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  • Jim responded very quickly to my initial telephone inquiry and was at my home within 24 hours.  Within 24 hours of his initial visit Jim provided me with a price quote to perform the needed services.  Within 48 hours of receiving the price quote Jim was at my home making the necessary repairs and installing some brand new lighting.  Jim was also kind enough to pick up the lights from the distributor, which made my life easier because some of the lights were quite heavy.
    - Inez G.
  • The key is to get a proposal ahead of time.  Jim did quite a bit of work for us.  When the proposal was obtained ahead of time, everything went smoothly without any surprises.  When I did not get anything in writing, the price at the end of the project was quite a bit higher than I expected, but I had no recourse.  Having said that, the work was very good.
    - Michael M.
  • He came out and told me what could be done. I was under the impression that I would get a plan as to what he would be doing. He told me he could draw up the plans but that it would cost $1,000.00. I thought that was what the $49 was for and I decided to not continue with him.
    - VINCENT F.
  • Artistic Landscaping hasn't even completed everything in the contract and it's been one year since we signed it. There is one last thing left to do, and I am having a hard time getting ahold of them. Their work is average. The deck has spacing, and they have unfinished jobs here and there. Their pricing is expensive. What I have in the sketch and what is now in my home are two different things. I absolutely will not use them in the future if I need to.  

    - Virginia B.
  • We received a bid after a walk through of the project  for the roof, siding and mud room and deck replacement.  He did make a few comments that would improve the project during the walk through  (replace the single panel basement windows with a insulated double panel windows, and spray foam the basement walls with Bayer spray insulation product).  Should have listened and added the suggestions into the bid.  
         They were able to tear out the original deck that was sinking due to not being on any supporting concrete piers but on bare ground with in a few hours.  They guys were able to quickly pour 4 foot deep footings that the deck would rest on.  The only delay was due to waiting for the concrete piers to cure before placing the support beams for the deck on them.  The mud room was rough framed in and the support frame for the deck was installed quite quickly and then the detail work of installing the composite decking material proceed.  The standard that Jeremy hold his guys to are high and it show in their work.
         The guys that did the roof also did the siding part of the job.  The difficulty of the material that they were  working with  explained for the price of the job (The metal roof was 26 gauge and the siding was 29 gauge which required powered metal cutting tools).  The roof was installed pretty quickly since it required less cutting and fitting of the material.  While Keith Overmyer and his crew were up there they pin pointed out some problems that they observed but would not have any control over due to the need for interior access to the roof which we did not have (The bath room vent was venting through a hose out the soffits vent instead of the roof vent).  The roof work went pretty quickly.  They removed the original roof and tar paper that was originally installed 25 years ago.  Instead of using tar paper a new type of Membrane barrier was used as well as ice and water shield on the edge areas of the roof to prevent ice or water from damming up under the new roof.  The most difficult part of the roof install was when he had to cut into the chimney and insert the flashing material to maintain the water resistance of the roof, and the cap that was required to be placed around the electric utilities pipe that allowed for the electric power to enter the house from the PPE pole.  Keith showed me how it was done and what might have to be done in the future to help maintain the roof.  Keith and his guys even sealed the ends of the roof cap by bending the ends of the caps even thou it was not required.  The roof caps has a filter mateial in it to keep insects and other foreign materials from entering the attic but this extra step would make it highly unlikely that this type of incident would happen.
    The work on the siding Keith Overmyer earned his pay.  The amount of hand fitting that was required was very unexpected.  Each corner required a corner cap as well as every window, door, electrical outlet and exterior light fixture required a custom "J" frame installed.  This frame is to prevent water from infiltrating under the siding.  Prior to even starting installing of the siding they placed a new type of flexible insulation that increased the R-Value by over a R-value of 5.  Which is better than the old closed cell foam type which a 1 inch thick sheet has IIRC about a increase of less than a 3.5 R-value.  The amount of time it took compared to using vinyl siding or T1 panels was about 3 to 4 times longer.  They were not goofing off taking their time it was just more time consuming due to the measuring and cutting using powered cutting tools for each piece of siding that was installed as well as verifying that each piece  was trued correctly.
         Jeremy guys did a great job with replacing the un-insulated single panel windows and sealing the  new insulated double panel  basement window and eliminate  an area that we were having a draft entering the house.  The original builder has installed and interior hollow core un-insulated door that connected our house to an unheated and un-insulated garage.  Replacing that door with a exterior insulated door eliminated a cold spot and will also reduce in the long run our heating bill.   These were additions to the original contract that was pointed out by Jeremy and I should have incorporated them at the time.
         The interior demo and ceiling  was handled by Fred and his crew that did the deck and mud room part.  They uncovered what appeared to be serious water damage to a roof support beam.  We were looking at possible several thousand in additional expense.  After letting the beam dry out and checking the beam for more damage they were able to  determine that it was not necessary and would not be a risk factor.  They were not looking to create extra work for them selves and un-necessary expense for the home owner.
         I was preparing to treat the cement block walls with  muric acid to remove the salt that was leaching thru the block walls prior to treating sealing the walls with Dry-lock cement paint, when Jeremy and Matt Bauman came to check with me on how the project was going.  Matt suggested that instead of using Dry-lock which was rated for 10 years but with the presence of the effervescence (salt leaching) the Dry-lock could peel off in short order and would have to be retreated after using muric acid to remove the salt first again.   The Dry-Lock paint by its self ran over $375.00 not considering the time it would have taken to paint 2 coats on the wall.  Instead Matt suggested the usage of closed cell Spray foam that not only prevent water infiltration thur the cement block walls but also provide an increased insulation value to the house.  The real reason that I had not considered prior to having this done earlier was that several year earlier this was looked into and the cost at the time was extremely obscene at the time.  The price I was quoted was quite reasonable and Matt helped fill out the paperwork with PP&E to receive a rebate that covered about a 1/4 of the cost of the spray foam insulation.  In the long run the savings in decreased of heating cost as well as not needing to run a dehumidify to keep the humidity level low will offset the cost of the Spray foam treatment.  The guys were there before lunch and were done by dinner time.  The temp has remained pretty constant and the humidity level has remained low as well in the basement in the two months since it has been done.
         I only rated Burke construction a "B" for cost and it was because he was not the cheapest nor was he the most expensive bid that I received.  He was in between, but you get what you pay for.   The quality and the professionalism that he displayed in his work was money well spent.  There was no surprise in his bid or sudden cost over-runs in this project.  The firm seems like a small family owned business but is actually a well run and managed company capable that is handling large commercial projects in the East Stroudsburg area (I visited  one of the commercial job site to see the quality of  work that they were doing).
         I have a rear deck that we will have done later this year.  We had removed the original rear deck due to it sinking and becoming unstable. We discovered that it was not supported by any concrete piers but resting on bare ground.  Burke Constructions is the 
    leading choice to complete this project for us, 


    - Chun e.
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