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"Very impressed with
's deck builders. They were professional, punctual, polite & well trained. The job was started & completed" on time. The crew were very tidy and there was no damage to the surrounding area. They removed the old deck without problem. They clearly did not cut any corners and the workmanship was truly high quality. I would highly recommend them. The finished job looks amazing.
the owner, was very helpful in guiding us and suggesting different implementations.

-David R.

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"We spoke with several firms concerning our deck project. The idea was to build a cantilevered platform to replace a 30 year old crumbling set of concrete steps" and patio. When we met with
, the owner of
, we felt we had found the right firm for the job. He showed up for our first meeting right on time. Our vision for our project was not very typical but
was more than willing to work with us and try something slightly off center. His insight and experience added greatly to our project and
was able to provide a number of project options. Within a short period of time, we had charted a course and a day later received his initial quote. His price was very reasonable and within our budget; we returned the signed contract immediately. From start to finish, there was never a hiccup; the entire project was extremely well planned and executed.
,
's Project Manager, stayed with the job every day and his crew was wonderful to work with.
never balked at answering questions and gladly provided explanations for the why and how of things. We are picky...very picky individuals. We feel very strongly that we got enormous value for our money. The
team provided a well engineered, highly detailed, sophisticated platform that we expect to use and enjoy for many years to come. Our project has been completed...on time, within budget and to our complete satisfaction. And...we're very picky people. Would we hire this firm again...in a heartbeat!

-Sandra 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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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 Janesville

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salvaged a project after we started off using the wrong contractor. He worked around any initial problems and created a quality product we have enjoyed quite a bit already. More than the work, though, we were very impressed with his professionalism, creativity and attention to detail. He would communicate his ideas and they were the right ones and he stayed on task and finished in a timely manner. We look forward to using him on our basement when the time comes to redo that.
- Matt S.
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Once again,
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delivered! I cannot begin to express how happy we are! From owners Butch and
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and his crew down, to their subcontractors.....RSB delivered in every aspect. Easy to work with, RSB listened to our needs and requirements for this build, came up with plans that exceeded those needs, and and went beyond in executing those plans. Changes were made during the build and we were amazed at how easily RSB accepted the changes and made them happen for us. RSB is all about pleasing the client and you don't find that philosophy to easily these days. It was a pleasure having RSB in our home. We cannot thank Butch,
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and the rest of RSB for making this a painless process. We highly recommend you!
- Carol L.
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They came to check my back porch roof, because it was leaking, and after check it they determine that the previous roofer used the wrong material, so we decidede to replace to replace the roof, since then i have nnot have a problem.
- edgar M.
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I was exceptionally pleased with the work done by
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and his staff. Pat kept me informed of the progress and followed up to make sure I was pleased with the work performed. Everything was picked up and the area cleaned. My concern was the metal/glass enclosure would not fit back property, but it looks seamless as if never removed.
- Ruthie O.
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applied too much pressure to the boards when stripping the original stain off and the entire deck has now been dug into and is uneven and scuffed all across, and there are also parts of the deck where he didn't remove the old stain. As a result, I now have a deck that is in horrible condition. I was home during all of the process and at certain times I went out to inquire if he was using too much pressure to remove the stain and he assured me that he had being doing this for 20 years and that my deck would look great when he was done. I am appalled at the condition of my deck and have attempted to discuss it with him however rather than taking responsibility for the damage he insists that I am the one that caused the damage and he did his best to fix my mistake. I left him a voicemail stating that I had a few other people came take a look and they all agreed that it was an unsatisfactory job and needed to be rectified. He claims to have come to my home to talk with me but insists I wasn't home, even though I was there all day. He decided to leave a note in my mailbox saying the deck was in horrible condition prior and I was the one who caused the damage to my deck, and that he did what he could and it happens all the time. After receiving the letter in my mailbox I called him again and asked him to bring another person from his company out to take a look at the deck because I wanted to work with them to try and find a solution together to fix the deck. He informed me that he was there was no one else, I'm a one man shop. After discussion he did bring another gentleman out to my home who seemed very professional and did say that the deck was in poor condition and explained that cedar was a soft wood and very hard to work with. They offered to sand my deck down that day and attempt to fix it but they also weren't sure if it was going to work and wanted to test a few spots first. I told them that I would like to get a few other deck builders to survey the damage and to find out what the proper process would be to fix the damage to the deck.
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was unwilling to do this and proceeded to again tell me that I am the one that caused the damage to my deck and that it the last communication I have had with him.
- Jeffrey G.
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Professional and courteous staff, that did the job in a timely and competent manner. Currently everything looks great, and we are excited to see how their foam product holds up over the years.
- SAMANTHA B.
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Great outcome. Provider very knowledgable, professional and performed a very clean job. Always on time and letting us know every step along the way. Our Attic looks ever better then we were expecting. Great Price and a very easy to work with. I will certainly do business with
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again once we ready to work on our basement or to remodel our kitchen
- Alexsandro G.
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After calling/soliciting to 12 local builders about my deck project ( only 2 of which gave me a half-hearty response ), I went to
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Lumber (15 Mile & Gratiot) and asked them for short-list of builders they could refer me to ... and they said, all you need is 1 number (
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@
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) and they were right.
I called
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and 2 days later he was on-site reviewing my design. He gave me a price ( for labor only ) on all 4 decks which connect into 1 large wrap-around deck. Initially, I thought his price was a lot higher then I wanted to pay. However in listening to
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describe the intricate details of how he was going to go about my deck (down to the very specific/minute details needed for composite construction) I could tell that he knew EXACTLY what he has doing. With that said, I "opened" an account at
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Lumber and gave
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access to order all of the material as he needed (ie. 1st release/treated lumber, 2nd release/deck boards, 3rd release/railing system, etc). My job consisted of a 2-man crew who showed up everyday for 18-days straight (arriving at 7AM and leaving at 3PM). As the job progressed, I began to fully appreciate
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's price once I saw all of the intricate details that made my deck look very rich (ie. double picture frame border, built in benches, seamless transitions between fascia boards, etc ). Also, all throughout my project,
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was very prompt in replying to any question/comment I had (which was very important especially as the project took-off).
In conclusion, I would HIGHLY recommend
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and his company for any deck project. However, where I think he really excels are those projects with high difficulty and demands of rich definition (ie. multi-level decks, composite decks w/multiple colors, accent lighting, etc.)

- Jae S.

Deck Builders in Janesville, WI

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5 Alarm Home Improvements

W3566 Vannoy Dr
Whitewater

Ace Building Maintenance

117 Park Place
Delavan

Adams Remodeling

2356 N Shore Dr
Delavan

advanced painting

1864 Greenview Drive
Beloit

All Exteriors Plus

824 S FREMONT ST
Janesville

Anderson CO LLC

4106 N Juniper Dr
Janesville

B G RENOVATIONS

1512 st. Lawrence ave
Beloit

Benson Stone Co

1100 Eleventh St

Bradley Construction

1426 Starling ln
Janesville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Champion Window of Madison

5321 Voges Rd
Madison

Champion Window of Milwaukee

12100 W Wirth Street
Wauwatosa

Chuck Emery Construction

N3406 Lundt Rd
Sullivan

CLARK CONSTRUCTION

121 HANOVER STREET
Janesville

Clear Choice USA Windows

W8194 Thompson Rd
Poynette

Crimson Valley Landscape

1541 Westmoreland Ave

Custom Components & Buildings, Inc.

3002 Spaulding Ave
Janesville

DAN ARGUS

N6032 S FARMINGTON RD
Helenville

Dave & Bob's Total Home Improvements

8003 E County Rd MM
Janesville

Dutch Construction, LLC

W7357 Island Rd.
Delavan

DW Construction

Whitewater

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Fix-It Zone

N311 Old Highway 26
Fort Atkinson

Hardyman Exteriors LLC

815 8th St.
Monroe

Harter Construction, Inc

W6383 Hackbarth Rd
Fort Atkinson

Iron Fox Construction

250 Garden Lane #BW

JC BUILDERS INC

P.O. Box 1038
Janesville

K & N Services

9920 W St Rd 213
Beloit

KOI, Inc.

1835 Garfield Avenue
Beloit

Kool View Co.

4705 TRIANGLE ST
Mc Farland

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Le Roux Construction LLC.

133 Devils Ln
Walworth

Lindquist Remodeling LLC

1045 Bouchard Ave.

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Marling Lumber Co

634 S River St
Janesville

ME Contracting

703 Sutter Ave
Delavan

MH Renovations LLC

283 Robins Run
Burlington

Nature's Touch Garden Center

5013 Hwy 11 W
Janesville

OLF Home Improvement

6219 S US Hwy 51
Janesville

PAULSON REMODELING, LLC.

1218 Eaton Ave.
Beloit

Pichler Painting Corp

W 140 N 5963 Lily Rd,
Afton

Prairie Craftsmen Inc

839 Harding St
Janesville

Raindance Remodeling

646 College St
Milton

Riverside Remodeling LLC

W5519 Franke Ln
Johnson Creek

Rock County Fence & Deck

1220 McKinley Ave
Beloit

Rock River Handyman Service

210 s. wilson ave.

ROCK RIVER HOME REPAIR

525 CENTER AVE
Janesville

RSK CONSTRUCTION LLC

W5440 Elkhorn Dr
Elkhorn

S & R CUSTOM HOMES

5518 KILBURN AVE

SCHOONOVER BUILDERS

1025 MERRILL ST
Beloit

Schroeder's Enterprises

4844 N Connor Rd
Janesville

ShingleTime Exteriors Inc

1029 River St.
Belleville

SOCKNESS BUILDER INC

133 1ST ST
Milton

Stone Leaf Remodeling

PO Box 113
Fontana

Sunset Ridge Exteriors

4123 Terminal Dr
Mcfarland

Superior Concrete Service LLC

N8501 River Rd
Watertown

T Moore Construction

5362 Painted Pony Ln

T&D Builders

2000 Milton Ave
Janesville

TABCO Roofing and Siding, LLC

2032 Forest Ave
Beloit

Thiele Enterprises

2131 N Burdick Rd
Janesville

Timber Ridge Home Maintenance

768 S Main St
Janesville

Timberland Builders

1129 Center Avenue
Janesville

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