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"The tech showed up on time and was very professional and courteous. He pressure washed and cleaned my paver driveway thoroughly. Before preceding with
" the driveway he asked if I had any concerns and was satisfied with the cleaning. The pavers looked as new as the day I moved into my home. He then started
the driveway and took his time to ensure an evenly coat over all the pavers. My driveway looks amazing. It turned out much better than I had imagined. From the first phone call, to the estimate, to the completion of the job,
was professional, honest, and performed and excellent job on my driveway. I highly recommend them and would definitely use them again in the future.

-Adam T.

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"We contracted with
to build a pressure treated deck which included. a
. The work was done in October of last year" . At he time we were told not to stain or seal it since it had to dry and to do tha staining and sealing in the Spring in April I noticed that some of the joists were warped and they came and replaced them. Afterward I got the wood stained and sealed. Over the last couple of weeks I noticed the the capping on the fence was warping and coming loose from the fence. I also noticed another warped joist as well as mite red corners that were separated. I again called the owner of the company and he told me it was essentially
fault because I had not stained and sealed the deck earlier and they used the lowest quality wood available. At the beginning of the Job he never revealed that he was Gonig to use sub par materials or warn me about cracking or warping This was his response to my complaint. Your deck is made or acq lumber the least expensive material there is U were told to seal your deck in a timely manor and u didn't. This wood is known to shrink crack and bow. Especially if not sealed when and how it should have been. As u know the deck looked great all miters were tight when we completed the deck or u would not have paid us. We have no control of how or if the wood shrinks or expands. We went back to your house once already for wood that bowed probably because it was not sealed when it should have been and just because u seal the deck that does help the damage that was already done to the wood from not being sealed

-William H.

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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 Ooltewah

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Co2 replaced and redesigned a deck that has been in use for More than 15 years. Our 19 year son and his healthy friends can now relax safely in what has become an additional room with two outside entrances. The pets (dog and cat) love it as they can access the yard without human interference, but will not run away because the two new gates are secure. We have room for storage underneath and can enjoy breakfast or dinner in comfort. They showed up promptly and worked long days. They cleaned up daily and showed receipts for all supplies purchased for the job. The job was started and finished on time even with additional requests that we made once we saw the high quality of their work. They are good, efficient and pleasant to work with. I wish I had the funds to do even more work inside the house!
- Annette W.
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Provider called and texted several time about coming to give an estimate. Person never showed up even after they rescheduled twice. I texted them and asked if they got a
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to look at my deck and when they were sending the estimate that was promised, but never got a response.
- Sheena C.
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I have NO understanding of why this company has such high ratings for
finished work when their sales people shut down quotes before they are
even done.
After being asked how much we expect to pay for this
project, she said it would take twice what we estimated. Of course we
were surprised to hear that and so before we even really had a
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to
respond her response was - so are we done here?
What kind of sales tactic is that? You can play hard-to-get, or whatever that was,
all you want. I am not going to be part of it. Meanwhile, this quote
process had been completely inadequate - kept using decking terminology
without explaining what it was and she did not do a proper job taking
our input of what we were looking for (size, layout in the yard, tried
to DOWN SELL us in features before we even talked price, and so on).
While we were looking through the dated pictures on her iPad choosing ones
that had features we liked, an appointment reminder popped up that was
at 3:30 (her appointment with us was had started at 3 and we hadn't even
sat down to talk yet). I suppose she had a bigger better deal waiting
for her at 3:30 that she was willing to not try to land this sale and
get to the next one.
Thanks for nothing except absolutely wasting
our time! Do everyone a favor and only schedule quote meetings during
times that people don't need to leave work early for. Oh, and have your
sales people actually try to make a sale.
Good grief!
- Rebecca S.
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He was very knowledgeable about each product, and was super helpful in helping us decide with all the options available. He showed us the pros and cons of various siding options, and went over different window manufacturers with us. I felt like
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was truly looking to help us make the right choice in our big project, and never felt like I was being sold to. We went and looked at completed jobs of his and each one looked fantastic.
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was always easy to get in touch with and explained everything thoroughly. His quote was clear and well laid out. He provided some ballpark figures for some other projects around the house, just so I could keep those in mind. In the end we went with a different company, but we will be contacting
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for other, larger projects in the future.
- Courtney G.
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was a pleasure to work with. His son
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not only did excellent work, but his ideas made the project even better. Not only was the work awesome, but it greatly improved the home. If anything else needs to be done I will call on
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- Richard W.
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The two young men called when on the way. They were very punctual.
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knew what they were doing and made the deck look amazing!
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came back the nest day early and sealed the deck.
I will certainly tell my friends about
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, and as they do other home cleaning will use them again!
- Mary T.
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I previously had a treated 2"x12" lumber framework added around the perimeter of my deck.
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and crew built up this area and gently sloped it away, blending it with the adjoining portions of the lawn. All work was done by hand. When the soli had been put in place, the area was seeded, fertilized and covered with straw. I was given explicit instructions as to maintenance for the next several weeks/ Very impressed with their efforts and their professionalism.
- Mark B.
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They were very professional. They applied many layers of underlay and decking material. The decks look beautiful. Plus they repaired stucco on the side of my house which had buckled due to the leaking of the old deck.
- James D.

Deck Builders in Ooltewah, TN

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A & A Mobile Magic

9121 Potomac Dr
Chattanooga

A & J TOTAL LANDSCAPES

3712 Ringgold Rd
Chattanooga

AA Hauling

1406 Cleo Way

Action Rental & Sales

6509 Lee Highway
Chattanooga

Affordable Home Improvements

2385 Varnell Road SW
Cleveland

Alguire Construction

PO Box 104
Ooltewah

All American Construction

285 Glenn Wade Dr

American Disability Solutions

1014 Fox Glen Rd
Gallatin

Andy OnCall

921 E Main St
Chattanooga

Antidote Professional Corp

436 Frazier Ave
Chattanooga

Anytime Property Maintenance

6002 B Ramsey Forgey Rd.
Harrison

Appalachian Design & Build, LLC

3410 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Chattanooga

B&M Services

240 Breckenridge Dr., NW
Cleveland

BMC Renovations

2931 N Marble Top Road

BOB PUGLIESE CONTRACTING

1444 Woods Rd
Dunlap

Bowman Construction

8307 Frontage Rd. NW
Cleveland

Bravo Construction

6222 Celtic Dr
Chattanooga

Bryan Pritchard Homes

7126 Garfield Rd
Harrison

BRYANT PAINTING & RESTORATION

2414 Guthrie Ave NW
Cleveland

Burell Built Exteriors LLC

8504 McKenzie Ln
Ooltewah

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Castleberrys Carpentry

2442 NW Market St

Chattanooga Handyman

116 Fair St
Chattanooga

Chattanooga Land Design

1700 S Market St
Chattanooga

CLEVELAND LAWN CARE SERVICE

4707 PEBBLEBROOK CIRCLE
Conasauga

Cochran's Floors & More

598 Baugh Springs Trl.
Mcdonald

Coffey Construction Co

5925 Browntown Rd
Chattanooga

Conrad Contracting

1135 Ohio ave
Knoxville

Construction

300Ellis Cove Rd.
South Pittsburg

Creative Stone Work

7731 LEE Hwy
Chattanooga

Crockett Construction

189 county road 704

Custom home improvement

5401 mulberry st
Ooltewah

Dan's Pressure Washing and Sealing

280 Old Dixie Hwy.
South Pittsburg

Davies Custom Construction

2541 White Oak Valley Rd NW
Cleveland

Davis Diversified Inc

1511 W Spring Creek Rd

Decks By Design

Signal Mountain

Dempsey Designs

3531 Cherokee St NW

Disaster Master

4605 Shawhan Rd
Chattanooga

Dixie Contracting LLC

1097 County Road 50
Athens

Done Right Drywall

473 Dennis Road

Dwayne & Judy King Tile

9343 Hixson Pike
Soddy Daisy

EAST CHATTANOOGA LUMBER & SUPPLY CO

1609 ELMENDORF ST
Chattanooga

Electrical Services

249 Wheeler Dam Road

Embark Project Services LLC

6234 Perimeter Dr
Chattanooga

Evans Garage Door

2520 20th Street NE
Cleveland

Experts At Hand

Cleveland

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FINAL COAT PAINTING

21 VISTA DR
Chattanooga

Foskey Bobcat, Bushogging, Landscaping & Gardening

731 Thompson Springs Rd SE
Cleveland

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

Groundhog Construction

1285 Scruggs rd
Ringgold

H & H, Inc.

PO Box 402

H&H construction

7108 barleyfield dr
Harrison

Hancock Construction

1026 Graysville Road
Chattanooga

HandyMaidInc

4626 Tarpon Trail
Chattanooga

Handyman Connection - Chattanooga

2115 Chapman Rd.
Chattanooga

Happy Home Repairs

3408 Clayton Ave Ext
Chattanooga

HENRY TIPTON CONSTRUCTION LLC

1808 Jenkins Rd
Chattanooga

Highpoint Construction LLC

6229 Tallant Rd.
Mcdonald

HL Construction

P.O. Box 5417
Cleveland

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'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 Cons

10355 Hamby Rd
Soddy Daisy

Jenkins Exteriors

1209 Elder Hollow Rd
Decatur

Johnson's Remodeling

1570 Straight Gut Rd.

Jon Boyd Handyman

P O Box 551
Ooltewah

Just Right Roofing & Home Repair

P.O. Box 2402
Ooltewah

K-Rock

29 wheeler ave.

Kaye Construction

302 W 6th St
Chattanooga

Kitchens Galore

5950 Junaluska Rd

KW Services

692 Cook Rd

Langley Roofing

9130 Dudley Rd
Chattanooga

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Lazy Day Pool & Spa Inc

1675 Morningside Way

Legendary Landscapes

1047 New Bethel RD
Dayton

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Mark Cole Painting

Chattanooga

Mark S Engdahl Construction

6475 Hwy 41
Jasper

Master's Home Improvement

281 Troy Dr
Dayton

McCoy Homes

7550 E Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga

Merrill Remodeling

817 Boylston St
Chattanooga

Miclaus Remodeling

26001 Hwy 127
Dunlap

Molot construction

441 Old Federal Road
Cleveland

Mountain View

12596 Main St.

Outdoor Living by Jack Wills

2362 N Germantown Pkwy
Cordova

Parham Roofing & Siding Co

1515 N Joiner Rd
Chattanooga

Patrick Construction and Remodeling

1610 Sun Ray Dr.
Chattanooga

Pearl Construction & Design

1530 Kirby Avenue
Chattanooga

phillip's handyman services

9871 smithmorgan road

Plumb smart

Chattanooga
Hixson

Polly P Brooks and Company

1204 Normal Ave
Chattanooga

Richard G Services

3322 Tonia Dr SW
Cleveland

RICHEY ENTERPRISE

7533 REMINGTON COURT
Chattanooga

Rick Boyd Home Improvement

3310 Toestring Valley Rd
Spring City

RJ ROOFING AND SIDING CO

4526 WOODLAND DRIVE
Ooltewah

RNR Construction.

6121 shallowford rd STE 101
Chattanooga

RSU Contractors

1461 Battleground Dr
Murfreesboro

Scenic City Enterprises, LLC

4423 Kings Lake Ct
Chattanooga

Scenic City Roofing

2069 River Canyon Road
Chattanooga

SCOTT RANEY CONSTRUCTION

5116 JACKSON RD
Apison

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

Southern Landscape & Design

Po Box 42
Ooltewah

Sprout Roofing

2920 Corral Road
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

STEVE BIRGER CONSTRUCTION CO

141 Misty Meadows Cir SE
Cleveland

Steve's Handyman Service

532 Raspberry Rd
Chattanooga

Stream Line

535 Bent Tree Dr

Swafford Construction

711 Brookfield Ave
Chattanooga

Tallent Construction Company

8687 Kennerly Ct
Ooltewah

The Deck Doctor of Chattanooga Inc

PO Box 4249
Chattanooga

The Flying Dutchman

117 Alford St
Athens

The Green Room Interiors

4718 Robinwood Dr
Chattanooga

The Ready Family

1523 E 27th St
Chattanooga

Tony Orr Construction

8004 McDonald Cemetery Rd
Ooltewah

Tradesman/Chris Fairbanks

808 Hurricane creek rd
Chattanooga

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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