Mike Young: Real Estate Enthusiast
Javier Martinez: Roofing Authority
Darryl Simon: Roof Master
Laural Roaldson: Landscape Leader
Joe Matthews: Shower Enclosure Connoisseur
Joe Sabel: Painting Paragon
Dr. Daniel Pestana: Dental Genius
Chris Bennett: Electric Wizard
Simon Tunnicliffe: Tree Service Pro
Steve Daddario: Roofer Extraordinaire

Gain Knowledge from Expert Contributions

If you want to gain knowledge on specific local services and become a more savvy consumer, we encourage you to access the Diamond Certified Expert Reports through the search options on the right. These mostly industry-specific articles, tip sheets, videos and blog entries are created for consumers by local experts. The authors know what they’re talking about because they own or manage a local Diamond Certified company that’s been rated Highest in Quality. Each has contributed their expertise to create these reports for you and other consumers as a way to give back to their community.

RECENT DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT REPORTS

Joe Matthews: A Clear Trajectory

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CONCORD − Many young people have trouble deciding which career path to pursue, but for Joe Matthews, it was a clear choice. “My father and grandfather were both in the glass business, so I basically followed the family line,” he explains. “As…Read More

Design Considerations for a Shower Enclosure

By Joe Matthews of Schicker Luxury Shower Doors, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − One of the most critical parts of remodeling a bathroom is designing the shower enclosure. Due to the importance of both aesthetic and functional aspects, it’s important to choose a visually appealing design that also serves your specific needs. Fortunately,…Read More

Video: Shower Door Options

With Joe Matthews of Schicker Luxury Shower Doors, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD −  Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a new shower enclosure, it’s good to learn the full extent of your design options. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joe Matthews of Schicker Luxury Shower Doors to learn more….Read More

Video: Gum Disease Prevention

With Dr. Daniel Pestana of Daniel R. Pestana, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – Host, Sarah Rutan: Due in part to its subtle nature, gum disease continues to be a widespread oral health problem, which makes preventative care all the more critical. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Daniel…Read More

Gum Disease: The Silent Killer

By Dr. Daniel Pestana of Daniel R. Pestana, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK – A lot of people are surprised to learn that one of today’s most prevalent dental health issues doesn’t concern teeth at all—or, at least, not directly. Gum disease is a huge problem, with nearly 75 percent of the…Read More

Dr. Daniel Pestana: Tooth and Nail

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

WALNUT CREEK – Having a family background in construction, Daniel Pestana learned how to use a hammer at an early age. However, following a revelatory experience, he found himself gravitating toward a profession that employed a very different set of tools….Read More

The Best Time to Replace Your Roof

By Darryl Simon of Simon Says Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Everyone knows it’s a bad idea to wait until the last minute, and roof replacement is no exception. Most homeowners go through spring and summer not giving their roofs a second thought, followed by a mad dash in the…Read More

Darryl Simon: From the Rooftops

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE − Darryl Simon started his roofing career more than 25 years ago, but it took a little while before he actually got on top of a roof. “While in between jobs, I was hired by a local roofing contractor to…Read More

Video: The Best Time to Replace Your Roof

With Darryl Simon of Simon Says Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re anticipating a roof replacement, make sure to plan it for the right season—otherwise, you may end up paying more than necessary. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Darryl Simon of Simon Says…Read More

Video: Testing Paint Samples

With Joe Sabel of J & J's Final Coat Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD – Host, Sarah Rutan: A crucial part of choosing interior paint colors is testing samples to see how they look in your home. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joe Sabel of J & J’s Final Coat Painting…Read More

Selecting Colors for a Painting Project

By Joe Sabel of J & J's Final Coat Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD – One of the most challenging aspects of a residential painting project is selecting colors. After all, even if your painting contractor does a great job, if you don’t like the colors, you’re not going to be happy with the…Read More

Video: Color and Room Size

With Joe Sabel of J & J's Final Coat Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD – Host, Sarah Rutan: When choosing paint colors for a room, it’s important to consider its size. To learn more, we’re in Concord with Jill Sabel of J & J’s Final Coat Painting, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Room Size and Paint Color Selection

By Joe Sabel of J & J's Final Coat Painting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD – An important consideration when selecting paint colors is the size of the room you’re planning to paint. While this detail is commonly overlooked, color can have a dramatic effect on a room’s overall ambience, so be sure to consider…Read More

Joe Sabel: One Coat at a Time

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CONCORD – One of three brothers in the painting industry, Joe Sabel didn’t attain professional success overnight; rather, he approached it like any quality painting project: one coat at a time. “When I was 20, I started working for my older…Read More

Video: Restoring Power to Your Home (Part 2)

With Chris Bennett of Bennett Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CROCKETT − Host, Sarah Rutan: When an area of your home loses power, there are a couple of things you should try before calling an electrician. Today we’re in Crockett with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Bennett of Bennett Electric to learn one…Read More

Video: Restoring Power to Your Home (Part 1)

With Chris Bennett of Bennett Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CROCKETT − Host, Sarah Rutan: When an area of your home loses power, there are a couple of things you should try before calling an electrician. Today we’re in Crockett with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Bennett of Bennett Electric to learn one…Read More

Chris Bennett: All Wired Up

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CROCKETT − In light of his family’s professional heritage, Chris Bennett seemed destined for a career in the plumbing industry. However, he gradually realized he preferred connecting wires to soldering pipes. “My dad and my grandpa were both plumbers,” he explains. “One…Read More

How to Restore Power to Your Home

By Chis Bennett of Bennett Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CROCKETT – When you experience a power outage in your home, your first reaction may be to call an electrician to come out and fix the problem. However, there are some situations where you can easily remedy the issue without professional…Read More

The Benefits of Steam Cleaning Carpet

By Jeff Yamaoka of Advanced Cleaning Systems Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO − Most homeowners don’t realize the abundance of bacteria, germs and other contaminants a carpet can harbor. After making their way into the home (whether by air or being tracked in by people and pets), most of these contaminants end…Read More

New Requirements for California Home Care Agencies

By Vivian Huddleston of Huddleston Care, In-Home & Around Town Service, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

Burlingame − California’s Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act went into effect on January 1, 2016. Designed to combat elder abuse in home care settings, the act implements new requirements for agencies that provide nonmedical residential care services. Here are a few…Read More