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"I would recommend
and his crew to anyone looking for a provider of porches / decks. He and his guys arrive every day on time. They are" reasonably priced, extremely responsive to every issue, and helpful with contacts in other trades... electricians, plumbers, spa providers. Good business man with an attention to detail - both in construction and in administration. 5 Stars
Park, KS

-Tresa Y.

was punctual, respectful and did an awesome job, he ensured the site was cleaned and secure nightly. His attitude toward changes that was" made during the process was outstanding, he showed me and my wife that it was all about what we wanted and he was there to provide great and outstanding that service.

-Saddie D.

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Decks and Porches

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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.

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
San Antonio, TX

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.


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 Traverse City


After providing the details of what I was looking for, the provider called to tell me that it wasn't what they do. They suggested I ask Angie's List for a refund and provided a recommendation for someone who did they kind of work I was looking for. Good Service!
- Renee H.

On September 2, I emailed
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via their website, along with three other deck construction companies, a request for an estimate on constructing a deck in my back yard. After being contacted within a couple of days by the other three contractors but not from
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, I sent a second email to them, again via their website...again no response...not even the courtesy of advising me they were not interested in my business. Enough said.
- Suzanne A.

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& his crew were great! Initially the job was the siding, windows & doors but in the process of prepping the house for siding, some major structural issues were discovered.
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asked us to come out and showed us what the crew found, and then sat down with us to discuss how it could be corrected and about what it would cost. So, it did cost a little more than the initial estimate but the additional work and quality workmanship was well worth the extra $$ shown. The crew came every day that weather would allow. They worked all morning, broke for lunch and worked all afternoon til evening. They cleaned up every day & knowing I have 2 small dogs, they made sure the fence gates were closed while they worked and when they left. The guys were well-mannered and often asked if there was any finishing that needed to be done.
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was in constant contact with his crew chief and anytime there was a problem or issue, he was there. I can't say enough good things about this company. I love the way my house looks! I hope I never need these services again but if I do, I will definitely call this company!
- Kathleen M.

My husband and I are completely thrilled with our new deck.
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and Chessa Winter are a great team to work with on Trex deck installs. We first made contact with
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through their website on
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6th, when we sent an inquiry for an estimate to replace our 10 year old Trex deck material with new Trex Select with screws as the fastener. The existing frame and hand rail would stay the same and not require any changes. Chessa Winter contacted us the same day by email regarding our request for an estimate. On
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12th both Chessa and
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came to our house to take a look at the deck and gather measurements to write a formal estimate. The next morning we had an estimate for the screws, blade, drill bit, dump fee and labor through email. We provided the Trex material. Upon receiving the estimate Chessa gave us a few choices about when they could complete the work. We chose
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27th as a start date.
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and his help arrived at 8AM as agreed. They quickly got to work removing the screws from the old boards. By Wednesday,
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29th they were finished installing the last new board. We had one hiccup in the entire process and both
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and Chessa were so helpful when we came up short on the Trex boards.
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was able to get more material locally and Chessa helped us get reimbursed through Trex. During the entire process everyone from
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was punctual, respectful, courteous and super neat. Super neat meaning that everything was cleaned up at the end of each work day and old materials removed daily. We are still enjoying our new deck as summer comes to close. It is without hesitation that my husband and I recommend
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for a Trex deck install.
- Denise I.

The main office called ahead of the project to ensure we were ready for the work to begin. The crew of two showed up on time and completed the work in a timely manner. They were respectful and did a great job of the installation and clean up.
- mark C.

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checked on the construction several times. All personnel were polite and professional. For the price paid I was disappointed in the details of the work done. Deck is very solidly constructed and from a distance it is absolutely beautiful. Up close though there are several flaws... e.g.: step overhangs not even, joints not plum, handrails not sanded, wood has cracks. Large debris and nails were removed but sawdust and small debris was not removed from the driveway.
- Karen W.

I was very happy with
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. When I called about the job I received a prompt return call. They arrived for Estimation when they said they would. They provided the estimate promptly and was able to help me figure out how to meet my price. Job was completed when stated and the workers were friendly and professional. The deck looks great. Very pleased.
- Wendy Y.

Fence was very nice.
Workers arrived on time and completed work same day
Left area in tidy condition.
Workers were pleasant and professional.
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was prompt to appts and arrived with his team on time
Cost met exceptions.
Will use again.

- Linda H.

Deck Builders in Traverse City, MI

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A+ Snow Removal & Landscaping

267 N E Silver Lk Rd
Traverse City

Above and Beyond Handyman

9312 Innis Rd NE


8555 Commerce Ct
Harbor Springs

Agostinelli Builders

1645 Lake Dr
Traverse City

All Terrain

801 S. Garfield Rd
Traverse City

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E Grand River Rd


870 E 8TH ST
Traverse City

Beman Builders LLC

10494 E Easling Rd
Suttons Bay

Benghauser Builders

1055 Sharkey Rd
Traverse City

Bernard Building Center

27300 M-32

Bert's Decor Service

2337 Lakes North Dr

Brown Lumber

1701 W S Airport Rd
Traverse City

Champion Window of Grand Rapids

4717 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Cmb Construction LLC

1125 Anderson Rd
Traverse City


6446 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Countryside Construction

1704 E Brentwood St

Dan Newton &d Sons Builders, Inc

5664 W Old State Rd
Central Lake

Doug's Handyman Services

1231 M-37 S
Traverse City

Dun Rite Painting

6805 Cherrywood Dr

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive


1420 Trade Centre Dr.
Traverse City

Ferraro Builders, Inc.

4820 Lands End
Traverse City

Good Harbor Property Service

538 second st
Traverse City

Grand Traverse Roofing

835 Mulberry Dr
Traverse City

Green Side Up Landscape Co.

1706 Como Lake Dr

Hammontree Builders

2191 Cambridge
Traverse City


Traverse City

Happy Harry's Maintenance

650 N Reynolds Rd

Harris Custom Carpentry

1867 Hidden Hollow Dr

Home Helper Handyman LLc

6144 Riverview Rd

IMBIGR Handyman Services,LLC

7332 N. 43 1/2 Rd.

JR Enterprises

1671 Green Oaks Drive

JT Exteriors

857 Duell Road
Traverse City

Kleehammer Construction LLC

1 traverse
Traverse City

L & W Builders

1217 Garfield Rd South
Traverse City

Liberty Supply & Service, LLC

468 US 31 South
Traverse City

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.


980 S Rusch Rd
Traverse City

Merit Construction

5303 N Liberty Dr
Traverse City

Mike Nichol General Contractor

10532 N. Twinlake Rd, N.E.

Mission Peninsula Construction LLC

6435 Applewood Ln

North Ridge Builders LLC

6014 Boone Road
Traverse City

NorthShore Builders LLC

10641 S Timberlee Dr
Traverse City


Traverse City

Peninsula Home Services

PO Box 5813
Traverse City

Preston Feather

777 US 31
Traverse City

Pro Build

5700 US 31 S.

Pro-Active Outdoors

7676 Bennett Rd.

Qualified Roofing

121 east front street
Traverse City


PO Box 272

R. Wolf Construction

4351 Blair Townhall Rd
Travis City

Rainbow Bath & Shower

4107 Manor Wood Dr S
Traverse City

Rainbow Seamless Systems

4107 Manor Wood Dr S
Traverse City

Rare Earth Hardwoods

6778 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Ray Paddock Builders

386 Neuman St
Traverse City

RCI | Richter Construction Inc

2243 S Richter Rd
Suttons Bay


1508 Round Lake Rd


P O BOX 7162
Traverse City

Roberts Carpentry

4298 CR 612 NE


Traverse City

Schaub Building & Improvement Inc

7367 s Whispering Hills Dr
Traverse City

Scott Schichtel Ideal Home Services

19839 Golden Dr

Scottcraft Construction

3470 Red School Rd.

Silver Lake Self Storage

5215 Curtis Rd
Traverse City

Soper Services

588 Minkin Dr
Traverse City

Terin Wales

3322 Oakleaf Dr

The Concrete Artisans

10522 Matchett Rd.

The Grand Traverse Handyman Co.

1900 Cumberland Dr.
Traverse City

TK Builders of Grand Traverse Inc.

PO Box 681
Traverse City

Todd Svec Builder LLC

11075 Wilson Rd

Wilhelm Landscapes

6243 M-72

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