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This is where we will post relevant articles, information, and how-to's related to all things home exteriors, specifically sunrooms, roofing, and siding. Check back often for updates and new information!

Fall Open House – Celebrating 50 years

We hope you’ll join us next Saturday, October 5th at the Woodland Windows and Doors & Woodland Exteriors showrooms at the corner of Lake and Gary for our 50th Anniversary Fall Open House. We invite you to learn about what’s new for windows and doors, gather with neighbors, family and friends, or enjoy some fun with your kids.

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Why visit an Open House?

Woodland sponsors the Open House because it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about home improvement products and services in an informal setting without any pressure. Our large showroom is a showcase for a homeowners and builders planning new and remodeling projects. Home improvement products are rapidly changing and the Open House is a perfect opportunity to learn about the new features available today. We also like to hear directly from customer’s what products and services you need from us. What better way than to open the doors for people to leisurely explore, talk with experts and learn about window and door options before you need them?

Woodland and Woodland Exteriors is a full-service dealer with a full complement of products for all types of homes or home projects. We also serve the trades and commercial builders offering state of the art products and installation services.

Come in Saturday, October 4th from 10am-3pm and see for yourself all the resources available to you when you’re ready to plan your window, door, sunroom, deck, siding or other project. Windows and doors are indisputably cornerstones for any improvement or building project and as such are specified and ordered very early in any building project.

It’s never too early to educate yourself about these products and here’s your opportunity.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All

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A special thanks to our customers for another great year.

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Wishing You and Your Family a Glorious Easter

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Siding, Roofing, Sunroom Additions Need Professional Installers

 

One of the most difficult challenges of home ownership is finding qualified home improvement professionals who proactively manage your project.Sunrm Gall Bloomingdale 2

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Whether you need to replace your siding, roofing or want to add a sunroom to your backyard space, the first thing to know is that no home improvement job is without surprises, challenges and delays. Your challenge at the start is to select a contractor who understands that reality and knows how to minimize the potential associated pitfalls and maximize the final result.

Construction best practices always includes the use of the project management process, but seldom do the vast number of home improvement contractors use the discipline of that process. Yet most everyone would agree that remodeling is fraught with unforeseen obstacles, so when it’s time to select a contractor insist on them showing you their process.

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Condominium Roof Replacement – Consult a Multi-Family Home Expert

It’s never pleasant news to learn that your condominium or townhome complex needs a new roof. That’s true whether you’re a homeowner or the homeowner association staff. Realistically speaking everyone concerned knows the alternative to not taking action when an old roof is beginning to show signs of failing is far worse.

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Why You Should Replace Your Roof in Chicago

At the end of the day, all types of roofing wear down and need to be replaced. You don't need to replace your roof every year, every five years, or even really every 10 years. But you should also not put the job off for years because you’re likely going to end up with significant structural damage. For this reason, it is important to know how to inspect the condition of your roof and find out if there are any signs of deterioration. Finding these problems early is the key to eliminating or reducing long-term costs related to any home repair work.
 
When you are assessing your roof, it’s important to pay attention to several things, such as rotting, blistering, missing shingles, damaged flushing, algae growth, and curling. A professional roof inspector can visually inspect your roof for bald and torn shingles, or cracks. Seeing a lot of shingle granules in the gutters indicates a sign of serious wear and tear.
 
The first decision is whether to replace the entire roof or just do a partial replacement. Whether you choose to do a complete replacement or partial replacement, there are pros and cons associated with each. Complete replacement is expensive, but can be beneficial in the long-run. Typically, partial roof replacement is less expensive, but may prove expensive with time since you will eventually need to replace other areas.
 
Replacing singles as a result of a fallen branch or extreme wind is a fairly easy process and isn't very costly. Damaged or torn shingles can be replaced with new ones. The disadvantage is that if your roof is old and you do not have any spare shingles left for the job, your partial replacement job may have shingles that do not match the current roof. But that isn’t a huge concern as the repair job can extend the life of your roof for a few years. Nevertheless, if you are thinking of reselling your home in the next few years, installing shingles that match the existing ones is important. It may be a better idea to think about total roof replacement at this point.
 
If the roof has suffered significant damage but is limited to one side of the roof, partial roofing replacement will be enough.
 
According to roofing experts, a new roof is cheaper in the long run. Even if only a small section of the roof is showing signs of damage. It is worth considering replacing the whole roof while the roofers are on-site with their tools, scaffolding, ladders etc. Full installation will likely be less expensive than doing small replacement parts now and doing the remaining sections in a few months. This will not only help you save money, but will also protect you against huge repair expenses down the road.
 
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Tips for Hiring a Professional Roofer in Chicago

You may need a roofer to perform various types of jobs, like replacing a roof, installing a roof, or repairing a damaged roof. You need someone who is experienced and has a license. You need someone who is capable of performing complex roofing tasks and abides by the state codes. Any small mistake in hiring a roofer can lead to serious consequences, whether it is a waste of your hard earned money or time, or a shoddy job that fails to live up to your expectations, or even simply a careless job that puts your home at risk. Here are a few essential factors to consider when hiring a roofing contractor.
 
Attention to detail: If your potential roofer shows attention to details, such as professional conduct, wearing proper attire, and answering your calls, then he is worthy of hiring. Hire a roofer who has your best interest at heart and will help you get value for your money.
 
Experience: Experience is one of the key factors that should not be disregarded. The roofer should have a lot of experience handling roofing issues of all kinds. Be cautious of inexperienced contractors, as they may not deliver proper work. You want a good deal and you may get disappointed when you don’t get it. Thus, do a background-check on the roofer; review his track records, and relationship with workers and clients.
 
Knowledgeable: You do not want to spend money on someone who isn’t well-informed about the latest trends in the roofing industry, such as styles, materials, etc. The roofer should know how to utilize the latest technology to check and fix problems that match your needs.
 
Prices and Quoting: Pricing is the single most important aspect, and one need to consider in any investment or purchase. And this applies when choosing roofing contractors, as well. However, what is more important is getting a reliable and accurate price estimate from your potential roofer. You must know in advance how much you need to pay so that you can prepare your budget.
 
Insurance: Make sure the roofer has a valid roofing insurance. This will ensure that you are protected against all kinds of risks. Also, you will be assured that this is a genuine roofer who understands what he is doing.
 
References: Getting the best of the best roofing contractor can be challenging. To find the best roofer in town, you should try to talk to your coworkers, neighbors, family, friends and other trusted connections to get the names of top roofers in the area. Additionally, to ensure you are getting the best roofer and the best price quote possible, get several bids from at least three different roofing contractors. This will help to make better comparisons in order to choose the right contractor.
 
Warranties: Although it isn’t a necessity, it is vitally important to hire a contractor who offers a warranty on their roofing products.
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Most Common Roofing Problems in Elk Grove Village

Roofs are indisputably very essential and offer several benefits, and homeowners in Elk Grove Village want to ensure that their roofs stay in good condition to prevent any of the following problems from leading to serious structural damage. Here are some common problems associated with roofs that homeowners should be aware of.
 
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The Best Roofing Materials for Your Naperville Home

Want to replace your roof? In addition to choosing a competent roofing contractor, another essential thing to consider when getting a new roof is the roofing material. Most homeowners in Naperville will go for the standard asphalt shingles for cost reasons. But it is a good idea to take a look at the varieties of roofing materials available on the marker prior to getting an evaluation from your contractor. Here are some of the popular roofing options available:
 
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Different Types of Roofing

A roof is what makes the home complete. Roofing is, of course, the most essential part of a home as it protects it against hostile weather, such as rainstorms and heat from the sun. These adverse weather conditions could affect a home’s appearance, quality, and value. For this reason, it is of utmost importance to make sure you choose the right type of roofing materials for your home. The good thing is that there are a wide variety of roofing material options available on the market for you.

Asphalt Roofing
 
An asphalt roofing material is a very popular construction product, particularly in the United States. It can work well with virtually all roofing styles. Asphalt shingles are much less costly than some alternatives. The price, however, will depend on the seller and the size of the home that needs a new roof.
 
Asphalt roofing options come with lots of benefits for your property. More often than not, a homeowner would first like to know whether the product is affordable. Secondly, he may want to confirm if the roofing material is easy to repair. As a matter of fact, asphalt roofing shingles are less costly than others. It is manufactured in a wide variety of colors, sizes, styles and shapes. Asphalt is also resistant to extreme weather, such as scorching heat from the sun and heavy downpours.
 
Tile Roofing
 
Tile roofing is arguably the most common roofing that is used all over the world. This type of roofing can guarantee durability because it can last for over 100 years. In fact, tile roofing is proven to be fire resistant. It comes in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and shapes. It is up to you to choose the perfect style in order to enhance the beauty of your home through your roof.
 
Wood Roofing
 
Wood roofing should be considered whenever you plan to remodel your home. This roofing material is good at warming the house because of its ability to prevent heat loss.
 
None of these roofing options are a bad choice for you. With that in mind, it is still vital to consult with an expert in order to make an informed decision. The expert will help you choose a material that is within your budget, safe; efficient and suits the design of your home.

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Roofing and Roofers: Everything You needed to Understand about Roofing


All Chicago homes are constructed with one or two essentials. Doors, beams, and windows are some of the essential components that are found in our homes, whether you have a large Victorian mansion or a small Ranch-style house. The roof of a house is one of the most important features on any home. Choosing the right roofing material is of vital importance because it can go a long way in offering a beautiful and long-lasting home.  

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Choose The Right Roofer to Ensure Your Roof Withstands Schaumburg’s Weather

One of the most nerve-wracking home repairs any homeowner can undertake is a roof repair or roof replacement. It’s not that there is anything especially difficult about roof repair as compared to other home repairs, but the roof is so integral to the home than any fault in the repair can put not only the home, but the family that lives in it in jeopardy. Add to that the fact that there have been many unqualified “roofers” advertising their services over the years, and people have become very skeptical of roofing companies in general. But there are steps every homeowner can take to ensure that they choose a qualified roofing contractor.

What Conditions Most Affect Roofs Schaumburg?

Weather patterns in the Schaumburg area are the number one concern as it relates to roof care and maintenance. While winter temperatures can routinely dip below the freezing point, summertime high temperatures average 84 degrees in July, and can often top 90 degrees or more. The area also sees a fair amount of rain, with August being the rainiest month on average and a typical rainfall being almost 5 inches for the month. Additionally, Schaumburg sees an average of over 36 inches of snow per year – which is almost double the average for Illinois as a whole. Snow is one of the most dangerous weather conditions with relation to roofing, as the weight of the snow has been known to literally snap a poorly constructed roof in two. Add all this to this the windy nature of  weather in the Schaumburg area, and it becomes clear why residents must constantly be aware of the condition of their roofs, and why it is doubly important that Schaumburg residents choose a competent company for any of their roof repair or replacement needs.

What to look for in a Quality Roof Care Company

Because a roof is an indispensable, vitally important part of the structure of any home, roofing contractors should be well- qualified before being hired. Here are some pointers for selecting a quality roofing company:

  • Licensed – It not advisable to use any roofing company which does not have the requisite licensing to operate in Schaumburg. Hiring an unlicensed contractor is rarely a good idea when it comes to home improvement. As roofing is particularly important, hiring a licensed contractor is the only way to go.
  • Bonding/Insurance – All professional roofing companies in Schaumburg should be bonded and insured. Obtaining insurance is for the company’s protection as much as the client’s. This is because repairing or replacing a roof necessarily carries some element of danger. Every professional roofing company in Schaumburg will be properly covered. Period.
  • Experience – At the end of the day experience is what separates a good roofer from a great roofer. The experience a roofer gains from spending countless years on the job is invaluable because no roofing job is the same as the one before. An experienced roofer is more likely to have the knowledge and skillset needed to address any unforeseen issues which may arise.
  • Punctuality – A roofing company should always show up on time, and give the customer a realistic estimate as to how long the job will take to complete.
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