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All Seasons Construction

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All Seasons Construction

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 227 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

James L.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

1 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did it on time and professionally. The work was excellent.

I think the quality of the craftsmanship was the best. They did a really good job. The job was priced right, they got it done quickly, and we were very pleased.

Charles T.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

2 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're reliable, consistent, and they do exactly what they promise. They're very friendly, very clean, and I am very satisfied.

We had drainage work done, and they completely took care of it. They did a great job.

Cheryl H.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

3 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have actually recommended All Seasons Construction to a few of my neighbors. They were prompt, courteous, polite, and trustworthy.

They do very clean, top-notch work.

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All Seasons Construction is a general contracting firm that specializes in foundation and drainage work for residential clients in Oakland, Berkeley, and the neighboring communities. In addition to foundation replacement and perimeter drainage/waterproofing, the company handles earthquake retrofitting, retaining walls and decks.

President Mark Corrallo, a former trial attorney and businessman, says proper retaining walls, concrete application and drainage systems are critical for keeping homes protected from rainfall, ground water and runoff. Mr. Corrallo started All Seasons Construction when he noted an overall lack of professionalism in the industry and “decided to do something about it.”

All Seasons Construction’s experienced foremen supervise every job and ensure all work will stand the test of time. Likewise, says Mr. Corrallo, they work hard to build trust and lasting relationships with customers. The company’s workers are all insured employees, not day laborers, and even the most junior laborer has been on the company payroll for at least two years. 

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COMPANY CONTACT

Oakland
Berkeley
The Neighboring Communities

SERVICES PERFORMED

Foundation & Drainage Specialists
Retaining Walls
Decks

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON All Seasons Construction

Company Profile

All Seasons Construction is a general contracting firm that specializes in foundation and drainage work for residential clients in Oakland, Berkeley, and the neighboring communities. In addition to foundation replacement and perimeter drainage/waterproofing, the company handles earthquake retrofitting, retaining walls and decks.

President Mark Corrallo, a former trial attorney and businessman, says proper retaining walls, concrete application and drainage systems are critical for keeping homes protected from rainfall, ground water and runoff. Mr. Corrallo started All Seasons Construction when he noted an overall lack of professionalism in the industry and “decided to do something about it.”

All Seasons Construction’s experienced foremen supervise every job and ensure all work will stand the test of time. Likewise, says Mr. Corrallo, they work hard to build trust and lasting relationships with customers. The company’s workers are all insured employees, not day laborers, and even the most junior laborer has been on the company payroll for at least two years. 

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Company Philosophy

"We've all heard horror stories about people's experiences with contracting companies. We want to make sure those stories are never about us. Our goal is to make every customer's experience a positive one. We want them to be completely happy with our work and so pleased with our company that they'll call us again and give us a glowing review to others."

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Comparative Summary

When he took the helm at All Seasons Construction, Mark Corrallo, a former attorney and East Bay businessman with extensive experience working with construction contractors, introduced a new company objective: to provide high-quality workmanship while striving for professionalism throughout the process–from beginning jobs on schedule to working every day until they’re complete.

All Season Construction’s professionalism starts with a concentration on foundation work, says Mr. Corrallo. It specializes in foundation replacement and perimeter drainage/waterproofing, but also provides retaining walls, earthquake retrofitting and decks.

The company’s responsibility for customer service begins with its vice president of operations, who visits each site at least once a day and whose sole task is to serve as a liaison and executive-level contact if customers have any questions or issues that the foreman and crew can’t resolve. The responsibility continues with the foreman, who supervises day-to-day activities at the work site, and flows down to the individual members of the work crews.

All Seasons Construction’s workers are insured employees of the company–day laborers are never used. Even the most junior laborer has been on the company payroll for at least two years. This experience not only maintains the company’s focus on the customer, says Mr. Corrallo, but it also ensures the individual workers have necessary skills and know what they’re doing. “It’s very risky to hire a non-foundation replacement expert to do foundation work,” he says. “You could end up with a substandard foundation, so it’s important to deal with somebody who knows how to correctly shore up a home. The ramifications of improper shoring can be dramatic.”

All Seasons Construction’s demand for expertise goes beyond its work crews. When faced with a complex job, the company works with third-party engineers, who work for the client and not the contractor, to assess the scope and requirements of the job. “The engineer has no financial stake in the outcome or conflict of interest,” says Mr. Corrallo. “He doesn’t gain anything by recommending a bigger or smaller job. He’s going to charge a flat fee to come out, take a look and give an opinion. Ultimately, the customer is better served by that kind of relationship.”

All Seasons Construction prides itself on professionalism, customer service and expertise. A family home is most often the biggest investment a person will make, says Mr. Corrallo, and his company is dedicated to ensuring that home rests on a solid foundation.

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Industry Info

Few repairs can have as big an impact on the value of a home as foundation or drainage work, so it’s important to choose a specialist. “The integrity of your foundation is probably the most important aspect of the construction of your home,” says Mark Corrallo, president of All Seasons Construction. “You need to trust foundation removal and replacement to a firm that will do the job correctly, without any shortcuts.”

In this economy, says Mr. Corrallo, there are a lot of contractors that will take any work that’s offered to them, even when they have no particular expertise in that area. It’s very risky to hire a non-foundation replacement expert to do foundation work. A home is the biggest investment most people will make, and a substandard foundation can severely damage the value of that investment. Not knowing whether the job was done right can undermine the peace of mind people have in their home.

Because much of the work involved in foundation replacement and repair is manual labor, some contractors might be tempted to use unskilled day laborers for this work. It may save some money, but day laborers are unknown commodities. While the permanent foundation is being replaced, a temporary one has to be established to hold up the house. It’s important that the work crew knows how to correctly shore up a home, because improper shoring can result in severe structural damage, and even catastrophic failure. “A company should be able to vouch for every one of the workers that’s digging under your house,” says Mr. Corrallo.

Drainage work is similar in this regard. Improperly installed drainage systems can exacerbate a water problem, requiring the removal or replacement of the system and repairs to the foundation. Hiring a contractor who knows and understands all the components of perimeter drainage and waterproofing can save you money in the long run.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know my foundation needs repair?

A: The three most obvious signs are: cracking and crumbling of the foundation; exterior bulging or rotation of the foundation due to weakening of the underlying soil, usually from water intrusion or an improper fill; and floors deflecting three to six inches due to sinking. Other signs include: • Doors or windows that stick or squeak • Separation of door sills from frames • Cracks in interior walls near the corners of windows, doors and fireplaces • Nails popping out of sheetrock or corner frames • Curling or tearing of sheetrock or wallpaper • Caulking that pulls away from exterior surfaces

Q: How do I stop water from getting into a lower living space or a crawl space?

A: In the Oakland and Berkeley Hills areas—and even in the flatlands—there’s a lot of horizontal ground water. When most of the older homes were built, there weren’t measures employed to intercept it. As a result, if allowed to flow unimpeded, the water will soak through a foundation, causing deterioration, undermining the soil underneath it, or even entering below-grade living spaces. Usually, the best way to address this is a ‘French drain,’ a vertical trench that extends at least 12 inches below what you’re trying to protect, with a perforated pipe on the bottom and gravel on the top. That will give you a channel of protection to intercept the water.

Q: Are plans and permits required for a job?

A: Foundation jobs always require plans and permits. Some jurisdictions require permits for drainage jobs, but others don’t. Even if they’re not required, we recommend you get them, because it shows our work has been reviewed by a city inspector and has been completed pursuant to the plans. It’s also helpful information to have if you ever want to sell the house. All plans and permits are included in any proposal we give you.

Q: What kind of supervision do your crews have?

A: You’ll be assigned a foreman who’ll meet you at the job site the afternoon before the job is expected to begin. Your liaison throughout the course of the project will be our vice president of operations, who’ll visit the job site daily and be available to answer any questions or concerns you have, either in person or by cell phone.

Q: Why don’t you have an engineer on staff?

A: It serves everyone’s interest that we don’t. If an engineer was on our payroll, you wouldn’t know whether or not the assessment was motivated by professional judgment or financial gain. We prefer to work with independent, third-party engineers who have no financial stake in the work they’re recommending.

Q: How long do foundation jobs typically take?

A: That really depends on the scope of the particular job. But we’re committed to moving through a job as quickly as possible, and we don’t pull resources off your job to finish someone else’s. From the day we start to the day we’re finished, we have a full crew on site, working toward completion.

Q: What exactly does earthquake retrofitting entail?

A: Proper earthquake retrofitting usually involves two types of work, plus a third that’s sometimes required. The first is making sure the foundation is bolted to the framing of the house. This is done by bolting the mudsill that runs around the perimeter to the foundation, so when the earth and foundation move, the mudsill moves with it.The second is to install sheer paneling—structural plywood that’s nailed on four sides to the mudsill. When the mudsill moves, the house will move vertically with it instead of being jerked in a parallelogram or whipping motion. The third comes into play when you have a ‘soft story,’ where the supporting walls aren’t up to the task of supporting the living space above. This is often the case with living spaces above garages, where the garage door has replaced the studs that would normally support the upper story. There are various ways to address a soft story, such as additional sheer paneling or supporting columns, but each situation is different and requires an engineer’s assessment.

Q: Do I need a concrete retaining wall?

A: It depends on how high the wall is and how much weight it will have to withstand. If the wall is less than three feet high, you have a number of options, some of which are quite decorative. For example, you can use stacked decorative blocks or a wooden wall. But concrete is the longest lasting, and we recommend a reinforced concrete wall for any load in excess of three feet high. A large retaining wall isn’t simply a wall; it’s actually an L-shaped structure with the base extending downhill about half the length as the wall is high. A four-foot vertical wall has a two-foot horizontal counter footing. When planning for such a wall, you have to be sure the property line, trees, sidewalks, and other factors leave enough room for this counter footing.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Mark Corrallo

Expert CONTRIBUTOR PROFILE
  • Mark Corrallo is president of All Seasons Construction, a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (510) 652-2221 or by email.

Mark Corrallo: A Seasoned Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

OAKLAND — When Mark Corrallo purchased a construction firm in 2007, he didn’t have any hands-on experience in the trades. However, given the tempestuous conditions he’d soon be navigating, the background he did have proved to be a far more valuable asset. “Prior to purchasing All Seasons Construction, I was a business broker, which means I facilitated the buying and selling of businesses,” he explains. “All Seasons Construction was one of the businesses that came across my desk, but after looking at it more closely, I decided to purchase it myself. I didn’t have any experience in the construction industry, but it looked like a good business opportunity, so I decided to take a shot at running my own company.”

In hindsight, Mark’s decision to purchase a construction business couldn’t have been more ill-timed: Within a year, the U.S. would slide into the worst economic recession it had seen since the Great Depression. However, while the downturn left many construction firms floundering in its wake, Mark’s business acumen helped him keep his company not just afloat but swimming forward. “By adapting to the economic conditions, I was able to keep my crews busy throughout the recession,” he says. “Since purchasing All Seasons Construction a decade ago, I’ve managed to triple its revenue, so I’d say things have gone pretty well.”

Today, Mark says his favorite part of his job is receiving positive feedback from his clients. “I like hearing from customers that they had a good experience with my guys. I’m the first person they meet, but once the actual work begins, their experience is mainly with my crew and foremen, so I’m always glad to hear they received the level of service and quality I promised at the beginning.”

A resident of Alamo (where he lives with his wife, Hui Ling, and son, Jaedi), Mark spends his time outside of work engaged in a variety of interests, from classic cars to sports. “I’m a classic car enthusiast, and I have a collection of about a dozen English, Italian, and American models,” he says. “I spend way too much time buying, selling and reading about cars. I also like playing pickup basketball and following the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco Giants.” Additionally, Mark enjoys going to the beach, taking bike rides and skiing at Tahoe with his family.

In regard to a professional philosophy, Mark espouses the importance of providing a high level of quality. “I think most people would rather pay $12 for a great cheeseburger than $8 for a lousy one,” he explains. “By the same token, we provide a very high level of service, but we’re certainly not the cheapest company out there. I’ve kept my crews busy for the past decade not by being the cheapest, but by being very good and taking care of our clients. That formula seems to work well, so I’m sticking with it.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Mark says he’d devote more time and energy toward his automotive avocation. “I would probably be more active with my classic car hobby. In general, I’m less interested in showing my cars than in the horse-trading aspect, so I’d probably be buying and selling more high-value cars.”

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Q: What was your first car?
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Q: What’s your dream car?
A: I’ve owned almost every one of my dream cars. I guess the one that has remained out of reach is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. Those are in the seven-figure range and I’m not sure I’ll ever be a seven-figure guy.

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The guitar. I play a little already, but I’d like to be better at it.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Pistachio nuts.

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Surfing the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii.

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  • A Crucial Component of Earthquake Safety

    OAKLAND — Due to concerns about earthquake safety, many Bay Area homeowners are taking preemptive action by having their homes retrofitted via measures like foundation bolting and bracing. While retrofitting is a great idea, there’s one caveat: if your home’s foundation is poor or weak, bracing and bolting won’t do much good. For example, when an earthquake strikes, a bolt that’s anchored in weak concrete could easily snap out of the side of the stem wall, which eliminates any of its intended benefits.

    The best way to avoid wasting your money on pointless retrofitting measures is to hire a quality retrofitting company—preferably one that also handles foundation work. A company that doesn’t do foundation work may not be able to provide all the services you need or even inform you about them, but a well-regarded retrofitting company will give you the straight scoop and provide everything you’re looking for.

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  • Video: A Firm Foundation for Earthquake Safety

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    OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to have your home retrofitted for earthquake safety, don’t overlook the importance of a firm foundation. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Corrallo of All Seasons Construction to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Mark Corrallo: In this area, a lot of people are concerned with earthquake safety, and they will seek out a retrofitting company to bolt and brace their home, which is a good idea. But the problem is that if the foundation to which they’re bolting is poor or weak, there’s very little value in the retrofitting. For example, if a bolt is anchored in weak concrete, in an earthquake, it could snap out the side of that stem wall, providing very little benefit.

    Now, the problem is that a lot of the retrofitting companies do not do foundation work, so they don’t really have an incentive to tell you to stop. It’s probably a good idea that you call somebody who does both foundation and retrofitting, so you can kind of get the straight scoop on exactly what you need.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 227 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
All Seasons Construction : Average 8.7 out of 10 based on 227 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

James L.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

1 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did it on time and professionally. The work was excellent.

I think the quality of the craftsmanship was the best. They did a really good job. The job was priced right, they got it done quickly, and we were very pleased.

Charles T.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

2 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're reliable, consistent, and they do exactly what they promise. They're very friendly, very clean, and I am very satisfied.

We had drainage work done, and they completely took care of it. They did a great job.

Cheryl H.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

3 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I have actually recommended All Seasons Construction to a few of my neighbors. They were prompt, courteous, polite, and trustworthy.

They do very clean, top-notch work.

Lori S.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

4 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They do good work and are reasonably priced.

They are on top of the customer service.

Grace V.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

5 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were great.

The knowledge, attention to detail, timing, and pricing, they did it really quickly. They were very clean and neat. They cared about the worksite.

Sam A.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

6 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were professional and very communicative.

They were very honest and upfront about what was going on all the time. If there were any delays, they let up know. We were very satisfied.

Christine W.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

7 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They know their stuff.

They did everything how they said they would, and it all looked great when they were done.

Al E.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

8 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

To use them, hire them.

They are very thorough and smart. They have it together.

Joe G.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

9 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are very professional. Everything was square, they came in on the pricing, and there was great communication.

The people were great.

Lisa G.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

10 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I really like them.

They are really efficient.

Coleman G.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

11 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Professional

They're thorough, and they got the job done on time and on budget.

Jarred F.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

12 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very thorough, upfront, honest, and they worked with us to satisfy our needs.

Mark, the owner, was very personable and easy to talk to. His crew was very friendly and always very respectful.

Jim T.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

13 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're very detailed, friendly, and competent.

They knew what they were doing the whole time. They were on time and professional.

Karl P.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

14 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very conscientious, hardworking, and they did a great job.

They worked very hard, and I was very pleased with their work ethic.

Kelly W.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

15 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a very good job. I haven't had any issues, which is great.

I ultimately got what I wanted.

Marsha F.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

16 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Definitely try them out, because they're just amazing. They're very detailed, very qualified to do the job, on time, professional, and accommodating. They really take the time to make sure everything goes smoothly and without a hitch.

I look at them like they're artists, not like a contractor. I have a couple of friends that have had their decks and retaining walls done by different contractors, and I think they look ugly. I'm happy that mine looks the best out of all of them.

Michael K.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

17 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are quick and reliable.

We needed them on a very short notice. They were easy to get ahold of, and they came out right away.

Nora C.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

18 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

The quality of their work is high, their estimates were on target, the people who do the work are knowledgeable, and they cleaned up the worksite.

Professionalism

Pearl W.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

19 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Quality work

They're prompt, professional, and responsive.

Richard M.

VERIFIED All Seasons Construction CUSTOMER

20 of 227

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They give very good advice, and they do very reliable work.

They are real problem-solvers.

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