Replace Old Windows Throughout the House

Replace Old Windows Throughout the House

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There are a lot of reasons to update your windows. While some newer houses really don’t need the windows replaced, if your home is older than 20 years and still has the original windows, you might want to consider new ones. Here are some reasons to replace old windows and how you can benefit from doing so.

Condensation

If your windows seem to gather a lot of moisture on their panes, or ‘sweat’, you may have a condensation problem. Windows that condensate are not doing their job. When quality windows are made, they’re made with two panes. These panes have a gap between them. That gap is filled with a clear gas that’s heavier than air and helps insulate your windows.

Windows that are single-pane or that are old enough to have leaked out their insulating gases, will not have this insulating ability. This leads to condensation collecting. The same way your cold glass of water will gather moisture from the hot air, the warm interior side of your window will collect moisture against the cold outside weather. This wouldn’t be such a problem if condensation didn’t run down the window and collect on the sill or the window track. Collected condensation can lead to rotting of the windowsill and mold. It’s time to replace old windows if they’re collecting water and leading to mold growth.

Insulation

Do you remember that insulating gas we mentioned? Those gases are a very important part of what makes quality windows quality. If your windows are more than 20 years old, there’s a very high likelihood that they no longer have these gases. That means your windows are not insulated properly. 

Uninsulated windows are a huge weak point in your home’s temperature regulation. On hot days, your windows will leak in heat. On cold days, your windows will leak in cold. Getting old, uninsulated windows replaced will replenish the barrier you have between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature. Do you know what that means? You save money!

If your windows aren’t insulating the way they should be, you’re paying a lot more money to heat or cool your house. The heat or AC you pay for, getting your home to just the right temperature, is literally going right out the window if your windows are outdated.

Professional Window Replacement

If you live in Toronto and you need your windows replaced, Premier Group Contractors is the perfect team for you. Our team has specialists for all kinds of contracting work – including window replacements. So, when you need to replace old windows, give us a call. We’re more than happy to send our qualified crew to help.

Plus, we don’t just do window replacements. We also do remodels and renovations. So, if you want the size of your windows altered, we can get that done right too. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Kind of Kitchen Flooring is Best for You?

What Kind of Kitchen Flooring is Best for You?

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Planning a kitchen remodel? Or, maybe your kitchen flooring is just really worn out? No matter what the case, if you need new kitchen flooring, you’ve come to the right place. Premier Group Contractors has flooring experts ready to make your kitchen floors as beautiful as you’ve always wished they could be. But, before you call us up, let’s help you figure out what kind of flooring is best for your kitchen.

Linoleum

If you’re considering linoleum for your kitchen floors, you should know a few things about it first. The first thing you need to know is that there’s a chance you have linoleum mixed up with vinyl. A lot of people use linoleum as a catch-all term for synthetic flooring that goes on in sheets. However, linoleum and vinyl are very different flooring types.

Linoleum is a pretty thin flooring that is cut to shape just like vinyl or carpeting. However, it differs from vinyl in that it’s pretty hard to the touch. There’s not much cushion in it. Instead of denting or tearing from damage like vinyl might, it’s more likely to split or get deep scratches in it.

This flooring is cheap and fairly simple to replace as a whole but it doesn’t come with a simple repair solution and it doesn’t last many years in a kitchen without sustaining unsightly damage.

Vinyl

Vinyl, on the other hand, is made with multiple layers of differing materials. They each serve a different purpose. These multiple layers allow for some more cushion when walking across your kitchen floor.

Vinyl can come in multiple forms. There’s sheet vinyl, which is cut to shape like linoleum or carpeting, and there are vinyl tiles. The most popular of these tiles are luxury vinyl tiles, or LVT. LVT are a lot thicker than sheet vinyl and are comparable to laminate flooring. They’re typically high quality, thick, durable, and look beautiful.

LVT come in both tile and plank shapes. This allows you the choice between LVT that mimics tiling and LVT that mimics wood flooring. That’s not all, though! The plank shape can even come in different wood grain textures to make your kitchen feel even more luxurious.

One of the benefits of LVT is that, while it’s not cheap to replace the entire floor, you can replace one rile or plank at a time. Any damage your kitchen floor acquires can be repaired easily with a spare piece.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic, both inside and outside of the kitchen. If you’re a fan of hardwood, it’s no doubt on your list of flooring types to consider for your kitchen remodel. However, does hardwood really make the best kitchen flooring?

While hardwood looks stunning just about anywhere you put it, using it in the kitchen comes with a number of expensive risks. For one, it’s very easy for hardwood to retain water damage when used in the kitchen. Plus, you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean hardwood flooring, so if you cook a lot of grease-producing foods, your floors might be hard to  get adequately clean without damaging the wood.

Hire Premier

No matter what flooring type you settle on, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call when you’re ready to do your kitchen remodel and we’ll give you the quality results you deserve.

Convert Your Unfinished Garage into a New Room

Convert Your Unfinished Garage into a New Room

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If you have an unfinished garage that you don’t usually use for your vehicle, you’re missing out on a huge part of your home’s potential. The garage is one of the most underrated and underappreciated rooms in the house. That’s because, more often than not, the garage is completely unfinished and turns into a storage room. And, it’s not even a good storage room if it’s unfinished. The lack of seal from the outside allows for bugs, moisture, and temperature damage to anything stored inside. So, Premier Group Contractors suggests you convert your unfinished garage into a space that’s worth a lot more.

The first question that’s probably popped into your head is, “What can I do with an unfinished garage?” The answer? Just about anything! Here are some rooms you can convert your unfinished garage into.

Studio

While garage bands, historically, involve shoving whatever instruments you’re using into the existing garage space, why not take it a step further? You can turn your garage into a finished studio. It can be any kind of studio you want.

  • A music studio will give you the space necessary to set up drums, guitar stands, sound equipment, and more. If you’re a musician with a lack of space, this might be the perfect solution.
    Turning a garage into a music studio can be done easily. Clearing out the garage, putting in insulation and drywall, and adding appropriate lighting is all there is to it. Turn the blank walls into a gallery for your favorite artwork, records, and band merch or paint them over. It’s all up to you.
  • A paint studio is a fantastic choice for your garage. By finishing the garage and sealing any cracks that might let in moisture or bugs, you’ve got a large room of the same quality as interior bedrooms.
    The big difference is, in a garage studio, you can open up the garage door and let in a little bit of nature when you’re feeling it. Enjoy the fresh air and take some inspiration from the sunset right outside.
  • A darkroom for your photography is also completely possible by renovating your garage. Use the abundance of space to set up for the development process. There’s plenty of room for hanging up photos to dry. Plus, there’s plenty of wall space for your favorite photos to be displayed.

Lounge

Those who work from home or have space-intensive hobbies aren’t the only people who can use a finished garage. For those of us who love hosting friends, the garage can be turned into a really stellar lounge.

Place some couches and other seating, a bar space, a coffee table, and any other hosting furnishings you can think of. When your friends come over, you’ll have somewhere less formal to retreat to. Plus, as always, theres the wonderful perk of being able to open the garage door. This makes a lounge the ideal use for the garage if you live somewhere that gets nice and warm for part of the year. Letting in the summer sun while you and your friends crack open a beer just can’t be beat. 

Bedroom

That’s not all though. You can also convert the garage into a pretty fantastic bedroom. Whether you’re looking for an upgrade to your current master bedroom or you’re looking to make room for kids, the garage is there for you.

No matter what you plan to do with your garage, Premier Group is here for you. With our team of excellent and varied contractors, we can have your garage finished in no time. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Renovate Your Attic into a Functional Room

Renovate Your Attic into a Functional Room

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Do you have an attic that’s just collecting dust? Turn it into something useful for your home! The attic, for many people, is one of the most underused rooms in the house. This can be for many reasons. For some, it’s the lack of accessibility. For others, it’s that they don’t need a large storage space, so it goes unused. Premier Group Contractors wants you to know that you can make your attic a useful part of the home. Here’s how you can renovate your attic into a functional room.

Improve Accessibility

For many people, the attic is inaccessible because it doesn’t have any stairs. These attics are often in the garage or top floor, depending on how many floors your house has. If your garage has no stairs, you might be able to add some. During the renovation process, adjusting the location of the attic entrance can be done fairly easily. This gives us the opportunity to add stairs or a permanent ladder that makes going into the attic easy.

Walls and Floors

The first thing that must be done to renovate your attic into a functional room is adding walls and floors. Attics typically have no flooring, or may have a small area of plywood flooring. This won’t do for a finished space. Our team can put up standard drywall, insulation, and wood flooring. This is really what makes an attic feel more like a regular room in the house.

Electrical

The next thing that you’ll need to feel at home in your new room is electrical. For one thing, you’re going to want some lighting that’s more than just a bare bulb. Premier Group has electrical specialists on our team and can have your attic room outfitted with lighting and outlets, easy.

Window Changes

If your attic space is attached to one of the outer walls, we may be able to add a window as well. Attics may even have existing windows or vents. In this case, we’ll make changes to them if necessary. After all, we want your attic room to have light and the potential for fresh air, but we don’t want it exposed at all times like it is with a vent or a badly sealed window.

With the potential for a new window comes the potential for a window seat. Adding a window seat to your attic room will give it additional charm and comfort.

Even further, you could potentially have a balcony added to this room. If your attic space opens out onto the roof, implementing a balcony isn’t actually that hard. The supports are already there. All we have to do is  reinforce them, build the balcony where it’s desired, and ensure the shingles are sealed properly so as not to leak water into the attic.

Choose A Use

This attic space can be used for just about anything once it’s done being renovated. Use it as an additional bedroom, a higher quality storage space, an office, a reading nook, and so much more.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to make your attic a valued part of the house. We look forward to hearing from you.

Get Exposed Plumbing for Your Interior Design

Get Exposed Plumbing for Your Interior Design

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Do you want an interior that’s both elegant and strong? Exposed Plumbing might be just the thing. Exposed plumbing is one of many fantastic, interior design trends at the moment. There are a lot of reasons why people are crazy for this design choice. Let’s check out a few of them.

Strength in Design

Interior design tends to lean toward elegance quite a lot. To find a strong, somewhat masculine design can be hard. Modernism can be seen as somewhat masculine and so can dark and sleek. However, if you want your home to feel like it belongs in this century and you don’t want everything to be black, what do you choose? Exposed plumbing is a featured element of industrial design – a popular and strong design choice for recent years. 

Accessibility

Another perk of exposed plumbing is that it provides plumbing accessibility. Should you get a leak in your pipes, the puddle will show up on your floor, instead of in your walls. Instead of growing mold in your insulation, you’ll simply have to wipe up the water and call a plumber.

Plus, when the plumber arrives, the accessibility makes it easy to reach and fix the problem. For pipes hidden within walls, a plumber may have to remove drywall to fix a problem. The extra time and work makes the service much more expensive. With exposed plumbing, drywall getting in your way is no problem at all.

Personalize

There is a level of personalization one can do with exposed plumbing. For one thing, you’ll be able to choose what kind of pipes you want showing. For many, choosing pipes that are coated in copper on the outside is a great idea. It helps them blend in with other warm design choices they’ve made.

For bathrooms, you can also personalize how you expose your pipes. You can have complete exposure of pipes overhead and along walls or you can expose only certain parts. For instance, you could install an old style of toilet that has water pipes come in from the ceiling. Showers can have exposed pipes from the faucets to shower head. Wall-mounted sinks can have their drain pipes exposed beneath the basin. Go big or go minimal – It’s completely up to you.

Hire Someone You Can Trust

If you know you want exposed plumbing in your home, it might be time to find someone to hire. There are a lot of companies to choose from in Toronto. However, here’s why Premier Group Contractors is the best choice.

Premier Group has been providing contractors for almost 20 years. In that time, we’ve built a great rapport with the community at large. Our reputation has always been quality and friendliness. Plus, our team is made up of contractors of all specialties. No matter what you need done in your home, we can send a team with your specific needs in mind. We have someone for drywall. We have someone for lighting. And, we even have someone for plumbing. Many of our team members can do a whole bunch of things.

Whether you’re looking just for plumbing changes or want your entire bathroom or interior renovated, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call if you want to discuss a job with us. We look forward to making your home everything you hope it will be.

Why a Deck is the Perfect Summer Home Addition

Why a Deck is the Perfect Summer Home Addition

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After a while of living in the same place, things can get pretty boring. Now you’ve got the financial stability to improve your home and make it a more enjoyable place to be. If you’ve been looking for a home upgrade and can’t decide what you want to do, Premier Group has the perfect solution. A deck is the perfect summer home addition. Here’s why.

Sun for the Soul

A lot of people have a natural love of the outdoors. After all, what’s better than sitting outside, the smell of fresh air in your nose and the warmth of the sun on your skin? However, for many people, the outdoors is just not that impressive. They’ve got everything they need inside.

Well, there’s one angle you may not have considered. Sun is actually really good for you! Did you know that over 40% of people in Canada are not getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions in the body. When you don’t have enough of it, you can become depressed, fatigued, have trouble sleeping, and have lower skin quality.

Having a deck built allows you to enjoy the sun and outdoors with a little more ease. No need to lie in the grass. Putting out some deck furniture can make it easy to spend some time outdoors each day. Even ten minutes of sun a day can raise vitamin D levels, improving both your mental and physical health. So, grab yourself a mixer and a good book and sit out on your new deck for a little while.

To Each Their Own

The really great thing about having a deck is that you can use it for pretty much anything. Everyone has their own preferences in how they spend their time. Use your deck in whatever way suits you.

Some may want to throw a barbecue or other kind of party. Gather friends, sit in camping chairs, and share a beer while you enjoy the sun. 

Others may prefer less social uses. Bring some blankets outside and watch the stars without the hassle of dewy, wet grass. A deck provides a dry space to set up and also distances you from many of the bugs that enjoy your lawn.

And, of course, there are those of us who have a passion for plants. If you love growing flowers, herbs, or any other kind of leafy friend, a deck will be your new favorite place. We can even build in plant benches for you along the outer edges of the deck. This allows tiering of your plant pots. You can line up all of your plants and water them with ease this way. Plus, once you’ve got the deck covered in beautiful foliage, you can use it as your own little oasis.

A Safe Staycation

Lastly, because of COVID-19, people have had to cancel a lot of their summer plans. Try not to lament the loss of travel. You can have a fantastic staycation right from your own backyard. A deck provides a lot of lounging opportunities. Whether you have kids, live with your partner, or are all by yourself, a deck can improve your summer staycation.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to talk deck building for your summer home addition. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tile Patterns That Might Suit Your Home Interior

Tile Patterns That Might Suit Your Home Interior

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Time to upgrade part of your home with some tilework? Whether you’re redoing stone tile or hardwood flooring, redoing a backsplash, or lining a new standup shower, Premier Group Contractors has your back. We want to give you a head start on your project by giving you ideas for tile patterns you might like. Let’s see if we can find the perfect pattern for your home and give you the vocabulary you need to ask for it during consultation.

Linear Tiling

One of the most common styles in tile placement is linear tiling. This is what you call the pattern of squares sitting side by side. It’s used for checkerboard kitchen floors, backsplashes, shower walls and more.

Linear tiling can be somewhat bland in appearance, but it does make a great backdrop if you plan to grab attention with some other interior element. You can also spice of linear tiling by using different tile colors. Try using three palette-adjacent colors and it will give your bathroom floor a little more dimension without complicated tilework.

Brick Bond Tiling

If you want something simple but with a little more character, brick bond tiling might be the thing for you. This is exactly what you think it is. You know how brick buildings implement overlapping rectangles? This is that, but with tile. Brick bond tiling is great for kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.

Hexagon tiling

Want something a little rounder in appearance? Hexagon tiling is a tile pattern that’s full of character. Six-sided tiles fit together perfectly to create a very regular, but lively pattern. This tile pattern also allows a lot of creativity.

Hexagon tiling is great for backsplashes and bathroom floors. One of the best parts about this pattern is that you can use varied colors to personalize it. Try moving from darker to lighter colors the higher up on the wall you move. Because of their hexagonal shape, you can do this without creating a solid line of color across your wall like you would with square or rectangular tiles.

Herringbone Tiles

If you want a tile pattern that’s slightly more interesting and relies on more than just setting things side-by-side, herringbone tiles might be a good choice. Herringbone tiles rely on diagonal positioning, resting on each other to create peaks of varied height. This pattern is most commonly used with brick on sidewalks or patios or with wooden planks inside the home. You can even implement this pattern on the wall, using tiles. Want a backsplash that your guests won’t soon forget? Herringbone tiling is noticeable and memorable.

Modular Tiling

Last, and possibly the most unique, is modular tiling. Modular tiling is what you call it when you create a pattern that is much more complicated than most tile patterns. This pattern type looks more irregular and involves many tiles of different shapes and sizes. You’ve certainly seen this style before, and you probably thought it looked great. It does tend to! It’s hard to go wrong with modular tiling. The most common mistake is using it in a space that really doesn’t need something complicated. It does look fairly fancy, so it’s best used for stone tile on kitchen floors or on large bathroom floors

Why You Should Add a Sunroom or Deck to Your Home

Why You Should Add a Sunroom or Deck to Your Home

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There are a lot of reasons why people renovate their homes. Often, it boosts resale value. Other times, things are outdated and need to be updated. One reason that is often overlooked, yet just as important as the others, is for the joy of making your home into a haven for you and your family. That’s why Premier Group Contractors feels you should consider adding a sunroom or deck to your home. Here’s why:

Relaxation Refuge

People often underestimate the importance of relaxation to our general health. There are a lot of negative effects of stress. Stress can cause aches and pains, colds, and even susceptibility in your immune system. Because stress is such a big deal, people should start taking their relaxation more seriously.

The addition of a sunroom or deck would allow you somewhere in your home where you can take refuge from the day’s stress. Kick back on the deck and enjoy the sunshine on your face while you enjoy a cold drink. Cozy up in the sunroom with some hot tea and a good book and let the stressful thoughts of the day slip away from you.

Patio Renovation

The cool thing about a sunroom renovation is that it’s really easy to do if you have an existing covered (or open) patio. Adding some walls and windows, putting down some flooring, and doing some cleanup of the old exterior is all you need. This renovation is cost effective and makes a patio – somewhere that’s often neglected – into a useful part of the home. Plus, a job like this is easy as pie for a team as varied and accomplished as the one at Premier Group. Therefore, give us a call if you decide this is a good choice for your home.

Indoor Greenhouse

What you might not have considered is how fantastic a sunroom is as a makeshift greenhouse. If you have a soft spot for plants, a sunroom might be just what you need for your leafy friends.

A sunroom is usually filled with large, sprawling windows. They’re perfect for letting in all the light your plants love and need. Line windowsills and shelves with plants to your heart’s desire. You can even set up humidifiers or open windows as needed.

Additionally, an indoor greenhouse is that its only accessible to pets if you want. If you own cats who like to lounge in the sun and mean your plants no harm, let them enjoy the little bit of outside you’ve brought inside. However, if your little beasts are more prone to chomping down on your garden, keep the sunroom door closed.

Backyard Barbecue

The cool thing about choosing a deck, on the other hand, is that it’s great for social gatherings. Want to have a barbecue or hang out with family? A deck is a great place for that. Setting up some patio furniture on your deck can make the long, summer days a little more enjoyable. Watch your children play in the yard while you enjoy the sun from the deck. It doesn’t get better than this.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to renovate your home to accommodate relaxation. The job will be a success with us at the helm.

How Lighting Affects Your Health

How Lighting Affects Your Health

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You may not realize it, but having enough lighting is actually really important for your health. Premier Group Contractors has a team of lighting specialists who want you to know why good lighting is so critical for your wellbeing. So, without further ado, let’s discuss how lighting affects your health!

Circadian Rhythm

Do you know what your circadian rhythm is? It sounds kind of like a type of music, but it’s actually what your internal clock is called. Your circadian rhythm takes in information about your environment and uses it to set a clock inside your brain. This is why some people can wake up at the same time each morning regardless of when they went to bed. It’s also why, if you have a good circadian rhythm, you’ll begin to get sleepy when it’s dark.

The lighting in your environment can have a profoundly large effect on your circadian rhythm. If you sit in the dark constantly, you’ll find you have a harder time falling asleep and waking up. That’s because your internal clock has no idea what time it is. That makes it hard to fall asleep or wake up unless you’re really tired or have slept a long time. This affect that lights have on circadian rhythm has actually been studied at length by seeing what happens when people spend extended periods of time in environments where the light is always on or always off. Isn’t it amazing how lighting affects your health in so many ways?

Keeping the Lights Off

The reason the circadian rhythm is important is because, more and more, and especially with those in their teen and young adult years, people will sit in the dark all day. The dark can be convenient if you want to watch Netflix or get more ambience when playing video games. However, sitting in the dark all day can severely throw off your circadian rhythm. Your brain doesn’t know what time of day it is. Then, when you try to sleep, your brain doesn’t realize anything has changed about the time or environment and doesn’t know to go into sleep mode.

The reason that’s so bad for you is that, for one thing, sitting in the dark can actually lead to or worsen depression. The other thing is that bad sleep can also lead to or worsen depression as well as negatively affect other aspects of your health.

Keeping the Lights On

While sitting in the dark isn’t good, sleeping in the light is also bad. With many of the same effects on your circadian rhythm as sitting in the dark all day, leaving lights on at night is bound to cause problems. Kids should be weened off night lights as soon as possible and adults should be sure to turn off lights before going to bed.

Using Lights to Your Advantage

The fortunate thing about this effect lights have on our circadian rhythm is that we can use them to our advantage. The more steady our circadian rhythm is, the easier time we have getting to sleep and staying asleep. Ensuring you have adequate lighting in a room, is the first step. If your room is still somewhat dark when the lights are on, you may need to consider new fixtures.

The lighting professionals at Premier Group Contractors are a great place to start asking questions when lighting becomes a concern. Give us a call if you need help with your home lighting and we’ll make things easy for you.

How Your Storefront Can Make or Break a Sale

How Your Storefront Can Make or Break a Sale

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If you own a small business, you know it’s important to do everything you can to boost sales. It’s easy for small businesses to get trampled and overtaken by big chain stores. Being a small business means grabbing people’s attention when they’re not really looking for you. One of the things you need to prioritize is your business’ curb appeal. Here’s why your storefront is so instrumental in succeeding as a small business.

Grabbing Attention

If you want to get new customers who don’t know who you are already, you have to do something to grab their attention. In most cases, having an appealing storefront is the perfect way to do that. Advertising elsewhere can be effective. However, it’s not as effective as someone seeing something they like when they’re already right next to it.

Having a nice-looking storefront can be enough to pique someone’s curiosity. Maybe they’re shopping nearby or just driving past your shop. Regardless of how they see your storefront, if it looks good, they’re more likely to come over and check things out.

Storefront Design

Having a nicely designed storefront is half the battle. If you don’t have the right windows, you can’t display things for people to see. Certain door types are more inviting than others. Signage that looks professional and attractive is key to catching someone’s eye.

All of these aspects of design fall to the responsibility of whoever is designing your store. Make sure you choose the right company for the job. When you hire out for construction, you need a crew that knows what’s best for your store’s appearance or will do the research to find out. Additionally, they should prioritize your preferences and ensure that the building they deliver is exactly what you were dreaming of.

The Value of Appearance

The reason all of this is so important is that appearance has value. While business may have hinged more on products and purpose many years ago, things have changed. Because just about any product can be bought in a number of stores, or even online, an individual store has to offer something special. For many people, these days, that thing that they’re looking for is atmosphere.

To set yourself apart from chain stores and run-down shops that no one is keen on entering, aestheticize your business. Get passersby to look at your storefront and think, “hey, this looks like a nice shop. I wonder what they sell.” Once they’ve grown curious enough to enter the shop, your chances of making a sale skyrocket. Not to mention, small businesses with a flair for aesthetics can quickly become a favorite. Putting stock in your shop’s appearance can gain you loyal customers who prefer your store over one that’s overly commercialized and dull.

If you want your store to look its best, you need to hire the best. Premier Group Contractors are the best contracting company in Toronto. Give us a call if you want to know how we can help you succeed.

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