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    A Guide to Your Home Siding Options

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Your home’s exterior should reflect your personal style, as it is the first impression visitors and passersby will take away. Because there are beautiful and durable siding options for every price range, you can always think about an upgrade. Working closely with your remodeling contractor will ensure that you settle on the right siding for your budget, maintenance, and style requirements.

    Natural wood gives a classic, beautiful look to any home and is perfect if your house is set amid trees. Cedar clapboards and shingles will require finishing every couple of years to maintain their rich color. Cedar is a very durable material that is resistant to warping due to humidity or moisture. This elegant and resilient wood is also a good insulator, making it perfect for siding.

    Aluminum siding is an excellent option because this metal is durable, lightweight, and easy to install. Aluminum siding could conceivably last a lifetime, or at least 50 years. You can buy most metal siding in the color of your choosing and won’t need to repaint.

    Vinyl siding has the benefits of wood but is cheaper and easier to find. Also, you can install vinyl on top of existing siding if desired. For green thinkers, it’s important to know that vinyl isn’t biodegradable, but it also doesn’t need to be replaced often. This siding can last 30 to 50 years with little maintenance. When vinyl siding does need to be replaced, the old vinyl is often recyclable.

    Fiber Cement
    If your budget is flexible, fiber cement siding may be your best choice. It is composed of a combination of wood, sand, cement, and clay. This siding is poured like cement and molded to look like your choice of wood, brick, or stucco. You can have fiber cement mixed to the hue of your liking.

    Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. installs each of these siding options at your convenience. Call us at (224) 205-4731 to learn more about our many other North Shore renovation services, including roofing, decks, and interior remodeling for bathrooms and kitchens.

    Tips for Preparing for a Remodel

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When you decide to remodel your home, you are investing in home improvements that will increase both your property value and enjoyment of your surroundings. Hiring a trustworthy contractor will make the preparation and execution of the remodel run smoothly.

    In this video, you will learn what it takes to prepare for your remodel. The first step is organization. You must first design the job in your mind and on paper so that the contractor knows what you want. Hire a contractor with a design team that can interpret your vision effectively. Before breaking ground, you and the contractor need to arrange deadlines, permits, insurance, payment schedules, and other important details.

    Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. is fully insured and has an experienced, friendly design team that can make preparing for renovation simple. Call us at (224) 205-4731 for any Northern Illinois home remodeling project you can imagine.

    Bak Brothers Remodeling Wins The James Hardie Service Excellence Award!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    The James Hardie Service Excellence Award celebrates exemplary quality and superior customer service as measured by GuildQuality's customer satisfaction surveying. To see all customer feedback for our company, visit our GuildQuality  profile page!

    No matter what kind of home improvement project you have in mind, Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. can transform your vision into reality. We have created custom interior remodel projects for homeowners across Chicago’s North Shore. To find out how we can help you build your dream , call us today at (224) 205-4731.

    Gut Remodeling: What Is It and When Is It the Right Remodeling Option?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Sometimes demolition is not the best option for revitalizing a house that needs significant remodeling. Homes with beautiful, healthy exteriors can be renovated from the inside out in a process known as gut remodeling. Your home improvement contractor can help you plan a gut remodel that saves money and materials, simultaneously preserving the environment.

    When You Want an Entirely New Interior
    Gut remodeling entails stripping the inside of a home whose outside is sturdy enough to house a new interior. Your contractors will strip the inside of the home layer by layer, removing flooring, walls, insulation, HVAC components, and plumbing as necessary. Doing so also helps to identify any problems that may have existed in the home that neither yourself nor service professionals would have previously seen your house from such a perspective.

    When Your Exterior Is Healthy
    If your home’s exterior is in good condition, tearing it down instead of working on the inside can be a costly mistake. For starters, you would be wasting useful materials from the outside of the home, such as expensive siding. There may also be insulation, flooring, and other parts of the house’s infrastructure that can be reused. In addition to not wasting expensive materials, you can help the environment by not discarding non-biodegradable substances like vinyl.

    When a New Home Costs More
    The materials remaining inside your gutted house can be worth several thousands of dollars, let alone the exterior. Scrapping all of this only to build a new home with all-new materials is like paying for the same thing twice. If the house is salvageable and sturdy, it’s most likely going to cost you less to gut remodel than to build something new. Just like applying for a mortgage for purchasing a new home, you can get a loan to cover the costs if necessary.

    Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. guts and restores Chicago-area and Northern Illinois homes with respect and attention to detail. Call us at (224) 205-4731 to plan your remodeling project with a contractor. You can also visit our showroom to look at a wide array of roofing, siding, and flooring options available to you.

    Learn More About Proper Home Winterization And Ice Dam Management And Prevention

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Getting your home winter-ready is one of the surest ways to prevent costly issues, such as ice dam formation, clogged gutters, and roof damage. For more information on these topics, click on the links below or call (224) 205-4731 to talk Bak Brothers Remodeling, Inc. 

    Learn how to avoid frozen pipes by reading this Chicago Tribune article.

    Find out some easy ways to winterize your home at The Daily Green on the web.

    How do you prevent ice dams from forming? Go to the TLC website to find out!

    Read this informative article from the University of Minnesota to learn about ice dam formation and prevention.

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