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5 Best Shade Protectors for Your Central Illinois Home

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It’s finally summertime! Time for vacation, cool drinks and of course, sunburns. If you live in Central Illinois, you know how glaring the sun can be. Has anyone ever told you it’s rude to squint at your guests? Shade protectors are a great answer to the daily annoyances that the sun brings. There are hundreds of shade protectors on the market. You could grow a big tree, but you might have to wait 30 years. You could go with a big porch umbrella, but you’ll be chasing it across the yard when the wind picks up. If you want shade protection that lasts, have a shade protector installed by professionals. Your eyes and your guests will thank you.

Sunrooms

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Sunrooms are a favorite addition to any home. They offer shade and insect protection and are temperature controlled while allowing sunlight to permeate the space. Many families use their sunroom to entertain guests or simply enjoy the outdoors with their families year-round. These sunny spaces are attached to your home and designed to operate seamlessly with your home’s temperature control system. Sunrooms may not lower your energy bill if you choose to cool the room as an extension to your home. However, a well-built sunroom will be air-tight and will not cost significantly more to cool than other rooms in your house.

Screen Rooms

Screen rooms are a good option for homeowners that want the same shade, climate and insect protection of a sunroom but with an open-air atmosphere. These spaces can be built onto your home or built over your patio space. They can be integrated with your home’s electrical system to enable features like ceiling fans and overhead lighting. Screen rooms may lower the temperature inside your home by blocking the direct sunlight that enters through your windows while permitting indirect sunlight to provide your home with natural light.

Awnings

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Many of our awning customers started out with a large patio umbrella but got tired of chasing it across the yard on windy days. Awnings are traditionally secured to your home’s exterior while a fabric canopy provides shade to the space underneath it. This design gives you the freedom to place whatever outdoor furniture you want directly under your awning without having to maneuver around bulky pillars. This feature makes it a favorite for providing additional shade to your spa, pool, deck or balcony. Awnings may also lower your utility bills by keeping direct sunlight off your siding and windows while allowing your home to fill with natural light.

Pergola

A pergola is a conversation starter for any garden or landscaped area. These structures allow more sunlight to pass than other shade protectors, which may be preferable if you plan to garden underneath it or simply love sunshine. Homeowners with green thumbs can grow climbing vines on their pergola for a “country garden” feel and full shade. Or they can simply let the sleek and minimal design of a pergola provide the aesthetic for them. If placed against your home’s exterior, a pergola can lower your utility bills by cutting your siding and window’s exposure to direct sunlight in half.

Patio Cover

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Patio covers are a great option for homeowners that want to shade more surface area than an awning can provide. These shade protectors are a favorite for covering a carport, BBQ area, or other outdoor recreation spots. They provide more weather protection than a pergola or awning. Plus they lower your utility bills by minimizing direct sunlight on your home’s exterior.


If you have ideas about your backyard but you’re not sure what kind of shade protection is best, give us a call at 309.717.0105 or fill out this form. Our sales team will give you a free, in-home estimate on your home improvement ideas. They have years design and installation experience and can tell you which shade protector will work best for you. If you’re interested in adding a sunroom to your home, our sales team is equipped with software that can project a sunroom right onto your home. You can see what your sunroom will look like before it’s even built!

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Picking the Best Gutter Guard for your Illinois Home

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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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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

    Kitchen Renovation

    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.