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was easy to work with and straight forward on the price. We made a couple changes during the course of construction and
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and his crew were prompt, polite and did a really first-rate, professional job.
gave us straightfiorward advice about materials and options. He was sensitive to our budget and he concerned about keeping us happy throughout the project. I would definitely hire again (and I have hired him again for other projects).

-mary R.

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"They showed up right on schedule, worked quickly, and left the site very clean. The new deck is beautiful. The price quoted was a very good one - other companies" offered prices from $10,000 to $14,000 for the job. One smaller company declined to bid - the job was too big for him to handle.
offered an additional off-season discount, for work done during the winter (his slow season) on a when-available basis. I accepted this, and was a little surprised that it delayed the job by two months. It must be a good thing for them to have that much work in their slow season! The delay wasn't a problem - we don't have a lot of use for the deck in December and January - and once they started the job, they worked at it (even through a brief snowstorm!) until it was finished. The whole job was done in three days - one to demolish the old deck and two to build the new one. As I mentioned, the new deck is beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased.

-Vincent B.

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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 Swanton

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Before we contacted
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at Calao Stone, we had reached out to multiple masons and landscape architects and had been unsatisfied with their exorbitant estimates and long projected lead times. Everything changed when we met
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, however; he was extremely prompt, professional, and responsive, and provided a very reasonable estimate and timeframe for our renovation project.

The estimate from Calao was so much better than their competitors that we also decided to place flagstone on our back patio -- and all for the same estimate as some masons proposed to simply replace our stairs and walkway. Calao also recommended that we choose our stone from a local
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in Maryland that carried an enormous amount of beautiful stone; my wife was very pleased with the price and selection.

Making matters even easier,
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offered to begin the work while we were away from town over the Christmas holidays. While this took a
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of faith,
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's professionalism and daily email updates during our absence made the process very smooth. Calao's crews completely transformed our relatively-small rowhome entrance and back patio; the crew even broke the stone by hand for our new front yard planter. The excellent quality of the masonry is apparent at first sight.

In short, if you're looking for professional, timely, reasonable stonework in the
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, D.C., area, choose Calao Stone.
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was a pleasure to work with and we recommend him and Calao without reservation.
- Paul G.
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Got the work done finally.Signed the contract on Sept 05, 2014. Was to be completed in 6/8 weeks. Took 19 weeks to complete. They were never here until Christmas.
- George H.
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All went smoothly from Showroom to installation. Phone calls were promptly returned. No hard sell. Listened to what I wanted and helped in my decision without trying to add mre cost to my order. Total cooperation with delivery & installation. Installers were punctual, professional & personable doing quality work & cleanup, moving furniture out & back with care. I highly recommend
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- Ann J.
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We're very happy with the quality of work we received from Best Rate.
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came a couple days ago to give us a quote. He was on time, and did a very thorough job inspecting the areas needing work. They called us the next day and said they had a cancellation, and got us on the books.
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and
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were the guys who came out to actually do the work. They were very punctual -- they said they'd be here at 8:00 a.m., and their trucks pulled into our driveway at 7:59. They have been professional and upbeat while working, and have taken the time to make sure everything was done well. I feel like they went above and beyond our expectations.
- Chris P.
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The project involved correcting a previous contractor''s botched attempt to curve and install Trex handrails and panels on our front porch. After removing the old mess,
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gave us a perfectly curved railing that truly compliments the staircase steps and porch entry.
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and his crew are consumate professionls; craftmen who take great pride in their work. We highly recommend
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and will not hesitate to use them again.
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- Sanford R.
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and his crew (all related) did a fantastic job for our new home. He created a custom deck with
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, grilling area and bench seats. After drawing the deck he submitted it for approval to our
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. It was very easy for us to say yes. He suggested Azek a fabricated decking material and are so glad we did. Beautiful and absolutely maintenance free for years to come. He rerouted our natural gas line to fit the grilling area. He was very responsive, professional, fair, and very quality conscious. I recommend him and would use him again in a minute. We are very pleased.
- RON E.
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New full Cedar deck replacement for approximately 350 sq ft ground level cedar deck with railings. We love our new deck. the guys were great and we really appreciated the how hard the guys were working in the winter time.
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was not the lowest bid we got but they were by far the most knowledgable and we trusted them to do the best job. As we were paying a lot of money for this addition we wanted to be absolutely positive that we had the right contractor because of some of the horror stories we have heard in the past. We were very pleased with with how everything went and just love our new deck.
- Judi N.
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I cannot say enough about
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Company.
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was immediately responsive to my request for an estimate, and for the high quality of the materials he uses, you cannot beat the price. The price he quotes you is for a complete and turn-key project, including all the little things you might not think of, like gutters. He uses the highest quality screening and black metal spindles come standard instead of wood. Our porch is absolutely gorgeous.
Once they started work, it was non-stop for about three consecutive weeks. Whenever I had a question or concern,
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got back to me within hours with a response that was fair and professional. He stands by his work and takes responsibility for his subs.
Would definitely use him again!!

- Jennifer F.

All Deck Builders in Swanton, 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

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

Eastern Mountain Contracting

PO Box 496
Hinesburg

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Faucher Construction

55 bartlett Hill Rd
Jeffersonville

Feerick Enterprises

1192 Main St
Fairfax

Green Mountain Zerodraft LLC

20 Mill Pond Ln
South Burlington

Grounds Scapes Inc

7528 Kerr Chapel Rd

Haggerty Contracting

2359 Georgia Shore rd.
Saint Albans

Jonathan S Wood

PO Box 3026
Burlington

Kevins Home Maintenance

21 Snowflake Dr
Jericho

Laurie’s Certified Construction

474 Prim Rd
Colchester

Leimgruber Renovations LLC

PO Box 36
Killington

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

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

PRIME RENOVATION GROUP

210 Pioneer Dr
Williston

Roucoulet's Remodeling

27 Railroad Street
Milton

Roy's Home Siding & Patio Rooms

3619 Roosevelt Hwy
Colchester

Roys New View

265 RED OAK DR
Colchester

Snowscapes General Contracting

63 Martin Rd
South Hero

sunshine construction

4 Stearns Ave
Essex Jct

Top Notch Roofing Inc

46 Cherry St
Milton

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Wolak Renovations Inc.

3061 Sir Johns Homestead

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