Not everyone is lucky enough to work at what they love. Dale Myrick is one of the lucky ones. Myrick has always loved windows, at least since he was 20 and began working for a local window installer. “Whenever I go into a building, I always look at the windows — where they are placed, how they are installed, their design. I know everything there is about windows,” he said.
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Before he opened Alpine Exteriors in 2001, Myrick experienced the entire gamut of the window business. Starting with sweeping the shop floor, he loaded trucks, made deliveries, did the installing and servicing, took orders and did sales. He worked for a small family firm and a large corporation. At age 18 he was working for a state contractor who installed and serviced street lighting.
Myrick says he had a lot of responsibilities at a young age. He and his wife, Lisa, married soon after graduating from Green Valley Christian High School. “I owned my first house at 20,” he said. Dale and Lisa had two daughters, Destinee and Gabby.
As he was learning the trade, Myrick had an adviser. “I worked for a wonderful man who told me that he would teach me everything he knew if I was willing to learn,” he says. “I learned a lot from him.”
“I always wanted to own my own business. I wanted to be in control of my destiny. The attacks on 9/11 were the catalyst for making the move when I did. Everything changed on that day,” he said.
In the dozen years since Myrick started his own business, he has gained a growing number of contented customers. He meets with them personally. “I’m a good listener. I give them what they want,” he said.
Many of his customers are retired or planning retirement. “They want maintenance freedom,” he said. Younger customers are also interested in low maintenance. “They don’t have a lot of time to be fixing up the house.”
Customers are also interested in energy efficiency. Myrick said. “They usually report that after a year they are saving an average of about 50 percent of what it had cost to heat or cool their homes. Windows are usually the weakest link in a home’s energy envelope, so a cost-benefit analysis shows the payback on investment is five to six years. Even if the homeowners are planning to sell, buyers are aware of the benefits of high-performance windows these days.”
Satisfied with Myrick’s window installations, many customers ask about decking and siding. He expanded his business to accommodate their needs. Myrick uses only high-performance materials. Windows are Anlin. Siding is either James Hardie or Certain-Teed. Decking is Timber-Teck.
In 2012 Myrick added kitchen and bath remodeling services. “Customers had been asking for it. Lisa and I remodeled our kitchen. I figured if she was happy with the result, my customers would be pleased,” he said.
Myrick had worked in construction in El Dorado County. He said, “I had always wanted to do remodeling, and the most important lesson I learned in construction is that the general contractor is only as good as the subcontractors.” He got his General Contractor’s license, and now offers turnkey service: design, electrical, lighting, plumbing, countertops and cabinets.
With his business, Alpine Exteriors, firmly rooted in El Dorado County, Dale Myrick continues to do what he loves — making people’s homes more beautiful and efficient.
Alpine Exteriors is at 6180 Enterprise Drive, Suite C, Diamond Springs 95619. The telephone is 530-626-5988.