By Tom Bostock

     The average window is warranted for 10 years while a door is approximately 20 years. Windows can begin to leak with age. Sliding door wheels, and entrance door hardware can wear out over time. If your house was built before 1988, you will probably be in the market for replacement windows and doors in the very near future, if you haven’t already made that investment. 

     When the EPA created their “energy star” rating system in 1992, it rated the energy efficiency of all building products.  Did you know that builders’ grade windows only had to meet the minimum standard to be considered “energy star,” since products were rated on a scale of 1 to 100?  Your “energy star” home might not be as energy efficient as you think it is. 

     That may be a problem for a lot of our local homeowners, but not if you live in the Port Richey area. Visit Custom Windows and Doors of Pasco, Inc., a one-stop shopping center, located at 7940 US-19 (727 841-9490) for your window and door needs.  This family-run business, established 27 years ago, continues to offer custom doors, windows and accessories for their friends and neighbors, with smiling, friendly service. Are they any good? Their A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau is an indication of just how much they value your business, scoring an impressive 97 out of a possible 100! 

     Recommendations and reputations are a company’s lifeblood. If you check online Yelp, you can read some glowing testimonials about the service and products that you can expect from Custom Windows and Doors and of Pasco, Inc. Peter L. contacted them when he was referred by several neighbors who had used their services. He was rehabbing a house at the time. “They were better than advertised,” he wrote. “When it was time to replace all the windows and sliding glass doors at my own home, they were my first phone call,” he continued. “If you are not using CW&D in your home, you are getting less than you ought to!”

     Peter was not alone in his praise of the quality and service provided by CW&D. Another satisfied client, Laura M. ended her Yelp testimonial with the following: “Every one of the employees I encountered from the office to the installers were true professionals and were a delight to work with and I would recommend this company wholeheartedly.” Several other clients took the time to sing their praise as well. 

     So, who are these magicians of the custom doors and window business? Bob and Carole Leggiere had the dream of providing quality custom windows and doors to homeowners in Port Richey and founded what is today Custom Windows and Doors of Pasco, Inc. Since Bob’s death in 2012, Carole has continued that legacy, providing the same, fine-quality custom products and services that their company has come to represent. 

     Custom Windows and Doors of Pasco Inc. offers a special experience to all their valued customers. They are the only door and window company in the area that even offers custom entry doors for mobile homes. Does your home’s curb appeal need a facelift? Is your front door a little “tired-looking?” Owner, Carole Leggierre, suggests updating your front door with a custom insert. Her custom jig specialist, Frank Kownack, can design the ideal template for equally talented Raffaele Sasso to create the final finished product. With your custom insert, your previously average-looking door will become a unique, one-of-a kind eye-catcher, the envy of your neighborhood. 

    Like the saying goes, “the job isn’t complete until the paperwork is done.” Paperwork is in good hands at Custom Windows and Doors of Pasco with Marilyn Loper efficiently handling all licensing and permitting requirements while equally adept Nicole Grau manages their counter sales, contract and permit paperwork. 

     Sales and installations are proficiently overseen by another longtime key employee, Todd Partlow, the company troubleshooter, while experienced installation service tech, Sonnie Ranno, performs the warehouse functions, replacing screens, glass and vinyl. Carole says, when it comes to the windows and doors that they represent, “if it can be fixed, he can fix it.” 

They extend a one-year warranty on their installations as well as all manufacturer’s warranties, representing major companies like PGT Industries, Custom Window Systems, Jeld-win Windows and Doors, Builders Hardware Inc, Huttig Building Products, Plastpro/Therma-Tru Doors (now available in colors), to name a few of their many professional sources. 

    Owner, Carole Leggiere, credits her experienced staff for the continued success and growth of her company. From their 5,000 sq.ft. main facility with a window and door showrooms, she makes the following promise,”we go out of our way to make the customer happy. ” Custom Windows and Doors of Pasco offer drastic discounts on measuring mishaps in stock. Open M – F 8:30 to 4:30 and 9:00 to 12 on Saturday, 727-841-9490, if it involves doors or windows, this is the place to come. They even have kitty and doggie doors! How’s that for service!