Best San Antonio Contractors of 2010
Alamo Water Softeners | San Antonio
Brad Dunnagan of San Antonio planned on getting multiple estimates on a water softening system, but after he met with Alamo Water owner Allen Townsend, he decided it wasn't necessary. "I was so impressed, I accepted his quote on the spot," Dunnagan says. "The whole experience was great and I love my soft water!"
Townsend and his wife, Trudy, started the company in 2004, but Allen has worked in the water treatment business for more than 20 years. "We're so blessed with our customers," Trudy says. "We think of them as friends and family, so that's the way we treat them."
Jeannie Mosier of Boerne hired Alamo to install a water softener and says Allen treated her with the utmost respect. "He was very patient — no question was too silly," Mosier says. "They're genuinely nice people."
The company is licensed as a water treatment specialist with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Allen says they install water softeners that use 30 percent less water than standard systems. "Water softeners make people's lives better," Allen says. "It's nice to be able to make people happy."
Texas Trees | San Antonio
When an oak tree in Jim Thomas' San Antonio yard started encroaching on his neighbors' property, he hired Texas Trees to trim the offending limbs. "They did a great job," Thomas says, adding the company even cut and stacked the branches so he could use them for firewood. "I wouldn't hesitate to use them again."
Company owner Mike Fleming, who isn't required to be licensed, got into the business with his father 16 years ago. "I'm passionate about working with trees and people," says Fleming, who also donates his services to his church. "I love being able to earn my customers' trust."
After Jana Gosvig of San Antonio raved about the work Texas Trees did in her yard, her mother hired them a few weeks later. "They take the time to explain everything," Gosvig says. "They're just honest and caring people."
Fleming says he's dedicated to doing what's right, and not just what's easy. "I hope to create an ongoing relationship with my customers," he says. "There's always a sense of accomplishment and great success after a job well-done."
Top Notch Gutters | Seguin, Texas
Katie Evans of San Antonio hired Top Notch Gutters to improve her existing gutters without the expense of a new system. They replaced rotted fascia boards, reattached and repitched faulty sections, and installed a new downspout.
"[Larry Rittenberry, the owner] is great," she says. "He walked around the house with me and the bid was economical. He wasn't trying to make bundles of money off me."
The crew finished the work on time, on budget and left the work site immaculate, she says.
Rittenberry, whose work doesn't require a license, says he tries to do all estimates himself and won't accept payment until the customer is happy. "If there is a problem, I like to fix it before they actually pay me," he says.
He uses recyclable aluminum gutters and also recycles old gutters. "They don't go in the trash can," Rittenberry says.
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— by Jackie Norris and Matthew Brady