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At Armadas Exterior
“We treat your home like it’s our own.”
Customer Satisfaction is our Number One goal
As a small family owned business we survive on happy customers and customer referrals. Angie’s List, HomeAdviser, and Google are great. But nothing in the world beats a happy customer telling their friends and neighbors about us. We strive to be a Company talked about with good feelings and trust.
Meet The Owner
A small laughable history of Armadas founder
Armadas Exterior was originally founded by Lloyd Anderson. Lloyd got his start in the construction industry at the age of 19. While attending school he worked part-time as a seasonal professional gift wrapper for J.C. Penny’s. As spectacular as this job seems on the surface it was only minimum wage ($4.25 per hour) and working at the Lloyd Center Mall was very depressing for him so decided it was time to look for a new job.
While looking through the “Help Wanted” ads of the Oregonian, (you have to remember that this is pre-internet days) he spotted an ad for a gutter installer needed. Not knowing anything about gutters he phoned a friend to inquire. In those days, phoning a friend was easier than taking a trip to the library or Powells Books to locate an installation manual. His friend explained what gutters were and where they were located on a house. He also explained how he once hung gutters with his dad on a 12/12 pitch roof. So sporting a 2 foot long antenna from the top of a cordless house phone, Lloyd’s friend instructed him to walk out the front door and look up at the edge of the house. “Oh! Those are gutters? Well I can do that!” was Lloyd’s response and he proceeded to call the gutter company to inquire about a job.
It was probably Lloyd’s youth and confidence that landed him the job. Perhaps the comment that he was certain he could handle a 12/12 pitch roof. It may have led the interviewer to believe Lloyd had some working knowledge of roof angles. This might have implied he had some useful construction experience that could serve the company well. The interviewer congratulated Lloyd on his new job as a gutter installer and asked him to start on Monday and to be sure he brought all of his gutter tools. “Tools?, what tools?” Lloyd asked. “You know, the usual. Hammer, snips, drill, and tool bags of course” responded the interviewer.
Undeterred Lloyd called his dad with a list of tools he needed for his new job. Lloyd’s father Robert was a professional musician and had very little aptitude for the construction industry. Lloyd even recalls a time when his dad brush painted his 68 Chevy pickup with exterior house paint. But Robert was a very supportive father and supplied him with the required tools. Robert was also a problem solver so when he did not have tool bags to offer he enlisted the help of his girlfriend. She had handcrafted a canvas bag stitched with a florescent pink shoestring fashioned to an old leather belt. You can imagine Lloyd’s disappointment but he was nevertheless grateful.
On Lloyd’s first day at work, both gutter crews formed in the lobby. They took one look at Lloyd’s tools and knew immediately that he had no prior experience what-so-ever. The lead gutter installers pointed at each other and said “He’s on your truck today bud!”.
Somehow it never occurred to the inexperienced gutter installer that showing up with a corded drill on his first day was a dead giveaway that he had no clue what he was doing. At the very least he could have brought his own 200 feet of cord to drag around the roof with him.
We mustn’t forget that he was also equipped with a 12 oz. baby sized hammer and a pair of yellow tin snips. In the world of custom sheet metal and gutters, there really isn’t much use for a yellow pair of tin snips except to cut the banding off the materials in the warehouse. Surprisingly enough the gutter company decided to keep him around but he certainly did not join the gutter installers for quite some time. The first few months was doing simple gutter cleans and repairs all the while learning how to overcome his paralyzing fear of heights. Lloyd shares his first experience with an extension ladder:
“We were at a Motel 6 near I5 and Lake Oswego if I recall correctly. It’s the kind of motel that has a walkway for the upper and lower stories. The roof overhangs the walkway and it makes the ladder seem sooo far away from the actual building. I must have got up about 12 steps and froze. I just remember wrapping both of my arms around the ladder and squeezing it with all my might. I was working with Elvis. It wasn’t real name but that was the nickname they gave him. Well once Elvis stopped laughing at me he had to set up a ladder next to me just to help coax me down.”
Well now that we have all had a laugh at the owner’s expense we can fast forward a few years where he quickly picked up a firm understanding of gutters and even advanced into roofing and painting. All this while still attending college
and even getting married and having a child along the way. After college Lloyd pursued his career in the optical field getting his start at Sears Optical and soon advancing to private practice and eventually Kaiser Permanente. His career with Kaiser was short lived and he found his way back to private practice where his heart belonged. Add another child, years of single fatherhood, a new marriage and three new step children and you have the recipe for mountains of debt.
The new blended family added blended debt. Lloyd and his wife Desirae struggled to stay afloat when Lloyd suggested that they invest in a gutter machine that he could use on the evenings and weekends to pick up some extra cash. “What’s a gutter machine, and what do you know about gutters?” Desirae asked him skeptically.
Lloyd soon found himself installing gutters early in the mornings and changing his clothes at the clinic before the first patient arrived at 10 am. This proceeded for a couple of years when his step-son Jeff joined him at 17. By the time Jeff was 20 years old he was running his own gutter jobs and had his own crew. Slowly and progressively Lloyd spent less and less time at the clinic. The casual gutter company kept consuming more of his time and finally by 2015 it was time for him to move headlong into this ever expanding operation he created. Now with the bulk of his children working with him he has been able to expand his gutter operation to include Painting, Garage Doors, Roofing, and Siding.
Lloyd goes on to say:
“Looking back to when my son Jeff first started hanging gutters with me I recall this weird chattering sound. It was several days before I was ever able to diagnose what this strange sound was. I heard it every time we would work together to hang a long piece of gutter. Finally it hit me when I was walking past Jeff’s ladder while he was standing on it. The kid was so darn scared that his legs were shaking and causing the ladder rung clips to rattle. God that was so funny!”
Rarely do you find an individual that has dedicated himself to the world of healthcare and transfers the same level of care to the contracting world. You can rest assured that he will always have an “eye” for detail and will go the extra mile to make sure you “see it” too!