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"The job went very well.
and my husband worked well together on the design.
also gave us great advice regarding" a previous design that we had for the deck. He was upfront about why the design wouldn't work well. He advised us on the best material to use for the deck; we went with an azek material that looks more natural than regular composite.
was right about that. He has tons of industry experience.
definitely worked with us to make sure that the deck and patio matched the overall them and colors of our home, very modern.
's crew was hardworking and punctual. I was also pleasantly surprised that
finished the deck ahead of schedule and we were able to celebrate the 4th of
on the new deck. My deck is beautiful and I've gotten many compliments.
made the entire process easy by obtaining all approvals, etc. We would definitely recommend
and his team to other or use him again ourselves.

-GINA G.

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"Very smooth an professional operation. Complete knowledge of work requested. Most courteous & polite workers, they were delightful and sometimes humorous as" well as did a great job, I'm very satisfied. I'm going to call on them again for treatment of the wood of my new porch.

-Barbara W.

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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 Bardstown

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was very knowledgeable and very professional throughout the process. He and his crew did a great job with the demolition of our old deck and installation of our new deck. The deck came out great and the experience was positive - no headaches, no
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costs and no nonsense which was a breath of fresh air. The job was done timely and done the right way. I would not hesitate to use again.
- Sherrie A.
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We worked with
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regarding design ideas and our vision of what the deck could be. He provided a detail drawing and used quality materials.
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kept in contact with us throughout the process, he is very professional and detail oriented which shows.
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removed the rails, stairs and decking. His ideas and suggestions really make the final result terrific. We have worked with
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on a couple projects and are very happy with the finished product and will contact him for our next one, a bathroom.
- Tony C.
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I got a few bids and
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was both the cheapest and had the best reviews on Angie's List.
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came by to discuss what we were looking for. He had lots of great input and we ended up changing our plans quite a bit, which in the end was definitely the best decision (size and layout of deck, routering wood, handrail design, location of steps, height and size of
Bardstown Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
, etc). I was interested in using a Trex type material so he brought samples and gave me the difference in price. Even though he would have made more money with Trex, he talked me out of it since it wouldn't get the "bang for the buck" and would also have concerns of getting too hot to the touch in direct sunlight.
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gave me a bid right on the spot, which was really great. I ended up going with a
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with a polycarbonate semi-transparent cover, which he had lots of experience with and recommended. He had a ton of pictures on his IPad of similar jobs which helped pick the right design. Since we were having the house painted right before building the deck,
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sent his guys over to the house to demo the existing deck 2 weeks before building the new deck. This was extremely helpful so that rotten boards could be replaced and so we wouldn't get paint on our new deck. He offered this up at no charge and in fact wouldn't take an early payment even at my offering. When it came time to build the deck they had a slow start due to some of his crew being out sick, car problems, etc. So by the third day
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himself is in my backyard, tools in hand, getting the job done. As the owner and manager of the company, this is not typical. I was really impressed and grateful that he cared to keep us happy and not miss his commitment on schedule. In the end the job was done on budget, on time, and looks great. I can't say enough good things about
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and highly recommend them!


- Zachary D.
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We thought we were getting a good price. After speaking with other professionals the price was about right. They ended up subcontracting and although the first guy did an awesome job the first three times of working, he did not finish the job and NC Exteriors ended up subcontracting someone else. Those guys were sloppy and when finished. They didn't let us know. Some screens were not put back on the windows. We inspected their work ourselves. The windows were not caulked completely in the outside, but inside they were so much so that we had a hard time opening them and some were sealed completely and can not be opened. They left a mess of material, some we disposed of ourselves, the rest is still here. The didn't finish one window upstairs. After several calls, the've yet to send someone over or even call back. Will not recommend them.
- Diana B.
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From the time I contacted MrPorch, until the time that the finished product was delivered, I was very pleased. A quick turnaround and effortless process. I will use them for sure again.
- John L.
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The driveway and side walk look very good. 3-4 people asked who did our driveway and asked for their contact information when they walked by. They did it within the time span they stated. They did a good job with hauling away the old driveway material and cleaning up the debris.
- Jim P.
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Owner visited us to show all our options, quoted a price, took a deposit, and set a schedule. The schedule was met and the finished product is a beautiful addition to our home. It has added value and functionality. Everyone who visits us loves it.
- Raoul and Priscilla R.
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Great company!
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is one of the hardest working guys out there. He takes pride in his work, is honest, trustworthy and reliable. I would recommend them in a heartbeat! I will be having
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do any and all work I need on my home in the future.
- Chelsea H.

Deck Builders in Bardstown, KY

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A and S Contractors, LLC

333701 E.890 Rd.

A Assurance Construction Co

3937 Central Ave
Louisville

A Custom Roof & Spouting

1816 Montgomery Ave.

A-1 Bob the Builder & Sons

2301 Magazine Street
Louisville

A-1 COSTELLO CONSTRUCTION

9605 BRITANNIA CT
Louisville

Acclaim Contracting LLC

14000 Spring Forest Ct
Louisville

Accuret

4021#2

Ace's Decks and Carpentry

1301 Lakewood Drive
La Grange

AD General Contracting LLC

P.O. Box 379
Mount Washington

Adex Construction

4735 Poplar Level Rd
Louisville

Affordable Concrete & Log Cabins

4812 Kingfisher Way
Louisville

Albrecht Painting

3223 Ruckriegel Pkwy
Louisville

All American Construction

163 Pagoda Ct
Shepherdsville

American Louvered Roof Systems

12123 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville

asg construction

6600 outer loop

Atlas Siding & Window Co

8012 National Tpke
Louisville

Beth's Painting Interior and Exterior

136 Beechtree Lane
Mount Washington

Big Oak Contracting

2113 Wrocklage Ave
Louisville

Bluegrass Pavers

604 Fountain Ave
Louisville

Bone Dry Roofing & Masonry - Louisville

8130 New LaGrange Rd.
Louisville

Bradley Homes Incorporated

317 Longview Park Pl
Louisville

Bryant Enterprises of KY, LLC

13106 Trump Ave
Louisville

Bryant Enterprises of KY, LLC

9405 Dawson Hill Rd
Louisville

C and J Woodworks

7209 Madison Dr.

C&R Painting & Home Improvement

650 W. Peaceful Ct.
Shepherdsville

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cardinal Curbing

524 Pin Oak Dr
Taylorsville

Champion Window of Louisville

4203 Bunton Ct
Louisville

ck construction services

708 west woodlawn

CKlemme Design

PO Box 55042

Clasen Design Build LLC

589 Garden Dr
Louisville

Coffey's Home Improvement

2089 Wilson Creek Rd
Boston

Cole's Exteriors LLC.

760 Cooper Ln.
Mt. Eden

color world painting

962 sunset world
Vine Grove

COMFORT MASTER HOME IMPROVEMENT

2706 Hikes Ln
Louisville

Coogle's Interiors

10000 Dixie hwy
Louisville

Craftsmen Contractors

120 Kentucky Ave
Lexington

Crume Installations

121 Green Meadow Ct.
Bardstown

Custom Woodcrafters

906 Reed Lane
Simpsonville

Deck Concepts

Louisville

Diegos Landscaping and Masonry

4203 Nachand Ln
Louisville

Distinctive Design Remodeling

1050 Enterprise Dr
Lexington

Donn's Decks

1608 Rhode Ct
La Grange

Duramax Roofing & Construction Inc

8415 Southern Springs Dr

Eclipse Roofing & Restoration

11540 Blankenbaker Access Dr
Louisville

EMERGENCY RESTORATION & CONTRACTING

5900 POPLAR LEVEL RD
Louisville

EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION

1103 TUCKER STATION RD
Louisville

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Finch's Roofing

6700 Green Meadow Ct.
Louisville

FITZSIMMONS AWNINGS

206 CLOVER LN
Louisville

Fresh Colors Painting

10819 Sun Ridge Rd
Goshen

Full Spectrum Construction Inc

12507 Brightfield Dr
Louisville

Funspace Direct KY

163 Old Todds Rd
Lexington

G/M Roofing & Home Exteriors

4602 Bittersweet Rd
Louisville

Gibson Custom Homes Inc

401 Locust Creek Blvd
Louisville

Gonzalez At Your Service

4206 Angel Ter
Louisville

GRB Design

1909 Production Drive

Greenforce Roofing and Restoration

7312 Glen Arbor Road
Louisville

Gutterstuff Of Kentuckanna

7819 B Andrews Church Rd
Louisville

Handy Helpers

349 Arlington

Handyman Andy, LLC

4409 Green Pine Drive
Louisville

HGC llc

1604 Lake Shore circle
Crestwood

Home Design Expo Inc.

455 South 4th Street
Louisville

Home Run Improvement

7905 Sunbury Ln
Louisville

Hunt Remodeling

1219 Sandstone Dr

Indiana United LLC

210 Robin Lynn Dr

Inside Out Design, LLC

100 Old Georgetown Road
Frankfort

Integrity Home Improvement & Repair

10319 Watterson Trail
Louisville

J & R Construction Services Inc

633 West Main Street
Lexington

J Christopher Construction

8207 Paddington Dr.
Louisville

J&K Custom Painting

550 mobley mill rd

JC Mohr construction

738 peaceful way
Shepherdsville

Jim Reynolds Asphalt Sealcoating LLC

1253 S Floyd St
Louisville

JM TRIM & CONSTRUCTION

2617 LANGDON DR
Louisville

JOE JAMES CONSTRUCTION CO INC

4605 ILLINOIS AVE
Louisville

K & P Roofing Siding & Home Improvement

914 N English Station Rd
Louisville

K.T.'s Painting

7131 Bronner Circle
Louisville

KBC Kelley Building Company

200 Big Run Rd.
Lexington

Klempner Design and Construction LLC.

1629 Sutherland Dr
Louisville

Knight Home Improvement

111 Eastview Drive
Taylorsville

Koppel Services

132 Outer Loop
Louisville

Lake Forest Living

4535 Biles Ct.
Louisville

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Logan's Renovations

949 big springs

Louisville Handyman Inc

13000 Middletown Industrial Blvd
Louisville

Louisville Home Improvement

PO Box 99162
Louisville

LOWES

1350 VETERANS PKWY

LUCKETT HOME IMPROVEMENT

3621 Powell Ave
Louisville

M&M

Taylorsville

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Masker and Despain Custom Trim and Remodel

1611 Hunnington Place
Louisville

Masonry Additions

215 S. Indiana Ave.

Matrix Construction LLC

1215 Manitau Ave
Louisville

Messer's Pressure Washing

1112 Foxfire Rd.
Bardstown

Metro City Complete Construction Co.

4604 Samara Dr.
Louisville

Miller Remodeling & Painting

PO Box 243
Stanford

Missi Construction

P.O. Box 968
Prospect

Neyer Elite Carpentry Inc.

8304 Pennsylvania Run Rd
Louisville

Nu Wood

PO Box 99558
Louisville

NV Home Remodeling LLC

5119 Invicta Dr

OPC Services

Servicing Louisville, Indianapolis, Lexington, and

Osbourne General Contracting Inc

850 Woodland Hills Dr
Taylorsville

Paradigm Concrete Design

14115 Hickory Hills Trl
Louisville

Paramount Homes Inc

7118 Orchard Lake Blvd
Louisville

Pathway Professional Home Improvements

150 N. Sunshine Dr.
Shepherdsville

Patio Enclosures by Great Day Improvements

2221 Plantside Drive
Louisville

PAVER WORKS

663 BEECH GROVE RD
Shepherdsville

Plush Painting LLC.

919 Cherokee Rd
Louisville

POWER-TECH PRESSURE CLEANING

9505 YELLOW PINE CT
Louisville

Precise Remodeling

4736 Rockford Plaza
Louisville

Profinish Remodeling

434 Somerset Ct
Owensboro

Quality Built Pergolas

801 Carpenters Crossing, Suite 8

r.j,s interior trim and remodeling

6621 bethany ln
Louisville

REAL Painting LLC

20 Cardinal Rd.
Leitchfield

Renfro Concrete Construction

1308 Fairdale Rd
Fairdale

RGV Contracting

8144 S State Rte 48

Riley Home Improvement

3400 Burkland Blvd
Shepherdsville

River City Fence Corp.

2202 Deercross Dr
Louisville

RMR SERVICES, LLC

500 Willowbrook Drive
Fisherville

Rock Solid Home Services

124 Federal Place
Bardstown

Scott's Home Improvements

123 E. Oak St.
Lebanon Junction

Scotts Cleaning Solutions, LLC

455 S 4th St
Louisville

Scotts Handyman Service

4811 Palma Rd
Louisville

SCREENS OF KENTUCKY, LLC

BEALS BRANCH DR
Louisville

Services 4 U, Inc.

8206 hwy 44 east
Mount Washington

Shed-I-Master Sheds

6504 Wiehe Rd.

Shelburne Contracting

2741 Brashears Creek Rd
Taylorsville

Simply Wright

4204 Edgin Ave
Louisville

SK Construction

9226 Vevey Rd.
Louisville

SPC Home Improvement

7640 HWY 135 NE

St Matthews Fence & Deck Company

3935 Kennison Ct
Louisville

Stealth Foundation

1020 Marcie Ln

Steele Blades Lawn & Landscape Services

7413 CRABTREE DR
Louisville

sturgill home improvements

3850 murrays run rd
Coxs Creek

TJ'S maintenance

4578 buds rd

TLC Construction

13 Mockingbird dr
Taylorsville

Unlimited Landscapes Inc

502 N English Station Rd
Louisville

USA HOME IMPROVEMENT

5374 Durfee Ave

Veteran Power Wash LLC

PO Box 6252
Louisville

Vincent Abell Contracting Inc

4902 Meadow Creek Ct.
Crestwood

Wheatley Home Improvement

902 Ulrich Ave
Louisville

Wilder Contracting

3235 running deer cir.
Louisville

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