Isn’t this deck only 4 1/2 months old???
So first, the guy talks to me about how great his company is, etc etc… I checked his references – and we had a good overall beginning with him. We even chatted about me working for him in the Social Media area.
I paid him half and made sure I had my receipt.
But then a totally new guy shows up. All by himself. To build the deck alone! The guy I hired was a ‘Middle-Man’. He simply hired someone else at a lower price to do the work.
Firstly we had the impression that our deck would have had 4×4’s in the corners – for safety reasons? But… we let it fly, because he didn’t actually spell it out that he was going to do that. Even though – it’s kind of the right/normal thing to do.
Then: As I was sitting in my chair watching the guy finish up the deck: I saw that a dark area – it looked like a space between the two pieces of wood. I went out to ask him about it: and then saw that it was in fact more of a dark spot on the wood – and not a space. ‘oh.. whew, ok!’.
When he left though – I noticed that he had put some caulking in there. *cream colored.*
Yeah… Now it’s cracking – and looks terrible.
The contractor didn’t have time to stop by to chat about the deck – and literally showed up only for the inspection, got his paper signed, and then left – with his money. At this point my only concern was the caulking and the 4x4s – but nothing we figured that would make us not pay him.
Then – when we were getting our new fencing in, we were also getting quotes for the gate on our deck. *ALL* of the contractors commented about our unsteady stairs. They really do make noises and cracks as you’re walking up them. That just made us even more concerned.
Yep – It’s exactly as it looks. Not only is the whole thing crooked – The railing is SUPER not-sturdy also. The whole thing shakes. I’ve especially noticed it this week as I’ve had to do those stairs a few times while hopping one-footed (with my sprained ankle).
Not even that – but the whole corner thing too – none of them line up. They’re all different heights and widths and angles.
You wouldn’t think there really could be much more – but even the weak posts that are keeping my children from falling off the 2nd story deck are bending. Pretty sure some of these widths wouldn’t pass inspection – as they left ZERO room for error.
What do you all think of this?? Should I demand they re-do my deck? a refund? or are they only responsible for changing out the broken pieces?
Or – am I just screwed?
But – I loved the guy that did my fence. I wish I had the money to hire him to fix my deck. He quoted me what this deck would have cost if he made it… and there was a $450 difference… and he would have used cedar. *KickingMyself* Happy to give referrals!
P.S. I will *always* be asking from now on WHO is doing the work. I want to speak with THATguy – and his clients.