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

Common Materials for Paving Standard and Bridge Driveways in Oakland

Outside the realm of big city apartments and condominiums, a driveway is considered one of the integral components of a private residence. It’s not unlikely to see almost all homes in most developed countries sport driveways, wherein the latter is also considered a valuable home improvement.

Common Materials for Paving Standard and Bridge Driveways in Oakland

The question is: why are driveways treated as such? The answer is simple: a driveway is typically the first thing people see when coming up the curb, and it’s also one of the most frequently used areas in a property. Homeowners pay the likes of trusted Oakland deck builders a considerable amount of money just to balance driveway aesthetics and durability, and it’s mainly due to the reasons mentioned above. That being said, the paving material used on a driveway is an important factor, and there are a few popular materials for the job.

Concrete – An “old reliable,” concrete has paved many traditional and bridge driveways in Oakland for a long time. Concrete is known primarily for its durability, which is why construction firms like Schafer Construction, Inc. include it in their driveway-paving services. Concrete also allows for an almost-overnight paving process, and is also flexible enough to be made to look like brick, stone or other more expensive paving materials simply by imprinting it with patterns while it sets.

Asphalt – Homeowners have also revered asphalt surfaces, mainly due to the ease of maintenance they offer. For areas with extreme temperature variations, asphalt is a top choice—extreme cold and heat can damage other paving materials over time. Asphalt is “immune” to this thanks to its ability to expand and contract with the changes in temperature without cracking.

Pavers – Pavers may seem relatively recent, but they’re actually quite old. These are hard blocks of any material like stone which can be used to create smooth, hard surfaces outdoors. Modern pavers are typically brick or stone and are pre-cut, providing a standard size and shape. Pavers are prized for their aesthetics, though they’re typically pricey because installation is very labor-intensive. A perfect example of a paver is a cobblestone.

Gravel And Aggregate – Perhaps the cheapest of the bunch, gravel or crushed stone is also the easiest-installed since they’re only laid on the ground to create a path. The loose nature of these materials, however, means that they’ll inevitably scatter over time, get stuck in tires and even wash out from spaces with a lot of storm water runoff so be prepared for them.


What Are The Different Options For Paving Driveways? WiseGeek.com

Choosing The Perfect Material For Your Driveway, Angie’s List, January 23, 2013

Options For Driveway Paving Materials, DoItYourself.com

What Is The Best Material For Your Driveway: Asphalt, Concrete, Or Paving Stones? SmartGuy.com, July 1, 2014

What Are Pavers? WiseGeek.com