Stump's installed a beautiful deck in six days, as per an agreed plan, according to my design, for the agreed price. They used quality materials and the workmanship was superior. I am very pleased with the result and recommend them to all. It took a while for me to recognize that I needed a company of the size and experience of Stump's. There was an existing deck attached to the house we had just purchased that was 10' by 19,' about five years old, all pressure treated pine,. The deck had not been sealed or maintained. The railings were made from the poorest grade lumber and at the time were warped and splitting. My first idea was to increase the deck size to 20' by 26' and replace both the rails and floor with new low maintenance plastic materials. I researched cost of materials at Lowe's and Home Depot. Estimates ran about $15,000 for materials alone, but I was very disappointed with the quality and colors available. I was referred to a small contractor who was willing to build the deck for time plus materials. The contractor was fuzzy about the time required, maybe two to three weeks. He sent me to a distributor that handled better grades and brands. The estimate for materials jumped to $18,000 plus. Stump's principal business is building decks. The difference soon became apparent in our dealings. They have a professional estimator who gave me a firm estimate within a short time after his first visit. The design people listened to my requirements and produced the required drawings for construction permits. Professional construction crews built the deck using the latest specialized tools, materials and building techniques. This division of responsibilities proved to be a key to the success of the project. The Stump's management researches the latest technology and materials. They have sufficient volume to specify quality materials and contract for them direct from the producers. The sizes of the boards and the quality of the lumber was far beyond what I found in my initial searches. The building crew were experienced craftsmen who took care in fitting the elements together. This deck was built in early March 2016 in very cold weather. One detail that impressed me. Stump's had a small bulldozer with a 2' auger that dug post holes quickly in the frozen earth. In place of poured concrete footings they used large precast reinforced concrete disks that just fit the holes. It was an elegant way to save time, avoid problems with concrete curing in cold weather and still improve the quality of the product.