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"Restored roof damage, interior damage including large structural beam.
was amazing to work with. He was honest, fair and prompt.
" 's team did excellent work restoring unexpected tree damage that was fairly significant.
went out of his way to locate an "heirloom" structural beam of similar vintage to the 1955 modern home. The replacement beam was the crown-jewel of the project, as anything less than a beam that perfectly matched the house would have ruined the restoration. I unreservedly recommend
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-Michael S.

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"Everything went fairly well. The install of the riprap only took about a week. The only problem was that it had rained the night before and there was pretty extensive" damage done to the lawn. It ended up costing approximately $4000 in new sod to repair. It probably should have been put off another week. When I asked about them about repairing the lawn they referred me to a landscape company. They told me that it is part of the business. Overall I am satisfied with the riprap they installed. They even replaced some of the dock that was damaged.

-Barry B.

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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 Gaylord

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They built a great deck for my home and they showed up on time all the time. The deck turned out great for my family to enjoy in the coming summer! Everyone loves it so much.
- TAO Z.
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He came out and did not finish the work, stopped the process in the middle of the job. He is someone to stay away from, he does not have the credintials to be working. He is not to be trusted.
- Lin F.
A

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Terrific job. Without a doubt would work with them again. The craftsmenship was excellent. Communications was the best I ever experienced. I never had to wonder what was going to happen next.
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kept me up to date on each phase of the project. Built the deck in a single day, crew was right size to handle the job I needed. When the job was completed the employees of
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cleaned up every last scrap of material, leaving everything to look the way it did before the project.
- John S.
A

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The job was flawless, it was great! The price was good and fair, they cleaned up nicely afterwards, and always showed up on time. All in all, no problems.
- Jeanine S.
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I was a wonderful experience and they were great. We had some water problems and he worked with the township and he did whatever they said. They wanted a filter put on the deck and he told them that it wouldn't be necessary. He got it to what would work for us. It only a slight cost more. He did a beautiful job on the deck. He started it and finished it when he said he would. He worked straight through until it was done. He put what was required underneath the deck. He saw to it that it passed.
- Susan B.
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They did come out and give an estimate and they were very nice, but we had scheduling issues with them. We initially tried to get the work scheduled, and thought that we did. However, it seems that our scheduling was bumped for a larger job. We contacted Angie's List for a refund.
- Tammy Marie H.
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I thought when we signed up with Angie's list they would be weeding out the contractors who are not professional.
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came over and looked at two different projects that we need done in our home. One to be completed ASAP (cash in hand now) and the other in the fall. He seemed very nice and knowledgeable on the tasks at hand. When he left he informed us that it might be as late as the next week before he would be able to get a bid to us.....well, it has been 3 weeks and I have not even received a courtesy call. If you don't want the business, the job, or don't have the time, you should still return a call. I am very disappointed in the professionalism of some of the businesses that Angie's list allows on their website.
- Douglas A.
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was very prompt, responsive, and professional. He scheduled a date and time to come out and measure for a new patio and covered patio for our backyard along with a sidewalk and small area for garbage cans. He arrived on time and called to let me know he was on schedule. He provided a thorough bid within 2 weeks of the visit. We ultimately decided to go with another vendor but not due to pricing. His pricing was right in line with other bids. The other vendor we chose could roll in some hardscape work and provided better visual representation of the work we wanted done so we went with them. I would recommend them and would definitely have them bid on future projects.
- Connie R.

All Deck Builders in Gaylord, MI

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45th Parallel Build & Remodel

2207 Perch Lake Rd
Gaylord

A+ Lawn Care, LLC

Grayling
Grayling

A-1 Vinyl Siding Co Inc

48425 Forbes St
Chesterfield

AB Edwards Restoration LLC

788 N Bay Port Rd
Bay Port

ACE ROOFING CO

5226 Lippincott Blvd
Burton

ADELAINE CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

8555 Commerce Ct
Harbor Springs

Alpine Restoration Inc

5806 M32 E
Gaylord

Anthony Fantozzi Services

606 Taylor St.
Port Huron

Apex Exteriors

1961 S Otsego Ave
Gaylord

Beman Builders LLC

10494 E Easling Rd
Suttons Bay

Bernard Building Center

27300 M-32
Hillman

Bert's Decor Service

2337 Lakes North Dr
Interlochen

Blast It Powerwashing

2786 Lewis Dr
Port Huron

Built Solid Renovations LLC

123 Main
Sterling Heights

c&d builders

586 e adams rd.
Saint Louis

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Card Remodeling

63 Karen Lane
Gaylord

Cardinal Painting

10357 Townline Rd
Cheboygan

CLI-Concrete Leveling Inc

1659 Beverly Ave
Ypsilanti

COHOON CONSTRUCTION

8597 WEST LONG LAKE RD
Alpena

Energy First Home Improvements

114 East Superior Street
Alma

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Extremely Clean

324 Monroe Ave.
Big Rapids

Felan and Sons Painting

PO BOX 105
Mount Pleasant

Foundation Specialist LLC

2925 28th St SE
Grand Rapids

Fowler & Son

601 W Fifth St
Evart

Green Side Up Landscape Co.

1706 Como Lake Dr
Greenville

Harms Enterprises

88 W. Houghton Lake Drive
Prudenville

Holmes Sawmill

19734 160th Ave
Tustin

Home Renovation & Repair by Tom

4848 Manuka Trail
Gaylord

HOMETOWNE LUMBER & KITCHEN CENTER

201 S CARPENTER AVE
Kingsford

In-Tact Solutions

Houghton Lake

Jeff Worden Builder

1616 Laurie Rd
Boyne City

Jess Arquette

7408 Hungerford Lake Dr
Big Rapids

JNJ Construction Inc

2860 Kassuba Rd
Gaylord

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LUKE HAUSLER WOODWORKS

130 E CLUTE RD
Boyne City

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maxwell Builders

1043 Dale Rd.

Michigan Realty Solutions LLC

69246 North Main
Richmond

Mike Montini Builder Inc

2736 E Beaverton Rd
Farwell

My House Doctor

PO 971
Prudenville

Paramount Home Improvements LLC

4621 S Saginaw St
Flint

Patriot Builders

189 North Ridge Street
Port Sanilac

Pearl Power Washing

2872 WEST BLOOMFIELD OAKS DRIVE
Orchard Lake

Penney's Lumber

566 E Houghton Lake
Prudenville

Porters Network

1050 W 81st Ave

PRESTON FEATHER BUILDING CTR

3689 OLD US HIGHWAY 27 S
Gaylord

ProBuild

1054 Old 27 N Hwy
Gaylord

Quality Built Building QBB

300 Atlantic Street
Bay City

R S Construction

128 Trillium Trail
Gaylord

Ramon Maintenance Services

8032 South Mission Road
Mount Pleasant

Raymond Hardware

29 S Ridge St
Port Sanilac

RJD Inc

827 Michigan Ave
Gaylord

RSW Construction

2929 Fleming Rd.
Lewiston

Selon construction inc

2962 maplehurst dr.
Roscommon

Sheridan Valley Homes

2795 Fleming Rd
Lewiston

Sun Glo Restorations

22960 Venture Dr
Novi

Superior Construction Enterprises

3544 East McCoy Road
Gaylord

Switzer Construction LLC

110 Charlotte Trl
Marquette

The Concrete Artisans

10522 Matchett Rd.
Kingsley

Theisen Builders LLC

1366 Meadowlark Dr
Alger

Tim Kenney Building and Remodeling

04305 PEARSALL RD
East Jordan

Top Notch Mobile Power Wash

505 Erie St.
Houghton Lake
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