We had a very intensive, and expensive renovation completed in the fall of 2014. A few months later a few cracks opened up in our brand new ceiling. Our contractor came back to check & stated they would be back in the spring to fix them. Over the winter they went out of business, which wasn't surprising because our experience with them was AWFUL, to say the least. As a result, we were stuck with one very long and large crack, and one smaller one. I was faced with trying to find someone to fix it, and that wasn't going to be easy.
After calling a few, I kept hearing that they're too busy, or won't come for a smallish job, etc. I gave up and was going to fix it myself. I later decided that I just didn't have the time.
I saw a drywall company van on the way to work one morning and decided to research the company. I immediately got onto Homestars and couldn't find one lick of info about them. I did however come across Mike's name immediately.
He was the first drywall expert/company to pop up on the site as a recommendation. Now I know why. He had less than ten reviews but all of them were amazing, and highly rated overall. I called him immediately after reading the reviews and asked if he could come to look at the cracks that needed to be repaired. He said yes and came by to make an assessment on how to fix them and for a quote. He listened and promised me a quote by the end of that day. I received it via email just a few hours later. I contacted him the following day and we booked a time for the repair.
He kept me well informed in advance of the repair, during and has touched base after the fact to ensure that the repair is ok, and to let me know if there were any problems (not that there have been, or I suspect will be) to contact him immediately. He was easy to contact, was always on time (in fact he was usually early which was perfectly fine) and super tidy, clean and took the time to properly prep the area he was going to work in to keep the mess contained, to protect our floors and furniture. He also was careful to cleanup really thoroughly after it was all done. He had to come back a few days in a row in order to let each coat of mud dry before adding another, and he made sure to do it right. His suggestion of a solution, after originally seeing the crack, was the method he followed through on, and it worked brilliantly. You cannot see that there was a repair there at all.
Earlier repairs by the original contractor (the one that went out of business and left us with this mess) were pretty awful. You can still see areas where they either were incapable of completely hiding the joint, or properly applying and sanding the mud to blend seamlessly, but Mike is a true professional. I wish I'd known about him either before the contractor did any of the drywall work in our house, or had told our contractor that Plaster & Drywall Solutions Inc was going to be the one doing any drywall in our house, because had Mike been our guy during the renovation, we never would have had the problems with our ceiling in the first place. He would have done it right.
Mike Zerning takes great pride in his work, does a fantastic job, is really friendly, flexible on scheduling, fair and competitive on pricing and a great tradesman. He knows his job, period. I cannot say enough about this man. He could teach a lot of other tradespeople about what it means to be a proud, skilled professional because that is what he is and I would (and will!) recommend Mike Zerning of Plaster & Drywall Solutions Inc. to anyone without any hesitation. Thanks Mike!