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"Restored roof damage, interior damage including large structural beam.
was amazing to work with. He was honest, fair and prompt.
" 's team did excellent work restoring unexpected tree damage that was fairly significant.
went out of his way to locate an "heirloom" structural beam of similar vintage to the 1955 modern home. The replacement beam was the crown-jewel of the project, as anything less than a beam that perfectly matched the house would have ruined the restoration. I unreservedly recommend
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-Michael S.

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"Everything went fairly well. The install of the riprap only took about a week. The only problem was that it had rained the night before and there was pretty extensive" damage done to the lawn. It ended up costing approximately $4000 in new sod to repair. It probably should have been put off another week. When I asked about them about repairing the lawn they referred me to a landscape company. They told me that it is part of the business. Overall I am satisfied with the riprap they installed. They even replaced some of the dock that was damaged.

-Barry B.

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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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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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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 Dover

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They built a great deck for my home and they showed up on time all the time. The deck turned out great for my family to enjoy in the coming summer! Everyone loves it so much.
- TAO Z.
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He came out and did not finish the work, stopped the process in the middle of the job. He is someone to stay away from, he does not have the credintials to be working. He is not to be trusted.
- Lin F.
A

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Terrific job. Without a doubt would work with them again. The craftsmenship was excellent. Communications was the best I ever experienced. I never had to wonder what was going to happen next.
Dover Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
kept me up to date on each phase of the project. Built the deck in a single day, crew was right size to handle the job I needed. When the job was completed the employees of
Dover Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
cleaned up every last scrap of material, leaving everything to look the way it did before the project.
- John S.
A

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The job was flawless, it was great! The price was good and fair, they cleaned up nicely afterwards, and always showed up on time. All in all, no problems.
- Jeanine S.
A

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I was a wonderful experience and they were great. We had some water problems and he worked with the township and he did whatever they said. They wanted a filter put on the deck and he told them that it wouldn't be necessary. He got it to what would work for us. It only a slight cost more. He did a beautiful job on the deck. He started it and finished it when he said he would. He worked straight through until it was done. He put what was required underneath the deck. He saw to it that it passed.
- Susan B.
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They did come out and give an estimate and they were very nice, but we had scheduling issues with them. We initially tried to get the work scheduled, and thought that we did. However, it seems that our scheduling was bumped for a larger job. We contacted Angie's List for a refund.
- Tammy Marie H.
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I thought when we signed up with Angie's list they would be weeding out the contractors who are not professional.
Dover Deck Builders Provider Name Locked
came over and looked at two different projects that we need done in our home. One to be completed ASAP (cash in hand now) and the other in the fall. He seemed very nice and knowledgeable on the tasks at hand. When he left he informed us that it might be as late as the next week before he would be able to get a bid to us.....well, it has been 3 weeks and I have not even received a courtesy call. If you don't want the business, the job, or don't have the time, you should still return a call. I am very disappointed in the professionalism of some of the businesses that Angie's list allows on their website.
- Douglas A.
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was very prompt, responsive, and professional. He scheduled a date and time to come out and measure for a new patio and covered patio for our backyard along with a sidewalk and small area for garbage cans. He arrived on time and called to let me know he was on schedule. He provided a thorough bid within 2 weeks of the visit. We ultimately decided to go with another vendor but not due to pricing. His pricing was right in line with other bids. The other vendor we chose could roll in some hardscape work and provided better visual representation of the work we wanted done so we went with them. I would recommend them and would definitely have them bid on future projects.
- Connie R.

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A J LONG ROOFING

PO BOX 1555

A J Wood Construction Inc

337 Haverhill Rd
Chester

A. Bennett Contracting

89 Shirley Hill Rd
Manchester

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Derry

ACT Construction

116 Old Pittsfield Rd
Northwood

Adaptations Unlimited

25 Fox Run Rd
Portsmouth

AFFORDABLE BUILDING & REMODEL

144 WENTWORTH RD
Sanbornville

Agri Construction

17 Emerson Dr.
Derry

AHR Builders

4 Smith Well Rd
Dover

Barrington HVAC Supply NH

PO Box 324
Barrington

Beechwood Builders Inc

ROUTE 101 BOX 172 UNIT 25
Bedford

Bill Stone Carpentry,LLC

Franklin pierce highway
Barrington

BRANDT STRUCTURES

PO BOX 2704
Dover

Brian Smith Door Co

174 Grant Rd
Newmarket

Brouillette Building & Remodeling LLC

1512 COLUMBIA CIR
Merrimack

Bruce Ferland Construction

10 Bunker Lane
Madbury

C & H Construction Inc

19 Hillside Ave
Derry

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Caldwell Fine Carpentry LLC

19 Bartlett St.
Epping

Cantu Reconstruction

Post Office Box 336
Epping

CertaPro Painters of the Seacoast

694 Portsmouth Ave
Greenland

Charles C Hugo Landscape Design

3 Front St
Rollinsford

Chevalier Carpentry

20 Circuit Drive
Kingston

Cillo Brothers Construction

14 Rustic Ln
New Boston

Cinderella Painting & Maintenance Inc

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Nashua

Community House Calls

238 Jennifer Dr
Chester

Contractor Jack

13 Curries Way
Brookfield

COOLIDGE CONSTRUCTION

45 BASILS PL
Dover

Cooper Homes LLC

84 West Broadway
Derry

Custom Design Carpentry

176 Fordwy Ext
Derry

Danusis Construction

27 Mockingbird Lane
Newmarket

dave and louanns homeimprovements

217 CHESTER RD
Fremont

Derek Cook Construction Inc

62 Hickory St
Manchester

Dillon Homes

PO Box 91
East Candia

Don's Home Improvement

15 Snow Street
Rochester

DreamMakeovers

89 Danbury Woods Rd
Danbury

Dube - Plus Construction Co Inc

10 Bricketts Mill Rd
Hampstead

E.C. Shurtleff Construction LLC

1068 Province Road
Strafford

Ed Brown Home Improvements

13 Fitch Rd
Madbury

Ellis Contracting

PO Box 583
Seabrook

Evergreen Builders

2 Evergreen Dr

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Forsythe Carpentry

2 south rd
East Kingston

Garon-Teed Roofing

251 Joliette St
Manchester

George LaBonte Contractor

16 Summer St.
Tilton

George P. Hureau Builder LLC

7 Island Rd
Raymond

Gpconstruction

Tallant Rd
Merrimack

GRAYSTONE BUILDERS-NH

38 Beechwood Drive
Strafford

Green Valley Woodcraft

37 North Shore Road
Chester

HOME INNOVATIONS

MAPLE DRIVE
Greenland

Homescapes of New England

PO Box 52
Nottingham

Hubbard Carpentry

2492 Mendota Rd

i know jack

12 richmond street
Dover

In-Laws Construction, LLC

298 Chester Tpke
Candia

Independence Exteriors

po box 146
Center Barnstead

Iron Mt. Forge & Renovation LLC

188 Winnacunnet Rd.
Hampton

Iverson Properties LLC.

24 Old Manchester St
Raymond

J & W CONTRACTING

1A Dunreath St

J M Stanton Contracting LLC

94 New Boston Rd
Kingston

Jameson Property Maintenance

7 Chase Lane
Stratham

JAYRON

100 IRON HORSE PARK

JNR GUTTERS INC

38 LANCASTER ST

Joe Copp Painting

14B Crescent St
Derry

John Andrews Construction LLC

257 Dickey Hill Rd.
Hillsborough

Jungle Jim's

2100 Dover Rd
Epsom

Justin Corrow Carpentry

22 Nute Rd
Madbury

K & J CONSTRUCTION

21 GLENWOOD AVE
Dover

KrenzerCarpentry.com

14 Lincoln Dr
Nottingham

Ktm Properties LLC

25 Spaulding Rd
Fremont

L & M CONSTRUCTION INC

21 Blueberry Cir.
Hampstead

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

LORIDAN CONSTRUCTION

3 SAWYER RD
Lee

M.J.F. Builders, LLC

28 Back River Road
Dover

M2 - Measure Twice, LLC

PO Box 56
Londonderry

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Madwater Construction & Maintenance

58 Firefly Ln.
Barrington

Magee Home Improvement

22 Stevens Lane
Candia

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

MD Fence

201 Walton rd
Seabrook

MICHAEL MAYO CONSTRUCTION

28 LAFAYETTE ST
Rochester

Michael Ulaskiewicz

15 Nicholas Cir
Dover

MIDDLETON BUILDING SUPPLY

58 OLD ROCHESTER RD
Dover

Morgan Exteriors, LLC

78 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett

munn foofing & remolding

rt 16
Center Conway

noland building

1292 foxes ridge rd

NORTON CONSTRUCTION LLC.

P.O. Box 1632
Derry

O'Neill Builders LLC

31 Baker St
Dover

Outside In Construction

PO Box 1301
Alton

Peace of Mind Home Improvements

15 Chasebrook Cir
Litchfield

Percival Remodeling LLC.

5 Randy Ln
Raymond

PIC Home Pros

2 Chester Rd
Derry

PittPro Home Improvement

8 Silvio Dr.
Exeter

POST WOODWORKING INC

163 KINGSTON RD
Danville

Professional Building Services

9 Olde Woode Road
Salem

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr
Pelham

R C Gilbert, Builder

16 Chrissy Circle
Barrington

R C Gilbert, Builder

16 Chrissy Circle
Barrington

RAFTERY & SONS CONSTRUCTION LLC

19 Strafford Rd
Dover

RDS Enterprises

14b depot street
Somersworth

Real Deal Builders

2 Sweet Briar Ln.
Rochester

Skovic Construction

Washington st
Dover

SPRING ALL YEAR PAINTING

425 OCEAN RD
Portsmouth

Team Handyman LLC

4 Birch Rd
Newton

Tri-State Window & Siding Co Inc

PO Box 1028
Londonderry

True North Contracting LLC

30 Old Dover Rd
Rochester

Vincent Rousseau Carpentry

13 Smith Corner Road
Plaistow

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Wagner Home Renovation

66 York Woods Road

WMC Roofing

po box 22
North Hampton

Xtreme Woodworks

21 River Lane / PO Box 89
Freedom

Yaratz Construction

PO Box 333
Plaistow

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