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"The basement looks amazing. It was done quickly and to our specifications. These guys are great. They are honest, quick and very neat. We had a budget and they" made suggestions according to our budget.They were able to use a mix of new and old (reused) materials. Excellent work. I've also used them to repair a door frame and other touch ups like hanging hooks etc.

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"Marcio was extremely responsive throughout the entire process. His company was busy the first week after I called but we scheduled work a couple of weeks later and" they arrived on time with all of their equipment. The drywall work was superb after having some previous water damage and some drywall that was hacked away by
when they installed a new meter. The darker coats of paint look really nice after two coats. Highly recommended!

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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. 

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While you can apply for an after-the-fact permit yourself, you risk a LOT - i.e. if you do not dot the i's and cross the t's just like they want, they might deny it and issue a removal order for it - not at ALL what you want. And you may not be looking at just the building permit, but a Planning and Zoning review andpossibly other types of permits like wetlands permits as well.

 

I would talk to an architect or civil/structural engineering firm who ROUTINELY does permit applications and waiver work. In many jurisdictions, a retroactive permit requires an inspection by a structural engineer (for this type of structure) and sign-off on the design and installation before the city will accept an after the fact permit application, so that might be your best starting point.

 

Regardless of the outcome, be prepared to pay the regulatory fine for building without a permit. And of course, if it violates P&Z regs like being too close to a property line, then you will also need to apply for a waiver for those violations, plus maybe pay a fine for not having gotten prior approval. Of course, if in violation of a non-waiverable condition, like infringing on wetlands or in a designated floodway it might have to come out anyway, so having a professional review your situation FIRST before putting money into trying to get permits and approvals (with any fines) might tell you removal is the only likely result anyway.

Deck Cleaning reviews in Blacksburg

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The provider was knowledgeable on how to pressure wash a deck constructed with pressure treated wood that had no previous stain applied and what stain products to use for most durable results. The provider was punctual and noted all the landscaping and house walls that needed to be protected from the spray-applied stain. The provider knew he was restricted in which
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-voc stains he could use in our region, but did not understand that these restrictions were likely dictated by regulations to protect Chesapeake watershed.
We were not at home at the time of the work - 1 day of cleaning, several days to dry, and 1 day of stain application. We returned home each time to find the wood cleaning and stain application went well and the landscaping and house was protected as promised. At the end of the stain application, the upward facing surfaces of the deck were evenly coated and looked great. The undersides of the staircase and other posts which are visible from underneath had inconsistent application - some were covered in stain completely, some partially, some not at all - which was likely due to spray application. The deck lighting and driveway were not protected as well and had stain on the plastic surfaces (in the case of the lights) and in various places on the asphalt. We cleaned the drips on the lights, but the stain could not be lifted from the asphalt. The stain on the asphalt has not contributed to any long term issues with the driveway surface in the last 1.5 years.
Overall, this company did what we needed to have done at a fair price. The quote was right in the middle of the three we requested and we are likely to use this provider for a deck care needs in the future. With a little more attention to detail, finish and full protection to the entire ground area, and this company would rate all As.

- Caroline W.
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Arrived on time, was professional, neat and did exactly what he said he would do.. Performed duties exactly as advertised and for agreed on price. Took time to explain type of paint used and made useful suggestions on how to save money and what paint was best for each area painted. Completed job on time, kept me informed of progress and cleaned up areas after painting. I have received many positive compliments on how great the house looked inside and out after Empire painted my house.
- WILLIAM D.
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I've contacted them three times this week, I've left multiple messages. They have my deposit check and have cashed it and now I cannot get a hold of anyone to schedule the work.
- Ferran-Pichel G.
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This master contractor carpenter/designer is timely, efficient, reasonably priced, trustworthy, and above all, highly skilled. The built in cabinets look like high priced furniture. I live in an old
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where constant attention is required and projects always involve fitting and [removed] new with old. Master contractor allows us to restore the home at a reasonable cost.
- Andrew & Madeline M.
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They did an excellent job. They were very good. It was very reasonable. They did what they said they were going to do. They were on time and communicated well, and it looks good. This is the second time we used them. We didn’t put it out for bids last time. We did it the time before so we knew his price.
- Teresa S.
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They were professional and did a careful job. They came when they said they would come. The weather intervened but they handled that appropriately. They had to do some minor repairs but the charge for that was very reasonable.
- MARC F.
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came out to my house to stain the deck and it went great! There is not a drop of stain on any surface other then the deck, there are several areas that required a pro to make sure it did not get on my wall.
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showed up on time, was in and out within a few hours and did a great job. Cleaned up well and the stain is very consistent and the exact color that I wanted.
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is your man. Will definitely use him again!
- loren G.
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Everything went really well. They were punctual, reliable, and did a beautiful job in all respects. In fact, they did such a remarkable job that they're coming back to do some additional work in the near future.
- Chris L.

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84 Lumber - #1711

2501 W Main St
Salem

A&E Concrete

870 Hughes Rd.
Gladys

Appalachian Building Concepts

2237 Paris Mountain Rd
Elliston

AS IT STANDS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

6159 Jeters Chapel Rd
Vinton

B&M Contracting

po Box 193

Beck Builders Inc

1133 Forest Lawn Dr
Salem

Boothe Construction Co

2728 Dell Ave. N.E.
Roanoke

BT Home Improvements, LLC

P.O. Box 38
Shawsville

CCH Contracting Inc.

4670 Mountain Pride Road
Hiwassee

CCR Home Improvements

240 lucas street

CertaPro Painters of Roanoke

2716 Colonial Ave.
Roanoke

chips custom painting

5922 Pine St
Salem

Cole Painting

2154 Dominion dr. apt. 5a
Christiansburg

Colorworx

1718 marvin st se roanoke va
Roanoke

Creed Trim & Floor Finishing

5116 Wayside Dr
Shawsville

Davis West Painting LLC

4727 Cordell Dr
Roanoke

Decker's Painting

1053 Dove Hill Rd
Thaxton

Dowdy Home Innovations

Christiansburg

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Eye's & Lee's

2133 Kings Charles Ave SE
Roanoke

Friedman Home Improvement

109 Yorkshire Ct
Blacksburg

Hydroclean Pressure Washing

1119 14 th st se
Roanoke

J&J Home Improvement

CHRISTIANSBURG
Christiansburg

J.M. East Painting

1169 friendly dr
Penhook

JIMO

3844 Welcome Valley Rd
Roanoke

Joey Hodges Painting & Pressure Washing

333 Doe Run Rd
Rocky Mount

JP Plumbing Services

1012 Fentress St N.W.
Roanoke

kcsi construction

1838 Tuckahoe Dr
Riner

Keefer Building Services

Webster Rd
Glade Hill

Lawn Enforcement

3630 Kirk Hollow Rd
Shawsville

Looking Up Construction

280 Mulberry Dr
Christiansburg

M&R Residential

300 Union St
Salem

Magnolia Outdoor Living

3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

Masterpiece Landscape Contracting

823 Duke of Gloucester St.
Roanoke

Mike Fusco Builder

1201 S. Crescent Drive

Mitchells Building Co

2311 Colonial Ave
Roanoke

NRV Lawns & Landscaping, Inc.

360 Cheverly Rd
Christiansburg

Penn Forest Services

1114 Moorman Ave NW
Roanoke

Perfection Powerwashing

3808 Long Meadow
Roanoke

Perpetual Landscaping & Design

325 Crafts Ford Court
Wirtz

Pierce Siding & Window Co

1425 Mt Gordon Rd
Salem

Pitman Service Group (PSG)

404 Walnut Ave SE
Roanoke

SALEM PAINTING

PO Box 634
Salem

Solution Painting Inc

3813 Kendale Road
Annandale

Southern Comfort Construction Inc.

5207 Orchard Hill Dr.
Roanoke

Sparkle Wash of the Valley, Inc.

375 Craigs Mountain Rd
Christiansburg

STEVE CABANISS PAINTING

2553 Gravel Hill Rd
Vinton

Superior Painting

1726 Radford Rd
Christiansburg

Superior Roofing & Home Solutions

250 Fallen Acorn Trl
Blacksburg

Vinton Professional Painting

1848 Mountain Valley Rd
Vinton

WESTLAKE WASH

631 Greenhouse Rd
Glade Hill

WEV Construction

2335 Kellington Ct
Roanoke

WOOD CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING

4505 12 OCLOCK KNOB RD
Roanoke

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