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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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Replacement Siding Transforms House

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Time takes it's toll on homes. Homes need constant repair and upkeep. As important is to maintanence is keeping them updated. When it's time to make a serious repair to your home take a page from these homeowners who didn't just replace their worn out siding and old windows with new versions of the same thing. These homeowners completely transformed their home. It looks like it was just built.

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This beautifully transformed Elk Grove Village home choose replacement Craneboard Honey Oak, Dutch Lap siding, white porch and ceiling soffits, white gutters with oversize downspouts and Marvin Infinity casement bow windows.

Replacement Marvin Infinity, Stone White windows were installed before the siding was replaced in order to achieve the cleanest and most water tight installation.

Today building materials come in every imaginable style, color and design. Create your own  custom look. The choices rival the fashion industry! Be bold and transform your exterior - you'll love coming home.

 

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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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Versetta Stone and Insulated Vinyl Siding Transforms this Old House

 

Nothing lasts forever and that includes siding. When the day comes that your old siding makes your home look tired and dated, don’t just replace your existing siding, instead, with a little creativity you can transform your old house into a neighborhood gem. How can you transform your home and budget for the cost of the project?

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Watch the makeover of this home in Elmhurst.

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Wishing You and Your Family a Glorious Easter

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From All of Us at Woodland Exteriors

 

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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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House Siding Styles – How to Create a Custom Look with Vinyl Siding

 

The most frequent questions we get from customers looking to replace their home’s siding are, “is there a vinyl siding that looks like a custom home and can we mix and match siding styles?” Our answer is always the same. Many custom homes mix and match vinyl siding styles using latest millwork profiles to get create a unique style for your home.

Good design is the secret to achieving a custom look and a custom look comes from mixing and matching multiple siding profiles, colors and accessories. Take the time to find a siding contractor who will help you create a uniquely custom design for your replacement siding project.

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Can Vinyl Siding be Painted?

Not that long ago, vinyl siding would not have made a designers list of suitable siding choices for the discerning homeowner with taste. A lot has changed in a few years since the introduction of a new class of vinyl siding entered the scene. You can now choose what’s aesthetically delightful, while keeping maintenance and upkeep on your priority list as well.

The functionality of vinyl siding is unbeatable and you can mix a variety of elements, colors and styles to create a custom look.

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Siding defines the look of a home and today’s vinyl siding allows you to select any combination of color and style to create an architectural look for your home. Maybe you want to recreate the opulent, decorative features and multicolor palette of a Victorian. Or get the look of the popular Colonial style with long expansive siding, gables and a classic front porch. Mix up siding styles such as vinyl shake for gable sides with vinyl lap siding for the main part of the house. Whether your dream is to have a farmhouse, a modern house or a modern farmhouse pay attention to the details. Wide or narrow window frames, crown moldings, beaded or smooth soffits and fascia all in styles to complement your home’s trim. Don’t shy away from adding awesome standout wood, fiberglass or glass doors. All these choices are available and they are essential if you want to be true to architectural style.

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Which House Has Vinyl Siding?

Can you pick the home that does not have vinyl siding, from the photos below? Only one home from the line up does not have vinyl siding – the rest do.
Your brain is checking off all the things you've heard about vinyl siding. If Danny DeVito, in the movie Tin Man pops into your head, well that was aluminum siding, not vinyl.  What you think you know about vinyl siding. It only comes in white. It looks flimsy. It's for tract houses. It's inexpensive. It doesn't look like wood.
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What You Need to Know Before Installing Evanston Home Siding

Siding can make your home appear more attractive than other homes in the neighborhood. It can also add to the value of your property. You should hire a professional to take care of the installation work so that you know it's being put up properly and in a way that will have it looking great for years to come. Siding professionals have the required technical skills and expertise to ensure that the job is performed properly.
 
However, before making a decision on your Evanston home siding, you may need to consider several things. Before making the final decision on what you want, it is vital to make sure you have evaluated these options to determine which is best for you. These factors include cost, durability, maintenance, ability to replace or repair in the event of damage, installation requirements, appearance and design.
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The Benefits and Value of Replacement Siding in Chicago

The exterior of your home is very important. Everyone feels more comfortable living in a well-cared for home and getting replacement siding can help maximize your home’s exterior appeal. Old siding can become unattractive, and worst of all, it may allow the elements to slowly bring your home to complete ruin. The good news, however, is that installing or replacing aging siding can increase your home’s curb appeal, repair any hidden structural flaws, and improve your home's energy efficiency.
 
Curb appeal
 
Aged siding is often faded with a less pulsating color than it initially had. It usually has a generally dirty and unpleasant appearance which makes it nearly impossible to keep looking sparkling clean. This doesn’t always means it’s neglected by the homeowners, but it is a problem that affects almost all homes. New siding can dramatically improve the external appearance of your home. Passersby and neighbors will spend a lot of time admiring your home. New siding comes in many different styles, materials, and colors.
 
Prevent structural damage
 
Timeworn siding can frequently allow leaks around your home’s windows, possibly causing serious structural damage to your house. At times, the signs of this damage becomes easily visible, and it even may include you spotting actual water flowing along the windowsill. However, sometimes the damage is not quite so obvious, and you may only notice small cracks in the drywall. Structural damage can occur in the form of floor rot, deteriorated studs, or weakening plywood. Installing new siding will help restore the original state of your home. Replacing your old, deteriorated siding will ensure you do not spend a fortune in home repairs later on down the road.
 
Maintenance
 
Another benefit with replacement siding is that is doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. Whether you choose vinyl, wood, or shake and shingles siding, you won’t need to worry about maintenance issues. What you will need to keep an eye on is wood siding as you will want to repaint or treat it to keep away termites and other wood-destroying pests. Vinyl is arguably the best siding material since it needs zero maintenance. Vinyl is energy efficient and it is very durable.
 
Energy efficiency
 
Do you care about energy efficiency? Almost every homeowner in Chicago will tell you yes. Siding can offer you a great opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. New siding is often insulated and insulated siding increases the R-Value of a home; the higher the R-value, the better.
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Why Install Replacement Siding on Your Chicago Home

Buying replacement siding for your home is an excellent decision, both functionally and aesthetically. Unlike a new decorating scheme or fresh paint, new siding is something that will serve you for many years. By choosing the right material and color, your siding will add significant value to your home. If you are currently thinking of reselling your house, then it is important to consider installing new siding as it will contribute in attracting buyers. Also, if you are planning to renovate your home, siding can make your home appear more beautiful and welcoming. Here is some advice on what to consider when shopping for siding.
 
If you are thinking of replacing your existing siding, conduct a simple inspection to determine whether your existing siding needs replacement. Using appropriate tools, such as a screwdriver, push below the curved siding to determine how strong the layer beneath it is. Several signs may indicate damaged siding. If the paint is peeling, or the siding is sagging, it may be because the material is getting old. This may allow moisture to leak underneath it. This can ruin the interior walls of your house, so it is something you should check out as often as possible.
 
Mildew and mold formation on your siding walls can also be the cause of moisture problems. While mold and mildew presence may not always indicate signs of failing siding, they should be a cause for concern. Problems in siding may not be visible to the naked eye. You may need different tools or a professional to come and investigate the situation for you. The specialist will expose areas that need attention, if the damage is not big, you may only need to repair the siding. However, if the damage is significant, you will have no other option but to replace all of it.
 
When purchasing siding materials, be sure to pick the right colors. Bright colors such as yellow are good for attracting attention in the neighborhood. Sometimes your homeowner’s association or neighborhood may have their own regulations regarding color choices. Lighter shades often do not absorb light, hence they are appropriate for areas with hot weather. This way you’ll be able to save a significant amount of money on cooling costs during the summer. Wood siding can be repainted into any color. Vinyl siding may not allow for painting as it usually comes with a permanent color from the manufacturer, but it is extremely durable.
 
Material is another important factor to consider. There are many options to choose from. However, your choice will depend on your budget, preference, and what you want to get out of it. If you have a limited budgeted, you will probably want to go for vinyl. Again, if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort maintaining the siding, vinyl would be the right choice, as well.
 
Siding is usually the first thing people tend to notice more than anything else about your home. With a good selection and a qualified installation contractor, you can make sure that the siding of your home is firm, aesthetically appealing, and inviting.
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Why Should You Choose Vinyl Siding for Your Chicago Home?

Siding can help to maintain the structural integrity of your home, as well as add significant curb appeal. With proper siding, you can protect the foundation of your home and walls against water damage. Also, with siding, pests such as termites would have a hard time getting their way through cracks in the wall in order to invade your home. Perfect siding can help to prevent these issues, and keep your home strong and inviting.
 
Why Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding is probably the most popular siding option available. Vinyl has many benefits, and that’s why more and more homeowners are considering it when thinking of getting replacement siding their homes. To begin with, vinyl siding is cheaper than other siding materials. But the cost of vinyl siding is determined by several factors, such as size of the home, manufacturer of the material, warranty, quantity, and the installer. Another factor affecting the price of vinyl siding is the cost of installation. And speaking of installation, it’s a bit easier to install vinyl siding than installing other types of siding like wood or aluminum. Vinyl is also energy efficient and can save homeowners a great deal of money on utility bills.
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Benefits of Vinyl Siding for Your Chicago Home

The right siding can enhance the look and durability of your entire home. Remodeling your home's exterior is never an easy task. Many people wonder about what type of siding material would be the best to install on their properties. In a few words, siding can be defined as a wall covering the exterior of your home to prevent or reduce effects of weather and outdoor elements. There are a wide variety of siding options available to choose from, which give many homeowners a difficult time to make the final decision. Keep reading and discover why vinyl siding is one of the best choices.
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Benefits of New Siding for Your Home

The exterior of your home is really important. It is one of the first things people usually notice about your home. Aging siding not only ruins the appearance of your home, but it also allows unwelcome elements to sneak into your house and wreak havoc. However, there are several ways to enhance the look of your house's façade. Perhaps you are putting your home on the market, and want to add to its curb appeal. Or it could be you’re just fed up with coming home to a messy, run-down-looking home every day. No matter the reason of your need to improve the appearance of your property, adding new siding is one of the easiest and best ways to do so.  
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Different Types of Home Siding

Installing a new siding is a great way to remodel the outside of your home. It not only beautifies your home, but also protects it from rain, snow, wind and other elements. Siding is easy to install, but before that step, you need to select which type is best for your home. Since there are a wide variety of siding materials available on the market today, choosing one can be confusing and difficult. Regardless of which type you choose, always remember that it will stay there for many years to come. Therefore, be sure to do your research before purchasing one.
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Benefits of Vinyl Siding in Bloomingdale

Beautifying the outside of your house is a meaningful investment. Make the right choice and you’ll enjoy the benefits for many years. Currently, vinyl is one of the most preferred choices for siding. Vinyl is a quality siding option and it can look classy for many years while protecting your home. With the wide variety of grains, thicknesses, and colors available on the market, vinyl is truly the best choice when it comes to siding your home.
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Benefits of Replacement Siding in Chicago

Adding or replacing the siding of your house is of paramount importance. Enhancing the appearance of your home would not only improve its curb appeal, but it also has a few other benefits. Adding the right siding to your home can give your property a fresh and modern look.

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