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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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While you can apply for an after-the-fact permit yourself, you risk a LOT - i.e. if you do not dot the i's and cross the t's just like they want, they might deny it and issue a removal order for it - not at ALL what you want. And you may not be looking at just the building permit, but a Planning and Zoning review andpossibly other types of permits like wetlands permits as well.

 

I would talk to an architect or civil/structural engineering firm who ROUTINELY does permit applications and waiver work. In many jurisdictions, a retroactive permit requires an inspection by a structural engineer (for this type of structure) and sign-off on the design and installation before the city will accept an after the fact permit application, so that might be your best starting point.

 

Regardless of the outcome, be prepared to pay the regulatory fine for building without a permit. And of course, if it violates P&Z regs like being too close to a property line, then you will also need to apply for a waiver for those violations, plus maybe pay a fine for not having gotten prior approval. Of course, if in violation of a non-waiverable condition, like infringing on wetlands or in a designated floodway it might have to come out anyway, so having a professional review your situation FIRST before putting money into trying to get permits and approvals (with any fines) might tell you removal is the only likely result anyway.

Deck Cleaning reviews in Harpswell

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The crew were prompt every morning they were scheduled to be here, worked cleanly and were very courteous. We had just put in all new carpet and they covered all the furniture and carpet with plastic. They moved large pieces of furniture and put everything back when they were done painting including window treatments. Overall a job very well done! I am going to use them for my exterior when it warms up enough to paint outside.
- David M.
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However deck was in serious need of repair.
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Service rebuilt the deck. We also had them clean and reseal two other decks once we saw the quality of their work.
- Deborah O.
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He has reasonable prices and provides quality service. He is easy to communicate with and his employees are nice people. Overall they are a nice contracting company. He is the kind of guy that I can call ahead of time, let him do the job, because I know the price will be reasonable.
- Marj L.
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They are familiar. In the last 4 years I've used them, they have the same team that returns to the house. They must be doing something right because there's low turnover. The crew are clean and careful. They have a great process of scheduling.
- Kaia C.
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Deven
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was courteous, prompt, and kept in touch through email as to when he and his staff would arrive to work on our property. We were extremely happy with the way the fences turned out; the old fence almost looks new again! Would definitely use
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- Virginia Z.
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I was very impressed with them. They were very clean and tidy. They picked up everything and moved it out of the way. They did a great job and really got the mildew off. The house looked brand new.
- Stephen P.
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I used it a few months back in the summer. I have two decks and used the coupon for one of them. For that, he stained the bottom of the deck. For the other deck of mine, he sealed the top. I never actually met or saw the gentleman, but he provided good and honest work. He did have to come and correct one thing, but he did it in a timely manner.
- Lorrie B.
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was recommended by the contractor that built our deck. Good call on his part. Great service. Completed work in a timely manner (although they had to work around a couple days of uncooperative weather). Finished product looks great. Very professional contractor and delivered a finished product well worth the cost. Would definitely recommend him to a friend
- robert L.

All Porch Cleaning Contractors in Harpswell, ME

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A & D Renovations

38 Middle St
Sanford

Above & Beyond LLC

524 Lincoln St
Lewiston

After View Construction

352 Main St Apt 16

Ask Handyman Services LLC.

222 Portland rd
Buxton

CertaPro Painters of Southern ME

7 Bridges Dr
Scarborough

Clarke Painting, Inc

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Portland

Day Labor Solutions

33 Meadowbrook Rd
Phippsburg

DEERING LUMBER

14 ELM STREET
Biddeford

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

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

Maddog Co.

547 Pleasant Hill Rd
Brunswick

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

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

RAND STONEWORKS INC

326 US ROUTE 1
Scarborough

Reilly Builders

160 Hutchison Pond Rd
Bethel

Riley and Sons Renovations

700 East Bridge Street
Westbrook

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

Southern Maine Remodeling

32 Payne Road
Scarborough

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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