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"The job went very well.
and my husband worked well together on the design.
also gave us great advice regarding" a previous design that we had for the deck. He was upfront about why the design wouldn't work well. He advised us on the best material to use for the deck; we went with an azek material that looks more natural than regular composite.
was right about that. He has tons of industry experience.
definitely worked with us to make sure that the deck and patio matched the overall them and colors of our home, very modern.
's crew was hardworking and punctual. I was also pleasantly surprised that
finished the deck ahead of schedule and we were able to celebrate the 4th of
on the new deck. My deck is beautiful and I've gotten many compliments.
made the entire process easy by obtaining all approvals, etc. We would definitely recommend
and his team to other or use him again ourselves.

-GINA G.

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"Very smooth an professional operation. Complete knowledge of work requested. Most courteous & polite workers, they were delightful and sometimes humorous as" well as did a great job, I'm very satisfied. I'm going to call on them again for treatment of the wood of my new porch.

-Barbara W.

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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 South Bend

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was very knowledgeable and very professional throughout the process. He and his crew did a great job with the demolition of our old deck and installation of our new deck. The deck came out great and the experience was positive - no headaches, no
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costs and no nonsense which was a breath of fresh air. The job was done timely and done the right way. I would not hesitate to use again.
- Sherrie A.
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We worked with
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regarding design ideas and our vision of what the deck could be. He provided a detail drawing and used quality materials.
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kept in contact with us throughout the process, he is very professional and detail oriented which shows.
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removed the rails, stairs and decking. His ideas and suggestions really make the final result terrific. We have worked with
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on a couple projects and are very happy with the finished product and will contact him for our next one, a bathroom.
- Tony C.
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I got a few bids and
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was both the cheapest and had the best reviews on Angie's List.
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came by to discuss what we were looking for. He had lots of great input and we ended up changing our plans quite a bit, which in the end was definitely the best decision (size and layout of deck, routering wood, handrail design, location of steps, height and size of
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, etc). I was interested in using a Trex type material so he brought samples and gave me the difference in price. Even though he would have made more money with Trex, he talked me out of it since it wouldn't get the "bang for the buck" and would also have concerns of getting too hot to the touch in direct sunlight.
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gave me a bid right on the spot, which was really great. I ended up going with a
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with a polycarbonate semi-transparent cover, which he had lots of experience with and recommended. He had a ton of pictures on his IPad of similar jobs which helped pick the right design. Since we were having the house painted right before building the deck,
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sent his guys over to the house to demo the existing deck 2 weeks before building the new deck. This was extremely helpful so that rotten boards could be replaced and so we wouldn't get paint on our new deck. He offered this up at no charge and in fact wouldn't take an early payment even at my offering. When it came time to build the deck they had a slow start due to some of his crew being out sick, car problems, etc. So by the third day
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himself is in my backyard, tools in hand, getting the job done. As the owner and manager of the company, this is not typical. I was really impressed and grateful that he cared to keep us happy and not miss his commitment on schedule. In the end the job was done on budget, on time, and looks great. I can't say enough good things about
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and highly recommend them!


- Zachary D.
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We thought we were getting a good price. After speaking with other professionals the price was about right. They ended up subcontracting and although the first guy did an awesome job the first three times of working, he did not finish the job and NC Exteriors ended up subcontracting someone else. Those guys were sloppy and when finished. They didn't let us know. Some screens were not put back on the windows. We inspected their work ourselves. The windows were not caulked completely in the outside, but inside they were so much so that we had a hard time opening them and some were sealed completely and can not be opened. They left a mess of material, some we disposed of ourselves, the rest is still here. The didn't finish one window upstairs. After several calls, the've yet to send someone over or even call back. Will not recommend them.
- Diana B.
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From the time I contacted MrPorch, until the time that the finished product was delivered, I was very pleased. A quick turnaround and effortless process. I will use them for sure again.
- John L.
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The driveway and side walk look very good. 3-4 people asked who did our driveway and asked for their contact information when they walked by. They did it within the time span they stated. They did a good job with hauling away the old driveway material and cleaning up the debris.
- Jim P.
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Owner visited us to show all our options, quoted a price, took a deposit, and set a schedule. The schedule was met and the finished product is a beautiful addition to our home. It has added value and functionality. Everyone who visits us loves it.
- Raoul and Priscilla R.
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Great company!
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is one of the hardest working guys out there. He takes pride in his work, is honest, trustworthy and reliable. I would recommend them in a heartbeat! I will be having
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do any and all work I need on my home in the future.
- Chelsea H.

Deck Builders in South Bend, IN

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360 Services Advantage

25793 State Road 2
South Bend

3D Structural

20115 Jackson Road
South Bend

5 Star Houses

426 W 7th St
Mishawaka

A.D.I. Enterprises LLC.

PO Box 230
Elkhart

Abacus Home Inspections & Construction

P.O. Box 442
Rolling Prairie

Acculevel Inc

9495 N Waldron Rd
Rossville

Affordable Construction

2813 southeast dr
South Bend

Affordable Remodelers Inc

4207 Oak Grove Dr
Valparaiso

AJ Construction

PO Box 618
Osceola

Atlantic Siding

1130 Newman St.
Indianapolis

B & B Better Builders

1157 E Calvert St
South Bend

Barnett Construction

9515 E 700 N
Walkerton

BDS Construction

54007 Terrace Ln.
South Bend

Better Building Contractors

14860 Brick Rd.
Granger

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cal-Pro Fence Co Inc

1700 Ford St
South Bend

Chase Homes

12650 Adams Rd
Granger

CKlemme Design

PO Box 55042
Indianapolis

Creative Landscaping

337 E HINCHMAN RD

Custom Trim and Siding LLC

2416 Hollywood Pl
South Bend

Dan's Carpentry

60723 BREMEN HWY
Mishawaka

Danny's Pro Painters LLC

4833 Cedar Branch Ct
Indianapolis

Dave's Custom Carpentry

63727 Orange Rd
South Bend

Dave's Decks & Construction

10324 W 100 N
Michigan City

Deluxe Painting

50975 Pine Meadows Dr.
Granger

Donat's Construction

55800 Elder Rd
Mishawaka

DreamScape Home Improvement

2923 Brooktree Ct
Elkhart

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr
Indianapolis

Eager Beaver Tree Service

23131 CR 4
Elkhart

Eastside Vinyl

110 S Babcock St
Topeka

Edens Painting and Remodeling LLC

8747 Fielding Ln
Indianapolis

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faerber's Bee Window Inc

115 Shadowlawn Dr
Fishers

FH Decks and Landscaping

11901 Quail Ridge Drive
Plymouth

FOEGLEY LANDSCAPE INC

52215 LILAC RD
South Bend

Foundation Doctors

1618 Columbia Ave
Fort Wayne

Fuelling Builders Inc.

51572 Cherry Rd
Granger

GreenLight Construction Group

1290 E Ireland Rd
South Bend

H & H Construction

26651 Hamilton st

Handy Stan & Sons LLC

17187 County Road 20
Goshen

Handyman Connection

5610 Crawfordsville Rd
Indianapolis

Harman and Associates

U.S. Highway 12

Home Innovations

434 N Market St
Winamac

HOMES BY KRUEPER

52065 Plantation Dr
Granger

HomeWorks Construction Inc

1511 Pulaski St
South Bend

Hoosier Permanent Coatings

5731 W 85th St
Indianapolis

Hoosier Siding & Construction Inc

30471 Old Us 33
Elkhart

IMPERIAL CONSTRUCTION

50564 WEEPING WILLOW RUN W
Granger

Indiana Power Wash Company

10580 Brems Ct
Osceola

INSURED SERVICES

209 N CEDAR ST
Mishawaka

Jayh Construction LLC

7717 N 800 W
Etna Green

JB Square Repairs and Remodeling LLC

11572 lincolnway
Osceola

JD Holm & Sons

PO Box 130
Granger

Jim Gardner

2255 Territorial Rd

John's property maintenance

236 green gable road

JR Enterprises

1671 Green Oaks Drive

Ken's Home Improvement

56498 hoosier ave
Mishawaka

Kettring & Company Construction LLC

56601 Quince Rd.
South Bend

Koessler Enterprises

510 N. Lake St., Suite 7

Konkey Construction & Renovations

23901 Ardmore Trail
South Bend

Koontz Painting LLC

812 Wheatly Dr.
South Bend

Lampos & Son's Home Repair

52311 Evard Dr
Granger

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Legacy Window & Door LLC

540 N. Range Line Rd
Carmel

Low Dollar Companies

4056 12B Rd
Bourbon

LOWE'S

250 W IRELAND RD
South Bend

Lowes - Mishawaka

4660 Grape Rd
Mishawaka

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Man Cave Construction LLC

54747 Windingbrook dr.
Mishawaka

Mastercraft Construction

12108 Bluebonnet ln
Granger

Michael's General Contractors

18768 Pudding Ln
South Bend

MIDWEST PRO WASH

208 WILLIAMS ST
Plymouth

Mr Handyman of N St Joseph & Elkhart Counties

2130 South Bend Ave
South Bend

New Carlisle Animal Clinic

8935 East US 20
New Carlisle

Oberlin's Woodscape

20705 Roosevelt Rd
South Bend

Pat's Painting

53253 Chelle Ln.
Granger

Plow This LLC

24964 Corbin Drive
Elkhart

polyvinyl sales inc

3699 Destiny Dr
Bremen

Pro Roofing & Construction

408 N Lamport St
Osceola

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SVC

2020 ELKHART RD
Goshen

Quality Home Improvement

25870 Edison Rd
South Bend

Quality Pro Home Repair

5919 14th Rd
Bourbon

RECONSTRUCTION INC

25859 Brick Rd
South Bend

Repair, Restore & Renew Home Services, LLC

55661 Whippoorwill Ct
South Bend

Restoration Xperts

PO B0x 182
Elkhart

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave
Indianapolis

Sholty Construction LLC

1601 Morton Ave
Elkhart

SIDING WORLD

51236 SR-933
South Bend

Solid Ground Concrete

6505 Armstrong Drive
South Bend

Solution Builders, LLC

26833 MacArthur Ct
South Bend

Sun Construction

52772 Juniper Rd
South Bend

Terry May Custom Carpenter

7808 N Kickapoo Rd
Walkerton

TIMBERSEAL, LLC

212 E Morthland Drive
Valparaiso

TM Builders & Home Improvements

27 Cramer Dr.
Lakeville

Tobin Landscape

1198 Anderson Road

Tungsten Group

59245 lewis st
Elkhart

Unique Siding Co Inc

2400 Eisenhower Dr N
Goshen

wbc custom homes and pole barns

13568 day rd
Mishawaka

Wilds Restoration Services

5858 Thunderbird Road
Indianapolis

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