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"Everything went really well--ahead of schedule, on budget, wonderful people to work with, and the end result is fabulous. Mitica really knows how to work with Ipe" (tricky wood to work with); his website describes this specialty and has plenty of pictures of work he's done. I appreciated the suggestions he made for design (e.g. blocking, bronze instead of black aluminum, adding a face board to the upper deck, etc.) He gave me his bid the day he came to see the project (other contractors took over a week to send me a bid). he was very responsive, professional and pleasant. Highly recommend!

-BRIAN & MARI V.

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first came out to our home a couple weeks ago we had no clue what to expect. Needless to say we were beginners to the whole decking" thing. All we knew about decks were that we had a old rotten cedar deck and it was time for a new one. The one thing we didn't want to worry about again was maintaining the deck because I think we have proven that we just won't. Two younger gentleman came to our door and really educated us on the process. They brought samples, showed us pictures of different options on the iPad and dreamed up a amazing deck plan. After choosing the materials we wanted we started talking about pricing and we quickly realized this was going to be a much bigger expense than we had imagined. This all made sense because we were going with a Trex deck and we knew the construction wasn't going to be done overnight either these things take time. Since we couldn't afford the lump sum the company went over some excellent financing options with us. We knew that we were going to make a large payment with our taxes so they offered me a one year same as cash option. The payments were well within our budget, we get to enjoy the deck of our dreams, and we get to pay for it over the next year with no interest. This project couldn't have went any better! Pictures to come!

-Keith K.

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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 Claremore

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We had an excellent experience bidding the deck and gazebo and four deck to be very professional and cut own toward. Quality of work was excellent
- Amit V.
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He is exceptional. When I need something he comes over to get done. He is honest and a hard worker. He has a really good eye for what the finished product will be. He re-did my daughter’s floor and suggested something that looks great. I have used him since 2011. The price was very reasonable.
- Annette K.
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This master contractor carpenter/designer is timely, efficient, reasonably priced, trustworthy, and above all, highly skilled. The built in cabinets look like high priced furniture. I live in an old
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where constant attention is required and projects always involve fitting and [removed] new with old. Master contractor allows us to restore the home at a reasonable cost.
- Andrew & Madeline M.
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When he said he was coming, he came. He did really good work. He did all the work himself -- he had no helpers. He was a very hard worker. He was very communicative with us, as well. Toward the end of the project, I think he missed a few finishing nails and he forgot to put locks on the gates, but we took care of that ourselves.
- Christy W.
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answered the phone and was very nice and proceeded to help with scheduling an appointment but informed me there is a $75.00 fee for coming out to give estimate although it can be applied to the job. I explained that doesn't seem fair as I am spending thousands on this project and to charge shows a lack of interest in getting a job that could be thousands in profit. As well as that's not customer friendly because any person would at least get 3 different estimates and that could be 500.00 alone if everyone charges. I also believe this could lead to more little charges here and there ....Ill go with someone who wants my business and not someone I have to pay to take my business - she agreed with my point of view and hung up. I also told her it said free on Angie List.
- Brad D.
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It was the single most useless act ever to have money spent on. The deck has started breaking and has faded to look older than the house. The color we wanted on the outside looks like a
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and not the tan it is supposed to be. The glass is covered in paint and drips are on the walls, the ladder was left up and fell down nearly smashing the basement windows. He has not and will not respond to calls to come fix his mess. He left the paint outside that was used to paint the house ruining 10 gallons of it. The roof has to be fixed in numerous spots and the fascia that was removed and repainted has come off in low winds. He also goes by the name b&b remodeling
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and he drives a white chevrolet tagoe z71 with a smashed vanity plate. He brought convicted felons and violent offenders to the house with our daughter here and the worker when asked not to return came back i. The night and shot nails into my fiancees tires.
- James S.
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We used
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's services over the course of 17 years, and we'd definitely recommend him. He not only does high-quality, but he's also extremely creative and artistic. Furthermore, he does a great job of devising cost-effective solutions to any problems that might arise. I'd advise others to book his services in advance because he is in high demand.
- BENDA W.
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I sent an email to
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& patio, requesting an estimate.
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responded within 24 hours and scheduled a visit. After reviewing several bids, we selected
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& Patio. Was able to start construction a week from acceptance, which was more than fine for us. Crew showed up on scheduled day to begin removing old decking, even though it was snowing and the temp was in the 20's.
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communicated with us during the project, making certain we were aware of what was being done.
The crew was very polite and very professional, and they did a great job! Very pleased with the looks and construction of our new composite deck. I would highly recommend
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& Patio to my friends and family!
- Robert H.

All Deck Builders in Claremore, OK

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Affordable Construction Co

6401 N Interstate Dr
Norman

All About Outdoors LLC

12709 South 433 Rd.
Chouteau

Alpha Omega Handyman Service

13856 E Anderson Dr
Claremore

B & D Home Improvements

Servicing NE Oklahoma
Nowata

Barries remodeling

13704 E. 26th St
Tulsa

Best Contracting

3850 Ridge Rd

BEST QUALITY ROOFING & CONSTRUCTION

13185 S 275th East Ave
Coweta

Better Lawns & Gardens

5103 S Sheridan Rd #232
Tulsa

Betterliving Patio Rooms & More

3408 S Meridian Ave
Oklahoma City

Bill Smoot Property Services, LLC

12691 W 186th St S
Sapulpa

BIRKES CONSTRUCTION CO LLC

5132 S 94th East Ave
Tulsa

BLUUM OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

1820 S Boulder Ave Ste 400
Tulsa

Bonds Construction

18901 Lewis Rd
Wanette

Bonomi Enterprise

1206 S. 93rd East Avenue
Tulsa

Brad's Handyman Services

7743 E 38 St
Tulsa

Broken Arrow Concrete Designs

534 Meadowood Dr
Broken Arrow

Brown's Decks and Outdoor

224 S Boulder Ave
Tulsa

Bunkhouse

2465 CR 1197
Blanchard

By Design Contracting LLC

11134 S 83rd E Ave
Bixby

C&A Paint and Remodel Inc

1321 W Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Carpentry Unlimited

1303 N Denver Ave
Tulsa

CEDAR CONCEPTS

24442 S. Meadow Circle Road
Claremore

Circle Services

10901 E 76th St N
Owasso

CLIFTON COMPANY INC

7715 S Joplin Ave
Tulsa

Coin construction llc

209 E Broadway
Lexington

Cornerstone Remodeling, Inc.

21818 West 13th Place S.
Sand Springs

Custom Construction and Repair LLC.

3420 S New Haven Ave
Tulsa

Custom Home Remodeling/Construction

2608 W Kenosha
Broken Arrow

D. Sweet Construction

202 4th st
Pawnee

DECKIT INC

PO BOX 386
Broken Arrow

Decor Roofing

3023 E 151 St S
Bixby

Elite Framing & Construction

5711 E 72nd Pl
Tulsa

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fasciatech inc

2108 n 26th st

Fence Pro

PO Box 1885
Owasso

FOUR SEASONS SUNROOMS

7123 S 92ND E AVE
Tulsa

FOUR SEASONS SUNROOMS

13900 N Santa Fe
Oklahoma City

GK Midwest

5151 S Mingo RD Suite A
Tulsa

GOLDEN HAMMER CONSTRUCTION INC

9918 S 91ST E AVE
Tulsa

Gonzales Construction

P.O. Box 727
Bristow

Gorilla Brothers Lawn and Landscape In

4400 S 1987th E pl
Broken Arrow

Grand Lake Construction

31199 Crace Ct
Afton

Handy Rays Handyman

23 N Knoxville

HandyMan Terry

9032 Duarte Rd

He and I Construction, Inc.

678 SW BISHOP RD
Lawton

Helzer Construction

3822 S 31ST WEST AVE
Tulsa

HMH Construction

4219 Acorn Rd
Tishomingo

Hodges Buildings

20004 county street 2520
Hydro

Hodges Buildings

20004 county street 2520
Hydro

Homeguard Construction Inc

2315 S Hemlock Ave
Broken Arrow

Homes and Moore

5009 S 65th West Ave
Tulsa

Hometown Handyman Services

108 E 21st St
Owasso

Horizon Contractors llc

309 N I St
Duncan

House Rescue Inc

222 W Exchange Ave

I DO Home Improvement

521 S Walnut Ave
Newkirk

Ilya & Sons Co.

1649 S Redbud Pl
Broken Arrow

Integrity Construction Services LLC

8311 east 111th street south
Bixby

J.R. Construction

19735 E Highland Rd
Inola

Jenkins Service Co.

P. O. Box 465

JENKS FENCE

625 E A St
Jenks

JIM CUPP CONSTRUCTION

607 N RANDALL AVE
Elk City

Kamouflage Konstruction Inc

13740 S. Glen Pl.
Glenpool

Ken Cooke Construction

844 N Oswego
Tulsa

KINYON CONCRETE SVC

8350 E 111TH ST S
Bixby

L & G Pool Services

PO BOX 1841
Owasso

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LB Roofing & Construction

505 e 9th st
Grove

Legacy construction

10951 N 202 E Ave

Legacy Roofing & Construction, LLC

12232 Sycamore Ct
Lindsay

LG Painting LLC

Tulsa
Tulsa

LOWE'S

1746 S LYNN RIGGS BLVD
Claremore

M.T.S. Elite Decorative Concrete LLC

2204 N Tucker Ave
Shawnee

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maintenance Plus

10918 E 39th st
Tulsa

Masterpiece Renovations

PO Box 141095
Broken Arrow

Midland Companies

405 South 9th Street
Broken Arrow

MIDWEST CONSTRUCTION INC

4101 S 72ND EAST AVE
Tulsa

Moody Construction

P.O. Box 1678
Owasso

Morgan Custom Builders

6921 N 128th East Court
Owasso

Moss Construction

5848 So Maplewood
Tulsa

MT Services

5103 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa

Oakley Portable Buildings LLC

2623 E 6th Ave
Stillwater

OK HANDYMAN

12105 E 36 Place
Tulsa

Oklahoma Builders

712 N. 2nd
Duncan

Oklahoma Outdoor Living

11709 S 105th E Ave
Bixby

Oklahoma Siding

5103 S. Sheridan Rd
Tulsa

Outdoors Unlimited

Broken Arrow

Outdoors Unlimited

24442 S Meadow Rd
Claremore

Peppy's Developments

18554 N Jamestown Ave
Skiatook

Perfect Home Renovations

1324 W Hot Springs Pl
Broken Arrow

PHOENIX BUILDERS OF TULSA

2300 West Broadway Court
Broken Arrow

Premier Remodel & Construction

1703 East Skelly Drive Suite 108
Tulsa

R. Shields Construction Ltd

5522 s Delaware pl

Real Deal CC LLC

222 W 12th St
Stroud

Regal Home Renovations, LLC

10726 E 26th St
Tulsa

Rent A Guy

462 E. 138th Pl.

Residential Repair Inc

7628 E. 46th St
Tulsa

Riddlebuilt Const. Co

2684 S. 4270 rd

Rimer Plumbing

Po Box 336 1607 N HWY 66
Catoosa

Roof Hawk LLC

5123 S 103 Rd E Ave
Tulsa

ROSSI BROTHERS REMODELING CO

3509 E 11TH ST
Tulsa

Ryans Customs

6708 s 255th e ave

SERVPRO OF NORTH TULSA COUNTY

PO Box 547
Collinsville

Sooner Construction

415 E Normal St
Tahlquah

Sooner Kitchens & Baths

228 1/2:W Archer
Tulsa

Sparks Construction

7837 E 134th St S
Bixby

SRI Construction, LLC

923 N Berry Rd
Norman

Standard Builders of Enid

528 N Van Buren
Enid

STANDARD BUILDERS SUPPLY-TULSA

6833 S PEORIA AVE
Tulsa

STAR ROOFING

3340 S 124TH EAST AVE
Tulsa

Stonemakers of Oklahoma INC

P.O. Box 727
Sand Springs

THE SIDING MAN

103 LAKESIDE AVE
Chouteau

The Sonrise Companies

PO BOX 330299
Tulsa

The Tulsa Handyman

12956 S. 270th E.Ave.
Coweta

TIMCO CONSTRUCTION, LLC

4113 S 72ND EAST AVE
Tulsa

TOM'S Outdoor Living, LLC

2120 S. 130th E. Ave.
Tulsa

TR Construction

PO Box 37
S Coffeyville

TRIM TECH LLC.

4125 E. 31st
Tulsa

Tulsa Woodscapes

42248 Timber Ridge Road
Tulsa

Unique Renovations

4220 Colonial Dr
Sapulpa

VANCRAFT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

1610 E 66TH ST
Tulsa

Vargas Painting LLC

5939 E. Newton st.
Tulsa

WALCO METAL ROOFING

127 N COLUMBIA PL
Tulsa

Wendell Hicks Construction

125 N Sycamore
Nowata

WEST CONSTRUCTION

1515 W Archer St
Tulsa

Willies Concrete

1247 County Road 2190
Barnsdall

Work N Haul Its

2864 s 66th e pl

Yount's Cabinet and Trim

26650 So.520 Rd.

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