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" seems to have a habit of taking off with people's money and not completing the work. He came by in March to measure the roof. We tried for two months to contact him to find out what was going on, when was the engineer coming by to make the report, when would he be speaking to each of the three top floor owners to discuss designs. Finally, nearly 10 weeks later, he delivered his "design". The roof measurements were all wrong, he "designed" one large deck covering the whole roof with dividing walls (not what we said we wanted). NO engineering report of any kind. We we tried to contact him to find out what was going on with the report, to express that this was not what we wanted, he became abusive and very erratic in his behavior. We made two appointments for him to come by and remeasure the roof and meet with each owner. He never showed up and never returned any e-mails or phone calls. At this point it became clear this was a scam. After showing up at his office, we finally got our money back. STAY AWAY. This is not a legit business.

-Patty L.

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"Homes Unlimited and their team was very professional. The most challenging part was that they were booked out for more than two months. However, the wait was" worth it. The team worked quick and efficiently, taking pictures, explaining what they found as well as guiding us through how they were fixing it and informing us what we needed to do to expedite the work (identify tile, grout and paint colors, etc). They were also able to fix some unrelated siding issues upon request. I would definitely use them again but plan ahead because they are often very busy.

-Brian P.

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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 Essex

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We are very happy with our deck. Excellent customer service--
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and his crew went above and beyond 18 months after deck completion when we had some moisture issues. The issues were not caused by the deck, but
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came out and did a thorough investigation to make sure deck was not contributing.
- Eric & Alexa J.
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I had three service providers to my home to give me quotes on removing my old wooden two-level deck in backyard and build a new deck with accessibility to my home.
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was the only one to provide a design that was one level thus eliminating possible safety issues. His quote was similar to another provider's two-level deck with ramps quote.
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's price was fair for the amount of work/materials required for the project. I feel I received my money's worth. The deck, ramps, and landing were built with composite material (TREX) and to
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compliance. The deck is approximately 15x30' with ramps 5x20' and two 5x5' landings. The final result is more that I could have imagined: extremely functional for my young grandson's power wheelchair to access my home and it looks fantastic ("Home Beautiful" magazine quality.) The work crew were prompt and kept the worksite clean even washing deck daily as each phase was completed. Workers were polite and professional.
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made sure the deck met my needs and was quality-built. TREX representative checked out the final deck project ensuring it met their criteria...it did. Thank you,
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, I love my new deck and so does my grandson,
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. He says it is like going to a hotel.


- Rosemary G.
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We knew from our very first interaction with
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that he was a true professional, and a perfectionist. We gave him our wishlist, which consisted of tearing down our existing deck, and replacing it with a paver patio. He listened carefully to all of our wishes, guiding us in certain areas where we had doubts, and the final result was something better than we even dreamed of.
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was very easy to work with, EXTREMELY responsive to our emails, phone calls and texts, and he was very honest about everything. In our original agreement, we had several semi-mature trees that were going to be planted around the lawn.
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and his team informed us that when they went to pick up the trees, that they were not in good shape, and elected to not put them in. Some vendors would have put the trees in just so they could deliver on what was promised; but we were so appreciative that the folks at
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were honest and apologized, but were not comfortable with anything sub-par. We agreed that the trees would be put in when better quality trees were available.
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's crew arrived on time each day, and were very polite and respectful. They made sure to clean up after themselves each day, and cordoned off the section of our fence that had to be removed to allow for their machinery to access our lawn.
When the project was completed, we did a walk through, and there was one very minor issue. We agreed that the issue would be repaired in full before the remainder of the balance was paid, and to me that shows great customer service. They stood by their work, and were not happy until we were happy. AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY!
When all was said and done,
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left behind a really nice patio (which we have received multiple compliments on already), beautiful landscaping, and any of the lawn that was damaged while they were doing the work was patched up, re-soiled and re-seeded.
We will definitely be calling on
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and his crew for any future landscaping jobs that come up!
- Kelley P.
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From beginning to end,
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was extremely easy to communicate with, clear, up-front, and ran a no-nonsense operation. He was responsive in the quote, provided a nice level of detail in a professional manner, and he walked us through what we needed for applying for a variance with the township.
Once we signed the contract the hardest part was waiting for them to start (after completing another job). The porch completely transformed the front of the house. It required excavation of 3/4s of the front of the house, removal of the existing concrete pad, laying footers, pouring concrete, wrapping in brick, and then building a wooden covered porch above to match the aesthetics of the house.
All in all we couldn't be happier. The machinery did damage the yard (which we expected) and they laid topsoil and seed.
To nitpick, the topsoil could have been better quality but these guys build decks, they aren't landscapers.
Any questions/concerns we had were quickly answered.
I would recommend using these guys to any friends or neighbors.
- Joan L.
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and his team did an outstanding job! They screened in the covered part of our patio, including archways, and installed a screen/storm door. Also built a great
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out of cedar over the open half of the patio. Everything looks fabulous and we are very pleased with the quality of the work. The guys were punctual and very hard-working and professional. After we received and approved the quote,
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came back out and met with us again to go over specifications and answer questions. After the initial contact we had a little wait for them to begin the work because of his work load, but I can assure you it was well worth the wait! Would definitely use again; we highly recommend
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- Sheryl S.
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Overall, this experience could not have gone any better. I hired
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to build a deck at our shore house, about 2 hours away. Naturally, since I don't live there full time, I have no way of actually keeping up with the work being done. Just Deck sent me pictures of progress on a regular basis over the 2 weeks it took to complete construction, and basically handled everything from engineering design, permits, construction, and clean up. Their pricing was very competitive, the owner (
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) is easy going and extremely knowledgable, and the quality of the construction was impeccable.
- William Z.
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were excellent in every way!
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helped me design the deck. He is very detail-minded and he worked closely with an Engineer to ensure our design would meet our needs, safety standards, city codes, and still be aesthetically pleasing.
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arrived at 8:30 every morning and worked hard every single day until the job was done. They were kind and non-intrusive. They were also very clean. I never saw even a stray screw or piece of wood left behind - it was amazing! They cleaned and swept up every day before leaving. I have small children and they loved both
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so I felt safe having them at our house.
Now for the deck - it is BEAUTIFUL!!!! We are so impressed with the outcome. It is much nicer than we had even envisioned.
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is meticulous and it shows in his craftsmanship. We had a party here last weekend and so many people complimented the work. They were amazed at how nice it turned out. In addition to its beauty, our deck is probably the strongest deck I've been on. I feel like we could park a car on it (not that we would) and it wouldn't budge.
I would highly recommend
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to anyone looking to build a high-end, strong, beautiful deck. They did an absolutely amazing job and I can't say enough great things about them.
- Shelly S.
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G & S Fence drafted a great looking new deck for our home. They worked directly with my
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and got the project approved in a timely fashion. The quality of the work performed and of the people who performed the work was excellent. They answered all of our questions and keep us updated through the construction process. They completed the work in the time frame they specified and the end result is a great looking deck. We will recommend them to anybody who wants a new quality deck.
- Todd R.

Deck Builders in Essex, VT

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A Custom To LLC

6526 River Pkwy

AATEK INC

63 Birch Ln
Milton

Alberts & Son Construction Inc.

Po Box 452
Colchester

All-American Roofing

25 Lopes Ave
Burlington

ALMIGHTY PEAKS PAINTING

824 W Lakeshore Dr
Colchester

AlTerra Construction

21 Cherry St
Milton

Anderson Construction

62 Burnor Rd
Jeffersonville

B B Construction

31 West St. # A

Bannister Roofing & Siding Inc

21 Bright St
Burlington

BDR CONSTRUCTION

15 Ruggles Lane
Westford

Brickliners Chimney Service

51 Dorset Ln
Williston

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Caleb Thomas Painting

Essex Jct
Essex Junction

Cedar Creek Home Improvements Inc

113 Brigham Hill Rd
Essex Junction

Champlain Valley Mobile Care

57 Walden Rd
Colchester

CROWLEY CONSTRUCTION CO INC

154 BRENTWOOD DR
Colchester

Dave Koss

Belvidere Center

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faucher Construction

55 bartlett Hill Rd
Jeffersonville

Feerick Enterprises

1192 Main St
Fairfax

GLASSWORKS

2319 US ROUTE 2
Waterbury

Green Age Builders

3013 Morgan Horse Farm Rd
Weybridge

Green Mountain Zerodraft LLC

20 Mill Pond Ln
South Burlington

Grounds Scapes Inc

7528 Kerr Chapel Rd

Hadley Construction

1130 Vermont 109
Jeffersonville

Haggerty Contracting

2359 Georgia Shore rd.
Saint Albans

Jess Oppenheimer Construction

199 Coyote Run
Shelburne

Jonathan S Wood

PO Box 3026
Burlington

JZ Carpentry LLC

Burlington

Kasun Works

14 Fern St
Burlington

Kevin's Home Maintenance

21 Snowflake Dr
Jericho

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LeDuc Construction

70 Pearl St
Grand Isle

Leimgruber Renovations LLC

17 lower Michigan road
Pittsfield

Lewallen Builders

74 Maple St
Perkinsville

Lynnewood construction

337 snipe ireland rd

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Maison Builders of Vermont, Inc.

24 Bellevue Street
Winooski

MJP CONSTRUCTION

236 PARK ST
Burlington

Montshire Painting LLC

56 Partridge Lane

New England Interior

76 Barrett St
South Burlington

Olde World Artisans Inc.

1317 Pine Needle Rd.

Otter Creek Awnings

19 Echo Place
Williston

PDM Construction

8012 English Creek Ave

Perkins Smith Design Build

2517 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne

PRIME RENOVATION GROUP

210 Pioneer Dr
Williston

REAL ESTATE ESSENTIALS

2977 Main Rd
Huntington

Reliable Handyman Solutions

118 Watkins Rd
Colchester

RLN Properties LLC

8401 Woodward St

Roucoulet's Remodeling

27 Railroad Street
Milton

Roy's Home Siding & Patio Rooms

3619 Roosevelt Hwy
Colchester

Roy's New View

265 Red Oak Dr
Colchester

RWBibens Renovations, LLC

207 Bittersweet Cir
Williston

Snowscapes General Contracting

1982 Hinesburg Road
South Burlington

Steady Hand Home Improvements

608 Dalton Dr.
Essex Junction

sunshine construction

4 Stearns Ave
Essex Jct

The Handy Men

63 Flynn ave

Tongue & Groove Carpentry

23 Richard Ter
South Burlington

Top Notch Roofing Inc

46 Cherry St
Milton

VINYL TECHNICIANS LLC

265 MOUNTAIN RD
Bristol

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Wolak Renovations Inc.

3061 Sir Johns Homestead

Wooden Hammer

90 Lookout Lane
North Ferrisburgh

Yard Jacks Inc

PO BOX 261
Hinesburg

Yellow Dog Contracting

15 1/2 Loomis Street
Essex Junction

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