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"We're very happy with the quality of work we received from Best Rate.
came a couple days ago to give us a quote. He was on time, and" did a very thorough job inspecting the areas needing work. They called us the next day and said they had a cancellation, and got us on the books.
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were the guys who came out to actually do the work. They were very punctual -- they said they'd be here at 8:00 a.m., and their trucks pulled into our driveway at 7:59. They have been professional and upbeat while working, and have taken the time to make sure everything was done well. I feel like they went above and beyond our expectations.

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"The project involved correcting a previous contractor''s botched attempt to curve and install Trex handrails and panels on our front porch. After removing" the old mess,
gave us a perfectly curved railing that truly compliments the staircase steps and porch entry.
and his crew are consumate professionls; craftmen who take great pride in their work. We highly recommend
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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 Dunbarton

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and his crew (all related) did a fantastic job for our new home. He created a custom deck with
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, grilling area and bench seats. After drawing the deck he submitted it for approval to our
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. It was very easy for us to say yes. He suggested Azek a fabricated decking material and are so glad we did. Beautiful and absolutely maintenance free for years to come. He rerouted our natural gas line to fit the grilling area. He was very responsive, professional, fair, and very quality conscious. I recommend him and would use him again in a minute. We are very pleased.
- RON E.
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New full Cedar deck replacement for approximately 350 sq ft ground level cedar deck with railings. We love our new deck. the guys were great and we really appreciated the how hard the guys were working in the winter time.
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was not the lowest bid we got but they were by far the most knowledgable and we trusted them to do the best job. As we were paying a lot of money for this addition we wanted to be absolutely positive that we had the right contractor because of some of the horror stories we have heard in the past. We were very pleased with with how everything went and just love our new deck.
- Judi N.
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was immediately responsive to my request for an estimate, and for the high quality of the materials he uses, you cannot beat the price. The price he quotes you is for a complete and turn-key project, including all the little things you might not think of, like gutters. He uses the highest quality screening and black metal spindles come standard instead of wood. Our porch is absolutely gorgeous.
Once they started work, it was non-stop for about three consecutive weeks. Whenever I had a question or concern,
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got back to me within hours with a response that was fair and professional. He stands by his work and takes responsibility for his subs.
Would definitely use him again!!

- Jennifer F.
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and his crew were excellent! They were friendly, punctual, and very clean. The deck they built for us is a TimberTech composite and is strong and looks amazing. I would refer them to anyone. Thank you Hungry carpenters for making this an easy and quick project. -Brewers
- Kevin B.
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Went very well, they communicated with us during all phases of the project.
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was great to work with during the entire project. I would highly recommend them.
- Larry T.
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I was interested in quotes for a contractor to remodel my basement from start to finish.
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responded to my inquiry promptly and showed up at the arranged walk through on time. He was very professional and wanted to get all of the detail. While we decided to do this project a different way, I would have no hesitation hiring
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- JOSHUA H.
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However deck was in serious need of repair.
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Service rebuilt the deck. We also had them clean and reseal two other decks once we saw the quality of their work.
- Deborah O.
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Very good quality workmanship and materials, workers obviously knew what they were doing, work was done quickly and professionally; cleanup was good, workers were courteous.
- Martha K.

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2 Penn Painting & Roofing

81 Stard Road
Seabrook

A Few Good Tradesmen

52 Harvard St.

A J Wood Construction Inc

337 Haverhill Rd
Chester

Adaptations Unlimited

25 Fox Run Rd
Portsmouth

Additions Today

593 Summer St

Adelino Soares Construction

1255 Sharps Lot Rd

Affordable Renovation

396 Washington St

Affordable Services LLC

22 Roosevelt AVE

Agawam Fence Company

524 Newburyport Turnpike

Ahead of the Curve LLC

South St.
Concord

AlphaCon LLC

P.O. Box 296
Hudson

AMBIENCE CONSTRUCTION

75 COLUMBIA ST

AMC Quality Builders, LLC

20 Central Avenue, Suite 508

AP Windows & Siding Company

497 Hooksett Rd
Manchester

Arcaya remodeling

35 Harvard St

ARCH PAINTING

ONE PRESIDENTIAL WY

Ark Services

35 Middlesex Rd

Arone Exteriors

18 Mt Vernon Dr
Pelham

Arsenault & Son's Contracting

5 Thunderbridge Lane

Artful Renovations

168 Ashmont St

ARTHUR O'SHEA

156 LIBERTY ST

Beacon Builders

44 Forge Village Rd.

Belgray Carpentry

11 Robert Toner Blvd.

Blessed Painting

154 Fern Rd

Blue Sky Power Washing

PO Box 108
Milford

Blue Sky Power Washing

20 Northwest Blvd
Nashua

Brophy Construction

32 Bradshaw St # 2

Brouillette Building & Remodeling LLC

1512 COLUMBIA CIR
Merrimack

Bruce Parker Custom Builder LLC

270 Baboosic lake rd
Merrimack

Burr Remodeling

186 South Meadow Rd

Burt Builders

22 Pat Ree Dr

BWWS Home Repairs

349 Baker St

Byron Drywall Company

429 Andover Street

C & G CONSTRUCTION CO

412 Worcester St.

C M FORTIER DESIGN-BUILD

757 LANCASTER AVE

C&D BUILDERS

414 Mason Rd

C&T Carpentry

5 Baldwin Ave.

CJ Renovations

38 Blue Hill Ave

CJ'S PRIME FINISHES

74 SOUHEGAN STREET
Milford

Clarke Carpentry

369 Liberty St

Classic Concrete

151 Sycamore Dr

Classic Construction

129 Commonwealth Ave

Clean Cut Construction

477 Pine River Rd
Effingham

CMC Construction

1840 middlesex St

Cobb Hill Constuction

206 North State Street
Concord

Custom Contracting

1267A Massachusetts Ave

Custom Design Carpentry

176 Fordwy Ext
Derry

D & D HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

151 North Main St.

D & S FORTIN BROTHERS LLC

43 CORIANDER WAY
Goffstown

D A Baker Construction Co.

65 Neponset Ave. Ste. 1

Danusis Construction

27 Mockingbird Lane
Newmarket

Darren Keane Inc

16 Alpine St

dave and louanns homeimprovements

217 CHESTER RD
Fremont

Dawn General Contracting

15 Iron Horse Dr
Bedford

DC-Contracting

9 Merrill Street

Decked Out

31 Asbury Ave

Decks-N-More

40 Richmond St.
Nashua

Dehullu Homes LLC

32 Benjamin St

Derek Cook Construction Inc

62 Hickory St
Manchester

DLM REMODELING

101 IRVING ST

DM Painting & Carpentry

132 Chestnut Street

DML Carpentry

23 Henshaw Street

DN Plastering

22 Lincoln Ave.
Nashua

DOC General Contracting

3R Breed Ave Ste E

DOHERTY ELECTRIC

15 EDGEMONT STREET

Dolan Remodeling

42 Union St

Dracut Window & Door

16 Holbrook Ave.

Elliptical Stairs

4 Woodbine Terrace

Eloi Construction

19 Wilson St

ELS Design Build Inc

52 Whittier Rd

EM Remodeling

2 Victory Rd

Family Painting

43 Claremont St

Farrell Construction

5 School St
Salem

FBI Contracting

18 Loudon Rd
Concord

Fenochetti Remodeling

15 BERKSHIRE RD

Forbes Home Repair

29 Charlton St.

Ford Contracting Services, LLC

18 Amherst St. Unit 18
Nashua

Forest Street Builders

6 Atlanta Street

FORSYTHE PAINTING

53 PRINCETON ST.

FORSYTHE PAINTING

53 PRINCETON ST. APT1

FORTE ENTERPRISES

60 HILLTOP ST

Frank McGurk Jr GC

370 Riverdale Rd
Weare

Gpconstruction

Tallant Rd
Merrimack

Graham Built Inc

34 Mattakeesett St Apt 25

Graham Waste Services Inc

1093 North Montello Street

Grassroots Playscapes

156 Forest Rd
Hancock

Gray's Contracting, Inc.

6 Timothy Lane
Hudson

Green Guys Powerwashing

31 Magnolia Dr.
Pelham

Guedes Painting

22 Franklin St

Gulliver general contracting

43 lakeshore drive south

GW & Sons Builders

24 Roselin Ave

Handyman Services

18 Wellington Lane Ave

Handyman911

9 Gabrielle Drive
Hudson

HANDYMANROB.COM

153 WAVERLY ST

Handyworks

24 Warren Ave

HANLEY CARPENTRY

11 WOODSIDE DRIVE

HORRIGAN CARPENTRY

60 Worcester Rd

Howard's of Framingham

1127 Worcester Rd. - Rt. 9 - Ted Williams Hwy.

J&J Hand Man

128 Cambridge St

J+K WALLBOARD

15 Battle Row

J. Lance, LLC

468 Old Connecticut Path

J. R. Ross Corp.

8 Meredith Dr
Nashua

J.C. Construction

288 Brown Street

Jakobs Ladder Remodeling

8 pleasant st
Suncook

Jaragua home improvment

59 BRIGHTON AV # B

Jason Hutchinson

71 Mozart St.

JAYRON

100 IRON HORSE PARK

JC Vinyl Siding

104 Constitution Dr

JD & D Construction Inc

114 Upper Gore Rd
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