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"I could not have asked for a better experience. This company is hands on and is very professional and respectful, owners and crew. These guys are very honest and" hard working and they get the job done the right was the first time. We have used them in the past and they stand behind their guarantees and if an thing goes wrong they are sure to return to fix whatever the problem may be. I would highly recommend this company to family and friends. Best experience I have ever had with a landscaping company. These guys rock! So pleased. Thank you
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was very good. Call were returned promptly and arrangements were made re: the cleaning dates. The weather often determines" the dates and
was very good about making and returning calls. We were also getting some landscaping done around the same time so had to coordinate carefully. The work was done as requested; it was high quality. The deck looks very good - no one would guess that it is 25 years old. They are thorough and professional. We used them the last time we had the deck cleaned and maintained, and we certainly will use them again.

-Tim R.

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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 Harpswell

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Cedar Specialists did an excellent job.
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, the owner, was very responsive to our calls, gave us a bid quickly, and handled the job with skill and professionalism.
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did a wonderful staining our deck. We had the cedar deck built when we built our home about 15 years ago. It had much build up from staining and we considered replacing with a low maintenance deck. However, after having a few boards replaced we decided to have it power-washed, cleaned and stained.
We talked to several companies, but
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specialized in cedar and was very knowledgeable about wood products. He was definitely the right choice. Our deck looks amazing and almost brand new.

We had a couple of spots that needed touching up--
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was right on it in no time.
Thanks to he and
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for such a great job. We will definitely us them in the future and will highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of service.
- Sharron B.
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We interviewed a total of 4 contractors.
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's price was competitive and fair. He could start significantly sooner than others and also gave us a timeline to completion that was shorter than the others.
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was very prompt in coming out to meet with us and understand our needs and budget. He was professional and polite throughout. He met the timelines that he promised which included getting the necessary plans, permits and supplies.
His crews were very concientious. They were neat and paid attention to our landscape, not to do any damage or leave a big mess for us to have to work around. They were busy the entire time they were on the project --- no time was wasted! They also kept me informed as to what they planned to complete that day and how long they would be there.
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was on-sight to monitor the work almost daily - if he wasn't by that day, he would call to "touch base". He responded to Inquiries whether by phone, text or email very promptly! Although the design we chose is a relatively
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one - the workmanship shows pride and detail ! The bullnosed end caps and extra design to the support beams make this
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dock and boat house stand out. we've had so many compliments from other boaters passing by! Would highly recommend this company. They delivered as promised --- on time and on budget ! It's clear that
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sets high standards and takes pride in meeting them. Was a real pleasure to work with this company.
- Debra K.
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applied too much pressure to the boards when stripping the original stain off and the entire deck has now been dug into and is uneven and scuffed all across, and there are also parts of the deck where he didn't remove the old stain. As a result, I now have a deck that is in horrible condition. I was home during all of the process and at certain times I went out to inquire if he was using too much pressure to remove the stain and he assured me that he had being doing this for 20 years and that my deck would look great when he was done. I am appalled at the condition of my deck and have attempted to discuss it with him however rather than taking responsibility for the damage he insists that I am the one that caused the damage and he did his best to fix my mistake. I left him a voicemail stating that I had a few other people came take a look and they all agreed that it was an unsatisfactory job and needed to be rectified. He claims to have come to my home to talk with me but insists I wasn't home, even though I was there all day. He decided to leave a note in my mailbox saying the deck was in horrible condition prior and I was the one who caused the damage to my deck, and that he did what he could and it happens all the time. After receiving the letter in my mailbox I called him again and asked him to bring another person from his company out to take a look at the deck because I wanted to work with them to try and find a solution together to fix the deck. He informed me that he was there was no one else, I'm a one man shop. After discussion he did bring another gentleman out to my home who seemed very professional and did say that the deck was in poor condition and explained that cedar was a soft wood and very hard to work with. They offered to sand my deck down that day and attempt to fix it but they also weren't sure if it was going to work and wanted to test a few spots first. I told them that I would like to get a few other deck builders to survey the damage and to find out what the proper process would be to fix the damage to the deck.
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was unwilling to do this and proceeded to again tell me that I am the one that caused the damage to my deck and that it the last communication I have had with him.
- Jeffrey G.
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Everything went very smoothly. The power washing was done on a Monday and the sanding and staining on Wednesday. The only complaint would be the mud left on my newly
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rwashed patio from the technicians who performed the power washing of the deck. The sanding and staining went very well. They even repaired door hinges that had come loose from the frame. The deck looks beautiful in a rich pecan finish. We hope it holds up well over the winter and looks great when we put our house up for sale next spring!
- Lester R.
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Bill
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, did an excellent job. He painted my living room and bathroom. His painting was exceptional, his mannerism was professional and his price was very acceptable. I felt comfortable and confident with the job that he did. He was also very punctual and took an extreme effort to do a good job. Bill even returned the next day to provide some touch-ups. He even brought me coffee, which was such a nice surprise! I had previously hired JW Home Improvement to do some handyman work and I must say that I was disappointed with their workmanship. Bill
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was actually able to solve my flooding basement issue and he also helped with other handyman issues. I will definitely hire Bill for future home projects! I would recommend him for his professionalism, dedication to a job well done and reasonable cost estimates. I have to say that it was refreshing to have a handyman and painter that is responsive and easy to talk to. He understood my concerns and my attention to costs since I had just recently purchased my first home. He actually is coming back this Saturday to help me with additional handyman projects. I am very excited to get my house back to looking lovely and WITHIN budget! I recommend him to others!


- Katarzyna K.
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We have used
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several times to refinish our wood deck, but this is the first time he painted our house. It was a large job and they did excellent work.
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is a pleasure to work with: he is very good at letting you know when he will be arriving, or when he might not be working due to the weather. He had 4 or 5 guys working with him each day and they were all very polite, cleaned up every day, and were great with my dogs. We couldn't be happier with the job
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did for us. We have absolutely no complaints.
- JOHN & ANNE C.
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purchased the 299.99 special. Originally wanted this done within the two weeks first purchased but could not.
Then, played phone tag for 6 weeks (two weeks which i was on vacation, to be fair)
Told the owner my schedule 4 different conversations, he would then call the next week for a follow up and he never had is calendar available to book an appointment at time. It was a crazy cycle and after 6 frustrating weeks, conversations did not end well, have asked for a refund.
- christyanna H.
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whole process was easy as can be.
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came out to do a quote, discussed our needs with ne, and then sent the quote over within 24 hours. They were able to start the work within three days of us accepting their quote. Theyou made the repairs we needed and powerwashed one day then sanded and stained another. The color, suggested by them was perfect. We still rave about how great it looks on a daily basis.

Side note - they aren't very active on Angie's List, so you may have to call or email. Mattached was extremely responsive via email.
- Erin O.

Deck Cleaning Services in Harpswell, ME

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A & D Renovations

38 Middle St
Sanford

Above & Beyond LLC

524 Lincoln St
Lewiston

Advanced Painitng

172 Albion Rd.
Windham Me.

After View Construction

352 Main St Apt 16

Casa Pro LLC

PO Box 425
Biddeford

CertaPro Painters of Southern ME

7 Bridges Dr
Scarborough

Clarke Painting Inc

583 Main St
Westbrook

Day Labor Solutions

33 Meadowbrook Rd
Phippsburg

DEERING LUMBER

14 ELM STREET
Biddeford

Everything Home LLC

P.O. Box 1478
Westbrook

EXTERIOR DESIGN CRAFTSMEN

7 ST JEROME ST
Lewiston

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

F.E. Gibbs Roofing

5 Sand Pond Rd
N. Berwick

Generation General Contractring

387 Goodwin Mills Rd
Lyman

HandyMaine

364 Elm Street, Suite 119
Biddeford

Hardt's Construction

477 Bowdoinham Rd
Sabattus

HAZELWOOD HANDYMAN

10 GRANITE HEIGHTS RD
Kennebunkport

Hired Hands

47 S E Rd
South Portland

HOUSTON PAINTING LLC

PO BOX 272
S Gardiner

JGPainting

7 Lajoie Dr
Freeport

Ken Bartow Construction, Inc

352 St Route 121
Ottisfield

Kevin Hudner

485 Quaker Ridge Road

Kinnear Carpentry

P.O. Box 3655
Portland

Lakes Region Property Management, LLC

715 Webbs Mills Road
Raymond

Larrabee's LLc

419 Turner Center Rd.
Turner

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maine Properties, Inc.

197 US Route 1 PO Box 368
Scarborough

Marshall Home Pros

11 Olympia Ave
Old Orchard Beach

Mattra Inc

P.O. Box 1004
Auburn

MORSE BUILDERS

218 Washington Ave
Portland

Mr Chimney,Handyman

16 Winn Rd.
Bridgton

Mr Chimney,Handyman

106 florida av
Portland

Mr. Honey-Do

P.O. Box 8752
South Portland

O's Pro Painting

PO Box 82
Bath

Old House Works

842 Washington St
Bath

Peerless Painting

196 Gray Rd
Falmouth

Perfect Touch Painting

372 Lewis Hill Rd
Bowdoin

Perreault & Daughters Construction

295 Hacker Rd
Brunswick

Pottle Homes

30 Stuarts Ln
Hollis Center

RACKETT RENOVATIONS LLC

22 orlando
Portland

RAND STONEWORKS INC

326 US ROUTE 1
Scarborough

RJT Construction, Inc

P.O. Box 204
Saco

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

SCOTTISH HANDYMAN

130 REACH RD
Harpswell

Semper-Fi Contracting

358 New Portland Rd
Gorham

Solari Property Care & Excavation LLC.

283 Arundel Rd
Kennebunkport

Southern Maine Remodeling

32 Payne Road
Scarborough

Summer Hands Construction

40 York Street
Bath

The Maine Painter

Andrews Road
Wales

Thor Builders

108 Ocean Avenue
Wells

Timothy W Brown Construction

642 Rocky Knoll Rd
Denmark

Upright Building Services

2061 Hallowell Rd
Litchfield

Wally J. Staples Builders, Inc

21 Greenwood Rd
Brunswick

We Do Windows & More, LLC

13 Middle St
Lisbon Falls

Woodbury Building Company

12 Hemmon Cobb rd
Windham

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