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Reviews & Testimonials of Lakeshore Guys’ Riprap Shoreline Work

Reviews of Lakeshore Guys’ Riprap Shoreline Work

Quality pays for itself.  Picking the right shoreline-restoration company is important, because if you get it wrong, your shoreline will crumble or start eroding again in a few years (or next season), and you’ll have to pay for more work if you want to end the erosion for good.  Making a poor choice – like, say, hiring a local landscaper or concrete contractor – ultimately means your shoreline will become just another headache – not the calming retreat it should be.

We hope the in-depth info we share on this site, the photos of our work, and our professional manifesto give you a sense of the craftsmanship and old-fashioned customer-service you can expect of us.  But please don’t stop there.  We hope you’ll also read the online reviews of Lakeshore Guys.  You can find them on sites like Google Maps and Facebook, but we’ve also included many them word-for-word here on this page.  Where possible, we’ve added customers’ before-and-after photos, so you can see exactly what they’re excited about in their reviews.

“Happy Tears”

“My house is 35 feet from the lake. In the past four winters I have lost four feet of my property due to ice pressure against the shoreline. This has caused berms which I have had to dig out in order to get onto the dock, not so easy for a 77 year old great grandma. In the past I have paid thousands to have rip rap installed which only increased the damage each winter. I called several contractors who claimed to do shoreline restoration only to find they were really only landscapers.

“Then I found the web site for Lakeshore Guys. My call was returned with an explanation of what they do, how they do it and why it works. The next step involved an on site inspection, consultation and estimate at which time many pictures were taken. My project required access down a steep hill, tree removal, removal of old rip rap, huge timbers which framed a beach and the sand therein, installing muskrat proofing, re-grading the slope and removing two sections of dock in order to do the work. On the day Lakeshore Guys arrived to start work it was raining but that did not slow down the owner or his crew of six. They just got right to it. Even the breakdown of a piece of equipment didn’t hinder them. They simply worked in other areas. In each phase of the makeover the crew worked as if they were dong the work on their own property. Suggestions and permission were always brought up before the work was started or changed as in the removal of trees to make access easier. The crew were always polite and respectful. I never heard a single curse word. The team committed to staying until near dark to complete the job. They took a vote on it. When the dock was replaced Mike re-fit every stone at the approach to make it flat. Many times I saw stones re-arranged and I know they washed them down at least three times in their effort to perfection. I was asked more than once what else could they do to make the outcome better. They asked each other if anything had been missed, checked and checked again. They leveled all the tracks from their equipment, put down top soil and seeded everything except the sod along the top of the rip rap.

“In the end I walked out to the end of the dock to view my new shoreline. I had no idea the transition would be so beautiful. It brought me to tears (happy tears). We had a family get-together of four generations a week after completion. Everyone was awed by the beautiful outcome . That’s not all, I also have instructions on how to maintain my new installation. Going forward I will gladly recommend Lakeshore Guys to anyone looking to improve their shoreline. They are a true team of perfectionists.”

Deann Ebert
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Deann’s shoreline, before and after:
Before and after

It’s always a nice surprise when Lakeshore Guys are offered extra fuel. (Thanks again, Deann!)

“One of the Nicest Things We’ve Ever Owned”

“Oh my God, you guys Rock! (No pun intended)

“It’s absolutely beautiful! You have no idea how much the attention to detail and cleanup means to me. I wouldn’t even let the kids play on it today and shooed the ducks off too… It’s definitely a project to be proud of!

“Jonathan and I were talking today struggling with what to say to you once we saw it competed. Looking for words to express what we really thought of the end result. After staring at it for quite a while and reflecting back on what we imagined it could be when the tree first fell, here is what we came up with:

“The details are everything. ..the way the boulders slope to the water, the look of the river rock frost-break just under the water’s edge, beautiful stepping stones perfectly placed into the leveled rocks, meticulously formed sand beach and the edging design with flowing curves (so sexy!). On top of this a carefully dressed lawn ready to start anew. One of the nicest things we have ever “owned”.

“But more than the look of the shoreline, we appreciate your ability to connect with us and easily lead us through decisions to create our desired outcome, even when we weren’t sure exactly what it was or how to do it. Whether that is good sales strategy, comes from the heart, or both, it was well received on our end. Feeling as though you always had time for us and that our project was a top priority is not something you can ask for its something you had to show us.

“Looking back we actually had FUN! Talking through the project, trying to navigate and understand feelings and decisions presented to us. Not only were you fun to work with but your team was a delight as well. We looked forward to every “meeting” and got excited each time your team was at our house!

“Thanks again Joe and the rest of the Lakeshore Guys, what a great experience!”

Jackie and Jonathan Loose (and Jacob, Aleiah, Lydia, and Stella, and Jim the neighbor)
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

“Cleaned up 20 Years of Neglect in a Few Days”

“Cleaned up 20 years of neglect in a few days. Their equipment and finesse operating it quickly completed our project with minimal disturbance to our yard. Dedicated crew that worked hard through a day of steady rain. Joe is a true specialist and we loved his drone photographs. Their final walkthrough to make sure we were completely satisfied assures you of the quality of their work. Highly recommend The Lakeshore Guys and are enjoying our new beautiful shoreline.”

-Brenda Vatland
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Brenda’s shoreline, before and after:

“Couldn’t Be More Pleased with the Result”

“The Lakeshore Guys did an awesome job on our eroded, ugly and high maintenance shoreline. They turned it into a thing of beauty! The crew was outstanding and kept us informed every step of the way. They paid attention to every little detail and made sure that our input was solicited throughout the project. All of our questions and concerns were addressed in a timely and professional manner.

“We did the initial design with Joe last fall (2017) and planned to start the project in May/June 2018. The original design included a small sand beach, primarily as a landing spot for our paddle boat. Over the winter months I started to have doubts about that beach as I was concerned it could turn into an ongoing maintenance issue (I’m all about “maintenance-free”!). So Joe tapped into his creative abilities to design a maintenance-free boat “storage ramp” complete with a wench for launching and “docking” the boat. The crew then turned that initial design into a highly functional reality that should last for many years to come (again, maintenance-free?). We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

“So thanks Joe, Ron, Mike and crew. Your attention to detail and your determination to “do it once, do it right” turned our lake shore project into one of the most successful projects we have ever undertaken. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a picture of your entire team next to the word “craftsmanship” in the dictionary.”

-Darrell Adkins
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Darrell’s shoreline, before and after:

“Property Value Increased”

“The Lakeshore Guys were excellent from start to finish. Communication was frequent, and positive. Questions were answered promptly and thoughtfully. The work couldn’t;t have been better. Our ragged shoreline was filled with sink holes, over grown weeds and we were losing our back yard by the foot. Now that Lakeshore Guys have built our Rip Rap shoreline it is a thing of beauty. My realtor friend told me that our property value increased significantly after their work was done. Price quote was met and no sneaky adds along the way. Truly felt like the guys cared about the work and the finished product. 5 Stars all the way!”

-Karl Bradford
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Karl’s shoreline, before and after:

“Exceeded All of Our Expectations”

“I have been in the construction business for 40 years. It is very rare when a large project like a riprap shoreline is done at your home and the professionalism, care and attention to detail blows you away. The lakeshoreguys, everyone on the crew, were fabulous. When the project was finished, a day earlier than expected, the final result exceeded all of our expectations. We couldn’t be happier with our new shoreline and would recommend the lakeshoreguys to anyone looking for a beautiful, perfectly sloped and hand placed riprap shoreline.”

-Tom & Lori Cascalenda
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

The Cascalendas’ shoreline, before and after:

“We Feel It Was The Right Choice”

“We had tremendous ice damage to our previously rip rapped shoreline winter 2017-18. A huge maple tree which was 50 plus years old was nearly toppled and the old rip rap was pushed several feet into our bank.

“After considerable research for contractors who do shoreline restoration we contacted Joe Palumbo at shoreline guys for an estimate. He responds almost immediately to any email (doesn’t answer the phone much) but usually responds to emails in hours or less!

“When he looked at the shoreline he was extremely professional and his explanation of what he recommended made sense, and was complete. We got an estimate in about a week and it was COMPLETE, explaining exactly what he was proposing to do and why, and including a number of photos and diagrams.

“The job was extensive, and expensive, but after getting other bids which didn’t itemize what would be done, and looking to preserve our shoreline for a long time we signed on. We reasoned that it was better to do the job right in the long haul and not be faced with the same situation in the short haul. We feel it was the right choice.

“Joe initially estimated 2 to 3 weeks to do the job but sent two full crews with equipment and finished in 7 working days (mostly 10-12 hour days). It was an amazing process to watch!

“Thanks to Mike and Ron the foremen and the entire hardworking crew. They were professional and patient with explanations of the reason for a couple of modifications they suggested as the job progressed (for example a muskrat wire barrier under the riprap when they noticed the number of muskrats moving along our shore, and there are LOTS of them in our Mississipi River lake).

“We are completely satisfied with the result (photos enclosed). We were impressed by how efficient and hardworking the crew were, nobody leaning on a shovel, ever!

“The damage to our yard, that was inevitable with the heavy equipment needed for the project, was reseeded and covered with erosion mat and wattle to prevent erosion. It is recovering well with consistent watering and by summers end should look like no equipment was there.

“Bottom line a BIG project which was beautifully accomplished. Cheap, no, worth it absolutely!!”

Bill and Sue Carskadon
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

The Carskadons’ shoreline, before and after:

“Would Have Regretted Not Doing It”

“Where to begin, to start I emailed Joe originally about our beach since the poor design it had washed away last fall after a bad rainstorm. After Joe came and looked over our shore he suggested the sea steps on top of redesigning the beach, which I had not even thought of. The design he came up with for the beach was just a thing of beauty. There is so much more usable area now and the grade is more gradual to hopefully slow the loss of sand. The sea steps work great for elderly friends I have over getting down onto the dock and they just look awesome. After starting work Joe pointed out the poor condition of some other areas of the shoreline and offered to have the guys remove all my old mulch and regrade to fix the little ice damage that was there. I was hesitant at first but now seeing it all done I would have regretted not doing it. We now look out our window and watch boats “slowly” drive by and admire our new shoreline, a thing of beauty.

“I have to say between repairing any yard damage to the quality of work they are a top notch business. Some things worth pointing out that stood out for me are:

-customer 1st
-very clear on work to be done and checking during during project with updates on any changes
-great well rounded employees who respect your property
-won’t cut corners just to make an extra buck
-Joe knows how to communicate with you without being pushy
-they don’t come at 5 am just to be off early, the guys show at a modest 8 but stay until 7-8 to get the most work done in a day.
-at the end of each day they don’t leave tools thrown all over the yard, everything is neatly organized for the next work day.
-brought their own portable bathroom so you won’t catch the guys watering your plants
-the sea steps are a thing of beauty

“Thanks Joe and Crew for the great work.”

-Nick Abernathy
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Nick’s shoreline, before and after:

“Astonished” Neighbors

“I was at the lake yesterday, and was absolutely amazed with the finished product! Simply saying that you and your crew exceeded my expectations would be a disservice to what you accomplished.

“From start to finish, you and your crew exemplify the meaning in pride of workmanship. During every step of the process, you met the highest standard possible. Your knowledge and ability to manage every step of the process in a fair and exemplary manner is matched by the crew you had working on this project.

“I was able to witness this pride in delivering a ‘job well done’, but what is even more of a testament to your high standards are the comments I received from three other homeowners on the lake. All three made a specific point regarding the respectfulness and hardworking professionalism of your crew. They were astonished at the shoreline transformation.

“Lastly, the extras you included (edging, mulch, neighbors step repair, transition from stairs to dock, just to name a few) went well beyond most every standard. You did these things because it was the right thing to do. This trait is rarely seen at this level in today’s business environment. I commend you for this.”

-Rob Peterson

Rob’s shoreline, before and after:
BeforeAfter

“Easy Access to Our Lake and a Beautiful Dock”

“These guys were awesome! Pulled out all the stops to make sure the job was done right and would exceed our expectations, which it absolutely did! Joe was so easy to work with; never pushed anything on us but certainly encouraged us to do the little things to ensure the project would be done right and last a long time. We’re so happy that we now have easy access to our lake and a beautiful dock to help enjoy it!”

-Greg Emmerich
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Greg’s shoreline, before and after:

“Actually Gained Some Shoreline”

“Joe and his Lakeshore Guys crew did an amazing job completely re-doing our shoreline! Our #1 priority was to have a kid-friendly beach installed and to enhance the overall appearance of our waterfront. We also wanted to ensure maintenance-free lasting shoreline erosion protection.

“From the start Joe was extremely responsive, personable, and answered our many questions. He thought outside of the box as we had several questions around spring and fall dock/boat storage needs. The crew was very personable, professional, and extremely neat with equipment, supplies, and site clean-up. Everything went exactly as he described and when they encountered a surprise removing old shoreline material he contacted me right away with options to address it and keep things moving forward. We actually gained some shoreline as a result!

“Like in camping, “leave no trace”…they left our property in better shape than it was before they arrived by seeding around the new shoreline and the areas they had been with equipment.

“We’ve already received a number of compliments from family and friends only days later. We highly recommend their services to anyone looking to improve their waterfront!”
-Steve Anderson
Review on Google Maps and on Facebook (5 stars)

“If You Do It Right, You Won’t Have to Do It Over”

“September dropped 9+ inches of rain in 2 days, drastically raising our lake level. Straight-on 45 mph winds whipped across the lake sending 3ft. high rollers crashing into our shoreline, washing away our seawall and undercutting and eroding 2-3 ft of our shoreline. Local landscapers put in bids but their remedies seemed to be too little too late. Then I read the LakeshoreGuys website and thought, ‘These guys know what they’re doing’.

“I wasn’t disappointed. Joe came right away examined the damage, measured and took photos and we had a quote the next day. The quote was considerably higher than the others I’d received, but it outlined a plan to actually RESTORE our shoreline. We accepted.

“The following week, Joe and his crew showed up with an armada of equipment and materials. In three days, they removed all the rubble, built up the shore with sand, raised our lawn with dirt fill, applied a high-quality fabric, and laid down 30 tons of fieldstone with meticulous care. They even raked and seeded the dirt fill and covered it with straw to prevent washout. The job wasn’t finished until they cleaned, raked and broomed until everything was in tip-top shape. We had absolutely no mess to clean up after.

“I must also say that the guys in the crew were very courteous, considerate, attentive to detail and very hard-working, We enjoyed having them around.

“I’ve learned that quality is not cheap and cheap is not quality – but if you do it right, you won’t have to do it over. I highly recommend the ‘Lakeshore Guys’ Thanks Joe, Gary, Ron and the two Mikes.”

-John Muellerleile
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

John’s shoreline, before and after:

“Not Happy Until We Were Happy”

“A review? Well, I read many reviews, all were good, so I hired them. And to my surprise, this is a company that actually does what they say they are going to do! Very refreshing experience. Very competent and friendly workers, great communication start to finish, fantastic work, and they were not happy – until we were happy. You 100% can ‘not’ go wrong working with this company and their employees. Top notch all the way. Nuff said, contact them.”

-Jim Thoren
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Jim’s shoreline, before and after:

“Had Muskrats”

“I would recommend the Lake Shore Guys to anyone looking for shoreline restoration. I had muskrats and they were very knowledgeable and worked with me to find the best solution. This company is trustworthy and does what’s in the best interest of the customer. Great experience!”

-Nick Heintzelman
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Nick’s shoreline, before and after:

“The Picture Speaks for Itself”

“The Lakeshore Guys did an amazing job for us! They were very professional start to finish. We enjoyed working with them- they were very friendly and answered all questions that we had. The picture speaks for itself as to what a beautiful renovation it is to our lakeshore! We would highly recommend them to anyone!”

-Tom & Vickie Molin
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

The Molins’ shoreline, before and after:

“Finished the Work as Promised”

“After meeting with Joe, I knew this company was for me. Their motto of “doing it right” really was important to my shoreline project. At our meeting he took pictures of the shoreline and described in detail how he would mitigate the erosion and improve the esthetics at the same time. He listened to my anxiety about one aspect of the work and when the crew showed up he and the foreman had already developed an alternate access strategy that worked perfectly. The whole crew clearly took pride in their work and they were unfailingly courteous, friendly and professional. They always asked me if there was anything I thought needed to be corrected. Joe presented a detailed proposal, showed up when he said he would and finished the work as promised! What more could I wish for.”

-James Santelli
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

James’s shoreline, before and after:

“We Love Our New Shoreline”

“We would definitely recommend Lakeshore Guys to anyone doing a shoreline landscape job. Joe and his crew were amazing–thorough, professional, friendly, creative and hardworking. From the first contact to the completed project, Joe always responded to our inquiries in a professional and timely manner including great suggestions or resolutions. Ron and the rest of the onsite team were one of the most professional crews we have had on our property–always respectful to us, our neighbors and our property. They started and finished the project on time and left our property in great condition. We love our new shoreline and are especially pleased with the new steps into the lake and the beautiful and functional dock approach. Thank you Lakeshore Guys!”

-Kris Hayes
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Kris’s shoreline, before and after:

“Tempting to Invite Them Back, Just to See What Else They Can Do”

“In my backyard I have a creek about 10 feet away from the house. In the past year since I bought the house, I could see portions of the property pealing away with rising water from the storms we got. I think there were about eight guys all together and they managed to get back probably six inches of the property I lost. Out of like 50 tons of rock, these guys picked out flat stones for me to walk on so I can cross the creek. They trimmed a tree for me which was too high to reach. They added more stones to the rip rap when I asked them to. They took out a portion of my sidewalk which was cracked anyway and planted seed there. They were even willing to cut down a tree that was leaning over my house. They left a pile of topsoil for me to use later, after they got all done with it. Joe, the boss, make additional suggestions on how to make the riprap stronger by adding additional smaller rock to help lock in the bigger stones. I also had a bunch of junk in my creek, like a pile of old concrete blocks. They cleaned all that out. They even offered to share their lunch pizza with me because they wouldn’t eat it all. It’s kind of tempting to invite them back, just to see what else they can do with the place.”

-Joseph Hajtl
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Joseph’s shoreline, before and after:

“Did Exactly What They Said They Would Do and More”

“Having experienced nightmarish landscape projects in previous years, we were hesitant to take on another large project after our shoreline was damaged this past winter due to ice heave. After checking out several options, we contacted The Lakeshore Guys and couldn’t be happier. They were punctual, professional and answered all our questions. They did exactly what they said they would do and more. Our lawn was left in pristine condition when they were done and they even laid sod where the lawn met the new shoreline at no additional charge to us because they thought it would be better than seeding and topsoil. Their attention to detail included things like hand selecting and placing rocks so our dock rested evenly on the new riprap shoreline. I would highly recommend them for any shoreline or landscape project. They were a pleasure to work with!”

-Bryan Sween
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Bryan’s shoreline, before and after:

“In Love with My Lake Front Again”

“Joe and his team did a PHENOMENAL job at our cabin! He gave us great guidance on the project because honestly, we didn’t know what to do. I don’t think I have ever worked with a company more professional. I never waited for a response and they exceeded my expectations for quality and time. They even provided amazing drone pictures of the completed work. I am in love with my lake front again. Thank you Lakeshore Guys!”

-Ryan Andersen
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

“We Continue to Receive Compliments”

“We would absolutely use Lakeshore Guys again on any landscaping job. They did a fantastic job on our lakeshore repair! Their level of expertise and open line of communication was fantastic. We continue to receive compliments on our lakeshore project from friends & family. I would definately recommend Lakeshore Guys!”

-Kevin Lerdall
Review on Google Maps (5 stars)

Kevin’s shoreline, before and after:

“Just That Good”

“We stumbled into Lakeshore guys on the computer by googling “Lakeshore.” Imagine that! We ended up with a beautiful new shoreline that far exceeded our expectations. After a meeting with Joe and a design consultation, four nice guys with matching jackets with logo’s showed up, introduced themselves and proceeded to create, mostly by hand, a new shoreline and hardly make a dent in our lawn. The only sign of serious work was the place where a stump and retaining wall were removed by the crew, filled in and sodded over. This was a freebie. Boy was I happy not to have to deal with looking at that any more. I am a new lakeshore owner and don’t know anything about this stuff, but I know what looks good, and when a neighbor that knows these things guessed the cost and guessed high, I knew I made the right decision. I researched these guys and couldn’t find any complaints so I thought, either he is that good, or he’s got a great IT dept. Well, I’ll just say, from my experience he’s just that good. If you want a great looking lakeshore done, on time, reasonably priced, and end up with no sign of heavy work afterward then Lakeshore guys are the ones. Although that Muskrat may not agree! Thanks Joe.”

-Jerry Jones & Jonsey Jones
Review on Facebook (5 stars)

The Jones’s shoreline, before and after:

For a riprap shoreline that will stand the test of time and that you can proudly show off, contact Lakeshore Guys today!