The 'Other Guys' work
The 'Other Guys' decks:
We build quality decks, but here is the real reason not to hire the 'other guys':
This deck pictured above collapsed while guests from a wedding reception were standing on it. The deck was poorly attached to the house. This is a typical problem with our competitors decks.
In Flagstaff, snow loads will often destroy decks that are not built to code. We have seen our competitors decks fail within the first several years after being built. While older decks built in Coconino county are of particularly poor construction, we have even seen a deck collapse in the relatively new neighborhood of Boulder Pointe. During the housing 'boom', city inspectors were overloaded with work and many contractors were able to get poorly done work passed. This is especially true in Boulder Pointe and Ponderosa Trails neighborhoods of Flagstaff.
At Left: A deck Collapsed in 2008 in Munds Park from poor construction.
The deck below and the deck framing was damaged by water dripping on it from the roof above.
The builder and designer of this home are to be blamed for the poor design. Most of this 20' long beam was still solid, but this end was damaged by rain and snow melt coming from the second story roof above. The rest of the deck was protected by a porch roof, which should have been extended to cover the last two feet of the deck. The builder of this home used the same plans elsewhere in Flagstaff.
The 'other guys' siding:
The owner of this home tried to save money by hiring a cheap contractor from out of town. What they got was siding that was beginning to fall off the house after only 5 years. Additionally the siding was beginning to crack. The Reason: Their cheap builder improperly installed all of the siding on the house. Rather than cutting the siding so that the joints landed on the framing, he placed the joints randomly, either from inexperience or in an attempt to save money. Every joint in these pictures is just floating over the sheathing and is not nailed to the framing. The result is that the siding begins to blow off the house and to crack all the way through.
You can have CHEAP, FAST or QUALITY.... choose one!
House Wrap installed wrong
The contractor in Flagstaff that installed this House Wrap installed it wrong. Notice that the house wrap was installed AFTER the window trim was nailed on. Any water or moisture that hits the house wrap is directed behind the widow trim and eventually behind the window flange (see below).
How many mistakes can you find in this next picture?
The builder of this custom home is a contractor who has lower prices than us. IF you can't see the problems in this picture, you might as well hire him! (He didn't use galvanized nails, the trim was never primed, the house wrap doesn't extend over the window flange and the window is held on by only 4 nails.)
This next picture is from the same job. Notice the extensive damage to the HardiePlank brand lap siding. The water damage was caused by poor chimney flashing by the builder combined with terrible design by the architect.
Many people, including licensed builders believe HardiePlank brand siding is water proof because it is made with cement. However we have been called out to repair several homes that were built by our 'competition' where the cement board siding has completely deteriorated in as few as 7 years due to water damage. Typically the problem is a poor home design combined with bad building practices. HardiePlank siding is fine, if installed properly, but we still prefer LP SmartSide for numerous reasons.
The home pictured above has about 6000 s.f. of improperly installed siding, trim and house wrap. The cost to remove the existing and install it properly and then re-paint is about $40,000. Was it really worth saving a few dollars up front by hiring the "Other Guys"?
Wind Damaged HardiePlank brand Siding:
Here is another typical problem we see when the "other guys" install HardiePlank brand siding. The siding pictured below is pre-finished cement board siding manufactured by James Hardie. The "Other Guys" did not nail it properly and it only lasted a few years. We were paid to remove the siding around the entire home and install new siding.
(Note, this is not the same as the job above, even though the color is the same).
This job is typical of the "Other Guys" HardiePlank siding installation. They failed to locate the studs when nailing the siding on. The nails only penetrated the 1/2" OSB and not the framing. Additionally, they did not face nail at all. Even with pre-finished siding, it is entirely necessary to face nail periodically to keep the cement board siding from flapping in the wind. Luckily for the owner of this small home, it only cost $16,650.00 to repair the other guys work!
Failed Trusses at City Hall:
These trusses at Flagstaff City Hall were failing due to a lack of good Engineering.
We were hired to reinforce these failing trusses by adding over 2000 pounds of metal plates and bolts in critically failing areas.
See our Special Projects page for our crew at work repairing the 'Other Guys' work.
The Other Guys Painting
If you are satisfied with the quality of work you see in these pictures, then please consider hiring our competition!
This painting job was done by a competitor on a brand new home in Flagstaff.
The painter not only got paint all over the window, but he also failed to caulk the window.
Additionally, he used the lowest quality paint, as evidenced by the chalky white color on the paint.
In the picture below the "Other Guys" painting company needs a few lessons on proper painting techniques!
If you are looking for Flagstaff's best Painting Crew, please visit our Painting page.