By Laurie Sterbens
For Hometown News
"If I do my job right, you're not going to look at the windows," said Adam Dovi, president of Dovi Window Designs Inc. in Port Orange. "If it weren't for the leaking and the high electric bills, most people wouldn't care about their windows."
However, many of the company's customers have had to learn the hard way that quality matters when it comes to window materials and installation. Mr. Dovi said much of his residential business is the result of cheap materials used by builders in the area over the last 20 to 30 years.
"The biggest issue is water damage because windows weren't installed correctly," he said.
As he states on the company website, the focus of his business is "quality, quality, quality."
"I can go to sleep at night and I have a clear conscience. I try to make the best of what I do. I just happen to do windows and doors," he said.
Mr. Dovi has been president of Dovi Widow Designs since 2003, when he took over the business established by his father, Pete Dovi, in the late 1970s. The senior Dovi, listed on the company website as "The Godfather," is retired, "but he still comes in and drinks all my coffee," Adam Dovi said.
Though the company has grown to include non-family members, the staff is listed on the website as "Family (employees)." Creating a family atmosphere at the company "makes life enjoyable for me and it makes it nice for them, too," Mr. Dovi said.
He has been around the window business since he was a child.
"I always joke that for the better half of my life I've been slave labor," Mr. Dovi said.
After finishing college, he returned to the business. "Around mid-2004, I remember going to my dad and saying, OK, I've got this. You can retire. He said, 'What do you want me to do, go home and sit on the couch and watch Oprah?'
"He's my biggest cheerleader, which is always awesome," Mr. Dovi said.
Now the company works on residential and light commercial projects in Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties, working with builders and residential customers ranging from those who want to save money on heating and cooling to customers looking to add "a crown jewel" to a large home. Mr. Dovi also is well versed in preservation laws, and installs windows and doors on historic buildings.
At the end of the day, the satisfaction of providing quality products and installation is the most rewarding part of his job, Mr. Dovi said.
"Driving down to go surfing in Ponce and driving by all the houses that I've done, that's always been kind of a cool feeling," he said. "Every time that homeowner grabs that doorknob, he's going to smile because it's well-done. I did something that's going to be around for 30 or 40 years if not more."
Dovi Window Designs is at 4187 Dairy Court, Port Orange. Call (386) 760-4344 or visit doviwindows.com.