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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 Baker

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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.
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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 Baker, LA

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4 Show LLC.

5282 Kincaid Ave.

A-1 Aluminum LLC

PO Box 77863
Baton Rouge

A1 HANDYMAN

4608 JONES CREEK RD
Baton Rouge

ABC HOME IMPROVEMENTS

13185 COURSEY BLVD
Baton Rouge

Action Construction of La LLC

16801 Teneiya Ave
Greenwell Springs

Advanced Home Services

39295 Tyler Ballard rd
Walker

Advanced Renovation Solutions

21350 LA HIGHWAY 16
Denham Springs

Advantage Fencing

8123 Glenhollow Dr

Affordable Contractors LLC

4520 S.SHERWOOD FOREST BLVD
Baton Rouge

AFFORDABLE MAINTENANCE

15085 Mill Settlement Trace
Denham Springs

AK Utilities

310 Morton St

All Angles Carpentry

11874 Brown Rd.
Denham Springs

ALUMINUM SPECIALTIES MFG CO

8391 PARIS AVE
Baton Rouge

Alvin Ballard Roofing LLC

8676 GOODWOOD BLVD
Baton Rouge

Anthony Builders LLC

4271 U S Highway 82

Aqua Pool Renovations LLC

6560 Bellaire Drive
New Orleans

B

2090 Redwood Dr.

BH Building Service

Bayou Narcisse Rd
Gonzales

Big Jim Construction

10615 Airline Hwy
Baton Rouge

Blackburn Lawn

12314 Creekside Ave
Walker

Blake's Home Improvement LLC

431 Westhaven
Baton Rouge

BLANCO'S ROOFING LLC

13653 DEVALL RD
Baton Rouge

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Castillo Construction LLC

609 Metairie Rd
Metairie

Coleman Roofing LLC

6929 S Choctaw Dr
Baton Rouge

Cowboy Way Construction

C137 Solar Trailer Park
Thibodaux

Creative Construction of La

10422 Carmel Dr
Baton Rouge

Creative Patio, L.L.C.

6334 Oak Cluster Drive
Greenwell Springs

D & R Fencing

13339 Brookcrest Drive
Walker

Darren Home Repairs

Prairieville

DMaintenance LLC

Port Allen

Edward Armand

612 Louisiana St
New Roads

EVERLASTING EXTERIORS, LLC

P.O. Box 366
Zachary

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Flawless Painting & Home Repair

12175 Lovett Rd
Baton Rouge

Ford Roofing Service

PO Box 10
Charenton

GR8HANDYMAN

Baton Rouge

Green Escapes Nursery Inc

40482 Abby James Rd.
Prairieville

GreenSeasons

14461 Frenchtown Road
Greenwell Springs

Home360, Inc.

7350 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge

Homeworks of Louisiana

12000 S Harrell's Ferry Rd
Baton Rouge

Honey Do Handyman

154 Richland Ave
Baton Rouge

Hurricane Fence Company Inc

651 David Dr
Metairie

Irrigation Mann

Baton Rouge

J & J ALUMINUM COVER

30680 SUMMER RUN CT
Denham Springs

J.A. Wheeler & Associates LLC

PO Box 2938
Saint Francisville

Kleinpeter Property Maintenance and Remodeling

11601 Donna Ave.
Denham Springs

Landry's Exteriors LLC

20919 Leviticus dr.
Zachary

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Legacy Builders LLC

15847 Shenandoah Ave
Baton Rouge

LT Concrete Landscape Pools Spas

126 Lakeview Dr
Slidell

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MaxHome-New Bath

5400 Pepsi St
New Orleans

McDaniel Contracting LLC

427 Cockerham Rd.
Denham Springs

Me-Moes Lawn And Landscape LLC

1402 Kenmore Ave
Baton Rouge

Mega Fences Inc

23968 Walkers S Rd
Denham Springs

Melancon Construction of La. LLC

39380 Bayridge Dr
Prairieville

Mitchell's Home Maintenance,LLC

36768 Highway 16
Denham Springs

Monster Yards

Baton Rouge

Mr. Fixit

2202 Didenedetto Ln.
Port Allen

MTC Homes

P.O. Box 406
Prairieville

Mudbug Pavers

43030 Hinson Rd
Hammond

Native Outdoor Solutions

9772 Arnold Rd
Denham Springs

Nu-Prime Of Memphis

1420 Airways Blvd

On-line Deck and Fence

1543 delplaza dr. ste. 6
Baton Rouge

P/T Enterprizes, Inc.

37119 sue st.
Geismar

Pepper and Company Contractors

236 Linda Ave
Baton Rouge

Phil's Affordable Roofing and Siding LLC

4520 S Sherwood Forrest Blvd
Baton Rouge

Philip Moser Associates Inc

15256 S Harrell's Ferry
Baton Rouge

Precision Diversified

18198 Manchac Acres Rd.
Prairieville

Precision Landscape LLC

Gonzales, LA
Gonzales

Preferred Home Renovations

1480 Willow Oak Dr
Denham Springs

PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION CONTR

2833 CRATER LAKE DR
Baton Rouge

Quality Design Inc.

P O Box 7
Pride

Ragusa Contractors LLC

1630 Gleneagles Bend
Zachary

Redstick Construction Services

26243 Shadow Brook Ave
Denham Springs

Reworks Reconstruction

47042 North Cherry Street
Hammond

Riverbend Home Improvements

P.O. Box 531
French Settlement

RK Home Solutions

35583 Bend Rd.
Denham Springs

Skilled Contractors LLC

42032 Willd Willow Lane
Prairieville

Smith & Baker Landscapes LLC

7435 Town South Ave
Baton Rouge

Southern Home Improvements L.L.C.

344 E. Brusly Oaks Dr.
Brusly

Southpaw Home Soloutions

345 Wylie Dr
Baton Rouge

Spencer's Contracting LLC

11820 Boylan Ave
Baton Rouge

Steve Hubbard Flooring

571 Kornmeyers Plz
Baton Rouge

Steve's Woodworks

PO Box 63135

Stine Home & Yard

29200 Walker South Road
Walker

Stutsman Construction

15064 Braud Rd
Prairieville

Sunrise Roofing & Construction

11353 Greenwell Springs Rd
Baton Rouge

TDP Carpentry & Home Repair

13932 Brown Road
Denham Springs

Tim's Painting & Repair LLC.

4125 Sarasota Dr
Baton Rouge

Timothy Crick

5335 Sleepy Hollow Dr
Baton Rouge

TODOR DEVELOPMENT

9142 ROSE PL
Baton Rouge

TRI -Threat Construction

4913 Kennesaw B
Baton Rouge

V-Core LLC

Baton Rouge

White's Remodel and Repair

24747 greenwell springs rd
Greenwell Springs

Wray's Sealcoating

376 Angling RD

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