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Windows for a Passive House

Passive homes are buildings that require an extremely small amount of energy for their heating and cooling needs. They are energy efficient, comfortable, affordable, and ecological. A passive home is a concept that aims to increase efficiency so that conventional heating systems are no longer necessary. With less reliance on fossil fuels to heat and cool the home, a passive home will maintain constant temperatures and this ability to function without active responses from a heating or cooling source, lends to the name Passive House.

23 Tips To Get Your Home Exterior Ready For Summer

Spring fever is in full swing. That means that the sun is out and it is perfect weather for improving your exterior for the summer ahead. The trouble is, what exactly does that mean? Where should you start? Don’t get overwhelmed, we are here to help. Check out these steps to get your house prepped for a beautiful summer in Illinois!

The Best Low Maintenance Siding Option

There are many different siding options on the market, and many of them are advertised as "low maintenance." But from all the materials that are used to make siding, fiber cement is the most low maintenance and this is why.

Signs of Mold In Your Home

Mold is a common microorganism that can be toxic to your health. It is best to remove it immediately from your home. The first step to removing mold is identifying it. Here are some tips to help you identify signs of mold in your home.

What do you need to know? Metal Roofing and Weather

A metal roof is a sensible way to protect your home--it is durable, has low maintenance, and is energy efficient. It also manages various forms of weather differently than other roofing products. This is what you need to know when it comes to metal roofing and weather.

The Homeowner's Complete Guide To Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression a stranger gets when walking by your home. Would you be proud of what they see? If not, here is a guide to help you be perceived as the nicest home in the neighborhood!

When Should I Replace My Home Windows?

Windows play many roles in a home, but they don't last forever. Read about some easy ways to know when its time to replace your home windows.

Designs & Tips For Your Home Exterior Remodel

Remodeling sounds like a lot of fun, but when you start looking at all of the options it can be overwhelming. To help you out with the process, here are some design ideas and tips for your home exterior remodel.

What are the Best Options for Fire-Resistant House Siding?

Your home is your most important asset. So it doesn’t come as great surprise when you want to take the time to make sure that it, and those who live in it, are protected. And more homeowners are turning to fire resistant sidings to do so.

Infographic: Average ROI For Your Home Exterior Remodel

Remodeling your home exterior is a large investment of time and money. Prioritize your resources into areas with the best return on investment to get the most bang for your buck. Know where those areas are by checking out this infographic on the average ROI for each investment opportunity.

Comparing Various Types of Roofing Materials

Shopping for a new roof can be a daunting task. There are various materials and products on the market and if you don’t shop for a new roof on a regular basis, they all may seem a bit foreign. We’ll try to simplify things for you and set your mind at ease as you venture toward a new roof.

Wind Damage: The Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare

If you had to guess what the most frequently submitted home insurance claim would be, what would you say? Water damage, fire, mold? Well, think again! The most submitted home insurance claim is wind damage. Find out how to prepare for it here!

Where Are The Common Mold Areas In Your House?

Mold is present almost everywhere--both inside and outside. It can produce allergens and lead to poor air quality. It can spoil food and damage a house. Mold thrives with moisture and can be smelly. And when left unaddressed, mold can be highly destructive. Here are some of the more common areas to check in your home for the possible infestation of mold.

Should You Replace Your Roof in the Winter?

Wondering if you should replace your roof during the winter in Illinois? Find out the answer here!

When is the Best Time to Paint Your Exterior

It is time to paint the house. You have known this project has been coming for years and now the peeling paint is staring you in the face. The supplies have been purchased and you nearly trip over the cans of paint while walking through the garage. It’s at the top of your to-do list and you have used all of the excuses in the book to avoid this project, but one excuse remains...

How to Prevent Pipes from Bursting

The snow and cold are here again! The glimmering winter landscape looks lovely, but if you don't heat your home properly, it can cause your pipes to burst! Exploding pipes can result in a flooded basement and thousands of dollars in damages. So read these tips to prevent your pipes from bursting, before you are in trouble!

Important Exterior Projects To Do This Fall

With Summer nearing an end and Fall around the corner, now is the time to get your home in shape before the cold weather arrives. Start by taking a glance at your home’s exterior and add these items to your end-of-summer checklist.

Prepare Your Cedar Roof For Winter With These Tips

Illinois is known for its especially flaky winters. Unfortunately, the overabundance of snow is wearing on your cedar roof. To make sure you are prepared for winter, check out these tips to keep your cedar roof in prime condition.

How To Assess Your Home For Damage After A Storm

The quicker you can handle your insurance claim after a storm the better. This deters insurance companies from being able to say that you waited too long to know if it was from the storm. It also gets you on the contractor’s list faster than your neighbors that wait. Before you pick up the phone though, make sure you are handling the process the right way by following these steps.

Ice Dams: The Hidden Winter Threat

Winters in Illinois can be rough. In order to prevent extra havoc, it is important to prepare yourself. Ice dams can cause a lot of damage to your home, so make sure you have checked these areas to avoid the extra costs! 

12 Low Budget Renovation Ideas For Your Home Exterior

Renovating your home exterior does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. Any improvement is a great start, so fit your remodeling schedule to your budget. To get you started with options, here are some low budget projects you can start this weekend.

Expert Guide to Siding Replacement

Are you thinking about replacing your siding and don’t know where to start? There is a lot more that goes into siding than the color and price. We’ve created this mini-guide to help you through the siding replacement process.

Do You Have a Funky Smell in Your Home?

Do you have a mildewy smell in your home that doesn’t seem to go away? You might have mold spores growing in your home that need to be removed.

How to Clean Fire and Smoke Damage

Fires are an extremely stressful event. After the fire, you may be wondering what to do next. Highmark Restorations is here to help with some expert tips on how to navigate through the fire damage process.

Do I Need to Hire a Restoration Company?

If your home has been damaged by a flood or fire, it can be tough to decide if the damage is bad enough to need help with the restoration process. If you still are unsure after you read this post, give your local restoration service a call. A lot of the time they will come out and offer you a free estimate.

8 Quick Steps to Take When Your Basement Is Flooded

You need to act fast when your basement is flooded. These quick steps will help you minimize the damage!

20 Signs You Need To Invest In Your Home Exterior

In Illinois, it is well known that the winter weather can take a toll on a home’s exterior. Old age or wear and tear also contribute to the damage. That is why it is important to check the exterior of your home at least once a year for signs that your exterior needs help.