Restoration Millwork Trimboards with J-Pockets photo courtesy of CertainTeed
Usually, High Quality Contracting, Inc. does not write product reviews. However, we decided that doing so would help educate our customer base on why we work with some products and not others. Today we are going to review CertainTeed Restoration Millwork PVC Exterior Trim. A product we are very comfortable installing. We find it to be an excellent alternative to wood trim.
PVC Vinyl Trim
Made of PVC (vinyl), CertainTeed Restoration Millwork PVC Exterior Trim can be cut, routed, shaped, and milled with ordinary wood-working tools. The product forms beautiful designs. Restoration Millwork is also relatively simple to maintain.
Wood trim tends to rot over time. Even treated, the elements will eventually take root, and the trim will need upkeep and possible replacement. While working with the CertainTeed Restoration Millwork PVC Exterior Trim, we have found that the product does not rot, mold, absorb moisture, warp, or bow. It is practically maintenance-free. This is excellent news for homeowners who would rather not replace and repaint their trim every couple of years.
Restoration Millwork is available in several varieties of wood grain looks, including smooth and TrueTexture™ woodgrain finishes. The array makes matching the right trim style to your home a breeze.
Restoration Millwork Trimboard With Cut-Out: photo courtesy of CertainTeed
Benefits Of Use
There are other benefits we have found are:
“PVC exterior trim is self-extinguishing, which earns it a Class A (Class 1) Flame Spread Classification. ” as stated the CertainTeed Company.
Restoration Millwork is wood-boring insect resistant. The trim might look and feel like wood, but bugs such as termites and carpenter ants are not interested in it.
Restoration Millwork is code compliant (ICC Evaluation Services, Inc. (ICC-ES) ESR-2922). It meets the criteria for exterior trim used in residential construction.
The product resists freezing during the winter months. The cold will not normally crack the trim.
Restoration Millwork comes ready to install in a natural white color. It also can be painted following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Bendable with heat forming for geometric window surrounds and architectural shapes.
It comes in a range of thicknesses and lengths.
UV ray resistant.
Salt spray resistant ( Hello Wisconsin Winters).
The CertainTeed Restoration Millwork PVC Exterior Trim is durable and flexible. This modern siding product is one that we recommend. When deciding to use this product for your home’s new siding, ask your High Quality Contracting, Inc. design representative for the current warranty information. Because warranty information varies by product we did not include it in our review CertainTeed Restoration Millwork Trim.
If you are interested in learning more about how High Quality Contracting, Inc., uses this product or if you are interested in scheduling your home for a siding consultation, please contact us today.
When High Quality Contracting, Inc. first got the call regarding this garage, we were not sure what we were in for. The garage was in bad shape. It was ready to fall down with any good storm. However, all was not lost for our customers. They trusted us to repair, remodel, and stabilize the garage into a useful steady structure.
We first began by removing any existing parts that were rotted and damaged. We installed temporary systems to stabilize the garage until we finished the demolition part of the project.
Once that was finished, we moved on to jacking up the ceiling 5″ in the middle to make the roof level again. We installed new LVL headers. We strengthened the walls and rebuilt the soffits. Our crew also rebuilt the roof. The roof received new 2×4’s, plywood, and shingles. The crew replaced the old windows with new double-hung windows from Jeldwin Windows.
As the project took shape, we continued by adding a service door and siding. The amount of craftsmanship put into the project is evident by viewing the before photo and the after photos.
The final photo is before we finished up with a new coat of paint.
However, you can see the beauty of this garage and how sound it is now compared to before. The new walls, roof, and doors have made this garage built to last for years to come.
We left this project with happy customers and their garage is now strong and steady and ready for the Wisconsin elements.
We all want home renovations with high ROI. If you are trying to decide which home projects you should do first, or if you are considering listing your home soon, you may be interested to know which home renovations give you the best bang for your buck. You may be considering updating appliances, carpeting, and paint to be the place to spend the money, but, don’t be so quick. According to a recent article in US News and annual reports in Remodeling Magazine, you may be better off spending your money in other areas instead.
Here are six great projects to consider that offer the best return on your investment.
It is true that the hub of any home is the kitchen. A kitchen remodel can recoup anywhere from 65- 80% and add value to your home quickly. It is a crucial selling point for most buyers as well. When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgraded modern countertops, cabinets, flooring, and lighting. You do not necessarily need to make a complete overhaul of the kitchen, however, consider at least a few of these options to get that updated look. If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house, look at opening up a wall to allow for an open concept. This may mean the difference between a quick sale or one that sits on the market for months.
Another prime area for investment is the bathroom. Remodeling a current bathroom will recoup a higher return than adding a bathroom. However, according to Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, if you only have one bathroom and multiple people are sharing it, an additional bathroom may mean the difference between a sale or not.
When considering upgrading your current bathroom, updated tiles, tubs, sinks and cabinetry is vital. Increase lighting and space where possible. If adding a bathroom, the placement of where this bathroom is can be significant. Many people enjoy having an en-suite to the master bedroom. Your High Quality Contracting, Inc. remodeling expert can help design the perfect bathroom for you.
More Square Footage
According to the National Association of Realtors, a home renovations with high ROI include increasing your square footage. A homeowner can expect to recoup upwards of 69% for refinishing a basement, attic, or other space in a home. By increasing the livable space in a home, you can assure that you will dramatically improve your home’s value.
Research the going rate per square foot for living space in your area to get an estimate for the value of the increase.
Remodeling Magazine states that you should not invest in the top of the line for a window upgrade if you are planning to sell. Instead, invest in a midgrade product that is energy efficient. It increases the possibility for a faster sale, as well as brightens the room. You can expect to recoup upwards of 74% on vinyl replacement windows.
2017 Cost Vs. Value Report in Remodeling Magazine reports that the number one ROI investment into your home was professionally installed attic insulation. Because of the substantial improvements in insulation products becoming more energy efficient and lasting longer, this upgrade makes sense if you are planning to stay or leave. Not only do you lower heating and cooling costs, but, you ROI is roughly around 108%.
Updated Home Siding
This one is just common sense, one home renovations with high ROI is home siding. Updating your home siding can improve many aspects of your home as well as enhance the chances of a sale. Realtors insist on creating curb appeal when selling your home, first impressions count. So what is the ROI for the siding change? That depends on the product you choose as well as making sure it is professionally installed. The foam-back provides at least three times the R-Value as the hollow-backed siding. This reduces the overall heating and cooling budget for the home. The price is higher than the hollow-backed siding, but, it pays off in resale value and energy costs. Choose from a wide array of colors and textures to meet the structure of your home. If you are a little unsure as to what products would best fit your home and budget, one of our siding experts can help you decide by explaining the options.
There are many other projects that you can do around your home that have a good ROI; however, these are our top 6 for this year. If you are considering selling your property, give us a call and set up a free consultation. High Quality Contracting Inc. can assist you in deciding which projects might best help you increase your resale value.
Your home is one of the biggest expressions of who you are. It shows your character and your style. Each corner, each curtain is part of a bigger picture of you. So why is it then that people tend to take so little time to think about the exterior siding of their home? We look at our houses and think, “Well, it’s a grey house, so, it must stay that way.” or “It’s too big of a project to change that.”
We can do better and as hard-working homeowners, we deserve better.
Changing the exterior of your home is easier than you would think with a trusted company like High Quality Contracting, Inc. We take the struggle out of the work and follow your ideas to a tee to create a statement as soon as you pull into the driveway.
So, now the hard part, deciding how to express yourself.
We can assist there as well. Here are some great siding ideas to help put your personal style on your home:
If you want to express a style of elegant simplicity consider siding flavored in timeless colors. Choose a palette of tones that reflect the ocean or emulate the earth. Water-inspired blues contrasted with earth tones of river rock and pearl can change the way your home looks creating a timeless look.
Do you venture toward the bold and fun? Creating an eclectic exterior of your home can feel difficult at best. However, we can make it easy on you. Build in different textures of shake and shingles as well as colors to mix and match your look. Siding can be fun, so mix it up a bit.
If observing more of a traditional look for your home, consider earth-toned hues or deeper colors such as “wrought iron” or “latte”. These colors work great on homes such as a cape-cods or colonials.
A modern home should have an eye-popping look by mixing deep trending colors with soothing neutral colors. Create a powerful effect with cool hues and bold bright colors offset with a warm neutral color palette.
There are many more ways to express your personal style in the exterior of your home besides siding. However, siding is a key factor in your look. It is an investment in your home that will benefit you for years to come.