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"Worst job ever. Horrible company and ignorant owner. We called in to get back on the schedule after paying $200 and he just kept pushing" us to the end of the week then to next week then the end of that week and so on.

-Amy J.

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" The work started the day we agreed on and contined every day thereafter until the job was done. maintained his presence throughout the job" as stated. We made some changes along the way and they accomodated. The crew were all hardworking professsionals.They were always friendly and ccurtious with the neighbors thru the whole project. We couldnt have been happier with the finished product. We will hire for more work in the near future.

-Tim K.

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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 Schererville

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was great to work with. He communicated clearly and easily what the deck plan was, what permit was needed (and how long it would take), accurately estimated the cost and the timeline to start and complete the work.
He accommodated our desire to change the footprint of the deck, add a few little features like an access ...More point to a faucet, steps that wrapped around a corner, and other little details such as dealing with slope of the yard and tieing deck in with existing gazebo structure and two doors to home.
His crew was fastidious in their work. They were not the fastest crew, but they cleaned up each night and the final product is beautiful and well made. Getting inspections done was delayed, but once the approval came, work resumed immediately. If weather caused a delay, we appreciated getting a call explaining that the crew would or wouldn't be there that day.
We are completely satisfied with the quality, look and price for our deck. Our neighbors have complemented us on the look and design of the deck as well as the workmanship. We highly recommend .
- amy H.
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. We received an estimate from in June who also warned us of his hectic schedule that would put the project back to August. He returned the weekend after giving the estimate to replace the board so that no one would fall through. He returned to complete the projects in October due to delays caused by projects that preceded ours. ...More He and his crew repaired everything well and the deck and bridge look much better and just in time for the holidays!
- Aya W.
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was very professional in providing an estimate to replace the front porch. The crew showed up a little later than expected due to a flat tire. They finished the job in one day and removed all of the debris. Yard was left very clean and no damage to landscaping. One minor issue was addressed and corrected within a week. Overall ...More we are pleased with the outcome.
- Julie L F.
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and his team did a great job from design to installation. Very complicated job on time within budget. They worked with us to refine the quote to ultimately give us exactly what we needed.
- Daniel M.
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Started the work on time but never completed.
don't TRUST THIS GUY.
BIG .
**** NEVER PAY MONEY IN FULL ****
PAY AS PER THE AGREEMENT. EVERY DAY HE COMES WITH SOME REASON AND ASKS FOR THE MONEY.
WE STILL HAVE A BIG HOLE
NEVER LIFTS HIS PHONE.
HE DID FOR OTHERS AS WELL IN MY COMMUNITY.

- Venu P.
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Everything went as smoothly as could be expected with what I would describe as a medium size project. came out promptly on time to give a bid and gave a written estimate the same day which ended up being the final cost. I worked with Chip who was the project manager who did a great job keeping us updated on what was going on ...More and what the plan was. Some bad weather and supply shortages (not NC exteriors issues) slowed down the project a few days but I knew about everything as it was happening. and his team did a great job replacing our siding and the painters made it perfectly blend with the rest of the house. Our roof needs to be replaced and we will definitely be contracting NC exteriors for that work and a deck replacement next year. We looked around for several months and many contractors this was certainly the right choice.
The Family
- Caitlin M.
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I did call with some questions after the service was done, that I wanted him to look at and I never heard back from them. The job was done nicely and it was beautiful. He was quick and responsive in the beginning.
- John P.
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was a pleasure to work from the beginning of my project. He is extremely professional and responded to my request through Angie's List immediately to schedule our initial visit.
My job started with a front porch remodel and because of the quality of work I saw in the initial stage, I quickly decided that I had a very ...More good contractor here and expanded the scope of work to some much needed deck, staircase and siding replacement.
and team demolished my old porch and overhand and broke down a large concrete planter and revealed the original porch stoop for my house that was built in 1918. This took me in a different design direction and I was able to "refresh" the concrete surfaces of the original steps and add Tuscan columns to make this period stoop usable and beautiful again.
My house has vinyl siding on the outside and after we removed the vinyl for the porch, I did not have the heart to replace it and decided to install Plank cement siding instead. Combined with new stoop and colums, the porch looks like it belongs with the original 1918 Federal style design.
The best thing about my experience is that with and team, I felt like I had a design partner as well as a contractor throughout the remodeling and renovation project. learned my design sensibilities and aesthetic quickly and I was able to rely on his carefully considered decisions throughout the project and was committed to a high quality job.
also put together a great team of high quality workers who were reliable and could execute quickly with a very high level of quality. When discussing the front staircase, brought in his best concrete contractor who worked his magic to create a beautiful curving staircase for my entry. Each phase of the project, was able to bring in other professionals that knew how to execute high quality work in their respective fields of expertise.
I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering deck, front porch or siding work here on Angie's List. I am a thoroughly satisfied customer and will definitely call for any future work on my home.

- David C.

Deck Builders in Schererville, IN

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1treehouse

2519 10th Street

3D Structural

20115 Jackson Road
South Bend

a j remodeling

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Crown Point

A&R Handyman

3054 W. 39th avenue
Indiana

A-PLUS INC

504 Broadway
Chesterton

Affordable Remodelers Inc

212 East Morthland Drive (Rt.30) Suite #2
Valparaiso

All Construction

462 South 500 West
Valparaiso

All-Cap Home Improvement

8951 O'day dr
Highland

All-Phase Services

1825 Hale Ave
Chesterton Indiana

American backyard LLC

9505 w 141st pl
Cedar Lake

Amerilliana Company LLP

8048 Andreas Path
Seymour

Amish Structures Inc

8555 W US Highway 20
Michigan City

Anderson and Anderson Construction

670 N Madison St
Crown Point

Apex Construction & Remodeling

2743 Highway Ave
Highland

Armour Construction LLC

208 Washington St
Valparaiso

Artistic Visions LLC

1515 Roosevelt Rd
Valparasio

Atlantic Siding

1130 Newman St.
Indianapolis

b & b remodeling

Valparaiso

B&L Work

Chesterton

Ballard Home Improvement

1345 N jay cir.
Griffith

Bee Window, Inc.

115 Shadowlawn Drive
Fishers

Cedar Rustic Fence Co

99 Republic Ave

CENTURY ROOFING

Schererville

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

Dano Construction

5435 110 St Unit 3

DARRAH LANDSCAPING

215 E JEFFERSON ST
Westville

David DeCesaris

2146 Coral Dr
Schererville

Details Home Improvement

1121 Beacon st.
East Chicago

Diamond Deck Indy

4115 Owster Court
Indianapolis

Dimension Fence

9845 Garfield Pl
Crown Point

DNB Concrete Raising

14532 Kolmar Ave

DNM Construction LLC.

220 Main St.
Hobart

Do it all one call

529 Lake Street Unit 1
Hobart

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

Dye Custom Carpentry

203 E 16th St.
Laporte

E and S Home Improvement

268 Timber Springs Rd
Lowell

Eccentrics

453 Hayes Leonard RD
Valparaiso

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

EVENHOUSE CONSTRUCTION INC

17319 Oak Valley Dr
Lowell

Everyday Construction

717 Moraine Trace
Schererville

EXPERT SERVICES

2683 jay st
Lake Station

Express Painting and Pressure Cleaning

8803 Calhoun Pl
Crown Point

Fence Masters

20400 S Cottage Grove Ave

FFC FENCING CO

15080 US Hwy 41
Cedar Lake

Fine Tune Home Improvement

1519 Springland Ave
Michigan City

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

Green Acres Ironworks, Inc.

7207 Colorado Street
Merrillville

GW Owens Construction Inc

234 Illinois St
Shirley

Handy Joe

217 169th St
Hammond

Handyman 911

1926 Manhattan st
Michigan City

HandyPro

6212 US Highway 6
Portage

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

HOME CREATIONS INC

1418 W 96th Ave
Crown Point

Home Pro of Valparaiso Inc

2504 Roosevelt Rd
Valparaiso

James Wierman

8804 Baring Ave.
Munster

Jason's Concrete Construction

450 Dorchester Ct
Valparaiso

Jesse's Maintenance

PO Box 4393
Hammond

JONDEC PAINTING

17243 ODELL AVE

Keske Construction

1887 peactree ct.

Keystone Remodeling LLC

PO Box 11375
Merrillville

Kirkenlow Remodeling

4000 W 106th St
Carmel

L G Custom Homes Inc

224 Coneflower Dr
Dyer

L&M Building Services, LLC

133 w lakeview dr
Lowell

Legacy Window & Door LLC

540 N. Range Line Rd
Carmel

M&D Property Services

14715 w 225th ave
Lowell

Mackenzie Group LLC

PO Box 2863
Chesterton

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

Marquez Painting and Decorating

4009 Towle Avenue
Hammond

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

Naddaf Construction

4909 West 750 North
Michigan City

Northwoods Construction LLC

2698 N 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

Plan 1 Construction & Design, LLC

212 Larson Street
La Porte

Porters Network

1050 W 81st Ave
Merrillville

Precision Painting AMF LLC

154 Worchester Dr
Valparaiso

Prime Contractors, Inc.

6609 74th Place
Schererville

Professional Home Services

350 Campbell St Ste 24
Valparaiso

Projex-RHB Inc

PO Box 2452
Portage

Proline Painting & Construction

102 S Jackson Blvd
Chesterton

Pulaski Roofing & Building Construction

47 West Polk St Suite 100-220

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

ROSSI CONSTRUCTION

228 W Lincoln Hwy
Schererville

RSDS CONSTRUCTION

1599 177th Place
Hammond

SCHANDER REMODELING INC

2814 Lyndale Way
Long Beach

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

Shamrock Painting

1311 Elm St.
Valpo

Simply Angelo's Creations

886 Floyd St
Gary

Sims & Sons

P.o.Box 26
Wheeler

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

8628 Mississippi St
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

TIMBERSEAL, LLC

212 E Morthland Drive
Valparaiso

Top Notch Remodeling

88 E Division Rd
Valparaiso

True Remodelers, LLC

133 Rillstone Dr
Kouts

Two Uncles Remodeling LLC

844 N Elmer St
Griffith

Von Tobel Lumber & Hardware

256 S Washington St
Valparaiso

Walker Contracting Services

5630 West 154th Ave
Crown Point

Wall to Wall Construction

3023 laporte street
Lake Station

Waterproof4Less, Inc.

15134 Myrtle Ave

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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