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The deck is Pressute Treated framing with Trex accents (saddle color) with reinforced PVC railings with 12 Watt lights on each post cap.
We contracted a company, Deck Tech, www.decktechusa.com back in April to build our deck. We met with the contractor, formulated a deck design, and drew up a contract. At that time, he gave us a start date of August 15th. When we built our house I got very used to contractors not showing up when they said they would, so I figured there was no chance this company would keep the schedule they set 4 MONTHS in advance. We gave them a deposit, and waited. There was some communication via. phone and e-mails as to the specifics of Trex color, and lighting, but that was it.
I came home the evening of August 15th to find footer holes dug and a message on my machine stating that they started the deck building process, and while digging the footer holes they hit rock (which we knew would happen and made him aware of at the time). He stated on the machine that they would be back the next day to complete the footers. They were in fact done the next day as stated. The crew showed up every day thereafter at 8 am, missing only one day (which I was made aware of via phone the day before). One day it was raining (rather steadily) and they were here working.
The workers were friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, polite, and very respectful of our property. The contract stated that they would clean up the jobsite when they were done (something I have seen in other contracts, but was rarely completed well). When the deck was completed, you would have had NO idea the workers were there. The jobsite was cleaned up better than I would ever have imagined.
There are still two lights that need to be installed (they are on backorder and will probably be here Monday) but the quality of the workmanship is outstanding. They even withheld final payment until the lights were completed and the electrician hooks them up (which is only right, but again odd for a contractor, in my experiences). The deck is rock solid and I feel will give us decades of enjoyment. I think it looks like it was always there, though the house is 5 years old. While this contractor does advertise, we hired him on word of mouth. I was told by the company that paved our driveway (who is a brother of a friend) that this company was good, and was the only deck builder for which he had heard no negative comments ever. I can now see why.
If you are looking to have a deck built, and are in the Southeastern PA area, I would strongly recommend Deck Tech. We are extremely happy with the service they provided to us.