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-Kit R.

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" was a pleasure to work with. He gave us good advice on how to extend the life of our deck. He does not replace rotten boards so we hired" someone else to do that work before he washed and stained the deck. He completed the work on our deck while we were on vacation. When we came home we were very pleased with the results.

-Christina W.

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How to Stain Your Deck in 3 Easy Steps

If hiring a contractor isn't in the budget this year and you’re ready to take on the project yourself, learn these three easy steps to staining your deck.

Moss and black stains on wood, siding or concrete patios can be cleaned without residual damage by using low-powered pressure washing, also known as a soft wash. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Homeowners eager to get rid of ugly stains on their siding, deck or patio, may worry about damage from pressure washing. That's where soft washing comes in.

multilevel deck stained charcoal gray deck

Need to refinish your deck but can't remember what product you used last time? Here’s how to tell what kind of deck paint or wood stain you have and which is best.

Composite Deck

Neglecting your deck before a renovation could cost you.

If your deck's frame isn't securely attached to your house with heavy-duty bolts, you could risk a collapse when the deck pulls away from the house (Photo courtesy of Samson Contracting LLC)

Without the proper construction techniques, your deck could put you at a safety risk.

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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. 

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Deck Cleaning reviews in Cleveland

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This is the second time we have used . is very knowledgeable and really has a passion for what he does and takes pride in his work. We are happy to recommend him and will use his services for all future jobs.
- Traci D.
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The guys showed up and were VERY professional. Painted hallway and ceiling in a 5 hour period - had them come back out a week later to paint another bedroom and ceiling. Quick - professional - no haggling - AWESOME!!
- Jessica & Chris S.
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Great experience. We had just purchased the home. It had not received exterior maintenance for many years. There was a large number of holes and gaps to fill in but and his people - Will - were great at solving that problem as well. .
I think it looks great but offered to follow up in the spring ...More to make sure nothing needs to be reblended due to the house having some areas of newer wood. I highly recommend to other list users!! Great people doing great work. Professional, respectful and honest.
- Michelle W.
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I am extremely pleased with the product used to clean my cedar privacy fence and the honey color stain. The finished product is beautiful. The crew remained busy this summer and I was not in a hurry. Through it all was a true professional when it came to customer service and workmanship. I would definitely ...More recommend them to others and I will use them again in the future!
- Jeffrey B.
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Integrity?
After meeting several contractors, I was ready to hire based on his original quote and his reviews here that speaks highly about his integrity. He comes by and suddenly the cost is 25% additional.
That's not integrity, that's bait and shift.
He then presents a contract (25% higher than ...More the quote) and I say "I need to read it" and he insists I sign it right then…
and gets up and leaves in a - that's not integrity. That's hard sales pressure.
Integrity?
- leslie W.
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I call him 5 times to schedule an appointment but always get a voice mail. Let message the 5 times but never returned my call.
So I schedule an appointment on angies'list with the date and time but did not get an answer
- Daniel B.
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At this job cleaned out gutters, removed the screens that were not working properly, repaired leaking portions of the gutters and then also changed out a door lock and shaved down the door to work properly for my tenant. He met with the tenants and they were very pleased with his demeanor and knowledge.

Other jobs ...More that this company have performed went equally well. They have removed pounds of clutter from a listing, taken hazardous waste to the recycling, painted, removed tree limbs that were rubbing on the roof, removed overgrowth that was over 6 feet tall around a listing I had as well as changing out hot water heaters and fixing leaking sinks.

They can do almost any repair that I have needed for my real estate business.
- Denise P.
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I wanted to preserve the color of the new redwood deck but protect it from the elements. I did get conflicting advice from the provider and - . I wasn't really happy with the color of the stain and felt that it was not applied as well as it could be. I should have done a little more research.

- Lori P.

Deck Cleaning Services in Cleveland, TN

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A & A Mobile Magic

9121 Potomac Dr
Chattanooga

A P T SERVICES

PO BOX 76504

Action Rental & Sales

6509 Lee Highway
Chattanooga

Addisen Power Washing Co

1076 Engel Ave
Chattanooga

Adobe Enterprises

5371 Fredonia Rd
Dunlap

Affordable Home Improvements

2385 Varnell Road SW
Cleveland

AFS, Inc.

PO Box 23491
Chattanooga

Alguire Construction

PO Box 104
Ooltewah

All American Construction

285 Glenn Wade Dr

Anytime Property Maintenance

6002 B Ramsey Forgey Rd.
Harrison

B&M Services

240 Breckenridge Dr., NW
Cleveland

Bidwell Painting

7005 Sportsman Dr
Harrison

BMC Renovations

2931 N Marble Top Road

BRYANT PAINTING & RESTORATION

2414 Guthrie Ave NW
Cleveland

Bubba's Paintin'

1674 Parksville Rd
Benton

Burell Built Exteriors LLC

8504 McKenzie Ln
Ooltewah

Chambers Welding & Fabrication, CORP.

409 Spears Ave.
Chattanooga

Chattanooga Hardscapes, LLC

7912 E. Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga

Cleaning Solutions Services

590 Pikeville ave
Graysville

Covenant House Washing

2000 Tomahawk Circle NW
Cleveland

Custom home improvement

5401 mulberry st
Ooltewah

Dan's Pressure Washing and Sealing

280 Old Dixie Hwy.
South Pittsburg

Decks By Design

Signal Mountain

Doss Construction

7722 Ooltewah Georgetown Rd
Ooltewah

Dutch Painters LLC

Chattanooga

Electrical Services

249 Wheeler Dam Road

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Embark Project Services LLC

6234 Perimeter Dr
Chattanooga

FINAL COAT PAINTING

21 VISTA DR
Chattanooga

Golden Gate Construction Group

1535 Mount Vernon Rd

Good Guys Garage LLC

343 Royal Oaks Dr NE
Cleveland

GRASS MASTER

223 COLONY LN NW
Cleveland

GreenForm Construction

2301 E 28th St
Chattanooga

Guinn Yarber Tree Service

14th Ave
Chattanooga

H&M Contractors

3001 S Broad Street * Suite 112
Chattanooga

Hancock Construction

1026 Graysville Road
Chattanooga

Handyman Connection - Chattanooga

2115 Chapman Rd.
Chattanooga

Handyman Matters of East Chattanooga

2288 Gunbarrel Rd Suite #154
Chattanooga

Handyman R Us

1310 Pirkle Rd.

Harold Bearvers Painting

526 Neighbors Dr
Soddy Daisy

Higher Ground of Chattanooga

103 Culver St
Chattanooga

Home Pros Plus

PO BOX 4094

House to home

PO Box 2354

J's On The Lawn

915 Sapphire Road
Knoxville

Jimbob contracting

11 Long St
Athens

Johnson's Remodeling

1570 Straight Gut Rd.

K & D Enterprise Corp.

107 Savannah Shores Dr
Delano

kerr Renovations

307 Park St

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd

KW Services

692 Cook Rd

Langley Roofing

9130 Dudley Rd
Chattanooga

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mama Jo's Pressure Washing

113 Hamilton Ave
Soddy Daisy

Mark Cole Painting

Chattanooga

Mel's Handyman Service

202 sweetbair ave

Mountain View

12596 Main St.

Mr. Handyman of Chattanooga

4295 Cromwell Rd Suite 530
Chattanooga

owens construction services llc

5555 north lee hwy suite 5
Cleveland

Pearl Construction & Design

1530 Kirby Avenue
Chattanooga

Pioneer Homes

Chattanooga

Pro Cut Lawn Care

1004 Roselawn Drive
Chattanooga

R-G PRESSURE WASH

17 Loach Drive

Renovation Headquarters

Servicing Your Area
Chattanooga

Richard G Services

3322 Tonia Dr SW
Cleveland

Robin Harper Painting

6222 Brenda Ct
Harrison

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr
Murfreesboro

SEALE HARDWARE

7606 COUNTY ROAD

Superior Shine

2288 Gunbarrel Road Ste. 154
Chattanooga

T-MAC Pressure Washing

7600 Frontage RD NW
Cleveland

The Deck Doctor of Chattanooga Inc

PO Box 4249
Chattanooga

The Ready Family

1523 E 27th St
Chattanooga

tranquility lawn care & decks

138 county road 221
Athens

Tri-State Painting Inc

PO Box 4461
Chattanooga

U Design Home and Exteriors, LLC

P.O. Box 2637
Cleveland

Waterboys LLC

2210 Malibu Dr SE
Cleveland

Window Wizzards

PO Box 804
Dayton

Xpert Lawn Engineering

210 Barnett Village Dr

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