Friday, August 26, 2022

Business Spotlight: Ridgeline Exteriors

With more than two decades of experience in the roofing industry, customers can feel confident in placing their trust in Ridgeline Exteriors.

Based in Sanford, Ridgeline is owned and operated by Wayne and Ashley Perry, and they believe the cornerstone of their success is offering each customer product quality and value, treating everyone with respect, and continuing to offer fair, reasonable, and consistent pricing. The company works throughout Maine and New Hampshire on a year-round basis and has been in business for more than 10 years.

Wayne Perry himself has more than two decades of roofing experience, and he says he feels that Ridgeline Exteriors continues to be a preferred choice because of exceptional customer service, open communication with customers and roofing employees who take great pride in their work. Ashley currently is one of the only women to co-lead a roofing company in New England and brings a unique female perspective to the company.

“Ridgeline Exteriors provides a lifetime warranty backed by Owens Corning for their shingles known for their beauty, performance and variety,” Perry said. “We offer products that provide exceptional value and are backed by extended warranties.”

According to Perry, Ridgeline specializes in roofs, but company workers also are experts in siding, windows, and gutter work too.

As their business has expanded through the years, the Perrys have been able to offer a variety of roofing types including asphalt shingles, metal, bitumen, flat, rubber or wooden systems.

With 20-plus employees skilled in the latest materials and techniques in roofing technology, Perry said what distinguishes Ridgeline Exteriors from the competition is that they are fully insured including roofing general liability and roofers’ compensation, the ability to offer a lifetime warranty from Owens Corning and the strong and exceptional value of the products they offer.

“We’ve been able to hold the line on prices for the past few years and that says a lot right there,” Perry said. “We strive to offer pricing that is fair and consistent.”

Proud of its outstanding A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Ridgeline accepts many types of payment options, including credit cards and an array of financing plans. They have a full fleet of roofing vehicles and bring all tools they may need for a project, with most roofing jobs completed in a day or a day and a half and estimates are free.

“I take pride in my work and it’s great to meet new people through the work,” Perry said. “Every day is a new challenge and a change of scenery. One day you’re in a city, the next day by the lake and the day after that by the ocean. I like all the places we work.”

He said the hardest aspect of the roofing businesses right now is obtaining quality materials in a timely manner and holding the line on prices.

“The one thing about our company is that we believe in honesty and don’t try to sell people something they don’t need,” Perry said. “I believe in listening to our customers and treating every one of them as we would want to be treated ourselves.”

To that end, Perry said that Ridgeline Exteriors always answers the telephone and believes in fully communicating with homeowners and businesses who call upon them for help.

“We walk them through the entire process and keep them informed every step of the way,” he said. “We pay attention to the details. It’s what makes our business work and the people we work for appreciate it tremendously.”

Ridgeline can perform home roof installation, local roof replacement, affordable siding installation, home window installation, seamless gutter installation, and affordable gutter replacement services.

“Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements,” Perry said. “And rarely can you predict when your home will be hit by damaging weather. Check us out to see what our dedicated roofing team can do to help you.”

To learn more about Ridgeline Exteriors, call 207-432-0810 or visit them online at or on Facebook at RidgelineExteriorsME. <

Friday, August 19, 2022

Business Spotlight: APlus Truck Sales and Service

The owners of APlus Truck Sales and Service Center take a novel approach that is hard to find these days when it come to their customers. They believe in treating everyone that walks through their door as if they are family and by being open, direct and honest with customers, they are building a loyal and appreciative customer following.

Featuring six service bays and 10 employees, APlus is prepared to handle and resolve any type of mechanical problem from its location at 968 Roosevelt Trail and 8 Storm Drive in Windham. The business is owned by Andrew Coppersmith and Andy Lane and the service department is managed by Anthony Tieso, who says providing customers with exceptional customer service is the top priority.

“We go the extra mile and the way you are treated here is second to none,” Tieso said. “We’re in the business of helping people and we’ll go wherever we need to assist our customers and that includes offering them a loaner vehicle or courtesy car if we have to.”

Service is not just limited to trucks sold at APlus, and Tieso said that APlus mechanics work on all types of automobiles and trucks, even if they weren’t purchased there. The APlus Service Center specializes in vehicle repairs, auto body work, towing, full restoration, and used vehicle sales and offers competitive pricing and open communication. They are also a Nitro franchise dealer and can custom order products with a four-week turn around and they also have inventory on hand.

“We serve all of New England,” he said. “Anyone can sell a used vehicle, what sets us apart is what we offer after the sale. It's the little things, whether it's a 30-day bumper to bumper warranty or a vehicle loaner for customers to use while their vehicle is being serviced.”

According to Tieso, a common misconception is APlus Truck Sales is just about trucks.

“We want to make sure our readers understand how multifaceted we are as a company,” he said. “Whether you need a tow, auto body, vehicle repairs, a vehicle purchase, or new trailer, from inspection work to full motor overhauls or transmission builds, we do it all.”

He said the staff at APlus continually strives to be the best in the industry and a reliable business that customers can trust and count on to deliver quality work.

That sense of positive customer satisfaction is the top priority for APlus service, Tieso said.

“Customers will reach out to us to let us know periodically with their experiences and we stay up to date with current price trends and market fluctuations,” he said.

A recent Facebook review by a customer confirms that they are doing things right at Aplus Truck Sales and Service.

“Can’t say enough great things about you guys! Brought my truck in and you guys brought it in that same day and immediately started working on it to rectify the problem. That type of customer service is what’s kept me coming back to you guys for the past eight years and I don’t see that changing in the future! Thank you!"

In business since 2011, APlus Truck Sales is a Maine State Inspection License station and offers a complete and vast selection of wheels. Through the years the company has grown a strong social media following that numbers in the thousands.

“Everyone knows social media presence is huge,” Tieso said. “We maintain a strong presence through multiple channels with informative posts as well as trending posts to maintain relevance. Wheels and tires are very popular right now and will continue to increase in popularity before winter comes. We continually advertise competitive pricing and availability throughout social media.”

He says open and transparent communication with customers is what leads to excellent relationships with the public and has cemented a solid reputation for Aplus service in the community.

“It’s truly different here from everywhere else,” Tieso said. “We treat you with respect and we do everything we can to make our customers feel safe and comfortable coming in here.”

Aplus Truck Sales and Service can be reached at 207-572-4444, or by visiting

Find them on Facebook at or on Instagram at aplusdieselsales <

Friday, August 12, 2022

Business Spotlight: D&R Paving and Sealcoating

If you’re looking for a locally owned paving company that can provide you with a full array of paving services in both residential and commercial capacities, look no further than D&R Paving and Sealcoating.

Established in 1995, owner Dana Brown has decades of experience with jobs both large and small. He has built a reputation for delivering superior workmanship and customer service for all asphalt and paving needs. From the groundwork to the finish sealcoating, his dedicated crew of 10 performs quality work at a very competitive price.

“What distinguishes us from our competitors is our attention to detail,” Dana said. “We go the extra mile and pay close attention to our work.”

D&R Paving and Sealcoating knows that paving is a big investment and takes thorough steps to ensure that investment will withstand tough Maine seasons for years and years to come. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed.

Some of these details are proper drainage, straight edges, smooth finishes, adequate thickness, and flush transitions. This is important to ensure a durable finish and superior curb appeal. They are upfront and honest about the scope of a project so there are no hidden surprises. From the groundwork to completion, they have all the best equipment to get the job done right the first time and on budget.

If you already have a paved surface, it is important to perform proper ongoing maintenance to significantly extend its life. D&R Paving and Sealcoating can help with that too. They use top of the line seal coat to not only provide a protective barrier on the surface but to also enhance the appearance with a flawless, smooth, jet-black sheen. 

D&R Paving and Sealcoating stresses the importance of sealing up cracks in your asphalt surfaces as well. Even small cracks allow water to seep down underneath the surface of your pavement which will weaken it over time.

Seasonal temperatures can cause asphalt to expand and contract creating more and more cracks which can then turn to potholes. For this reason, crack sealing is recommended as the most cost-effective preventative pavement maintenance procedure and should not be put off.

If your driveway or lot is more than a decade old, it may be time for periodic milling. Asphalt milling is an affordable solution to restore the surface. Rather than a complete demolition, milling grinds up the old asphalt surface and replaces it with a new, smooth overlay.

Whatever the surface problem, D&R Paving can assist you with routine maintenance of your driveway or parking lot to ensure that your asphalt surfaces last. 

D&R Paving and Sealcoating also offers recycled asphalt which can be a great lower cost alternative to traditional pavement. Reclaimed asphalt is recycled asphalt that has been torn up from a previous project.

The asphalt is crushed and mixed with gravel making the surface perform like a gravel road, but with easier maintenance and plowing. It is still far more superior to a dirt or gravel road because it keeps your surface completely solid and free of mud. Once reclaim is laid it will also be simpler down the road to upgrade to traditional asphalt if desired.

For commercial and industrial parking lots, D&R Paving and Sealcoating does striping and marking. Whether you are installing a new parking lot, resurfacing an old one, changing its layout, or simply having existing stripes repainted, D&R will get the job done precisely. They are also very well-versed with ADA guidelines for handicapped access and will provide the knowledge to comply with every regulation.

Working with an independent, family-owned company means you will work with the owner directly and every job is personally guaranteed by Dana himself. Keeping his word, job after job, year after year and doing quality work every time is how they have earned a BBB accredited A+ rating. Their excellent workmanship has earned the trust and loyalty of thousands of satisfied, repeat customers and they are excited to add you to that growing list.

Every job is different, and Dana Brown will bring his more than 25 years of experience in paving to every project. He can advise you on all the options and discuss what is right for your situation and budget. You will get experience combined with personal attention to make sure you are satisfied with your project all the way through.

Prices are based on square footage with groundwork also taken into consideration. Call D&R Paving and Sealcoating for a free estimate now and beat the end-of-summer rush at 207-247-8706 or 207-281-2224. You may also email: Visit them on Facebook or go to their website: to see a complete description of services, portfolio and read their reviews. <

Friday, August 5, 2022

Business Spotlight: Upper Cuts 207

There are no gimmicks or schemes when it comes to getting a great haircut and for Anthony Cadilla, owner of the new Upper Cuts 207, the shop stands out from the competition because of its workmanship and devotion to listening to customers.

Located at 4 Whites Bridge Road, Suite 200, in Windham, the new barber shop is a throwback to old-fashioned barbering because of its high-quality barber service and its attention to detail and precision line work which make their finished product stand out from competitors.

“Our main focus is to give the client what they’re looking for and want,” Cadilla said. “What I want the client to know is that our main focus is on what the client needs.”

Barbering runs in his family and his great-grandfather, Major Lessard was a barber in Biddeford. Cadilla has worked as a barber in Southern Maine himself for 15 years and saw the need for a shop in Windham that is worth visiting.

“I noticed how busy Windham is and that it lacked a real true high-end barber shop,” he said.

Upper Cuts 207 offers all men’s services, including shears and clippers and according to Cadilla, that’s essential when it comes to delivering a great haircut for men.

“A lot of barbers are not skilled in using shears. I can do both,” he said. “I specialize in the hard cuts, anything from a men’s regular to the hardest urban cuts, and razor work creating sharp lines.”

The most challenging aspect of barbering for Cadilla is a consultation where he discusses specifics with customers before cutting their hair.
Upper Cuts 207 in Windham offers all men's
barbering services, including shears and clippers
and that's essential to delivering a great haircut.

“Sometimes people think they know what they want but have a hard time verbally expressing how they want it to look,” Cadilla said. “I take the time to ask questions and listen to them to make sure we’re on the same page.”

The end product, Cadilla says, is that a customer pays their hard-earned money for his expertise and deserves a perfect haircut every time.

“Here at Upper Cuts 207, it’s always about quality over quantity,” he said. The price of haircuts has gone up and I see a lot of people pay top dollar for a haircut that’s not quite perfect. The best thing about what I do is just seeing people happy when I’m done. It makes me feel good when I’m done and they believe I’ve given them the style they want.”

Featuring highly competitive prices and staying up to date with current styling trends, Upper Cuts 207 specializes in all hair types, including ethnic hair.

The shop itself is ultra clean and Cadilla said part of his daily routine is to be mindful of sanitation and safety, to mitigate risks and to closely follow all local health department regulations while keeping the client area free of germs and other health risks.

“We provide the client the best we can give them. every little detail matters,” Cadilla said. “We make sure we get things right because that’s what makes a solid haircut. Every haircut here is performed with precision and style and we promise you’ve never experienced better service. For us it’s about delivering super high quality in the sense that we cater to the client.”

He said that many believe barbers only work on short hair, but he wants to dispel that idea.

“We work on all lengths and all types of hair and are trained to handle every type of style,” Cadilla said. “We are available, deliver a solid service, are consistent and provide exceptional customer service. We offer transformation with quality.”

Upper Cuts 207 is offering all new clients $5 off any “Premium service” (over $30) and that includes college students and $5 off for first-time visitors to the barber shop.

To make an appointment with Upper Cuts 207, call them at 207-893-8500. The barber shop is on Instagram and Facebook listed as “Upper Cuts 207.” <