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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)

Replacement Window Light

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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Home Show 2017 | Behind the Scenes

Illinois_Home_Show

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

Illinois Peoria Home Show

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.