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"This couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. I contacted
about the project, and he came to my house the next week to take measurements" and consult on a design. He had a lot of good ideas and insight regarding the design. I had a basic idea of what we wanted, but
was very helpful in drawing up a good design. He had to jump through numerous hoops with the FL government to be able to do the job on the up and up, but he diligently did so and provided me with updates. As a result, we had to wait a little while for the work to get started, but it was worth it...
and his employee showed up exactly when they said they would and promptly began work. Demo took one day and construction took two days. I was very pleased with how fast it went.
took the time to explain all of the options to me as he went and thoroughly consulted me on their pros and cons before they would move forward with something. I really appreciated the fact that he had my best interests in mind. He talked me out of a couple choices which, now that I see the finished product, would have been poor ones. As for the quality of the work, it is impeccable. Every cut and measurement was made with precision, and the finish of the materials and labor is flawless. The deck totally transforms the feel of our backyard. We went from a dark, dingy screened porch with a low roof that blocked all the light from coming into our house, to a stunning outdoor space where people actually want to be. Dealing with
was a pleasure.
and his employees were respectful and cleaned up after themselves thoroughly. Payment was not requested until all work was complete. I would not hesitate to hire this company again, and will heartily recommend them to friends in the future.

-William C.

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"He is very meticulous and he knows his field. He tries to make sure that there is no-rework involved. He goes over thing really well with the homeowners. He works" by himself and he is very reliable. His pricing is very reasonable too.

-Deborah J.

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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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I've contacted them three times this week, I've left multiple messages. They have my deposit check and have cashed it and now I cannot get a hold of anyone to schedule the work.
- Ferran-Pichel G.
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The final product was amazing!
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paid attention to detail, completed the project on time, and gave us a perfect final product. Our porch is the favorite part of our home! Our home has already been appraised significantly higher because of the porch and everyone in our neighborhood is attempting to replicate our porch.
- Justin H.
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We are very happy we chose
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& Home Renovation for this project. The design and cost estimate
was prepared by Zeth who was professional and knowledgeable. He quickly responded to our many questions and our input and proposed changes during the design stage. Our project manager was
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who did an outstanding job keeping us informed of the project's progress on a daily basis.
Schererville Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
did an outstanding job building the deck. He was always on time, worked very hard, professionally, and his attention to detail resulted in a solid and beautiful deck. We are pleased with the result and will consider this company for any future projects.
- Ivan G.
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Everything went really well--ahead of schedule, on budget, wonderful people to work with, and the end result is fabulous. Mitica really knows how to work with Ipe (tricky wood to work with); his website describes this specialty and has plenty of pictures of work he's done. I appreciated the suggestions he made for design (e.g. blocking, bronze instead of black aluminum, adding a face board to the upper deck, etc.) He gave me his bid the day he came to see the project (other contractors took over a week to send me a bid). he was very responsive, professional and pleasant. Highly recommend!
- BRIAN & MARI V.
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When
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first came out to our home a couple weeks ago we had no clue what to expect. Needless to say we were beginners to the whole decking thing. All we knew about decks were that we had a old rotten cedar deck and it was time for a new one. The one thing we didn't want to worry about again was maintaining the deck because I think we have proven that we just won't. Two younger gentleman came to our door and really educated us on the process. They brought samples, showed us pictures of different options on the iPad and dreamed up a amazing deck plan. After choosing the materials we wanted we started talking about pricing and we quickly realized this was going to be a much bigger expense than we had imagined. This all made sense because we were going with a Trex deck and we knew the construction wasn't going to be done overnight either these things take time. Since we couldn't afford the lump sum the company went over some excellent financing options with us. We knew that we were going to make a large payment with our taxes so they offered me a one year same as cash option. The payments were well within our budget, we get to enjoy the deck of our dreams, and we get to pay for it over the next year with no interest. This project couldn't have went any better! Pictures to come!
- Keith K.
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We had an excellent experience bidding the deck and gazebo and four deck to be very professional and cut own toward. Quality of work was excellent
- Amit V.
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He is exceptional. When I need something he comes over to get done. He is honest and a hard worker. He has a really good eye for what the finished product will be. He re-did my daughter’s floor and suggested something that looks great. I have used him since 2011. The price was very reasonable.
- Annette K.
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This master contractor carpenter/designer is timely, efficient, reasonably priced, trustworthy, and above all, highly skilled. The built in cabinets look like high priced furniture. I live in an old
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where constant attention is required and projects always involve fitting and [removed] new with old. Master contractor allows us to restore the home at a reasonable cost.
- Andrew & Madeline M.

All Deck Builders in Schererville, IN

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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

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

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

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 ROAD
Valparaiso

Kaizen Builders Inc

3305 Kestrel St
Valparaiso

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375
Merrillville

KUSIAK CONSTRUCTION INC

8338 KENNDY
Highland

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

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

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

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

TIMBERSEAL, LLC

212 E Morthland Drive
Valparaiso

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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