Air Vent Exteriors
Air Vent Exteriors bring quality and craftsmanship to its sunrooms, awnings, pergolas, windows, and doors.
Bob Carnes likes to tell the story about how, in the late ‘80s, a few years after the Arden-based Air Vent Exteriors had been in business, he contracted with a customer to build a sunroom—at the time, no one in Asheville offered sunrooms—only to learn that the sunroom materials manufacturer would not deliver to the mountains. So Carnes drove to Philadelphia himself, loaded up the truck with the sunroom materials, and drove it all the way back in order to build the sunroom. He wound up doing this several more times before the sunroom manufacturer would finally deliver the product to Asheville.
The story is emblematic of Air Vent Exterior’s dedication to its customers and its tenaciousness in making sure each client gets exactly what they need. Carnes moved to North Carolina from upstate New York in 1984, having worked in the home improvement business since he was a teenager (in New York his father had operated Air Vent Aluminum), and subsequently started Air Vent Exteriors with a business partner, Dave Woodard, since retired, in 1985. As Carnes puts it, “The initial seed was planted after hearing and reading about what a wonderful place Western North Carolina is for quality of life and climate, etc. After a couple of exploratory/vacation trips, a need was recognized for a progressive exterior specialty company.”
Locally owned and operated, Air Vent Exteriors designs and installs sunrooms, awnings (both commercial and residential), pergolas, replacement windows, and entry and replacement doors. The company touts the fact that it does not subcontract the work and all products are installed by specially trained craftsmen; and that the sunrooms and the majority of the awnings are custom designed and manufactured at the Arden facility. Along the way, Air Vent Exteriors has earned an estimable reputation for quality and craftsmanship, and for standing behind its work with long-term warranties—earning a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award in four different categories.
“It’s been an exciting journey to see over 30 years of sales growth,” says Carnes. “Our annual gross sales have reached a level that we once thought were unattainable in a small to midsized market.” Indeed, Air Vent Exteriors was able to open a new facility in 2006, in the process more than doubling its square footage, from the original 5,000 square feet to 12,000, with even more added this year. “We have also been extremely fortunate with employee longevity and loyalty,” he adds. “And unlike many contractors that use a subcontract workforce, our staff of nearly 40 employees are company employees with specific skill sets.
“Although our company culture has remained constant, we have continually evolved with the marketplace. Once a very localized specialty residential contractor, we have evolved into a regional, commercial, and residential company, and we look forward to a steady, controlled growth.”
Carnes notes that, to date, Air Vent Exteriors has served over 7,000 residential awning/sunroom/window clients and undertaken countless industrial and institutional awning projects, many of which are highly visible throughout the community—for example, awnings for the Biltmore Estate, the Haywood Park Hotel, Moe’s Southwest Grill, the Grove Arcade, and the Asheville Outlets. Concludes Carnes, “It always gives me such a proud feeling to see our work almost literally everywhere.”
For more details and a gallery of the company’s work: AirVentExteriors.com
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