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"We were very pleased with the professionalism and quality of work. There was perhaps a 6 week wait to get them out because they were booked up for that period of" time and fighting the weather, (lots of rain). It was worth the wait. They didn't take chances with the weather and the crew of 4 or so completed the work in a very timely fashion once they got started. We had had a bad experience with a previous deck stain job, so we were rather shocked at how well the decks turned out. They didn't seem to skimp on the stain step, and no slop or untoward drips to be seen. Rather than track through the Master bedroom, they accessed the smaller deck with ladders. Not the cheapest around, but in this case I think we got excellent value for the money. We would definitely use them again.

-BRIAN C.

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"I purchased a deal for $400. The technician explained the deal would not work due to the size and condition of my deck. He gave me a written quote for $1600. " The work was excellent. The problem is the company will not refund my initial $400 paid via Angie's list with a credit card.

-Stephanie C.

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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. 

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Deck Cleaning reviews in Westfield

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I thought
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was very professional upon meeting him and also very polite. He appeared knowledgeable about his profession. I was referred to him by his brother who advertised on Angie's List and received great reviews. However, he didn't maintain decks and referred me to his brother,
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
. At the time,
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
was not even advertising on Angie's List and after meeting him, I encouraged him to do so like his brother. I love and have gotten great referrals from Angie's List and thought it would be great for his business. Point, we talked extensively about Angie's List and the fact that I appreciate the reviews and use that information in helping me decided who's services I will use. This is why I'm so shocked by how this encounter turned out.
First, after the work was done that
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
agreed to do and I took a look around, I was completely satisfied. Paid him $810 and he told me that he had registered with Angie's List and we just overall had a great exchange. However, once he left and the deck dryed a little, I noticed some imperfections that hadn't been visible when the deck was wet. I simply took a picture of the area I had concerns about and sent it to him and then called him. He told me that the deck was just old and that was the way the wood was and he would not be able to come back to look at the deck for a WEEK OR TWO. This mind you was approximately 2 hours after he left my home and cashed my $810 deck. Next, I noticed that all the grass on the outer side of the deck had been sprayed as well as the iron railings that are on my deck. He didn't bother to cover my railings, which were very expensive, or protect my grass which I had to nurse back to life from the chemicals. Also, he replaced a piece of wood that he didn't bother to cut the 45 degree angle tip off of. So, one side is just a straight piece of wood and the other is cut. Additionally, 2 of the planks he nailed down have come up because they were not nailed into wood. Unfortunately, I didn't observe these issues until after he left and some of them didn't happen immediately. He also told me that he was going to leave me some stain in the event I needed it for the future, which he didn't do. This relationship went from 10 to 0 in a few hours.
It has taken me this long to even report this experience because I thought I would give him the benefit of the doubt. He's young and maybe this can be a learning experience for him. I contacted
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
again approximately two weeks ago to ask him to give me a call in hopes that he would simply back his work up. To this day, September 1, 2015, I NEVER got a respond from
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
from a job done on June 23-25.
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
I am surprised by your lack of professionalism and integrity. Great start, HORRIBLE finish.
I would NOT refer
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
to anyone I know. Sometimes using a reputable company that you can call and depend on when you have valid concerns is probably a better option. In addition to the fact that,
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
was not CHEAP!
- kathy C.
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Oasis did an outstanding job on the exterior of our house. Rotted wood was replaced in several areas of our cedar siding and mostly all trim areas of our home.
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
(the estimator) was great, our foreman
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
was very knowledgeable and walk us around showing the areas that needed work after the sanding. We felt confident that our home was in good hands and watched the process of them sanding and painting our our house.

Everyone was very professional and courteous, the work was reasonably priced within our budget, which was important. Would definitely call them for the interior of our house and would highly recommend this company.
- Juan S.
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Nick and his guys were professional and very responce. My emails were returned within 24 hr and most of the time within 12 hr. The deck is old and we had used a poor quality stain two years ago which created more work for the guys, lots of sanding. The work looks good and they were careful of the landscaping under the deck. All in all a great job and experience dealing with this company.
- Deborah T.
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up a contract to stain deck which was supposed to include a $100 credit. Said he would be in touch to schedule, but never heard from him. Ended up staining deck myself to get job completed. Feel like I am owed a refund on original cleaning.
- Jim R.
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Very pleased from start to finish. Cost was higher than originally indicated, but this was due to the unforeseen need to build a base.
- Colin L.
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Afther the initial round of sanding, there was still several boards with a significant amount of paint on the horizontal surface. I called, and they came back the next day to do more sanding, but still did not do a very thorough job. The following week, they stained the deck. It looked absolutely horrible. Paint was still visible underneath on most sections of the deck, and the stain that was supposed to be dark brown was put on so thin it looked like the honey stain. I called, and someone came out to look. They agreed to resand the worst parts and stain again. It is better, but still not very well done considering the price. The quality rating of C is an average. The first time was a D and after they "fixed" it is a B
- Stephanie H.
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I couldn't be happier with the outcome of my deck. I bought the 199 coupon, but this did end up costing about 500.00 due to the size of my deck.
Westfield Deck Cleaning Services Provider Name Locked
and his crew were unable to provide an exact date and time d/t weather conditions; however, they came by and cleaned on one day and then stained, sealed the following day. The finished product was excellent. The cost was a little more than I had anticipated but I am very happy with the outcome.

- janice G.
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For the past 12 twelve years I has used this provider to clean and seal the river rock deck of my pool.
Deck was pressure washed.
A couple of areas were patched and the deck was sealed with epoxy.
I will continue to use these folks.
- STEPHEN L.

Deck Cleaning Services in Westfield, MA

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2 Guys With Tools

2114 Baptist Hill Rd
Palmer

A + Construction INC

31 Maple Ave.
Ware

A to Z Pro Painting

59 Lynch Dr.
Holyoke

Aaron Basement Technologies

14 Colony Road
West Springfield

Acheson Company LLC

PO Box 1052
Williamsburg

ADG Contractors

18 Edge Hill Place
Amherst

Bienia Power Washing

635 Rogers Ave.
West Springfield

Big Bear Alarm Company

PO Box 80531
Springfield

Big Bear Rehab

PO Box 80531
Springfield

Breakneck Landscaping

56 South Rd.
Sturbridge

Building Remodeling & Home Services, Inc.

43 Rice Corner Road
Brookfield

Champion Window Co of RI LLC

362 Elm St
Marlborough

Clean Machine Power Wash

224 Cold Spring Ave
West Springfield

Extreme Tile and Stone

206 hampden road

Four Seasons Property Maintenance

36 Lawrence Rd.
Hadley

Gary's Pressure Washing

24 Nagler Cross Rd
Huntington

Gould's Building & Remodeling

235 Birchland Ave
Springfield

H & R Homes Remodeling Inc

2345 Boston Rd
Wilbraham

Hawk Renovations

Holyoke
Holyoke

Haydenville Woodworking & Design

54 Whatley Rd Ste D
South Deerfield

J&H Construction

149 Old Cricket Hill Rd
Conway

JEN PRESSURE WASHING CO

27 MAPLE ST
Easthampton

Joel Jette Construction

57 Walker Rd
Wales

Junior Knight construction services

102 Main st
West Springfield

Just Bathrooms

42 Brainard Rd
Wilbraham

Kady builders

45 new Braintree rd
North Brookfield

Knight Home Improvement

18 Mellen St
Chicopee

Lavallee Home & Property Services

145 Podunk Rd
Sturbridge

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mar Con

Springfield

Matt's Home Improvement

1 Clark St.
Easthampton

McKeon Builders

West Brookfield

Messing Construction Co

3416 NE Adams St

MICHAEL L WALES PAINTING

8 CUBLES DR
Brimfield

Mike Of All Trades

156 Three Rivers Rd
Palmer

Mind's Eye Ventures

231 Monson Road
Wilbraham

N Riley Construction Inc

77 Mass Ave
Chicopee

N.M. Construction

11 Conant Street
Palmer

New England Handyman & Rmodeling

380 Union St
West Springfield

R G PENFIELD & SONS BUILDER

305 Wells St # 1
Greenfield

Riverside Contracting

77 Mill Street, Unit015
Westfield

S.H.I. Construction

151 Bowdoin Street
Springfield

Sirois Home Solutions

36 Country Club Hts.
Monson

Tom Collins Flooring

136 Eagle rock drive

TOP DOG PAINTING

11 WELLS ST
Rochdale

Top Notch Soft Wash

186 Hamilton St
Southbridge

Top Notch Woodworks

1 Cottage St
Easthampton

Window Works

321 Russell St
Hadley

Windows On Wheels Inc

91 S Monson Rd
Hampden

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