Teams money-saving savants at the home-improvement company draw from more than 20 years of construction and renovation experience to streamline energy efficiency in local homes. The handymen specialize in ferreting out sources of wasted energy—typically drafty or poorly insulated attics, roofs, and secret passages to underground bat caves. After assessing homes and energy bills, the team applies architectural science to determine how better to distribute heating or cooling. Simple procedures can dramatically reduce bills and conserve resources; an energy barrier, for instance, operates like a thermos, keeping heated rooms warm in the winter and air-conditioned rooms cool in the summer. Many of its services qualify homeowners for tax credits, which the expert staff will explain in depth.
The insured professionals at Garage Doors & More of the Piedmont see to it that garage doors move up and down with ease. During routine tune-ups, they inspect 50 moving parts—including springs, rollers, drums, and teams of miniature draft horses—to make sure everything runs safely and efficiently. If inspections reveal damaged components or structural issues, technicians can replace parts or install brand-new doors. To help homeowners select doors that fit their aesthetics and budgets, the specialists make house calls and give free installation quotes.
The fireplace experts at The Chimney Masters aren't just in business to sweep away soot—they handle all aspects of chimney and fireplace maintenance to help customers prevent fires before they start. Leaks, poor mason work, and animal infestations are just a few of the common chimney conundrums easily remedied by the smokestack pros, who can also move indoors to flush airborne contaminants and napping HVAC technicians out of dryer vents. Beyond tending to Santa chutes, the crews can also be prevailed upon to help homeowners with a variety of domestic chores including power washing, gutter cleaning, and waterproofing.
As leaf-quitting season approaches, now is the ideal time to shift home-care gears from outside to inside. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99; a VPT rip hammer for $6.29; and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace 3-way soft white light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). 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. Get keys made for $2 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($25–$27 a day to rent).
Chase Stikeleather, owner of Stikes Garage Doors, has been installing garage doors since 2004, a duty that he skillfully fulfills alongside his full-time gig as a Charlotte firefighter. Homeowners can enlist Chase and his team of licensed and insured technicians to ensure existing systems are in working order or to fix faulty doors that scream every time you open them. The team also assists clients in picking out new garage doors, matching materials from brands such as Amarr, LiftMaster, and Linear.
Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.