Don Samuel is the primary owner and operator of this family-run business. The company consists of Don, his son (and co-owner), Dustin, and a few seasonal marketing/canvassing personnel. We have trusted and years-long relationships with all of our top-quality installers.
While we have successfully grown this business, we have intentionally kept this from becoming a “mega home improvement company.” Very large home improvement companies lose control of quality because they cannot find enough good installers. We never sacrifice quality to pad profits – not now, not ever.
Don Samuel incorporated Prestige Products Inc. in 1981 for various entrepreneurial ventures. In January 1993 he decided to make it solely a home improvement company, a business that would be completely dedicated to being the best value for homeowners in the Denver area.
More than two decades later, it is still going strong.
We made a specific business decision to NOT have a ‘bricks and mortar’ showroom. We run our business from offices in a home in southeast Denver that we have owned for 40+ years. We don’t have a formal showroom because that increases overhead costs significantly. Higher expenses would mean higher prices, and we don’t want to become that kind of company.
The other reason we don’t have a ‘bricks and mortar’ showroom is this: our experience tells us customers are more comfortable viewing products at their own home. We can more effectively demonstrate and explain our product lines by visiting a home. We always need to measure window openings and/or exterior wall areas for accurate quotes anyway, so it just makes sense to do it all there at the customer's home.
Also, we do have a beautiful 16-foot trailer that we have turned into a "Showroom on Wheels" that we can bring to larger functions (or to individual homes if specifically needed).
ABSOLUTELY NOT. We respect and honor our prospective customers and we know that the stereotypical high-pressure salesman turns people off. We would much rather leave your home without a sale and know you think of us as genuine, honest, friendly people than demand you sign our contract and have you think of us (and worse, talk to your friends about us) as “the jerks who wouldn't leave.”
The last 20+ profitable years in this industry have proved to us that we can be a very successful company by being nice, respectful, honest, prompt (both in arriving and leaving) and professional. We give informative presentations that take 45-60 minutes (unless you have a lot of questions) and we give you the information you need to make a wise, well-informed decision about your home improvement needs.
NO. From the very start, we decided to be a NO MONEY DOWN company. The home improvement industry has a shady reputation among most homeowners. The #1 reason for this is contractors who take money up front, start the job, and then don't finish or don't give the customer what they promised.
We’ve flipped that on its head by putting the accountability on us. It is much easier for people to understand that we actually keep our promises when we say “don’t give us a dime until you’re happy.”
We do not receive a penny until the job is finished and you, the customer, are completely satisfied. We simply ask for payment in full upon job completion. We have found that this policy accomplishes two very important things: 1) It gives you, the homeowner, the highest level of comfort and control in the process, since you have NO risk up front, and; 2) It give us, the company, the highest level of motivation to keep our promises, so that we will get paid when we're done.
If that sounds easy, it is.
And if it sounds too good to be true, just ask any of our 2500+ customers and they'll all tell you that it works just like this every single time.
YES. The company carries $2 million of liability insurance and we carry Pinnacol Workman's Comp. Every installer we work with also carries his own liability insurance (from $750k to $2 million depending on the installer). We have contractor's licenses in Denver, Aurora, and all other cities in which we work. As a licensed contractor, we pull building permits when required by the city or county in which the job is located.
That a company be PROPERLY insured is very important. Some homeowners don’t realize that if a contractor they hire does not have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance, the liability for an injury on the property can fall to the homeowner. Protect yourself and always ask for proof of insurance.
YES, we are fully aware and fully compliant. FIRST OF ALL - if your home was built on 1/1/1978 or later, YOU ARE EXEMPT from any lead-based paint rules or laws. Since lead paint was outlawed/banned in the US from 1/1/1978 and thereafter, no home built in 1978 or later is required to be tested for lead, nor are homeowners or contractors required to use LSWP (Lead Safe Work Practices) on any home improvement work done to post-1977 homes.
That leaves about 50% of homes in the Denver metro area that were built BEFORE 1/1/1978 - this new legislation applies to YOU! In April of 2010, the EPA instituted a new rule (federal law) that changed how home improvement projects (that disturb 6 sq. ft. or more of painted surface) are to be completed on homes built before 1978. Since lead-based paint could theoretically exist in any home built before 1978, homeowners and contractors must either TEST FOR LEAD before beginning work, or they must PRESUME LEAD and proceed with LSWP (Lead Safe Work Practices).
PRESTIGE PRODUCTS TESTS FOR LEAD in all pre-1978 homes. We NEVER presume lead will be present (and neither should you). LSWP are way too expensive, time consuming, hassle-laden and invasive to simply assume lead is there and go through all the extensive extra work and hassle they mandate, especially since most homes built after 1950 have NO LEAD AT ALL.
Our personal research and experience has proven that homes built between 1960 - 1978 are almost 100% guaranteed to have NO lead content, while homes built between 1940 -1960 have about a 25% chance of having lead, and homes built before 1940 have a much greater chance (50-75%) of a lead presence that would require LSWP to be employed.
The bottom line is this: we’ll make sure we do this safely and in compliance, but we won’t waste your time and money on lead-safe practices if no lead is present.
Have other questions that weren’t answered here? Give us a call and we’ll give you straightforward answers.