New deck gets mold weeks after being built

New deck gets mold weeks after being built

Fungus in the finish

COMPLAINT: Patricia Antoine, Parkland, Fla.

"I hired Creative Reconstruction Contracting Corp. to build a new deck on my patio. The deck was built well, but the finish leaves a lot to be desired. Within two weeks, mold and fungus appeared on the deck. A bleach was applied. The color of the deck changed and the mold came back."

DESIRED RESOLUTION: "I'd like a $1,000 refund."

STATUS: Penalty Box

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Tom Bartlett


the deck builder has no control over how quickly mold, which is a type of fungus will grow on any surface. that is a function of moisture, shade and how long the moisture stays on the surface. The customer lives in a tropical/sub-tropical climate. Mold will grow. The customer should have tested a small portion of the deck with the bleach before applying it to the whole deck. This is not the fault of the deck builder at all. Who to blame? Blame the mold and the climate they live in.

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