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did a wonderful job on our deck. They were very professional and did a quality job. We made changes along the way and it ws never an issue." They answered all our questions in a timely manner. I would never hesitate to refer them to friends and family.

-Lynn B.

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"Even though the day before i was told they did work right down the road from me. He only asked me about a detached garage this was just one project i had for him," We also had a bathroom, kitchen deck and garage retro in mind as well, the garage just needed to be done first.. I told the person i talked to the day before this exact thing i had many project i would like to discuss. Now when i was called by the owner he may not have had all of this information that is not my fault, i was going to say something but i thought if your to busy and don't think its worth the trip to put up a garage i don't think i want to give you 100,000+ to do my other projects. I am sorry to give you a negative
but my money is as green as the rest and if you don't want it then I guess i will look for someone that does as you told me too do.

-kevin M.

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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. 

Deck Building reviews in Layton

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They did a good job of matching the curve of the existing fences although the posts were slightly different on top from the existing ones (we discovered this after they were delivered, and it was close enough, so I just went with it). My only issue was about 4 of the pickets were a much darker color wood, but they came out and replaced them no charge. I also had to remove the white stickers on the bottoms of the pickets in places where you could see them (such as under the gate). It would have been nice if they had done that. Still, the fence looks great and the price was reasonable.
- Julie H.
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Better price and better quality components based on my research of area installers. They started when they said they would with a few rain day delays. Quality work by quality people! I would absolutely recommend
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- Scott E.
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Met with
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was prompt, knowledgeable, professional and very pleasant to deal with. Once the permit had been issued Sandy called with a start date and the guys were there on-time and ready to get working! They did an excellent job - we're very happy with the whole look of the deck and the construction of it. It was a great experience dealing with all the staff at N.C Exteriors and we will use them again and recommend them to anyone.
- Judy D.
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Pay close attention to quality of his work as he lets his worker do majority and doesn't check work. I had joists replace on upper deck (and lower deck repair)that were not level and several were missing nails, post missing lag screw, not straight, ends not treated, and much time and effort as well as money spent to adjust for top boards to be put in by someone else. Work site left with wood pieces nails etc in yard not cleaned up. ( plants trampled fountain full of debri)Several times didn't show up , sometimes for week or two. Has great ideas but doesn't follow through and doesn't inform worker of plan. Hired in April, by June told him I didn't want him back. Project took way too long, prices kept changing, as there also was a lower entry deck rebuild involved. Post crooked, and work incomplete, even left old joist hangers dangling. Worst part was not noticing evidence of drywall termites right where he replaced a
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which was blantenly obvious as there was a pile of termite poop next to it. I had to get termite treatment after discovered when top boards put in a month later. Maybe this contractor is unaware ( or his worker) that tiny black seedy pellets are indication of termite activity! Since he cut out part of trim before installing
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it would have been impossible to miss. I was left with cleanup. I paid him total of $6000 and still may report him to contractor's license board. I have had
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skilled ( unlicensed) laborers do more professional work. No I do not recommend. I took many photos afterwards which I am more than willing to share.
- Linda W.
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(technicians) were friendly and easy to talk to, but very professional at the same time. The price was right and we received expert workmanship. Showed up whey they said the would and did an excellent job in one day! We feel we made new friends in
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- Susan S.
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Very professional, our deck is absolutely gorgeous! The material they used is not cheap but the outcome of the deck is worth it and the deck will outlast us.
- LINDA T.
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We are very pleased with entire process of our deck project. From the very beginning everything went very smoothly.
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showed up on time for our initial consultation and was very knowledgeable about all the composite products and options and was patient in his explanations. He helped us choose the right product for our project and budget. Romy was the lead builder and his craftsmanship and attention to detail were fantastic.
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visited the job site on multiple occasions and made sure we were happy with the project progress and final result. Every night the project site was cleaned and all material pieces were picked up. The final clean up was very detailed and well done. Overall, we could not be more pleased.
- Felix C.
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The project went very well. The price was fair and reasonable given the amount of work required.
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and their helper started work and completed the project on the dates promised. They offered some excellent design suggestions such as where to place the stair to the ground (the original deck had no stair) and how to modify the railing so as to permit the crank windows in the kitchen to open fully. The resulting deck is sturdily built, good-looking and functional. They were easy to work with and careful about such matters as not letting the dog out of the backyard, etc. When finished, they did a good job of clean-up and removal of debris, etc. I would not hesitate to use them again.


- SUZI A.

Deck Builders in Layton, UT

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2 Men Property Services

254 W. 400 So.
Salt Lake City

3rd Generation

3366 HUrstbourne dr
West Jordan

A Affordable Professional Yard Care LLC.

3928 S 1040 E
Salt Lake City

A Plus Home Services

943 North 1050 West
Provo

A VINYL FENCE CONNECTION

8493 S 4290 W
West Jordan

A-1 Decks

366 Concord Pl
Saratoga Springs

A1 Exteriors

3291 W 4060 S
Salt Lake City

ADO Maintenance and Construction LLC

1016 Industrial Park Rd.
Orem

ADVANTAGE HOME IMPROVEMENT

247 W 550 N
Clearfield

Affordable All Purpose Handyman Services

803 Mount Tuscarora Dr.
Salt Lake City

American Home Services Inc

83 S Mountain Way Dr
Orem

Archadeck of Salt Lake

PO Box 540206
North Salt Lake

Aspen Roofing

472 W 3440 S
Salt Lake City

Awesome Creations

PO Box 411
Magna

Awnings Unlimited

3709 S 500 W
Salt Lake City

Basements & Beyond

4088 w 9470 s
South Jordan

BCS Construction

123 Lakeview
Tooele

Best Vinyl

525 S 850 E
Lehi

Blosch Building & Development

410 west 400 north
Bountiful

Bluebird Deck Company

P.O. Box 1877
Park City

Bluebird Renovations

2560 Elm Ave
Salt Lake City

Bowman Construction

7696 W Kristin Vw
Magna

Briarglen Construction

11659 Briar Glen Dr
Sandy

Broderick Construction Inc

990 N. 1100 West
Woods Cross

Bryson Inc

1318 West Gordon Ave.
Layton

CA Builders

47 South Bonneville Ln
Kaysville

Carolan Construction Inc

935 W 1820 S
Salt Lake City

Cascade Landscapes

1313 E 800 N
Orem

Champion Window of Salt Lake City

3284 W 2100 S
Salt Lake City

CHICK CASE REPAIRS UNLIMITED

3985 South 700 West
Salt Lake City

Chimera Construction LLC

2717 south 1000 east
Salt Lake City

Complete Landscapes

PO Box 1803
Bountiful

Coverall Paint

9618 S 760 E
Sandy

COVERS UNLIMITED INC

1761 MIAMI CIR
Salt Lake City

Crew Construction LLC

1009 Murdock Dr
American Fork

Dan's Handyman Services

223 East Antelope Drive
Layton

Deck And Patio Cover Specialist LLC

1761 West Miami Cir
Salt Lake City

Down & Dirty Excavation LLC

935 E 3000 N
Layton

DP General Contractor

2633 Van Buren Ave
Ogden

Dr Patch Stucco LLC

PO Box 1823
Draper

DWL CONSTRUCTION

3888 Mendocino Dr
Riverton

DZ Home Improvement LLC

5197 Emmeline Drive
Herriman

Earthology Landscaping

3690 S 300 W
Salt Lake City

Ellrebo LLC

115 North 700 East
American Fork

FILIMOEATU CONSTRUCTION

4636 WESTPOINT DR
Salt Lake City

FULL HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

267 N Main St
Coalville

GB Welding LLC

958 N Industrial Park Rd

GreenerSLC

PO BOX 521873
Salt Lake City

Hands-On Handsome Helpers

239 N 1250 W Ste #1
Centerville

Hanson Home Works Inc

3844 W 5750 S
Roy

home improvements and repairs

4939S. Lane Planes Dr
Salt Lake City

Home Tech Inc

333 W Hope Ave
Salt Lake City

Home Works of Utah

9531 South 560 West
Sandy

Honey Do's Professional

50 trackside cir
Grantsville

HoneyDo Construction LLC

528 Ridge Place Dr
Ogden

JA Jocelyn, Inc.

2314 W. Wanlass Way
Riverton

JamesPage construction

18wAlfred,Ave.
Kaysville

Jim's Handy Services, Inc.

604 N 1350 W
Provo

Johnston Construction LLC

1940 S 900 E
Salt Lake City

Kasteler Construction

1154 E Randers Ln
Draper

KEVIN BROUGHTON CONSTRUCTION

1803 E Ida Circle
Sandy

Kevin Hill & Son Handyman

667 W 7250 S
Midvale

Knudsen Construction Company Inc.

6072 S 2180 E
Salt Lake City

KT CUSTOM EXTERIOR SUPPLY

657 W 7250 S
Midvale

L&L Industries

7186 W. Gates Ave
Salt Lake City

Lee's House Doctor

1049 S 475 W
Farmington

Luttco Masonry

2893 W Marcus Rd

MAAD Construction

3308 W. Crown Street
Taylorsville

Mac One Construction

9591 Chavez Drive
South Jordan

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Master's Handyman

227 S 1065 W
Orem

MBL HOME IMPROVEMENTS

829 SOUTH 700 EAST
Centerville

McQuiston Enterprises, Inc.

536 W. 2900 South
Bountiful

Miconi Tile

2586 Jacqueline Dr
Ogden

Mike Hansen Construction LLC

1264 N Main
Farmington

Monument Development Inc.

602 E 5640 S
Salt Lake City

Mount Ogden Construction

952 E. Chamber Street #8
Ogden

Mount Ogden Property Management

952 E. Chamber Street #8
Ogden

MWR Construction Inc.

14406 S Fox Creek Dr.

Nailson Llc

31 W Creek Drive
Murray

National Quality Built Inc.

5638 Draft Horse Court
Herriman

Outdoor Kitchens Utah

525 N 300 E
American Fork

Parker Installation Contractor

1860 W 500 N Apt 45
Salt Lake City

Patriot Paint Supply

7680 South State Street
Midvale

Peak Home Improvement

533 26th st
Ogden

Pendleton Construction

880 Island View Dr
Centerville

Peterson Builders Inc.

4794 E 2600 N
Eden

Pioneer Roofing

7041 S 2700 E
Salt Lake City

PlanPoint Construction

PO Box 1342
Draper

Platinum Coatings LLC.

PO Box 18414
Salt Lake City

Platinum Construction

1605 Mandalay Rd W
Salt Lake City

Precision Pools & Spas

549 W. Billinis Rd.
Salt Lake City

Professional Building Group

9192 South 300 West #13
Salt Lake City

Professional Building Group

9192 South 300 West #13
Salt Lake City

ProtegePainting

Salt Lake City

Pumpco Concrete Pumping

14829 Oak Bluff Pl.

Quality Building & Design

9060 S KINGS HILL PL
Salt Lake City

RAM Builders Inc

430 N 1200 W
Lindon

Reds Handyman Service

2808 south 9000 west

REI STEEL Contractors

PO BOX 854
Riverton

Retrospect Building & Design

10348 S Millerton Dr
South Jordan

Revive Remodeling

PO Box 520465
Salt Lake City

Rich Deianni Remodeling & Repair

1269 Alice Ln
Farmington

Rose Concrete Coatings

1033 Pheasant Tail Dr
Bluffdale

S. Biegler Construction

105 North 1200 East
Orem

SALT VALLEY METAL FRAMING & DRYWALL

P O BOX 683324
Park City

Scott Pryor Handyman Services

4172 West Zodiac Dr.
Kearns

Selective Concrete Inc

P.O. Box 118
Riverton

SGI Installations

West Jordan

ShadeTree Canopies

2518 Pine Needle Pl
Salt Lake City

Sharp Builders

15752 S Gunstock Dr
Bluffdale

Shawn Meyer

440 East 8680 South
Sandy

Siding Services Inc

2843 West 11980 South
Riverton

Snow Mountain Construction

4735 s 1300 e
Holladay

Starwood Construction

3022 Foxwood Cir
Sandy

Sterling Stairs

1266 W 300 S
Salt Lake City

Steven Bleazard Construction

2615 Perschon Circle
Bluffdale

Stock Building Supply

1617 West Hillfield Rd
Layton

STONE SURFACE SPECIALISTS

7686 S 2325 E
Salt Lake City

Sunroc Building Materials

520 S 800 W
Lindon

SUPREME BUILDERS INC

HC 13 Box 4248
Fairview

T R BLANCH CONSTRUCTION

1791 CARSTON CT
Farmington

The Best HandyMEN Services

1147 S 800 E
Bountiful

Thomson Ornamental Iron

2661 W Harvest Ln
West Jordan

Total Maintenance Solutions

POB 95930
South Jordan

Urban Creations

6048 S 2400 E
Ogden

Utah Fence Warehouse

1377 N Main St
Layton

Utahsunrooms

736 S. State St
Orem

V BROWN CRAFTSMAN

2167 N 950 W
Clearfield

Vinyl Fence Connection

1377 N Main
Layton

Von Construction

1256 Darby Cir
Salt Lake City

WARBURTON'S INC.

453 W 700 S
Pleasant Grove

Western Pride Enterprises Inc

1846 SW Hoytsville Rd
Coalville

Willowbend Kitchen & Bath

2343 E 3300 S
Salt Lake City

Woodruff Construction

8620 South Ida Lane
Sandy

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