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did a amazing job on our siding replacement project. I can't even recoginize my house anymore. Every time I pull up to my house I" think I am at the wrong place. The siding looks great and we went with a
fiber cement board. we will recommend this company to our friends and family. They weren't the cheapest but we had a lot of faith that they would do it the right way and not take shortcuts

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was backed up with a lot of other jobs, but the reason was clear. His workmanship and professionalism were excellent, and the price was more" than fair. FLEXIBILITY is definitely an attribute of this company. They worked with me to allow my own installation of tile floor and paint jobs in between periods of their work. This allowed me to save a lot of money by doing some of the work myself. This is not something that every contractor will do.
was very accessible though cell phone and email, and every concern was adequately addressed. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of their work. Using J&B Construction for your project is something that you will not regret!

-Eric G.

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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 Dunlap

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The company was great! Our decking was installed and looked fantastic. We will be using them in the future as we have moved to a new house and will be adding a deck in the future.
- Jason W.
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He showed up to do the job on time as promised. He stayed in contact with me after the estimate was given to ensure all my needs were met. Once I accepted his estimate the time and date were set and he arrived on time with all required tools and equipment needed to complete the job.
He was professional and very courteous to me and my family....More /> The job was completed quicker that estimated and a quality that I require.
He even went the extra step to run water in them to show me that they would drain.
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- lisa D.
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was the sales rep who set the entire job up. The crew was here on time every time and was very courteous and professional. The job couldn't have gone any smoother, we are very pleased. The neighbors even commented!!
- Herbert S.
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Everything went well. Cavalier described the scope of work and gave me a cost estimate and a "not to exceed" estimate and every time I've used them they delivered on their promise. I also appreciated their honesty in that during one occasion I asked for work to be done and they said that was not in their area of expertise. I'd much rather have someone be honest with me and do what they say they will do and if they can't do it, to let me know. Cavalier is definitely that company.
- Susan B.
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I really don't think I will purchase one of these "deals" again from Angie's List. We really got absolutely nothing for it. I thought we would get a design and that didn't happen. If we would have continued to negotiate our plans with this contractor, maybe it would have
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- Virginia W.
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After contact three deck builders, we decided to go with keystone. Not only because their competitive price tag, but also because keystone is the only one who provided us a visual 3D file about what our deck would look like.(it turns out that the final project is very close to the 3d picture they provide). The whole project took them almost 6 days due to some weather condition. I am so impressed by their courtesy, punctuality, and wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you keystone, your hardworking brings me one of the best decks in my community, I would recommend keystone to all my friends!




- JING G.
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The entire experience was great, they came over a few times to look at our existing deck/space and discuss ideas. They listened to us but also offered their thoughts & suggestions. They showed up on time everyday, even worked in the pouring rain. The deck is stunning, we are beyond happy, we would definitely use
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- Lynne B.
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was punctual, caring and professional. He showed up on time for estimates and installation. He listened to and responded to all of our questions before estimating the work and again before starting the work. He completed the projects with minimal mess and/or commotion for our family. He has been careful to confirm our satisfaction before he finishes his work.
- Dave and Donna T.

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

Bidwell Painting

7005 Sportsman Dr
Harrison

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

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 Brewer and Associates

603 Ely Rd.
Hixson

J.D. Jackson Contracting Co.

2103 23rd Ave 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

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

Tallent Construction Company

8687 Kennerly Ct
Ooltewah

The Flying Dutchman

117 Alford St
Athens

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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