Best Houston Contractors of 2009

Best Houston Contractors of 2009

Magnum Roofing | Pearland, Texas

Shirley Warner called Magnum Roofing to repair her leaky roof after Hurricane Ike.

“They were a pleasure to have around the house,” says Warner. One roofer helped take her trash out, she says, and another sang while he worked.

“If they want a purple roof, we’ll give them a purple roof,” says Piper Chilson, who runs Magnum with her husband, Dustin.

The business, which isn’t required to have a trade license, was founded in the 1950s by Dustin’s grandfather.

The company works to reduce clients’ energy costs by 30 percent, Chilson says, and they also use green materials and recycle waste.

Magnum installed a free roof for a domestic violence shelter, and they donate funds to a children’s foundation.

Southwest Garage Door | Houston

It was a Sunday when law student Dylan Spadaccino’s garage door broke, trapping his car inside.

Spadaccino needed to get to class the next morning, so he called Southwest Garage Door. Owner Michael Morten, who’s not required to have a trade license, arrived within an hour, charging only $25 extra.

“This guy knew I was really in a jam and it was such a fair fee to come out on a Sunday,” Spadaccino says. “He was very pleasant to work with.”

Morten says his 11 years in the business have taught him to always put the customer first. “We make an appointment and stick to that,” Morten says.

Southwest Garage Door, which recycles the steel from old doors, was a national Best Contractor in 2007 and a Best Houston-area Contractor last year.

The three-time Super Service Award winner has 11 Pages of Happiness nominations this year.

— reporting by Emily Udell


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