we've discussed. He is exactly what you hope for when hiring someone do preform work around your house. Great person to work with!! Takes pride in what he does and fixes things the way he'd want them done in his own home.
- Kathleen Z.
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The installation went fairly well. The Installer arrived at stated time and the job was completed within the timeframe noted. We were told we would not see any hardware (I.e. Screws) when the job was finished; however, the plugs used to cover the screws were never installed. A subsequent call was made, the salesperson came and stated that someone would be out to install the "plugs" used to cover screws. I have not heard anything from the company and I am still waiting for the plugs to be installed. To me, this indicates the job is incomplete.
- Mary Ann B.
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The crew showed up on the appointed date. Where at my house early every day of the job and stayed late. They did a great job of clean up, trash and nail removal. The workers where polite and considerate. No shouting, and no loud music. Hard workers. In addition to the classic roof repair for the house and garage, they replaced a flat roof that required a rubber overlay and sealant. They also closed in the soffits where wind had damaged and pulled down the old siding. Over all I was very pleased with their service. They got the job done under their estimate cost. I have asked for and received estimates for future jobs and will probably use them for those as well.
- Jeff S.
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We had a great experience with
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, he came to our home to give an estimate and provide drawings for a deck. He was great to work with, responsive and open to changes when we had them. We have decided to put the deck project on hold until next year but will be in touch with Steadfast when we are ready to move forward.
- Christine B.

Deck Builders in Schererville, IN

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3D Structural

20115 Jackson Road
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 Inc

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

Valparaiso

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

861 N. Madison Street
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

Conrad Construction

709 Plaza Dr. Suite 2-156
Chesterton

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

Dano Construction

5435 110 St Unit 3

DARRAH LANDSCAPING

215 E JEFFERSON ST
Westville

Dave's Decks & Construction

10324 W 100 N
Michigan City

David DeCesaris

2146 Coral Dr
Schererville

Deck Bright Inc

966 Lambrecht Dr

Deck Tech

PO Box 24

Diamond Deck Indy

4115 Owster Court
Indianapolis

Done Right, Inc

11604 W 181st Ave
Lowell

Doppler Construction Inc

1023 1/2 E. Summit St
Crown Point

Duneland Home & Hardware, Inc

1018 North Karwick
Michigan City

Duramax Roofing & 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

Hennessey Home

10769 Broadway #318
Crown Point

Holt Home Improvement

4855 Sugar Bush Ln

HOME CREATIONS INC

1418 W 96th Ave
Crown Point

Home Pro of Valparaiso Inc

2504 Roosevelt Rd
Valparaiso

Hoosier Permanent Coatings

5731 W 85th St
Indianapolis

I & A Painting

7037 colorado
Hammond

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375
Merrillville

Kirkenlow Remodeling

4000 W 106th St
Carmel

KUSIAK CONSTRUCTION INC

8338 KENNDY
Highland

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

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.

Malpco

1141 Hoyt st
Michigan City

Manly Builders

310 Chestnut St
Michigan City

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

REMODELING PROFESSIONALS OF INDIANA LLC

700 waverly rd 109
Chesterton

RHODES RENOVATIONS, INC.

8428 MORAINE AVENUE
Munster

Ron's Home Improvement Inc.

390 Rose Ellen Dr
Crown Point

Schilling

8900 Wicker Ave (US 41)
Saint John

Schmanke Home Improvement, LLC

335 Maid Marion DR. N
Schererville

Scott Hady/Hady Home Painters

691 E 100 S
Valparaiso

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave
Indianapolis

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

1777 ARMSTRONG ST
Portage

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, Inc.

15134 Myrtle Ave.

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
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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