Lindeman Contracting Inc. Review
We hired Francis to clean and re-stain our almost three-year-old cedar deck. He produced an estimate promptly, and was able to start work less than a week later.
He and his assistant arrived on time, and worked through to the afternoon to prepare the deck for staining. During the course of working, Francis pointed out that the deck boards had been placed flush, one right up against another, so there was no room for drainage. The dirt he power-washed from the boards was almost algae-like! He suggested that it would be better for the structure, and the expensive wood, if the boards were re-laid, with an appropriate gap between each one. We agreed.
In the meantime, staining went ahead the following day. It already looked so much better!
Francis adjusted his schedule so that he could come back the following week to re-set the deck boards. It was an all-day job, but he has high standards (as do we!), and insisted it be done properly. Each board had to be hand-sanded along its edges due to the mold/algae-like growth. He also took it upon himself to re-stain the hand rails at each side of the deck. He felt that one coat of stain still left the surface too rough. After giving one small corner of the deck a second coat, just to see how it would look, he felt a second coat all over would be best for the appearance and health of the wood. There was no question, this was the way to go.
Again, he juggled his schedule to come back two days later and apply a second coat of stain. It looked terrific! He also took it upon himself to redo the step in front of the deck, which had been badly constructed. Those boards were also re-set with the appropriate space between them.
In all, the job took longer – and was more expensive – that we had initially expected, but it was totally worth it. We felt we were finally in the hands of a complete professional. Francis has a very strong work ethic, and believes that his work reflects his values. We’re delighted he feels this way – it’s a rare quality, in our experience. We intend to hire him again (in fact, more than once!), and feel confident in his skill and professionalism!