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

Deck Construction: Advantages of a Cedar Deck vs. Composite

Homeowners are often encouraged to choose a composite deck over a wooden one to avoid extensive maintenance. Doing so may not be necessary, as a cedar deck could be every bit as easy to maintain for a number of reasons. Keep these four things in mind when determining which type of deck construction is best.

Replacing Damaged Boards 

Composite decking materials are made from some type of plastic such as polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride. Most composite planks used in construction are hollow, as solid ones are far more expensive. Hollow boards may shift in one area, leaving gaps in the floor of your deck over time. Hollow composite planks may also hold water and can therefore be prone to warping. When either of these things happen, the need to replace boards can become just as apparent as if you were using cedar lumber.

Keeping your Deck Clean

Mold and mildew can grow on composite decking just as it does any other surface. As such, the idea that a vinyl deck is maintenance free is not really accurate, since both types require regular power washing. Even so, cedar lumber is more resistant to staining. If you are using your deck for entertaining, you won’t have to worry as much about spills with cedar. This wood is not very porous, which means it will not absorb liquids easily.

Painting or Staining

Many people choose composite decks because they believe they never need to be painted or stained. That’s not exactly the case, as vinyl or plastic materials fade in direct sunlight, and must be painted from time to time to keep them looking like new.

Repairing Scratches and Dents

Unlike cedar, plastic or vinyl decking is especially vulnerable to scratches, dents, dings, and other minor damage. Fluctuations in temperature can also cause planks to crack as the material expands and contracts. This type of damage is challenging to fix because it cannot simply be sanded away.

These are just a few ways in which a cedar deck could be a better choice. Cedar’s timeless beauty and rugged durability make it an excellent choice for any type of outdoor building project, particularly decking. For more information on cedar decks, please contact us.