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Trusted Brags about Geransky Bros Construction Ltd a Trusted Saskatoon Foundation and Concrete Specialist.

The Trusted Saskatoon directory team are thrilled to brag about our newest part in the Saskatoon General Contractors category Geransky Bros Construction. A family-owned and operated company, they have been in business for over four decades. Over that time they have committed to an increased emphasis on industry-wide, safe work practices. 

Geransky Bros Construction Ltd - Trusted Saskatoon Foundation and Concrete Specialists.  


The Geranskys have a great reputation for customer service and they excel at problem-solving, which is a vital skill in the construction industry. In addition they promote safe work practices as standard and recently implemented a 21-Day Safety Challenge (April 2019.) aimed at putting a fresh perspective on workplace safety training.

They deserve all the kudos, as they truly go the extra mile to provide excellent service and quality work as standard.

Geransky's Community Support. 

With a 40 year history and belief that it is important to give back to the community that they live and work in, each year Geransky Brothers Construction commit to providing funds and time to various local causes and non-profits such as: 

Each year they commit to donating funds and time to various causes, both big and small.  Such as, helping build a new skate park in Martensville  and sponsoring local sports teams.  


40 Years Of Excellence

Geransky Brothers Construction was founded by Ed & Irvin Geransky in 1975, with their brother Dennis Geransky joining the business by 1977. As the proud owner and CEO today, Dennis’s active involvement and his senior management team beside him, Geransky Bros Construction will continue to not only be a success but will continue to thrive in an ever growing community. What began as three brothers creating a family business, has expanded to employ over 45 experienced professionals in their field with over half of these employees having been with Geransky Bros Construction for at least ten years.



“Geransky Bros. Construction is in the business of satisfying customers, and we believe our skill and innovative ideas such as footing keyways and crack control joints in walls make Geransky Bros Construction a leader in the business. Our full-time office personnel with radio and GPS dispatched units save you, the consumer, time and money.”
Ryan Geransky


When we were speaking to Geransky's customers as part of the Unique Trusted verification process  we consistently heard great things. Read some of the first hand experience below. 





"I have been dealing with this company for more than 10 years now and I will never look back, great people, great workmanship, great prices and always new equipment."  Kelvin Mah



“Prompt and professional and accommodated all our needs. They helped us with demolition of  an old house and building the foundation for our new infill. Would highly recommend for any constructions needs.” Ryan Holowaty.  


Geransky Bros Construction Ltd are Trusted Saskatoon Concrete and Foundation Contractors





Trusted Saskatoon Roofer Scott Roofing Mystery Shop!

Being a Trusted Business on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory of Excellence comes with a lot of responsibility - no other directory,  advertising medium, or 'watchdog organization' puts businesses through the process we do before we promote and endorse them. 


Why Choose a Business On the Trusted Saskatoon Directory? 

All of the Trusted Saskatoon partners have to pass a unique verification process, they are then annually contracted to uphold our 5 Trusted Guarantees. The partners then become part of a local community of Saskatoon and area businesses who we promote with a strong local marketing campaign. We also have a Trusted MYSTERY SHOPPER PROGRAM. This is where we find and engage with normal everyday people, just like you, who are looking for products and services in Saskatoon and area. We approach individuals we can see are looking for a local business and we ask them to mystery shop Trusted Saskatoon Partners. Those that agree to be Trusted mystery shoppers go about their usual business, except at the end they fill out a report to tell us about the experience. We then share it with you! The Trusted Saskatoon Team are thrilled to share our latest mystery shop report about Scott Roofing! 

Mystery Shop Scott Roofing 


Name of Shopper: Brett B


1. How was the greeting/welcome/call answered?

Promptly and professionally. I had someone booked for an inspection and quote within minutes.

2. Product industry knowledge of staff?

Scott had multiple samples available and was able to source my roof needs without delay. 

4. If a quote is required is it well laid out / clear?

Yes, it was delivered quickly and the information on the quote was clear.


5. Did they ask where you found them?

Yes


 

6. Overall experience 1-10

10 out of 10


7. Would you return/recommend?

Yes.


8. Did anyone stand out as exceptional?

Yes, Scott.


9. If you made a purchase or booked a job, how was the process?

 See below


Did they uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees? 

  1. Provide the service and quality promised -  Yes
  2. Complete the job on time - yes
  3. Change the price quoted with no surprises - yes
  4. Communicate.honestly and be responsive to customer needs - yes
  5. Resolve any issues with customer satisfaction in mind - yes



Please share any other comments relating to your experience with the company. 


 "This was an interesting test for Scott Roofing because of some strange circumstances which they handled very well.The roofing material loader (a 3rd party company - not Scott Roofing) - fell through my roof when delivering. Honest accident. They had a repair person there in minutes and properly fixed an entire side of the roof, actually adding value to my home. They let me know of the problem right away and did not try to hide it. There was no cost to me and they made sure I was happy with the work. "
"They finished the roofing just before a very powerful windstorm. I found a roofing nail on my deck not long after and wondered how many might be scattered on the lawn or neighbours lawn. Because the work happened while my family was on vacation, I didn’t want to mow my lawn, now very long due to vacation absence (ie shoot nails around) or have my kids play in the yard for fear of injury and therefore potential litigation. They agreed at no extra cost to come and do a second round of cleanup with a magnet. They did, and everything has been clear; my neighbours said they asked them if they could go over their yards too just in case."
"Scott Roofing’s quote came in 10-12% under 3 other companies that I contacted." 

CONGRATULATIONS on a successful mystery shop Scott and the team at Scott Roofing a Trusted Saskatoon Roofer! As roofing is one of the least Trusted categories out there, we are thrilled to have such amazing roofers like Scott Roofing on Saskatoons directory of excellence!.

Honest, Dependable, Hardworking

Customer satisfaction is their top priority. 

Contact Scott today for a free quote for all your roofing needs. 


Scott Roofing is a Trusted Saskatoon Roofer.



Carpenter and Renovations Pros at Wood FX Share Information on the Janka Hardness Scale

Wood FX Contracting is a Saskatoon family owned and operated with over 18 years experience. Their carpenters and renovation team consist of hardworking individuals ready to tackle your interior home renovations - big or small! They are on-site daily ensuring client satisfaction. In this article, they explain what the Janka Hardness Scale is. Wood FX are Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pros!


The Janka Hardness Scale


Hardwood flooring is one of the best decisions you can make when it comes to interior home design, as it is a product that never goes out of style. It’s easy to assume that all hardwood flooring is the same when it comes to durability, but this is actually quite far from the truth. Hardwood’s actual hardness is measured by something called the Janka hardness scale. Let’s take a look at what the Janka scale is and how it works.


What is the Janka Hardness Scale?




The Janka hardness scale is a way of measuring the hardness of a given piece of hardwood. It was invented in the year 1906 by an Austrian wood researcher named Gabriel Janka, and it is an adaptation of the Brinell hardness test for metals. In order to better understand the Janka scale, you first need to know how the Brinell test works. The Brinell hardness test is used to test metal materials that are too coarse or rough to be tested by other means. The test involves a steel ball with a 10mm diameter being pressed into the material’s surface under 3,000 kgs of pressure. The resulting indentation is then examined to determine the hardness of the material.


How Does the Janka Hardness Scale Work?





The Janka hardness scale works in a very similar way to the Brinell test. It measures the pounds of force (lbf) it takes to drive an 11.28 mm diameter steel ball halfway into the surface of a slab of hardwood. A test done on the surface of a board, perpendicular to the grain is called a test of “side hardness”, while the same test being performed on the cut surface of a stump is called a test of “end hardness”. Every hardwood board will not yield the same test result, seeing as the hardness of wood varies with the direction of the wood grain, and will be different from one board to another. While durability issues come up when we look at different types of wood grains, there is usually not much deviation when it comes to differences in separate types of wood material, as estimates usually find the difference to be about plus or minus 10%.


Why is a Janka Hardness Rating Important?





Hardwood flooring is a big investment and will typically cost you a pretty penny, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting top quality wood that is not going to deteriorate or wear down after a few short years. While wood with a low Janka rating can still serve you just fine, it is only going to do so if you live a quieter lifestyle that does not involve your home seeing heavy foot traffic. If you have children and/or pets, try to find hardwood with a higher Janka score. A Janka hardness rating is going to give you a great indication of what kind of wear and tear your hardwood is going to be able to handle, helping you make a smarter decision when it comes to making a purchase.




Any questions about hardwood installation or maintaining your hardwood contact Wood FX Contracting! Wood FX is a Trusted Saskatoon Carpenter and Renovation Pro!


Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Discuss Home Foundations

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan, in addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors and foundation specialists, discuss your home foundation


Pay Attention to Your Foundation While Living in Saskatchewan


As a homeowner, you probably tend to prioritize home repairs based on how soon they need to be addressed. If your kitchen faucet is spraying water all over the room, for example, that’s something you’ll try to fix as soon as possible. If a tree branch falls and punches a hole through your roof, that’s something else you’ll probably work on right away.

On the other hand, if you start to notice tiny cracks developing in your foundation, you might not jump to fix it immediately. After all, all homes are expected to move a little from our adverse weather conditions to clay expanding or contracting up six inches with the fluctuation of moisture content. What’s more, a tiny crack that appears in your concrete doesn’t mean your house is in danger of falling anytime soon, does it? Basement crack repair may be one of those things you’d file under “keep an eye on it” rather than “call someone tomorrow,” but that can be the wrong idea.

Why Pay Attention to Your Foundation Living in Saskatchewan


 With the weather extremes that we experience in Saskatchewan, From a 70 + degree temperature swing in a matter of days to expanding Clay that is affected by moisture in ways we never thought possible, home foundation repair is critical for your house. It should be taken care of as soon as possible. Although a few cracks in the foundation might not seem like a big deal, think of them as warning signs of something much more serious to come. Your home’s foundation may not be in any danger of crumbling to dust in the immediate future, but any signs that you may need foundation crack repair should be acted upon immediately if you want to avoid major foundation problems later.



Here are some of the best reasons why you always need to make foundation repair a high priority:


It Saves You Time and Money

Perhaps the most important reason to have your foundation repairs made sooner rather than later is cost. Although foundation repair may cost more than you’re expecting, it only gets worse when you wait. In addition to labour and material costs continuing to rise, the longer you wait to fix cracks in your foundation, the worse they will get. This is especially true if you’re planning on selling your home or making any significant home improvements. Ignoring the need for foundation repairs now will only make those projects much harder and result in more-expensive work to be done.



If you suspect you may need a foundation in Saskatchewan or wherever you are, it’s not a good idea to hesitate. The longer you wait for foundation repair, the more complicated and expensive those repairs are likely to be. Even if you think you have time to get that work done, don’t wait.

 

K & S Contracting is a Trusted Saskatoon General Contractor and foundation specialists


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Trusted Saskatoon Roofers 3'n 1 Construction Answer Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST...DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade the owner of 3'n 1 Construction and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by. They value great relationships with their clients and believe that this is fostered by truly listening to them. They strive to understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goals. They work hard to add a personal touch to each and every job, treating your home as though it was theirs.  3'n 1 Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Roofers!

 Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

There are basically 3 types of roof “leaks” which are detailed below. The solution to your roof moisture issues depends on what type of “leak” it is. If you notice excessive moisture during extreme temperature changes, and not when it rains, then the moisture probably isn’t a roof leak. The following information should help determine what issues you might be experiencing and what you can do to alleviate condensation.


  • The first type is where water is leaking through the roof system while it is raining. This could include leaks due to damaged or deteriorated shingles, improper installation of the shingles or poor/failed flashing details at penetrations and walls. It may even be due to damaged window sills, improper siding installations or severe wind driven rain. These are external leaks which can usually be inspected and repaired by a roofer

  • The second type of “leak” is caused by ice dams. This is not workmanship related. The best way to prevent or reduce ice dams is to eliminate or reduce the amount of warm air that is escaping into the attic and melting snow on the roof to the point where it creates glacier-like ice build up. Another temporary solution is to remove the snow from the roof before it can turn into ice and penetrate the roof system.

  • The third type of “leak” is caused by condensation or frost buildup in the attic. This is not workmanship related or an actual roof leak. To prevent frost & condensation from developing in your attic you must eliminate or reduce the amount of air leakage into the attic as well as improve insulation & ventilation to allow moist air to escape the roof.

What is Condensation?

Condensation comes from the moisture in the air and is caused by too much moisture in the air for a certain temperature. Condensation forms when warm, moist air touches a surface that is colder than the dew point of the warm air. As that air becomes colder and its temperature drops below its dew point, it must release excess moisture to reach its new, lower dew point. It releases moisture in the form of water, which appears on the colder surface.

There are many things in our homes that put moisture into the air. Normal breathing and perspiration add 3 pints of water to the air every day for each person in your home. In fact, every activity that uses water adds more moisture to the air including cooking, taking showers, dishwashing, and doing laundry. Condensation is more apt to occur in climates where the average temperature is 35º F or colder. Condensation is a common sign of inadequate insulation and/or ventilation.

Condensation in the Home - A Warning Sign

Condensation is usually first noticed on your windows and skylights because they are the most visible areas of your house. While it’s natural to blame the windows, you shouldn’t always. Window and skylight condensation is the result of excess humidity in your home. And the glass only provides a visible cold surface on which humidity can condense. This could be a sign that your excessive indoor humidity is causing damage elsewhere in places you cannot see, such as: your walls, ceilings, floors, and your attic roof. Excessive indoor humidity can cause blistering and peeling paint, warping and rotting wood, as well as the formation of mildew & mold.

During extremely cold temperatures, frost can build up on the underside of the roof sheeting (attic roof). Once the outdoor temperature rises, that frost melts and can mimic a leak. This “leak” can be excessive when the temperatures dramatically change, as is common during our Alaskan winters. Frost build up is most common above heat sources such as light fixtures, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, bathrooms, fans, and improperly vented exhaust fans. When the frost melts, this “leak” is most commonly found dripping out of those heat sources.

High ceiling beams and cathedral ceilings with water spots can be confused with an active leak, when in fact it is a result of condensation.

If you have ever noticed a lot of icicles hanging from the edge of your roof, chances are your house is leaking significant (and expensive) amounts of air and heat into the attic.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

Most new homes are now made tighter than ever. They are well insulated and no longer "breath" on their own. Both insulation and ventilation should be addressed to control condensation. Steps must be taken to ventilate the house, allowing moisture and humidity to escape. 

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CONTROL THE HUMIDITY IN YOUR HOME INCLUDE:

  • Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, as well as dryer vents, should never be discharged into the attic space, always discharge outside. You may have an
    adequately ventilated attic, but this won’t matter if the bathroom exhaust fan dumps warm moist air directly into the attic space. This will result in condensed water vapour freezing onto cold attic materials, which will eventually thaw creating wet attic materials resulting in damage in the attic and inside the home.

  • Installing exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

  • Controlling or covering other sources of humidity (radiator water pans, fish tanks, large numbers of plants, etc.)

  • Installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are an inexpensive way to reduce the moisture in your home. Highly recommended in vaulted roofs with a loft.

  • Opening fireplace damper.

  • Ventilating the crawl space or basement: Install foundation vents or leave a basement window cracked in the fall or early winter to ventilate your basement or crawl space.

  • Research shows keeping the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20s can reduce the occurrence of ice dams. Proper attic ventilation is key to keeping the attic cool, while adequate and properly installed insulation is key to keeping your house warm. It is critical to keep soffit vents free from obstructions to allow the natural flow of cool outside air into the attic space to replace the warmer attic air that rises and flows outside ridge and/or roof vents. This flow of air will keep the attic cool and free of moisture build-up.

  • Adding additional roof vents, such as box vents, turbine vents and ridge vents will also allow the warm air to escape the attic space and reduce condensation issues.

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