When Kent Baake isn't scaling rock formations in Yosemite or shooting for another world record in roadskating, the Metro Gutter & Home Services, Inc. founder can often be found devising energy-efficient ways to protect clients' rooftops, doing everything from sealing leaks to repairing gutters. Baake began the company in 1989, taking on each gutter job with only one truck and one ladder. His crew has since expanded, and the trucks have hatched eggs of their own, resulting in a fleet that carries the exterior specialists to counties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. While restoring damaged home exteriors or preparing houses for harsh seasons, the team cleans, repairs, and replaces roofing, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They also offer attic ventilation and insulation, as well as home energy audits, weatherization, and solar design services.
You can’t blame Gust Renovations’ pros for not knowing where to start when they set foot in a house with broken sinks, peeling walls, and chipped floors. That’s because the workers specialize in just about every facet of home renovation, from repairing plumbing problems to constructing outdoor sheds for storing mattress receipts. With 30 years of experience, the renovation veterans also paint walls, remodel bathrooms, and power-wash grimy siding.
John C. Flood’s skilled service technicians deftly ready homes and cooling systems for warmer climes, taking air conditioners through a thorough check list to get them in shipshape condition. Daydream about upcoming summer months while chillbox wranglers check evaporators and operating pressures and ensure that motors are running properly. Possible leaks will be addressed, as will all air filters and thermostats. Meticulous mechanics will then inspect the AC’s belt and make necessary tension adjustments, then clean the condenser coil and condensate drain and lubricate the breeze unit’s moving parts for optimal motion and killer line-dancing skills.
When it comes to keeping your home clean, there's only so much you can do alone. After the sinks have been scrubbed and the pile of laundry has been conquered, there may still be dust lurking somewhere sinister—in the vents that run through your home. Thankfully, that's where All Services Pro comes in. The family-owned company's licensed technicians have an average of 10 years of experience, so they know exactly what to do when they come across dust, mold, and ghostly apparitions. Their job only just begins inside the walls, though. After they're done removing allergens and particles, they can head outside to pressure-wash the exterior, clean the chimney, and remove leaves from gutters.
Sleek hardwood floors. An earth-toned tile backsplash. A stone fireplace that matches the stone floor of a refinished basement. These are just a few of the many customized remodeling options that Lofft Construction Inc. offers up to its customers. It does so by working directly with architects and each client to design new additions, update a kitchen, or make a basement a livable space for the family members who aren't ghosts.
The approach has paid off. In addition to making customers happy, the company has racked up awards, including the COTY Contractor of the Year Award in 2009, 2011, and 2013. It also gives back to the community, donating unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity and hosting meal nights to feed those without homes.