Traverse City Deck Builders

in Traverse City, MI

82
Deck Builders are
in Traverse City

18
Deck Builders in Traverse City
are top rated

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Judith M.
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was prompt,efficient and fair. He made good suggestions for changes, and fixed some things that others might have ignored. He used high quality materials and" the house looks great. I would recommend him very highly for his friendliness, honesty and all-around professionalism.
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CYNTHIA S.
"Crew showed up on scheduled days on time. They cleaned the area before they left each day. We love the deck and have used it non stop since the end of
. We" have a fence that need to be replaced and We plan on calling L&L Great Job Great Crew
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John B.
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and his team were punctual, courteous, and professional during the entire job. They took out a window in my living room and enlarged the opening to fit a sliding" patio door. Then they built a 15x12 deck with composite decking and a vinyl railing.
installed some very nice lattice around the deck and also installed some doors that allow me to store things under the deck.
communicated with me during the whole job and listened to my concerns. They cleaned up after themselves each and every day and did a good job cleaning up after the job was completed. We are very happy with the finished product and have received a lot of compliments on the deck. I wouldn't have any problem referring
to my friends and family.

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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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Deck Building reviews in Traverse City

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First let me say I have tried to fill out this several times and got error messages...this is the first time.. have been able to give review..so yaay that...
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replaced my deck in
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of 2014.....he and his crew were on time and did an amazing job....
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took time to sit and talk make sure everything was right and in order. He is very kind patient and listens....
There were a few issues at the end ....He and his crew corrected them ...
you will be pleased with his work.


- Erica C A.
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All of the folks at Squeekly Clean are top notch! They were very professional and responsive from start to finish. Their workmanship was impeccable and they only use the best products. I will definitely use them again in the future!
- joy L.
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The porch and driveway look nice but, he left standing water on the little deck. It dried partly with a dingy finish. I have to wash it and sweep the standing water away for it to look a bit better. All in all, he did a good job.
- CAROLYN B.
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I like Herb
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-he is personable and knowledgeable. The company has done a lot of work for our neighbors and they have very good things to say about the company.
- daylene K.
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I purchased the four-hour
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special because I needed two tasks to be completed.
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King confirmed the appointment.
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arrived as scheduled and got right to work. He quickly replaced the kitchen faucet. Then painted the soffit and fascia with time to spare. So I asked him to get the hardware he needed and secure a porch railing. Since he worked more than four hours and purchased some parts, the total amount was higher than the special. He accomplished more than I expected and did excellent work at a reasonable price. I recommended
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- Douglas E.
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This project came in at budget, and was completed on time.
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is a busy guy, but he personally handled the details of the project and was very fair, reasonable, and accommodating as the scope of the project became very dynamic, as we added and changed along the way. The porch is now the envy of the neighborhood, and while I waited over a year to write this--I wanted to see if any of it would fall apart, or leak, and really, everything has been great.
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coordinated with an expert fireplace shop, my own door and roofing company, and my own stone mason. He was very easy to work with and I would recommend that you give them a
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to earn your business.
Their design folks are awesome. The finishing touches of the Mahogany roof, and the back step design was amazing.
- Pat M.
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I hired Deckmasters to strip, repair and stain 3 decks at my home -- a small deck on the top level and 2 large decks on the main and lower levels of my home. I am very pleased with the quality of the work. My decks look beautiful and the price was fair. The only problem was in the scheduling of the work. They did not show up on the date promised, claiming that weather was an issue when it was not. Also there was a delay because they couldn't get the wood they needed to make the repairs. Then the wood suppliers showed up at my house unexpectedly and dumped the wood in my driveway. To their credit, the Deckmasters workers came to my house and moved the wood. I had to nag them to get the work done because whenever there was the slightest
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of rain reported by the weather forecasters, they would not show up.
In the end, however, I was very pleased with the work. My deck is beautiful; it looks even better than I expected. I would recommend Deckmasters, despite the delays.
- Angela D.

All 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
Alden

ADELAINE CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

8555 Commerce Ct
Harbor Springs

Agostinelli Builders

1645 Lake Dr
Traverse City

All Terrain

801 S. Garfield Rd
Traverse City

American Animal Control

11877 N Pine Rd

Azack Builders

8388 Vans Ln
Kingsley

Baesch Construction, LLC

115 Thousand Oaks Dr
Traverse City

BAY CONSTRUCTION CO

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
Hillman

Bert's Decor Service

2337 Lakes North Dr
Interlochen

Brown Lumber

1701 W S Airport Rd
Traverse City

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cmb Construction LLC

1125 Anderson Rd
Traverse City

COOLEY CONTRACTING LLC

6446 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Countryside Construction

1704 E Brentwood St
Grawn

Dan Newton &d Sons Builders, Inc

5664 W Old State Rd
Central Lake

Doc's Electric LLC

1501 Penbroke Dr
Traverse City

Dorian Visionheart Dyer

3560 South Brandon Street

Doug's Handyman Services

1231 M-37 S
Traverse City

Dun Rite Painting

6805 Cherrywood Dr
Kingsley

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

EZ Able LLC

1420 Trade Centre Dr.
Traverse City

Ferraro Builders, Inc.

4820 Lands End
Traverse City

GC Contracting Co LLC

4700 Sunrise Lane
White Lake

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
Greenville

Hammontree Builders

2191 Cambridge
Traverse City

HANDY HELPER

5100 HIDDEN GABLES DR.
Traverse City

Happy Harry's Maintenance

650 N Reynolds Rd
Interlochen

Harris Custom Carpentry

1867 Hidden Hollow Dr
Beulah

J BARZ CONTRACTORS INC

331 S CENTER RD
Saginaw

JR Enterprises

1671 Green Oaks Drive
Interlochen

JT Exteriors

857 Duell Road
Traverse City

Kleehammer Construction LLC

1 traverse
Traverse City

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MAISON BUILDERS

980 S Rusch Rd
Traverse City

Martino Home Improvements

1458 E Lincoln Ave
Madison Heights

McCormick Construction PLLC

PO Box 6448
Traverse City

Merit Construction

5303 N Liberty Dr
Traverse City

Mike Nichol General Contractor

10532 N. Twinlake Rd, N.E.
Mancelona

Mission Peninsula Construction LLC

6435 Applewood Ln
Williamsburg

MNS Construction

15602 Wake St NE

North Ridge Builders LLC

6014 Boone Road
Traverse City

NorthShore Builders LLC

10641 S Timberlee Dr
Traverse City

OLD MISSION ASSOCIATES

1484 CHIMNEY RIDGE
Traverse City

Paramount Home Improvements LLC

4621 S Saginaw St
Flint

Pro Build

5700 US 31 S.
Grawn

Qualified Roofing

Traverse City

QUALITY BUILT WINDOWS

PO Box 272
Acme

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

Ray Paddock Builders

386 Neuman St
Traverse City

RED BARRON BUILDERS

1508 Round Lake Rd
Interlochen

ROBERT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES

P O BOX 7162
Traverse City

Roberts Carpentry

4298 CR 612 NE
Kalkaska

Roofs R US

1922 26th Ave NW

Roy & Paul Painting & Decorating

422 Waverly Ave.
Royal Oak

SALISBURY & MAY CONSTRUCTION

3387 VETERANS DR
Traverse City

Schaub Building & Improvement Inc

7367 s Whispering Hills Dr
Traverse City

Schaub Building Improvements Inc

7367 S Whispering Hills Dr
Traverse City

Scott Schichtel Ideal Home Services

19839 Golden Dr
Interlochen

Scottcraft Construction

3470 Red School Rd.
Kingsley

Silver Lake Self Storage

5215 Curtis Rd
Traverse City

Soper Services

588 Minkin Dr
Traverse City

Surpass Renovations Inc & Scott Christopher Homes

620 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids

Terin Wales

3322 Oakleaf Dr
Harrison

Thomas Krchmar Construction Inc

6457 W Lily Lake Rd
Harrison

TK Builders of Grand Traverse Inc.

PO Box 681
Traverse City

Todd Svec Builder LLC

11075 Wilson Rd
Buckley

Wilhelm Landscapes

6243 M-72
Williamsburg

Zelinski Brothers Inc

PO Box 6515
Traverse City

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