LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Home and Garden show in Lufkin kicked off Friday. Thirty-four vendors are under one roof just in time for East Texans to hit the one-stop shop for all of their repairing and remodeling needs. Some visitors who said it's the perfect place to meet reputable and local business owners who can lend a hand with their storm damage repairs.
From lighting to interior design to the exterior roof repairs that thousands of East Texans so desperately need after recent severe weather, the Lufkin Home and Garden Show has it all.
"I'm just browsing checking out different estimates. I'm looking to get a roof replaced, so I'm looking at different quotes companies and contractors have to offer," said Stephen McCathern, a Lufkin resident.
A long line of local businesses gathered at the two day event to show off all that they offer.
"It's really great from the stand point that it's a one stop shop. You can walk around and talk to people and get a lot of information," said Tim Hobbs, Deep East Texas Association of Builders Executive Officer.
"Instead of me having to make calls and go place to place, I'm right here with all these contractors who I can just go walk around and talk to. This is very beneficial," McCathern said.
ABCO Roofing company employees said they've answered questions about repairs since East Texas roofs have taken a major beating.
"There's been a lot bad weather, and we've been trying to help people out with temporary repairs, clean their roofs off, and get all the debris, straw, and limbs off," said Billy Oliver, ABCO Owner.
"All the rain we've been getting has really affected that. I'm sure we aren't the only ones," McCathern said.
For those not affected by storms or tornadoes, there's advice about your new homes, money saving home efficiencies, remodeling, and outdoor living area tips.
"I'd rather have a company who's been here for a while and knows what their doing than just a fly-by-night or somebody you really don't know who you are messing with," McCathern said.
Live and hands-on demonstrations are available, too. Most importantly, they're available from local and legitimate businesses.
"We try to tell people to use local people and make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured," Oliver said.
It's valuable information all under one roof.
"It's a community event, and we really welcome everyone from a six-county area that our association oversees," Hobbs said.
If you missed presentations, you still have a day to make the one-stop shop. The Deep East Texas Association of Builders will be back at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's five dollars per person and free for kids under twelve.