Monroe Deck Builders

in Monroe, WA

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After doing much research on different grades of siding. We came to the conclusion that the best product for our home was
. We knew that the pre primed product was cheaper but we thought it was the best way to go to just get it factory painted since we would have to spend money to paint it anyway. The final product was just as we had expected it. we paid approximately $27,000 and our home I believe had about 2200 sq ft of siding. Not sure how that chalks up with other prices but we felt that we got a excellent deal!
- Donald H.
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It went really well. It took longer than we had hoped for the special order door to come in, but the construction went very well. The workers were very respectful. For example, the workers thought ahead enough to ask if they could take down pictures from the wall just in case they might fall while hammering. The final project was solid and very well done. I would definately use them again.
- Daniel W.

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We called and talked to several deck contractors about completing our project, and received bids. We reviewed references for the final two and decided on
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. The owner,
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, said he could complete the job over a 2-week period. Although he had only a few evaluations on Angie’s List, we thought with his other references he was qualified to do the work.

There were three people on the crew,
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, a lead carpenter, and a second carpenter. By contract,
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said two people would be there to work each day until the job was complete. This was mostly true, until near the end. Apparently,
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felt rushed because the job he was working on before ours ran longer than expected, which put him behind. This caused him to start our project later than he expected. When it looked like our project would take a little longer, there was only one person on the job sometimes, rather than two.

What should have been a warning to stop the job happened not long after they began putting up the inside fascia on a side beam. Bear in mind that these materials are made by TimberTek, and are PVC- not wood or composite. They require somewhat different working methods and installation. We knew this and we based our decision to hire
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because he said had worked with similar materials before. We also knew that installing these materials required a different technique, which is straight out of the installation guidelines from the company. There is a special drill bit to set the proper depth of the screws used to mount the boards to allow for expansion and contraction of the material with the change in temperature. Nails were not supposed to be used. We found the first board the carpenter put up was cut with a saw blade that was either the wrong type, or too dull to cut it cleanly. (See photo #1.) While it was being cut, the blade ripped off some of the plastic surface material. The carpenter said when we saw this, he realized he needed a different blade and they were going to get one, which they did. Why didn’t they know this ahead of time? They knew this was not wood. Surely, they read the installation guidelines? The second thing we noticed was he was nailing the board in place. I told him not to do this, but he said they thought that adding a nail or two just to hold it up in place was OK. I wasn’t so sure, but made sure he was aware of the special drill bit for installing, and it turned out that even though I had previously told
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about this bit, his crew had not been informed.

The next warning we had involved some pieces of fascia attached on the outside of the deck. They installed this piece using a lot of nails, again, (albeit stainless steel pin nails) to hold the fascia. In this case they were not using just one or two to hold it while they drilled the screw holes, they nailed all across the surface just as if they were nailing wood. Again, I questioned them about this, and again I was told it was all right. They needed the nails and it would not hinder the expansion and contraction of the board.
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was so adamant that I said nothing else. My mistake. I felt like my concerns were ignored. (See photo #2.)

The third warning involved a solution the carpenter devised regarding a downspout that was in the way of the fascia. One day early in the project, I came out to find that the carpenter discovered the downspout was going to be in the way of the fascia he was installing. He took it upon himself to cut a section in the fascia so the downspout would fit. This left an opening in the fascia for insects, birds, and what-have-you to get into the space. (See photo #3.) He already had it finished by the time I saw it, but he asked if it was OK. This took me by surprise. Unfortunately, I didn’t object right away, which was my mistake. I kept
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it over for several days, however, looking at it and trying to see if there was a better way, and eventually I did suggest a change. For this we were charged a change order fee. What bothers me is that I was not consulted ahead of time. There were solutions to consider, but the carpenter decided on his own. No one was consulted.

A day or so later there was another warning. We wanted the four posts supporting the upper deck enclosed with the same fascia material. The posts each sit on a round concrete footing. Each footing is a minimum of 16” above the ground, necessitating the use of some kind of skirting to cover it and transition up to the post. (See photo #4.) At our request they built these with trim at the base of the column. They made this trim by taking a fascia board and sawing off the lengthwise
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, which has a curved
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and a straight
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along the length. We discovered that they fastened the trim with the curved
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next to the column, instead of placing the straight
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next to the column. It looked totally backwards to us. When I brought it to
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’s attention, he said he hadn’t noticed. We said we weren’t really happy with it and how it looked, but his attitude was that it was hardly noticeable and didn’t matter, but he would change it. Where else had they put up these fascia boards, where there were corners that had to be mitered, but no attention was paid to the shape of the edges? We found out later. In some places where these boards butted up against each other, they matched the edges and in others they didn’t. In some places where ends were mitered the edges matched, and in others they didn’t. They hadn’t pain any attention at all.

The construction of the post skirts was another issue. We never liked their solution.
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decided they had to face nail all them together. In most cases, the nails didn’t even completely penetrate the surface, leaving the nail heads sticking up. They even tried to cut some of them off at the surface, which didn’t work. (See photo #5a & 5b.) We kept telling them we didn’t like the use of the nails on the fascia. Unlike wood, there is no way to cover them up. Even so,
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insisted he’s been working in the business for some 30 years, and without the nails the fascia would buckle. He said the screws and the mounting methods recommended by the company would not hold it. We even called the company representative for this area and asked him about it. Apparently, the company is reluctant to get in the middle of a dispute between the contractor and a homeowner, so his final answer was to wait and see what happens. If the product fails, they would replace it. In the meantime, the overall look is diminished because of the use of these random nail holes in the surface. (See photo #6.)

We not only had problems with the trim and fascia, we also had problems Just like the decking and fascia, we wanted the ceiling to be low maintenance, so we chose a PVC product from Azek. The boards look like bead board like you might see on a normal porch ceiling. The company recommended gluing the boards in place, with nails toe nailed where they wouldn’t be visible. Azek recommended a glue they would supply, which would help keep the boards attached to the supports underneath them to keep them from bowing down in-between, and to help reduce the need for a lot of face nailing.
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decided the Azek glue was unworkable, so instead used a construction adhesive, which is acceptable to the company. We didn’t object, but they didn’t buy the correct type, and ended up ruining a couple of boards experimenting. These materials were purchased and delivered before
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was hired, so there were a finite number of boards to work with. I got the impression that if he ran out of boards, we would be responsible for buying more boards, even though he was the one who damaged them.

One problem with this product is keeping them clean. I saw comments on the Azek web site from other contractors discussing keeping them clean. I
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’t think
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and his crew were aware of this. My wife and I worked very hard to clean them, and to try to keep them clean. The crew seemed to ignore this. We were left to clean them again after they were put up.

Aside from that, there were other issues. One was with the ceiling lights. We already had an electrician install the wiring for the lights, and determine their placement. Their placement was noted for
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. Somehow, a pair of lights that are in the middle of the row of six was misaligned. When they cut holes for the lights, they somehow cut the holes too close to a piece of trim that was going to be there. Were they not paying attention, again? Fortunately, they were able to correct it, but they had to use a board that was scarred. Scarring is an issue with these boards. If you slide one board across another there is the possibility of grit being in between the two planks, causing a scratch. It will always show and has a potential for holding dirt, which makes it even more visible.

The original plan called for the ceiling boards to be installed perpendicular to the wall house, while
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insisted we should have them run parallel to the house. Because
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changed the original plan for the directional placement of the boards some additional trim boards were purchased. We can’t dispute whether one way was better than the other, but in changing it, we had to pay for more materials. When they were practically finished with the job, I noticed that trim was needed at the back end of the ceiling where the boards butted up against the house, to run the along the entire width. There was a piece of trim there before. (See photo #7.)
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refused, saying it was not in the contract. By this time, I was so tired of arguing about the way the installation was done, I just gave up. I no longer wanted him there.

For a job that should not have been so difficult, I felt exhausted. I never felt all that much confidence in the way
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and his crew handled the project. I would never consider hiring him again, and I could not in good conscience recommend him or his work to anyone.
- Robert A.
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came over, protected our carpet, covered his shoes and set up a tent to protect the room from dust. I was grateful! He then cut out some of the wall and installed the electrical work for the outside porch light we wanted, without opening up the wall. Then the cut out a top portion of the wall to install a support beam to support the weight of the house so the door wouldn't be holding up the house. :) The next day he came over to cut out and install the door, patch up the wall and texture the wall again. Over the weekend I painted the wall. Then he came back to put in the stain matched trim he'd ordered. We ended up choosing to build the porch ourselves to save a buck, and he was kind enough to give us some pointers. Overall, it was a beautiful, quality job. It's been a completely wonderful experience.
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was recommended to us by a friend who loved his work too.
- Belinda B.
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1800FixMyHome

15141 167th Ave SE
Monroe, WA

1st Choice Home Construction Co.

21215 58ave w apt #1
Mountlake Terrace, WA

2FL Windows & Siding

10605 SE 240th St
Kent, WA

3-D Construction Inc

16306 W Lake Goodwin Rd
Stanwood, WA

425 Construction LLC

17174 Sawyer St SE
Monroe, Wa

5 POINT BLDG & CONSTRUCTION LLC

8802 133rd St E
Puyallup, WA

A & I Galiaf Co. LLC

7411 89th Pl NE
Marysville, WA

A & J Heating and Handyman Services

910 126th St SE
Everett, WA

A 1 Rockey Landscaping

16247 NE 51st St
Redmond, WA

A New Day Construction Inc

11709 132nd Avenue Ct E
Puyallup, WA

A&D Construction Serv Inc

14838 Jake Dr SE
Monroe, WA

A&S Construction

907 E 1st St
Arlington, WA

A+Design

10216 256th SE
Kent, WA

a-z handyman services

9629 20th st se suite A
Lake Stevens, wa

A.S.P.Construction

14315 44 Dr Nw
Stanwood, WA

A1 Improvements

20023 9th Ave SE
Bothell, WA

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