Founded by Local Marine Veteran, Matt Merrifield
Lakeside Exteriors Inc., in Chesterfield, was founded in 1997 thanks to the hard work of a returning Marine veteran.
Co-Owner/Sales Director, Dan Merrifield, said the firm, based at 139 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., was founded when his brother Matt Merrifield returned from service in the Marine Corp.
“Matt already had years of experience in the home improvement industry before he went into the Marines and wanted to continue the trade,” Dan said.
“Our business became so busy by 1999 that I joined the team. I was looking to make a move from a payroll processing company, and this was the ideal opportunity.”
Today, the company performs work including: fiberglass replacement windows, custom design porches and decks, entry doors, three-season and four-season rooms, room additions, brick/stonework and new replacement siding.
Other family members are involved in the business, including Candice Davis, Matt’s daughter; Matt’s wife Tina; and the brothers’ father, Sam.
“I just like to see, at the end of the job, how satisfied homeowners are – that’s the most rewarding thing, when they complement our crews,” Dan said.
“We have a staff of about 55 employees–excellent people who work here. They are encouraged to show leadership and are rewarded for outstanding performance. Chesterfield is a good location for us and offers the convenience of being close to our customers. We likely serve close to 200 customers a year, throughout the St. Louis region.”
Lakeside Exteriors is the leading St. Louis replacement window contractor for Beechworth Fiberglass Windows; the firm also introduced James Hardie siding to the area and does many installations.
Lakeside Exteriors received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2015 and for six previous years for both siding and window categories, Dan Merrifield said.
“We also have the equivalent honors through the Guild Quality survey company which is a third party surveying company – we have won their guild master award for the past six years. At the end of each job, homeowners are surveyed and grade us from ‘0 to 4’ for that company.”
Lakeside Exteriors been involved with two of ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition projects a few years ago, Merrifield said.
In 2000, Lakeside Exteriors brought James Hardie fiber cement siding to the local market and today is the highest rated James Hardie Elite Preferred Remodeler in the St. Louis region, Merrifield said.
Lakeside stands out, he said, because all work is installed by a trained and certified team of craftsmen who are extremely experienced in many aspects of remodeling and construction.
“We make every effort to make sure a house looks beautiful and a customer is completely satisfied, and we clean up at the end of each day we are at a house,” Merrifield said.
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