Windows are the first surface to show exterior grime on a house, whether from an accumulation of water marks or from the fingerprints of passing down-on-their-luck family men. For more than 25 years, Sparkle Window Cleaning's Andrew Minicozzi has wiped away such glass-marring stains, specializing in one- and two-story homes and storefronts. With squeegees and buckets of environmentally friendly cleaner in hand, Andrew ascends his ladder to strike away dirt from windows and screens. With scrapers and scrubbing pads, he also removes stubborn crud such as paint, glue, and tape.
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.
Budget Dry Waterproofing Inc.'s team, which boasts the only two NAWSRC-certified waterproofing specialists in Connecticut, keeps basements dry with waterproofing services to prevent flooding, mold, and mildew. Project managers evaluate each job and present homeowners with a plan that's mindful of their budget, whether mending cracks or protecting crawl spaces from dampness. While the job is in progress, a dedicated foreman keeps homeowners abreast of progress and how long it will be until basement ghouls can move back in. Each of Budget Dry's technicians trains continuously to keep abreast of new technology and evolving techniques for waterproofing and foundation repair.
Framed, which was named runner-up for Best Frame Shop in 2010 by readers of the New Haven Advocate, uses careful custom-framing techniques to produce well-balanced rectangles for all occasions. Overseen by 15-year framing veterans Liz Hellwig and Rocco Compitello, the staff at Framed meets with prospective project doers, ironing out the two-dimensional details for projects large and small. These canvas wranglers practice conservation framing, a technique that keeps pieces true to their original condition through the use of specialized glass and acid-free mat boards. Likewise, to ensure quality and a pleasant lack of presidential apparitions, all custom projects are constructed on-site, in the store's comprehensive workshop. Though framing rates vary from project to project, an average 18"x24" piece—including black wood frame, standard glass, and dry mounting—starts at approximately $66.
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