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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 t... Read more

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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—w... Read more

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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. Home communities m... Read more

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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 at... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 eu... Read more

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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 renowned architects can be found ... Read more

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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 without che... Read more

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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... Read more

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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 look and feel. ... Read more

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