Enterprising Ideas

Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co.

Home Improvement Solutions

By Angella Arndt

Home ownership is rewarding and is often one of life’s most significant financial investments. Maintenance and home improvement are essential to preserving a home’s value but can seem overwhelming at times. Do you dread the thought of painting your home or window trim? Does your deck need to be stained? Do your gutters and downspouts get clogged with leaves? Are you looking for solutions? Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. is ready to help you with high-quality products that will save you time and improve your home’s exterior.

 

A family-owned business for over 70 years, Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. began in the 1950s. Al Albracht worked in the home improvement industry for several years before deciding to purchase a franchise location of the well-known Perma-Stone Company. Perma-Stone installed cultured, colored stone on the front of homes. The company transitioned from stone to aluminum siding, then steel siding, and eventually vinyl siding. The business grew to include roofing, storm doors, and windows. It was renamed Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. in the early 1970s to reflect the expanded service offerings.

 

Tom Albracht worked for his father at Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Tom aspired to become a professional golfer and spent two years as an apprentice and assistant at a local country club before pursuing a different career path. He was a sales representative for a national company for several years and was offered a promotion. However, the offer required relocating, and Tom and his new wife, Kristi, did not want to move. His dad was ready to retire at that same time and asked Tom to take over the business.

 

The timing was right, and Tom was ready for the challenge, so he purchased the business from his father in 1987. “I always knew I could sell, and I received good sales training and learned time-management skills during my time as a sales representative,” Tom recalls. Tom and his brother Steve, Marketing Director, now run the business together.

 

The company’s product line gradually expanded and now includes vinyl siding, roofing, decks, doors, windows, and a gutter protection system. “Vinyl siding provides the best value for your home. It has withstood the test of time, it’s attractive, and it’s durable,” Tom says. “Vinyl windows are very energy-efficient and provide the best value for your money.” Composite decks provide durability and low maintenance. The company offers ProVia doors and windows, and the doors are made of 20-gauge commercial-grade steel. The Leaf Sentry gutter protection system fits existing gutters to prevent gutter and downspout clogs.

 

Why choose Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co.? One reason is that the company purchases its products directly from manufacturers, which benefits its clients. “For example, as a direct dealer for ProVia, we get competitive pricing and can take better care of our clients because we don’t go through a distributor,” Tom notes. Although independent trade contractors install the products, Tom affirms that Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. guarantees the work. Tom and Steve take pride in providing outstanding customer service. “We are responsive to our clients’ needs. We set realistic expectations and we don’t overpromise. My dad always said that if you take care of your customers, your customers will take care of you. We have a lot of customers, but I have also made a lot of friends.”

 

Tom offers some advice for homeowners in the process of hiring a home improvement company. First of all, find out how long the company has been in business. Ask about their track record. The company should inspire a feeling of trust. “Trust is a big deal. We have over 70 years of experience in the business.” Ask questions to ensure the company will meet your needs. How much experience do they have with your type of project? What is their availability? Ask for references. Additionally, the company you select should be licensed, bonded, and insured. Asking questions in advance will help you hire the contractor who is best able to meet your needs.

 

Tom enjoys meeting and interacting with people and finds his work rewarding. “We live and work doing things the right way. Our products provide attractive and durable home improvement solutions.” Tom remarks that much of their business is referral-based. “We improve people’s homes, but we are also improving their lives by giving them more time to do things they enjoy.”

 

Albracht Perma-Siding & Window Co. is located at 10723 Mockingbird Drive, in Omaha. The office and showroom are by appointment only. Call 402-331-4666 for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can find them online at permasiding.com.

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L-R: Tom and Steve Albracht