Last month in this space, I reviewed a series of market projections for 2014 from Harvard University as well as the industry’s leading associations.
Franchise and Dealer Opportunities for Remodelers
ABC Seamless manufactures steel siding, gutter systems, steel roofing and metal soffit and fascia. The company has been providing franchises since the late 1970s and has more than 100 franchises nationwide. Franchisees can receive sales and marketing support, assistance with financing and hands-on installation training.
Archadeck is the nation’s largest builder network specializing in custom-designed and custom-built decks, screened porches, sunrooms, gazebos and related outdoor living structures. The company started in 1980 and offers ongoing training, sales support and marketing assistance. Archadeck estimates start-up costs of $102,000 to $143,000 for a franchise.
BCI Acrylic Bath Systems
BCI is a manufacturer of acrylic bath liners, shower liners and wall surrounds. The company offers dealer opportunities with no franchise or royalty fees. Dealers receive installation training for the company’s one-man, one-day installations, as well as sales support and the use of the company’s “Build Your Bath” in-home sales software.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen by Worldwide is an exclusive bath and kitchen interior remodeling franchise organization, with franchisees nationwide and more than 30 years experience. Franchisees own the exclusive rights to the name and concept in their territories. The DreamMaker system covers almost every aspect of running a business, including sales, production, marketing and finance, along with ongoing support and training.
With more than 300 franchises and dealers around the world, Four Seasons has been a leader in glass room and outdoor product design, manufacturing and marketing since its inception in 1975. Franchisees are granted exclusive territories for the Four Seasons line of sunrooms, enclosures, patio covers, windows, awnings and other products.
Gutter Helmet dealers sell and install the No. 1 brand for preventing clogged gutters. Dealers benefit from an extensive lead generation program, including a national advertising and infomercial campaign, as well as ongoing sales and marketing training and support.
Founded in 1990, Handyman Connection offers franchises in the home repair segment. Franchisees receive branded logos and other national marketing support. New owners receive training at the company headquarters as well as on-site and access to Handyman Connection’s proprietary scheduling and management software. An annual benchmarking study helps franchisees measure success.
HomeVestors, the “We Buy Ugly Houses” people, has been franchising since 1996, based on the concept of buying, rehabbing and reselling homes. The company is the No. 1 buyer of houses in America. Franchisees benefit from the company’s extensive advertising, as well as coaching and training from experienced HomeVestors agents in the company’s strategies for selling quickly.
Liners Direct offers dealer opportunities for its Bathwraps product, a line of custom bathtub and shower liners. There are no dealer or franchise fees, and dealers get a protected geographic area, manufacturer certified training, marketing support and the opportunity to attend frequent dealer network events.
Owens Corning offers opportunities in basement finishing, SunSuites sunrooms and Solace Windows. Franchisees receive the benefit of the Owens Corning name, along with marketing support, sales training, technical production training and hands-on installation training. They also have access to exclusive Owens Corning products and an exclusive territory.
Paul Davis Restoration
Paul Davis Restoration is a network of more than 220 franchises in the insurance restoration business. Founded in 1966, Paul Davis Restoration was the first to use computerized estimating for its insurance restoration work and the first network to partner with insurance carriers. Paul Davis Restoration franchisees receive exclusive territories and extensive sales and marketing support. The company also offers Paul Davis Emergency Services, a lower-cost option with fewer franchise benefits.
Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen is a subsidiary of Andersen Corporation specializing in window and door replacement, with a network of over 100 retailers spanning coast to coast. The company is looking for existing window replacement companies that want to carry the Renewal line. Dealers have an exclusive territory and receive other corporate support.
Sentrel Bath Systems
Sentrel utilizes a new bathroom wall system that uses a state of the art digital imaging process to create wall panels. Each wall panel is custom fabricated and come in natural granite, marble and stone travertine styles. The company offers three levels of dealers: Dealers, Premium Dealers and Dealers/Distributors, with discounts based on volume of purchases.
Window World is the “Home of the Original $189 Replacement Windows.” With more than 200 store locations, Window World installs more than 1 million vinyl replacement windows annually. Window World franchises offer protected location territories and in-depth start-up and ongoing monthly training.