Floor It Today’s certified technicians install all manner of flooring with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They roll out carpets from brands such as Philadelphia and Mohawk and hardwood from brands such as Shaw. Natural stone from American Olean is a welcome addition to any bathroom, kitchen, or eccentric toddler’s castle wall. The professional staff assists with planning and design, and the store's virtual room designer showcases products and designs before the customer makes the decision to buy. An Armstrong-certified dealer, Floor It Today promises product replacement within 15 days if customers find themselves unhappy with their choices or inexplicably stuck to a floor made of bubblegum.
Texas Air Care's licensed and insured techs have been keeping things cool for more than 22 years. Beyond installing new systems by American Standard, Ruud, Carrier, and Gibson, they can readily tackle repairs on HVAC units of all makes and models or offer tips on how to boost efficiency and trim cooling costs. The stewards of indoor climate health also command a Rotobrush air-duct cleaning system, which they use to rout dust mites, bacteria, and mold from home circulatory systems and can install UV purifiers that help kill airborne pollutants and identify incriminating fingerprints on empty cupcake liners.
Garage doors rarely inspire passion, easily taken for granted as they dutifully trundle up and down to admit cars. People generally only notice them when they stop working, which is where David Miller and his father-in-law come in. They run EZ Lift Garage Doors, earning a living making sure that garage doors run smoothly and stay unnoticed. "I love running businesses, and my father-in-law has 20 years behind him in the garage-door-repair industry," David says. They continue to maintain, repair, and replace garage doors all across Houston while preserving the air of a family-run business.
Grime sluices off driveways as years of built-up oil, dirt, and tricycle skid marks are rinsed away. But this newly fresh surface doesn't come at the price of wasted water—L2 Environmental Services' pressure-washing system reclaims and recycles 98% of the water used. In addition to saving resources, L2 also saves customers' time, as its professional cleaning is faster than clients doing it themselves. L2 can power-wash a number of outdoor surfaces, ranging from sidewalks and parking lots to homes and storefronts, and its technicians guarantee a clean and safe site.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
Beyond Paradise Nursery spreads scores of succulents, shrubs, flowers, palm trees, and other seasonal plants across its spacious 3-acre facility. Homeowners can fill empty spaces with long-lasting blooms such as 3-gallon Double Knock Out roses ($20), or let the colorful petals of a 3-gallon loropetalum ($16) cheer up a lonely lawn ornament. Encore azaleas ($25 for a 3-gal.) turn their vibrant faces toward driveways and porches; the blossoms of Little John bottlebrushes ($20 for a 3-gal.) blow in the breeze like miniature pom-poms. During the holiday season, a variety of poinsettias will also be available.