As it happens, over the years we’ve dealt with many forms of malicious acts from multiple competitors. Being the top screen porch company in Raleigh, Cary & Apex for more than 15 years, it’s been an amazing ride but also a double edged sword. To some competitors, we have a target on our back. Not only because we’re a strong competitor but because we’ve led our industry and niche in new designs and options. Our goal, in the beginning, was to be different than anyone else and provide the absolute most options with a very visual “menu” and portfolio. Over the years we’ve had to deal with things like slander, undercutting, blatant copying of our business model and more. Even companies using images of our projects as their own. “NC porch pros” has done all of the above. They’ve only been in business for a short time so they’ve tried to boost their portfolio my misrepresenting our projects as theirs. They’re marketing themselves with our same wording and copying our exact product, down to the fine features, materials, even the post crown detail we do. Our ceiling styles are 100% copied. The only difference is their company name. Ironically it even has “pro” in the name. To really complete the misrepresentation, they’re actually using around a hundred pictures of projects we built and coordinated as their own on their website, facebook page, even the very same magazine we advertise in. Our projects represent about 90% of their current portfolio.

To give a background, the person running this copycat business is Dan Lambeth. Dan was extremely jealous of me and my ability to create a successful business being 15 years younger than him. He was fired for the way he treated his coworkers and unethical job site practices like slandering me to the homeowners we worked for. He’s been quoted by past co-workers as malicious and determined to take my business down. He worked for us as a carpenter and was not a project manager, as that was my job. Dan worked for us as a carpenter / laborer only. There are many other facets to contracting a project and he did not perform these duties for my company: Selling jobs & working with customers, designing jobs, creating our business model & options, figuring materials & takeoffs, obtaining permits, hiring subcontractors, scheduling subcontractors, dealing with inspections, customer satisfaction & problem resolution. Dan only worked as a carpenter, building what he was instructed to build. Dan has not tried to separate his company from us but blatantly copy every detail of our work under the defense that the pictures he’s using are “his property” as he actually took the pictures. Would you want to use a company that has practices like this? Copycat companies lack the confidence, ability, or experience required to produce their own marketable ideas. They are out of touch with their own creativity and focus more on their (former) colleagues than on their own ideas.

It’s very difficult for us to see a person do this as we’ve worked extremely hard over the years to separate ourselves from the other porch building companies. Over the last 17 years, we’ve seen this separation be muddled by various contractors being able to use our intellectual property, slander, misrepresentation and the like. This case is by far, the worst we’ve seen over our time in the industry. At the worst, this copying is so blatant that it has risen to the level of a legal issue. At a very minimum it’s an ethical issue and misrepresentation. We’ve tried very hard to protect customers from companies like this at the same time protecting what we’ve worked so hard for. Below you’ll see a small example of the misrepresentation and really stealing.

NC porch pros Fraud
NC porch pros Fraud
NC porch pros Fraud
NC porch pros Fraud