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"This couldn't have been a more pleasant experience. I contacted
about the project, and he came to my house the next week to take measurements" and consult on a design. He had a lot of good ideas and insight regarding the design. I had a basic idea of what we wanted, but
was very helpful in drawing up a good design. He had to jump through numerous hoops with the FL government to be able to do the job on the up and up, but he diligently did so and provided me with updates. As a result, we had to wait a little while for the work to get started, but it was worth it...
and his employee showed up exactly when they said they would and promptly began work. Demo took one day and construction took two days. I was very pleased with how fast it went.
took the time to explain all of the options to me as he went and thoroughly consulted me on their pros and cons before they would move forward with something. I really appreciated the fact that he had my best interests in mind. He talked me out of a couple choices which, now that I see the finished product, would have been poor ones. As for the quality of the work, it is impeccable. Every cut and measurement was made with precision, and the finish of the materials and labor is flawless. The deck totally transforms the feel of our backyard. We went from a dark, dingy screened porch with a low roof that blocked all the light from coming into our house, to a stunning outdoor space where people actually want to be. Dealing with
was a pleasure.
and his employees were respectful and cleaned up after themselves thoroughly. Payment was not requested until all work was complete. I would not hesitate to hire this company again, and will heartily recommend them to friends in the future.

-William C.

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"He is very meticulous and he knows his field. He tries to make sure that there is no-rework involved. He goes over thing really well with the homeowners. He works" by himself and he is very reliable. His pricing is very reasonable too.

-Deborah J.

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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 Dunlap

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I've contacted them three times this week, I've left multiple messages. They have my deposit check and have cashed it and now I cannot get a hold of anyone to schedule the work.
- Ferran-Pichel G.
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The final product was amazing!
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paid attention to detail, completed the project on time, and gave us a perfect final product. Our porch is the favorite part of our home! Our home has already been appraised significantly higher because of the porch and everyone in our neighborhood is attempting to replicate our porch.
- Justin H.
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We are very happy we chose
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& Home Renovation for this project. The design and cost estimate
was prepared by Zeth who was professional and knowledgeable. He quickly responded to our many questions and our input and proposed changes during the design stage. Our project manager was
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who did an outstanding job keeping us informed of the project's progress on a daily basis.
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did an outstanding job building the deck. He was always on time, worked very hard, professionally, and his attention to detail resulted in a solid and beautiful deck. We are pleased with the result and will consider this company for any future projects.
- Ivan G.
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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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When
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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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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.

All Deck Builders in Dunlap, TN

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A & A Mobile Magic

9121 Potomac Dr
Chattanooga

A & J TOTAL LANDSCAPES

3712 Ringgold Rd
Chattanooga

Action Rental & Sales

6509 Lee Highway
Chattanooga

Alguire Construction

PO Box 104
Ooltewah

All American Construction

285 Glenn Wade Dr

Appalachian Design & Build, LLC

3410 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Chattanooga

BMC Renovations

2931 N Marble Top Road

BOB PUGLIESE CONTRACTING

1444 Woods Rd
Dunlap

Bowman Construction

8307 Frontage Rd. NW
Cleveland

Bryan Pritchard Homes

7126 Garfield Rd
Harrison

Burell Built Exteriors LLC

8504 McKenzie Ln
Ooltewah

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Castleberrys Carpentry

2442 NW Market St

Chattanooga Land Design

1700 S Market St
Chattanooga

Cochran's Floors & More

598 Baugh Springs Trl.
Mcdonald

Coffey Construction Co

5925 Browntown Rd
Chattanooga

Conrad Contracting

1135 Ohio ave
Knoxville

Custom home improvement

5401 mulberry st
Ooltewah

Dan's Pressure Washing and Sealing

280 Old Dixie Hwy.
South Pittsburg

Dempsey Designs

3531 Cherokee St NW

Disaster Master

4605 Shawhan Rd
Chattanooga

Done Right Drywall

473 Dennis Road

Dwayne & Judy King Tile

9343 Hixson Pike
Soddy Daisy

EAST CHATTANOOGA LUMBER & SUPPLY CO

1609 ELMENDORF ST
Chattanooga

Embark Project Services, LLC

6234 Perimeter Drive
Chattanooga

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FINAL COAT PAINTING

21 VISTA DR
Chattanooga

Fowler Homes Inc.

118 Riverwatch Ct

G&G Builders

184 Scenic Cir
Tellico Plains

Gallet Handyman Services

3153 Forest Shadows Dr
Chattanooga

Gary Hollowell Construction

8916 Lovell Rd
Hixson

Green Effects Landscaping

5905 Pine Hurst Ave
Chattanooga

Green Tree Landscape Services

219 Tanglewood Dr NE

H & H, Inc.

PO Box 402

H&H construction

7108 barleyfield dr
Harrison

Hancock Construction

1026 Graysville Road
Chattanooga

Handyman Connection - Chattanooga

515 Airport Rd
Chattanooga

HENRY TIPTON CONSTRUCTION LLC

1808 Jenkins Rd
Chattanooga

Holton Construction Co

PO Box 4405
Chattanooga

IMPROVE AMERICA INC

327 Cherokee Blvd., PO Box 4954
Chattanooga

Integrity Home Developers, LLC

11249 Blair Rd.
Apison

J's On The Lawn

915 Sapphire Road
Knoxville

J.D. Jackson Contracting Co

2103 23rd Avenue N
Nashville

Jason Taylor Construction

956 Houston Valley Road

JC Wilson Construction

10355 Hamby Rd
Soddy Daisy

Jenkins Exteriors

1209 Elder Hollow Rd
Decatur

Jim Bob Contracting

11 Long Street
Athens

Jon Boyd Handyman

P O Box 551
Ooltewah

Just Right Roofing & Home Repair

P.O. Box 2402
Ooltewah

Kaye Construction

302 W 6th St
Chattanooga

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd

Langley Roofing

9130 Dudley Rd
Chattanooga

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mark S Engdahl Construction

6475 Hwy 41
Jasper

Miclaus Remodeling

26001 Hwy 127
Dunlap

Mountain View

12596 Main St.

Outdoor Living by Jack Wills

2362 N Germantown Pkwy
Cordova

Patrick Construction and Remodeling

1610 Sun Ray Dr.
Chattanooga

Pearl Construction & Design

1530 Kirby Avenue
Chattanooga

Plumb smart

Chattanooga
Hixson

Polly P Brooks and Company

1204 Normal Ave
Chattanooga

Pro H2o Pressure Washing

Signal Mountain

Renovation Headquarters

Servicing Your Area
Chattanooga

RICHEY ENTERPRISE

7533 REMINGTON COURT
Chattanooga

Rick Boyd Home Improvement

3310 Toestring Valley Rd
Spring City

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr Ste A
Murfreesboro

Scenic City Enterprises, LLC

4423 Kings Lake Ct
Chattanooga

SEALE HARDWARE

7606 COUNTY ROAD

Silver Creek Log Homes

1191 County Rd 267

Sink or swim pools and patios

8361 Shawn ridge dr
Harrison

Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC

2731 Faith Industrial Dr.

Southern Home Exteriors

1743 Santa Barbara Circle
Soddy Daisy

Sprout Roofing

440 Timberlinks Dr
Signal Mountain

Stamey's Roofing & Remodeling

252 Peace St.
Chattanooga

Stay Dry Waterproofing

3108 Parkwood Trl NW
Cleveland

Steele Home Improvements

9442 Hackberry Lane
Soddy Daisy

Stream Line

535 Bent Tree Dr

Swafford Construction

711 Brookfield Ave
Chattanooga

VOYLES & SONS PAINTING

4357 TIBBS BRIDGE RD SE

W Rondon Construction

6114 Bonny Oaks Dr
Chattanooga

William H Fryar Inc

6308 Hwy 58
Harrison

Wilson Roofing and Restoration

2082 Bethlehem Church Road

Xpert Lawn Engineering

210 Barnett Village Dr

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