Best Houston Contractors of 2012
The Door Guys | Crosby, Texas
Houston member Eileen McClelland, who lives near downtown, turned to The Door Guys to install a pet door to hide her cat’s litter box from her dogs. “He was friendly and offered prompt service,” McClelland says.
The Door Guys owner Ryon Oates says Hurricane Ike in 2008 energized his business installing and repairing doors since many people needed repairs after the storm. Oates, who formerly worked in carpentry and construction, estimates he and his only employee, Juan Beltran, have worked on 8,000-10,000 doors since opening in 2005. “I love the door business,” says Oates, whose company received 16 Page of Happiness nominations last year and doesn’t require a license. “I work right out of my truck. I don’t sell a product. I sell a service.” Oates donates old doors to the local Habitat for Humanity and recycles the metal and participates in the Clothe-A-Child fundraiser at his church.
Oates installed French doors in the entry to Franklin Martinez’s Humble home office. Martinez says Oates also made a custom glass arch for the doors. “Best service ever,” Martinez says. “All my neighbors come to my house and say, ‘Oh, my God, this is awesome.’”
Garage Door Doctor | Cypress, Texas
Saber Tavlin watched in horror as her garage door hooked onto the back of her husband’s truck as it closed, causing one side to separate from its track. “It was all jacked up,” Tavlin says. “It was a horrible situation.” Fortunately, Garage Door Doctor resuscitated Tavlin’s door for $150 — less than the original estimate. “I put the card up, literally taped it up behind the garage door, so if I ever had a problem again I would know who to call,” says the West Houston member, who nominated the company for the Pages of Happiness. “They were just outrageously good.”
Vincent Johnson left the auto industry after answering an ad in the local newspaper for a week of garage door repair and installation training. “I went to work for somebody, and I determined that this is what I want to do and I started saving my money up,” he says. Johnson opened Katy Garage Doors in 1987 and changed the name to Garage Door Doctor three years later to better reflect his service area, which includes Houston and many municipalities around Katy. He says his business continued to expand as garages became a more common feature in new home construction.
Johnson credits his Christian faith for the success of his business. “I do everything as though I’m doing it for the Lord,” says Johnson, whose wife, Kim, and sons, Cody and Ryan, work for the business. “It has to be top-notch quality. It has to be the very best.” Johnson uses a supplier that recycles metals and also recycles the cardboard from new doors and equipment. Garage Door Doctor, which doesn’t need a license to operate, received 17 Page of Happiness nominations last year.
When the springs on Kareen Simon-Eichmann’s garage door broke, Cody and Ryan arrived an hour after she called. The brothers installed a new garage door in two hours and called their dad to install a pet door for Simon-Eichmann’s cat, even though she expected to have to make another appointment for service. “They called their father and he went and picked it up and was over in like 30 minutes,” the Northwest Houston member says. “I recommend them to anyone. They were exceptional.”
Abacus Furniture Restoration | Houston
Kenneth McBride turned his interest in wood into a second career. McBride worked for a friend’s restoration and refinishing business for 25 years before branching out on his own in 2007. “I really appreciate the old pieces,” he says. McBride, whose work doesn’t require a license, reuses or repurposes wood, rarely throwing away anything.
McBride repaired a leg of member Anna Uribe’s antique Louis XV nightstand that she bought online. Uribe lives in Seabrook, but says McBride’s meticulous work made the hourlong drive worth it. “You can tell he is an expert,” Uribe says.
Bellaire member Jane Henderson first hired McBride to finish an antique washstand for her 20 years ago and when she needed a headboard refinished a year ago, she went back. “I would recommend him to anybody,” Henderson says.
Preferred Home Inspections | Spring, Texas
Michael Gray of Humble says Preferred Home Inspections owner Fernando Martinez helped advocate for him with his builder after a home inpsection found code violations and other problems. “They found some stuff that really saved me some substantial money,” Gray says.
Fernando and his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Elissa, each focus on an area of a house. “We communicate during the inspection so we know what each other has found,” Wendy says. “By the time we’re done, we have a pretty much well-rounded view.” Preferred Home Inspections holds a license with the Texas Real Estate Commission for home inspections and the Texas Department of State Health Services for mold and air quality inspections.
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Formica/Laminate Counter Tops | Friendswood, Texas
Geyer Roofing | Houston
Houston’s Best Pet Sitters | Houston
Katy Appliance Parts & Supply | Katy, Texas
Madaras Electrical | Sugar Land, Texas
Perry Garage Doors | Humble, Texas
Renewal Siding & Windows | Spring, Texas