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S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc.

Diamond Certified Company Report

S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 44 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Greg

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have always been great for us and the property owners. We have never had any issues.

They are reliable.

Jim S.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I am a general contractor, and I actually had my own painting business in the past, so I know a lot about painting. I am really good about painting, and I am really picky. They do a great job.

Their willingness to work with you, and they are flexible. They are easy to get along with.

John F.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very professional, responsive, and neat. There was some good customer care.

The service that they provided, the finished product, their guidance, and professional opinion

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Greg Severs, President

S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. provides a wide range of exterior and interior painting services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In addition to handling every step of the painting process (including color consultation), the company has the training and equipment to pressure wash surfaces and decks, waterproof and restore wood surfaces, repair dry rot and epoxy, and more.

President Greg Severs credits much of S & S Painting and Coatings’ success to the personal attention it gives to each job. “We really enjoy meeting our customers and working with them to make their painting projects successful,” he says. “People hire us because they know we’re honest, dependable and able to provide superior quality workmanship.”

S & S Painting and Coatings has special expertise with difficult “cliffhanger” projects like steep hillsides and multiple-story buildings, like the Grand Lake Theater and the 60-foot marquee signage on its roof, as well as the three 100-foot crosses at Neighborhood Church. Mr. Severs says this been an important differentiating factor for the company. “We’ve always been experts at high-rise work, which is rare in this industry. Regardless of the type or size of the project, we have all the necessary equipment to complete the job in a timely manner.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc.

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Service AREA

Alameda County
Contra Costa County

SERVICES PERFORMED

Exterior & Interior Painting
Expert Preparation
Pressure Washing
Waterproofing
Deck Refinishing
Wood Restoration
Dry Rot & Epoxy Repairs
Lead Paint Removal
Color Consultation
Stucco & Sheetrock Repairs

BRANDS Supported
  • Kelly-Moore Paints

  • Benjamin Moore

  • Dunn-Edwards

  • Sherwin Williams

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc.

A recent exterior painting project by S & S Painting and Coatings

Company Profile

S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. provides a wide range of exterior and interior painting services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. In addition to handling every step of the painting process (including color consultation), the company has the training and equipment to pressure wash surfaces and decks, waterproof and restore wood surfaces, repair dry rot and epoxy, and more.

President Greg Severs credits much of S & S Painting and Coatings’ success to the personal attention it gives to each job. “We really enjoy meeting our customers and working with them to make their painting projects successful,” he says. “People hire us because they know we’re honest, dependable and able to provide superior quality workmanship.”

S & S Painting and Coatings has special expertise with difficult “cliffhanger” projects like steep hillsides and multiple-story buildings, like the Grand Lake Theater and the 60-foot marquee signage on its roof, as well as the three 100-foot crosses at Neighborhood Church. Mr. Severs says this been an important differentiating factor for the company. “We’ve always been experts at high-rise work, which is rare in this industry. Regardless of the type or size of the project, we have all the necessary equipment to complete the job in a timely manner.”

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Company Philosophy

“Our goal is to make sure our clients are 100 percent satisfied in every way, shape and form. We understand that if we do excellent work, they’ll return in the future and refer their friends and relatives, so we focus on meeting and exceeding their expectations throughout every phase of their projects.”

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Comparative Summary

Few painting companies earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award, which means they’ve been independently rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise. Even fewer can also claim four decades of industry experience, but that’s exactly the case for S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. “We’ve completed more than 6,000 jobs since we started in 1978, each of which has added to our reputation for providing high-quality workmanship,” says President Greg Severs. “We’ve also expanded our capabilities over the years, which enables us to offer a wider range of services than most of our competitors.”

S & S Painting and Coatings extends its interior and exterior painting services to residential, commercial, and industrial clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The company has the in-house capabilities to handle every step of the painting process (including color consultation), and it’s also qualified to waterproof and pressure wash surfaces, refinish decks, repair dry rot, and more.

Unlike painting companies that experience high staff turnover and compromise the consistency of their work as a result, S & S Painting and Coatings understands that happy employees translate to happy customers. “We know how important it is to hire and retain quality painters, so we make it a point to take care of everyone who works here,” says Mr. Severs. “When employees are treated well and enjoy their work atmosphere, they’re more motivated to satisfy customers, which makes for a real win-win situation.”

Another distinguishing attribute of S & S Painting and Coatings is its specialized ability to work on high-altitude painting projects. “We’re one of the few painting contractors in the area that’s certified to use aerial lifts, boom lifts and scissor lifts for painting high-rise buildings,” explains Mr. Severs. “This unique capability allows us to save our commercial customers thousands of dollars by eliminating the need to rent and set up scaffolding.”

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Industry Info

If you live in a seaside location, consider investing in a high-quality, specialty paint product for your home.

In the Bay Area, it’s only natural for many homes to be situated near (or, in some cases, on) the water. However, as anyone who resides in a seaside location knows, coastal conditions are harsh on house paint, which can necessitate frequent repainting. In such cases, Greg Severs, president of S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. in Castro Valley, suggests purchasing a paint product that will give you more bang for your buck. “I recommend using a specialized product to get more performance out of your house paint,” he affirms. “By increasing your paint job’s lifespan, these high-end products can save you money by putting off the need for repainting.”

One option Mr. Severs suggests is hybrid paint. “Hybrid paint is an oil-based material that has been emulsified in high temperatures so it becomes water-soluble,” he explains. “The oil emulsion improves the paint’s bond to the substrate, which is why hybrid products provide superior adhesion and durability. Additionally, hybrid paints are self-priming, which can save you money on the job.”

After you choose the right type of paint for your project, consider making a request for your painting contractor to utilize environmentally-friendly application methods. One of the most important methods involves minimizing the presence of airborne particles within your home, which can be achieved by putting up plastic barriers around the worksite and using vacuum-activated sanders. Also, don’t forget to ensure paintbrushes, buckets and rollers are cleaned offsite. By asking your contractor to take all water and cleaning materials to a separate location for cleaning, you can avoid contaminating your living space.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much will it cost to complete my painting project?
A: It depends on a lot of factors, including the size of your home and the level of preparation needed. If you need to stick to a certain budget, we can take measures to reduce the cost. For example, we can prime only the bare wood and stucco or tint the primer toward the finish color to reduce the number of coats needed.

Q: Can you help me choose paint colors?
A: Yes. As experienced color consultants, we’re happy to assist you in making those decisions.

Q: How long will my paint job last?
A: Typically, the paint on the south and southwest sides of your house will last seven to 10 years, whereas the paint on the north and east sides should last 15 to 20 years, provided the exterior is periodically cleaned.

Q: What’s your approach to quality control?
A: For us, it’s all about upper management maintaining a hands-on involvement with daily operations. To start things off right, we’ll hold a meeting that includes the foreman and our president, Greg Severs, to go over the details of the job. After that, either Greg or the foreman will visit the jobsite every day until the project is complete.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Greg Severs

Expert CONTRIBUTOR PROFILE
  • Greg Severs is president of S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 210-0492 or by email.

Greg Severs: Painting His Way

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CASTRO VALLEY —After painting his way through high school and college, Greg Severs figured it only made sense to keep going. “I started painting during the summers in high school and continued to paint part-time during college,” he recounts. “My goal after college was to start my own business, and since I knew painting, I decided it might as well be a painting business. My twin brother was also a painter, so we decided to join forces and started S & S Painting and Coatings in 1978. Shortly after, he left the country to play professional basketball in Europe, so I took over and have been running things myself ever since.”

Today, Greg says his favorite part of his job is seeing the fruits of his labor. “I enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a house or building take on a new, fresh-looking appearance in a short amount of time. And, of course, it’s always nice to put smiles on my customers’ faces.”

A resident of Castro Valley (where he lives with his wife, Janice, and their family), Greg spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I’m a gardener and I enjoy growing fresh vegetables, both for my family and to give to friends and customers. I also enjoy playing basketball in the backyard with my kids.” Additionally, Greg likes taking family trips to destinations like Twain Harte, Hawaii and Cancun.

In regard to his professional career, Greg operates under a simple ethos. “I try to treat others with honesty and fairness,” he says. “That goes for both my customers and my employees. By keeping everyone happy, it makes for high customer satisfaction and an enjoyable work environment.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Greg says he’d book a cruise with his entire family. “I’ve done quite a bit traveling through Europe, but there are other areas of the world I still want to visit. I think the next destinations on my list would be China and South America.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The Golden State Warriors.

Q: What’s your favorite band?

A: The Beatles.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?

A: I played baseball and basketball, and competed in track throwing the shot put and discus. I actually got college scholarships in three different sports, which is pretty unique. I played basketball at the University of San Diego on a scholarship, then I transferred to Azusa Pacific University on scholarships in football and track.

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?
A: Our Christmas Eve celebration. We play Pirate Bingo and have a bunch of goofy gifts as prizes.

 

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Expert articles
  • A Coating for Worn Exterior Siding

    CASTRO VALLEY — When preparing for an exterior painting project, it’s important to inspect the condition of your siding. Particularly on the southern and western exposed elevations, standard plywood siding commonly sustains splits and cracks (known as “face-checking”), which is caused by expansion and contraction over time. Since plywood siding is composed of several layers glued together, if these splits and cracks go deeper than the outermost layer, they’ll pose an increased risk of moisture intrusion. Merely painting over them won’t resolve the issue—the splits and cracks will return soon after, and along with them, the risk of dry rot from moisture intrusion.

    Fortunately, there’s a product that can prolong the life of worn siding boards: elastomeric polymer waterproof coating. Applied prior to painting, this coating fills in cracks and splits and seals the siding from moisture intrusion. It’s also flexible, which means it won’t fail when the plywood expands and contracts. By prolonging the life of your siding boards, an elastomeric polymer waterproof coating will secure the integrity of your paint job and prevent dry rot and similar problems.

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  • Video: Causes of Bubbling Paint

    Complete Video Transcription:

    Host, Sarah Rutan: If you see bubbles forming on areas of your house paint, you might not know what’s causing this. To get an explanation, we’re in Castro Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Severs of S & S Painting and Coatings.

    Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Severs: Sometimes underneath the paint film you have non-breathing membrane, oil-based coatings, and you can get moisture underneath or you could get trapped gases. Trapped gases are old coatings like linseed oil, varnish, log oil. And what happens is on the south and the southwestern exposed elevations, the film heats up, and it causes this to turn into a gas, and it gets trapped underneath and causes a bubble. And the way to remedy that is you have to scrape it down to the bare wood and strip that area.

    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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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
Helpful Expertise i

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).

Company Credentials i
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  • Liability Insurance
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  • Business Practices
  • Current Complaint File
  • Legal & Finance
Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 44 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. : Average 9.3 out of 10 based on 44 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Greg

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have always been great for us and the property owners. We have never had any issues.

They are reliable.

Jim S.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I am a general contractor, and I actually had my own painting business in the past, so I know a lot about painting. I am really good about painting, and I am really picky. They do a great job.

Their willingness to work with you, and they are flexible. They are easy to get along with.

John F.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very professional, responsive, and neat. There was some good customer care.

The service that they provided, the finished product, their guidance, and professional opinion

Jon W.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

4 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They offer great quality work at an affordable price.

Easy to work with, and they do good, fast work.

John G.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

5 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is a very on-the-job kind of guy, and he has a good crew. Any time I needed help, he was right on the spot.

The quality of his work

Paul F.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

6 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I think that they are very reliable, honest, and you can trust they will do what they say.

I liked that when they said they would do something, it got done.

Owen N.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

7 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very on time, and they kept me informed. The invoicing was correct. Because it was very expensive work for a big, high-rise building, it took six weeks. We were able to bond with their employees and the owner. They did everything they promised. After the job was finished, we walked through everything and noticed that something was missing. I was able to hold back the money until the job was fully finished. They even gave me vegetables when I need them for my kitchen.

Number one, the pricing, and they did everything they said they would.

Larry V.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

8 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are reliable, a good quality, and they had a good price.

I think they are prompt, and they do diligent work.

Jack R.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

9 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are very thorough, they did a lot of work the last time they painted the building, and they were honest about replacing the wood panel only once.

They were very thorough, they stayed pretty close to the time frame, and they stayed each day until everything was cleaned up.

Allen M.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

10 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a wonderful job on a very important historical building, The Grand Lake Theater, and we were very happy.

They did a very thorough and excellent job at a reasonable price, and they took great care in doing a superior job.

Stephanie B.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

11 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very accommodating, and they definitely knew their product.

Probably their management staff, Greg was very personable, and he kept in constant contact. When we had a problem with one of the paints, he was quick to provide lots of options.

Bill B.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

12 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Good quality, and they have done stuff here that has held up for years, very good, long term quality.

Good communication

Brandon C.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

13 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are highly professional, so if you need a painter, they are the ones to go to.

Their experience, Greg has owned the company for a long time, and he does a great job.

Ryan P.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

14 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would hire them in a minute.

He is a nice fellow with a good sense of humor. He does a good job, and he wants to make sure that you are satisfied.

Chris L.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

15 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They did a really good job, and we were happy with their work.

They showed up when they said they would show up, and they did the job they said they would.

Zoe G.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

16 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would tell them that not only was the price right, but the quality of the work was good.

They were on time, and they finished sooner than when I thought.

Dave L.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

17 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I use them as subcontractor on various jobs that I get. They have good equipment, great experienced workers, and they provide good quality.

They are reliable, and the quality is there.

Brian H.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

18 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were fast, they did it right, and it wasn't expensive.

They did it right.

Chris H.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

19 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I would say that they were fast, efficient, and the owner was friendly. He answered any questions that I had.

I would say that they did what they said they were going to do, and they got it done in the time frame they said they would.

Nancy H.

VERIFIED S & S Painting and Coatings, Inc. CUSTOMER

20 of 44

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They have been working with me since 1993. They have painted a whole 12 unit apartment building for me. I really like them.

I can call him up, and he will come out to give me a bid, and it doesn't take forever. He is on time, and he does a good job.

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