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would have been on time for our appointment, except that he accidentally went to the vacant house next door. His mistake was quite understandable" as neither of our homes' numbers were easily visible and the other house is currently under remodel. When no one answered there,
went ahead and started his measurements. When I called to see if he'd gotten lost, he rushed right over and we had a good laugh. I thought it showed initiative that he had started working on the bid right away! I found
to be a pleasure to talk to about the project and it was clear that he had an eye for quality. He made several suggestions for colors and styles of materials and was knowledgeable about the building codes that would figure in. He got back to me within a couple of days with a very detailed bid which turned out to be within a few hundred dollars of the additional bids I'd gotten. Ultimately, because we will not be staying in the home long, we decided to replace the decks with wood again as the cost for the composite replacement would have been about twice the price of wood. Had we gone with composite, we would have chosen L & L because we felt
's attention to detail and ability to describe the product and process would make his company the easiest to work with.


"On 10/22/2014 I bought a Big Deal which was to include $4500 of landscape or deck work. The price was $1359 for labor with me paying for the materials. On 10/28/2014"
(accompanied by
) came to my home and gave me an estimate for some landscaping as well as for the deck repair. I decided to have the deck redone. He said he could do the deck for $3900 /or in 4 eight hour days. He left saying he would "have to see when the deck guy could work". In November I was asked for my contact information. I heard nothing then until December. "
" said he could do the deck in 2 weekends starting 12/13/2014 and ending 12/21/14. He arrived 12:30 PM on the 13th. First he stated "Yes, I can do the job for $4500 then later said it would cost "extra" because of the work involved in doing some wood replacement. I didn't reply. He did some sanding on the floor, leaving several times stating he was "having trouble finding the right sandpaper". He left at 5:30PM and returned the following day accompanied by a female. He sanded one french door and started one board on a second door. The lady put blue painters tape around the windows in the doors.
then explained to me that I should really have the doors and floors stripped. He said the "cost would be more but the outcome would be much nicer". So I gave him a check for $441.86 and he left in the early afternoon supposedly to buy materials. He promised to bring me a "detailed list" of the materials I bought. He said he would be back 12/19/2014. He was a no call/no show on the 19th. On 12/20 I got a call saying that he guessed someone had "dropped the ball and no one had called me. The truck for hauling supplies had broken down". He would return 12/26/2014. I was going to be out of town and I called back and asked that the work resume on 1/05/15. On 1/08/15 I got a call from
saying "everyone" had been sick. On 1/09/2015 I texted
saying they could work any weekday. On 1/23/2015, I called the company asking for the work to be done.
said "I will send someone next Thursday to finish the job." No one showed up on 1/29/2015. I called in the afternoon and was told by
that someone would "be there tomorrow morning I promise". No one showed the next day. I texted
on 1/31/2015 and pleaded with him to send someone to complete the work. I heard back via text on 2/2/2015.."I will have someone there 2/5/2015. I texted back again requesting a list of the materials. On 2/5/2015 no one came,
called on 2/6/2015 and said his"guy called out sick yesterday and today and" and he "would send him Monday". No one came on Monday. I called on 2/11/2015 and got no reply I called again on 2/12/2015.
texted back "Will be there tomorrow". On 2/13/2015, when no one showed up I called..
finally arrived at 11:45 AM but with no list of materials that I had been asking for. He said he "couldn't find my work order" but said he would ask
to send me the list. He also stated that he had "another job" so he could only work on weekends. I asked him if he was going to start with cutting wood (I wanted a
to put fans on to pull vapors away from the house as I did not want the vapors to harm my birds). He said yes, but the next thing I knew I was smelling heavy vapor fumes!!! He worked with chemicals on the doors and floor. He washed the doors off with a hose blowing loose stain particles all over the painted wall and doors he was finishing. A white powder was on the gate, outside step and deck floor. The last thing he did was cut a foot square hole in the deck floor and then left without a word to me! I have not heard anything from
since 2/13/2015. This is the worst company I have ever dealt with.

-judith A.

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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
San Antonio, TX

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.


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.


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 Hartford


We were very impressed with
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professionalism and prompt, courteous communication.
We had to decide between to contractors that we liked and ended up going with the lower quote due to our tight budget.
However, we would not hesitate to hire
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in the future and would recommend him to others.
- Elizabeth K.

We had
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come by to see what they would suggest about addressing our erosion problem we were having from the canal behind our home. We found that he was very informative and gave us some options we could take, either by installing a Retaining wall or Seawall. Afterwards, we told him that we would be were very interested with having them do the work with his suggestion on the seawall; however, he told us that he would have to get back with us within the following week so we can go over a few details and estimate. [
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. 2013].
That was the last we heard from them. We tried calling several times and left messages over the next several weeks to please return our call so we can proceed with
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plan to no avail. Out of curiousity, I even tried to call about a year later, Feb. 19, 2014, and still no return call.
I can understand that things can come up, or that they may have elected not to proceed with this project, but a courtesy call would have sufficed so we can proceed with our plans. As it was, we spent several weeks putting our plans on hold.
- Ronald S.

Everything went very smoothly for us with
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. We had a certain vision of what we wanted rather than just a
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screen porch. We wanted specific details incorporated in the design of the ceiling and the porch itself. Even though they were things that he had not done before,
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listened carefully to our ideas and had good input of his own which helped. He executed it perfectly! We could not be happier with the results. We now have a porch we are very proud of. He and his employees were respectful and professional, with no disruption to our daily lives. Now we're just waiting for the weather so that we can really enjoy it! We would highly recommend them for anyone who wants a high quality outdoor project done for their home.
- Karen D.

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was prompt, courteous and even accommodated a design change after the work had started. The finished project looked so good we rescheduled him to replace the rest of the original deck. Could not be more pleased with the quality of work and attention to detail. Highly recommended.
- James S.


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was my main contact and he is the owner. They did a great job and I will be using them again this year to do some work inside my home. I interviewed about 5 companies before deciding to go with
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. They were always at my home by 7:00am ready to go to work. The workers all used professional language and always cleaned up behind themselves. I found the crew to be trustworthy and left my door unlocked while I was not there for them to use the bathroom. If your willing to pay for great quality and awesome service you will be completely satisfied using
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. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with my back yard now.
- michael Y.

It went great! He was very honest with me. He told me exactly what needed to be done and the why's of what was needed. I learned so much about water heaters and how they work and why mobile home water heaters are totally different from a traditional home water heaters. He went out of his way to get the product, by searching all supply stores in the valley. It turned out that the closet one was located in Poccatello Idaho. He had it shipped down and was put in the next day. He kept me informed on everything. He is on time. If he was coming at a pacific time he was there. He is very efficient on the work. He is very fair and honest on his pricing. He even allowed me to make a few payments that would fit in my very tight budget. He has been in business for over 30 years so that should speak for itself. I feel he runs above the board business. Over all the service I received was excellent. I will happily recommend
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to everyone I know.In fact I am going to use
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for some other work I need done in the future.
- lori Z.

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was the only contractor we talked to that offered suggestions on how to build our deck and
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. We knew we wanted the trek type decking materials and he provided samples and suggestions. the other contractors kept telling us we wouldn't be able to do the full 21 feet length of back of our house, but
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worked out a plan to 'box in' the boards so we had no seams on the main floor. The only seam of the box was
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along one of the massive posts he put in to support the deck and
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was very professional and easy to work with. The deck looks awesome and we are very glad to have it completed in a timely fashion.

- Lisa R.

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BH Construction

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Cahaba Scapes

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CCR Dakota Construction

PO Box 516
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Sioux Falls

Complete Home Tune-Up

1800 Locust Ave

Dakota Petriwood

501 S Wheatland Ave
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Dustin Hoffman Construction LLC

PO Box 89522
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Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Freds Handyman Service

po box 269

H&H Handyman

403 Troy Ave

Handy Andy

PO Box 90022
Sioux Falls

Heisinger Construction

420 N Cherry St

High Plains Builders LLC

7805 W Marlis St
Sioux Falls


5501 W 39th St
Sioux Falls

Hometown Remodeling

5701 W Hemlock Dr
Sioux Falls

Integrity Construction Inc

5024 S Bur Oak Pl
Sioux Falls

J Wahl Construction

27275 471st Ave

Jarding Construction, Inc.

509 West Fourth Ave

Jim'll Fix It

223 sw 4th st

Juranek Home Improvement

6001 N Cliff Ave
Sioux Falls


Sioux Falls

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

New Age Construction

27257 463rd Ave

Premier Construction

615 N Walts Ave
Sioux Falls

Premier Investments

26116 Canary Dr.
Sioux Falls

Top Quality Construction

4409 E Belmont
Sioux Falls

Van Dyke Carpentry & Roofing

4416 E Steeple Circle
Sioux Falls

Vista Company LLC

6204 W 12th St
Sioux Falls


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