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"We called for an estimate to rebuild the porch on our 1932 home. The porch was in terrible shape.
came out promptly and talked to us about" what we were looking for. He came up with a reasonable bid quickly and we decided to proceed with his company. The next step involved meeting with
who made the architectural drawings for the project (separate fee for this). He talked with us about different ways we could address some design issues and helped us decide on the best solution. When demolition started, it became clear that some tuckpointing under the porch needed to be repaired.
was able to get people in to make the necessary repairs quickly so as not to slow down the progress of the work. The work was completed within about 6 or 7 weeks of my initial contact. We are very happy with the way it turned out. Everyone was very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Highly recommended.

-Susan E.

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"Very prop, and gave a detailed quote.
was professional we needed a quote on putting in a bath and toilet, tile floor, and facelift for our" tile shower. No service provided at this time because we do not know what serves we can do without for the budget we have.

-christine L.

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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 Ashland

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All went very well. Work commenced when stated and completed on schedule. He does not do other jobs while doing yours; consequently the deck was completed in about five days. I recommend
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- Paul D.
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I interviewed 3 companies that all had excellent reputations, but I selected
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& Fence company because it impressed me as the most professional and knowledgeable of the three. We worked with
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to work out the details and some design issues.
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is easy to work with and is able to be contacted quickly either by phone or email to discuss any concerns that arise. We originally wanted decking material for the hand rails.
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called in
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, the construction manager, and it was determined that using
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material for the hand rail would not result in the look we wanted, so we changed to the regular handrail. They put a great deal of thought into the project before starting the work. If they had not caught the problem with the handrail before starting the project, we would have been disappointed in the look we desired. The workmen were excellent. They showed up each day on time and didn't stop until nightfall. They were polite, cleaned up before they left each day, and I couldn't believe how fast they worked. The work was completed in less than 2 weeks, including some days they couldn't come because of weather. The workmanship was excellent and we now have a beautiful new deck and balcony. When the job was completed, one thing bothered me, however. I was disappointed that I had decided on one 18" step going from the lower deck to the higher one. It seemed too high and I mentioned it to
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. He asked what I wanted and told him I thought 2 shorter steps with a step light would be easier to go up and would be more attractive as well. He said they would come back and put the second step in for no additional charge. I was absolutely blown away by this offer! Because of the holidays and bad weather, they couldn't put the step in until late January, which was fine. They have just finished installing the step and I am extremely pleased with how everything looks. I highly recommend this company and will definitely use them again in the future
- Linda M.
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All went fine with the deck until the very last day, and this is why I have to give them the rating I did (and it's not the worker's fault at all; this is all about the owner,
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). I would have reviewed this much earlier, but didn't have an Angies List subscription at the time of this work.
As the deck was being built, we were also having work done in the basement, which
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apparently nosed around in without permission. We were re-doing the walls and lights. As they were still there, our local building inspector stopped in. I thought the timing was extremely suspicious, so I asked
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if he called them. He didn't deny he did; he simply said, "why didn't you use us for this job too?" So, HE TURNED US IN!!! Not content with his $20,000 fee, which he was paid in full, HE WANTED IT ALL!!
So, if you don't have the foresight to name your company something other than which implies you only do ONE THING, which is DECKS, why would you expect a homeowner to even ask you to do anything else?
He has an angry temper, and I was so furious at what he did. He cost us more money and much more time...the whole basement project was delayed months. So, if you want an honest person, I'm afraid you'll have to get another company.
By the way, the step down from our deck to the flagstone was set so poorly to this day it leaks into our basement.
- Karen C.
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One of the best companies anyone could ever hire to do a job. Very efficient and very detailed in a job well done. I would recommend
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and his company to anyone that was thinking of doing any type of remodeling in their home, office, building - very trust worthy and very honest. He would never walk off and leave a job half done - very precise in his work and makes sure everything is completed to the customer's satisfaction. He has other guys that help him and I can honestly say - he has a great crew that helps him when needed. If I ever needed another remodel or had a friend that was in need of remodeling, I would absolutely not hesitate to recommend
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- Sharon D.
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The whole process went as well as can be expected. The final product came out the way we envisioned so we are happy with the end product. There was some hustling at the end to meet the deadline but all in all, it got done in time. (And
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did two baths in less than 4 weeks in time for Thanksgiving.. and one more in time for Christmas!)
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is an excellent tiler, his specialty, and gave some good suggestions based on his experience. He is extremely easy to deal with.. doesn't get ruffled and will return all calls immediately. If an issue arises, he is right on it even if he is also working on another job. He is open to any changes and adjusts accordingly without getting upset. His cost of service is quite reasonable and I liked that I could control the cost by making my own purchases and also benefitting from his tile discount.
- Jane V.
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Right up front the owner asks for $15,000 deposit even though no permit nor
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approval. It wasn't until Sept, 2014 that the concrete slab was poured. After many delays, I asked him for revised contract and it was agreed upon that the patio ready by Oct and outdoor kitchens and entertainment center be ready by Nov, 25, before Thanksgiving. By December 15, only the patio frame was ready. He said he needs another payment to buy supply for the fireplace, against my husband advise I give him the check. He keeps on promise me that he will come and complete the project but the only time that he ontime is when he come for the check. Today is January 29, 2015, 8 months after the project started, I only have the concrete slab, patio frame, no ceiling fans, no electrical outlets, no gutters, no outdoor kitchen, the fireplace is partially erected (when it rains water is leaking from inside out, because he did not cap off the chimney!!). I paid him a total of 35,500 so far, and this is what I got.
Now, he turns off his phone, won't accept messages. I filed the complaint to Better Business Burreau, posted a couple of reviews on Google and Facebook, hopeful no one else will fall into this
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hole like I did.
I really want to know who else out there that monitor these crooked contractors?
- kim L.
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Super quality, very timely arrival right at 8:30 every day. Total job lasted just over 12 weeks. This is the 3rd project they have done for us very consistent
- Mike A.
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Because of too much weight in the closet, clothes rack pulled about 6 feet of sheet rock from wall.
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repaired the sheetrock, mudded and fixed it so it looks new. I had him forgo sand and painting because another portion of the closet still had clothes hanging up. Being a closet with clothes this was a nonissue. He installed about six feet of horizontal 2 x 4 to existing structure. He then mounted an additional 2 brackets (3 total) to ensure stability. All done professionally. His price was extremely modest and reasonable for the service performed. He works in the northwest Florida area. I was so impressed with his work and cost I have lined up two more projects for him to do as he has time to fit them in. I highly recommend this personable and professional handyman.
- Phillip J.

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24 Hour Fire & Water Restoration LLC

1620 Frazer Branch
Greenup

84 LUMBER CO

325 43RD ST
Ashland

A&K Power Washing LLC

1040 Jackson Ave

adams contracting and handyman

120 apache dr
Princeton

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Craig Lyons Construction

5740 Windfall Rd

CREATIVE HOME SOLUTIONS LLC

1518 West Midland Trail
Ashland

D & S Construction

320 W Honaker Rd
Stamping Ground

Gutter Helmet by Classic

1824 Cargo Ct
Louisville

Hobbs Painting

Westview Dr
Ashland

J T'S GUTTER WORKS

312 Large Farm Rd
Greenup

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Miller Remodeling & Painting

PO Box 243
Stanford

MPB Contracting and Electrical

1033 rose lane
Louisa

P&J Construction

14710 state highway 2
Grayson

Rod Layman Masonry

321 Stonegate Way
Lexington

Roofsmith Restoration

2013 N. Cleve Mass Road

Rooftop Restorations

2256 State Rte 775

Sanderson's Painting

2709 Montgomery Ave
Ashland

SCREENS OF KENTUCKY, LLC

BEALS BRANCH DR
Louisville

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N
Butler

Shed-I-Master Sheds

6504 Wiehe Rd.

Slate Creek Contracting Services

1787 Peeled Oak Road
Owingsville

SPANGLER ROOF SERVICES, LLC

677 LESLIE CT
Lexington

Stanley Contracting

12516 State Rt 175 S
Greenville

T and M Handyman Services

1412 W. collins St
Flatwoods

The House Doctor

136 5th St NE

TWIN RIVERS CO

4608 DEHNER ST
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