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"They did a great. The salesman,
, was great and professional. The most professional of anyone else that came. The quote was thorough and" timely and explained everything we talked about and provided a number of add on options for our convince. The crew they sent were some of the hardest workers I've ever seen. They struggled through 90 degree heat and oppressive humidity, and a little rain, to get the job done on time. I can't be happier with the completed project. Without a doubt we now have the best looking and best made deck in the neighborhood. They weren't the cheapest quote we got but their professionalism and reputation made the decision to go with them easy. Highly recommended.

-John L.

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's crew did an excellent job of removing everything and cleaning up the whole area. We love the new deck they built. It is very attractive."
answered any questions I had about the structure very quickly. The deck is structurally sound and can support a lot of weight. We are very pleased with the work.
is very professional and easy to work with.

-Bill S.

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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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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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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 Whitakers

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Do not use this company. Failed inspection! Absolutely no service after the sale. Had to call another pool company to repair leaks and two other plumbing issues. Hires handy men who don't know what they're doing. Site was a garbage dump, not a construction site, for four months. Didn't measure area correctly so excavator had to dig a smaller pool than the one contracted for. The list of issues is long but you get the idea. don't believe the excuses they write after this comment. They have an answer for everything.
- amy G.
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This is really a follow-up. I had Deck Helmet do an installation my back deck after I got tired of stripping and resealing every couple years. Although I had a couple problems with the installation (chemicals killed nearby grass and one spot needed to be redone because the wood underneath had moisture, which causes the covering to bubble), I have loved the product - absolutely love it. The problem is 4 years later. Product is still great but I chipped through it in a few places while trying to remove ice this past winter. I have been calling DH for about a month just asking for advice on how to reseal a half dozen spots about the size of a quarter. Got a callback from
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, who asked for pictures so he could see the color. Sounded like he might make me a little patching batch. that was about a month ago. I've called DH a handful of times since. Sometime the number rings with no one ever answering. When I do get a customer service person, she sends me to his team or number. When no one picks up at the team, I am invited to hold. However, the "hold" eventually rolls over to voice mail. I've left at least two (perhaps three) message but have yet to receive a call back. Great product but awful customer service. The chips are still in the deck and I'm getting ready to go to Home Depot to figure it out for myself.
- Gregory M.
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we've worked with several contractors recently. The experience with
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was absolutely the best. Communication was excellent. We were told when he would be available, and that is exactly when he came to work on the deck. It is a beautiful addition, giving us almost another room outside. We could not be happier. The quote we received was the best quote out of all the people who gave us estimates, by far, and the work is excellent.
- Kimberly L.
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and his crew did a truly outstanding job. We met with
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several times over a two week period to determine the exact configuration we wanted. He was very flexible and agreed to meet with my wife and I during weekends and evenings. During one meeting we mentioned a design idea and he quickly recommended a change that provided the exact look we needed. His team worked quickly and thoughtfully, helping to move some outside furniture and cleaning up after all the work was complete. I would highly recommended his company.
- Andrew H.
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I have to say I couldn't be happier with my new porch and step railing. Even moreso I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of service I received during the project. I like to work with wood myself (although not even close to the level of expertise the installer and his crew have) so I appreciate the time and attention to detail that I saw, especially from my installer. The sales person was knowledgeable, and went out of his way to show me samples, explain the process, take his time measuring, etc. He was very pleasant, respectful and courteous (shades of what was to come). I have an older Pittsburgh house so you never know what to expect or what you might find when you begin to open things up. The installer took everything in stride and
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the team in removing existing old DIY attempts at porch deck structure supports that had shifted over time. I never once heard a complaint about the removal process which was physically challenging. Any questions I had for the installer were answered. I never felt they were perceived as 'stupid'; they were met with a 'Sure, what's your question'. If I didn't understand something, the answer was rephrased until I did. Rebuilding the deck began:
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, joists, et
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in place, laying of the decking boards.. it really started to take shape. Depending on the day, my installer's team could change, but even though there were new faces, the same polite, courteous, friendly, competent, willing to listen theme, remained. I felt like I, as the homeowner, was a part of the process, involved only as I should be, but respected. I found I could feel confident that my home was in good hands. Around this time, we ran into a snafu with communication around the skirting color and I did make a decision to go with a color that wasn't exactly what I had wanted, but the company's management and I worked it out and the results are fine. They did order me a specific accent color board for above the skirt, which as of this post has not yet arrived. My installer will take care of this when it is in. Porch steps, rails and spindles, the step railing, small cement work areas.. this is when it really began to take shape and I began to visually see what it would look like. A lot of the work was coming to a close, yet that same diligence to the job and a great work ethic persisted. The installer and his crew(s) are not slackers; they work hard and I can tell they enjoy what they do. All in all, it took 5 days, not counting the boards that we are waiting for. I doubt it will take long to add the 'finishing touch' to a great project. So would I recommend this installer, his crew, the company? In a heartbeat.

- Bonnie C.
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It’s been 5 months since our bathroom was completed and we still comment almost daily how much we love it.
My background is in Facilities Management so I have managed more than my share of corporate construction projects. The contractor selection makes all the difference between a successful project and a nightmare. I specifically chose
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over a smaller company because I wanted to ensure that the contractor for my home would have the bandwidth and cash flow to warranty the work properly. I met with and solicited bids from 4 contractors and chose
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to do the work.
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handled the design and worked with me to put together a comprehensive scope of work before starting the job. He was also our Project Manager.
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was easy to work with, responsive to my calls and flexible in working with us along the way. He dealt fairly with us every step of the way. I
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’t think we could have had a better person in our corner.
Norm was the person that actually built our new bathroom. He isn’t just a tradesman, he’s a craftsman. The work he does is
impeccable and we were absolutely blown away with the final product. Norm will not sacrifice quality for speed and he absolutely knows his stuff. Since the work was completed, I have had 2 friends who both do kitchen/bathroom renovations for a living look at our new bathroom and comment on the attention to detail and high quality of his work. Norm was easy to work with, does beautiful work, has a great sense of humor and was very respectful of our space. He also answered all of my questions and had great ideas for small no-cost tweaks that improve the overall look and feel of he bathroom. The end product was better than we expected.
We lived in the home while the only bathroom as being renovated which was not a lot of fun. However, Norm worked closely with us to ensure that we knew well in advance anytime the toilet would be unavailable. He planned the one piece of the project that would make the bathroom inaccessible for 24 hours to occur on a weekend when we were already scheduled to be away. He worked in our home that entire weekend to ensure that the bathroom was usable when we returned on Sunday night. We also have pets so Norm took a few extra minutes every day to make sure the bathroom was safe before he left.
Since every project is bound to have a few surprises, the true measure of a company isn’t how they handle things when everything is going right but how they respond when issues arise. This is one of the reasons why I’m so glad we chose
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. I’ve had to work with more than one shady contractor who uses change orders as an income stream.
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Builders doesn’t work like that. They handled issues quickly and with integrity and I always felt like we were treated fairly on price. Changes that were minor cost items were absorbed by the project and the one larger dollar item was discussed with real numbers and not the padded numbers most contractors throw at you. We were able to come to an agreement that was both fair to us as their customer as well as to them as our contractor and I never once felt like I was being ripped off or lied to. These guys were a class act.
Near the end of the project, we realized that the vanity would not work due to an unseen existing condition inside the wall. After adjusting for the interior wall condition, we ended up needing a very unusual and hard to find vanity size. After having little luck finding an off-the-shelf vanity that would both work with the bathroom design and egress needs of my home business, Norm informed me that he is also a cabinet maker with his own shop. He suggested that he could design and build a custom vanity to fit the space perfectly.
Norm worked with us on the design and was even able to shave costs by using the stone shop inside the same office park where his cabinet shop is located. Since he was able to provide exact measurements and do the installation himself, their site visit and installation costs were eliminated. Since the cost of the custom vanity and upgraded counter material would be higher than the in-stock vanity originally specified,
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worked closely with us to come to a final price that was fair for both parties. I know that our final cost for the vanity and top was significantly less than what we would have paid for a custom cabinet and top of this quality. A smaller builder would not have had the bandwidth to be able to handle this problem the right way. The custom vanity was literally built for the space and makes our bathroom look far and away better than anything we could have expected. We really couldn’t be any happier.
By choosing
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, we got a fantastic bathroom, high quality work, an excellent experience and a builder we can partner with for all future projects. We’ve had the final bathroom for about 5 months, are still in love with it and have had no issues. However, I also have no worries that if something were to come up 6 months from now,
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would be right there to make sure we remain happy with their work.
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was excellent at every turn and I intend to use them for all
of our future home projects.
- Lisa B.
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The new deck is sturdier than what it replaced. Provider's work and product were excellent and exceeded our expectations. Workmen were courteous and very professional. I would recommend this contractor for any project upon which he bids.
- Robert W.
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Very good to deal with. Good work crews. Patio crew excellent. Builders excellent. Plumbing Average.
- Robert B.

Deck Builders in Whitakers, NC

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A & P Developers

116 Halls Industrial Dr
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All Day Remodeling

226 Little Ellijay Rd
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Andrew Roby General Contractor Inc

2000 West Morehead St
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Andy&Son skilled handymen

112 fairview road
Louisburg

Appalachian Accents Deck Cleaning

240 Dogwood Rd
Banner Elk

ATS.home Improvements

3633 Macedonia Rd
Spring Hope

B & J ROOFING AND INSULATION

2474 sherrod rd
Nashville

B&B Repairs

5084 Country Ln
Grifton

Baker Roofing Co

517 Mercury St
Raleigh

Bartholomew Pressure washing

PO Box 752
Nashville

Battle Plastering and assoc

4708 hickory ridge rd
Parkton

Batts Home Improvement

2396 Sherrod Rd
Nashville

Benchmark Roofing

809 Crowder Rd
Madison

Big Sky Homes Inc

1087 Woodland Church Rd
Wake Forest

BK Seamless Gutters and Roofing LLC

4501 New Bern Ave
Raleigh

Bradford Cabinet Co

109 W Edward St
Princeton

Bullock's Home Improvements

607 Dabney Woods Lane
Henderson

Burrells home repair

7206 Rock Ridge Sims Rd
Sims

C & K ECP INC

5121 Honest Bob Rd
Maiden

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carolina Construction Services

107 Verzaal
Rocky Point

Carolina Fix-It, Inc.

303 Rose Court
Benson

Carolina Gutter Helmet and More

1605 LOCUST HILL ROAD

Cary Reconstruction Co LLC

2410 Reliance Ave
Apex

Chris Chapman Construction

3020 Tar River Rd
Oxford

Concrete Jack

3402 Acorn St

Cook Roofing And Siding

2128 U.S. 64
Murphy

Costin Creations LLC

109 Jaycrest Rd
Duck

curiconstruction LLC

1204 swordfish way

custom barns

2755 Salisbury Rd
Robersonville

Custom Docks and Decks, LLC

6107 New Sharon Church Road
Rougemont

Dales Home Improvement

2521 Marshall Ln
Rocky Mount

DeL carpentry llc

500 hwy 15 lot 1

DESIGN-A-YARD

1026 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh

Divine Designs, Inc.

Snow Crest trl
Chapel Hill

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd

Estate Plaster Inc

5208 Foxburrow Rd
Greensboro

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Foothills Remodeling

1896 Hay Meadow Rd
Hays

G & S Contracting Inc

742 N Broad St
Mooresville

Gutter Glove of North Carolina LLC

9650 Strickland Rd
Raleigh

Hancock Home Solutions

226 Forlines Rd
Winterville

Hawkins Maintenance Services LLC

364 Collins Rd
Norlina

Hutch Home Solutions

2708 Exchange Dr, Unit A
Wilmington

Inside Out Home Designs

2308 Brookfield Dr
Grover

Invision Stone

11 Railroad Street
Murphy

JJ Improvements and Tree Services

109 Short St
Lexington

Jones Fence & Custom Vinyl, LLC

2012 Jackson Bypass Rd
Seaboard

Justice Home Improvements Inc

3321 N. Main Street
Farmville

Ken's Construction

1 Coltsfoot Ct
Greensboro

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd
Andrews

Lake View Construction

1055 PIERCETOWN RD

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

MACON & CO LLC

116 WOOTEN CIR
Rocky Mount

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maintenance Free Lawn Care

2841 Berkley Dr
Rocky Mount

Manning's Construction & Repair

5137 Pleasant Grove Church Rd
Nashville

Matthew Johnson construction

Sparta North Carolina
Sparta

Mckeels Home Repairs

1135 Hamilton Street
Roanoke Rapids

MID-COAST HOME REPAIR

1022 WEST BAY STREET
Belhaven

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive
Smithfield

MLA Design Group, Inc.

120 Club Oak Ct Ste 100
Winston Salem

Mountain Building Supply

US Hwy 64 E
Hayesville

Nicky Overman's Siding-Window

1223 Little River Dr
Elizabeth City

Old Paths Construction, LLC

212 Harper Farm Lane
Rocky Mount

Oliver Cupboards Fine Cabinetry

225 Railroad St
Rockwell

Paragon Building Group, Inc.

829 Purser Drive
Raleigh

Perfect Coats Painting & Remodeling

8031 Goldenrain Way
Raleigh

Powell Handyman Company

3307 Old Battleboro Rd
Rocky Mount

ROBERT WARRICK PAINT & PAPER

4809 HATHAWAY RD
Wilson

SHERMAN C RUNIONS & ASSOC

3077 US HIGHWAY 64 W
Sapphire

Stanley Contractors

625 Berry Hill Bridge Rd
Ruffin

Sully's Green Clean

491 Perkins Rd
Goldsboro

Tarheel Footprints & Transports

306 Farthing St
Boone

TC construction

po box 373
Red Oak

Tri county Exteriors

1032 ROCKAROSA DR
Yadkinville

Tri-County Carpentry

209 Delane Dr
Rocky Mount

Vortex All Surface Restoration

PO Box 2567
Winterville

Wet Surface Technologies

1120 37th Ave Dr NE
Hickory

White's Home Improvement

94 Gilbert Ln
Roanoke Rapids
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