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The Trussville Tribune January 2019

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Trinity Contractors:

Central Alabama’s “single source for total service” By Crystal McGough For The Tribune Trinity Contractors has been servicing central Alabama with heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and general construction since 1981. Located on Simmons Drive in the heart of Trussville, Trinity has a customer base ranging up to about 60 miles from central Birmingham, covering areas such as Jefferson County, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Gadsden and Anniston. They have over 35 service trucks on the road every day and roughly 111 employees, with over half of those in the service department, who are licensed and certified in their specific trades. “We can do anything inside the home and outside as far as a repair, remodel or

an addition,” Administration and Contacts Manager Aimee Jones said. “We also have technicians who are licensed and certified in heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical repairs and installations, many of whom run the roads all day everyday just catching service calls.” Jones, who will have been with the company 20 years this June, said that Trinity Contractors is one of very few companies that provide all these services in-house. “Our slogan is ‘Your single source for total service,’” she said. That pretty much sums it up. “You simply make one phone call for anything you might need around your home or business. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not all companies provide the variety of services that

we offer in-house. The ability to make one phone call to take care of home or business needs is a perk for our customers and most importantly, they know that they are going to get someone that’s licensed, bonded, and insured to stand behind their work 110%.” Working with a company that is licensed, bonded and insured is extremely important when it comes to properly caring for your home or business, Jones said. “If a company is licensed, bonded and insured, they are licensed in their specific trade, they have insurance for the work they are performing and there’s a bonding company that’s standing behind them as well,” she said. “People, unfortunately, trying to save money will often go with somebody that’s not, and that’s fine at the time, but if you have a problem and you can’t get that person to stand behind their work, that can become a huge issue. I’ve seen homes that have been damaged and there’s no recourse for somebody that’s not licensed, bonded and insured. Think about it like driving a car without liability insurance. That isn’t a risk I am willing to take, yet so many individuals can often overlook that important detail. We may not always be the cheapest, but our work speaks for itself.” Plus, all of our employees are background investigated and routinely drug tested. You have the comfort of knowing we have done our homework on each and every employee before sending that individual into your home or business. For us, that is just as import-

ant as being licensed, bonded and insured these days. According to Jones, being involved in and caring for their local community is of utmost importance to the employees at Trinity Contractors. “We’re huge supporters in the community,” she said. “In Trussville alone, we are the main sponsor for City Fest, we are heavily involved in the schools in the area, and different events that they have throughout the year. We also excitedly sponsor and participate in the Christmas parade year after year. As your neighborhood service provider, giving back to those around us is of the upmost importance and we certainly enjoy being involved the community as often as possible.” For all your service needs, call Trinity Contractors. Your single source for total service.

Your Single Source for Total Service www.TRIN.com | 205.655.5099

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Buying or selling a home? Choose wisely; choose Brik

Special to The Tribune


Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most people will ever make. So when it comes to choosing a real estate agent, the only sensible thing to do is choose the best. “It’s as simple as that,” said Kevin Sargent, a Trussville resident and Vice President of Operations for Brik Realty. “Nobody wants less than the most capable and knowledgeable person they can find to guide them through those all-important real estate transactions, and they’ll find some of the best agents in the business at Brik. When you’ve got the best guidance, you’re going to get the best results.” Choosing a Brik agent, said Sargent, means choosing an agent backed by the most powerful name in the Trussville market and surrounding areas. Founded by Gusty Gulas in 2014, Brik Realty has exceeded expectations with its cus-

tomer-centric and technologically advanced way of serving local homebuyers and sellers. “Our agents or teams each have a unique capability of guiding their clients with the utmost care and respect,” Sargent said. “And unlike most agents, they travel the country in search of the latest systems, knowledge and technology used by the top agents nationwide to bring it back home and implement for you, the local client.” Brik agents are also deeply rooted in the community, schools and neighborhoods in which they sell. They love their communities and regularly donate time and money to their churches, schools, local clubs, civic groups, first responders and non-profits. “Our very own Chad Maddox is a Center Point firefighter, as well as an extremely successful new agent,” said Sargent. “We also have agents like Jean Thrasher, Christy McDonald, Josh Vernon, Allen

• According to Real Trends Magazine, a national publication, Brik Trussville is home to two of the top six teams in Alabama, and Brik Realty as a whole has three of the top six teams in Alabama: the Gusty Gulas Group, the Josh Vernon Group, and the Sargent McDonald Team. • The Josh Vernon Group has been the #1 team in the Trussville market since 2015. • Brik Realty has multiple agents involved with the Birmingham Association of Realtors in Board position, as well as our very own CEO/President Gusty Gulas as our current BAR president. • Gusty Gulas was named one of the Top CEOs in Birmingham for 2018 by the Birmingham Business Journal.

Kennemur, Mercy Lozinski, and our Managing Broker Michelle Dickey, who all bring years of knowledge and experience of the industry before, during and after the recession.” Brik Trussville, said Sargent, had an incredible 2018, with the office being named #1 in the Eastern Birmingham area, which includes Trussville, Springville, Argo, Odenville, Pinson, Clay, Oneonta, Moody/ Leeds, and Irondale. According to the Greater Alabama MLS statistics, the office sold 846 homes for a total volume of $177,587,300. In Trussville alone, the office helped clients buy or sell 234 homes for a total volume of $64,375,553. “At the end of the day, I’m proud to say we have the absolute best collection of individuals that happen to be the best group of Realtors I know anywhere in town,” said Sargent. “I’m beyond proud to work with each of these agents and call them all friends and really, an extended family. I have

zero doubt that if you call one of the many Brik Realty agents, you’ll be extremely happy with the service you receive.” But outside of sales, the biggest news for Brik Trussville concerns some pretty spectacular plans for relocating its office. “In 2019, we’ll move down Main Street to the old Braden’s Furniture building, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Sargent. “The building will feature a French Quarter-themed style and will fit the incredible downtown Trussville transition that’s taking place.” Brik Trussville will occupy the entire second floor of the building with other professional service companies leasing space on the ground floor. The office’s new home, said Sargent, will offer a comfortable and convenient place for agents and clients to meet, not to mention allow some room to grow. “After opening at our current location at 192 Main Street with just 14 agents

in 2016, we quickly grew to nearly 50 agents and began bursting at the seams,” he said. “But we really like being downtown. So we’re very pleased that the new

location gives us the ability to remain in the heart of Trussville and central to all the areas we serve. We’re proud to be a part of the revitalization of downtown

Trussville.” For more information visit Brik Realty at www. brikrealty.com and on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Hinkle Roofing:

Keeping roofs over heads – and more – for 110 years For over a century, Hinkle Roofing has been keeping roofs over their customers’ heads. Serving Jefferson County and surrounding areas since 1908, Hinkle has built a reputation as the best roofing company around, and its customers wholeheartedly agree. “I loved them,” one said. “I thought they did a great job. They’re quick and easy to work with. The roof looks great. I’m very happy.” Another said, “They did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend them to anybody.” Yet another said, “I like Hinkle. They’ve done two full roof replacements for me; I think they do a good job. Their long-standing reputation for doing good business is the reason I went back to them.” And for at least one customer, Hinkle Roofing has become a family tradition: “I think Hinkle’s the best. My family’s used them for fifty years or more. They’ve done two jobs for me, and I can’t say enough good things about them.” A big reason for accolades, said Marketing Director Jase Buttram, is Hinkle employees are encouraged to take a Golden Rule approach to service by treating customers the way they would want to be treated.

“This is a people-centered business, and we strive to provide a service

ly explain the product and process to the customer and answer any questions

mercial roofing, windows, gutters, and siding,” said Buttram, “and our custom-

weather resistant siding. They can suggest options for storm doors and win-

that our customers will be proud to show off,” he said. “Customers know when they choose Hinkle, we’re not a storm-chasing, door-knocking company just looking for a quick insurance check. Our representatives will thorough-

that may come up.” But now, unlike the days when Hinkle did only roofing, the company offers a menu of home improvement options. “We provide our customers with great options on residential and com-

ers know that when they do business with Hinkle Roofing, we’ll be there to help just like we have for the last 110 years. Hinkle’s experts can show homeowners how to affordably improve the look of their homes with

dows that not only look beautiful but increase the energy-efficiency of a home. And of course, if a roof repair or replacement is needed, Hinkle can help with those, as well as with gutters. Such upgrades will not only save the


owner time and money, they’ll improve a home’s curb appeal, an important aspect of investing in a home. “Curb appeal isn’t just about making the neighbors jealous. It increases the value of your home, its efficiency, and most importantly, your own enjoyment,” Buttram said. “And now Hinkle has the products and services that can help you create the home you’ve always wanted, without all the work, from top to bottom.” Hinkle Roofing specializes in both commercial and residential work and offers flexible financing plans to fit every project. “There’s a sense of pride in driving by a home or a business and knowing you were able to provide that customer with excellent service,” he said. “We at Hinkle know firsthand that a job well done carries its own rewards – not only for the customer, but for us as well – and we’re committed to doing our job well.” For a free estimate on your home improvement needs, call Hinkle Rooking at (205) 324-8545. For more information, go to www.hinkleroofing. com or visit the Hinkle Roofing booth at the 2019 Trussville Home & Garden Show, Feb. 1-3, at the Trussville Civic Center.




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BMP Metal Products:

Providing top-quality metal roofing and metal building products for 25 years part of a family of companies, all steel-related, operating under the corporate umbrella of Private Industrial Holdings, Inc. (PIH), a privately-held industrial holding company. Other companies in the group include Vulcan Fabricated Metals, Inc., d/b/a Daniel Iron, a structural steel fabrication business with two locations in Trussville; and Florida Tool, Inc., a metal stamping business in Lakeland, Florida.

By June Mathews For The Tribune You’ve seen the commercial. Even as Cheryl’s she-shed was burning, the insurance company confirmed coverage, so the rebuilding process can begin. But will Cheryl opt for the same old design and building materials? Or will she choose to replace her beloved hideaway with a sleek, structurally sound, custom-designed model from BMP Metal Products? Known for their energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, BMP metal buildings are the last word in beauty and durability, and come in a variety of colors and feature galvanized all-steel welded framing. “BMP excels at custom designed projects, no matter how small or large, from a backyard tool shed or a custom she-shed to a 30-foot wide man-cave, workshop, RV cover or man-toy garage,” said BMP General Manager Gene Pridham. “Our metal buildings can withstand wind loads up to 120 mph, come with expert installation, and are perfect for any homeowner or recreational use.” If it’s roofing that you need, BMP specializes in supplying your metal roofing needs. Whether it’s an exposed fastener panel or standing seam, BMP has the right panel for your application. BMP has over 18 standard colors, including galvalume, in finishes that come with up to a 40-year written warranty. BMP carries over 1.0 million pounds of coil steel inventory in its Bessemer

warehouse, and can typically fill orders within 48 hours, according to Pridham. In addition, BMP also has a full-line trim shop that produces custom and standard trim up to 20 feet in length on its state-ofthe-art automated equipment. For larger commercial applications, the Iron City Buildings division of BMP provides a full range of design and delivery of pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs). BMP is a one-stop shop which has been manufacturing a complete range of metal roofing, components and building needs, for over 25 years. A local company focused on Quality, Consistency, Competitive Pricing and over-the-top customer service, BMP has two customer pickup locations – one in Bessemer and one in Trussville. “By anchoring both ends of

I-459 – Bessemer at one end, Trussville at the other – we have excellent coverage of

the Greater Birmingham area” said Pridham. BMP Metal Products is

BMP SUMMARY BMP has three divisions, including: • A Components Division, which sells metal roofing, wall panels, full rediron packages (girts and purlins), trim, insulation, man-doors, roll-up doors, fasteners and bolts; • Bulls Eye Buildings, 2” x 3” rectangular welded steel

tube-framed buildings sold as pre-packaged kits or custom designed and much stronger and more durable than the typical “homeowner” metal building kit due to the tubular framing. • Iron City Buildings, the pre-engineered metal building division of BMP. These buildings are custom designed with structural steel framing. Daniel Iron supplies the structural steel frame and erection services. • Pickup locations in Trussville and Bessemer. • Delivery available for customers wanting delivery. For more information on BMP Metal Products, go to www.bmpmetals.net or visit the BMP booth at the 2019 Trussville Home & Garden Show, Feb. 1-3, at the Trussville Civic Center.


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Vulcan termite & Pest control: Serving Central and North Alabama

By Judi McGuire For The Tribune “Termites cause more property damage than all fires, floods and windstorms combined. Don’t let termites damage destroy your largest investment,” says Fred Smith owner of Vulcan Termite and Pest Control in Pelham. “Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc. is one of the longest running, family owned pest control companies in the State of Alabama. We’ve offered custom pest control services in the Birmingham area for residential and commercial customers since 1965. Every technician is certified and highly qualified to handle a variety of pest problems. Our team also includes a Board Certified Entomologist that conducts regular training and keeps our company at the cutting edge of pest control and prevention,” continued the owner. “We also specialize in termite treatment and mosquito control. Over the years we’ve gained a reputation for offer-

ing exceptional termite control Birmingham, Alabama can trust. Currently our company has over 120 years of combined experience controlling termites. We quickly put this expertise to use to get the situation under control and minimize the damage done to your property,” Fred said. Vulcan Termite and Pest Control believes that your home should always be a place of comfort, free from unwanted pests. Because most pest problems come from the outside, your technician will focus on these areas using methods and materials proven to be effective over a long period. Many times exterior service can be an effective means of control. However, if you do need their technician to address a particular pest problem inside your home, just give them a call at 205-663-4200. Now that it’s winter, you may feel like you can relax a little and not worry about destructive termite infestation, even in our buggy Alabama. But is that a false sense of security? Can termites still invade your home in the dead of the winter? Surprisingly, not all insects die off or go into hibernation during the winter months. They have all sorts of survival strategies to make it through the cold. When the

temperature drops outside termites aren’t as active as they



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were during the rest of the year, but they aren’t dormant. Unlike other types of insects, termites don’t hibernate for the winter. Instead, they retreat to their nest to ride out the freezing temperatures. If you believe there may be termites present during the winter, heating the suspicious location could reveal the presence of termites. “We will inspect your home, at no cost, to determine

how best to protect your largest investment from termite infestation. We are committed to protect our customer’s home by performing regular inspections, using the best materials available, having well trained technicians, and offering a myriad of Repair and Service Contracts. When it comes to selling your home, Vulcan will stand by you, transfer your contract to a new owner and provide the re-

quired inspections and paperwork to make your selling experience a little easier. If you are building a home, Vulcan provides pretreatment services for both residential and commercial properties throughout central and north Alabama,” says owner Fred Smith. Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc is located at 115 Commerce Drive, Pelham, AL and can be reached at 205663-4200.

We specialize in natural stone work, paver patios & walkways, landscaping, outdoor kitchens & replaces, and aquatic gardens.

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Mr. HQ: Advantages of

a metal roof verses asphalt shingles By Judi McGuire For The Tribune Most people don’t look at their neighbor’s roof unless theirs needs replacing. But if you were to start gazing upward, you’d probably notice that a lot of people are choosing metal roofs as a replacement for their asphalt shingles ones. Why do you suppose? According to Stefan Boyer of Mr. HQ (Metal Roofing Headquarters), “On the average, an asphalt shingles roof

typically will need to be replaced in less than 20 years. Metal roofs can last for 50 years and often longer. That’s 3-7 times longer than asphalt shingles ones. Metal roofs are more durable and long-lasting, proven to be more energy efficient, and are available in dozens of styles and designer colors.” Stefan Boyer, Jonathan Boyer, and Robin Wells are joint owners of Mr. HQ. There are twenty-two employees; six are in office ad-

The ‘rib panels’ adds value, durability, and protection to your home. ‘Metal shingles’ are manufactured to resemble wood shapes.” So, to address the original question of why we are seeing more metal roofs replacing asphalt shingles roofs in neighborhoods through our community, consider these benefits. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which reduces cooling cost; they are environmentally friendly because they can be recycled at

ministration, and sixteen are field technicians. The owners incorporated Boyer Brothers, Inc. in March 2015, of which Metal Roofing Headquarters is a subsidiary. For the previous eight years, they were minority partners with their Uncle Robert Wells at Weather Guard Metal Roofing. The family-owned business has been in the metal construction industry for 60 years. Brothers Stefan and Jonathan are the third generations of the family business. Stefan oversees marketing and sales while Jonathan is in charge of operations. “My grandfather started his first company, Baywell Inc. in Ocala, Florida in 1959 and was a pioneer of the metal siding industry. He eventually started opening franchises as Beauty Guard, Inc., and he moved his family and busi-

the end of their life, and can effectively reduce noises from extreme weather conditions. Most importantly, a metal roof can improve the resale value of your home. In addition to the installation of metal roofing, Mr. HQ also offers energy efficient siding and window products. Mr. HQ, located at 2749 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, Alabama 35210, can be reached at 205-510-9309. Their website is www.mrhqroofs.com.

ness to Trussville in 1963. We’ve been here ever since, and two of my uncles, Robert and Robin Wells, eventually followed him into the metal siding business. Since the early 1990s we’ve specialized in roofing, with a focus on high-quality residential metal roofing,” said Stefan. “Our metal roofs come with a lifetime warranty which transfers to the next owner of the home.” “Mr. HQ specializes in all types of residential and commercial metal roofing systems, including standing seam, rib panels, and metal shingles. The term ‘standing seam,’ means this type of metal roof has panels that run vertically up the roof. It is called standing seam because of the raised interlocking seam which joins one panel to another, which is a prominent visual feature.

60 Years … 3 Generations … 2 Families … & 1 Metal Roof

The Start of a legacy in 1959

Alabama’s Largest Metal Roofing Company Today

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Argo Hardware:

Making a difference a day at a time Special to The Tribune While “the hometown difference” is simply an attractive catchphrase for some businesses, it’s a reality for Argo Hardware and its owner, Glen Waldrop. He and his business make a difference by daily serving their customers with a friendly hometown attitude that makes people want to come back. A one-stop shop for not only hardware, but food and fuel as well, Argo Hardware is conveniently located on Highway 11 in the middle of Argo’s small but bustling business district. With Interstate 59 only a hop away, customers from distant places are just as likely to drop by as regulars from right in the neighborhood. But regardless of who they are or where they’re from, all are

treated with the same courtesy and care. While Waldrop’s decision to purchase the store from his father-in-law two years ago maintained his

family’s connection to the business, it was also a move calculated to support his role as a father of five. “I figured this would provide a way for me to spend

more time with the kids,” he said. “But it’s also providing life lessons they wouldn’t get otherwise. I mean, what better way to learn about hard work and the ins and outs of running a business than experiencing it firsthand?” One of the conveniences of dealing with Argo Hardware is its gas station with diesel, off-road diesel and non-ethanol fuel. But the biggest advantage in that regard is in the timing. “It’s 24/7 here,” said Waldrop. “Even when we’re not open, you can still get fuel with pay-at-the-pump. That’s just one of the things we wanted to do for the community.” Making it easier for companies that rely on fuel to do business (trucking companies, for example), Argo Hardware is now part of a nationwide network of fueling stations that accept Fuelman cards. This service allows companies to authorize, control and track fuel purchases through one source. But step inside Argo Hardware, and you’ll encounter two other worlds. The convenience side of the store is stocked with a selection ranging from soft drinks to tobacco. The hardware side offers a variety of general hardware, automotive, plumbing and electrical supplies. “Just about anything to do with hardware, we have,” Waldrop said. “We also carry feed for livestock, as well as Victor and Diamond dog foods.” The largest part of Argo Hardware’s customer base is repeat business, which is not unusual in a close-knit com-

munity like Argo. But that, said Waldrop, is one of the things that makes owning a business there special. “We think of ourselves as a family store, and we want to carry everything and be a big store in that sense,” he said. “But we strive to maintain the small-town atmosphere. We like everybody to come in and feel at home and feel welcome, but we also want them to find exactly what they need.” Waldrop feels that the way Argo Hardware handles its customers is what sets it apart from others in the business.

“Friendly service and prompt attention are what you get with us,” he said. “We’re more than happy to help, and we try to be as service-oriented as possible. We make every effort to keep people from leaving with a bad opinion or a bad thought because we want them to feel good about coming here. And we want them to come back.” Argo Hardware is located at 335 U.S. 11 and can be reached at 205-4670294. For the latest, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/argohardware.


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• Paintbrushes & supplies • Water hoses & sprinklers • Farm feed & dog feed • Fuel 24/7

Don't forget to grab a drink and snack while you're here!!


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Argo power equipment:

Plans to be in argo for years to come

By Judi McGuire For The Tribune What if you could have the most powerful and versatile tools at your fingertips? You can. Argo Power Equipment in Argo, Alabama is your onestop-shop for all your lawn and garden equipment needs. In 1998, Anthony Dickey

and his dad, Dana, left Argo Hardware to start a rental business. In 2000, Dana’s dad purchased property on Highway 11 and constructed the existing building where Argo Power Equipment stands today. Dana and his son then closed the rental business and opened their present-day business which specializes

in the sale of outdoor power equipment. Anthony has been in the family business since 1998, starting when he was a senior in high school. There is no question that Anthony enjoys his work and is proud of the family- owned business in Argo. “We stand behind what we sell and honor what we do,” he said with pride. “We sell quality equipment and not only do we stand behind our products, but we offer post-sale support, whether it’s parts or service. Everything we sell has a warranty. You are not just buying a color or a brand, you are buying the service and parts departments, but most importantly, the integrity of our business and the attitude of our people.” The top three power equipment products that we sell are Exmark; which is one of the leaders in walk behind lawn mowers, zero turn lawn mowers, turf renovation equipment and stand-on

mowers. We carry Stihl products including chainsaws, trimmers, pressure washers and blowers. Also, we sell Cub Cadet products, which include their line of fourwheel steer zero-turn riders; lap bar zero-turn riders; utility vehicles; lawn and garden tractors, and lithium ion- and gasoline-powered handheld outdoor products. Also, we sell Big Green Egg, a grill which comes in a ceramic, or charcoal smoker style. Also, we carry a Billy Goat line as well. Billy Goat is a collection of outdoor property cleanup products, such as blowers, lawn vacuums, sod cutters, etc.” Argo Power Equipment also services all brands of engines. “Our service depart-

Honda, Briggs and Stratton, and Kohl. “We can handle almost anything,” said Anthony. “We currently have ten qualified employees to help with your equipment needs. Our store hours are 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday,

you can follow them on Facebook at “Argo Power Equipment”. When you are having difficulty locating a part or accessory for your old equipment, try Argo Power Equipment’s eBay store where they

ment is trained to diagnose and get your equipment running at its best. We have on staff knowledgeable, certified mechanics who perform tune-ups, major overhauls or maintain your equipment,” explained Anthony. Also, Argo Power Equipment is a dealer for Kawasaki

and 8 am-12 noon on Saturday.” Argo Power Equipment is located at 750 Highway 11, Trussville, AL 35173. The contact number for Argo Power Equipment is 205-4673300. For a listing of their products visit their website: www.argopoweronline, and

have listed several non-current parts and accessories no longer sold in their Argo store. Outstanding customer service is the reason Argo Power Equipment has been around for 19 years and they plan to be in Argo for many years to come.


205-467-3300 750 US Hwy 11 Argo, Al 35173

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Alabama Professional Services: Offering pest control services for 42 years

By Judi McGuire For The Tribune Alabama Professional Services is one of the longest running, family owned pest control companies in the State of Alabama. They have offered custom pest control services in the Birmingham area for residential and commercial customers since 1977, and continue to put this expertise to use to get the situation under control and minimize the damage done to your property. Over the years Alabama

Professional Services has gained a reputation for offering exceptional services that you can trust. Craig Williams is the third generation owner of the fast growing, eighty-four employee company. “Every technician is highly qualified to handle a variety of pest problems. Alabama Professional Services conducts regular employee training classes to keep our company at the cutting edge of pest control and prevention,” said Roger House, Vice President of

Sales and Operations. “We offer a myriad of service options including the elimination of pests, termites, lawn and lawn maintenance, and foundation work to level, lift or otherwise stabilize your home.” Alabama Professional Services believes that your home should always be a place of comfort, free from unwanted pests. Because most pest problems come from the outside, your technician will focus on these areas using methods and materials proven to be effective over a long period. Many times exterior service can be an effective means of control. Now that it’s winter, you may feel like you can relax a little and not worry about destructive termite infestation, even in our buggy Alabama. But is that a false

sense of security? Can termites still invade your home in the dead of the winter? Surprisingly, not all insects die off or go into hibernation during the winter months. They have all sorts of survival strategies to make it through the cold. When the temperature drops outside termites aren’t as active as they were during the rest of the year, but they aren’t dormant. Unlike other types of insects, termites don’t hibernate for the winter. Instead, they retreat to their nest to ride out the freezing temperatures. If you do need their technician to address a particular pest problem inside your home, just give them a call at 205-951-9717.

Alabama Professional Services uses environmentally safe products with their treatments. Termites cause more property damage than all fires, floods and windstorms combined. Don’t let termite damage destroy your largest investment. Like any fast growing company, Alabama Professional Services is looking for an experienced, talented people to join their company. Currently the company is in need of an accounts professional who will support the construction project team and also in accounting and billing. In addition, they are seeking to recruit construction workers, pest control technicians, and sev-

eral other divisions including the Foundation. Prior experience in the industry is not required because the company will provide training. Call Roger House at 205-951-9717. They are located at 3340 Richwood Avenue in Irondale. You will find services provided by Alabama Professional Services on their website, Alabamaprofessional.com, on Facebook at ‘Alabama Professional Services’ and CallTheShield.com. According to Mr. House, “the reason we referred to the website as ‘Call the Shield’ is because Alabama Professional Services is committed to shielding your home.”

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Residential, commercial, and auto window tinting By Judi McGuire For The Tribune The minute you enter TINTpro in Trussville, it is evident that the employees are committed to making your visit a welcoming and pleasant experience. Excellent customer service is the foundation of any successful organization. Within the first few minutes of entering TINTpro, you will be greeted by an employee who has moved from behind the counter to shake your hand. The tastefully designed entrance with eye-catching displays of tint options, the smell of complimentary fresh-brewed coffee, a cold beverage cooler, and comfortable seating offer reassurance that TINTpro is a business that treats the needs of each individual customer with utmost concern. TINTpro owner, Matt Russell is aware that customers not familiar with the complexity of the industry come into the store with high expectations. Matt has twenty years of experience in the tint industry, and he enjoys the challenge of meeting and exceeding industry standards each and every time. He is eager to share TINTpro’s knowledge and enthusiasm with every customer. “TINTpro sells and installs the highest quality window tint in Birmingham. All window tint comes with a lifetime warranty and is backed by a 100% workmanship guarantee. We are dedicated to a swift and professional service. Our mission statement is ‘to offer our customers the high-

est quality window tint at a fair market value backed by a 100% workmanship warranty,’” said Mr. Russell.

“Customers will quickly see benefits of having their home windows tinted. Window tinting actually gives

floors, drapes, blinds, shutters, carpet, dining room tables, furniture, antiques, and paintings, etc. Ceramic

83% solar energy reduction. Glare reduction is my favorite benefit of window tint. Our top setting films pro-

“Llumar solar films are one of the best upgrades you can have done to your home,” continued Matt.

you UV protection. Stopping the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your investments such as hardwood

window tint offers the most protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Also, we offer solar films with as much as

vide 50-70% glare reduction, taking the harshness out of the light and letting in only soft natural rays of

the sun.” Llumar window tinting is also available for office windows. Window tinting installation estimates are conducted as a TINTpro complimentary service. High-performance LLumar brand window tints are proudly made in the USA. These tints help protect and improve homes, businesses, and vehicles. It is manufactured by Eastman Chemical Company and is recognized for their outstanding appearance and durability. All LLumar films for automotive comes with a lifetime warranty against cracking, bubbling, or color change. You will be able to choose from four different series: Classic series premium-dyed tint. Cool charcoal hues with the latest in dyed tint technology make the ATC Series the right choice for anyone looking to enhance their vehicle’s style; CTX Nano-ceramic tint. The Lumar CTX Series offers superior heat, glare and UV protection without interfering with the signals from your electronic devices; Pinnacle series ceramic tint combines an exact black coloring with unmatched ceramic performance, and Stratos series dual ceramic tint which stops 98% infrared spectrum of light. TINTpro is located at 3229 Veterans Circle, Suite 101, Birmingham, Alabama 35235. Showroom hours are Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Installations are Monday-Saturday, by appointment. Call 205948-8468 for home window tinting, auto window tinting or for removing window tint that is old or damaged.

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Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2018

Trussville Gas & Water:

The natural gas difference, key to outdoor living By June Mathews For The Tribune More and more homeowners in Trussville and surrounding areas are rethinking their backyards. Instead of just a place for the kids to play, these formerly landscaped areas are becoming additional living space where family and friends gather to socialize, entertain, or simply relax. Over the past decade, the movement to bring the indoors to the outdoors has consistently risen. A 2016 national survey of professional builders revealed that the availability of outdoor living space had become a significant factor in the sale of new homes, as well as in the resale value of older homes, and that most of the respondents had either added or were considering

adding outdoor rooms to their portfolios. The outdoor rooms of today, however, are a far cry from the days when outdoor living meant a grill and por-

table lawn furniture on an open patio. These spaces have evolved to include full kitchen setups and eating areas, fireplaces, fire pits, patio heaters, gas lights, hot tubs, pools, and

more. As a result, consumers are enjoying vacation-like luxury only a few steps away from their own back doors – and they’re finding that the ideal fuel for keeping their

outdoor spaces functional is natural gas. “Not only is natural gas affordable and clean, it’s dependable,” said Mike Strength, general manager of Trussville Gas & Water. “Unlike a supply of wood or propane, natural gas doesn’t have to be periodically replenished, and when electrical outages occur, natural gas is still available.” Natural gas is also in bountiful supply. Recent studies revealed more than 100 years of natural gas availability in the U.S. alone, plus more gas reserves that haven’t even been touched. Less costly compared to other fossil fuel energy sources, natural gas also produces lower greenhouse gas emissions than other fuels while achieving higher levels of energy efficiency. As a result, natural gas has

become an important tool in the suite of emission-reducing options in the United States and will continue to benefit our nation as states move to further reduce carbon dioxide emission. As you and your builder or contractor plan your outdoor space, consider these advantages to using natural gas appliances: • Natural gas outlets make installing and moving appliances almost as easy as plugging and unplugging electrical appliances. And when you’re ready to shut down for the winter, disconnecting and storing your outdoor gas appliances takes little time and effort. • Automatic shut-off valves for outlets prevent gas from flowing unless an appliance is correctly connected. • Grills can be connected to

your home’s existing natural gas line. They start with the push of a button, are ready to cook in minutes, regulate heat easily, and allow you to cook at several temperatures at the same time. Grills can be permanently mounted, built into a surround or attached to a cart for ease of movement. • Gas fireplaces are available in many sizes and styles and can be surrounded by a variety of materials, including granite, tile or stone. They’re easy to operate and can be built into a patio or deck. • Similar to a campfire, a natural gas firepit radiates heat in a complete circle. In addition to providing a realistic look without the hassle of chopping or carrying wood, firepits can also be equipped with cooking options. • Patio heaters can radiate heat 20 to 25 feet in all directions and can be free-standing, installed in-ground, or mounted to a post, wall, ceiling or another suitable surface. They start with the push of a button and feature heat controls. • Pool and spa heaters can heat water seven to ten times faster than an electric heater. • Gaslights add style and ambiance to outdoor spaces, as do natural gas-fueled lanterns, torches and pathway lighting. During power outages, they add security to your property. An added bonus: They don’t attract insects. For more information about natural gas availability, call Trussville Gas & Water at (205) 655-3211 or visit www.trussville.com .

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Bryant Bank:

Many benefits of working with a local bank ed with our commitment to the community, I think you can see that Bryant Bank is dedicated to being Alabama’s community bank. We’re local and we will always operate on our community’s needs. Bryant Bank operates only in Alabama and was founded on the belief that the state needs a bank that is focused on the needs of Alabamians. Its goal is to see every Alabamian experience a financially stable future and live in a thriving community. To accomplish this, Bryant Bankers put care into action each day to help Alabamians invest in their full potential. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 264050

By Archie Weaver There are a lot of banks out there. Big banks, online banks, banks that handle everything digitally. There’s a place for all of that, and we know that everyone has their preferences when it comes to how they bank. But we feel strongly that the best option is working with your local, community bank. It truly makes a world of difference. Bryant Bank is Alabama owned and operated by Alabamians. We believe that our commitment to and understanding of the community and local market conditions enables us to understand you and respond better to your needs. We work in our community and are involved in what’s going on locally and statewide. Our employees invest their

time, money, and efforts back into the community with various projects and charities. We are familiar with our communities and those who are living, working, and banking there. Big banks care most about moving people in and out. I know this because I worked at one. I also know that approach makes it difficult to establish relationships not only with customers but also with coworkers. We are a family at Bryant Bank. People work here and stay here, so when you come in to handle your banking needs, you’re familiar with the faces you see. Recognizing the same faces every time often makes people much more comfortable and at ease, especially when it comes to large transactions like mortgages. Going through the process of getting a mortgage is a

big deal, and everyone always has questions. Rather than calling an automated line and waiting forever, when you work with us, you can come by my office or give me a quick call anytime. Customer service is very important to us, and we feel confident saying that you’re almost always going to get better service from a local, community bank. Speaking for myself and as mentioned above, I am always available in the office or over the phone. I’m sometimes even available when I’m NOT at the office. I’ve taken applications at my kitchen table! That is certainly not the norm for banks in general or for really large banks, but it is the norm for us. While other banks in our community may sell or change, Bryant Bank is here for the long-haul. As demonstrat-

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mortgage banking

Family is at the heart of what matters most and for Bryant Bank, Alabamians are that family. We desire for everyone to experience a financially stable future and live in a thriving community. That’s why our mortgage team puts care into action to help you find the perfect mortgage solution for you and your family. Bryant Bank cares about you and is here to help you turn your homebuying dreams into a reality. Contact Archie Weaver today to learn more about a Bryant Bank Mortgage!


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Alabama Roofing Professionals: “We’ve got you covered”

By Judi McGuire For The Tribune “We’ve got you covered,” says Mike Parlier. He and his wife Kat are the owners of Alabama Roofing Professionals located in Trussville. “Don’t trust just anyone to help you choose or install a new roof or make repairs to an existing structure. Your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home, and our experts take the time to ensure that you get what you need. We listen; we understand; we help. After all, that is what we are here to do. It’s in our name, Alabama Roofing Professionals: we consider ourselves roofing pros. If it involves your roof, we’re the guys that you can trust to get the job done. We offer new roofs, roof inspections, roofing repairs, and a variety

of other services to cater to the needs of every customer in the area. We average eight to ten roof installations and repairs per week. Alabama Roofing Professionals’ experienced team only installs shingle roofs, but repair both shingle and metal roofing systems. We also provide new construction installation. Alabama Roofing Professionals is a name you can trust. If you need the job done, our experts have got you covered.” Alabama Roofing Professionals specializes in roofing sales, installation, repairs, maintenance and inspection, and more. They do so by using only highly-trained experts who want to satisfy your needs and expectations. The company offers a versatile shingle selection to match the quality appearance of various Trussville

homes and installs them quickly so that your life isn’t disturbed any more than necessary. “You may find people who will install your roof

cheaper than we can, but we are not going to cut corners. What it comes down to is that if I have to pay more to get the best product on your roof, then I’m going to do

that. I’m not going to put an inferior product on your roof that down the road causes you to have your warranty voided. Our goal is to look out for the best interest of the homeowner. Our company motto is: ‘We’ve got you covered,’” said Mike. A few years ago, Mike

Parlier found himself in need of a new roof due to hail damage. A friend of his owned a roofing company and came to his home to assess the damage. He asked Mike if there were others in the neighborhood who also sustained roof damage and would he introduce him to them? Mike introduced him to several people in the area. As a result, Mike was offered a sales position with his friend’s roofing company, and they joined forces. Mike and Kat opened Alabama Roofing Professionals in August 2018. They currently have twelve highly trained sales professionals, and contracts the labor. Mike said. “I initiated an extensive training program for our sales team to ensure that customers remember that we are committed to treating their home like it’s our own.” You can find services provided by Alabama Roofing Professionals on their website www.alroofpros. com, and Facebook. You can reach Mike at 205-7779157.

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Potential indicators of roof trouble Special to The Tribune With regard to home repairs, homeowners may be able to delay some projects until the weather permits or they find room in their budgets. But other areas, including the roof, may demand immediate action. Few homeowners give the roofs of their homes much thought until a problem arises. But learning to recognize potential indicators of roof trouble can help homeowners prevent potentially drastic situations down the road. Light: Homeowners with attics in their homes can inspect the ceilings inside the attic for signs of holes or leaks. Light peering through the top of the house indicates a hole or leak, as does stains or streaks

on the ceiling. Worn shingles: Shingles should lie flat against the roof, so any that appear to be buckling or turning up are damaged and in need of repair. A single damaged shingle does not require a full roof replacement, but inspect all the shingles nonetheless. Another indicator of shingle problems can be found when cleaning downspouts or gutters. If the gutters and downspouts contain lots of shingle granules, the roof may soon need to be replaced. Moss: Moss on a rooftop may give a home character, but that added character is costly. Shady areas of a roof can be susceptible to the growth of moss and fungi because moisture can be trapped in such areas. If possible, remove moss or fungi from a

roof with a stiff brush or hire a professional to do the job

instead. Moss may come back even after brushing it off, so

homeowners should keep an eye on areas of their roofs that

get little sunlight. In addition, trapped moisture can be very harmful to a roof, so it may be wise to exercise caution and have roofs with mold or fungi growths inspected. Age: Another indicator of roof trouble may be the age of the roof. Even if there are no visible signs of damage, homeowners whose roofs have some years under their belt may want to consider replacing them. Asphalt shingle roofs typically have life expectancies of 20 to 25 years, while roofs installed over existing layers of shingles may need to be replaced after 20 years. Recognizing minor roof damage before it escalates into a larger problem can save homeowners substantial amounts of money.

Preparing garden beds for spring and beyond Special to The Tribune Gardening enthusiasts may

have been thinking about their landscape plans throughout the winter, eager to once again

get their hands dirty with soil. Whether a home gardener is making preparations for edible

crops or beautiful flowers, he or she must take time to make the soil amenable to planting. To establish hearty, durable plants, gardeners can focus on three main areas: addressing soil composition, cultivating and adding nutrients. SOIL COMPOSITION Many gardeners prefer growing a variety of plants in their gardens. Such an approach requires taking inventory of the type of soil in oneХs garden and making the necessary modifications so that the types of vegetables, herbs, shrubs, or flowers that will be planted can grow in strongly. In fact, according to the plant company Proven Winners, the most important step to developing good roots is preparing the soil. Take a sample of the soil and examine it to see what is present. If the soil is too full of clay, too sandy, too dense, or too loose, that can lead to problems where plants cannot grow in strong. Work with a garden center to add the right soil amendments to make a rich soil. This may include organic compost or manure, which will also add nutrients to the soil.

CULTIVATION Cultivating the soil can involve different steps. Removal of weeds, errant rocks, roots, and other items will help prepare the soil. Mother Earth News suggests working on garden soil when the soil is damp but never wet; otherwise, garden soil can become messy and clumpy. Use a digging fork or shovel to lightly turn the soil when itХs mostly dry. Gentle tillings also can open up the soil to incorporate the nutritional amendments and relieve compaction that likely occurred from freezing temps and snow pressure. Tilling also helps with drainage and oxygen delivery to roots. The DIY Network suggests turning over soil at a depth of 12 inches to work the soil С about the length of a shovel spade. However, the resource Earth Easy says that existing garden beds have a complex soil ecosystem and simply top-dressing with compost or manure can be enough preparation for planting. Gardeners can experiment with the methods that work best for their gardens.

NUTRITION Testing the pH and the levels of certain nutrients in the soil, namely nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, will give gardeners an idea of other soil additions that may be needed. Soils with a pH below 6.2 often can benefit from the addition of lime several weeks before planting. Soil tests will determine just how much fertilizer to add to the soil. Complete fertilizers will have equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Individual fertilizers can amend the soil with only these nutritional elements that are needed. Top-dressing empty beds with a layer of mulch or compost can prevent weed growth and preserve moisture until it is time to plant. If existing shrubs or plants are in garden beds, use more care so as not to disturb roots or dig too deeply. Preparing garden beds takes some effort initially, but can be well worth the work when plants flourish throughout the growing season. Begin preparing garden bed soil early for new plants.

Get ready Early spring landscaping tips During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. Draw inspiration from those budding crocuses and daffodils pushing through the last remnants of snow and employ these tips to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. One of the first steps is to apply a preemergent weed killer to get a head start knocking out weeds that can plague the lawn during the growing season. Killing weeds at the roots early on can mean far fewer hassles in spring and summer, and may prevent new generations of weeds from cropping up each year. While it may be tempting to take a prematurely warm day as a sign that spring is in full force and purchase a bunch of annuals, itХs better to know the last of the possible frost dates (check ТThe FarmerХs AlmanacУ); otherwise, you may waste time and

money planting flowers or vegetables only to have them zapped by another frosty day. Amend the soil so that it is the right consistency С just crumbling when lifting it. Soil that is too muddy after spring thaw can harden, making it difficult for plants to flourish later on. Speak with representatives at a local lawn and garden center about which types of amendments you can add to the soil in your particular area to enrich it. Lawn and garden experts at The Home Depot suggest filling in bare patches of lawn now by mixing a few shovelfuls of soil with grass seed. Then apply this patch to the bare areas, water, and continue to care for the area until the spot fills in. Spend a day in the garage or shed tending to the lawn mower and other gardening equipment. Clean all tools and ensure that everything works, repairing parts as needed. Give outdoor entertaining spaces a good scrubbing, clearing away dirt and grime that may have accumulated over the winter. Use a leaf blower to blow away any leftover leaves.

Check if the front porch, railings or decking need painting and/or staining. Tackle these projects when the weather is cooler so ev-

erything will be ready for those peak spring days. Think about any annuals you might want to plant in the landscape this year that

will complement any existing shrubbery or perennials. Come up with a theme so that the entire yard is cohesive. Before homeowners

know it, winter is gone and it is time to once again enjoy long days spent outdoors. Get a jump start on spring lawn prep as soon as you can.

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