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"It went better than I ever could have expected, except for the fact that I missed my initial appointment, but they were very forgiving. They exhibited absolute" professionalism and quality in all areas of customer service, design and construction skills, builders, and communication. I changed my mind about the design a few times during the design process, and they quickly came back with the revisions each time. There was a bit of delay with the start of the project due to an illness with one of builders, but they went above and beyond to remedy this situation and had another person out to start the project within a few hours. The project was completed on schedule and I could not be more pleased with the look of my new front steps. They look great and are solidly built just as one would hope, but it is their other qualities in customer service and honesty that I am so impressed with. This company should be the standard that all others should strive for. I strongly recommend this company.

-Brian B.

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"Fantastic.
and his crew stripped old, rotten decking to the footings and completely rebuilt the deck. The finished product was awesome." They did a great job. Pricing was vary fair. The work was done as scheduled and they finished ahead of time. The old deck material was removed and the area left cleaner than it was before they started. Overall great experience. Would highly recommend
for anyone looking for a high quality deck.

-james K.

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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 Chambersburg

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Roughly two weeks after signing a contract with
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, we began to call his office to see when they would start the deck work project. Each time we called, we got voice mail or we were told someone would call us back. When we finally reached
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, he told my wife that the front office was going through a reorg which was causing some scheduling problems. I have tried to call
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and
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several times monthly up until the week before Christmas at (571) 208-0900. I received no call backs, emails or texts. To this day,
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has not returned to my home to do any work. This company has been holding our $3120 down payment (50% of the total cost of $6,240) for more than six months and has not returned our calls. They have our money, provided no services or supplies and we are without a serviceable/safe deck. We are using N/A for the "quality" of their work because there has been no work done to assess the quality of a final product.
- William H.
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DID NOT SHOW UP ON 1/24/15 UP FOR THE 10 TO 11AM APPOINTMENT I HAD MADE WEEKS EARLIER. I CALLED HIM AT 11:05am FROM MY SON’S HOUSE WHERE WE WERE SUPPOSE TO MEET FOR A JOB ESTIMATE.
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SAID HE WAS SICK AND HE LEFT A MESSAGE AT MY HOUSE. I TOLD HIM HE KNEW I’D BE AT MY SON’S HOUSE WHERE HE WAS SUPPOSE TO SHOW UP SO OBVIOUSLY I DIDN’T GET THE MESSAGE AND THAT HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED AT LEAST A DAY OR MORE EARLIER IF HE HAD THE FLU FOR SEVERAL DAYS. I SHOULD HAVE ALSO TOLD HIM THAT I HAD PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY FROM MY SHOULDERS TO MY TOES 24/7 SO I HURT A LOT MORE THAN HIS FLU!
- John W.
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Very satisfied with work and attention to detail. Stuck with it from start to finish, except when raining and no inside work to do.
- Spence B.
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Overall we are extremely pleased at the finished product. Estimate was done in a professional timely manner. Once accepted, it took awhile to get on the schedule to have work done. Job was completed as promised.
- Michael S.
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is fantastic to work with! He can make design suggestions to fit any budget. He helped me to design a basic plan, consulting with me and taking my ideas into account, and he
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a few different design options before we settled on one. He provided me with three options of decking and clearly laid out the pros and cons of each, and what I would be getting for spending more on materials. (I chose cedar.) I also wanted some gravel surrounding the deck and
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created a beautiful design, brought me samples of a few different materials, and called around to get the best price on exactly what I wanted. He put in low walls to hold in the gravel, creating a very modern zen look which was exactly what I was going for. He contributed other ideas too, such as rearranging some brownstone I had into an attractive low wall (which he did not charge me to do). The end product was much more beautiful than I had even imagined!! He also suggested moving my back door so it opened directly onto the deck so I hired him to do this job as well. This was a great upgrade and I'm glad he suggested it as it never would have occurred to me. He works quickly and thoughtfully to get your projects done so you can enjoy them. He's also very easy going so it is not stressful to have him working at your house. I highly recommend him!
- Anna S.
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and Fence replaced my deck and built a platform for my shed in 2013. I was very happy with their service. I now need to replace the steps on my front porch and replace a double hung gate to my side yard. My first call was to Cascade. I got
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' voice mail. I left a message with details of what I needed done and my name and phone number. When I did not hear back in two days, I called again and left a message. Still no response. In the mean time I called other contractors from Angie's List and was able to get bids from them. I total I called Cascade 8 times. I never received a call back. I at first thought that he was not working because of the holidays. if so his voice mail should have stated that. The holidays are over and still no call. Cascade does great work, but their customer service is lacking.
- russell P.
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was easy to work with and straight forward on the price. We made a couple changes during the course of construction and
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was always responsive to our concerns and willing to make changes as we went along.
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and his crew were prompt, polite and did a really first-rate, professional job.
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gave us straightfiorward advice about materials and options. He was sensitive to our budget and he concerned about keeping us happy throughout the project. I would definitely hire again (and I have hired him again for other projects).
- mary R.
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They showed up right on schedule, worked quickly, and left the site very clean. The new deck is beautiful. The price quoted was a very good one - other companies offered prices from $10,000 to $14,000 for the job. One smaller company declined to bid - the job was too big for him to handle.
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offered an additional off-season discount, for work done during the winter (his slow season) on a when-available basis. I accepted this, and was a little surprised that it delayed the job by two months. It must be a good thing for them to have that much work in their slow season! The delay wasn't a problem - we don't have a lot of use for the deck in December and January - and once they started the job, they worked at it (even through a brief snowstorm!) until it was finished. The whole job was done in three days - one to demolish the old deck and two to build the new one.
As I mentioned, the new deck is beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased.


- Vincent B.

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BJ Builders

11732 Kieffer Funk Rd

C S Rhoderick LLC

21503 Swope Rd

C&J Roofing & Remodling

1493 Springview Circle
Chambersburg

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CHADWOOD CONSTRUCTION CO

1705 MOUNT AETNA RD

Changing Spaces

18515 Old Colony Lane

CLEARWATER LANDSCAPE & NURSERY

9585 DOCTOR PERRY RD

CNJ Services

20921 Twin Springs Dr

Contracting Pros LLC

3503 Carnoustie Dr
Chambersburg

Cornerstone Construction, LLC

122 E Queen Street, Suite 1
Chambersburg

David Lyles Developers

12920 Conamar Drive

Dr. Handyman, Inc.

121 Bester Street

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd

Eugene Summerlin, Jr.

293 Howell Road

EURO DESIGN REMODEL

5483 Harris Farm Ln

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fine Homes Construction llc

11323 QUAILBRIDGE CIRCLE

FullBlast Pressure Washing

950 Walnut Bottom Rd
Carlisle

GA Miller Lumber Co Inc

142 W Potomac St

GRACE CONSTRUCTION

1520 Briar Cliff St

Ground Envy, LLC

9718 Pembroke Dr

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

HARTSOCK HOME IMPROVEMENTS

6310 WAYNE HWY
Waynesboro

HOMELY GENIUS

14621 PENNSYLVANIA AVE

homes & spaces LLC

1361 Hunters Chase
Chambersburg

Homestead Design & Build

23345 WHitetail Rd

Homewright Home Improvement

1195 Old Waynesboro Rd
Fairfield

I DIG IT &MOW IT TOO!

1020 Green Valley Rd

Ivywood Remodeling Services

825 Knobhill Rd
Fayetteville

JOHN H MYERS & SONS INC

1090 S MAIN ST
Chambersburg

Just Plastics & More LLC

14 N Main St
Chambersburg

Kauffman Family Marketplace

1718 Smith Township State Rd
Burgettstown

KDesigns Construction

9822 Fernwood Ln

Kennedy Handyman Service

18037 Norman Drive

LBJ CONSTRUCTION

11900 village heights dr.

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mathews Construction Inc

23934 Foxville Road

Meadowland Homes, Inc

1800 Two Turn Rd
Shippensburg

Miller Construction LLC

16606 SHAFFER RD

Mobile Works Pressure Washing

37 Spanish Moss Ct.
Chambersburg

Nu Look Home Design Inc

797 Cromwell Park Dr

P&W Remodeling

217 E Ave
Mount Carmel

Pair A Dice Fence

185 Center Rd
Douglassville

Picchi Custom Remodeling

361 Cosell Dr
Chambersburg

PL Wheeles Construction

66 W Main St
Fayetteville

ProBuild

7203 McKinney Cir

pryme tyme construction

148 east queen street
Chambersburg

R & T Construction

Greencastle

Ramer Mechanical LLC

303 Shed Rd
Newville

RELIABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP

14022 POPLAR GROVE RD

Remodel USA

605 Hampton Park Blvd

RHEAM'S ROOFING & REMODELING, LLC

6287 Duffield Rd
Chambersburg

RJ Grimes Inc

13804 Summer Hill Dr

Rock Solid Contracting, Inc.

6398 Chambersburg Road
Fayetteville

S&D Contractors

2498 Robert Fulton Hwy
Peach Bottom

Senn Construction LLC

316 N broad st
Waynesboro

Stonestreet Contracting

5518 N Annapolis Dr

Stoops Custom Home Remodeling

9035 ANTHONY HWY
Waynesboro

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Warner Service

Chambersburg

Window World of Central PA

1650 Whiteford Road
York

Xtreme Builders Inc

1318 Mallard Dr W
Chambersburg

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