Deck Doctors

Your Wood Structure - Restoration and Preservation Specialist in Alamo, CA


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About Deck Doctors

Given an A+ Rating from the BBB, Deck Doctors is your deck, wood structure and siding - construction, repair, staining and/or refinishing specialist. Servicing Northern California since 1999.

CA Lic.#786427

We provide services on most wood structures such as decks, fences, gazebos, pergolas roof decks and most types of siding.

Listed below are few other services which Deck Doctors provides:

  • Inspections w/ordinance sign off
  • Dry Rot or Termite Damage Repair
  • Pressure Washing, Stripping and/or Sanding
  • Commercial Grade Moisture Barrier/ Elastomeric Coatings
  • Masonry Surface Pressure Washing and Sealing
  • Demolition and Hauling
  • Termite Report (Section 1 Item) Repair
  • Exterior Painting

Quality workmanship with professional customer service for your residential or commercial needs.

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Services

I specialize in wood structure construction, restoration, pressure washing and painting or staining of residential or commercial properties. Some wood structures including decks, docks, trellis, pergolas, overhangs and fences. Other services include pressure washing and staining or sealing of Redwood and Cedar siding and/or roofs. Also pressure washing and sealing of most types of masonry surfaces.

Brands

I work with redwood lumber alot but composite material has become very popular. Composite I have worked with and recommend is Trex, TimberTech and Azek.

The stain or finish manufacturer I usually use, or recommend is Armstrong or Cabot.

Questions and Answers

  • How can we save money hiring you?
I recommend to my customer to use a quality stain or finish such as Armstrong or Cabot when refinishing their deck or wood structure. Yes, Armstrong and Cabot cost a little more than other stains but the up side is that those quality stains or finishes last longer so you refinish less frequently.
  • How did you get started?
After serving 5 years in the U.S. Army I began doing deck restoration. I spent approximately 3 years working for another company when I decided to start Deck Doctors. I enjoy working outside, meeting new people and working on different projects.
  • What is important to know about your profession?
When refinishing a deck or wood structure, rather than applying stain or finish after pressure washing, the finish product always looks better if you do a once over with a sander before application of your stain.Also, never use Thompson Water Seal, the product doesn't last long at all!
  • What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
A consumer should always ask if the service professional has the required license for the type of work being done AND if the professional has both General Liability and Workers Comp Insurance!
  • Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
If I refinish a deck or wood structure this year I would recommend to my clients to call me back before the stain/finish starts to wear uneven, then I can do just a rinse and recoat and not have to take existing finish off down to bare wood. As long as the old existing finish is still uniform, when the new finish is applied over the old existing finish, both will still be uniform.
  • How many projects do you average in a year?
Its hard to say how many projects I average in a year because there are factures such as the economy and I was in an auto accident a few years back. Also now that I obtained the Specialty D-41 (Decks and Siding) license, I will be doing alot more jobs this coming season.
  • What are you most proud of?
I did a project for the T.V. show Tiny House Nation a few months ago that I'm really proud of because I would not have landed that job if I had not obtained my second contractors license which allows me to new construction and repairs to decks and other wood structures. As well as purchasing both General Liability and Workers Comp Insurance.
  • What kind of questions do customers ask you?
Some of the most frequent questions are:Q. Are you licensed?Q. Do you have insurance?Q. What area or cities do you work in?A. Yes I do repairs as well as new construction of wood structures such as decks, pergolas and overhangs.
  • What types of jobs are the most common?
The most common job I've been doing since 1999 is deck or wood structure refinishing. That includes first pressure washing and in some cases applying a finish remover to strip existing stain then applying a brightener solution. After washing we do any required repairs including the maintenance items like fastening down loose boards and counter sinking existing nails or screws. Lastly we prep area by laying down tarps and/or taping off edges and lastly we apply the stain or finish to the deck or wood structure.
Alamo, CA 94507
   (925) 351-3325
Contact Richard Alvarado
Certifications/licenses

I'm licensed through the California State License Board, I'm also a member of the Better Business Bureau with a A+ rating. Recently I signed a contract with Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse where I am the primary Deck & Siding contractor for 5 of their East Bay Locations.

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