Our Company History
After completing his deployment to Iraq in 2010 and completing his 4 years of honorable service, achieving the rank of Sergeant, Nick Smith (company owner) transitioned out of the active United States Army. Returning to his home in Tampa Florida, he was greeted with a years worth of letters from the community HOA demanding he have his paver driveway cleaned and sealed to maintain the nice appearance & curb appeal, and avoid pending fines. Nick contacted multiple companies for an estimate who were all charging very high prices for this service, but none of the contractors seemed educated enough to answer simple technical questions.
Nick began to research the process & procedures to only come up empty handed with nothing but scary pictures of botched jobs. So he began contacting the sealant manufacturers, 2 local brick paver manufacturing companies and even joining online blogs to get good information to get the job done correctly. Again, coming up empty handed – it appeared there were no companies that were true ‘experts’ in the industry. Based off the information gathered, Nick cleaned and sealed his pavers himself. Quickly gaining attention from the entire community, neighbors began to ask for him to seal their paves! After 10 completed projects on his street, and his phone now ringing constantly – Dura Guard was born!
Since the company was started – Nick has grown Dura Guard Paver Sealing to the largest volume brick paver cleaning and sealing company in the entire state! Completing an annual average of 3M square ft. of brick paver, travertine & concrete cleaning and sealing, with 13 teams covering nearly the entire state of Florida, the competition quickly took notice. After a slurry of phone calls nearly daily from contractors all over the United States, Nick saw an opportunity to train other contractors for a fee, who now travel to him quarterly for ‘Paver Boot Camp’. In 2013, the birth of his training organization ‘The Brick Paver Sealing Institute’ was born. A 3 day, hands on boot camp program which trains between 30-50 contractors a year on all of the proper procedures of brick paver cleaning and sealing, travertine cleaning and sealing, concrete cleaning and sealing, failed sealant stripping and restoration, efflorescence removal, calcium restoration, color restoration and tinting, paver leveling and repair training and rust removal, among other training classes – growing other small businesses throughout the nation to be as successful as Dura Guard has become.
Nick now operates his home office out of our 6,000 sq ft warehouse in Hudson, Florida which is the main branch that services Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Brandon, Tampa & all surrounding areas. There are additional Dura Guard Paver Sealing branches in Citrus county, Orlando, Volusia & Marion county Florida which all service the majority of the state of Florida. With nearly all employees of Dura Guard and all new hires composed of military veterans, each employee trained and certified personally by Nick.
Nick is now married with 2 little girls, He enjoys spending time with his children, hobbies such as spear fishing, physical fitness, competition shooting and relaxing with his family on their boat or at the beach, leading his team and growing the business.
‘I believe everybody deserves to have the best brick paver sealing contractor work on their home – without breaking the bank. I am proud that my company is not only able to just support my family, but the families of all of our employees. Our office staff is composed of all family members, with our field techs primarily military veterans. We have a strong team that we all consider each other friends, that we can all depend on’ - Nick Smith – company owner
So if you are looking for a company that will bring the same attention to detail as expected of soldiers – to take care of and maintain your home – you have found the right company!
Give our office a call and let us add you to our growing list of the Dura Guard family. 727-218-4221