TESTIMONIALS

I am on the Board of Directors for a townhome complex near the San Leandro Marina. Over the years we have had several general contractors make repairs, unfortunately not properly. Then we found Schafer Construction. From the first inspection to the completion of various projects, the process was seamless. They were informative and any questions were answered promptly. The work was completed on time, above and beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend Schafer Construction.

Barbara J. – San Leandro, CA

"Schafer Construction saved our deck and our sanity. We have one of those large decks in Monclair that can only be worked on with scaffolding and we knew that it was beginning to deteriorate and need some major work. I was worried not only about cost and time, but also working with the city on permits and working with a contractor - all things that have been challenging and unpleasant in the past. Rudi Schafer came out to conduct the estimate and was friendly and clear about the process. He gave me a few ideas about how we could improve the deck and not just replace what was there and provided a price comparison for both options."

Lindy and Jake F. , Oakland

"We received the estimate quickly and it was a very fair estimate. Throughout the permitting process, Rudi and his team kept us informed of what was happening and served as our advocates and kept our stress to the absolute minimum. Once the project was underway, Rudi's crew was wonderful to work with - professional, friendly, always kept a very clean work site, tolerated our yellow lab trying to beg their lunches from them! The project was done within the budget that was laid out in the estimate and completed on time. When we had a concern about one of the boards that was included in the deck, it was quickly removed and replaced. The end result is a beautiful, very sturdy deck that we enjoy even on the coldest of days. With our old deck, we barely spent time out there when it was nice. From the first contact through to the completed project, I cannot recommend Schafer Construction enough. "

Lindy and Jake F. , Oakland

Thank you for an absolutely fabulous job on our two decks.

Special kudos to Cal and Frank for their hard work and workmanship, as well as Rudi for his advice and guidance

Aileen and Roger E. , Oakland

Just a quick note to thank you all for the awesome work you did on Ocean View. I received several compliments on the "attention to detail" and craftsmanship that went into your work.

Congrats on a job well done.

Tom W., Oakland

Every time I go to the house I reach the same conclusion and that is how happy I am you are doing the work for us! It’s a rare thing not to see some kind of crap where I say what the hell are they doing. It hasn’t happened yet. I will stop gusting now and say goodnight.

Thanks Rudy to you and your crew. Glen must be one hell of a crew leader!!”

Roger H. , Oakland

Schafer Construction did some extensive dry rot repair on our stucco home in the Oakland Hills. They were very professional, competitively priced, and did great work. On top of that, they worked neatly, have very courteous employees and care about the quality of work they do. You won't know the value of all of these qualities until you work with a company that is messy (leaves the door open while they sand and grind outside covering all of your furniture with a fine dust), doesn't show up for work, does poor quality work, etc.

Schafer took our construction seriously and professionally all the way to the end of the project. If I had the work to do again, I would not hesitate to call them.

If you are looking for a contractor to do repair work, look no further, call Schafer.

Schafer Construction just finished an extensive repair job on my laundry room and I'm delighted with it.

I'd personally like to thank Bob, Kevin, Frank, and Glen, and the rest of the crew for their hard work, commitment to excellence, professional demeanor, and for exceeding my expectations; they consistently went above and beyond.

They were polite, friendly, non-invasive, always cleaned up the work area each day, kept me informed on the progress, and were a pleasure to have around.

Jan H., Hayward

The work completed on my decks by Schafer Construction was excellent and the results look outstanding!

Richard D. Berkeley, CA

Tahoe loves his toys and treats, especially the squeaky squirrel which is now his favorite. He also likes being the “star? of the photo book. Thanks so much for your friendly professionalism and commitment to excellence. We appreciate everything you and your crew have done.

Roger and Aileen E., Oakland

Oakland Deck Builders Offer a Few Useful Tips on Deck Color Selection

Color has a powerful impact on people’s emotions. The color that your favorite products come in? They’re likely the result of painstaking research in order to positively affect the mood of consumers like you even before your realize it. In fact, the psychology of colors is a strong motivator in your product selection—wherein people tend to prefer a brand due to a psychological factor, and its colors define that aspect to a large extent.

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Colors evoke certain emotions, so the colors you surround yourself can make you feel happy, sad, upset, sedate, etc. More than the products you purchase, however, the right color choice factors into making your Oakland home as comfortable as possible. By selecting the best colors for it, you ensure that your home is exactly that—a place where you can leave all your cares outside the door and find peace, sanctuary, and relaxation.

On Decks: Looking for the Right Hue

Speaking of relaxation, your deck is where you entertain guests and spend quality time with your family. As such, the color you choose for it needs to look good and last for a long time. Then again, with so many colors to choose from, how do you know which one will give your deck the desired appearance and emotional effect?

Subjective vs. Objective

Color is, of course, a subjective topic. Ask everyone in your family to list the colors they love and hate, and you’ll likely have very different answers. That said, although color terminology and options may vary from brand to brand, deck colors are typically available in four levels of opacity: solid, semisolid, toner, and clear. The difference is in the amount of pigment, which provides the deck the protection it needs against different types of damage.

Factors that Influence Color Perception

Color selection shouldn’t begin and end with just picking one color out of many. There are many factors  that can influence the way color appears on a finished deck, including the wood’s natural color, its substrate texture, the light source, and of course how many coats of color were applied to the wood. As you can imagine, these terms can be hard for the average homeowner to digest, making the services of experienced deck builders in Oakland or nearby areas valuable.

When choosing the right color for your deck, it can be very helpful to contact a professional builder of bridge driveways and decks for the job.In fact, trusted deck contractors like Schafer Construction Inc. can help you with every aspect of deck construction including repairs, adding deck features, and finishing.

Sources:

Finishes for Wood Decks, Deck Builder Magazine

Choosing the Right Deck Finish, Fine Home Building