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"This company was very punctual with responding to my request in getting a quote to replace my back deck. Unfortunately they said they were unable to do work on the" east side because they are so far behind schedule. I was looking for the work to be done in early to late fall.

-Kirsten S.

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"While we did not end up using him for the specific job at hand, I was very impresses with his honesty and professionalism. Herb gave me straight forward pricing" on what I was looking at, and had recommendations for good service providers on the things he didn't do. He even was willing to talk to me about some other potential projects that I may have him do later down the line. While our project had moved in a different direction than what I had called about, I am keeping his card on file to call when I do have other projects come up, and as things are still getting settled on this project, I may end up calling him back depending on how the design develops.

-Damien 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 Traverse City

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Provider did a very nice job and we are very happy with the finished product. Owner was easy to get in touch with, responded quickly and was very helpful. His employee was also very respectful of our property and they were clearly interested in providing excellent customer service and and a great finished product. We would use them again if the situation called for it, but I think our new composite deck will last a very long time - which is a very good thing! We are getting tons of compliments from our friends and guests who visit. Overall we were very happy especially given the often poor response and service you can get from contractors.
- Ella B.
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I contacted several companies for this work. All responded quickly and arranged to come see and measure my patio. All EXCEPT Tropical delivered bids within a few days. After over 2 weeks, still nothing from Tropical. Obviously they don't need the work. And more obviously, their responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism are severely lacking. Even if they sent a great bid today, I would not trust their ability to deliver on anything.
- Teri G.
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and his crew are very professional and do excellent workmanship. It was amazing to watch them make all the intricate cuts that our design required. We had a very large, ugly yard that we never went into because it was so dismal, now we spend hours in the backyard and are very happy with the workmanship and the follow-up when we have questions.
- Tamara M.
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The job was done fantastically, very professional, and was able to offer some suggestions and tips when planning the work. This contractor recognized the importance of my schedule when executing the work; was reflected in the timeliness of the work. The landscaping looked great and helped promote the sale of the property.
- Erik D.
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This contractor took money on 5/3 and failed to start and complete the work on various committed date. When we filed a complaint with better business bureau on 7/1, he stated that he is cancelling the contract and will refund our money. what joke..... still it has been 28 days and we have not received a refund from him either. In my opinion this contractor is a fraud and I will not advise anyone to hire this contractor. It has been almost 3 months since this company took advance money and neither delivered or refunded our money. The case is with BBB and should be available in few days. We are also in the process for filing a police report against this contractor for theft by deception.


- Sajid K.
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We decided that Summer of 2015 was the time to update several of the circa 1988 features of our home. The scope of the project included remove/replace mixed aluminum & cedar siding, remove/replace a large, but sadly sinking pressure-treated pine deck, and addition of a 15' diameter paver patio adjacent to the deck.
Several contractors were contacted to bid on this job. Most responded and many struggled to pull together all three disciplines of the work: siding, deck, and patio. We had a few folks bid on their specialty and promise to get back to us-right!
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came out promptly and helped us work through the design, timeline, and cost. The design & cost estimates that he sketched out that afternoon turned into reality as we contracted
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on the whole project.
Detailed drawings and village permits were quickly processed. We had a nominal queue time as
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completed other projects before ours was to begin. This time to start was quicker than some other estimates we received.
We received frequent and timely updates on scheduled events and permit inspections from
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with the
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team. She was on top of every aspect of this big project & quick to answer the many questions that we had.
The implementation phase was smooth and efficient, despite a rainy early summer season. We had a different crew for each element of the project. All were professional and considerate of our family. As the project move forward, we had a number of requests to make various small changes.
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willingly agreed to these and made it happen without question. The entire project was completed today, slightly more than two months since we first sat down with
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. We'll be sure to contact
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for future home improvement projects.
- Leslie B.
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Scheduling went smoothly. Provider was especially courteous and professional. He solved one problem that arose without me needing to ask. Because of decorative stones that had been added after the original installation, there was not room to attach the new screens. He raised the bottom section which looked beautiful and prevented the alternative which was to remove the decorative stones. I am very pleased with the final product.
- Ben W.
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This process started when I was planning to have my yard landscaped. When the landscaper showed me a photo she had taken of my flower bed at the base of my porch, it was like I saw the porch for the first time. It was concrete block, cracked, stained, and very dated. It had been installed in the early 1950s, when it replaced the original old wooden porch. I searched the list, and was impressed with the reviews for
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, and liked that it was family owned and operated. I called
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for an estimate, and his uncle,
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made an appointment for the next day.
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is a knowledgable and pleasant person with whom to work. I felt comfortable immediately, and decided not to get additional opinions.
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suggested a 10 x 16 foot deck of composite, trouble-free material. We worked together on where to place the steps, and I selected the decking materials, with Horizon Ipe as the deck color, and white trim and latice. The railings are white with black spindles.
The work started on the agreed-upon date, with two men who demolished the old porch in a matter of hours. They worked without a break, even when it rained. Unfortunately, pulling down the old porch revealed a total mess of the masonry, created, apparently, when the original porch was pulled down. There were exposed wooden slats stuffed with newspapers, and a deep crack down to the ground. I told
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that I definitely wanted that repaired before any other work could be done, and he certainly agreed. The two men who built the deck,
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and
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, knew exactly what needed to be done to repair the masonry, and they did a beautiful job repairing it. The house is stucco, built in 1929, so the repairs were even more extensive than it originally appeared.
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could just pull chunks of old masonry off the house. He cleared away everything that needed to be removed, and did a tremendous job repairing and painting. There was always water damaging the basement wall at that spot, and now I certainly know the cause. This should make a big difference. The masonry work, supplies and labor, cost an additional $600, which was very reasonable. I also asked
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to level the concrete pad that was under the old porch, to prevent water from pooling there, and he made repairs to that as well.
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worked long, hard hours building the deck, It is more beautiful than I could have imagined. It goes so well with the while stucco house that to me and to several of my neighbors, it's like it's always been there.
Never having had a deck before, I was unaware of just how hot the deck could become. I noticed my dog lifting his paws while he was standing on it. I put him in the house, and then touched the deck, and it was burning hot. A birds egg had been dropped and broken on the deck, and the egg yolk was cooked!
- Kathy C.

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

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E Grand River Rd
Williamston

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

Champion Window of Grand Rapids

4717 Broadmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids

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

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

3659 Falcons Nest
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

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

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

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

Preston Feather

777 US 31
Traverse City

Pro Build

5700 US 31 S.
Grawn

Qualified Roofing

121 east front street
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

Terin Wales

3322 Oakleaf Dr
Harrison

The Concrete Artisans

10522 Matchett Rd.
Kingsley

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

Woodford Bros Inc

6500 State Rte 80

Zelinski Brothers Inc

PO Box 6515
Traverse City

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