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Replacement Windows Give Home a Much Needed Update

These customers updated their Greater Peoria home with Preservation replacement windows! White windows and shutters makes this home’s blue exterior pop, but doesn’t distract from the homeowners’ amazing landscaping.

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These double casement windows can swing open in the summer to catch a cool breeze. In the winter, double-pane EnergyMaxx® glass and ClimaTech Plus insulated glass will keep this home warm and lower its energy bill.

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These windows are fan favorite of the homeowners, neighbors, relatives and even their pup Macy.

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The homeowners’ favorite upgrade is the addition of a four lite picture window that looks out onto their newly planted garden.

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These windows look great inside and outside. They are a natural fit with the modern farmhouse decor of the home.

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If you’d like to update your own home with new windows but don’t know where to start, give us a call at (309) 717-0105. We’ve been installing windows for over 40 years! We have installation and design experts that will be with you throughout your entire home improvement process. If you’d like to receive a free, in-home estimate, please fill out the form below.

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Exterior Renovations Brighten Private Country Home

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This beautiful country home received a major curb appeal boost with gorgeous exterior renovations from Peoria Siding and Window.

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We started with a beautiful fiberglass entry door by Paragon. The faux wood grain brings subtle elegance to the entryway.

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Two side lites and a door lite illuminate the interior naturally.

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A new Illuminations Patio Door by Preservation will lower the homeowners’ energy bill and allow immediate access to a lush landscape view from the master bedroom.

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The homeowners’ rotting bay window was replaced with two casement windows and a picture window.

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Fiberglass insulation and EnergyMaxx glass will make the kitchen a bright and warm space for the family to gather.

The home is finished with two double-hung, vinyl replacement windows. The black shutters compliment the home’s elegant entryway


The homeowners are loving their new exterior, and you will to! If you have a home improvement project, we’d like to help. Give us a call at (309) 717-0105 or fill out this estimate form:

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Which Pergola Style is Best for My Backyard?

All pergolas are basically constructed the same way and for the same function- to provide outdoor shade. The hard part is deciding which details are important to you. Column style and beam design may not seem important if the pergola is providing shade like it’s supposed to. However, minute differences in pergola style can confuse your outdoor aesthetic. Make sure you choose the right pergola for your best backyard style.

Roma Style

The Roma pergola brings bold sophistication to your backyard with squared posts. This pergola style is best for modern homes that don’t need the flair and frills of fluted columns. There is no capital on the Roma; instead the column meets a single beam at the top of the structure. The Roma is also a good choice for homeowners looking for a pergola that won’t detract from prominent focus points in their outdoor design. Sometimes the best designs are the ones that hide in plain sight.

Florentine Style

The Florentine is a step up from the Roma in detail. The Florentine also uses square posts, but reinvents the style with deep grooves and a sophisticated square capital that meet a double beam. This design is perfect for homeowners looking to add shade to their rustic or modern-styled backyard.

Venetian Style

The Venetian is unique because of their rounded columns and double-beam. This pergola style brings to mind the vintage luxury and mind for detail that is so often overlooked in newly constructed homes. This style would be perfect for an outdoor design that evokes the country gardens of England, the refined luxury of the old south, or intricate detailing of the Old World.

Pergola with Patio Cover

Many homeowners want the charm of a pergola in their backyard, but with more shade. The perfect option for homeowners that can’t choose is to add a patio cover. This shade option will give you more overhead coverage than a pergola would, but with much more style.

Pergola with Curtain

Maybe the coverage you’re seeking is more for privacy than sunlight. If that’s the case, curtains and drapery are a great way to add interest and privacy to your outdoor space. For minimal maintenance, consider adding a retractible awning to your pergola. These curtains are weatherproof, retractible, and come in tons of different patterns and colors for a perfectly customized space.

 

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Buy Vinyl Windows for a Green Home

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When most people think of “going green,” they think of recycled materials or reusable products. Actually, “going green” is as easy as choosing products that will conserve energy consumption and save you money. According to the Energy Collective, in the United States residential homes waste 20% of the energy they consume. Much of this energy waste comes from inefficient heating and cooling. As you spend money running your AC or heater, your temperature-controlled air is leaving your home through your windows. Here’s some questions you need to ask when searching for energy-efficient windows.

Will this window curb my energy consumption?

For window frames, the most common materials are vinyl, aluminum and wood. At Peoria Siding and Window, we’re a huge fan of vinyl. That’s because we love products that require little to no maintenance and last a long time. Vinyl is the best material for energy efficiency because it is a poor conductor of heat. When you pay to heat your home, your hot air won’t be leaving through your vinyl windows.

Aluminum, on the other hand, is a great conductor of heat and cold. That’s why many aluminum home improvement products come with the qualifier, “great for mild climates.” Aluminum products are not well suited for Illinois’ extreme temperatures, and will lower your home’s energy-efficiency and drain your pockets. Wooden frames are great insulators. However, they expand and contract with changing temperatures. This creates gaps in your window system that can reduce your home’s energy-efficiency.

How soon will I have to replace this window?

Your window’s durability has more of an impact on the environment than you think. Every time you purchase new windows, the earth’s natural resources must be depleted to create a replacement, and your old window will likely end up in a landfill. Purchase a window that will last a lifetime. Vinyl window frames are known for being more durable than their wooden counterparts because they are impervious to moisture. Plus, the durability of PVC materials gives some vinyl window an edge over other green alternatives. Aluminum windows have the greatest impact resistance, which can be helpful if you live in an area prone to tornados or hurricanes- but their conducive properties can be a nightmare if you live in an area with wide temperature ranges. Wooden windows have poor durability because of their vulnerability to moisture. They tend to rot, warp, expand and grow mold.

What will it take to maintain this window?

Surprisingly, many people don’t consider the cost and labour it will take to keep their replacement window in top condition. Low maintenance windows don’t just save you time and money- they also save the environment. Traditional wooden windows need to be repainted, re-stained and stripped occasionally. Many paints, stains and stripping agents release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) into the air, which contribute to atmospheric pollutant levels. Instead, but a window that will last forever and won’t take much to maintain. Your wallet and the Earth will thank you.

If you’re searching for green home improvement products, give us a call at (309) 717-0105 or fill out this form. Our experienced sales team will walk you through our expansive product line and all of their energy-efficient features.