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did a amazing job on our siding replacement project. I can't even recoginize my house anymore. Every time I pull up to my house I" think I am at the wrong place. The siding looks great and we went with a
fiber cement board. we will recommend this company to our friends and family. They weren't the cheapest but we had a lot of faith that they would do it the right way and not take shortcuts

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was backed up with a lot of other jobs, but the reason was clear. His workmanship and professionalism were excellent, and the price was more" than fair. FLEXIBILITY is definitely an attribute of this company. They worked with me to allow my own installation of tile floor and paint jobs in between periods of their work. This allowed me to save a lot of money by doing some of the work myself. This is not something that every contractor will do.
was very accessible though cell phone and email, and every concern was adequately addressed. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of their work. Using J&B Construction for your project is something that you will not regret!

-Eric G.

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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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The company was great! Our decking was installed and looked fantastic. We will be using them in the future as we have moved to a new house and will be adding a deck in the future.
- Jason W.
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He showed up to do the job on time as promised. He stayed in contact with me after the estimate was given to ensure all my needs were met. Once I accepted his estimate the time and date were set and he arrived on time with all required tools and equipment needed to complete the job.
He was professional and very courteous to me and my family....More /> The job was completed quicker that estimated and a quality that I require.
He even went the extra step to run water in them to show me that they would drain.
Would definately recommend
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- lisa D.
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was the sales rep who set the entire job up. The crew was here on time every time and was very courteous and professional. The job couldn't have gone any smoother, we are very pleased. The neighbors even commented!!
- Herbert S.
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Everything went well. Cavalier described the scope of work and gave me a cost estimate and a "not to exceed" estimate and every time I've used them they delivered on their promise. I also appreciated their honesty in that during one occasion I asked for work to be done and they said that was not in their area of expertise. I'd much rather have someone be honest with me and do what they say they will do and if they can't do it, to let me know. Cavalier is definitely that company.
- Susan B.
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I really don't think I will purchase one of these "deals" again from Angie's List. We really got absolutely nothing for it. I thought we would get a design and that didn't happen. If we would have continued to negotiate our plans with this contractor, maybe it would have
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- Virginia W.
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After contact three deck builders, we decided to go with keystone. Not only because their competitive price tag, but also because keystone is the only one who provided us a visual 3D file about what our deck would look like.(it turns out that the final project is very close to the 3d picture they provide). The whole project took them almost 6 days due to some weather condition. I am so impressed by their courtesy, punctuality, and wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you keystone, your hardworking brings me one of the best decks in my community, I would recommend keystone to all my friends!




- JING G.
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The entire experience was great, they came over a few times to look at our existing deck/space and discuss ideas. They listened to us but also offered their thoughts & suggestions. They showed up on time everyday, even worked in the pouring rain. The deck is stunning, we are beyond happy, we would definitely use
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- Lynne B.
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was punctual, caring and professional. He showed up on time for estimates and installation. He listened to and responded to all of our questions before estimating the work and again before starting the work. He completed the projects with minimal mess and/or commotion for our family. He has been careful to confirm our satisfaction before he finishes his work.
- Dave and Donna T.

All Deck Builders in Falmouth, ME

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A & D Renovations

38 Middle St
Sanford

A Little Help LLC

P.O. 240
North Berwick

A-Plus Roofing Inc

62 Collinsbrook Rd
Brunswick

AA Stanton Construction

12 Harmony Rd
Casco

Above & Beyond LLC

524 Lincoln St
Lewiston

ADS Tree service

15 School Street
Bowdoinham

After View Construction

352 Main St Apt 16

All Season Home Improvement Co

823 Church Hill Rd
Augusta

ATLANTIC ROOFING SIDING & REMODELING

46 SEAVIEW AVE
Old Orchard Beach

Atlas Property Services

31 Hutchinson St
South Portland

Aube's Home Improvement

44 Towle St
Auburn

Augustine Interiors

108 Collinsbrook Rd.
Brunswick

AUSTIN & SONS ROOFING & SIDING

169 State Park Rd
Casco

BBI Construction Services, Inc

137 White Rd
Bowdoinham

Bear Brothers Construction

69 Buchanan St
South Portland

BECKER CONSTRUCTION

6 RUSSELL RD
West Poland

Big Twig Homes LLC.

588 Bakerstown road
Poland

BIOSAFE ENVIORNMENTAL SERVICES INC

17 Patrick Drive
Westbrook

Birchwood Builders, Inc.

11 Carriage Rd.
Cumberland Foreside

BISSON PAINTING & CARPENTRY, INC.

147 GAYTON RD
Lewiston

Bob Guy's General Carpentry

220 West Andrews Hill Road
Oxford

Bob Miller Paint & Wallpaper

633 Oakwoods Rd
North Berwick

BRACKETT RENOVATIONS LLC

52 MELBOURNE ST
Portland

Brady Construction Inc.

PO Box 451
Biddeford

Building Maintenance Plus

40 Pine St
Auburn

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cairn Building and Renovation

121 Peter Vier Rd
Durham

CAPE ELIZ CRAFTS SHORELINE DESIGN STUDIO LLC

11 Eastfield Rd.
Cape Elizabeth

CARON ROOFING & CONSTRUCTION

11 COUNTRY DR
Biddeford

Casa Pro LLC

PO Box 425
Biddeford

Charles Reale Painting Co

48 S Skillings Rd
Kennebunkport

Chris Scesny Construction

17 Doughty Dr
Brewer

Clarke Painting, Inc

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Portland

Classic Window Systems

PO Box 1097
Portland

Community Home Services

28 Bateman St # A
Sanford

Corporate Construction

66 High St
Sabattus

Crossworks Carpentry

P.O. Box 10112
Portland

D JOHNSON

5500 Banwell Place

DAVE'S CONSTRUCTION & REPAIR

39 SOUTH ST
Freeport

DAVENPORT ENTERPRISES

3200 W 71ST AVE
Westbrook

Day Labor Solutions

33 Meadowbrook Rd
Phippsburg

DEERING LUMBER

14 ELM STREET
Biddeford

Dennis Waid Carpentry

31 Rabbit Rd
Durham

East Shore Builders

188 North Street
Bath

EASTERN SHORE HOME IMPROVEMENT

116 Gray Rd
Falmouth

Everything Home LLC

135 Walton St.
Portland

EXTERIOR DESIGN CRAFTSMEN

7 ST JEROME ST
Lewiston

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

F.E. Gibbs Roofing

5 Sand Pond Rd
N. Berwick

Faulkner Building Company

119 Clarks Mills Rd
Biddeford

Fine Blade Carpentry

84 Pleasant Hill Rd
Brunswick

Floors 2 Finish

705 Webbs Mills Road
Raymond

Fortin Construction, Inc

35 Markalyn St
Auburn

Frank's Painting

18 Heron Cir
Denmark

Gary Ruel Carpentry

P.O Box 1696
Wells

Generation General Contractring

387 Goodwin Mills Rd
Lyman

Great Northern Builders

480 Buxton Rd
Saco

Grenn Justice Constructions

40 Pike St
Biddeford

Handy Andy & Son

404 Gray Rd.
Falmouth

HandyMaine

364 Elm Street, Suite 119
Biddeford

Hardt's Construction

477 Bowdoinham Rd
Sabattus

Harvest Homes, LLC

PO Box 277
Biddeford

HAZELWOOD HANDYMAN

10 GRANITE HEIGHTS RD
Kennebunkport

Holden Building & Carpentry

75 OlympiaSt.
Portland

Home Conceptions Inc

PO Box 460
Turner

Hometown Builders LLC

P.O.Box 98
East Parsonsfield

J Bell Installations Inc

P.O. Box 398
Alfred

J GILLESPIE BUILDERS

287 HUNTER WAY
Falmouth

J.A. Proctor Carpentry

8 Coyote Lane
Greene

JGPainting

7 LAJOIE DR
Freeport

Jim Brown

26 Cabaniss Cres Apt 1

K&J HEATING, Inc

168 LEWISTON RD
Gray

Ken Bartow Construction, Inc

352 St Route 121
Ottisfield

Kevin Hudner

485 Quaker Ridge Road

Kinnear Carpentry

P.O. Box 3655
Portland

Komfort Renovations

99 Birchvale Drive
Portland

Lakes Region Property Management, LLC

715 Webbs Mills Road
Raymond

Landstone, LLC.

17 Chestnut St
Portland

Langis construction

241 Danville Corner Rd
Auburn

Larrabee's LLc

419 Turner Center Rd.
Turner

LONG COVE BUILDERS

PO BOX 264
Orrs Island

LR Higgins Inc

668 Main St
Westbrook

Lynchworks LLC

7 Blackstrap Road
Cumberland Center

M C CONSTRUCTION CO., INC

41 Vesper St # 1
Portland

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Maddog Co.

547 Pleasant Hill Rd
Brunswick

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAGUIRE CONSTRUCTION INC

634 NORTH RD
Yarmouth

MAIN LINE FENCE CO

272 MIDDLE RD
Cumberland Center

Maine Handyman

12 mitchell ln
Bridgton

Maine Home Builders

177 Pleasant Street
Brunswick

Maine Properties, Inc.

197 US Route 1 PO Box 368
Scarborough

Maine Remodeling

PO Box 41
Anson

Mainely-Lou

40 Watkins Shores Rd
Casco

MAINLAND STRUCTURES CORPORATION

11 A BARTLETT RD
Gorham

Mannette Painting

201A New Portland Rd
Gorham

Mario's Premium Home Improvement

44 Elmwood ave.
South Portland

Marshall Home Pros

11 Olympia Ave
Old Orchard Beach

Marshall's Arts Inc

389 High St
Bath

Marshall's Modern Homes

21 Marshall Valley Road
Windham

Marxris Exterior

74 High St
Sabattus

Matthew J Bouton

50 Roberts St
Portland

Mattra Inc

P.O. Box 1004
Auburn

MC DONALD'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

161 PEARL ST
Portland

McCulloch Construction

101 Berry rd.
Saco

Moesel Builders Inc

40 Birch Forest Dr
Standish

Mr. Honey-Do

P.O. Box 8752
South Portland

N-E Construction LLC

55 Boody St
Brunswick

N.E.Services

South Portland

Nathan Hawkes Carpentry

105 Spring St
Westbrook

Neptune General Contracting

47 Holyoke Ave
Rumford

New England Custom Builders

48 railroad dr
Sumner

North By East Building Company

PO Box 4521
Portland

Northeast Building Solutions LLC

272 Christian Ridge Rd
South Paris

Nyah Henderson Carpentry

52 Collinwoods Circle
Windham

Old House Works

842 Washington St
Bath

Penney's LawnCare LLC

1261 Roosevelt Trail
Raymond

Perreault & Daughters Construction

295 Hacker Rd
Brunswick

Pine State Power Wash LLC

PO Box 2345
South Portland

PORTLAND HANDYMAN SERVICES

40 KENILWORTH ST
Portland

Portland Home Builders, Inc.

700 Washington Ave., #2
Portland

Pottle Homes

30 Stuarts Ln
Hollis Center

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

Q&A Building and Restorations

100 Saco Falls Way
Biddeford

Q&A Building and Restorations

22 Pearl St
Biddeford

Quality Landscaping

48 Lothridge Ln
Richmond

R PETER KOKOLL

720A Cape rd.
Standish

R. N. Viger Construction

231 West Street
Biddeford

RAND STONEWORKS INC

326 US ROUTE 1
Scarborough

Reilly Builders

160 Hutchison Pond Rd
Bethel

Riley and Sons Renovations

700 East Bridge Street
Westbrook

Robert J. Raposa Builder

512 Portland Road
Buxton

Roof Cleaning Solutions

141 Mayflower Heights Dr.
Oakland

S&B Construction

180 Heath Rd
Saco

Scott M. Richardson LLC

111 Ledgewood Dr
Falmouth

Semper-Fi Contracting

358 New Portland Rd
Gorham

Snow Construction Inc

415 State Park Rd
Naples

Southern Maine Remodeling

32 Payne Road
Scarborough

Stone Creek Landscaping

44 Stillman St
South Portland

Sylvain & Sevigny Builders

30 Amherst Street
Biddeford

Thor Builders

108 Ocean Avenue
Wells

Thor Construction

23 Thorburn Lane
Harpswell

Tim Durgin Construction

5 Walker Ave
Norway

Timothy W Brown Construction

642 Rocky Knoll Rd
Denmark

TLC CARPENTRY

17 GRANT ROAD
Litchfield

Tom's Carpentry

Soper Road
Durham

Tomek Momot Construction

PO Box 226
South Casco

Upright Building Services

2061 Hallowell Rd
Litchfield

Vindle Builders

PO Box 6273
Cape Elizabeth

Wally J. Staples Builders, Inc

21 Greenwood Rd
Brunswick

Watson Woodworking

8 Bedford St
Bath

Wayne Morse

308 Salmouth Rd
Windham

Weatherization Experts

214 Pond Rd
Newcastle

Whitecap Design

10 Crosby St
Portland

Windsor Construction LLC

198 SACO AVE
Old Orchard Beach

Woodbury Building Company

12 Hemmon Cobb rd
Windham

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