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    2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 1 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS Honouring Calgary’s Best SPECIAL ADVERTISING PUBLICATION PRODUCED BY POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS — FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

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    RENOVATE YOUR BATHROOM THE BATH FITTER WAY Choose from brand new soaker tubs or “the Original” acrylic Bathtub liner. GIVE US A DAY AND WE’LL GIVE YOU A BEAUTIFUL NEW BATHROOM THE ORIGINAL AND STILL THE BEST BATH FITTER created the bathroom redesign concept over 25 years ago. Millions of transformations later, we still lead the way. Whether you’re looking to repair or redesign your bathroom or to get your home ready for sale, our custom-tailored shower and bathtub units are created to fit your bathroom.And we install them in one mess-free, stress-free day. All for a great price and with a lifetime warranty*. MAKE A CLEAN SWITCH Custom shower stalls (brand new or existing) and tub to shower conversions. All comes with our unique one-piece seamless acrylic wall system and a Lifetime Warranty. Convert your tub into a spacious shower that looks great and lasts a lifetime. If you’ve got a bathtub you hardly use, we can transform it into an extra-large shower with easier access. Get more from your bathroom, with this easy upgrade. LIMITED TIME OFFER ON COMPLETE PACKAGES SAVE $ 250 00 ON A COMPLETE PACKAGE For a limited time only. *Offer expires June 30, 2017. Ask about our affordable payment options. CALL NOW FOR THE BEST INSTALLATION DATE POSSIBLE. 2017 CELEBRATING 24 OVER TWO DECADES OF QUALITY AND SERVICE FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1993 WHY BATH FITTER IS FIT FOR YOUR BATHROOM Calgary 403-768-9140 Medicine Hat 587-801-0894 DISCOVER WHAT MILLIONS ALREADY HAVE • Lifetime warranty* • Professional 1-day installation • Custom designed to fit your bathroom • No mess, no demolition • Wide range of colors, finishes and styles • Brand name accessories, like Moen faucets Edmonton 780-628-1594 * See location for details. bathfitter.com Red Deer 587-802-0303 Lethbridge 587-800-3621

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    2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 3 SPONSORED CONTENT Bath Fitter ALWAYS IMPROVING FOR ENHANCED CUSTOMER CONVENIENCE AND CARE GERALD VANDER PYL POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS When Bruce Keegan opened a Bath Fitter franchise in Calgary in 1993 it was only the third location, and thus a relatively new business model for the now 33-year-old manufacturer that was setting out to revolutionize how people upgrade their bathrooms. Using a patented process of installing a specifically moulded acrylic bathtub liner and one-piece seamless acrylic bath wall, then sealing the two to create a waterproof unit, Bath Fitter created a way to install a complete high-quality solution in a single day, without any major disruption. “The whole beginning of the company in 1984 was for convenience’s sake. You take that four- or five-day demolition in your bathroom and turn it into a six- or eighthour process,” says Keegan, president of Bath Fitter Alberta. The company — which has showrooms in Calgary and Edmonton and services Lethbridge, Red Deer and almost all of Alberta — has won Gold in the 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards in the categories of Best Bathtub Company and Best Bathroom Remodelling Company. Keegan says many people put off replacing their old bathtub because of the hassles and the inconvenience of a multi-day renovation — an oldfashioned bathtub renovation means tearing everything out, then installing a new tub and new walls and tiles — a time-consuming and costly endeavour. “By reducing the amount of time and labour in the bathroom renovation we are reducing a lot of expense and able to shift to an ultra highquality product,” says Keegan. He says the Bath Fitter process has been highly developed over the years, and the products themselves have continued to improve because With so many years of experience, Bath Fitter’s process and products are continually improving. WIL ANDRUSCHAK every item installed (excluding fixtures) is manufactured from the raw material in the company’s own Canadian factory. “We take great pride in that fact,” says Keegan. “Way back when they figured maybe there were 20 different tubs out there ... so we’ll only need 20 different moulds? “That was the first week. Currently we’ve produced over 800 different moulds for bathtubs — who knew?” There is also a variety of different styles for Bath Fitter’s custom one-piece wall surround, including many tile patterns, marble patterns and even slate in an assortment colours. Each bath wall is custom made for every installation, then heat-formed in the local Bath Fitter locations, Keegan says. “We take very precise measurements of the bathroom, because nothing is ever level or square in your home, we then custom form a one-piece wall that goes from the tub right to the ceiling. Just like the tub, it’s a perfect fit. Our unique process eliminates the corner joints and the mess of mildew inherent to grout lines.” Bath Fitter can also revitalize showers, by covering an old shower base with new acrylic then installing custom-fit walls over tile. “If there’s existing water damage we always repair that first,” says Keegan. “A top-quality installation is why we’ve stood the test of time for 24 years.” Another popular bathroom renovation these days is replacing a tub with a full-size shower, he says. That process can take a day-and-a-half, since the old tub must be removed, but then Bath Fitter can proceed with installing its custom shower base and wall system very quickly. People can also customize their bathtub or shower with Bath Fitter’s line of accessories, such as curved shower curtain rods, safety grab bars, soap dishes and corner caddies, Keegan says. The company also makes its own tub and shower doors, which are frameless and have no enclosed bottom track, putting “everything that is good into our own custommanufactured door from Bath Fitter.” Keegan has seen Bath Fitter grow to include more than 130 locations as it has developed an enviable reputation. “There is no compromise on the quality of what we do and how we do it. “And I believe that is what leads to our success,” he says. “It has also earned us the right to offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty, starting in 2005, when we perfected our system and also took over the production of our own acrylic.” “Anyone can offer such a warranty,” points out Keegan, “but do they have the longevity and control of the process to have earned it? “If something goes wrong, we either repair it or replace it,” he says. “We’re in there right away and make certain the customer is happy ... because it’s the right thing to do. “It’s the reason why we are so successful and why our reputation is so impeccable today.” For more information, go to bathfitter.com/location/ calgary. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF BATH FITTER.

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    4 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE WINNERS CATEGORY: GOLD Secondary WINNERS (in alphabetical order) Appliance Business Trail Appliances Bestway Television & Appliance Ltd., Bowest Appliance Inc. Basement Construction/ Artisan Kitchens Done Wright Contracting, Finishing Company & Renovations Doug Lacey’s Basement Systems Bathroom Remodeling Bath Fitter Inc. Mudd Monkey Renovations, Western Bathrooms Bathtub Company Bath fitter Inc. Western Bathrooms Cabinet Making Cabinet Doctor Ltd. Watts Renovations & Custom Homes, Wildwood Cabinets Carpentry Ultimate Renovations Calgary Wood Products, Jackson Family Floors Carpet Cleaning Alberta Carpet Cleaning, Bow River Chem Dry Allo Clean Pro Cleaning/Maid Service Molly Maid A Maid For A Day, Neatfreak Concrete Contracting Goodstone Concrete Marz Concrete & Renovation Services, Phoenix Concrete Cutting & Coring Ltd. Sewer Cleaning Pete the Plumber Ace Plumbing, Dirty Daves Drain Cleaning & Plumbing Draperies Installation Sheila’s Drapery Budget Blinds of SE Calgary, Te Jay Drapery Installation Driveway Installation Calgary Paving Jarruda & TigerClaw Contracting, Jubilee Landscape Inc. Duct & Furnace Cleaning Arpi’s Industries Ltd. Just in Time Furnace Inc., Pete the Plumber Eavestrough Installer & Cleaning Gutter Doctor Action Roofing & Siding Ltd., Done Right Roofing Residential Electrical Contracting Bow Valley Electrical Services Ltd. Wildhorse Electric Electrician Magician, Exterior Design Kurmak Builders Inc. Factor Interiors & Exteriors Inc., Lincoln Building Products Ltd. Fence building Rocky Mountain Home Pro Services, Decks ‘n’ More Watts Renovations & Custom Homes Fireplace Hearth & Home GasTech Heating & Fireplace, Hearth Fireplace Depot Floor Covering CDL Carpet & Dannburg Floor Coverings, Floor Centre Ltd. Deerfoot Carpet & Flooring Fumigation Services Abell Pest Control Cal-Rid Exterminators Inc., Poulin’s Pest Control Garage Construction CarShacks Kay2 Contracting, Shaw Renovation & Construction Garage Door Repair Calgary Overhead Doors Ltd. Aladdin Doors of Calgary, Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services General Contracting Redesign Renovations Inc. All Construction & Renovations Inc., Lincoln Building Products Ltd. GETTY IMAGES How it works Since 1993, the Calgary Herald has been asking readers to vote for their favourites in a wide range of categories. Readers are invited to go to a special website and fill out an online form with their choices. The results of this survey are tabulated, and the names of the businesses that top each category’s vote totals, are published in the special Readers’ Choice section you are now reading. Some of the winning businesses that choose to advertise are also featured with a story in this special publication. A primary goal of the Readers’ Choice polling process is fairness — i.e. one person, one vote. Attempts at submitting multiple forms are restricted by the use of a combination of user email addresses, IP addresses and other forms of electronic tracking. In addition, all votes are reviewed by at least two individuals to ensure accuracy. Once the polling is complete, the results are tabulated and a list of the year’s winners is compiled. We consider the Readers’ Choice Awards one of each year’s most important and significant projects, and we hope our advertisers and readers do, too.

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    Granite Counter Top The Granite Guys Granite Transformations, Jade Stone Handyman Services Handyman Calgary German Handy Mann and Renovation, Lazaro Renovation & Restoration Inc. 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 5 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE WINNERS CATEGORY: GOLD Secondary WINNERS (in alphabetical order) CATEGORY: GOLD Secondary WINNERS (in alphabetical order) Landscaping/Lawn Care Green Drop Lawns Good Neighbor Yard Services, Yardworx Maintenance & Snow Removal, Chinook Landscaping & Design Hardwood Flooring Alberta Hardwood Flooring CDL Carpet & Floor Centre Ltd., The Home Improvement Warehouse Ltd. Heating & Air Conditioning Arpi’s Industries Ltd. A1 Chesney Service Experts, Pete the Plumber Home Addition Building The Urbane Residential Lada Construction Inc., TriLink Builders Home Automation Vivint Inc. Safety Alarm, Showcase A/V Inc. Home Designing Design Factor Homes Banbury Lane Design Centre, F2 Furnishings Home Inspection A Buyer’s Choice Hawkeye Property Services, Home Inspections Strand Home Inpections Inc. Home Renovation Ultimate Renovations Lincoln Building Products Ltd., Pinnacle Group Insulation Contracting DVS Drywall Contractors Ltd. Attic Pros Insulation & Ventilation, Ideal Insulation & Roofing Interior Decorating Wen-Di Interiors Amazing Things, Banbury Lane Design Centre Junk Removal 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Calgary 310-Dump, Garbage Good Guys Inc. Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Robinson Lighting & Artisan Kitchens & Renovations, Bath Centre Empire Kitchen & Bath Kitchen Renovation/ Legacy Kitchens Artisan Kitchens & Renovations, Remodeling Cabinet Doctor Ltd. Painting Service Alberta AAA Professional Harding’s Painting, Painting & Woodwork University First Class Painters Finishing Ltd. Patio & Deck Building Desert Sun Patios Ltd. Caldek Sundeck Systems, Rocky Mountain Decks ‘n’ More Plumbing Pete the Plumber Arpi’s Industries Ltd., Knight Plumbing, Heating and Air Condidioning Remediation Matrix Remediation Calgary Mold Removal Inc., Got Mold? Calgary Roofing Sunik Roofing Epic Roofing & Exteriors, Liberty Roofing Inc. Security System Monitoring ATS Security Systems Ltd. ADT Security Services, United Alarm Siding Contracting Shaw Renovation Broadview Homes, Epic Roofing & Exteriors & Construction Spa/ Hot Tub Paradise Bay Oasis Pools & Spas Ltd., Hot Tubs & Billiards SML Entertainment Tree Pruning Sullivan Tree Service Ltd. Adair Tree Care Ltd., ArborKing Window Treatment Sheila’s Drapery Budget Blinds, LUX Design Window & Door Lux Windows and All Weather Windows Ltd., Doctor Screen Glass Ltd. GETTY IMAGES

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    6 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Alberta Carpet Cleaning has won Gold in the Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards for Carpet Cleaning. The company’s powerful, truckmounted cleaning system has deepcleaning reach and is not only highly effective, but also eco-friendly, wool-safe and pet-friendly. The company uses the chemical- and detergent-free Thermo- Rinse system for carpet and upholstery cleaning. “If you have children, pets or allergy issues, this is the safest and most effective technology,” explains Alena Hanusek, general manager for Alberta Carpet Cleaning and Alberta Furnace Cleaning. Alberta Carpet Cleaning is an IICRC SPONSORED CONTENT Alberta Carpet Cleaning CALGARY’S FAVOURITE CHOICE FOR CHEMICAL-FREE CARPET CARE (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification) and CGSC (Canadian Green Sustainability Contractor) certified cleaning company that is constantly updating its technicians’ skills and knowledge through workshops and seminars. Customers will also find the company’s technicians take great pride in their work. Serving Calgary and area since 1986, Alberta Carpet Cleaning is also a favourite choice for specialty area rug cleaning due to its wool-safe products system and specialized facility. The management and staff would like to thank its loyal customers who voted Alberta Carpet Cleaning a Gold winner in the carpet and upholstery cleaning category. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF ALBERTA CARPET CLEANING. SPONSORED CONTENT Chinook Landscaping & Design COMMITTED TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Whether it is building patios, walkways, water features, decks or pergolas, Chinook Landscaping & Design creates personalized landscapes using the finest materials. Founded by David Abbott in 2003, the company prides itself on attention to detail and commitment to customer service. “We work very hard to design and construct the landscape in accordance with our customer’s desires,” Abbott explains. “From the initial consultation to the completion of the project, following through on each customer’s vision is job one. We show up on time, follow through with what we say we are going to do and, if the customer has any issues, we take care of them immediately.” Abbott has assembled a talented and dedicated group of professionals who continue the legacy of strong customer service. Working efficiently and completing projects on time is a core value. “Our crews work with us year after year, and are very experienced and dedicated,” says Abbott. “We get a lot of repeat business and referrals because customers are really impressed by the service and professionalism that Chinook provides.” Peace of mind for the customer is also key, and there is a big trust factor. “We are one of the few landscape and design companies that does not require an upfront deposit on a project. There is no payment to be made until the job is completed to the customer’s satisfaction. We pride ourselves on that,” Abbott says. Chinook Landscaping & Design is a Landscaping/Lawn Care winner in the 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF CHINOOK LANDSCAPING & DESIGN. Built On Trust landscapingcalgary.org 403.452.8552

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    2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 7 SPONSORED CONTENT Desert Sun Patios QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR YEAR-ROUND COMFORT SPONSORED CONTENT Sunik Roofing LEADER IN INDUSTRY AND SAFETY STANDARDS JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS If you want to enjoy sitting out in your yard but often find that it’s too hot, cold or windy, look no further than Desert Sun Patios — Gold winner for Patio and Deck Building in the 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards. A family-owned company founded in 2000, Desert Sun Patios specializes in building decks, three-season and allseason sunrooms, screen rooms, patio covers, hybrid patio covers and pergolas. “People have a need for our product, whether it’s to keep the mosquitoes away or to keep wind, snow and rain at bay,” says manager Bob Whiteside. “It’s yearround comfort. In summertime, it can’t be beat. And there is nothing like a sunny day in Calgary in mid-winter when it’s plus 10 outside and you can have tea and read your book in your cosy sunroom.” A wide range of products is offered to meet people’s unique needs, lifestyles, design preferences and budgets, keeping direct sun, rain and snow off your deck, so it will last a lot longer, he adds. “We can do a 10-by-10 patio cover installed for less money than it would cost to pick up a 10-by-10 foot umbrella,” Whiteside says. Desert Sun Patios is licensed to work in the Calgary area and throughout southern Alberta. “We’ve got a beautiful showroom with four fully built sunrooms, one screen room, four pergolas and two patio covers — so people can come in, look at the products and see the different styles,” Whiteside says. “The showroom is great to give people a taste of what it’s like to sit in a sunroom/ screen room/patio cover, have a coffee, relax and imagine the possibilities.” For people who prefer DIY, all Desert Sun Patios products are available in cashand-carry. Find a virtual tour of the Desert Sun Patios showroom at desertsunpatios.com. JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Sunik Roofing, the Gold winner in the Roofing Company category for 2017’s Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards, has been serving Calgary and area with high-quality roof replacement and repair services since 1989. An industry leader, Sunik Roofing also offers siding, fascia, soffit and eavestroughing estimates and services. With a full-time safety officer on staff, safety is paramount and Sunik Roofing has earned a Certificate of Recognition. The company also helped write the Sloped Roofing Best Practices booklet that is used in Alberta. The company also prides itself on its warranty. “We have a unique warranty. If you’re under our warranty and we have a workmanship deficiency, we would cover the content (associated damages),” says founder and president Nick Sims, adding its roof maintenance program is another benefit offered to customers. “We will look after your roof for the duration,” Sims says. “We will come out to do periodic tune-ups and inspections to make sure everything is sitting right.” Sunik Roofing is a family company that includes Sims, his wife, two sons and a daughter-in-law, plus long-time business partner Lowell McNichol — and they all believe in helping their community. “We give back by volunteering our time,” he says. The Sunik team appreciates the support from Readers’ Choice voters. “I want to thank the people who made this award possible by choosing Sunik, and to thank Calgarians for their ongoing support.” Sunik has also won a Calgary Consumer Choice Award for seven years running and is a past winner of the Calgary Better Business Bureau Ethics Award. Visit calgaryroofingsunik.com for more information. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF DESERT SUN PATIOS. WE HAVE YOU COVERED WE HAVE YOU COVERED Ph: 403-692-0820 E: info@desertsunpatios.com SHOWROOM Bay C-6215 3rd Street SE Calgary, AB T2H 2L2 FREE HOME ESTIMATES FREE HOME ESTIMATES Hot Deals on Lifestyle Improvements PATIO COVERS. PERGOLAS. SCREENROOMS. SUNROOMS THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF SUNIK ROOFING. • Asphalt & Fiberglass Shingles • Euroshield Rubber Roofing • Siding Soffit Fascia Gutters • Cedar Shakes & Shingles • Repairs & Maintenance • Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured • Warranty Program A+ 403-280-2803 WWW.SUNIK.COM YOUR RE-ROOFING EXPERTS SHINGLE & HAIL REPAIR We Work all Winter INSURANCE CLAIMS WELCOME! www.desertsunpatios.com MEMBERS OF: AARA, CEDAR SHAKE & SHINGLE BUREAU, SOUTHERN ALBERTA BBB AND ALBERTA CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ASSOCIATION

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    8 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS SPONSORED CONTENT Lincoln Building Products QUEST FOR QUALITY IS IN FAMILY FIRM’S DNA NADIA MOHARIB POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Fred Hamilton has been called Mr. Lincoln a few times, for sure. And the owner of Lincoln Building Products Ltd. certainly understands why there’s confusion. Starting his exterior renovation company in 1979, Hamilton was a fresh-faced fellow whose youth betrayed his business acumen and work ethic. So, rather than going with Hamilton for the company name, he opted for Lincoln, as in the Continental luxury car. “Lincoln meant quality and a name that was trusted,” says Hamilton. In business for nearly four decades, he began by focusing on “anything to do with exterior renovating” — windows, roofing, doors and siding — and built his business on customer referrals. “Starting a business in the early 1980s was a challenge in Calgary, and we soon found ourselves working in practically every small town in southern Alberta, though now we stay closer to Calgary.” A notable exception has been going to Fort McMurray after last spring’s wildfires. “We wanted to participate in helping to rebuild and hired locally,” Hamilton says. The company is a family affair that has seen Hamilton’s daughter and father pitch in, and his two sons come on board. After earning a business degree at Mount Royal University, son Fred Hamilton, left, and son Freddie Hamilton Jr. of Lincoln Building Products Ltd. Brandon came back as general manager. Younger brother Freddie Jr. is Lincoln’s liaison with insurance companies and manages that division. “We’ve both worked here since we were kids,” Brandon says. “I started cleaning up job sites and when I was older started working on crews. Then I moved into sales management.” He says working through the ranks makes him a better manager. “Customers put a lot of trust in us,” he says. “I know what the guys go through, so that it gets done and done right.” Hamilton says working with his sons is fun and good for business, too. “I am the wisest,” he says with a smirk. “But they both bring things to the table that I don’t have — a different perspective.” Despite opportunities to SUPPLIED expand, Hamilton is happy to stay status quo, saying, “Our goal is to be the best at it, not the largest.” And he sees the company’s recognition as a winner in the 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards in the General Contracting and Exterior Design categories as a nod to years of work well done. “Anytime you have any sort of recognition, it’s nice to hear.” THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF LINCOLN BUILDING PRODUCTS. KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN TRUST CRAFTSMANSHIP YOU CAN RELY ON! THANK YOU CALGARY! windows doors siding Siding Products • Family owned and operated for 37 years • Lifetime workmanship warranty • No deposit required Windows

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    2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 9 Sheila’s Drapery — the Gold winner in the Drapery Installation Company categories of the 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards — carries custom draperies, Hunter Douglas blinds and shutters, wallpaper and upholstery. As a Hunter Douglas Centurion Gallery store, we at Sheila’s carry the full line of Hunter Douglas products, including the Alustra Collection of Silhouette window shadings, and are able to get highly competitive prices for these products to pass on the savings to our customers. Our main fabric line suppliers for drapery and upholstery are Alendel, JF Fabrics, Four Seasons and Maxwell Fabrics. Designers come to your home for a free consultation and our seamstress sews all of our draperies in-house. Our staff are here to make everything easy for you, and they take pride in providing upbeat professional customer service. Founded nearly four decades ago, Sheila’s Drapery has garnered many awards and accolades over the years. ADVERTISEMENT Sheila’s Drapery QUALITY, SERVICE AND PRICE VALUED ABOVE ALL THIS STORY WAS PROVIDED BY SHEILA’S DRAPERY FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. Hunter Douglas Blinds Up to 50% off! In addition to winning a Readers’ Choice Award, our company has been a Southern Alberta Consumer Choice Award winner for multiple years. Here’s what some of our customers are saying: “Sheila’s provides exceptional service. They went above and beyond their duty to ensure I was happy.” And: “The new owners are easy to talk to and customer focused. They gave me great advice and helped with my window coverings while staging my home for sale.” Starting this summer, we’ll also be selling accessories such as artwork, small furniture pieces and custom bedding. Come and see all the latest and greatest products at our new location at 1338 11th Avenue S.W., conveniently located on the west side of downtown in Calgary’s Design District and open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quality, service and price equals value — and we value our customers at Sheila’s. For more visit sheilasdrapery.com. VISIT OUR ONLY SHOWROOM LOCATED IN THE HEART OF CALGARY www.sheilasdrapery.com 2016 • Drapery • Blinds • Automation • Shutters • Upholstery New Location 1338 11th Ave SW (403) 277-4988 Yardworx Yardworx, a Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards-winner in the Landscaping/Lawn care category for 2017, has been raising the quality of customer experience through technology, prompt service and personal touches since 1989. “We are always trying to be better,” says Yardworx president Joe Berry. “The relationships we build are based on trust, value and the understanding that quality and convenience are what our customers really appreciate.” An industry leader in technology and personal experiences, Yardworx offers lawn maintenance and snow services to residential and commercial clients in Calgary and Edmonton, including spring cleanups, lawn maintenance, window cleaning, snow removal, gravelling and ice management — and you can order Yardworx services conveniently online. “We try to make it as easy as possible to SPONSORED CONTENT PROACTIVE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS order services or resolve any issues,” Berry says. Employees are responsible for office management and production, while staff in the field are owner-operators of their own businesses and work within the philosophy and business practices of the company, which takes a proactive, progressive approach to customer service. “We supply our services in a way that’s upfront, straightforward, honest and trustworthy,” says Berry. It is also progressive when it comes to hiring. While traditionally a maledominated industry, the top level managers at Yardworx are women. “We are proud to have been honoured with this Readers’ Choice Award. We appreciate this immensely, and we look forward to working hard to keep that moving forward. “Our people are excited about what they do and how they do it, and our staff enjoys being here every day.” For more visit yardworx.ca. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF YARDWORX. Need Lawn Maintenance? ...with you throughh every season. BOOK TODAY SAVE 10% Window cleaning and Power Washing? BOOK TODAY SAVE 10% PROFESSIONAL &RELIABLE ORDER ONLINE AT YARDWORX.CA OR CALL 403.520.5000

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    10 2017 HOME SERVICES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS SPONSORED CONTENT Pete the Plumber HE’S THE GUY TO CALL WHEN DIY GOES WRONG NADIA MOHARIB POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Of course, Pete the Plumber always hopes for new customers. But with 85 per cent of his clientele being repeat callers, he is pretty certain he has a competitive edge. “Like with a mechanic, once you find a good plumber you can trust, you will stick with them,” says Pete Archdekin, who founded the company with Andrew Prince. Putting a face on the business helps, too. “You wouldn’t believe how many times people ask, ‘Is your name really Pete?’ One of the things people love is that there is a Pete. It’s credibility.” The company (which does electrical, too) shares plumbing know-how on The Pete the Plumber Show, which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on CTV. Archdekin is happy to help the viewers with DIY tips — never fearing a few plumbing tips will transform would-be customers into competition. “Eighty per cent have no intention of doing their own work but want to see how it’s done,” he says. “The other 20 per cent are in two categories; 10 per cent will try and succeed and 10 per cent will fail and call me.” Pete the Plumber has answered many such DIY-gone-wrong calls. “It’s Sunday night and there’s the wife sitting in the corner with her arms crossed and her face beet-red,” Archdekin says. “There’s the husband who picked up a new kitchen faucet. He’s been working all Sunday, going back and forth to Home Depot 10 times, and he just can’t finish the job. She hasn’t done laundry, the kids are not bathed and the dog has no water.” The company (co-owned by plumber and electrician Andrew Prince and running smoothly due to the indispensable efforts of office manager Jackie Prince) has won numerous awards, including the Readers’ Choice Gold in Plumbing. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF PETE THE PLUMBER. SPONSORED CONTENT Deerfoot Carpet & Flooring CALGARY’S LARGEST INVENTORY OF FLOOR COVERINGS JACQUELINE LOUIE POSTMEDIA CONTENT WORKS Deerfoot Carpet & Flooring is the home of happy Deerfoot customers. A 2017 Home Services Readers’ Choice Awards-winner in the Floor Coverings category, Deerfoot offers complete floor covering services, with great prices and service, peace of mind guarantees, and the largest combination of quality carpet, linoleum, area rugs, hardwood and ceramic floor coverings in Calgary. A family-owned business serving Calgary and area for 23 years, Deerfoot prides itself on listening to its customers and helping them find the perfect flooring. “A lot of people come to us because we have the largest inventory in Calgary. That gives us a big advantage,” says assistant manager Ryan Verkley, who explains that volume buying allows the company to offer competitive pricing. The dedicated staff includes employees who’ve been with the company for its entire 23 years, and some who’ve been working in the industry even longer. The store’s in-house designers can guide customers through the entire process of choosing the right flooring. Verkley says Deerfoot is proud to be a 2017 Readers’ Choice winner, as well as the No. 1 SmartStrand carpet dealer in Canada. Deerfoot stands behind everything it sells for the lifetime of the product. The company also offers installation services, with a minimum installation guarantee of a year on almost all products, except for carpet re-stretching, which comes with a lifetime warranty. Deerfoot Carpet & Flooring is located at 6170 - 12th Street S.E. in Calgary. THIS STORY WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S COMMERCIAL CONTENT DIVISION, ON BEHALF OF DEERFOOT CARPET & FLOORING. 403-257-1766 • Plumbing • Electrical Services • Hot Water Tanks • Heating & Cooling • Drain Cleaning • and so much more COMPETITIVE PRICES Thank you Calgary for ONCE AGAIN choosing us as one of the winners in Floor Coverings SATISFACTION GUARANTEED 2 YEAR WARRANTY ON PARTS AND LABOUR “put your next project in the hands of a superhero!” Service hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm Available 24/7 for emergency services #14,4550 112 ave SE 403-255-5880 www.deerfootcarpet.com

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