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

Savoring Oakland Sunsets: Tap Deck Builders to Expand an Existing Deck

Patios and decks are typically built to last for years, providing ample outdoor living space for the family. However, there could come a time when you would be needing more deck space, even one that calls for a steep slope. As How Stuff Works writer Jane McGrath says, such an undertaking requires professional hands.

Oakland’s location at the eastern side of San Francisco Bay gives residents breathtaking views of the Bay Area, including its spectacular sunsets. A well-made and designed deck will give you, your friends, and family the best seat in the house. If you need to make your existing deck more spacious, or if your house is perched on a hillside location and you want a strong extended deck to augment the leisure value of the property, you can call on deck builders such as Schafer Construction, Inc., to set it up for you.

Extension Base

The most important part in setting up a deck that’s attached to the house is the ledger board. In building a deck extension, it is important to first ensure that the ledger board is in good shape. Likewise, the rest of the structure must still be sound. The flooring, posts, and other parts must be checked for rotting, or any other form of deterioration, including those brought about by constant exposure to freeze-thaw cycles.

You will also have to review the local building code and homeowners’ association rules on decks. There could be some regulations on the overall dimensions of extended decks.

Down Low

In determining the overall spread of the deck, the contractor will also have to analyze the length of ground supports and find the places that can serve as anchor for all of the supporting posts. This can even be true for steep extended decks where the slope is too close to vertical – at which point, stronger materials will have to be used to support the load. If you need visual examples of how this is done, ask your contractor for photos, or perhaps an ocular inspection of an existing structure.

Long-Term

Contractors like Schafer Construction offer deck inspection and deck repair services to assess and mitigate potential long-term decay. Building the extended deck, from initial design to final completion, may take several weeks to ensure, but the wait for a wonderful addition to your home will be well worth it.

Sources:

How to Extend an Existing Deck, How Stuff Works

Extending An Existing Deck, Hammerzone.com