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

Professional Deck Builders Help Create and Maintain Your Home’s Deck

Oakland homeowners interested in expanding their home should seriously consider adding a deck. This simple expansion of your home is an investment that can have a lot of returns. The most obvious benefit of having a deck is one that’s immediate–it’s a great place to lounge around and enjoy the outdoors. A deck can also reap as much as 80% of the cost when it’s time to sell your home. If you’ve had it built in your backyard, or up at the second level overlooking the garden, it would be a nice venue for an outdoor party.

Handyman

While adding a deck to your home seems like simple carpentry work, it isn’t that easy. If you’ve got the skills, you can attempt to do one yourself, but it’s always recommended to hire a deck builder instead. Letting professional deck builders, like Schafer Construction Inc., toil on your deck makes it simpler for you, but as the homeowner, you still need to make the decisions regarding construction. To make informed decisions, you need to know the basics of deck building.

Planning is the first step. Decide on how big you want the deck and what its main purpose will be. A deck built to allow you to look out over your backyard is different from a deck that is designed to host parties. Think about your choice and consult with your builder. Your builder will be familiar with local building codes and will be able to suggest designs, in case you need to modify your existing deck to fit local laws or need to improve the appearance.

Once your plan is completely in place, your builder can start construction. Your main contribution, then, would be the building materials. You’ll need to decide what material to use. Wood is the most popular, but composite materials are more durable and require less maintenance.

Maintenance is the next step after construction. Once your deck is built, your responsibility is to keep it well-maintained. You can do this through regular cleaning and annual sealing. If you have a wooden deck, applying sealant protects it from the elements better and reduces the need for deck repair. In case it gets damaged (after a jam-packed outdoor party, for instance), it’s best to have your deck fixed quickly.

A well-made and well-maintained deck is a nice place to relax in, one that would surely last for a long time. Contact a professional deck builder now to add one to your home. 

Sources
Build a Deck, Lowe’s
Deck Maintenance Tips, HGTV
Care and Maintenance of Your Deck, HouseLogic