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RFJ Meiswinkel Company

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RFJ Meiswinkel Company

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D.C.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

1 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're on time, they take care of business, and they're proficient in their work.

They were good while onsite and cleaned up after themselves.

R.B.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

2 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're an excellent sheetrock company.

I liked dealing with Robert. He was great. They provided an excellent service.

O.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

3 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That you're in good hands

I guess that the work is, you know, flawless. In other words, the client and the owner had no objections to their craftsmanship, and that's very important, because all eyes are different. The client was very satisfied. They're not the cheapest, but you get quality results.

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RFJ Meiswinkel Company provides a wide range of plaster and drywall services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Bay Area. One of the company’s main focuses is restoring and recreating fine interior and exterior finishes from low-sheen plaster to more pronounced variations of color. Additionally, its commercial capabilities include light gauge metal framing, lathing, installing gypsum wallboard systems, spray fireproofing and more.

Vice President Kristen Meiswinkel says she and her dedicated craftsmen have perfected their techniques to meet their clients’ most demanding specifications. “We combine old-world methods with state-of-the-art technology and materials to provide restoration finishing work for all types of buildings and properties.”

RFJ Meiswinkel Company has been commissioned to restore many buildings and homes that are listed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including the esteemed Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. To see photos of the company’s past projects, Ms. Meiswinkel invites potential clients to visit www.rfjmeiswinkel.com.

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Bay Area

SERVICES PERFORMED

Exterior
Finishing
Gypsum
Veneer
Wallboard Systems
Lathing
Spray Fireproofing
Interior & Exterior Plaster
Light Gauge Metal Framing
 

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Company Profile

RFJ Meiswinkel Company provides a wide range of plaster and drywall services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Bay Area. One of the company’s main focuses is restoring and recreating fine interior and exterior finishes from low-sheen plaster to more pronounced variations of color. Additionally, its commercial capabilities include light gauge metal framing, lathing, installing gypsum wallboard systems, spray fireproofing and more.

Vice President Kristen Meiswinkel says she and her dedicated craftsmen have perfected their techniques to meet their clients’ most demanding specifications. “We combine old-world methods with state-of-the-art technology and materials to provide restoration finishing work for all types of buildings and properties.”

RFJ Meiswinkel Company has been commissioned to restore many buildings and homes that are listed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including the esteemed Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. To see photos of the company’s past projects, Ms. Meiswinkel invites potential clients to visit www.rfjmeiswinkel.com.

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Company Philosophy

"Our top priority has always been client satisfaction. From the planning stages to the punch list, we work hard to ensure our projects are completed with the highest quality of service and craftsmanship. We strive to achieve perfection on each successive job."

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Comparative Summary

Few plaster and drywall contractors earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award, which means they’ve been independently rated Highest in Quality. Even fewer can also claim more than 60 years of industry experience, but that’s exactly the case for RFJ Meiswinkel Company. “Our name has been renowned throughout Northern California for a long time, and we maintain our reputation by continuously providing the best possible drywall and plastering services,” says owner and second-generation plasterer Joseph Meiswinkel. “Everyone who works here is very proud of what we’ve accomplished and dedicated to upholding our good name.”

RFJ Meiswinkel provides a wide range of plaster and drywall services for residential and commercial clients throughout the Bay Area. The company’s main focus is restoring and recreating fine interior and exterior finishes (from low-sheen plaster to more pronounced variations of color), but it also handles commercial work such as light gauge metal framing, lathing, gypsum wallboard system installations, spray fireproofing and more.

Unlike plaster and drywall companies that hire inexperienced technicians in an effort to save on operating costs, RFJ Meiswinkel only employs highly trained professionals who have a tremendous amount of field experience. “All our field technicians are union, which means they’ve gone through apprenticeship school to become certified journeymen,” explains Chief Marketing Officer Kristen Meiswinkel. “Many of our employees have been with us for their entire careers, and they’re all dedicated to consistently providing high-quality work.”

As further proof of RFJ Meiswinkel’s expert capabilities, the company has been commissioned to restore the plaster in several buildings and homes listed in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, including the esteemed Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. “We’ve worked on hundreds of buildings in San Francisco, some of which were very prestigious restoration jobs,” says Mr. Meiswinkel. “We’re currently working on the YMCA in the Tenderloin, which has some amazing restoration work pieces.”

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Industry Info

The benefits of using plaster instead of drywall. Modern building designs tend to focus on cost-effectiveness more than aesthetic beauty, which is why interior wall moldings are typically done with drywall (sheetrock)—unlike traditional plaster molding, which can take up to a week to fully apply, drywall can be applied in a couple of days. Even so, many homeowners prefer to retain the classic, ornate plaster molding of their older homes, but when the molding becomes cracked or damaged, they have to make a choice: restore the old plaster or replace it with sheetrock.

According to Kristen Meiswinkel, vice president of RFJ Meiswinkel in San Francisco, restoring old plaster can be a simple process if you hire a company that has the right amount of knowledge and experience. “A quality plaster contractor will be able to look at a wall and determine if the damaged areas can be removed, re-plastered and patched,” she says. “That way, the homeowner will have a brand new wall that still has the same quality plaster, which is valuable to people who appreciate older construction and want to preserve it.”

One of the biggest advantages of plaster is its longevity—traditional plaster molding can last more than 100 years if it’s maintained properly. “Sheetrock is sort of a temporary cladding, whereas plaster doesn’t start to crack until nearly a century after it was first applied,” explains Ms. Meiswinkel. “Compared to plaster, sheetrock definitely won’t look as good in 50 or 60 years.”

Another advantage that plaster has over drywall is its superior density, which turns it into a highly effective sound barrier and provides better room acoustics. “Plaster reflects sound more than drywall, which actually improves people’s ability to hear each other within a room,” says Ms. Meiswinkel. “At the same time, its thickness creates a more effective sound barrier, which gives people in other rooms more privacy. It’s the best of both worlds as far as indoor sound is concerned.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you take on small jobs or do you only work on large projects?

A: We accept work based on the type of job, not the size. For example, if you just want us to sheetrock a bathroom or closet, we’ll probably pass, but if you want us to refurbish the plaster in your kitchen, we’ll be glad to take care of you.

Q: How quickly can you complete my project?

A: It depends on the type of work, but we’ll give you a realistic timeframe before the project begins and try to beat it if possible.

Q: Do you work with sheetrock?

A: Yes, but there’s a lot of competition in the sheetrock industry, so we’re often outbid on pure sheetrock jobs. We prefer jobs that require a special ability, like restoring the Venetian plaster in the bathroom of a historic home. Jobs like that take a higher amount of skill to perform correctly and really allow us to showcase our talents.

Q: Will you move my furniture?

A: Yes. Not only will we move furniture from one side of the room to the other and back again, we’ll also take measures to protect it from any potential damage.

Q: How do you handle dust on the jobsite?

A: We know the presence of dust is a big concern for many homeowners, so we try to minimize the amount of dust we create as much as possible. Of course, this means we have to spend more time preparing each jobsite, but in the end, it makes everyone involved feel more comfortable.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Robert Meiswinkel

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  • Robert Meiswinkel is vice president of RFJ Meiswinkel Company, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (415) 347-5973 or by email.

Robert Meiswinkel: Master of Plaster

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — As a third-generation plasterer, Robert Meiswinkel has had a hand in the plaster business (literally) from a young age. “My first encounter with plaster was at about five years old,” he recalls. “I remember putting my hand into a bucket of dry lime and observing how soft it felt.” By age 11, Robert had begun an apprenticeship with a journeyman plasterer—a capacity in which he continued to work throughout his high school years. “I spent my winter and summer breaks learning the trade on the jobsite. I started out with simple things like mixing the mud and transporting materials, and eventually I started performing the actual plaster work.”

After graduating from college, Robert continued to do plaster work, even if just intermittently to fund his travels. “I spent my early 20s hitchhiking and seeing the world,” he explains. “I’d come back from a month spent fly fishing in South America, work for a couple of months and be off again after I saved enough money. By the time I was 23 years old, I’d already been to 23 countries.” After getting married in 1995, Robert tapered down his world travelling and became more serious about the plaster trade as a full-time career.

Today, as vice president of RFJ Meiswinkel Company, Robert says his favorite part of his job is taking a plaster project from conception to reality. “I enjoy successfully executing the ideas of designers and architects. I take a lot of pride in the fact that we’re able to basically take power and water and create a piece of art.”

A resident of San Mateo (where he lives with his wife, Anna, and son, Nicolai), Robert expresses his appreciation for the Bay Area’s geographic diversity. “I enjoy being in such close proximity to so many different types of environments, including mountains, deserts and even glaciers,” he says. “Even though I work in an urban area, I’m still able to escape to some of the more peaceful settings that I hold close to my heart.”

Indeed, when he isn’t working, Robert relishes the chance to get away from it all, whether vacationing in a far-off country or retreating to his cabin in Idaho. In most cases, he takes these opportunities to pursue his favorite pastime: fly fishing. “Besides family and work, fly fishing is my passion,” he says. “Since steelhead trout need pure environments, fly fishing takes me to the most beautiful places on the planet, like Siberia and New Zealand. I also take the family for short fishing trips to our cabin on the Grand Ronde River in Idaho.” When he’s not wading in a stream, Robert enjoys family activities like going to the beach, hiking and being a spectator at Nicolai’s sporting events.

In his life and career, Robert believes in maintaining a balance between the present and the future. “As a young man, I coined a phrase that continues to stick with me: ‘Take care of today, because today is tomorrow’s memory,’” he says. “I believe that, in the end, all we have are our memories, which is why I make it a point to enjoy the present rather than wait for something at the end of the rainbow.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Robert says he’d continue his search for the perfect fishing spot. “I’d continue to travel and find new areas where wild trout and steelhead inhabit. One thing I still want to do is visit the Southern Andes in Bolivia and fish for the Golden Dorado, also known as the ‘wolf of the Amazon.’”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Do you prefer talk radio or music?
A: I try to listen to music, but I usually end up listening to sports talk radio.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go the past or the future?
A: I would go to the past, just to see what America was like before it became so modernized. Plus, all the old-timers I meet tell me how great the fishing was 50 years ago.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: It’s a tie between my bicycle and my skateboard.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played basketball, golf and water polo.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Old fly fishing equipment.

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  • The Benefits of Plaster Restoration

    SAN FRANCISCO — Whether from water intrusion or old age, when plaster molding becomes damaged, homeowners often assume it’ll have to be replaced entirely. While a contractor may recommend tearing out the plaster and putting in drywall, there’s another option you should consider: plaster restoration. By utilizing effective patching techniques, a plaster specialist can restore cracked or otherwise damaged molding to its original condition for an affordable cost.

    Plaster restoration involves a series of steps, starting with the removal of all loose and damaged sections. Next, the specialist installs a metal or diamond lathe into the wood joists to give the molding structural support. Finally, after filling in the cavities with gypsum plaster, the specialist blends it seamlessly with the existing plaster, resulting in a finished product that looks as good as new.

    Because only a few sections of plaster need to be replaced, plaster restoration isn’t much more expensive than drywall, and it offers advantages such as superior durability, acoustics, and aesthetic value. Also, by reinforcing the wood joists in damaged areas, a plaster restoration turns your ceiling’s weakest points into its strongest, resulting in improved structural integrity. Furthermore, by repairing existing plaster rather than tearing it out and sending it to a landfill, plaster restoration provides a more environmentally-friendly option.

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  • Video: Plaster: Replace or Restore?

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    SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have cracked or damaged plaster molding in your home, you may be considering having it replaced by drywall. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Robert Meiswinkel of RFJ Meiswinkel Company to learn about a better option.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Robert Meiswinkel: Often times, we get phone calls from homeowners who are concerned because they’ve had a water event. Which, has caused some delamination in a portion of the ceiling. Or, the building is just, perhaps you know, eighty to a hundred years old. And, there’s some cracking that has occurred due to settling over time.

    And, they usually have already called other contractors. And, the recommendation seems to be, primarily, that hey, we need to tear out this plaster ceiling. And, reinstall new drywall. Well, there are some other options versus – you know, having it replaced versus, basically, patching the plaster back together using the same techniques that were used originally to build the home.

    And, in a sense, what we do is we tear out the loose areas, the damaged areas. And, they’re perhaps the weakest areas, and the highest of concern. And, we install what’s called metal lathe or diamond lathe into the wood joists. And, then install gypsum plaster, filling in these voids. And, then a skilled craftsman can blend that finished coat of plaster into the existing plaster. And, creating a seamless joint after it’s painted by others.

    This can actually be a cost effective way to achieve the goal of having a new ceiling, versus you know, having it all torn out and sent to a landfill somewhere. So, when you are considering having some patching done, or repair work after a leaky roof event don’t just have it completely replaced. Look at the option of basically turning those weak areas into the strongest areas, by patching it with lathe and plaster. And, having a brand new ceiling, in a sense. But yet, with the same acoustic and hardness properties that plaster has over traditional dry wall.

    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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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 97 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
RFJ Meiswinkel Company : Average 8.8 out of 10 based on 97 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

D.C.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

1 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're on time, they take care of business, and they're proficient in their work.

They were good while onsite and cleaned up after themselves.

R.B.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

2 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're an excellent sheetrock company.

I liked dealing with Robert. He was great. They provided an excellent service.

O.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

3 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

That you're in good hands

I guess that the work is, you know, flawless. In other words, the client and the owner had no objections to their craftsmanship, and that's very important, because all eyes are different. The client was very satisfied. They're not the cheapest, but you get quality results.

R.P.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

4 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They're terrific.

I use them for taping all of the time since I'm a painter.

F.G.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

5 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

You get what you pay for, and they offer quality work.

I had an issue, and he got his guys out there right away, even though it wasn't officially his problem.

M.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

6 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They meet deadlines and have competitive prices.

The line of communication was the best thing.

B.B.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

7 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have been in business for a long time for a reason.

I have good working relationship with the estimator.

F.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

8 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They actually went out of their way to make the job come together, which is why they got the job.

Their management has been equal with their execution. They are good all the way across the board.

G.E.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

9 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are a good, reliable company.

I like the finished product.

M.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

10 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Top-notch

They did what they promised, and they do quality work.

M.C.I.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

11 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are very dependable, and they have always given me good, competitive pricing. They man" their projects properly."

They get the job done.

S.D.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

12 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I just tell them to use them, because they are the best.

The quality

V.A.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

13 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They do great work.

Their competitive pricing, and they do great work.

C. C. I.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

14 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They do everything fine.

We use him all the time, and the quality is good.

G.S.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

15 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Responsive, honest, and easy to work with

I liked their field people and their project managers. They were straightforward, and there wasn't any funny business.

P.C.I

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

16 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Good company, quality work, and they are easy to get hold of.

Timely responses

C.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

17 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

We were happy with the work they performed. We have used them for several projects.

C.P.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

18 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They got in and did the job. They also kept to their schedule and cleaned up afterwards. It looks great.

C.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

19 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They showed up and did the job.

M.C.

VERIFIED RFJ Meiswinkel Company CUSTOMER

20 of 97

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Their skills, expertise, and their knowledge, they were fantastic. The quality of their work and ability to man the project with people who knew what they were doing

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