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How Property Managers Can Get Involved with their Residents

Staying involved with your residents is one of the best things a property manager can do. Engaging with those which live in their complexes helps managers maintain a cleaner, more welcoming environment. It helps them gain insight into how the overall community is funct... Read more

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Top Five Things Facilities Managers Need to Keep an Eye on When It Comes to Community Infrastructure

Long gone are the days when only large manufacturing plants and office buildings needed facility management. Today you can find facilities managers in every type of community from large residential complexes to university campuses and more. And the scope of a manager’s responsibilities is continuously expanding. One of the core duties of a fac... Read more

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The Most Expensive Mistakes an HOA can Make when It Comes to Community Repairs

Managing a large HOA is no small feat. Building inspections, repairs and basic upkeep can all take a lot of time. Beyond these daily tasks, it is also important for HOA managers to ensure there properties not only maintain, but also grow in their overall value. Problems arise when managers hastily complete repairs within the property. Here are the ... Read more

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How to Get your Community Residents to Pick up their Dog Waste Without Fines

Dog waste is a problem no matter where you live. A communal living space though makes homeowner’s associations especially prone to doggy doo-doo issues. It has become so common that there are actually DNA testing facilities that assist apartments and HOA’s in determining who the repeat offenders are. Others will heavily fine their residents whe... Read more

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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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Why HOA’s Should Understand City Laws

One of the benefits of living in a home owner’s association is that there are certain “rules” which all property owners have agreed upon. These guidelines help maintain the look of the neighborhood, add order to the area and help maintain home property values. While knowing th... Read more

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Why Property Managers Should Inspect Roofs & Windows Regularly

There are few projects more difficult for a property manager to undertake than exterior repairs and replacement. Two of the biggest factors which play a part in the exterior are the roofs and windows. Both play a vital role in protecting both the exterior and interior of the homes within the community. When they begin to deteriorate, problems can a... 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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Don’t Wait! Inspect Your Roof Now Before Winter Hits

There are few things more disastrous to a home than water damage. Water damage can lead to mold growth, wood rot and more. It poses a threat to not only the value of your property but also the well-being of you and your family. Winter can be one of the roughest months when it comes to water damage and your property, especially in the Midwest. In... Read more

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What’s the Difference Between Vinyl & Aluminum Siding?

The siding you choose for your property is important. As the outer “layer” of the home, it is one of best defenses you have against the harsh weather outside. It also adds to the design and attractiveness of your exterior. Siding enhances the str... 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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Clad Your Home with HardiePanel® Vertical Siding

Depending on the exterior design style you’re seeking, James Hardie® siding and trim have you covered. There’s the classic horizontal boards like HardiePlank® lap siding, interesting ... Read more

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What Property Managers Should Know About Choosing a Roofing Installation Contractor

Do you manage more than one property or even a commercial building? If so, you probably already know how important it is to partner with the right team when completing large-scale repairs such as roofing installations. Finding the right contractor you can trust to co... Read more

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Why Choose Custom Installations as Your Lake Forest Siding Installation Partner

The city of Lake Forest is one of the most beautiful, historic suburbs you will find throughout the Chicagoland and arguable the entire Midwest. Its sprawling 17 square miles is dotted with picturesque hometown streets and remarkable, unique estates. Lake Forest has a rich history of famous architects such as Charles Frost calling the town “home.... Read more

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Why Financing Your Lake Forest Window Installation Can Be a Great Idea

Are you on the fence about whether or not to replace the windows of your Lake Forest home? Committing to a new window installation can be one of the toughest renovation decisions you make. This type of project can be costly and takes time to complete, but you can also enjoy many great benefits once the work is done. If the upfront cost of updati... Read more

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The Benefits of Custom Sheet Metal Work in a Roofing Installation Partner

At Custom Installations, it is important for us to meet every need of both the customer and our professional partners. We strive to add value to every roofing installation job we complete. One differentiator that sets us apart from the rest is our in-house custom sheet metal fabrication. Partnering with a professional w... Read more

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Five Things to Research Before Hiring a Lake Forest Siding Company

Before beginning any major home renovation, it is always smart to find the right contracting partner for the work. For those in Lake Forest, hiring the best siding company for the job is where any successful project begins. But how do you choose the right Lake Forest siding company for your unique needs? Start by doing your homework. Researching... Read more

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Get Inspiration from Nature—Go Green with your Siding

A walk in the shady woods. Gazing up at an old-growth pine tree. Touching your fingertips to the soft moss covering a boulder. Sometimes slowing down with nature can fill you with a well of design inspiration. There’s something about the soothing, earthy color ... Read more

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Why Green Homeowners Will Like the Recycling Program from DaVinci Roofs

Ever wonder what happens to the unused scraps after your roofing project is complete? Or where do the mounds of shingles that were replaced end up? Most would say they go to the landfill and, for the most part, they would be right. In fact, 11 million tons of recyclable asphalt shingles end up in American landfills each and every year. Contractors ... Read more

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Brighten up your Home’s Exterior

Interesting light fixtures can help set the mood in your outdoor space. Whether you opt for a vintage, dangling pendant in your entryway, or formal sconces framing your front door, think about the feeling you’re trying to create in your home’s outdoor space. You can inject personality into your exterior by honing in on your own style. Shopping ... Read more

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Why a Green DaVinci Roof Could Help You Save on Heating & Cooling

One of the priciest utility costs homeowners have is heating and cooling their home. It’s one of those expenses you simply can’t live without. While you might be able to trim back on cable services or the cleaning lady keeping a comfortable, well-tempered home is a not merely a luxury but a necessity. This especially rings true for regions that... Read more

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What is LEED Building and Why is It so Important?

Most homeowners want a green home. They want the choices they make in their home’s construction to not only be great for their needs but also smart for the environment. But how do you know that the materials you choose are truly green, sustainable products? This is where LEED building becomes helpful. So what is LEED? Leadership in Energy and ... Read more

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Why Going Green with Your Roof is a Great Idea

When choosing roofing products for the home, today’s homeowners want something that not only looks great but is also green. Many though think that green roofing products only add to cost and complexity to the project. That is simply not true! Custom Installations is proud to be a certified installer of one of the greenest roofing products on t... Read more

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How to Choose Windows that Work for Your Home

At Custom Installations, we work with clients each and every day to match them with the right windows for their unique home. One of our specialties is finding the perfect fit for your exact needs. We believe each home should not only have windows that function well but also look beautiful. ... Read more

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SHOW OFF YOUR EXTERIOR WITH SHINGLES

Your home’s architecture can surely standout with a splash of new color, but if you’re looking to one up yourself, try adding a few varieties of siding to your home’s exterior for a truly eye-catching abode. James Hardie® products are well known for their siding types, w... Read more

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How Major Remodeling Can Drastically Improve Your Homes Worth

Most of us would consider our home one of our greatest investments. Not only does it provide us a place to live, love and grow, it also continues to increase in value creating a nest egg we can draw from in the future. But like most investments, the home needs to be continuously evaluated in order to reap the returns we hope for. Updating the exter... Read more

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4 Home Improvements You Should Take Care of this Summer

Warm breezes and sunny skies…. Summer is considered by most to be the most wonderful season of the year. While sandy beaches and backyard BBQ’s may be on your mind so should the health of your home. Summer can be a great time to take care of your much-needed home improvement needs. Here are four repairs that are best completed during these sunn... Read more

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Cashing In: How Roofing and Siding Can Reduce Your Utility Bills

No matter what you do the utility bill is one of those expenses that will always be there. There is simply no way to dodge paying the electric company each and every month. That’s why it’s important for budget-conscience homeowners to find new ways to reduce their monthly costs. Many think to turn off the lights and lower the thermostat, but di... Read more

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Monterey Taupe Makeovers

There’s something gratifying about seeing a shabby “before” image side by side with a striking “after” shot. It just makes you say, “ahh.” A re-side project can make a huge statement and when it’s in a new color, it can feel like a completely new home. Besides the updated look, your home will benefit from the advantages that ... Read more

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How New Gutters Can Prevent Your Attic from Growing Mold

“Mold” is the four letter word every homeowner dreads hearing. While common in how often it occurs, mold in the home can be a challenging, not to mention unhealthy, problem to have. While most believe that mold only happens in basements and bathrooms, the attic can be a hotspot for its growth too. While there is more than one cause to mildew in... Read more

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Why DaVinci Roofs are the Epitome of Luxury and Class in the Chicagoland Area

At Custom Installations, we are often asked what products we would recommend for our customer’s homes. Which brands are the best investment offering both quality and durability? Which ones will provide lasting appeal and beauty? As one of the most critical aspects of the home’s exterior, the roof is no exception. Homeowners want to make certain... Read more

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How to Make Your Cedar Roof Last Longer

Cedar or redwood shake roofs have been around for centuries. They were and continue to be one of the most popular roofing options out there. Homeowners prefer its classic, rustic appeal and the warmth it adds to the home. Decades ago, cedar roofs would last for gene... Read more

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How Old Windows Could Be Draining Your Pocketbook

Windows is one of the basic things every home has in common. Whether you live in a historic Victorian mansion or a small country cottage, we all have windows. Windows offer many benefits that most homeowners would not want to miss out on. They offer a view to... Read more

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What is Spaced Sheathing And What Are The Benefits?

Why is Spaced Sheathing Important? Like all sloped roofs, cedar sheds water but is not waterproof and when cedar gets wet it naturally absorbs moisture.  In addition to retaining moisture, a cedar roofing system is subject to extreme heat from the sun and from the hot air in your... Read more

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Grades of Cedar & The Cedar Bureau

Most of the wood used in cedar roofing is Western Red Cedar and comes from the cedar trees in British Columbia.  And just like the wood used in making floors, furniture, and any number of other products, the quality of the wood determines how long your roof will hold up to the elements and reach its expected life cycle.  The quality of edge grain... Read more

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Why Moisture Behind Your Siding Means Trouble for Your Home

When most homeowners consider the siding on their home they often think of the beauty and attractiveness it adds to their exterior. But siding is more than just a pretty face. It also performs the important function of protecting the interior walls from the outside ele... Read more

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Get Your Roof Done

One of the most costly mistakes we see our customers at Custom Installations make is waiting too long to have their roof replaced. Whether for budgetary reasons or time constraints some homeowners simply don’t get their roof fixed when it needs to be. While it may seem like a right dec... Read more

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Same Classic Look, More Lasting Power

Whether your Midwest home is a historic farmhouse, a vintage cottage or a classic Tudor, there are plenty of design options to choose from for your next exterior siding project. With James Hardie® siding and trim, you can opt for the antique look of shingles or lap siding, the more mo... Read more

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2 Siding Options that Won’t Look Right on a Chicago Home

We all want our homes exterior to look great and siding can be a big part of that. When choosing new siding for your home, there are m... Read more

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3 Questions to Ask a Siding Company Before Hiring

One of the first steps in beginning any type of exterior project is finding the right contractor for the job. When interviewing potential companies to replace your ... Read more

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How to Pick the Right Roof Color for your Chicago Home

Planning a roofing project? If so, you probably already know how difficult this task can be. There are many things to consider including cost, materials, installers, and more. One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is which color of shingl... Read more

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Why New Windows Might Save You A Lot of Money in the Long Run

Many homeowners put off investing in new windows for their home. It can be an expense and time consuming project to undertake. But, like the home’s roof, ignoring damaged or ineffective ... Read more

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Smart Ways Exterior Remodeling Can Raise Your Home’s Value

We all know that exterior remodels can help raise the value of a home. We also know the types of remodels most likely to offer the best value including ... Read more

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Why Waiting Too Long To Fix a Roof Leak Leads to Bigger Problems

Neglecting your roof can be one of the worst things you can do.  To save time and money, homeowners often make the choice to wait for smaller, necess... Read more

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5 Questions to Ask a Siding Contractor Before You Purchase

Few projects can have a bigger impact on your home than replacing the exterior siding. Not only does siding help enhance the home’s curb appeal, it also performs the important function of regulating the temperature inside. It helps keep the interior warmer during winter and cooler during summer by preventing the heated or cooled air from escaping... Read more

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What is the Best Investment When It Comes to Exterior Remodeling?

Are you still wondering what to do with your tax refund dollars? Or maybe you are ready to put your home on the market but not sure what you can do to help it sell faster. Remodeling your home’s exterior can offer many great benefits. It can update the look of the exterior and create more curb appeal. Some updates, su... Read more

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Natural Trim Colors for your Home Exterior

If you stop to peruse neighborhood homes, you’ll likely notice many with white trim accentuating the doors, windows and corners. It’s not only popular, but it can add a freshness that many homeowners seek. We love the look of white trim but wanted to show you a not-so-stark option—our collection of brown trim shades. Brown trim can add a n... Read more

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Why Use Stainless Steel Nails When Installing Your Cedar Shake & Shingle Roof

It’s hard to believe but one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a cedar roofing company is the type of nails they use. This single factor can play a critical role in not only how long your roof lasts but also how well it handle... Read more

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Siding and Trim in Similar Shades

More homeowners are choosing home trim shades similar to their home siding color. The monochromatic look—where shades, tints and tones used on the home’s exterior are all in the same hue—is an interesting concept, and a simple way to add style to a space. It also makes selecting siding and trim colors a breeze, since you really only have t... Read more

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How Long Does a Cedar Roof Last?

How long a roof will last is a question contractors hear quite often. Homeowners want to know that the investment they are making into the home will serve their long-term needs. A roof lifespan can be a big factor in the type of roofing material that they decide to use. Many are attracted to the ... Read more

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Pick One of These 3 Window Brands & You Simply Can’t Go Wrong

Are you considering a window replacement for your home? If so, you may be overwhelmed by the many brands and window options to choose from. Like most homeowners, you want to choose the best product that not only performs well but also fits into your budget. At Custom Installations, we make the choice the easy by installing only the top brands in th... Read more

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Top Roofing Options to Withstand the Rugged Chicago Weather

If you live anywhere in the Midwest, you know how harsh its climate can be. Not only do we experience frigid temperatures and heavy snow during winter but also blistering hot dry spells and sticky humidity through summer. We must endure weather extremes on both sides of the spectrum. Unfortunately so does our home. According to the... Read more

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How Well-Built Windows Keep Your Utility Costs Down

When undergoing a large home renovation there are many factors to consider. Budget concerns, longevity of chosen materials, and a home’s unique needs must all be taken into consideration. A win... Read more

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Siding Hues to Complement White-trimmed Windows

Design is in the details, and it’s the little things that matter most. What seems like a small detail, the color of your window trim, can actually alter the entire look of your home’s exterior. For instance, black window trim may come across more modern, or a window trim that matches your siding can look more subtle with less focus o... Read more

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Siding Hues to Complement White-trimmed Windows

Design is in the details, and it’s the little things that matter most. What seems like a small detail, the color of your window trim, can actually alter the entire look of your home’s exterior.   For instance, black window trim may come across more modern, or a window trim that matches your siding can look more subtle with less focus... Read more

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Why Right Now is a Great Time to get Your Roof Done

Many homeowners often delay getting necessary roof repairs done. They keep putting off the project until winter arrives and then they feel stuck. Rather than crossing your fingers that your roof makes it until the warmer months return, consider scheduling the work now. Th... Read more

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Chicago High-End Roofing Trends – What Builders are Doing Now

Today’s homeowners are looking for something more than just the standard shingle for their high-end roofing needs. They want their roofing choices to offer many benefits beyond simply protecting their home from water damage. They also want their new roof to be low maint... Read more

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Sneak Peek: Exterior Home Design Trends for 2016

The hope and promise of a new year has come once again. The arrival of January 1st often marks the turning of a page for many people. Resolutions are made and a list of all the tasks we wish to accomplish throughout the year is drafted. A popular goal that many homeowners have is the desire to remodel their home. Making the space in which they live... Read more

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What to Expect with a Re-side Project using James Hardie

If your home’s siding is worn out and you feel like your curb appeal has gone to the wayside, it may be time to re-side your home’s exterior. A project like this can be an investment, so you’ll want to be sure you’re spending your funds on a durable product that will hold up over time. Thankfully, for the 10th year in a row, ... Read more

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3 Rules of Exterior Home Design

Are you planning an exterior renovation? If so, here are three design rules to keep in mind when crafting your perfect home. Add a mixture of textures for a more custom look. A home that is all one material can be overbearing and boring. To make your home have a more designer feel, it is important to use the... Read more

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Which One Should You Replace First: Windows or Siding?

Completing a large exterior project can be both an expensive and time-consuming job for a homeowner to undertake. Two of the most popular renovations are siding and window replacements. Bot... Read more

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The Importance of Professional Vinyl Siding Installation

While many people see a difference in the quality of work between hanging their vinyl siding themselves and hiring a professional, few realize how important an experienced, qualified contractor can be to the overall end result. People spend countless hours resea... Read more

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The Anatomy of a Quality Roof Deck

When completing a new roof installation, many homeowners and contractors focus their efforts solely on the type of shingles used. Although this an important factor to keep in mind, it is not the only one. It is also vital to consider the foundational structure which is below it too. The roof deck helps by providing the proper support needed for a l... Read more

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Holiday Decorating Tips for your Home’s Exterior

It’s a time-honored tradition many homeowners look forward to all year long – decorating their home for the holidays. With this festive season right around the corner you, too, may be itching to string the lights, hang the boughs and enjoy the magic of the holidays. Before you begin unpacking the tinsel take time to refresh your memory on how t... Read more

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5 Things to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

Completing a roof installation is often of one of the biggest investments homeowners can make into their property. Don’t trust the job to just anyone. Take time to find the right roofing contractor for your unique home and needs. Below are some things to look for in your next roofing partner. Experience – How long has the roofer be... Read more

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6 Facts about Ice Damming Every Homeowner Should Know

Ice damming is a common problem that plagues many homes in the Midwest during the winter months. The same conditions that create beautiful icicles off the eaves also lead to the buildup of snow and ice on the roof. Left unaddressed, these dams can wreak havoc on homes of any age and architectural style. For this reason, it is important that homeown... Read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Snow Guards

Snow brackets. Snow shields. Snow brakes. These are all names for what is commonly known in the roof industry as snow guards. As roofing contractors begin to learn more about how structures respond to heavy amounts of snow, they are increasingly becoming aware of the important role these devices can play in helping homeowners prevent snow avalanche... Read more

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3 Tips for Maintaining Your Metal Roof

Metal is becoming one of the most popular options for homeowners looking for a long-lasting, durable solution for their roofing needs. This once progressive material choice is quickly becoming mainstream and has now taken over 10% of the re-roofing market. At Custom Installations, we are also seeing a rise in the number of clients choosing metal fo... Read more

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The Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

When homeowners begin the process of re-siding their home, they often start by selecting their preferred siding material choice. Careful consideration is given as they weigh between cost, durability and design appeal. Many would prefer the custom look of cedar shingles but don’t want to deal with its extra maintenance needs, or would love a stucc... Read more

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Is this a Good Time of Year for an Exterior Remodel?

For those living the North Chicagoland area, the ever-changing seasons can make it difficult to plan an exterior remodel effectively. Larger projects on the home’s exterior can be very weather-dependent. Time it poorly and you may be keeping your winter coat on even while you sleep. While the spring and summer months lend themselves as ideal for ... Read more

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Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Costly Repairs

Most homeowners dread the task of having to clean their gutters each and every year. They hate having to pull the ladder out and spend precious weekend hours cleaning out the gunk from their system. For this reason, many fail to complete this important task leaving their gutters “for another time.” While this may work for the short term, the lo... Read more

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The Importance of Roof Ventilation in Winter

Are you experiencing a leaky, bothersome roof?  Leaky roofs are a common problem especially during the winter months when hot and cool air mixes creating condensation issues.  While many are under the impression only older roofs can experience leak problems even newer ones can be troublesome. ... Read more

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Maintain Your Windows to Keep the Cold Out

The holidays are finally over and we are left with 3 more months of winter.  Everyone wants to stay warm so many homeowners find themselves turning up the heat, turning on the fireplace and wrapping themselves in blankets.  But what if there is a way to keep your living space warmer.  One of the major culprits which allow the chill to enter the ... Read more

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The Truth about Window Condensation

Are you waking up in the morning to foggy windows that ruin your view to the backyard? As the days get cooler, many homeowners begin to experience condensation on their windows and glass doors. While this excess moisture may seem harmless, it is important to get to the bottom of why it’s occurring inside your home. What is condensation? Conde... Read more

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Could Your Home Benefit from Metal Roofing?

What is one of the fastest growing trends in home construction?  Its the installation of metal roofing onto a new or existing home.  In fact, this popular roofing material is a $75 billion a year industry.  With a larger percentage of homeowners considering this option more than ever before, metal roofing will continue to grow in 2016 and beyond... Read more

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Make Your Home Shine in 2015

As we look towards another year, many are considering what they can do around their home to improve its value and appearance.  While some may be considering interior repairs such as a kitchen revamp, a little exterior attention can often get you the most bang for your b... Read more

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Protecting Your Homes Exterior during Extreme Weather

Did you know that Illinois averages 58 tornadoes each year?  According to the NOAA/National Weather Service, Illinois ranked in the top 10 states from 1995 2014 for average annual number of tornadoes*.  The months of April, May, and June continue to be the peak periods for the increased storm activity.  While there is little time for much prepar... Read more

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4 Tips for Maintaining Your Gutters

Many people forget to realize what an important feature gutters are to their home.  In fact gutters play an integral role in removing water from the roof and away from the home.  Some homes have complex gutter systems, while others are simple.  The replacement of the gutter... Read more

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Ice Dams: Fact vs. Fiction

As winter continues, the temperature can rise and fall causing extreme cold as well as some general winter thawing.  As this occurs, ice dams can form causing major damage to your home.  For most people, ice damming is intimidating not only because of the problems it can create but also because we know so little about them.  And often what we do... Read more

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3 Tips to Preventing Ice Dams

Winters can be brutal in the Midwest.  Wind, snow, and ice can do considerable damage to the exterior of the home.  One major issue homeowners face is ice damming.  Ice damming occurs when heavy, wet snow accumulates on roof and gutters, melts during a rapid thaw, and then ... Read more

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7 Signs You Need New Windows

Window replacement is one of those home repairs that many homeowners dont think about until big problems begin to arise. While this type of renovation can be costly to undertake putting it off only leads to the potential for larger damages within the home including leaks, poor air quality, and even mold growth.  With the average lifespan of the ba... Read more

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Hiring the Right Snow Removal

When considering potential companies for your snow removal service needs taking time to select one fit for your unique situation is important.  Harsh w... Read more

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Creative Openings: All about Bay Windows

Bay windows can add a beautiful, creative opening to your homes exterior.  Adding a niche or nook in a homes interior, this type of renovation not only adds square footage but also allows for greater natural sunlight into the space.   Bay Window Styles Bay windows come in two main styles for homeowners to choose from... Read more

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Cedar Roofing: Whats the Benefit for You?

Many homeowners use standard asphalt shingles when installing their new roof or re-shingling an existing one.  But did you know that there are many other styles of roofing materials to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including cedar.  Many would be surprised to learn that cedar can provide three major t... Read more

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Four Exterior Tasks to Maintain Your Home’s Value

Many homeowners are under the false impression that their home will keep if not increase in it’s value over time regardless of how it is maintained. This is simply not true. While most properties do gain moderate worth over time, a home in disrepair can actually lose equity. Homes must be up-kept and preserved to be appealing to future homebuyers... Read more

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4 Ways to a More Eco-Friendly Exterior

When planning an exterior renovation there are many things to consider such as the overall look of the home as well as the cost.  Many of... Read more

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Copper Gutters: An Attractive Choice for Your Home

Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which gutter system to install.  But did you know that there are many different styles of gutter material to choose from?  It is important to discover all the options available to you including copper.  Many... Read more

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The Advantages of Asphalt Shingles

Choosing the next shingle material for your next project can be difficult. There are many aspects to consider including cost, maintenance needs, and longevity of the product.  Many homeowners often think they have to go with the roofing material that they are replacing.  That simple is not true.  You can often choose from many other finishes inc... Read more

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Buying a Home? 5 Red Flags for Watch For

Late spring and early summer is an ideal time for home buying and homeowners are often looking to sell as quickly as possible. Before getting their hopes up, potential buyers want to know that the home they're interested in is a good bet.  While an inspection is always necessary, it would be expensive to get an inspection on every home you are i... Read more

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Winter Is Almost Here! Are you Ready?

It is that time of year again where the temperature drops, the winds howl, and the snow and ice begin to pile up. Did you know that before winter arrives there are many things you can do to prepare your home for winters wrath?  Being proficient before the cold season is here can help: lower your energy bill, increase the efficiency and lifespan of... Read more

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How Our In-House Custom Fabrication Benefits You

At Custom installations, we are always striving to offer the quality services our customers are looking for.  One way we have found to offer better value is through investing in an in-hou... Read more

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3 Signs Your Exterior Door Needs Replacement

The exterior door of your home should serve as an embracing welcome to all those who visit.  It is also one of the first impressions your home gives to visitors.  Not only does the exterior door provide beauty and elegance, it also offers protection.   It is designed to block elements such as ... Read more

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Whats Growing on the Side of Your House?

Have you ever taken a look at the outside of your home and wondered Whats growing on the side of my house?  Over the years, the exterior of your home can become a breeding ground for mold and algae.  You may be asking yourself: Is this normal? or How does this happen? Read on to learn more about why mold and algae grows on the home, some common c... Read more

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Window Screens: The Basics & Beyond

We often forget how important the windows screen mesh is until its ripping and tearing out of the frame. Not only is the screen helpful at keeping bugs and insects out of the home, it also allows air to flow throughout the living space.  While the world of window screening is often broken down into 2 simple categories: material and color, it goes ... Read more

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Is Cedar Roofing Right For Your Home?

Although lesser known than the typical asphalt and shingle options, cedar roofing is an alternative solution many homeowners have come to love.   Not only is it one the most attractive options in roofing materials, it also offers many other benefits.  Read on to learn more about the benefits of cedar roofing as well as some other aspects to consi... Read more

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Here Comes the Sun: Protecting Your Home from Solar Damage

Fading siding, worn windowsills, and discolored furniture can all be signs of the harmful effects of sun damage.  While these symptoms dont occur overnight, their slow progression can make both the home itself and your possessions inside age more quickly than they otherwise would.  By applying some effective, yet simply solutions to counteract th... Read more

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How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Weather

Spring is here and, as the temperature rises, so does the risk of severe weather.  According to the National Climatic Data Center, the Unites States averages over 1,253 tornadoes every year causing mass destruction to homes and businesses.  Even entire cities can be demolished by a single storm.  Severe weather is no joke.  Taking time to prepa... Read more

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The Best Exterior Accents for Historic Victorian Homes

The Victorian-era home is one of the most loved architectural styles especially for those that appreciate their rich historic value.  Spanning from the mid to late 19th century, this era enjoyed the revival of decorative, ornate designs and beauty beyond measure.  These homes elaborate exterior features often lend the opportunity for adding acces... Read more

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3 Ways to Put Your Tax Return to Good Use

How will you be spending your tax return check this year? While some may use this windfall of cash to buy a huge flat screen TV or as a down payment for a sporty boat, you may want to conside... Read more

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Fiber Cement Siding: A Sound Investment

Choosing the right siding for your home is an important decision that is based on many factors including appearance, material, and cost.  When making your siding selection, it is vital that you understand the differences between the many options available. Although not as well-known as vinyl, fi... Read more

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4 Myths About Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has seen many transformations throughout its rise in popularity as a common roofing material option. In fact, metal is now used in nearly 10% of all roofing installations. But despite its increase in demand, metal roofing is still misunderstood by many. Before making a decision on whether metal roofing is right for your home, makes... Read more

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Why Roof Flashing Matters

The roof of a residential home serves one major purpose -- to be a barrier against the weather outside.  One of the most essential aspects of the roof is its flashing.  Roof flashing is the first line of defense preventing damaging water from entering the home during times of inclement weather.  It is vital that homeowners understand what flashi... Read more

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5ReasonsWhyRainBarrelsMakeSense

As we turn our clocks ahead, it means that spring is right around the corner, or as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers!  The months of March and April can be a wet time of year when rainwater is often in abundance.  One way to take advantage of this surplus is through the use of rain barrels.  This low-cost, eco-friendly solution c... Read more

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Is Steel Siding a Good Option for Your Home?

  Many homeowners are unsure about the different options to choose from when deciding on which siding is right for their home.  When we think of siding, many typically think of aluminum or vinyl as the only options to choose from.  However, there are more siding material options now than ... Read more

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James Hardie Siding: A Tradition of Beauty & Durability

When choosing siding for the home, homeowners want to invest in a product that will not only look beautiful for years to come, but also easy to maintain.  For those looking for the best retu... Read more

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The Pros & Cons of Slate Roofing Tiles

Slate roofing tiles continue to be a popular choice among those looking to add a more custom look to their property. Slate not only provides an attractive appearance but can also last considerably longer than any other tile material available.  If you are considering slate tiles taking time to learn more about the material will help you make the r... Read more

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A Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Homes Exterior

There is no time better than late summer and early fall to take care of small exterior tasks before the cooler months arrive.  Inspecting the exterior and fixing small repairs now rather than waiting for an emergency to occur can save you thousands of dollars not to mention your sanity.  Give your homes exterior some much needed TLC now so you do... Read more

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3 Tips for Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Replacing ineffective and dated windows can be a large project to undertake.  It can also be a huge financial decision for many homeowners.  Along with the concerns of window replacement though, comes the opportunity to install units more able to control the temperature in the home while reducing utility costs.  In fact, todays market has a wide... Read more

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Choosing the Right Shutters for Your Home

Shutters are one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the homes exterior.  In fact, many homeowners forget all about them until they begin sagging off the home or fading from the sun.  Rather than taking for granted these common fixtures, homeowners should utilize their shutters to add greater beauty and appeal to their home.  Follow the ste... Read more

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5 Things to Do Before Your Home Window Replacement

Starting a large renovation project on your home can be intimidating.  Where to begin?  How to plan for it? How much will it cost?  These are all valid questions that can run through a homeowners mind when considering taking on this challenge.  At Custom Installations, we know how nerve-wrecking the process can be.  Below are some easy ways to... Read more

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Roofing Options for the Colonial Home

Colonial homes were first built in the United States in the late 1700s.  A typical colonial home has two stories, consists of a wooden or stone exterior, has one or more fireplaces, and a roof most often made from natural materials.   These roofs also have a unique architectural design with one or more areas of pitch and can be a challenge to rep... Read more

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Cedar Siding: Maintenance, Repairs, & Alternatives

Along with aluminum and vinyl, cedar is one of the most popular materials available for the exterior of the home. Its natural beauty and durability has made it a mainstay in the world of siding. Whether you have an existing structure with cedar siding or are building a new home, taking time to learn more about the basics of cedar maintenance, repai... Read more

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3 Exterior Door Options for Your Home

Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun and would-be intruders, yet attractive enough to make a good first impression.  Meeting both of these requirements is no easy task.  Many older homes have doors made of wood or wood veneer material.  Both are prone to warp... Read more

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Window Condensation: Why It Happens and What You Can Do About It

Noticing water and frost building up on your windows?  If so, be rest assured you are not the only one experiencing this problem.  Condensation on both the interior and exterior of the window is a common complaint of many homeowners.  While it may not be possible to completely eliminate the problem, there are ways to control the buildup.  Knowi... Read more

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3 Eco-Friendly Renovation Projects

Todays homeowners are feeling more pressure in the pocketbook due to rising fuel and energy costs causing many to look for alternative ways to save money.   One popular approach for cutting household expense is by craf... Read more

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Purchasing a Home? Why You Should Never Forget the Roof Inspection

Are you ready to put an offer in on the house of your dreams?  Purchasing a new home can be stressful because you want to make the best decision possible.  And no one ever wants to buy into a money pit.  Many think that a good home inspection guarantees the protection of th... Read more

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Exterior Renovations that Reap Rewards: 5 Projects that Add Value to the Home

Looking for way to update your home and add value at the same time?  While many see a kitchen remodel as the best option, exterior renovations are often a better choice for reaping big rewards on your investment.   Listed below are 5 curb-appeal projects that pack th... Read more

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3 Exterior Hazards to Check Before Buying a Home

Spring is inching its way closer and along with it the home buying season.  When looking for a new home, there are many things to check for before making that important decision including the exterior of the property.  Skipping this critical step could mean hundreds if not thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs later on.   Here are... Read more

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How to Hire a Professional Contractor

Finding the right professional contractor for your next exterior renovation can be a daunting task.  What questions to ask, which credentials to look for, and who to trust can all be difficult questions to answer for homeowners without experience in the trade.  But dont let your lack of expertise stop you from hiring a qualif... Read more

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Does Your Flashing Need Repair? 3 Signs to Watch For

Chimneys can add warmth and beauty to the exterior and interior of any home.  A wood-burning chimney can also save a homeowner on heating costs during those long, colder winters.  But, just like a home, chimneys will age and weather over time.  How do you know when it is time to repair or replace your chimney flashing? ... Read more

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7 Signs You Need a New Roof

Roof replacement is an exterior repair most homeowners will need to address at some point during their lifetime of home ownership. Although not a very exciting renovation, installing a new roof is extremely important to the overall structural integrity of the residence. So how... Read more

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3 Signs Your Gutters Need Replacement

Many homeowners dont realize what an important role gutters play in their homes exterior.  Having a proper gutter system prevents build-up of water on the roof while also transporting the water away from the home keeping it both dry and protected.  When a roof needs to be redone, homeowners often spend a lot time deciding what kind of roof to ins... Read more

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3 Tips for Maintaining Vinyl Siding

You rarely see the words vinyl siding and maintenance in the same sentence.   In fact, one of the reasons why homeowners keep turning to this popular siding choice is because it requires minimal upkeep.  But, since it is an exterior product, vinyl siding is still prone to grim buildup, staining, discoloration, and damage from the elements.  A ba... Read more

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Tips on Maintaining Vinyl Windows and Doors

Properly caring for your vinyl windows and doors can save you both time and money.  Vinyl windows and doors that are properly maintained will not only last longer but are also more efficient at preventing drafts and controlling air flow.  ... Read more

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How to Choose the Right Gutter Guard System for Your Home

Installing a gutter guard system on the homes exterior can be a great way to prevent clogs while saving you the hassle of having to clean the area on a regular basis.  But like most renovations homeowners should research their options prior to committing.  Finding the one right for you and your home is important to achieving the results you are l... Read more

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Roof Decking: 3 Types to Consider

A new homeowner must consider two things when buying a home: the foundation and the roof.  While having a solid foundation for your home is vital, having a properly installed roof deck to keep the wind, rain, and snow out of your home can be just as important.  There are three types of roof decks to consider when building, remodeling, or repairin... Read more

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Is Metal Roofing Right For Your Home?

Over the last couple decades metal roofing has become a popular choice among todays homeowners looking for a durable, stylish alternative to standard asphalt shingles.  While many are drawn to its durability and function, is it the right choice for you?  Read on to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing as well as some things to c... Read more

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Schedule Your Gutter Tune-up Today!

Did you know that along with roof and siding installs and repairs, Custom Installations also provides the residents of Evanston, Lake Forest and beyond quality gutter tune-ups?  A gutter tune-up goes beyond the standard cleaning service to make certain the gutter system is 100% operational and functioning.  It offers homeowners a comprehensive ap... Read more

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New Approaches to the Standard Entry Door

One aspect of the homes exterior that can make the biggest impact is the front entry door.  Homeowners are always on the hunt for ways to make their unit not only look great but also blend with the rest of the home.  If you are looking for a way to add some style to the homes exterior, you may want to consider a door re-do following some of the n... Read more

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Window Replacement: Why Hiring a Professional Makes Sense

Window replacement is no small chore. In fact, it can be one of the most extensive exterior projects a homeowner can undertake. Many see the vast amount of off-the-rack windows at their local home improvement store and think the job should be easy to do. They couldnt be further from the truth. While some homeowners may be able to get by on their ow... Read more

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3 Things Every Amazing Exterior Transformation Has in Common

  Have you ever seen stunning before and after pictures of a home and wondered How did they do THAT?  While the time and effort put into these transformations may be great so are the results.  Many homeowners see these types of exterior renovations and think that they are out of reach for their home.  But they arent.  Completin... Read more

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Sell Your Home Fast: 3 Exterior Remodels to Increase Buyer Traffic

When selling a home, first impressions are everything.  Homebuyers often decide whether they like or dislike a residence before even walking through the front door.  They take a quick mental snapshot of the landscaping, color of the home, and its architectural style.  Without even realizing it, they are comparing this property to others they hav... Read more

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4 Tips for Skylight Maintenance

A skylight can be a wonderful way to let more light into the house while adding warmth to dark spaces throughout the interior.  Like most other features of the home though skylights need regular maintenance to function properly while also extending the life of the unit.  Follow these four tips to keep the natural ligh... Read more

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The Charm of Custom Touches

When building a new home or renovating an existing one, homeowners often want to ensure their property stands out from the rest.  Creating a unique, one-of-a-kind exterior is a great way to accomplish this.  When adding beauty and charm to a home, custom features can help you achieve the look you want.  Many think that customizing your home is e... Read more

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Get Your Homes Exterior Ready for Winter

As the leaves begin to fall and the kids head back to school, we are reminded once again that the cooler months are just around the corner.  Before the snow and ice return, it is important to prepare your homes exterior for the extreme weather.  In fact, autumn is a great ti... Read more

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4 Budget-Friendly Summer Projects

Not only is summer a great time to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm weather, it also provides the opportunity to give our homes exterior some much-needed TLC.  The repairs we put off during the cold winter months can finally be tackled.  If you are looking for simple ways to update your propertys exterior, here a 4 budget-friendly summer projec... Read more

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Taking the Stress Out of New Home Siding

Choosing a siding color for the home can be a stressful process.  There are so many options to select from that the possibilities seem endless.  You want something you can be happy with for the long-term while also making a big impact on the look and feel of the homes exterior.  While the process of selecting the perfect hue may seem overwhelmin... Read more

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The Ins and Outs of Roofing Ventilation

Have you ever heard the phrase every roof needs to breathe?   This often refers to the ventilation beneath the roofing deck.  Roofing ventilation is important to the overall quality not only of the roof system but also of the home in general.  When installing a new roof, ventilation must be taken into consideration.  When necessary, attic baffl... Read more

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Start Planning Your Siding Renovation Today

When searching for ways to update the home, many turn to standard kitchen and bathroom renovations. While these renovations can produce some stellar results, they do little for the propertys curb appeal. If you are a looking to create a great first impression, consider a siding renovation.  You will be surprised to find that todays siding industry... Read more

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4 Questions to Ask a Prospective Contractor

Hiring a contractor for your residential remodel can be a nerve wrecking process.  Who you hire can make a big difference in how smoothly your project runs.  It can also be a differentiator in both the cost of the project and the quality of the end-product.  When interviewing prospective contracting partners, ask these essential questions to ens... Read more

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Exterior Doors: Choosing what is Best for your Home?

Exterior doors can bring a warm and inviting appeal to guests and visitors of the homeowners.  But sometimes when doors are often used or age in the home, they can squeak, creak, and bang.  Also, old exterior doors can have gaps causing cold draughts, become stuck as your home settles, and have small windows allowing small amounts of natural ligh... Read more

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Selling Your Home? 7 Exterior Repairs That Get It Sold!

While we tend to focus on the interior when staging our home to sell, we often forget how important the outside can be. In fact, it is the first thing potential buyers will see when they drive up. Do not let minor outside eyesores detract them from appreciating your homes beauty. Here are 7 exterior repairs that can help sell your home faster: &... Read more

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Why Your Homes Roof Pitch Matters

Do you know your roofs pitch?  Although rarely thought about, the homes roof pitch plays an important part in how the overall structure functions.  It is also a factor to consider when replacing the roof itself.    Different Pitches = Different Roofing Materials S... Read more

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new website of Custom Installations, Inc.! Whether you're looking to buy new siding or windows, or would like ideas to protect or update your existing home exterior, you've come to the right place! In the coming weeks and months, we will be using this space to share valuable and exciting new products and ideas for your home. We ho... Read more

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How Well Does Your Audience Trust You?

Choosing a siding color for the home can be a stressful process.  There are so many options to select from that the possibilities seem endless.  You want something you can be happy with for the long-term while also making a big impact on the look and feel of the home’s exterior.  While the process of selecting the perfect hue may seem overwhel... Read more

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ROOFING OPTIONS FOR THE COLONIAL HOME

Colonial homes were first built in the United States in the late 1700s. A typical colonial home has two stories, consists of a wooden or stone exterior, has one or more fireplaces, and a roof most often made from natural materials. Colonial homes were first built in the United States in the late 1700s. A typical colonial home has two stories, consi... Read more

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3 EXTERIOR DOOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR HOME

Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun and would-be copper work intruders, yet attractive enough to make a good first impression. Meeting both of these requirements is no easy task. Many older homes have doors made of wood or wood veneer material. Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorchin... Read more

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3 TIPS FOR CHOOSING ENERGY EFFECIENT WINDOWS

Replacing ineffective and dated windows can be a large project to undertake.  It can also be a huge financial decision for many homeowners.  Along with the concerns of window replacement though, comes the opportunity to install units more able to control the temperature in the home while reducing utility costs.  In fact, today’s market has a w... Read more

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5 REASONS WHY RAIN BARRELS MAKE SENSE

As we turn our clocks ahead, it means that spring is right around the corner, or as the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers!”  The months of March and April can be a wet time of year when rainwater is often in abundance.  One way to take advantage of this surplus is through the use of rain barrels.  This low-cost, eco-friendly solu... Read more

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