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Setting Up Your Budget for Your Roof Replacement Project

Having your roof replaced entails a significant expense. After all, you need to consider a lot of things, including hiring professional roofers and selecting your desired roofing material. Before you pursue this big-time home improvement project, take time to set up your budget to avoid spending more than you should.

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5 Factors That Cause Asphalt Shingle Wear and Tear

Asphalt shingles used to owe their popularity to their affordability alone — and perhaps the limited options at the time. Thanks to several innovations over the decades, their current iterations are significantly more durable compared to their older versions. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they can weather more quickly than other roofing materials. […]

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Aluminum Roofing: Winning Qualities You Shouldn’t Overlook

Aluminum is fast becoming the most popular choice of metal roof among discerning homeowners. Available in different profiles, it’s the opposite of style-restrictive. It’s durable like your typical metal roof, but its weather resistance beats many of its counterparts on many levels.

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Is a Standing Seam Metal Roof the Closest to Perfection?

Of all metal roof profiles, the standing seam stands out among others. It possesses the exceptional properties any metal roof is known for. It is impervious to fire, can withstand the effects of hail and reflects most of the solar heat that lands on it. When flawlessly installed, it can retain its structural integrity with […]

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The Functions of Fascia Boards and Soffits

Fascia boards and soffits provide a finishing look to your roof. Fascia boards represent the overhangs attached to the rafter tails, while soffits are the flat panels covering the bottom of the protruding frames. They usually match the color of the siding or the trim, helping to round out the home-exterior design.

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Why Fall Is the Best Time for Roof Inspection

When you’re planning your next roof inspection, you usually push it until the next time the weather is better. However, fall is upon us and  experts in roofing services consider this is to be the best season to check on your roof. Here are some reasons behind this:

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Home Improvement for Beginners: Top 3 Areas to Focus On – Part 3: Window and Door Replacement

Window and door replacement are two of the best upgrade projects you can invest in for your home. When tackling this project, though, it’s essential to know what, exactly, you’re getting out of the products you plan to use for your upgrade; you also need to appreciate the importance of professional installation.

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The Features of Different Metal Roofs

Many people assume that metal roofing is the same for every home. In fact, there are two different ways of installing them. One uses standing seam panels, which is the most recognizable. The other uses metal shingles, a more recent innovation. Here is a look at each of these metal roof types.

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Home Improvement for Beginners: Top 3 Areas to Focus On – Part 2: Siding Replacement

Replacing you home’s old siding is one of the easiest ways to enhance its curb appeal. Brand new siding can transform your home’s appearance and give it new life. Who wouldn’t want their home’s overall appearance to change from boring and outdated to modern and full of character?

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Different Flashings and Their Functions

When it’s being pummeled by rain, your roofing system is at risk of moisture intrusion and water damage. To help keep it safe, thin metal sheets are applied on all the intersections. These are flashings and they help protect your asphalt or metal roofing system at their weakest spots. 

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Home Improvement for Beginners: Top 3 Areas to Focus On – Part 1: Roof Replacement

When it comes to your home’s overall protection, nothing works harder at keeping you and your property safe from the elements than your roofing system. The roof is composed of a series of materials working together as a single unit, providing the layer of protection you need against intense rains, heat and snow. When you’ve […]

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Asphalt Shingles: How Are They Made?

A majority of homes in the U.S. have a roof made of asphalt shingles. It is the leading product used in residential homes. However, it’s not simply a layer of asphalt. The shingles undergo a special process before they can be used. As a roofing and siding contractor, Custom Installations Inc. explains how asphalt shingles […]

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The Most Popular Siding Options

Adding siding is the simplest way to add some much-needed color and decor to your home’s otherwise bare exterior wall. There’s a lot to choose from and each one has their own strengths and areas they excel in.

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Roof Care and Maintenance: It Pays to be Proactive

As a homeowner, the state of your roof is something that you should always keep in mind. Not only does it affect the general appearance of your property, the structure itself plays a key role in establishing the energy efficiency and overall comfort of your home.

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Metal Roof: Durable and Versatile Roofs

Metal roofing is fast becoming one of the top alternatives to the usual asphalt roof. This is all thanks to its higher durability, longer service life and relatively low maintenance needs. What most people don’t know is that metal is also versatile when it comes to looks.

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James Hardie® Siding’s Vivid and Eye-Catching Colors

Colors can help define the character of your home. In fact, they are a powerful design element that can either make or break the overall look of your living space. That’s one of the many reasons it’s important to choose the perfect siding color that can flawlessly match your home’s architectural design.

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Advantages of Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roof, once an exclusive commercial roofing material, is now taking over the residential building scene. This type of roof makes a good addition to your home because of its durability, energy efficiency and recyclability.

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What to Expect During a Roof Replacement Project

Most people think roof replacement projects only involve tearing off the old shingles and installing new roofing materials. This, however, is far from the truth; re-roofing activities are more complicated than what you expect.

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Home Upgrades to Prioritize This Fall

Fall is the busiest time of the year for many contractors since most homeowners find this season convenient to prioritize home improvement projects. Plus, the temperate weather during autumn makes it an ideal time to invest in exterior upgrades that will help prepare your home for the holidays and winter.

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3 Home Improvement Projects You Should Prioritize

At Custom Installations, we help homeowners achieve their home improvement and remodeling needs through our general contracting and roofing services. Picking the right project to prioritize on your next project is easier said than done, but it’s important that you do so to ensure you’re getting the most out of your home improvement.

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3 Tips to Remember When Choosing a Home Improvement Company

A home improvement project is something you should only do with an experienced company, but choosing the right one to work with is easier said than done. It’s probably the trickiest part of the project. Whether you’re working on the roof, siding, or the interior of your home, you need to work with the best […]

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4 Questions to Ask Your Local Contractor

The success of your upcoming home improvement project depends on how skilled your roofing and siding contractor is. As such, it’s important that you are careful with the company you hire. Home improvements don’t come cheap, so your contractor should be able to do it right the first time around.

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Qualities to Look For in a Home Improvement Contractor

Whether you’re installing new siding or replacing your old windows and doors, it’s important that you work with an experienced company. The success of your project, after all, depends on how sound your hiring choice is and how good their workmanship is.

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Our Industry-Leading Services

As your trusted local roofing and siding contractor in Highland Park, Custom Installations Inc offers a wide range of top-of-the-line services to improve your home’s comfort, energy efficiency and beauty.

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Our Top-of-the-Line Remodeling Services

As the premier roofing and siding contractor in the area, Custom Installations Inc offers high-quality remodeling services. Since 1969, our full-service, family owned business has been providing homeowners with a wide range of custom exterior services.

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Outfitting Better Homes With Custom Installations

As your local provider of general exterior and roofing services, the experienced team at Custom Installations Inc can help you create a better home for you and your family. We can improve your home in all aspects, from curb appeal to energy efficiency, functionality and comfort. In this post, learn how our wide range of services […]

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At Your Service

Welcome to the Customs Installations Inc blog! Since 1964, we’ve been providing homeowners with quality exterior remodeling services. As a family-owned and operated business, we specialize in everything from custom home installations to general roofing services. Here’s why we’re the name to trust for your exterior remodeling project. Certified Contractors Working with a certified contractor […]

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For All Residential Property Managers & HOAs: Let Custom Installations Provide You a 3, 5, & 7 Year Maintenance Budget

If you are a property manager or a homeowners association (HOA) manager, you know how time-consuming and expensive it can be to maintain numerous homes and properties. Fortunately, Custom Installations offers a variety of services, and our value-added service and maintenance packages can provide you with affordable rates and a maintenance plan to cover the […]

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Important Tips on Installing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular options for sprucing up your home’s exterior. It comes in a variety of styles and colors, which gives you the freedom to personalize your home and create the look you want. However, in order for your vinyl siding to continue to serve you well for decades to […]

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Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes when Installing Cedar Roofing

Cedar roofing is a natural alternative to traditional asphalt shingles. If you prefer the rustic look of real wood on your home, this is the perfect option. While beautiful, cedar roofing can be difficult to work with. Here are the three most common mistakes people make when installing cedar roofing and the best ways to […]

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Midwest Abodes with Coastal Appeal

Whether you have a quaint coastal cottage, a colossal waterfront home or just love the look of coastal style, with James Hardie® siding and trim, your home will not only look stunning, it will be protected from the Midwest  weather, too. The Midwest is known for its heavy winds, blizzards, hot humid summers, which can […]

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How Do You Know if it’s Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Should you spend several hundred dollars on a roof repair, or should you bite the bullet and go for a roof replacement? Answering this question can be tricky, but if you take all the following four factors into consideration, it should be a bit simpler to make this decision. #1 – The Age of Your […]

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What Is the Cedar Bureau? Why All Homeowners Should Know

Cedar is quickly becoming one of the most popular roofing materials in the United States, and with that popularity comes attention. The Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, more commonly known as the Cedar Bureau, seeks to provide homeowners with vital information about this sort of roofing. Who Is the Cedar Bureau? The cedar bureau is […]

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How Zinc Shingles Can Help Your Historic Restoration

Picture this: you have purchased a historic building, be it a home or place of business, and you are excited about restoring it to its original state. Which materials will you use to help replicate the historic feel, and which materials will work best for your climate? When it comes to the roof, zinc shingles […]

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How Your Home Can Fight Humidity with a Summer & Winter Setting on Your Furnace

Humidity is important for keeping comfortable inside your home. On average, relative humidity levels between 20% and 50% are considered comfortable and safe your home’s structure. There are several ways to help combat humidity inside your home, and one of these may be located somewhere along your furnace’s ducts – the switch for summer and […]

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How to Avoid Moisture in Your Attic

Unless you have converted your attic to a livable space served by your home’s HVAC system, there is a very good chance that you have not really thought much about the amount of moisture in your attic space. Too much moisture in your attic can be detrimental to your home’s very structure, so it is […]

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How Humidity Can Do a Number on Your House

How Humidity Can Do a Number on Your House Humidity is a measurement of the amount of moisture in the air both indoors and out. It plays an important role in your comfort when it comes to indoor air, but too much humidity can create significant problems. Understanding humidity and its potential effects on your […]

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Standing Strong in the Face of it All

    When it comes to strong siding and trim, James Hardie’s engineers wanted to create building products that could withstand the test of time, all while valuing smart design. The company accomplished their goal and created one of the most durable and stylish siding products in the industry. James Hardie® fiber cement siding and […]

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How Cold Climate Homes Develop Humidity and Leak during the Thawing Process

Temperature changes in the Midwest are extreme from season to season. For example, in July, the average high temperature in Chicago is 82 degrees, but in February, the average high is only 1 degree. This process of freezing and thawing can take a toll on homes, especially when it comes to leaks. Leak prevention is […]

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It’s Freezing Outside and My Roof Is Leaking? Or Is It?

A lot of time people contact the professionals with an assumption their roof is leaking when, in fact, it is not. Instead, the home is simply showing condensation. This is a very common misconception, but there is one surefire way you can tell if you are suffering from an actual leak. Actual Leak Vs. Condensation […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Never Put Off Siding & Shingle Repairs

For many homeowners, siding and shingles are simply means of improving curb appeal. For this reason, if shingles or siding become damaged during a storm, homeowners often believe they can put the repairs off, at least temporarily. Unfortunately, this can be disastrous. Here are five reasons why siding and shingle repairs should be handled immediately. […]

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Using all the Same Manufacturers Components on your Roof Has Added Benefits Cheaper Options Cannot Provide

Upon hearing that a roof replacement has become necessary, several homeowners will do their utmost to try and have the job done as cheaply as possible- even to the point of trying to shop around between roofing component suppliers to ensure that they save as much money as possible. However, what they don’t realize is […]

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Don’t Let Improper Attic Ventilation Void your Roof and Shingle Warranty

Although several homeowners may think that once they have spent a few thousand dollars on replacing a shingle roof, they will not need to give it a second thought for the next 10 – 20 years. However, this is not the case. To ensure that the warranty on their new shingle roofing remains in force, […]

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Resist Warping and Shrinking with James Hardie Home Siding

We may not think much about it, but homes shrink and expand. Oddly enough, they move, they settle, they change with the seasons. If your home is clad in wood or wood-based siding, such as LP® SmartSide®, it can expand when exposed to humid air, and contract in drier air conditions. Also, the expansion or […]

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Why Trying to Save Money and Cut Corners on your New Roof Will Cost you in the Long Run

As most homeowners know, replacing a house roof will always be a costly process. This often results in them trying to cut corners and get the work done as cheaply as possible. However, in 99.9% of cases, this will result in serious roof-related issues occurring down the road. Below are some reasons why you should […]

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Extending the Life of your Roof is Easier than you would expect with Proper Attic Ventilation

After having a new house roof installed, many property owners think that they can simply forget about it. However, what many of them don’t realize is that by ensuring that there is sufficient ventilation going through the attic, it will not only help extend the lifespan of a roof substantially; several other benefits can be […]

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How to Ensure You’re Working With a Trustworthy Exterior Remodeling Company in Chicago

Choosing the right contractor for your exterior project can be one of the most critical decisions you make.  Having the right (or the wrong) contractor can mean the difference between an end result you can enjoy for years to come and one that wasn’t quite up to your expectations. But how do you decide which […]

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How a Metal Roof Can Add Value to Your Home

Have you ever considered a metal roof for your Chicago home?  When most homeowners think of the words “metal roof”, they picture bright shiny aluminum sticking out like a sore thumb.  But there are so many more options when it comes to residential metal roofs! Metal roofs are now available in dozens of colors so […]

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Why You Should Make Sure Your Gutters are in Working Order Before the Dead of Winter

We often think of our gutters during the fall season diligently cleaning out the falling leaves and debris.  But winter is just as an important season to consider the state of your gutter system.  Before winter hits it’s critical to ensure that your home’s gutters are in proper working order. During winter, clogged or broken […]

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Do You Have a Snow Removal Plan for Your Chicago Home’s Roof?  Now is the Time to Put One Together

When we think of snow removal for the home we often picture our sidewalks and driveways.  But did you know that having a snow removal plan for your Chicago home’s roof is important too?  Winter can wreak havoc on any good rooftop.  Piles of snow and ice damming can damage your roofing system and the […]

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Steer Clear of Moisture and Rot with James Hardie Siding and Trim

Decay, warp, rot—not a list of words you ever want to hear when describing a home exterior. Unfortunately, water can damage your home exterior like nothing else. It may be gradual, but it is relentless, and can lead to mold damage, rotting boards, swelling, cracking, and peeling paint—another list of not-so-appealing words. Instead, your home […]

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Protect Your Roofing Investment with the SureStart Plus Warranty from CertainTeed

Installing a new roof on your home is a big investment.  That’s why it’s so vital that the brand you choose stands behind their product offering you protection and peace of mind.  CertainTeed offers one of the most comprehensive warranties in the roofing industry. CertainTeed’s SureStart warranties cover 100% of materials, 100% of labor and […]

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5 Important Questions to Ask your Chicago Area Roofing Contractor

When selecting a Chicago area roofing contractor, there are a lot of companies to choose from. In fact, there are over a hundred local professionals in the area! How do you know which one is right for your roofing project? How do you ensure you get the best care possible? And, most importantly, how do […]

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Winter’s Around the Corner! Now’s the Time to Inspect your Windows and Doors for Drafts

Do you find yourself wrapping in a blanket all winter long no matter how high you turn your thermostat?  The cause might be more than just your fickle body temperature.  The culprit make actually be a leaky window or door creating drafts. Windows and doors are notorious for causing cold, windy drafts in the home, especially […]

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CertainTeed Integrity Roofing System: A Comprehensive Approach to Quality Roofing

When it comes to the roofing products you choose, what is underneath the surface is just as important as what’s on top. CertainTeed is one of the most trusted brands in the roofing industry providing unmatched quality and superior durability. Along with their quality shingles, CertainTeed offers one of the most comprehensive and long-lasting roofing […]

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5 Ways a Property Management Team Can Prepare for the Winter Season

The holidays are coming, and that means cozy nights in front of the fireplace, spending time with family, and a couple of snow days. If you’re a property manager, the winter season can be an incredibly busy and stressful time of year, so you want to be prepared to take on the most difficult of […]

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Why Custom Installations is a Great Resource for Builders and Developers to Utilize

Custom Installations has been around for a long time, and we hope to be around for a lot longer. Since 1964, we’ve been servicing all kinds of different housing projects for exterior installations including window fixtures, house siding, roofing, doors, and gutters. For over half a century in the business, we’ve learned a thing or […]

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It’s Only a Matter of Time Before Leaves Land on your Roof – Inspect your Gutters Now! 

If the leaves haven’t fallen on your roof yet, they will be soon!  Fall is officially here and with it the beautiful colors of changing foliage.  But along with the picturesque views comes the risk of clogging gutters.  While we may enjoy the golden falling leaves, our gutters do not! Fall is one season in […]

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Is your Roof Ready for High Winds? Six Reasons Why It Should Be

Along with falling leaves and snowy mornings, autumn and winter also bring with them high winds. Out of all the cities in the US, Chicago is known for its big gusts and strong breezes. Is your Chicago roof ready for these high winds? Roofs not secure enough to handle the strong breezes can easily become […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding the HardieZone® System

  Each region in the U.S. has its own distinct climatic qualities. From the dry heat of Arizona to the below-freezing temps of Minnesota. Climate isn’t one-size–fits-all, so your home siding and trim shouldn’t be either. James Hardie took variations in climate into consideration when engineering its siding and trim. They developed the HardieZone® System, […]

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The North Shore of Chicago’s Breeze Only Gets Stronger This Time of Year – Inspect Your Siding Now

Chicago is known for its fierce winds and while these blasts of air may have us holding our umbrellas tighter, they can also cause undue to damage to our Chicago homes too! One area that gets hit especially hard is the siding. There are many ways strong gusts of wind can damage siding: Strong wind […]

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How Much Do Poorly Operating Windows Really Cost a Homeowner in the Chicago Area?

Every Chicago home has one thing in common – windows.  Whether it was built in 1910 or 2010, any home can experience problems with poorly operating windows. While decreased energy efficiency can directly lead to higher utility costs, there are many more intangible “costs” to faulty or broken-down windows. Here are some ways poorly operating […]

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What is a Cool Roof? How your Chicago Home Can Benefit        

Want a more energy-efficient roof but don’t want to install those unsightly black panels everywhere?  Fortunately, the new age of solar reflectivity is here and it’s looking better than ever!  The cutting-edge cool roof system offers both energy savings and great curb appeal. So what is a cool roof system and how does it work?  […]

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3 Exterior Areas of a Home all Highland Park Homeowners Should Inspect Quarterly

Did you know you can complete your own regular Highland Park home inspections? While these type of assessments will never replace the home inspections completed by experienced professionals, they are a great way to protect one of your greatest investments – your house. Don’t think you have the skills or know-how to complete your own […]

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The Power of ColorPlus® Technology

James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology provides advanced methods of adding vibrant color to your home siding and trim with lower maintenance compared to field-applied paint. When you select your siding, be it HardiePlank® lap siding, straight edge or staggered edge HardieShingle® siding, or HardiePanel® vertical siding, you can also choose the palette of hues that undergo […]

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5 Window Brands that Can Withstand the Harsh Winter Climate of Chicago

When considering a window replacement project for your Chicago home, it’s never an easy decision. How long will it take? What windows should I go with? How much will it cost? These are all questions that need consideration. With the harsh Chicago winters, you want to make sure you choose ones that can withstand any […]

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Cold Chicago Weather is Almost Here – 5 Reasons to Have Custom Installations Inspect Your Doors & Windows for Leaks

One of the most common problems we hear from our customers is leaky windows and doors. Whether you are noticing a drafty entryway or furnace that is always running, there are many warning signs that your home may be having leak issues. When’s the best time to get those doors and windows checked out? Before […]

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Three Different Ways Poor Siding Can Be a Silent Killer for your Home

When’s the last time you took a close inspection of your Chicago home’s siding? Sure we glance at it every time we’re outside but how often do we take a good hard look at its condition? The siding on our homes does more than just add appeal to the exterior’s appearance. It also offers many […]

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From Wood to Fiber Cement

  This Minneapolis home nods to the architecture and feel of a log cabin. It blends in with its natural surroundings and provides a place to soak it up on the wrap-around deck. The refreshing re-side of the home’s exterior feels similar to the original, but looks much more polished and protected. From worn away […]

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Summer’s Not Over… There’s Still Time to Make Sure your Windows are not Wasting Energy

While the stores may be setting up their displays for fall and even winter, there is still plenty of summer left!  And that means there is no time better than now to install energy efficient windows.  These warmer months present the perfect opportunity to invest in a complete window replacement for your home or business. […]

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5 Chicago Suburbs that Need an Exterior Remodeling Company with Experience

Exterior home remodeling is a service everyone homeowner needs at some point in their property ownership.  And the Chicago suburbs is no exception.  In fact, Chicago home remodeling projects are especially unique because of the many historic and unique architectural styles found throughout the sprawling suburbs.   That’s why finding the right home remodeling company with […]

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Why Glencoe Homeowners Require the Right Roofing Contractor

Every home needs a good roof built to protect the property.  Whether it’s time for a replacement or your home has weathered damaging storms, it is important to find the right partner among the many roofing contractors in Glencoe to choose from. The roofing contractor you pick can mean the difference between a quality repair […]

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Higher End Chicago Homes Need Higher End Roofing – DaVinci Roofscapes is the Answer

Chicago is home to many beautiful high end homes.  Mansions dotted along the lakefront and gorgeous historic homes tucked into small village streets make the area unique.  When it comes to taking care of your higher end home, you need to carefully consider the products and brands you choose for its exterior.  The roof is […]

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Midwest Grays: Clad your Home in Various Shades of Gray

Gray is the new go-to neutral. Gone are the days when the color sparked gloom and drab thoughts. Now, home design experts call on grays for a modern and alluring exterior hue. James Hardie’s HardiePlank® lap siding in Pearl Gray is the most popular pick of the Midwest. It’s a cooler, lighter gray, making it […]

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Wood Species: Western Red Cedar vs Alaskan Yellow Cypress

There is a lot of information to digest when considering a new wood roof. One of the more important items is the species of the wood. Different woods have different characteristics that will play a large role in maximizing the durability while dramatically changing the appearance of your home. Typically, most cedar roofs are Western […]

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Clad your Bungalow in James Hardie® Siding and Trim

Between the early 1900’s to the 1930’s, the bungalow was the dominant home style in the U.S. The simple, small one-and-a-half-story homes boast a sloping roof, a front porch and sparse décor. And each neighborhood was stocked with the style. In the Midwest, entire subdivisions were bungalows. In fact, the housing style still represents about […]

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How to Calm Residents Fears Over Construction HOA Costs

Want to get your residents a little stressed out and fearful? Start talking construction HOA costs. It is often a hard sell to get them all on-board to invest into their properties. You may even be tempted to avoid bringing up the conversation at all. This is one of the worst things you can do. […]

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New Emerging Property Management Technologies All HOA’s Should Be Using

Like any industry, property management is constantly changing and growing. And just like emerging technologies can help other businesses, it can also help homeowner’s associations too. There are many new technological tools which can aid the world of property management. Here are a few of the newest advances in property management technologies that all HOA’s […]

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How Seniors Might Change the Property Management Industry

According to Senator Rob Portman when writing for this Wall Street Journal article, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring each and every day. That’s a huge amount of people flooding into the “senior zone” on a daily basis. While many prefer to stay in their own homes, many others are opting for community-style living. Property […]

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Apartment Marketing is Changing! How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Do you remember how you found your first apartment? Was it from a classified ad in the newspaper? Or maybe your mom knew someone that knew someone renting out a room? How people use to find rental units is far different from how people find them today. In fact, in many ways how and where […]

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How Property Managers Can Get Involved with their Residents

Staying involved with your residents is one of the best things a property manager can do. Engaging with those which live in their complexes helps managers maintain a cleaner, more welcoming environment. It helps them gain insight into how the overall community is functioning, where it needs improvement and how the manager can better enhance its […]

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Top Five Things Facilities Managers Need to Keep an Eye on When It Comes to Community Infrastructure

Long gone are the days when only large manufacturing plants and office buildings needed facility management. Today you can find facilities managers in every type of community from large residential complexes to university campuses and more. And the scope of a manager’s responsibilities is continuously expanding. One of the core duties of a facilities manager […]

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The Most Expensive Mistakes an HOA can Make when It Comes to Community Repairs

Managing a large HOA is no small feat. Building inspections, repairs and basic upkeep can all take a lot of time. Beyond these daily tasks, it is also important for HOA managers to ensure there properties not only maintain, but also grow in their overall value. Problems arise when managers hastily complete repairs within the […]

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How to Get your Community Residents to Pick up their Dog Waste Without Fines

Dog waste is a problem no matter where you live. A communal living space though makes homeowner’s associations especially prone to doggy doo-doo issues. It has become so common that there are actually DNA testing facilities that assist apartments and HOA’s in determining who the repeat offenders are. Others will heavily fine their residents when […]

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Showcase Your Gables with James Hardie Siding and Trim

The gable is the triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a dual-pitched roof. Whether your home is modern, traditional, updated or antique, the pitched-roof style accommodates a variety of home types and has for hundreds of years. Some are simple and unadorned; others flaunt decorative elements like gingerbread and Victorian-inspired trim. There […]

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Why HOA’s Should Understand City Laws

One of the benefits of living in a home owner’s association is that there are certain “rules” which all property owners have agreed upon. These guidelines help maintain the look of the neighborhood, add order to the area and help maintain home property values. While knowing the rules that govern your unique association is important […]

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Why Property Managers Should Inspect Roofs & Windows Regularly

There are few projects more difficult for a property manager to undertake than exterior repairs and replacement. Two of the biggest factors which play a part in the exterior are the roofs and windows. Both play a vital role in protecting both the exterior and interior of the homes within the community. When they begin […]

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A Before and After Transformation with James Hardie® Siding and Trim

There something so gratifying about a before-and-after reveal. Chalk it up to immediate gratification. With that instant fulfillment mindset, it makes sense that there’s more home remodel shows now than ever before. We all love to see a home transform from lackluster to sparkling in a mere half hour. Because we’re right there with you—we’ll […]

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Why All Home Communities Should Inspect their Roofing Now to Prevent Higher Costs Later

Whether you live in a single family home or a sprawling apartment complex, every type of residence must have a roof. It is the essential component for protecting the interior of the structure from the brutal elements outside. That’s why it’s so important to maintain and inspect the roof frequently no matter where you live. […]

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5 Ways Custom Installations can Help Property Managers with Remodeling

Whether managing an apartment complex or a large senior community, property managers spend much of their workdays maintaining the grounds and buildings they’re responsible for. It can be time-consuming and stressful but also very necessary. When properties are neglected or not cared for properly, their value decreases. They also become less attractive to potential residents […]

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Design your Exterior with Timeless Style

Home design trends come and go, but classic style is one designers come back to again and again. When selecting your James Hardie® siding and trim—something that will likely stick around for years—you can feel confident knowing timeless design options abound. James Hardie’s range of siding and trim options puts you in the designer seat. […]

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Don’t Wait! Inspect Your Roof Now Before Winter Hits

There are few things more disastrous to a home than water damage. Water damage can lead to mold growth, wood rot and more. It poses a threat to not only the value of your property but also the well-being of you and your family. Winter can be one of the roughest months when it comes […]

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What’s the Difference Between Vinyl & Aluminum Siding?

The siding you choose for your property is important. As the outer “layer” of the home, it is one of best defenses you have against the harsh weather outside. It also adds to the design and attractiveness of your exterior. Siding enhances the structures cosmetic value and can help give it that distinct look. Choosing […]

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Let the Desert be your Palette Guide

  When it comes to home siding colors (and the dead of winter), Midwesterners seek the warmth.  Warmer hues pack a hint of heat into your home’s exterior, bringing to mind the golden sun and sand. Enter desert inspiration—dry air that smells of eucalyptus, thriving succulents and mountain views. Now you can grab a hold […]

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3 Unusual Architectural Styles You’ll Find in Lake Forest

Lake Forest is known for a diverse mix of architectural styles making it one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in all of Chicagoland. Take a ride through the town’s sprawling 17 square miles and you’ll feel like you have taken a step back into history. Estates designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other […]

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Why Lake Forest Property Owners Need to Know About Building Codes

Are you thinking about starting an exterior renovation on your Lake Forest home? If so, you need to first take time to learn about how local building codes can affect what your project looks like. As one of Lake Forest’s leading professional contractors, Custom Installations has seen many homeowners make the mistake of completing work […]

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What You Need to Know About Wood Rot and Your Home

Whether your home was built in the 1890s or the 1990s, it more than likely made of primarily wood. Because of this, wood rot is a common problem in homes of all types and ages. While most homeowners don’t take the signs of wood rot seriously, they should. Like rust on a car, wood rot […]

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Why Preserving Your Home’s Original Character is Important

Every home has it. Something unique that makes it truly one of a kind. Whether it was built in the 1870s or 1970s, each home is a unique masterpiece in its own right. When the architect built it, they had a specific vision in mind carefully orchestrating how each detail added to the property’s overall […]

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Clad Your Home with HardiePanel® Vertical Siding

Depending on the exterior design style you’re seeking, James Hardie® siding and trim have you covered. There’s the classic horizontal boards like HardiePlank® lap siding, interesting staggered or straight edge HardieShingle® siding, and the unique HardiePanel® vertical siding. We love homes that incorporate HardiePanel vertical siding because the siding choice adds a visual punch—it’s unique […]

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What Property Managers Should Know About Choosing a Roofing Installation Contractor

Do you manage more than one property or even a commercial building? If so, you probably already know how important it is to partner with the right team when completing large-scale repairs such as roofing installations. Finding the right contractor you can trust to complete the work is where all successful roofing projects begin. But […]

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Why Choose Custom Installations as Your Lake Forest Siding Installation Partner

The city of Lake Forest is one of the most beautiful, historic suburbs you will find throughout the Chicagoland and arguable the entire Midwest. Its sprawling 17 square miles is dotted with picturesque hometown streets and remarkable, unique estates. Lake Forest has a rich history of famous architects such as Charles Frost calling the town […]

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Why Financing Your Lake Forest Window Installation Can Be a Great Idea

Are you on the fence about whether or not to replace the windows of your Lake Forest home? Committing to a new window installation can be one of the toughest renovation decisions you make. This type of project can be costly and takes time to complete, but you can also enjoy many great benefits once […]

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The Benefits of Custom Sheet Metal Work in a Roofing Installation Partner

At Custom Installations, it is important for us to meet every need of both the customer and our professional partners. We strive to add value to every roofing installation job we complete. One differentiator that sets us apart from the rest is our in-house custom sheet metal fabrication. Partnering with a professional with the ability […]

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Five Things to Research Before Hiring a Lake Forest Siding Company

Before beginning any major home renovation, it is always smart to find the right contracting partner for the work. For those in Lake Forest, hiring the best siding company for the job is where any successful project begins. But how do you choose the right Lake Forest siding company for your unique needs? Start by […]

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Get Inspiration from Nature—Go Green with your Siding

A walk in the shady woods. Gazing up at an old-growth pine tree. Touching your fingertips to the soft moss covering a boulder. Sometimes slowing down with nature can fill you with a well of design inspiration. There’s something about the soothing, earthy color Heathered Moss that takes note straight from nature’s book. The mossy-like […]

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Why Green Homeowners Will Like the Recycling Program from DaVinci Roofs

Ever wonder what happens to the unused scraps after your roofing project is complete? Or where do the mounds of shingles that were replaced end up? Most would say they go to the landfill and, for the most part, they would be right. In fact, 11 million tons of recyclable asphalt shingles end up in […]

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Brighten up your Home’s Exterior

Interesting light fixtures can help set the mood in your outdoor space. Whether you opt for a vintage, dangling pendant in your entryway, or formal sconces framing your front door, think about the feeling you’re trying to create in your home’s outdoor space. You can inject personality into your exterior by honing in on your […]

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Why a Green DaVinci Roof Could Help You Save on Heating & Cooling

One of the priciest utility costs homeowners have is heating and cooling their home. It’s one of those expenses you simply can’t live without. While you might be able to trim back on cable services or the cleaning lady keeping a comfortable, well-tempered home is a not merely a luxury but a necessity. This especially […]

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What is LEED Building and Why is It so Important?

Most homeowners want a green home. They want the choices they make in their home’s construction to not only be great for their needs but also smart for the environment. But how do you know that the materials you choose are truly green, sustainable products? This is where LEED building becomes helpful. So what is […]

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Why Going Green with Your Roof is a Great Idea

When choosing roofing products for the home, today’s homeowners want something that not only looks great but is also green. Many though think that green roofing products only add to cost and complexity to the project. That is simply not true! Custom Installations is proud to be a certified installer of one of the greenest […]

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How to Choose Windows that Work for Your Home

At Custom Installations, we work with clients each and every day to match them with the right windows for their unique home. One of our specialties is finding the perfect fit for your exact needs. We believe each home should not only have windows that function well but also look beautiful.

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SHOW OFF YOUR EXTERIOR WITH SHINGLES

Your home’s architecture can surely standout with a splash of new color, but if you’re looking to one up yourself, try adding a few varieties of siding to your home’s exterior for a truly eye-catching abode. James Hardie® products are well known for their siding types, with HardiePlank® lap siding as its most popular choice, along with durable HardieShingle® siding as a bold accent […]

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How Major Remodeling Can Drastically Improve Your Homes Worth

Most of us would consider our home one of our greatest investments. Not only does it provide us a place to live, love and grow, it also continues to increase in value creating a nest egg we can draw from in the future. But like most investments, the home needs to be continuously evaluated in […]

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4 Home Improvements You Should Take Care of this Summer

Warm breezes and sunny skies…. Summer is considered by most to be the most wonderful season of the year. While sandy beaches and backyard BBQ’s may be on your mind so should the health of your home. Summer can be a great time to take care of your much-needed home improvement needs. Here are four […]

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Cashing In: How Roofing and Siding Can Reduce Your Utility Bills

No matter what you do the utility bill is one of those expenses that will always be there. There is simply no way to dodge paying the electric company each and every month. That’s why it’s important for budget-conscience homeowners to find new ways to reduce their monthly costs. Many think to turn off the […]

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Monterey Taupe Makeovers

There’s something gratifying about seeing a shabby “before” image side by side with a striking “after” shot. It just makes you say, “ahh.” A re-side project can make a huge statement and when it’s in a new color, it can feel like a completely new home. Besides the updated look, your home will benefit from […]

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How New Gutters Can Prevent Your Attic from Growing Mold

“Mold” is the four letter word every homeowner dreads hearing. While common in how often it occurs, mold in the home can be a challenging, not to mention unhealthy, problem to have. While most believe that mold only happens in basements and bathrooms, the attic can be a hotspot for its growth too. While there […]

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Why DaVinci Roofs are the Epitome of Luxury and Class in the Chicagoland Area

At Custom Installations, we are often asked what products we would recommend for our customer’s homes. Which brands are the best investment offering both quality and durability? Which ones will provide lasting appeal and beauty? As one of the most critical aspects of the home’s exterior, the roof is no exception. Homeowners want to make […]

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How to Make Your Cedar Roof Last Longer

Cedar or redwood shake roofs have been around for centuries. They were and continue to be one of the most popular roofing options out there. Homeowners prefer its classic, rustic appeal and the warmth it adds to the home. Decades ago, cedar roofs would last for generation after generation. Unfortunately many homes with this type […]

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How Old Windows Could Be Draining Your Pocketbook

Windows is one of the basic things every home has in common. Whether you live in a historic Victorian mansion or a small country cottage, we all have windows. Windows offer many benefits that most homeowners would not want to miss out on. They offer a view to the beauty outside. They often can be […]

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What is Spaced Sheathing And What Are The Benefits?

Why is Spaced Sheathing Important? Like all sloped roofs, cedar sheds water but is not waterproof and when cedar gets wet it naturally absorbs moisture.  In addition to retaining moisture, a cedar roofing system is subject to extreme heat from the sun and from the hot air in your enclosed attic space.  So after getting […]

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Grades of Cedar & The Cedar Bureau

Most of the wood used in cedar roofing is Western Red Cedar and comes from the cedar trees in British Columbia.  And just like the wood used in making floors, furniture, and any number of other products, the quality of the wood determines how long your roof will hold up to the elements and reach […]

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Why Moisture Behind Your Siding Means Trouble for Your Home

When most homeowners consider the siding on their home they often think of the beauty and attractiveness it adds to their exterior. But siding is more than just a pretty face. It also performs the important function of protecting the interior walls from the outside elements. When water and snow create moisture behind it, the […]

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Your Roof Done

One of the most costly mistakes we see our customers at Custom Installations make is waiting too long to have their roof replaced. Whether for budgetary reasons or time constraints some homeowners simply don’t get their roof fixed when it needs to be. While it may seem like a right decision for the short-term, waiting […]

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Same Classic Look, More Lasting Power

Whether your Midwest home is a historic farmhouse, a vintage cottage or a classic Tudor, there are plenty of design options to choose from for your next exterior siding project. With James Hardie® siding and trim, you can opt for the antique look of shingles or lap siding, the more modern look of vertical siding […]

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2 Siding Options that Won’t Look Right on a Chicago Home

We all want our homes exterior to look great and siding can be a big part of that. When choosing new siding for your home, there are many things to consider such as cost, color and material. While there are many factors that play into which material you choose, the region and climate in which […]

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3 Questions to Ask a Siding Company Before Hiring

One of the first steps in beginning any type of exterior project is finding the right contractor for the job. When interviewing potential companies to replace your siding it’s important to find out the details before signing the paperwork. This will ensure that you and the siding company are on the same page and ready […]

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How to Pick the Right Roof Color for your Chicago Home

Planning a roofing project? If so, you probably already know how difficult this task can be. There are many things to consider including cost, materials, installers, and more. One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is which color of shingle best suites both your home and your personal style. Since most roofs […]

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Why New Windows Might Save You A Lot of Money in the Long Run

Many homeowners put off investing in new windows for their home. It can be an expense and time consuming project to undertake. But, like the home’s roof, ignoring damaged or ineffective windows can actually be costing you more than you may think. There are many ways installing new windows can save you a lot of […]

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Smart Ways Exterior Remodeling Can Raise Your Home’s Value

We all know that exterior remodels can help raise the value of a home. We also know the types of remodels most likely to offer the best value including new siding, roof replacement, and window replacement. What many are unaware of though is how important it is to approach these type of projects the right […]

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Why Waiting Too Long To Fix a Roof Leak Leads to Bigger Problems

Neglecting your roof can be one of the worst things you can do.  To save time and money, homeowners often make the choice to wait for smaller, necessary repairs.  These short term decisions though lead to long term consequences.  Roofs which are poorly maintained age faster and are more likely to experience troublesome roof leaks.  […]

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5 Questions to Ask a Siding Contractor Before You Purchase

Few projects can have a bigger impact on your home than replacing the exterior siding. Not only does siding help enhance the home’s curb appeal, it also performs the important function of regulating the temperature inside. It helps keep the interior warmer during winter and cooler during summer by preventing the heated or cooled air […]

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What is the Best Investment When It Comes to Exterior Remodeling?

Are you still wondering what to do with your tax refund dollars? Or maybe you are ready to put your home on the market but not sure what you can do to help it sell faster. Remodeling your home’s exterior can offer many great benefits. It can update the look of the exterior and create […]

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Natural Trim Colors for your Home Exterior

If you stop to peruse neighborhood homes, you’ll likely notice many with white trim accentuating the doors, windows and corners. It’s not only popular, but it can add a freshness that many homeowners seek. We love the look of white trim but wanted to show you a not-so-stark option—our collection of brown trim shades. Brown […]

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Why Use Stainless Steel Nails When Installing Your Cedar Shake & Shingle Roof

It’s hard to believe but one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a cedar roofing company is the type of nails they use. This single factor can play a critical role in not only how long your roof lasts but also how well it handles the extreme weather outside. At Custom Installations, […]

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Siding and Trim in Similar Shades

More homeowners are choosing home trim shades similar to their home siding color. The monochromatic look—where shades, tints and tones used on the home’s exterior are all in the same hue—is an interesting concept, and a simple way to add style to a space. It also makes selecting siding and trim colors a breeze, since […]

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How Long Does a Cedar Roof Last?

How long a roof will last is a question contractors hear quite often. Homeowners want to know that the investment they are making into the home will serve their long-term needs. A roof lifespan can be a big factor in the type of roofing material that they decide to use. Many are attracted to the […]

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Pick One of These 3 Window Brands & You Simply Can’t Go Wrong

Are you considering a window replacement for your home? If so, you may be overwhelmed by the many brands and window options to choose from. Like most homeowners, you want to choose the best product that not only performs well but also fits into your budget. At Custom Installations, we make the choice the easy […]

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Top Roofing Options to Withstand the Rugged Chicago Weather

If you live anywhere in the Midwest, you know how harsh its climate can be. Not only do we experience frigid temperatures and heavy snow during winter but also blistering hot dry spells and sticky humidity through summer. We must endure weather extremes on both sides of the spectrum. Unfortunately so does our home. According […]

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How Well-Built Windows Keep Your Utility Costs Down

When undergoing a large home renovation there are many factors to consider. Budget concerns, longevity of chosen materials, and a home’s unique needs must all be taken into consideration. A window installation project is no exception. Many homeowners find themselves making tough decisions on both the type and brand of window to use. They recognize […]

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Siding Hues to Complement White-trimmed Windows

Design is in the details, and it’s the little things that matter most. What seems like a small detail, the color of your window trim, can actually alter the entire look of your home’s exterior. For instance, black window trim may come across more modern, or a window trim that matches your siding can look […]

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Siding Hues to Complement White-trimmed Windows

Design is in the details, and it’s the little things that matter most. What seems like a small detail, the color of your window trim, can actually alter the entire look of your home’s exterior.   For instance, black window trim may come across more modern, or a window trim that matches your siding can […]

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Why Right Now is a Great Time to get Your Roof Done

Many homeowners often delay getting necessary roof repairs done. They keep putting off the project until winter arrives and then they feel stuck. Rather than crossing your fingers that your roof makes it until the warmer months return, consider scheduling the work now. The winter months can be a great time to get your roof […]

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Chicago High-End Roofing Trends – What Builders are Doing Now

Today’s homeowners are looking for something more than just the standard shingle for their high-end roofing needs. They want their roofing choices to offer many benefits beyond simply protecting their home from water damage. They also want their new roof to be low maintenance, long-lasting and durable against even the harshest of Midwest winters. To […]

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Sneak Peek: Exterior Home Design Trends for 2016

The hope and promise of a new year has come once again. The arrival of January 1st often marks the turning of a page for many people. Resolutions are made and a list of all the tasks we wish to accomplish throughout the year is drafted. A popular goal that many homeowners have is the […]

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What to Expect with a Re-side Project using James Hardie

If your home’s siding is worn out and you feel like your curb appeal has gone to the wayside, it may be time to re-side your home’s exterior. A project like this can be an investment, so you’ll want to be sure you’re spending your funds on a durable product that will hold up over […]

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3 Rules of Exterior Home Design

Are you planning an exterior renovation? If so, here are three design rules to keep in mind when crafting your perfect home. Add a mixture of textures for a more custom look. A home that is all one material can be overbearing and boring. To make your home have a more designer feel, it is […]

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Which One Should You Replace First: Windows or Siding?

Completing a large exterior project can be both an expensive and time-consuming job for a homeowner to undertake. Two of the most popular renovations are siding and window replacements. Both can add their own unique value to the home and are often a smart investment to make into the property. At Custom Installations, we are […]

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The Importance of Professional Vinyl Siding Installation

While many people see a difference in the quality of work between hanging their vinyl siding themselves and hiring a professional, few realize how important an experienced, qualified contractor can be to the overall end result. People spend countless hours researching the best siding products and then hastily choose a random contracting firm in town. […]

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The Anatomy of a Quality Roof Deck

When completing a new roof installation, many homeowners and contractors focus their efforts solely on the type of shingles used. Although this an important factor to keep in mind, it is not the only one. It is also vital to consider the foundational structure which is below it too. The roof deck helps by providing […]

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Holiday Decorating Tips for your Home’s Exterior

It’s a time-honored tradition many homeowners look forward to all year long – decorating their home for the holidays. With this festive season right around the corner you, too, may be itching to string the lights, hang the boughs and enjoy the magic of the holidays. Before you begin unpacking the tinsel take time to […]

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Discover a New Home Exterior with a Simple Re-side

There’s nothing like a big r eveal—the suspense, the surprise, the pleased smiles. We’ve got three before-and-after home images that invite those same emotions. Check out the James Hardie re-sided home exteriors that give these Midwestern homes a refreshed facelift. A simple update on drab-colored siding can make a home feel cleaner, brighter and even […]

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5 Things to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

Completing a roof installation is often of one of the biggest investments homeowners can make into their property. Don’t trust the job to just anyone. Take time to find the right roofing contractor for your unique home and needs. Below are some things to look for in your next roofing partner. Experience – How long […]

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6 Facts about Ice Damming Every Homeowner Should Know

Ice damming is a common problem that plagues many homes in the Midwest during the winter months. The same conditions that create beautiful icicles off the eaves also lead to the buildup of snow and ice on the roof. Left unaddressed, these dams can wreak havoc on homes of any age and architectural style. For […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Snow Guards

Snow brackets. Snow shields. Snow brakes. These are all names for what is commonly known in the roof industry as snow guards. As roofing contractors begin to learn more about how structures respond to heavy amounts of snow, they are increasingly becoming aware of the important role these devices can play in helping homeowners prevent […]

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3 Tips for Maintaining Your Metal Roof

Metal is becoming one of the most popular options for homeowners looking for a long-lasting, durable solution for their roofing needs. This once progressive material choice is quickly becoming mainstream and has now taken over 10% of the re-roofing market. At Custom Installations, we are also seeing a rise in the number of clients choosing […]

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The Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

When homeowners begin the process of re-siding their home, they often start by selecting their preferred siding material choice. Careful consideration is given as they weigh between cost, durability and design appeal. Many would prefer the custom look of cedar shingles but don’t want to deal with its extra maintenance needs, or would love a […]

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Is this a Good Time of Year for an Exterior Remodel?

For those living the North Chicagoland area, the ever-changing seasons can make it difficult to plan an exterior remodel effectively. Larger projects on the home’s exterior can be very weather-dependent. Time it poorly and you may be keeping your winter coat on even while you sleep. While the spring and summer months lend themselves as […]

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Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Costly Repairs

Most homeowners dread the task of having to clean their gutters each and every year. They hate having to pull the ladder out and spend precious weekend hours cleaning out the gunk from their system. For this reason, many fail to complete this important task leaving their gutters “for another time.” While this may work […]

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The Importance of Roof Ventilation in Winter

Are you experiencing a leaky, bothersome roof?  Leaky roofs are a common problem especially during the winter months when hot and cool air mixes creating condensation issues.  While many are under the impression only older roofs can experience leak problems even newer ones can be troublesome.  These leaks often occur because the roof itself is […]

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Maintain Your Windows to Keep the Cold Out

The holidays are finally over and we are left with 3 more months of winter.  Everyone wants to stay warm so many homeowners find themselves turning up the heat, turning on the fireplace and wrapping themselves in blankets.  But what if there is a way to keep your living space warmer.  One of the major […]

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The Truth about Window Condensation

Are you waking up in the morning to foggy windows that ruin your view to the backyard? As the days get cooler, many homeowners begin to experience condensation on their windows and glass doors. While this excess moisture may seem harmless, it is important to get to the bottom of why it’s occurring inside your […]

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Could Your Home Benefit from Metal Roofing?

What is one of the fastest growing trends in home construction?  Its the installation of metal roofing onto a new or existing home.  In fact, this popular roofing material is a $75 billion a year industry.  With a larger percentage of homeowners considering this option more than ever before, metal roofing will continue to grow […]

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Make Your Home Shine in 2015

As we look towards another year, many are considering what they can do around their home to improve its value and appearance.  While some may be considering interior repairs such as a kitchen revamp, a little exterior attention can often get you the most bang for your buck.  In fact, there are many cost-effective things […]

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Protecting Your Homes Exterior during Extreme Weather

Did you know that Illinois averages 58 tornadoes each year?  According to the NOAA/National Weather Service, Illinois ranked in the top 10 states from 1995 2014 for average annual number of tornadoes*.  The months of April, May, and June continue to be the peak periods for the increased storm activity.  While there is little time […]

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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters

Many people forget to realize what an important feature gutters are to their home.  In fact gutters play an integral role in removing water from the roof and away from the home.  Some homes have complex gutter systems, while others are simple.  The replacement of the gutter system may be less frequent if you take […]

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Ice Dams: Fact vs. Fiction

As winter continues, the temperature can rise and fall causing extreme cold as well as some general winter thawing.  As this occurs, ice dams can form causing major damage to your home.  For most people, ice damming is intimidating not only because of the problems it can create but also because we know so little […]

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3 Tips to Preventing Ice Dams

Winters can be brutal in the Midwest.  Wind, snow, and ice can do considerable damage to the exterior of the home.  One major issue homeowners face is ice damming.  Ice damming occurs when heavy, wet snow accumulates on roof and gutters, melts during a rapid thaw, and then refreezes.  Left untreated, ice dams can damage […]

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7 Signs You Need New Windows

Window replacement is one of those home repairs that many homeowners dont think about until big problems begin to arise. While this type of renovation can be costly to undertake putting it off only leads to the potential for larger damages within the home including leaks, poor air quality, and even mold growth.  With the […]

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Hiring the Right Snow Removal

When considering potential companies for your snow removal service needs taking time to select one fit for your unique situation is important.  Harsh winters and accumulating snowfall can be dangerous and damaging to the exterior of your home, especially for the roofs and gutters.  Therefore you want to make sure whoever you hire is both […]

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Creative Openings: All about Bay Windows

Bay windows can add a beautiful, creative opening to your homes exterior.  Adding a niche or nook in a homes interior, this type of renovation not only adds square footage but also allows for greater natural sunlight into the space.   Bay Window Styles Bay windows come in two main styles for homeowners to choose […]

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Cedar Roofing: Whats the Benefit for You?

Many homeowners use standard asphalt shingles when installing their new roof or re-shingling an existing one.  But did you know that there are many other styles of roofing materials to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including cedar.  Many would be surprised to learn that cedar can provide […]

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Four Exterior Tasks to Maintain Your Home’s Value

Many homeowners are under the false impression that their home will keep if not increase in it’s value over time regardless of how it is maintained. This is simply not true. While most properties do gain moderate worth over time, a home in disrepair can actually lose equity. Homes must be up-kept and preserved to […]

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4 Ways to a More Eco-Friendly Exterior

When planning an exterior renovation there are many things to consider such as the overall look of the home as well as the cost.  Many of todays homeowners also consider the impact their home has on Mother Nature.   They value a home that is beautiful and stylish as well as eco-friendly.  If you would […]

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Copper Gutters: An Attractive Choice for Your Home

Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which gutter system to install.  But did you know that there are many different styles of gutter material to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including copper.  Many would be surprised to learn that […]

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The Advantages of Asphalt Shingles

Choosing the next shingle material for your next project can be difficult. There are many aspects to consider including cost, maintenance needs, and longevity of the product.  Many homeowners often think they have to go with the roofing material that they are replacing.  That simple is not true.  You can often choose from many other […]

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Buying a Home? 5 Red Flags for Watch For

Late spring and early summer is an ideal time for home buying and homeowners are often looking to sell as quickly as possible. Before getting their hopes up, potential buyers want to know that the home they’re interested in is a good bet.  While an inspection is always necessary, it would be expensive to get an inspection […]

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Winter Is Almost Here! Are you Ready?

It is that time of year again where the temperature drops, the winds howl, and the snow and ice begin to pile up. Did you know that before winter arrives there are many things you can do to prepare your home for winters wrath?  Being proficient before the cold season is here can help: lower […]

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How Our In-House Custom Fabrication Benefits You

At Custom by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> fabrication shop. by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> homes exterior from the by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> windows to decorative elements.  With our in-house shop, we can now fabricate nearly any by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> your by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> your product.  You get the benefit of having a contractor who can make exactly what you need […]

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3 Signs Your Exterior Door Needs Replacement

The exterior door of your home should serve as an embracing welcome to all those who visit.  It is also one of the first impressions your home gives to visitors.  Not only does the exterior door provide beauty and elegance, it also offers protection.   It is designed to block elements such as heat, wind, […]

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Whats Growing on the Side of Your House?

Have you ever taken a look at the outside of your home and wondered Whats growing on the side of my house?  Over the years, the exterior of your home can become a breeding ground for mold and algae.  You may be asking yourself: Is this normal? or How does this happen? Read on to […]

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Window Screens: The Basics & Beyond

We often forget how important the windows screen mesh is until its ripping and tearing out of the frame. Not only is the screen helpful at keeping bugs and insects out of the home, it also allows air to flow throughout the living space.  While the world of window screening is often broken down into […]

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Is Cedar Roofing Right For Your Home?

Although lesser known than the typical asphalt and shingle options, cedar roofing is an alternative solution many homeowners have come to love.   Not only is it one the most attractive options in roofing materials, it also offers many other benefits.  Read on to learn more about the benefits of cedar roofing as well as […]

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Here Comes the Sun: Protecting Your Home from Solar Damage

Fading siding, worn windowsills, and discolored furniture can all be signs of the harmful effects of sun damage.  While these symptoms dont occur overnight, their slow progression can make both the home itself and your possessions inside age more quickly than they otherwise would.  By applying some effective, yet simply solutions to counteract the suns […]

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How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Weather

Spring is here and, as the temperature rises, so does the risk of severe weather.  According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Unites States averages over 1,253 tornadoes every year causing mass destruction to homes and businesses.  Even entire cities can be demolished by a single storm.  Severe weather is no joke.  Taking time […]

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The Best Exterior Accents for Historic Victorian Homes

The Victorian-era home is one of the most loved architectural styles especially for those that appreciate their rich historic value.  Spanning from the mid to late 19th century, this era enjoyed the revival of decorative, ornate designs and beauty beyond measure.  These homes elaborate exterior features often lend the opportunity for adding accessories and details […]

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3 Ways to Put Your Tax Return to Good Use

How will you be spending your tax return check this year? While some may use this windfall of cash to buy a huge flat screen TV or as a by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> window replacement by SwiftSearch” href=”#”> front door update can breathe new life into a home for just a couple hundred to a couple […]

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Fiber Cement Siding: A Sound Investment

Choosing the right siding for your home is an important decision that is based on many factors including appearance, material, and cost.  When making your siding selection, it is vital that you understand the differences between the many options available. Although not as well-known as vinyl, fiber cement is a sound investment for siding a […]

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4 Myths About Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has seen many transformations throughout its rise in popularity as a common roofing material option. In fact, metal is now used in nearly 10% of all roofing installations. But despite its increase in demand, metal roofing is still misunderstood by many. Before making a decision on whether metal roofing is right for your […]

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Why Roof Flashing Matters

The roof of a residential home serves one major purpose — to be a barrier against the weather outside.  One of the most essential aspects of the roof is its flashing.  Roof flashing is the first line of defense preventing damaging water from entering the home during times of inclement weather.  It is vital that […]

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5ReasonsWhyRainBarrelsMakeSense

As we turn our clocks ahead, it means that spring is right around the corner, or as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers!  The months of March and April can be a wet time of year when rainwater is often in abundance.  One way to take advantage of this surplus is through the […]

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Is Steel Siding a Good Option for Your Home?

  Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which siding is right for their home.  When we think of siding, many typically think of aluminum or vinyl as the only options to choose from.  However, there are more siding material options now than ever before including steel siding. […]

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James Hardie Siding: A Tradition of Beauty & Durability

When choosing siding for the home, homeowners want to invest in a product that will not only look beautiful for years to come, but also easy to maintain.  For those looking for the best return on their investment, James Hardie siding is the clear choice.  Since 1888, the company has been Americas leading siding manufacturer […]

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The Pros & Cons of Slate Roofing Tiles

Slate roofing tiles continue to be a popular choice among those looking to add a more custom look to their property. Slate not only provides an attractive appearance but can also last considerably longer than any other tile material available.  If you are considering slate tiles taking time to learn more about the material will […]

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A Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Homes Exterior

There is no time better than late summer and early fall to take care of small exterior tasks before the cooler months arrive.  Inspecting the exterior and fixing small repairs now rather than waiting for an emergency to occur can save you thousands of dollars not to mention your sanity.  Give your homes exterior some […]

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3 Tips for Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Replacing ineffective and dated windows can be a large project to undertake.  It can also be a huge financial decision for many homeowners.  Along with the concerns of window replacement though, comes the opportunity to install units more able to control the temperature in the home while reducing utility costs.  In fact, todays market has […]

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Choosing the Right Shutters for Your Home

Shutters are one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the homes exterior.  In fact, many homeowners forget all about them until they begin sagging off the home or fading from the sun.  Rather than taking for granted these common fixtures, homeowners should utilize their shutters to add greater beauty and appeal to their home.  Follow […]

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5 Things to Do Before Your Home Window Replacement

Starting a large renovation project on your home can be intimidating.  Where to begin?  How to plan for it? How much will it cost?  These are all valid questions that can run through a homeowners mind when considering taking on this challenge.  At Custom Installations, we know how nerve-wrecking the process can be.  Below are […]

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Roofing Options for the Colonial Home

Colonial homes were first built in the United States in the late 1700s.  A typical colonial home has two stories, consists of a wooden or stone exterior, has one or more fireplaces, and a roof most often made from natural materials.   These roofs also have a unique architectural design with one or more areas […]

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Cedar Siding: Maintenance, Repairs, & Alternatives

Along with aluminum and vinyl, cedar is one of the most popular materials available for the exterior of the home. Its natural beauty and durability has made it a mainstay in the world of siding. Whether you have an existing structure with cedar siding or are building a new home, taking time to learn more […]

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3 Exterior Door Options for Your Home

Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun and would-be intruders, yet attractive enough to make a good first impression.  Meeting both of these requirements is no easy task.  Many older homes have doors made of wood or wood veneer material.  Both are prone to warping, cracking and delaminating after years […]

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Window Condensation: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

Noticing water and frost building up on your windows?  If so, be rest assured you are not the only one experiencing this problem.  Condensation on both the interior and exterior of the window is a common complaint of many homeowners.  While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the problem, there are ways to […]

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3 Eco-Friendly Renovation Projects

Todays homeowners are feeling more pressure in the pocketbook due to rising fuel and energy costs causing many to look for alternative ways to save money.   One popular approach for cutting household expense is by crafting a more eco-friendly home. As an added bonus, these renovations can also offer a unique opportunity to help the […]

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Purchasing a Home? Why You Should Never Forget the Roof Inspection

Are you ready to put an offer in on the house of your dreams?  Purchasing a new home can be stressful because you want to make the best decision possible.  And no one ever wants to buy into a money pit.  Many think that a good home inspection guarantees the protection of their investment.  While […]

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Are Galvanized Steel Gutters Right for Your Home?

Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which gutter system to install.  But did you know that there are many different styles of gutter material to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including galvanized steel.  Galvanized steel is becoming increasingly popular […]

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Exterior Renovations that Reap Rewards: 5 Projects that Add Value to the Home

Looking for way to update your home and add value at the same time?  While many see a kitchen remodel as the best option, exterior renovations are often a better choice for reaping big rewards on your investment.   Listed below are 5 curb-appeal projects that pack the most punch when it comes time to sell. […]

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3 Exterior Hazards to Check Before Buying a Home

Spring is inching its way closer and along with it the home buying season.  When looking for a new home, there are many things to check for before making that important decision including the exterior of the property.  Skipping this critical step could mean hundreds if not thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs later on. […]

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