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5238 Evers RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
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4150 Freidrich Ln Ste A-1Austin, TX 78744
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9909 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78758
AWFUL! DO NOT USE THIS BUSINESS! We ordered our windows the first week of March, and as you can see by the date of this review it is nearly July, and we STILL DO NOT HAVE OUR WINDOWS! Furthermore, Window World never called use to tell us what was going on. If I wanted to get a status update I ei…
2006 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78210
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2310 SW Military DrSan Antonio, TX 78224
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10805 Nacogdoches RdSan Antonio, TX 78217
From Business: As a leader in the Auto Glass Replacement industry, Glass America upholds the highest levels of quality craftsmanship, and consistently maintains a proven track record for excellent customer service. Glass America is one of the largest independently-owned automobile glass replacement and repair companies in the country. Gl…
6021 Randolph BlvdSan Antonio, TX 78233
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6737 Poss RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
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6510 Blanco RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
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5407 Bandera Rd Ste 105San Antonio, TX 78238
From Business: Glass Doctor is one of the nation's largest full-service glass repair and replacement companies. With more than 275 qualified franchise shops, Glass Doctor is ready to fix your panes. Our professional service technicians make sure we get it fixed right the first time. You can feel confident knowing Glass Doctor trained tec…
1870 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78210
From Business: Being in the business since June 1952, East End Glass installs a full variety of glass and glazing products for residential, commercial and automotive needs. Its residential department repairs patio door, installs mirrors and replaces the broken windows as well as fabricates insulated replacement glass and installs energy …
12151 Valliant StSan Antonio, TX 78216
I needed a LARGE frameless shower enclosure for my newly remodeled bathroom and these guys were such a great help! Everything they promised me was completed in a professional and timely manner. I was kept up to date during entire process so communication was an A+. I would certainly call them ag…
1214 N Zarzamora StSan Antonio, TX 78207
A rock hit my windshield and put a ding in it. I was afraid the crack would lead to a bigger issue so I decided to get it fixed. I went to Meyer Glass and they were so professional & courteous. They fixed the windshield within 30 mins. I would highly recommend them :)
A simple roof inspection can be completed with a pair of binoculars. Learn what to look for.
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We had such a wonderful experience with Stablelift repair this past month. We found out that our 1957 house slab foundation had shifted beyond the degrees of tolerance since we owned it. Unfortunately we had to repair our foundation. We received a few bids but they all recommended concrete piers which sounded like the most cost effective way to fix it without breaking the bank. But I decided to call Stablelift after reading the information on their website about their technology and superior product to the concrete piers. I spoke with Brent, the owner, and he explained their steel pier bracket, the advantages of drilling down in the bedrock (especially for San Antonio clay soils), and the technology involved. We received the estimate and it was very competitive with the pricing for the concrete pier solution. It was an easy choice for us. The foundation repair for our home was scheduled to take only one day. The team arrived and marked the areas for the piers, then they started to dig using some sort of two handled shovel and placed all dirt and rocks into trash bags so they could replace it after the foundation lift and to ensure there wasn't a mess afterwards (we absolutely loved this because we had just landscaped the entire perimeter of the house and it looked perfect and untouched after all the work). They inserted the 12 piers with a motorized system instead of having a person physically under your house. They had a scheduled lift time and the lift caused very minimal cosmetic repair to the interior sheetrock and paint, I attribute this to the technology and expertise of this team. The lead foreman, Robert, and the owner, Brent, were there throughout the day to monitor the project. I was very impressed by this whole process, the leadership, and team. I highly recommend them!
We initially called another roofing company to come out to look at my roof, but after they showed up an 30 minutes late without even a call to let me know, I was not happy. I found Above All Roofing on YP.COM. Mark was the name of the salesman, who showed up 15 minutes early (liked that). He completed a full inspection of our home by going up on the roof, walking every inch of the roof looking for damage. His professional opinion was to call my insurance company to inspect the roof, Mark said, if I called him with the date and time he would meet with the insurance company to ensure a thorough inspection. I took his word and called my insurance company and they called me back in two days saying someone would be out to inspect the roof so I then called Mark and told him the time and date. I could not be happier with the service I got from Above All Roofing. Mark walked me through the whole process from beginning to end, and can I tell you my roof looks great. They even trimmed the trees that were scratching my new roof for me. Above All Roofing was GRRREAT!! Thanks again Mark!!
I initially called another roofing company to come out to look at my roof, but after they showed up an hour late without even a call to let me know, I was not happy. I found Above All Roofing on YP.COM. Mark was the name of the salesman, who showed up 15 minutes early (liked that). He completed a full inspection of our home by going up on the roof, walking every inch of the roof looking for damage. His professional opinion was to call my insurance company to inspect the roof, Mark said, if I called him with the date and time he would meet with the insurance company to ensure a thorough inspection. I took his word and called my insurance company and they called me back in two days saying someone would be out to inspect the roof so I then called Mark and told him the time and date. I could not be happier with the service I got from Above All Roofing. Mark walked me through the whole process from beginning to end, and can I tell you my roof looks great. They even trimmed the trees that were scratching my new roof for me. Above All Roofing was GRRREAT!! Thanks again Mark!!
I called this company for a garage door that was closing only half way. My doors seemingly still had original equipment in its frame work (this is a 30 year-old house), so I cringed at the thought of the cost to repair it. From my initial phone call to set up an appointment to the finished job, it was evident that old-fashioned corporate values are a priority for this company. These values came in the form of high quality customer service at the onset, followed by honesty, professionalism and a well-skilled technician doing the job. It was a pleasant surprise to know that there was no service charge for the technician to give me an estimate, and after a very good explanation of the work needed (including a visual demonstration of worn parts, such as pulley's etc.), I authorized the work. My door used to squeak and vibrate significantly when closing (even when it used to close all the way). Now it closes completely, quietly and smoothly. The price was considerably less than expected. I will use them again without question.
Just finished a job with Stablelift. Though no one wants foundation issues...if I had to have them there is no other company I would choose to work with, and I got bids from several! Scott and Brent and true professionals, the type that you wish for in any contractor! The are patient, honest, responsive and answer any and all questions. Their estimate and scope of work was the only one even remotely close to matching the independent structural engineers I hired assessment and plan for repair, which tells me they know their stuff. Not only were Brent and Scott great, but their work crew was so respectful taking painstaking care to minimize any disruption to my landscaping. In fact if you didn't see them here doing the work you would not even know it had been done, well accept now you can open the doors and there are no giant cracks in the house. I was so pleased with them and would highly recommend anyone doing foundation repair make sure they get a bid from this company at a minimum!
My husband and I hired Compass Restoration to do a roof replacement on our home. From the first interaction I had with them I knew we were in good hands. Anthony Ortiz was our project manager and I felt like he really addressed the needs that we had. Their pricing was very fair and the level of service was top notch. The crew showed up on time and worked at a fast pace to ensure that the job would be completed in one day. Anthony showed up at the beginning of the day to check in on the progress and then again at the end of the day to do a walk through and inspection of the work. I am very happy with the finished product and would not hesitate to hire them again for any general contracting needs I might have in the future. You can go wrong with great service at a great price.
1st Place Windows did a top notch job from the first consultation to post installation! Larry and his crew are courteous, professional & prompt. It has been several months since installation and it is nice to see the savings we have in energy bills not to mention how beautiful our new windows are. My wife and I have dealt with several home improvement companies in the past ranging from the worst to the mediocre and having work performed by Larry and his crew was a refreshing change. We were beginning to think that all of the honest and trustworthy home repair companies were a thing of the past. Thanks for the awesome windows and service. We will most definitely recommend 1st Place Windows to family and friends. Rory & Deborah Hammond
We got 3 bids and First Place Windows was superior in all respects. Larry Bindel explained everything about the windows in great detail. My wife and I were impressed with not only the windows but the presentation that he gave. He knows windows. We would have chosen First Place Windows regardless of price. They are that good. There were 13 windows that were replaced. They arrived on time and were installed quickly. We are so impressed with the new glass technology that really reduced the heat coming into our home. We also had 2 skylights replaced with their new sky windows that have the same heat reducing technology. We have noticed a big difference. We would recommend First Place Windows to anyone who needs new windows or skylights.
We had problems with our roof, we had our insurance company come out to look at it and they said it was fine. We had several roofing companies come out to give us estimates. Above all was very thorough with there inspection, even going in to the attic. Christian at Above all informed me to call our insurance company and ask for a reinspect and he would meet with the adjuster at our home. Christian met with our adjuster and pointed out the hail damage to the adjuster. Then they said we needed to replace our roof. Mark and Christian we excellent thorough the whole process. Job was on time and very fast and the yard cleaned like nothing ever happen. I would recommend to all of my friends and colleges after this experience.
Larry and his crew were very efficient and complete. We are super happy with our new windows and the quality and professionalism that we received. Last year in the winter, we had to close our mini blinds and our heavy drapes to keep the cold from coming into the house. This has been the coldest weather San Antonio has seen in a long time and we enjoyed keeping the drapes and blinds open & looking out the windows and staying warm inside. I would definately recommend First Place Windows for any window job. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is because the manufacturer messed up and sent the wrong size for one of the windows.
Gutters aren't the prettiest part of a home's exterior, but they are incredibly important. Without gutters, rain can pose a serious threat to your roof and foundation.
Gutters act like funnels that are ready to catch the rain when it falls and redirect it away from your home. The downspout or leader is the part of the gutter system that allows the water to flow down and away from the foundation.
Without the gutter in place surrounding a roof, rainwater pours onto a home's siding and can cause damage over time, including discoloration, weakened siding, or mold. Water standing on a roof can also get under shingles and cause similar damage. If the shingles or siding become extremely deteriorated, the water damage could infiltrate the interior of a home and lead to additional, and more costly, issues.
Continuous rain pouring down from the roof can also cause the soil around a home to erode. As the soil washes away, water can begin to collect directly adjacent to the home's foundation and eventually make its way into a basement.
A gutter and downspout system mitigates these problems by collecting rainwater and making sure it is released at a safe distance from the home.
There are several different styles of gutters from which homeowners can choose.
K-style gutters, also known as Ogee or formed gutters, have a flat bottom and back. The outward-facing wall of the gutter is usually flared outward with a decorative shape that often mimics crown molding. These typically hold about twice as much water than half-round gutters and cost more as well.
Half-round gutters, also simply called round gutters, are typically found on older homes. They are U-shaped and hold significantly less water than a K-style gutter.
Square or box gutters have flat bottoms, backs, and fronts.
Round downspouts connect to round gutters.
Square downspouts connect to either square gutters or K-style gutters. They are usually rectangular in shape, with dimensions of either 2 inches by 3 inches or 3 inches by 4 inches.
Spiral or otherwise decorative downspouts are also available, though they are typically more expensive than round or square downspouts.
Guards are sometimes added to protect gutters from excessive wear and tear that the changing seasons may bring. Leaf guards keep leaves and debris from building up inside the gutter, while snow guards protect gutters during harsh winters.
Just as gutters come in several shapes, they can also be crafted out of various materials. Each has its pros and cons. The most common size and shape is the 6-inch K-style gutter, and the pricing information that follows refers to this combination.
The most popular material is aluminum, which is lightweight, doesn't rust, and is easy to install. They can also come in various colors and be painted to match a home's siding. About 70 percent of gutters are seamless, which means they are installed right onto the home from a long spool of aluminum shaped and cut to size.
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The only gutter material less expensive than aluminum is vinyl, which comes with several downsides. Vinyl gutters don't hold up well in cold weather, the color will easily fade in the sun, and they don't support ladders leaned against them. On the plus side, they are easily installed and aren't heavy.
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Steel is strong and will resist rust for about 5 to 10 years. It can also come in a variety of colors and easily be painted to match a home. However, it is heavy and difficult to install.
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Many copper gutters are the half-round shape and found on older or historic homes. Their better qualities include their exceptional beauty compared to other gutter material options and their resistance to rust, even after many years. In time, though, the copper will develop a patina, or layer of oxidation, which many homeowners prefer. However, they require a professional installation, unlike the other metals that can be installed by an adventurous or knowledgeable homeowner. Copper is also one of the more expensive materials.
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Zinc gutters will last a very long time and are typically used in historic renovations and high-end homes. There is no need to paint them, and, like copper gutters, they will develop a patina after a few years. Also like their copper cousins, zinc gutters must be installed by a professional. Zinc gutters are only available in the half-round shape and are usually 6 inches across.
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Many homes built before the 1960s had wooden half-round gutters installed. Some homeowners like the traditional or natural look of wooden gutters. However, they require special maintenance. Wooden gutters should be oiled regularly to prevent drying, cracking or deterioration. They are also heavy compared to metal versions.
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Just like any other important home feature, there will come a time when you will have a problem with your gutters. Luckily, there is usually a quick fix for most gutter issues.
Most homeowners have had to address clogged gutters at some point or another. This is typically an autumn-related issue, as falling leaves land in the gutters. Cleaning them out should be an annual or semi-annual chore, depending on how many leaves and other debris commonly build up in your gutters. The chore can be tedious, time-consuming, and dirty but is easily done by anyone who isn't afraid of heights and owns a ladder. However, if this doesn't sound appealing to you, it's not hard to find a professional who will do it for between $50 and $250, depending on how large your home is.
Downspouts That Drain Too Close to the Home
The purpose of the downspout is to direct rainwater a safe distance away from a foundation to mitigate water damage. To that end, downspouts should drain at least four to five feet away from the home. If a downspout is draining too close to a foundation, an extension can easily be added, usually for the same per-linear-foot price as the material of the gutter.
A leak or hole in a gutter system completely undermines the purpose of the gutter. It's important to get this issue fixed before the next rainstorm to prevent residual damage. If the leak is located at a joint or seam, caulking is usually a good fix and is easy to find at any hardware store for about $5. The remedy for holes elsewhere in the gutter depends on the size. Smaller holes can be addressed with gutter sealant. Bigger holes might require a patch or some metal flashing, also sold at most hardware stores.
Gutters with the Wrong Pitch
For the rainwater to be guided to the downspout and away from the home, gutters need to be slanted so the water can easily slide down toward the opening. If the gutters are too level, standing water can become heavy and cause damage. Mold can build up and, eventually, the gutters can overflow and cause water damage to your home or foundation.
The ideal pitch is angled one-quarter of an inch down for every 10 feet across. If your gutters were installed professionally and you notice standing water, call the company and request that they come address the issue. If you installed your gutters yourself, you may need to rehang the gutter.
Sagging or Pulling Gutters
Gutters that are sagging or pulling away from the house generally don't have enough support for how much they weigh. Installing a few more hangers in problem areas can usually alleviate the issue.
While it's not unusual to experience one or more of the aforementioned problems during your time living in a home with gutters, there are some measures you can take to prevent these issues. Clogged gutters can be avoided by cleaning them before buildup becomes a problem. When doing so, be sure to pay close attention to the downspout, and see that all water can flow smoothly through the whole system.
Leaf guards could help in heavily wooded areas where leaf buildup is a common problem. Also, snow guards can help prevent snow and ice from building up during the winter, which could put undue stress on the gutters.
Wood gutters should be oiled to help them last longer and remain effective. Shingle oil is a good product that will protect against weathering and allow the wood to breathe.
Though gutters will typically last many years, there may come a time when replacement is inevitable. If you have patched aging gutters for several years, it might be time to replace the whole system. To do this, you'll have to decide whether you want to take on the project yourself or hire a professional.
A professional is required for:
A professional is recommended for:
A professional will make replacement easier, but isn't always necessary for:
If it's time to replace or repair your gutters, hiring a professional is often the best way to go, especially if you are inexperienced with this type of home repair. Professionals will be able to spot a small problem before it becomes a big one, and they know how to safely work with the tools required for the job.
Before hiring a professional, make sure they have workers' compensation insurance and liability insurance.
Additionally, it's important to recognize that a gutter installation or repair can affect the roof. Before you agree to any work being done on your gutters, be sure that your roof warranty won't be affected. Your roof is one of the most important features of a home, and should you run into an issue with it, you'll want your warranty to be valid.
Before hiring anyone, get as much detail about the job as possible. Ask about:
Getting references before hiring a professional of any kind will give you a good idea of what their customer service is like as well as whether they do quality work. Talk to friends and family who have hired the gutter installer before making your decision. If you don't know anyone who has worked with this company before, go online to find reviews, or simply ask the company for references.