Customer Reviews for Robert J. O'Brien Jr. & Michael O'Brien Contracting in Butler County, PA
December 22, 2014
Robert J. O'Brien, Jr. & Michael O'Brien O'Brien Contractors Slippery Rock, PA
RE: Letter of Recommendation
The Short Version:
The bottom line is - we hope to hire O'Brien Contractors for future projects. They are that good !
The Long Version:
Our project was the total re-siding of a 32-year old, 2 story colonial house. The O'Briens removed all the cedar lap siding and cornerboards. They added OSB reinforcement and insulation where needed, replaced a warped stud, fixed some rotted areas and did other prep work to make sure there would be a proper foundation for the new siding. Then they installed new Hardi-plank fiber cement lap siding and Boral TruExterior trim boards, new mounting blocks for our light fixtures, new soffit vents, flashing and caulking. This was a big project that took a whole month. Due to the expense involved, we had interviewed several contractors and received 4 bids. The O'Briens' bid wasn't the cheapest or most expensive, but they came highly recommended from a trusted friend, Larry Edmonds of Parker, PA (a genuine craftsman).
Hardi-plank is a great product if it is installed according to the specs. The O'Briens were the only bidder who seemed to care about the specs. We visited the job sites of some other contractors and saw even so-called "certified" installers mishandling the product and installing it incorrectly. The O'Briens came with the James Hardie manual in hand and showed us exactly how they were going to follow the specs.
We found the O'Briens to be polite, hard-working, conscientious, reliable and honest. They did their best every day, and we are convinced they did the best job possible given the age and condition of our house. And that's not just our opinion. The painting contractors said it was one of the best Hardi-plank jobs they had seen, and were particularly impressed by the quality of the caulking, which is critical on a Hardi installation (Robert's the master!).
Our advice is hire them, you won't be disappointed.
Ray & Karen O.
I'm writing this letter to thank you both for the well done job of installing windows and doors in my home.
You we're recommended to me by a family member and also by a friend. Your estimate was received promptly after your initial visit and work was started and completed as promised. You explained work being done and answered any questions I had.
Your work was done in a very professional manner. Arrived on time, worked without taking breaks, cleaned up and hauled away any debris everyday. On days, I had to leave before finishing your work for the day you would lock up when leaving.
I was very pleased with your work and would definitely hire again. I would also recommend you to anyone needing quality work done on their home.
Robert & Michael O'Brien Construction 627 West Liberty Road Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Robert and Michael,
I am writing this letter to commend you on the job you and your brother did on our
house. I had noticed my house was a little drafty and the roof was thirty years old and in
desperate need of replacement.
From start to finish, the professionalism- demonstrated by your company was incredible ..
While preparing the estimate for the work to be performed, you asked many questions
which neither my wife nor I gave any thought. We didn't realize the importance of
having an eave placed on our roof. The eaves placed on the house keep the water away
from the foundation as well as stop the water from running off the roof and pooling up
behind the siding. I noticed once the old siding was removed, the siding underneath had
deteriorated and was moldy as a result of this runoff.
In addition, the insulation placed behind the vinyl siding installed on the house has
helped to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the house in winter and cool the
house in summer. We have noticed a reduction in our energy bills as a result of this.
You and your brother were very patient with my family and courteous as well. My wife
had many questions about the job being done on the house. You took the time out of
your very busy schedule to walk her through what was being done and explain the
necessity for the steps you were taking to make the improvements to the house.
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for the job done by your company. The house
looks beautiful and is much more energy efficient now as well.
A few years back my husband and I moved into an old farm house that really
needed some major renovation. After a little searching we hired Robert and Michael
O'Brien of West liberty, PA as our contractors. In addition to doing a nice job on siding
the place, they built in the front porch as an extra room, built in another small porch as a
mud room, insulated and rewired the attic, and expanded our small deck out back.
Since then, we have had various people visiting that have remarked on their good
workmanship and how nice the place looks now. The house really does have a whole new
look and is much warmer in the cold weather-which also saves on our utility bills.
You might ask, would we hire them again? You bet! We already have some future
projects in mind for them since they are quite talented. Also, after Rob and Mike get
started, they get the work done in a timely manner, clean up any leftover debris, and they
are very polite and respectful of your property.
In short, both my husband and I would recommend them to anyone needing a
quality project done to their home.
Patty and Richard B.
Branchton Road Slippery Rock, PA
To Whom It May Concern:
I write this letter in recommendation of Robert O'Brien & Michael O'Brien Contractors. I had the
pleasure of having them build a ramp in January of 2012 and then again with a porch roof in September,
2012. I can recommend them highly and without reservation.
The ramp was done because of a pulmonary embolism I had in October. In spite of the cold weather it
was finished in record time and I love it. We moved into our property in 2005 but could not really use
the back porch as the sun would be too hot. With the roof now we can enjoy cooking out and sitting on
They cleaned up after themselves and even "swept" the lawn for nails. Very conscious in regards to
keeping to a schedule they imposed upon themselves. They were very accurate in keep to the initial
assessment for the project.
They also put electrical outlets in the front of the house for our Christmas decorations. This helped so
we would not have cords crossing the porch to trip upon.
If anyone needs contracting work done, I would highly recommend the O'Brien Brothers anytime.
Thomas and Naomi W.
May 25, 2011 Robert and Michael,
We are writing this letter to thank you for a job well done on siding our home and installing the
doors and windows. We have been very pleased with the quality of the material and you
professional workmanship. The current renovation you are doing adding a walk-in closet and
laundry room is going very well and we are sure we will be as pleased with the results.
You were recommended to us by a friend and we have been more than pleased with the work
the two of you have done. You are always prompt, professional and respond quickly to our
requests. You have shown diligence and dedication to finishing each job on time. The job site
is always safe and clean before you leave at the end of the day
We were so pleased with your work and we did not hesitate to refer our friends and family to
you. Our friends and family that you have completed work for have been equally pleased. They
have agreed you are very professional and have done a great job.
It is evident in your work you enjoy what you do and your goal is to please your customers.
Please feel free to have any of your prospective customers give us a call for a reference.
Thanks again and I am sure we will be working with you in the future.
Chris and Sandy B.
February 23, 2013, Re: Reference for Michael and Robert O'Brien, Contractors
Over the past six years, I have had three home improvement projects completed by the O'Brien's. The most recent project was adding a full bathroom on my lower level. As this was a new experience for me, all my questions we're answered as well as suggestions offered for various details. In all cases where I asked for pros and cons on a matter, I received answers. I was also informed of any subcontractors needed for the job and was introduced to them before the project was started.
In all projects the work was handled in a competent and professional manner. An estimate was given in a timely manner and work was started when promised and completed within the time frame scheduled.
I was impressed with their work ethic. They came in, did the job without taking breaks and on any day when I was not home would lock up when they left. They cleaned up and hauled away any debris. In their last project I think they actually left one of the rooms cleaner when they left than when they came.
In summation, I have found their prices fair, the work well done in the time promised, questions answered and/or suggestions made, and everything cleaned up.