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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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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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ABBRUZZESE BROTHERS INC

7775 Smith Calhoun Rd
Plain City

Advanced Restoration Group

2211 13th St SW
Akron

AJR Painting

7849 Ninevah Rd
Geneva

All Around YOur House Construction LLC

10359 reservoir road
Cambridge

Allen Custom Building Group

7013 Garrison Spurling Rd
Pleasant Plain

Allstate Exteriors LLC

106 S Main St
London

Anderson & Noland Construction

134 Church St
Plain City

Bent Tree Woodworking

34897 Vickers Rd.

Blue Ridge Builders

604 Schaum Ave.
Zanesville

Bobcat Excavating & Construction Inc

13450 Liars Corner Rd
Millfield

Brogan Builders

3816 Biers Run Rd
Chillicothe

Builderscape

7500 Industrial Pkwy
Plain City

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CARTER LUMBER

10271 STATE ROUTE 161 E
Plain City

Chronus Construction and Landscaping

1690 Woodlands Dr
Maumee

Cincy Concrete Creations & Construction LLC

9181 Morrow-Woodville Rd
Pleasant Plain

Craig Lyons Construction

5740 Windfall Rd
Galion

D.G.Enterprises Inc

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Bremen

Dadstasks Painting and Remodeling LLC

3299 Sharpsville Rd
Lynchburg

Detweiler's Renovations

291 n chillicothe st
Plain City

Dixon Enterprises LLC

15068 Wollett Rd.
Nelsonville

DLK Construction

7571 RD 187
Oakwood

DOTSON CONSTRUCTION

9740 CAMARILLO CIR
Plain City

Douglas P Fay Trucking LLC

104 E Kiracofe Ave
Lima

DRAKE'S LANDSCAPING

8050 MCKITRICK RD
Plain City

DRT LLC / DWB Improvements

75811 Early Rd
Kimbolton

Elite Fence

142 South Church St.
Plain City

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Famous Construction

596 w maumee ave.

Galaxie Construction

604 Miami St.
Tiffin

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Hamilton Mechanical HVAC

3999 Parkway Ln
Hilliard

Heading Brothers Inc

8195 MV High Rd
Plain City

Hedges Home Improvements

6996 Bennington Rd
Galion

HomeTec Rennovations

6255 PC-Georgesville Rd.
Plain City

Husband 4 Hire

PO Box 2026

J & M Commercial Painting

7140 Selby Rd
Athens

J&J Contracting

330 Water St
Shreve

J&K Contracting

5253 Washington Rd
Albany

Job Master Services

1550 Smith Dr.
Wooster

Johnson Contracting

po box 11
Mendon

Kauffman Family Marketplace

1718 Smith Township State Rd

Kline Home Exteriors & Restorations

3809 Township Rd 154
Millersburg

Kuhns Contracting, Inc.

7931 Amity Pike
Plain City

Lakota Construction

PO Box 302
Groveport

Lance Headings Construction

9051 Oak Ridge Lane
Plain City

Landscape Design Solutions, LLC

8036 Corporate Blvd
Plain City

Landscapes By Terra, Inc

11515 Taylor Rd
Plain City

Lang's Maintenance LLC

5804 Ellis Ln
Hillsboro

Lyndaker Construction

14490 Middleburg PC Rd
Plain City

M & T Builders

114 peacock ave

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MARK TROYER REMODELING INC

9720 LAFAYETTE-PLAIN CITY RD
Plain City

Marples Construction

8535 US Highway 42 N
Plain City

MEB SYSTEMS INC

2257 STATE ROUTE 39
Sugarcreek

Miller's Handyman Service & More, LLC

25312 Watson Road
Defiance

Monarch Construction Inc.

2705 Morning Star Ct
Willoughby

Norm Troyer Builders

120 Lantern Ln
Plain City

OKIE ADKINS CONSTRUCTION

3633 NORWOOD RD.

Outdoor-FX Inc

142 Church St
Plain City

Quality Decks LLC

304 1/2 Boundry St
Oak Hill

Quality Electrical Services

1190 E Kibby St
Lima

Re-Source Construction

2065 River Rd #26
Chillicothe

Robert A Barrett Concrete

488 W Main St
Plain City

Roofsmith Restoration

2013 N. Cleve Mass Road
Bath

S and W Deck Refinishing LLC

496 Scott Street
Saint Marys

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Shed-I-Master Sheds

6504 Wiehe Rd.
Cincinnati

Slink's Masonry Inc

276 Murdocksvile Rd

Swiss Valley Fence Ltd

2411 State Route 39
Sugarcreek

The Carpenter Shoppe outdoors & More

10948 State Route 212 N.E.
Bolivar

Tim Boler Inc

4870 State Route 134
Fayetteville

TNT Home Improvements

3163 MELODY LN
Portsmouth

Total Home Improvement (THIsidney)

625 Saint Marys Ave
Sidney

twinrivers construction

7219 cr 424
Antwerp

universal maintanence

PO Box 313
Barnesville

Wade Nutter Homes & Remodeling

5464 Township Rd 372
Logan

West Holmes Roofing & Construction

9675 County Road 329
Holmesville
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