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Allergy-Proof Your Illinois Home

Ah, spring! It’s the season for outdoor adventures, home renovations and unfortunately, seasonal allergies. If you have severe or mild allergies, spring can be a sneezing, itching, eye-watering nightmare. Instead of covering your face with nasal spray and eyedrops or hiding inside this year, try removing environmental allergy triggers in your home.

1. Vacuum those carpets

Carpet flooring is the natural nemesis of allergies. It traps dust, pollen, pet dander and just about any other histamines you can think of. The cheapest and easiest defense is cleaning your carpets. If you find your allergies are getting worse, consider upgrading your vaccuum.

The permanent solution:

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If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you could spend half your life vacuuming your floors and never be finished. Instead, replace your carpet with tile. A flooring upgrade will add instant appeal to your home and boost your resale value. If you want hardwood floors with half the work, call our sister company Custom Bath Solutions. They offer porcelain tile hardwood flooring which has all the charm of hardwood floors but are much more durable and low-maintenance.

2. Ditch your Drapers

Your drapes act as a magnet for all the dust, pollen and pet dander coming in through your windows. Clean your drapes more often, or opt for a drape-less window solution.

The Permanent solution:

Many of our customers have trouble deciding how to cover their patio doors. Drapes for patio doors are huge and expensive, and traditional blinds are hard to dust. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: replace drapes with blind-in patio doors. We offer blind-in patio doors from Paragon Windows & Doors that have blinds sealed between two glass panels. Since the blinds aren’t exposed to dust, you get dust-free shade.

3. Dry out your bathroom

The bathroom is especially vulnerable to mold and mildew because of all the humidity that enters the room from daily activities. If you find mold or mildew in your bathroom, you might consider upgrading your bathroom ventilation fan or cleaning more often.

The permanent solution:

Use mold and mildew-resistant materials in your bathroom! Our sister company, Custom Bath Solutions offers acrylic showers and tubs that are coated in SilverSheild technology. This anti-microbial protection ensures that your bathroom will be mold, mildew and maintenance-free.

4. Dry out your basement

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Moisture in the basement is a huge problem for the structural integrity of your home and the people living in it. A wet basement will cause mold and mildew problems. If you ignore the underlying leakage problem, mold can spread to hard-to reach areas of your home until an easy solution is out of reach.

The permanent solution:

Purchase a basement-waterproofing system. In Peoria, Illinois where so much of the area sits in a flood plain, a water-tight basement is a great investment. Our system is called B-Dry Basement Waterproofing. B-Dry has an amazing reputation from previous customers and addresses the five most common ways that water enters your home.

5. Get Air-Tight Windows

Cheap and old windows often have air leakage problems that let in allergens and mold-causing moisture. There’s a number of DIY repairs you can do to fix your existing windows, but none of them guarantee a better seal.

The permanent solution:

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The only way to ensure proper sealing on your windows is to have them professionally repaired or upgraded. Our replacement vinyl window collection from Preservation Windows has superior weather-sealing technology. These windows are certified by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and tested for air-infiltration and water resistance. Plus, Preservation windows have a spacer system that prevents condensation on the inside of your frame.

6. Reduce Your Home’s Humidity Levels

If you have a mold allergy, you should be tracking your home’s humidity levels. Pick up a hygrometer at a local hardware store and measure the humidity levels in each room. If you read a humidity level above 60%, consider purchasing a dehumidifier.

The permanent solution:

We offer a TON of moisture-resistant products. My favorite is our Preservation Integra Siding. This replacement vinyl siding features a ClimaSheild Thermal Support System. This siding features molecular waterproofing, an interlocking weather seal, and a diamond-groove drainage plane to ensure that all moisture is directed away from your home.

7. Reduce Clutter

Clutter doesn’t directly cause allergy problems. However, clutter can collects dust easily and makes cleaning your home more difficult than it needs to be. To minimize time spent cleaning, store unessential items in storage bins, closets and attics.

The permanent solution:

Get an amazing storage system. Not only will it make cleaning easier, it will simplify your life in ways you never imagined. Our sister company, Woodfront Kitchens can custom-build beautiful storage systems that will make cleaning easy. Check out their profile on Houzz for ideas!

8. Clean Your Gutters

Even though your gutters are on the outside of your home, poorly maintained gutters can lead to moisture problems inside the home. In addition, gutter debris is filled with allergens that can affect your health. The easiest way to take care of this problem is to clean your gutters.

The permanent solution:

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It’s likely you’ll always have allergies in the spring, and always have gutters to clean. Why not kill two birds with one stone and buy a Gutter Helmet? Gutter Helmet will give your home superior drainage so you reduce the risk of moisture entering your. Plus, you’ll never have to stick your hands in gross, allergenic gutter goop again.

 

5 Signs Your Illinois Home Needs Basement Waterproofing

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1. Musty Smell

You know the smell. That smell has probably made your nose crinkle up at a relative or a friend’s older home. A musty-smelling home can be embarrassing if you’re hosting guests or inviting friends over, but it’s also a sign of a larger leakage problem. The odor is probably coming from mold or mildew in your home, and mold and mildew love dampness. Check around your home for damp spots where mold and mildew would thrive. If you find dampness in your basement, consider your need for a basement waterproofing system.

2. Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew aren’t just symptoms of a basement leakage problem. They’re harmful for everyone living in your home. Mold has been known to cause an array of health problems from a stuffy nose to a severe lung infection. A 1999 Mayo Clinic study found that 93 percent of chronic sinusitis diagnoses are caused by mold. If you find mold or mildew on your ceiling, don’t just dab some bleach at it. Keep an eye on your family to make sure the mold isn’t affecting their health. After you’ve determined the mold isn’t toxic, investigate further to find the source of the wetness that mold thrives in. If you find it coming from your basement walls or floor, it’s time to waterproof the basement.

3. Water Damage

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This is the most obvious sign that your basement needs waterproofing. Water damage can come in the form of water stains, sitting water, damp basement walls, bowing walls and ceilings or cracks in your wall. There are DIY options to repair a home that’s taken on water damage. But if you really want a permanent solution to a leaky basement, you’re going to want to purchase a full basement waterproofing system.

4. Soggy Backyard

A good sign that your basement could use some waterproofing is a soggy backyard. If there’s a lot of groundwater near your home, there’s a good chance it’s invading your basement, drip by drip. A marshy landscape may be out of your control, but you can certainly prevent your basement from leaking with a basement waterproofing system. In the meantime, try draining your backyard with a French draining system.

5. Low Elevation

Just because you live far from the ocean doesn’t mean you’re safe from water damage and flood risk. In Illinois, flooding accounts for over 90% of declared disasters. Use an elevation map to compare your home’s elevation to the river stage levels. If you live close to a river or your home sits in a flood plain, consider purchasing a basement waterproofing system. During flood season, monitor the weather for flood warnings or advisories and STAY SAFE. Basement waterproofing won’t be able to save your home from severe flooding, but it may prevent water damage caused by minor flooding and increased groundwater.


Basement Waterproofing

There are tons of DIY techniques to waterproof your home, but we wouldn’t necessarily call them “solutions.” These techniques are always temporary at best. For a long-term basement waterproofing solution, we recommend B-Dry. B-Dry has been waterproofing basements since 1958, and they have an amazing reputation from previous customers. This system addresses the five most common ways that water enters your basement: seepage where the floor meets the wall, through cracks in the floor, dampness or wetness on basement wall, and standing water. The B-Dry System drains water into a high-capacity B-Dry pipe using weep holes. B-Dry’s waterproofing membrane Rigid Sealer keeps water from seeping in through your basement walls.

One thing we love about B-Dry is that after it’s installed, any tile, wood floors, or other floor covering can be installed on top of your floor slab. Peoria Siding and Window is a certified B-Dry installer. Unlike other basement waterproofing companies, we don’t subcontract. That way you know you will be getting the best service and professional workmanship available. To request a free in-home estimate, fill out this form or call (309) 717-0105.

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Picking the Best Gutter Guard for your Illinois Home

Illinois Gutter Guard

If you’re in the market for a gutter guard system, you probably already know how many choices you have. There are hundreds of gutter guard companies, and they all offer different drainage systems, colors, materials, warranties and installation processes. The right choice will be a gutter guard that drains well and expels debris. In Peoria, Illinois it rains an average of 117 days out of the year! With so much precipitation, it’s especially important to have a functional and durable gutter system. There’s a lot of choices out there, but we think Gutter Helmet is the best. By the end of this article, you’ll know why. Here’s some questions you should ask before you choose a gutter guard system.

1. How long will my gutter guard last?

Not all gutter guards are created equal. The type of materials used, the type of gutter system, and the installation process can all factor into the durability of your gutter guard. For example, soft foam gutter guards have their benefits, but they’re often flimsy and damage easily. The hard truth is that cheaper gutter guards will not last as long as quality brands. If you go with a trusted professional, you’ll save money on replacement costs, maintenance costs and you’ll get a great warranty to protect your investment.

Consider Gutter Helmet…

The key to Gutter Helmet’s durability is in it’s PermaLife High Performance Coating. PermaLife’s 5-layer process ensures that your gutter guard system won’t crack, chip, peel, chalk or fade for the life of the product. Plus, once you register your new Gutter Helmet system, you’ll get a transferable lifetime warranty!

2. Will the gutter guard look good on my home’s exterior?

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Functionality is good, but you never want a home improvement project to make your home look worse than it did before you started. Theoretically, the standard chrome and white options should work for every home because they’re neutrals. However, these color options can make your exterior look cheap. To pick the best gutter guard color, you should consider your roofing and siding colors. Gutter guards often look best when coordinated with your roofing color. Whatever your choice, a quality gutter guard system should improve your curb appeal.

Consider Gutter Helmet…

Gutter Helmet comes in 9 different color options, including brown, charcoal, pale gray, bronze, green, sand, timber, black and even copper. That’s the benefit of using a brand-name gutter system! If you need help choosing a color, you can speak to one of our gutter experts here at Peoria Siding and Window.

3. Will debris collect on top of my gutter guard?

Some experts claim that no matter what gutter system you purchase, you’re still going to get debris collecting on top of your home. We disagree. Debris means more gutter cleaning, which is NOT what you signed up for.

  • Mesh-style gutter guard systems have to be cleaned occasionally because the debris sits on top of the screen and must be removed manually.
  • With a bottle-brush gutter guard, you will definitely have to clean your gutters occasionally. This system is designed so that the brush will capture debris and the rainwater will run freely underneath it. However, there is no process for automatic debris disposal.
  • Solid gutter systems that aren’t pitched forward can also allow debris to collect on top of your gutters. Some debris needs the added push of an angled gutter guard system to fall off your rooftop.
  • Surface tension gutter guards without a nose-forward design often get debris trapped in the gap between your gutter and your gutter guard. Eventually, you’ll have to climb up and clean it.

Consider Gutter Helmet…

Gutter Helmet uses a surface tension system to keep debris out of your gutters. Rainwater’s adhesive property allows water to drain easily into your gutters as heavy debris slides onto the ground. Gutter Guard’s solid covering has a nose-forward design which extends past your gutters, leaving a 3/8″ slit that allows rainwater to flow freely.

4. How will the installation process affect my home?

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Gutter guard installation is one of the more complicated home improvement projects. Some gutter guard systems may damage your exterior when installed by uplifting roof shingles or weighing down your existing gutter system. If you go with an amateur installer, they may damage your exterior by moving to quickly. Some have even tried to nail gutter guards into the roof!

Consider Gutter Helmet…

Gutter Helmet uses reinforced heavy-gauge aluminum alloy brackets to fix your gutter guard system to your gutters. Our installation system is designed to leave minimal damage to your exterior and actually strengthens and supports your existing gutters. Peoria Siding and Window is a professional Gutter Helmet installation company. We’ve been in business for over 41 years and know all the do’s and don’ts of gutter guard installation.

5. Do I need a completely new gutter system?

Some home improvement companies ONLY do gutter systems. Some ONLY do gutter guards. If you’re adding a gutter guard system, now may be the perfect time to replace your gutter system as well. Make sure that the company you’re using is willing to work with you on your vision for this project.

Consider Gutter Helmet…

Gutter Helmet can be installed over existing or new gutter systems. If you’ve decided your gutter system needs an upgrade, Peoria Siding and Window can install both a new gutter system and a gutter guard. We’ve been installing gutters for many years and are a professional Gutter Helmet-certified installation company.


Obviously, we’re a little partial to Gutter Helmet. Who can blame us? Remember how I told you that Illinois rains an average of 117 out of the year? Well Gutter Helmet can handle twice the heaviest rainfall ever recorded! That’s enough gutter protection no matter where you live! Plus, we have a 15% off sale going on right now. You can claim your discount by filling out this form or calling (309) 717-0105. If you’re not located near us, our sister companies at JBD Siding and Window in Galesburg Illinois and Cramer Siding and Window in Champaign Illinois can take care of all of your needs.

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Your Replacement Window Performance Rating Explained

Performance Ratings

When you’re buying a big-budget item, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of information. You want to make sure that you’re getting the value for your money, and that your product is going to last you a long time. When buying replacement windows, the best way to do this is to check for a performance rating or Energy Star certification. Replacing old windows with Energy Star-certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12% nationwide. Energy Star ensures quality by holding window manufacturers to strict performance standards on 5 different categories set by the National Fenestration Rating Council. Standards vary on your climate zone. Here in Illinois we are in the Northern Climate Zone, so those standards have an emphasis on durability and insulation. Luckily, most window manufacturers don’t try to hide their performance ratings and windows come with a label. They look like this:

Replacement Window Label

The label looks confusing, but I’ll explain it to you step-by-step.

Performance Rating: U-Factor

The U-Factor measures your the window’s rate of heat loss. Specifically, it measures the rate of heat flow through your glazing system. U-Factors generally range from 0.25 to 1.25 and are measured in Btu/h·ft²·°. Don’t worry, the units don’t matter much to anyone but the manufacturers. All you need to know is that low U-Factor is preferable because it means less heat loss, which is a good thing! A low U-Factor means better insulation and energy efficiency. Illinois winters can be brutally cold and even a small amount of heat loss can make your home feel drafty. To be eligible for the Residential Energy Tax Credit (worth 10% of the product cost up to $200), your window must have a U-Factor equal to or lower than 0.30 for those living in Illinois.

Take Preservation Window’s EnergyMaxx 10 Elite glass package as an example. Most standard replacement window units  have a U-Factor of 0.48. Our EnergyMaxx 10 Elite glass package has a U-Factor value of 0.17, meaning it performs 65% better than its competitors.

Performance Rating: Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measures the fraction of solar radiation that is transferred through your windows. While the U-Factor measures heat leaving your home, the SHGC measures the amount of heat entering your home. This measurement is especially pertinent in cool seasons. SHGC is measured on a scale from 0 to 1 but most windows have a SHGC values ranging from 0.25 to 0.80. A lower SHGC is preferable because it means less heat is entering your home. During a balmy Illinois summer, this could mean using less AC to cool your home.

We’ll use our EnergyMaxx 10 Elite glass package as an example again. Most traditional clear, insulated glass units have an SHGC of 0.50. Our EnergyMaxx 10 Elite glass has a SHGC of 0.17, meaning it outperforms the other glass package by 66%. Less heat enters a home through our windows with a low SHGC, and our replacement window customers will spend less money cooling their home.

Performance Rating 3: Visible Transmittance (VT)

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This rating seems straightforward, but it’s not. VT measures the amount of UV energy that your window allows through. VT can also measure how much visible light passes through your windows. This is where it gets tricky. You WANT an abundant amount of light to pass through your windows to give your home that natural, open character. However, UV energy is responsible for the fading of carpets, hardwood flooring, fabrics and furniture. In addition, to much light can cause glare. VT is measured on a scale of 0 to 1, but values generally range from 0.20 to 0.80.

Our EnergyMaxx 10 Elite glass package has a VT of 0.36 compared to a traditional clear glass package VT of 0.55. This means that the house with traditional windows will be brighter, and will also allow more UV radiation to enter the home. The house with the EnergyMaxx glass package will still have an abundance of visible light inside, but will not suffer the same fading damage as the other home.


Peoria Siding & Window has a number of different glass packages to choose from, all with different performance ratings. Make sure that when you’re choosing a replacement window, you prioritize factors like energy loss, heat gain and visible light. If you’re still confused about window performance ratings, don’t worry. One of our salespeople will be happy to talk you through any questions or concerns. Just call (309) 717-0105 to speak with a representative. If you’re looking to purchase new replacement windows, you can claim up to 30% off your home improvement project by filling out this form. We sell windows with an unbeatable performance at a value you can trust.

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Custom Home Improvement and Coffee

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*This story was written by our new Show Room Saleswoman, Magen Meers

How do you like your coffee?

I recently visited a small and trendy boutique coffee shop for the first time. The atmosphere was beautiful. Gray walls with green accents in the form of live plants peppered the shop. Several tables containing small groups of men and women happily sipping their drink of choice chatted or huddled around laptop screens.

I approached the counter and stood staring at the menu mounted on the wall. A barista stood behind the cash register staring at me. I scanned the menu for something familiar. I was suddenly in a panic- I didn’t recognize anything on this menu! This was a coffee shop right? Where were the lattes and mochas that I’m used to? I glanced at the barista, still staring.”Ummmm,” I began sheepishly, “I’m not really sure what I want.” No response. Just the smallest look of annoyance and a small nod. Clearly he was not going to help me out with any recommendations, so I continued in a game of “Name That Espresso Drink” with him.

“I want something warm and sweet…but not too sweet like a mocha.”

He continued to look annoyed but this time he spoke. “Well you can get lattes with flavors or mochas. We have something called a Meow that is kind of like a latte with honey and cinnamon.'”

Convinced, I ordered the Meow (that’s what I heard although after some research, I think it was a Miel.) I paid for my purchase and stood waiting for my drink, anxious to get the heck out of there and avoid the judgement of the all-knowing barista.

Despite my less than perfect customer experience, the drink was delicious. Honey and cinnamon are my two favorite flavors and the combination was lovely. I began sprinkling cinnamon in my home brew and sweetening with honey but it wasn’t quite the same. I found myself craving a repeat but was hesitant to return to the shop. Remembering a gift card I’d been carrying around for a large-chain coffee shop, I thought I’d see if they could recreate the delicious drink there. I pulled into the driveway behind a long line of cars.

“Great,” I thought, “They’re going to love a custom coffee order. Especially when I don’t even know what drink I want!”

At the speaker a cheery voice greeted me.

“Do you have any drinks with cinnamon and honey in them?,” I said tentatively.

Without pause, the speaker responded “Sure, we can try it!”

Maybe they have a drink on the menu that’s similar, I thought. The line moved quickly and I found myself at the window in no time to collect my coffee. A young, smiling face waited for me. She took my cash and offered up two things: a drink in one hand, and a handwritten note in the other.

“I wrote down how we made your coffee so if you like it, you can order it again.”

“Oh, is there a drink like this and I just didn’t realize it?” I asked.

“No,” she replied, “we just came up with this so we wanted you to know how we made it.”

Impressed, I thanked her and shoved a dollar in the tip cup before driving away.

I’ve relayed this story to no less than ten people. Why? One, because it’s a really delicious drink and everyone should try it. More importantly, because it reflects an excellent customer service experience. Today’s marketplace offers a lot of choices. Choices are great but sometime staring up at a coffee menu, searching for the perfect lamp online or making choices to begin a full-scale remodel can be terribly overwhelming. We have customers that come to us and know almost exactly what they want to do. They have a vision and we make it happen. Other times, we know we want something but we’re not sure what.

That’s where our customer service sets us apart from the rest. We can help you choose exactly the right product. Whether it’s a new entry door, new kitchen counter or a complete bath remodel, we can help. Home improvements should be fun and exciting- not overwhelming. Our salespeople, designers and show room staff (me!) can guide you through each step of the process so there’s no guessing. If you have a “custom order” like my fancy espresso, we can help! Not only do we “do” custom orders- every design we do is custom. You can start by visiting me in our beautiful showroom in Washington and filling out a free, no-obligation project estimate form. Don’t know how you want your coffee? Let us help! We’ll even write down the recipe.

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4 Home Improvement Tax Breaks You May Qualify For

Tax Breaks

Tax Break 1: Major Energy-Efficient Upgrades

This tax break can save you up to $500 on energy efficient upgrades under the Residential Energy Credits program. However, there’s a lifetime total of $500 on this tax deduction, so be sure to check that you haven’t already met this limit. This tax break is especially relevant if you’ve purchased new energy efficient replacement doors, replacement windows, or a new roof.

  • 10% of the cost of replacement doors
  • 10% of the cost of replacement windows and skylights ($200 cap)
  • 10% of the cost of an energy-efficient roof (excluding labor)
  • 10% of the cost of home insulation upgrades (excluding labor)
  • $300 for a biomass stove
  • $300 for air-source heat pumps
  • $300 for central AC systems
  • $150 for efficient hot water boilers
  • $300 for water heaters
  • $200 for furnaces and fans

Tax Break 2: Green Energy Upgrades

This tax break goes in the personal tax credit category. If you added a renewable energy system to your residence, you’re eligible for a 30% tax rebate for your expenditures. This applies to both main residencies and vacation homes. Some expenditures covered include the cost of on-site preparation, assembly and installation, and piping and wiring to connect a system to the home.

Here’s the best part: there’s no cap on this deduction! If you’re kicking yourself for not going green earlier, don’t worry. This tax credit is available through 2019. Here are some green energy upgrades that qualify for this tax break:

  • Solar panels
  • Solar water heaters
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Wind turbines

Tax Break 3: Medical Modifications

This tax break is especially relevant to readers that have completed a bathroom renovation with Custom Bath Solutions in the past year. Medical modifications include improvements made to accommodate your home for care of a disabled individual. This person may be you, your spouse or your dependent.

Here’s the catch: the eligible cost of improvement is reduced by the project’s addition in value to your property. So if you spent $40K on medical modifications that increased the value of your home by $10K, only $30K are deductible. If the home improvement project did not increase your property value, the entire cost can be included as a medical expense. In addition, the cost of medical modifications must be more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (or 7.5% for persons 65 and older).

Here are some medical modification projects that qualify for deductions:

  • Lowering or modifying kitchen cabinets and equipment.
  • Installing railings, support bars, or other modifications (like a tub to shower conversion) in your bathroom
  • Replacement doors and modifying door hardware
  • Modifying electrical outlets and fixtures
  • Widening interior and exterior doorways
  • Entrance and exit ramps
  • Installing lifts or modifying stairways
  • Modifying fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other warning systems
  • Grading the ground to provide access to the home

Tax Break 4: Reduce Your Capital Gains Profits

In the eyes of Uncle Sam, that is. We would never advise you to sell your home for less than it’s maximum potential. If you make a profit on your home over $250K per individual (or $500K as a married couple), you’ll have to pay capital gains taxes on those profits. However, you can deduct the money you spent on value-adding home improvement projects from your total sales profit.

Let’s say you purchased a new home 7 years ago for $250K and then spent $60K on renovations. This year, you sold your home for $560K and put away your sales profit of $310K. If you don’t include the cost of renovations in your total profit, you can lower your taxable capital gains profit to $250K and keep that $60K you spent on renovations, tax-free.

For your home improvement project to qualify for this tax break, the project had to be an upgrade that increased the value of your home. Repairs projects are considered only “maintaining” the current value of your home and are not eligible to deduct from your total capital gains profit. Here are some projects that are eligible:


For the nitty-gritty details, talk to a tax advisor about which tax strategy is right for you. If you’ve purchased tax credit eligible products from us in the past year, we will be happy to send you a letter confirming your installation. Just call (309) 717-0105 and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

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Home Show 2017 | Behind the Scenes

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Some of the busiest weeks at Peoria Siding and Window are the weeks before and after a home show. Peoria Siding and Window participates in over 20 home shows and fairs a year! These events are a great way to meet new people and learn more about the community we serve. Almost everyone at the company has been a part of the planning, creating, or manning necessary for a successful show.

Last week we met some great people at the 2017 Spring Home Show in Peoria. Now, we’re setting up for a home show coming up in Bloomington-Normal on March 3-5, 2017.

Creating and Transporting the Displays

Illinois Home Shows

All of the displays in our booth are made in our warehouse and transported to the venue. Before the displays can be created, our installers study floor plans carefully to make sure we won’t take up more space than our booth allows. Sometimes they run into logistic puzzles about how to build, transport, and fit some of our largest displays through the door. Our installers overcome unexpected issues with quick thinking and creative problem-solving. This year, our installers built four shower displays, two window displays, two pergolas, and a sunroom to for the home show.

Setting Up the Booths

Peoria Home Show 2017

A few days before the home show begins, companies backload their largest displays into the venue. Before we set up anything else, we have to make sure our Four-Seasons sunroom can fit through the door. Then, we unload our display pieces from the truck and prepare them for assembly. Many of our display pieces, such as our pergolas and Woodfront Kitchen cabinets, are rebuilt every time we participate in a home show.

While the installers rebuild the heavier displays, helpers clean the displays that became dusty and disheveled during their trip from the warehouse. Our team can set up a booth in less than five hours. The most dramatic display rebuild is our TEMO Pergola. This display takes the most time to assemble and must be lifted onto its posts by a team of installers working together. We know the hard work is worth it because the pergola serves as a favorite meeting spot for salesman to talk with guests.

As hours pass, our booth begins to look ready for the home show. Our home show veterans walk through the booth to make sure display elements look professional and that our salesman will have enough room. It’s rare that a floor plan gets through a home show without being tweaked multiple times. Our saleswoman Ann Gattung has been with Peoria Siding and Window for 26 years and has participated in dozens of home shows and fairs. She serves as the voice of authority when anyone has a question about how the booth should be set up.

Meeting Future Clients

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During the Peoria Home Show, an estimated 3,000 people visited our booth. People from all around Illinois come to home shows to find the best deals, get inspiration, and have fun! Whatever their goal, it’s our job to make people feel welcomed and inspired. We make sure that our best salespeople are manning the booth to demonstrate our products and talk to guests about their project ideas. At the Peoria Home show, we met over 100 prospective clients in three days.

If people want a free project estimate, we set an appointment for one right at our booth. Some people come just to ask questions about a project they’ve been considering, and that’s fine too. If people don’t want an estimate right away, we give them our contact information and tell them to call us when they’re ready. It’s our job to make sure people leave our booth feeling excited – not pressured. Many guests stop by just to see our displays. Some fan favorites are our Four Seasons Sunroom and our Gutter Helmet display. We let those guests know they can come see our displays at our showroom anytime.


Every year, our home show evolves into something new. We learn from our past mistakes and come up with better ideas each year. At next year’s home shows, we hope to have better displays to show off our best products. We plan to set up a center where people can upload photos of their home into a software that illustrates how their home will look when the project is completed. If you visit a home show this season, make sure to visit our booths! We want to meet you and help you discover your dreams for your home.

 

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Eliminate Chores From Your To-Do List

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1. Cleaning the Shower and Tub

Cleaning the bathroom is perhaps the grossest of all chores. It’s dirty, slippery and smelly. I’d estimate that 80% of domestic arguments begin with, “No, I cleaned the shower last time.” Unfortunately, because of things called “hygiene” and “proper sanitation,” there’s no getting around it.

Mold and mildew are bound to sprout up, UNLESS you’ve purchased a shower or tub from our sister company, Custom Bath Solutions. Their showers and tubs are made out of a non-porous acrylic material guarded by Silver Shield™ anti-microbial protection. Silver Shield™ guarantees that your shower or tub will be mold, mildew and maintenance-free for as long as you own your home. Now you can stop scrubbing and start sudsing in the most beautiful bathroom you’ll ever own.

2. Re-staining the Deck

You wouldn’t trade those long summer days spent playing outside with the kids and grilling with a cool drink in your hand for anything in the world. Last Friday, you noticed that your deck has begun to fade, just like it does every 2 years. Now you’re spending your weekend out in the sweltering heat with a paintbrush in your hand and a mixture of sweat and tears in your eyes. Does this sound familiar?

If you had Fiberon Horizon decking, you’d never have to stain your deck again. That’s because Fiberon Horizon decking is protected by PermaTech coating, resulting in a deck that’s resistant to stains, scratches, splits, mold, mildew, moisture, insects and best of all, hard labor.

3. Cleaning the Gutter

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Cleaning the gutter probably takes second place on our grossest chore ranking. It’s certainly the riskiest chore many people have to do. Nobody likes sticking their hand in gutter goop! If you’re afraid of heights, you’ve probably had nightmares about dangling from your gutter like Clark Griswold. For the sake of your sleep, you should get Gutter Helmet. Gutter Helmet’s patented, maintenance-free design will keep leaves, twigs and other debris out of your gutter. Now you’ll never have to scale your house again, unless your house needs repainting…

4. Re-painting Your House

This task can feel like a beast if you have a large house or more than one story. The paint on your exterior is most likely peeling because your siding is made out of wood or metal. These materials are especially vulnerable to bad paint jobs and weathering. According to one expert, about 1 in 10 exterior paint jobs go awry. If you had vinyl siding, the paint would never peel because there would be no paint.

Even better, if you had our Integra Vinyl Siding your siding would never rust, crack, peel, rot, dent or fade. Come visit our showroom for the lowdown on all of our truly maintenance-free siding.

5. Cleaning Your Windows

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Okay, we can’t really make it so you never have to clean your windows. We’re not magic! But half the battle of cleaning your windows is running in and out of your home like an indecisive cat to clean both sides of the window pane. We can help you with that.

Most of our Preservation Windows have tilt-in top and bottom sashes to make cleaning safe and easy from inside your home. Now you can stay inside and bask in the sunlight coming in through your brand new windows just like your spirit animal.  

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Best Projects for Your House’s Resale Value

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When selling your home, it can be easy to get carried away with tons of home improvement projects. It’s important to be sure you’re making smart choices by getting the most resale value out of your hard-earned money and work.  

Every year, Remodeling Magazine comes out with a new Cost vs. Value Report to compare the most popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. These are the projects that provided the greatest return on investment for a mid-range home:

  1. Steel Entry Door Replacement

    Ave. Cost Recovered: 90.7%

    A nice entry door is important to your house’s resale value because it’s the first impression buyers make as they approach your house. Steel entry doors are superior to other material options because they don’t warp from moisture or immediately bust if someone tries breaking in.

    Peoria Siding & Window offers beautiful steel entry doors in over 25 stains and colors. These Energy Star qualified doors that will help you (or a new homeowner) save money on utility bills, increase comfort and help the environment.

  2. Minor Kitchen Renovation

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    Ave. Cost Recovered: 80.2%

    Minor kitchen remodel projects tend to perform better for your house’s resale value than a complete kitchen renovation. Small projects can make a big difference in updating the appearance of your kitchen and they tend to be a lot cheaper.

    To keep your project cost low, our sister company Woodfront Kitchens offers cabinet refacing. Instead of replacing your cabinets completely, they can cover your existing cabinets in new paneling. Their beautiful Amish-made cabinets come in literally hundreds of wood, stain, frame, and center panel options.

  3. Siding Replacement

    Ave. Cost Recovered: 76.4%

    Some of the best and cheapest projects for your house’s resale value do nothing more than improve the “curb value” of your home. Remodeling Magazine’s data showed that exterior remodeling projects recouped an average of 74.9% of funds invested.

    Peoria Siding & Windows offers the best deals in high-quality siding in Central Illinois. We can install traditional siding, as well as board and batten, shake, scallop and vertical style siding.

  4. Deck Addition (Composite)

    Ave. Cost Recovered: 65.2%

    Who doesn’t like to spend a sunny afternoon with a cool drink out on the deck? Decking projects are popular with homebuyers because having a beautiful, spacious deck is like having a vacation spot right in your home.

    At Peoria Siding & Window, we offer Fiberon’s Horizon Decking with PermaTech™ as well as as Pro-Tect Decking. Our Fiberon Horizon Decking is resistant to stains, scratches, splits, mold, mildew, moisture and insects- which means practically no maintenance. You won’t spend any more hot, summer weekends re-staining your deck.

  5. Roofing Replacement

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    Ave. Cost Recovered: 68.8%

    New roofing may not be the most fun remodeling project, but there’s a reason it improves your home’s resale value. Other than providing curb appeal and beauty to your home, a new roof won’t have the years of damage and weathering that your current roof has.

    Peoria Siding & Window offers durable GAF Timberline HD shingles. In a 2014 study, most homeowners preferred the look of Timberline HD Shingles over all other leading brands.

  6. Universal Bathroom Design

    Ave. Cost Recovered: 68.4%

    Universal bathroom designs are becoming popular because they can support any living situation- including living with elderly or special needs individuals. This design trend is especially important for your house’s resale value because the design features make it possible for any buyer to use your bathroom. Common updates include installing support-grab bars and no-threshold showers.

    Our sister company, Custom Bath Solutions can convert your tub to a no-threshold shower to allow for easier entry and exit. Their customizable showers use non-porous acrylic materials that are resistant to mold and mildew. That means less time you or a new homeowner has to spend scrubbing the shower.

Salvation Army | 2014 Coats for Kids

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[Washington, IL] – For the fifth consecutive year, Peoria Siding & Window has joined forces with the Salvation Army for the Coats for Kids campaign. From now until December 6th, we invite you to stop by our showroom to drop off any new or used coats in children’s and young adult sizes. Since the program started, central IL has donated over 32,500 coats. Which have been cleaned and given out to area children in need. A donation bin will be hosted at Peoria Siding & Window, located across from ICC off Route 24.

A mass distribution of the coats will begin on Monday, November 4th at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center – located at 2907 W. Nebraska Avenue in Peoria. After the week-long distribution, the coats will be avilable for parents to pick-up when signing up for Christmas assistance at the Salvation Army.

For more information, call the Salvation Army at 309-655-7272.