In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Ready to battle intrusive light from the sun or an inconsiderate neighbor's supped-up space shuttle, the window experts at Discount Window Focus arrive at homes armed with an array of elegant blinds from brand names such as Hunter Douglas, Levolor, Graber, and Kirsch. During a free in-home consultation, the blind visionaries take measurements and pair home decor to the most ideal window furnishings, suggesting sleek shutters, wood blinds, solar shades, or honeycomb blinds. The techs then return in approximately three weeks to install the horizontal or vertical window coverings that keep sunny living spaces cool and finally allow homeowners to invite vampiric houseguests over for lunch.
To say that Renewal by Andersen has high standards for its window installers might be an understatement. For the chance to even apply for the position, an installer must have replaced at least 5,000 windows. And when this prospective technician is considered for employment, there's still only a one in three chance he or she will even be hired. Once they finally make the cut, that lucky third of installers are EPA certified in lead safety, and they refresh their skills with another 40 training hours each year.
When homeowners put out their broken-or-ugly-window distress signal, the technicians respond with a varied selection of window and door options. They do so swiftly—each Andersen crew averages 1,000 replacements per year. And the installers' meticulous nature and attention to detail don't end when they pop in that final pane. After they've replaced the window, they clean up with an industrial vacuum estimated to be 47% more efficient than a typical home vac. Only when a homeowner goes through a 10-point inspection checklist with the team leader, and signs off on the cleanup, does Andersen consider its job done.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Since its humble beginnings in Longmont, Colorado, in 1975, Allied Roofing Contracting & Distribution has grown with locations in Denver, San Jose, and most recently, Dallas. Backed by steadfast commitments to honesty, dependability, and respect for its customers, the company spruces up commercial and residential spaces with an array of services that includes landscaping, painting, and general handyman fix ups. Technicians are especially well versed in installing roofing systems, from shingles and slates on family homes to Jolly Rancher solar panels on gingerbread houses.