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"Very impressed with
's deck builders. They were professional, punctual, polite & well trained. The job was started & completed" on time. The crew were very tidy and there was no damage to the surrounding area. They removed the old deck without problem. They clearly did not cut any corners and the workmanship was truly high quality. I would highly recommend them. The finished job looks amazing.
the owner, was very helpful in guiding us and suggesting different implementations.

-David R.

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"We spoke with several firms concerning our deck project. The idea was to build a cantilevered platform to replace a 30 year old crumbling set of concrete steps" and patio. When we met with
, the owner of
, we felt we had found the right firm for the job. He showed up for our first meeting right on time. Our vision for our project was not very typical but
was more than willing to work with us and try something slightly off center. His insight and experience added greatly to our project and
was able to provide a number of project options. Within a short period of time, we had charted a course and a day later received his initial quote. His price was very reasonable and within our budget; we returned the signed contract immediately. From start to finish, there was never a hiccup; the entire project was extremely well planned and executed.
,
's Project Manager, stayed with the job every day and his crew was wonderful to work with.
never balked at answering questions and gladly provided explanations for the why and how of things. We are picky...very picky individuals. We feel very strongly that we got enormous value for our money. The
team provided a well engineered, highly detailed, sophisticated platform that we expect to use and enjoy for many years to come. Our project has been completed...on time, within budget and to our complete satisfaction. And...we're very picky people. Would we hire this firm again...in a heartbeat!

-Sandra B.

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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 The Plains

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salvaged a project after we started off using the wrong contractor. He worked around any initial problems and created a quality product we have enjoyed quite a bit already. More than the work, though, we were very impressed with his professionalism, creativity and attention to detail. He would communicate his ideas and they were the right ones and he stayed on task and finished in a timely manner. We look forward to using him on our basement when the time comes to redo that.
- Matt S.
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Once again,
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delivered! I cannot begin to express how happy we are! From owners Butch and
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, to our project lead
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and his crew down, to their subcontractors.....RSB delivered in every aspect. Easy to work with, RSB listened to our needs and requirements for this build, came up with plans that exceeded those needs, and and went beyond in executing those plans. Changes were made during the build and we were amazed at how easily RSB accepted the changes and made them happen for us. RSB is all about pleasing the client and you don't find that philosophy to easily these days. It was a pleasure having RSB in our home. We cannot thank Butch,
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and the rest of RSB for making this a painless process. We highly recommend you!
- Carol L.
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They came to check my back porch roof, because it was leaking, and after check it they determine that the previous roofer used the wrong material, so we decidede to replace to replace the roof, since then i have nnot have a problem.
- edgar M.
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I was exceptionally pleased with the work done by
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and his staff. Pat kept me informed of the progress and followed up to make sure I was pleased with the work performed. Everything was picked up and the area cleaned. My concern was the metal/glass enclosure would not fit back property, but it looks seamless as if never removed.
- Ruthie O.
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applied too much pressure to the boards when stripping the original stain off and the entire deck has now been dug into and is uneven and scuffed all across, and there are also parts of the deck where he didn't remove the old stain. As a result, I now have a deck that is in horrible condition. I was home during all of the process and at certain times I went out to inquire if he was using too much pressure to remove the stain and he assured me that he had being doing this for 20 years and that my deck would look great when he was done. I am appalled at the condition of my deck and have attempted to discuss it with him however rather than taking responsibility for the damage he insists that I am the one that caused the damage and he did his best to fix my mistake. I left him a voicemail stating that I had a few other people came take a look and they all agreed that it was an unsatisfactory job and needed to be rectified. He claims to have come to my home to talk with me but insists I wasn't home, even though I was there all day. He decided to leave a note in my mailbox saying the deck was in horrible condition prior and I was the one who caused the damage to my deck, and that he did what he could and it happens all the time. After receiving the letter in my mailbox I called him again and asked him to bring another person from his company out to take a look at the deck because I wanted to work with them to try and find a solution together to fix the deck. He informed me that he was there was no one else, I'm a one man shop. After discussion he did bring another gentleman out to my home who seemed very professional and did say that the deck was in poor condition and explained that cedar was a soft wood and very hard to work with. They offered to sand my deck down that day and attempt to fix it but they also weren't sure if it was going to work and wanted to test a few spots first. I told them that I would like to get a few other deck builders to survey the damage and to find out what the proper process would be to fix the damage to the deck.
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was unwilling to do this and proceeded to again tell me that I am the one that caused the damage to my deck and that it the last communication I have had with him.
- Jeffrey G.
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Professional and courteous staff, that did the job in a timely and competent manner. Currently everything looks great, and we are excited to see how their foam product holds up over the years.
- SAMANTHA B.
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Great outcome. Provider very knowledgable, professional and performed a very clean job. Always on time and letting us know every step along the way. Our Attic looks ever better then we were expecting. Great Price and a very easy to work with. I will certainly do business with
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again once we ready to work on our basement or to remodel our kitchen
- Alexsandro G.
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After calling/soliciting to 12 local builders about my deck project ( only 2 of which gave me a half-hearty response ), I went to
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Lumber (15 Mile & Gratiot) and asked them for short-list of builders they could refer me to ... and they said, all you need is 1 number (
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@
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) and they were right.
I called
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and 2 days later he was on-site reviewing my design. He gave me a price ( for labor only ) on all 4 decks which connect into 1 large wrap-around deck. Initially, I thought his price was a lot higher then I wanted to pay. However in listening to
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describe the intricate details of how he was going to go about my deck (down to the very specific/minute details needed for composite construction) I could tell that he knew EXACTLY what he has doing. With that said, I "opened" an account at
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Lumber and gave
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access to order all of the material as he needed (ie. 1st release/treated lumber, 2nd release/deck boards, 3rd release/railing system, etc). My job consisted of a 2-man crew who showed up everyday for 18-days straight (arriving at 7AM and leaving at 3PM). As the job progressed, I began to fully appreciate
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's price once I saw all of the intricate details that made my deck look very rich (ie. double picture frame border, built in benches, seamless transitions between fascia boards, etc ). Also, all throughout my project,
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was very prompt in replying to any question/comment I had (which was very important especially as the project took-off).
In conclusion, I would HIGHLY recommend
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and his company for any deck project. However, where I think he really excels are those projects with high difficulty and demands of rich definition (ie. multi-level decks, composite decks w/multiple colors, accent lighting, etc.)

- Jae S.

Deck Builders in The Plains, OH

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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

Circle D Power Wash

310 Beverly Avenue
Waverly

Craig Lyons Construction

5740 Windfall Rd
Galion

D.G.Enterprises Inc

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Bremen

Dash Home Improvement

24937 Pleasant Trail
Cleveland

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 NEMECKAY & ASSOC

539 E WASHINGTON ST
Chagrin Falls

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 of Columbus

142 Church St.
Plain City

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Famous Construction

596 w maumee ave.

Forrest Roofing / Residential Contracting

39591 Connett Rd.
Nelsonville

Fredericksburg Builders

2532 S Apple Creek Rd
Apple Creek

Furnace Guys

5344 Center St
Hilliard

Galaxie Construction

604 Miami St.
Tiffin

George Thomas Contractor, Inc.

5197 Trabue Rd
Columbus

Great Lakes Restoration

3323 Verner Rd
Kent

Hamilton Remodeling & Builders

3999 Parkway Ln
Hilliard

Hartville Hardware

1315 Edison St NW
Hartville

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&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

Lang's Maintenance LLC

5804 Ellis Ln
Hillsboro

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Leach Landscaping LLC

16512 State Route 56
Laurelville

Luschek Renovation LLC

12430 US Highway 62
Leesburg

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 Hills

Norm Troyer Builders

120 Lantern Ln
Plain City

OKIE ADKINS CONSTRUCTION

3633 NORWOOD RD.

Outdoor-FX Inc

142 Church St
Plain City

PHARAZYN LANDSCAPING

10927 JEROME RD
Plain City

Quality Builders LLC

318 Summit St.
Jackson

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 Cleveland Massillon Rd
Akron

S and W Deck Refinishing LLC

496 Scott Street
Saint Marys

Seamless Restoration

5345 N Winthrop Ave

Sebastian Construction

16514 Highway 10 N

Shed-I-Master Sheds

6504 Wiehe Rd.
Cincinnati

Slinks 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

The Third Estimate Corp

1691 Georgetown Rd
Hudson

Third Space Builders LLC

321 W Bigelow Ave
Plain City

Tim Boler Inc

4870 State Route 134
Fayetteville

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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