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Are estimate free?
Yes!  Although we like to call them in-home consultations because of our re-modeling and design approach to your home projects.

What preparations do I need to take before work begins on my home?
Since there are sure to be vibrations during removal of existing materials as well as during installation of the new ones, you are encouraged to remove items from the walls.  If you feel you need assistance with this, please ask us before the work commences.  Also, if you have valuable item in your attic, be sure to cover them with a drop cloth or tarp.

If one of the workers falls or gets hurt, can I be sued?
Unfortunately, you can.  The only way to avoid this is by hiring an established and reputable company that carries proper liability and workman’s compensation insurance.  Pro-Line Exteriors, Inc. carries all the necessary insurance to protect you, your home, and your family.

What happens when there is a problem once the project starts?
Contact your contractor right away.  It is best to have direct access to business owners.

How can I tell if my siding is bad?
There are many aspects of siding failure or breakdown.  Some distinguishing signs of siding failure are: separation at siding seams, caulk failure, swelling or cupping of siding, paint failure, appearance of fungus, soft spots, splitting.

Why should I reside my home?
Residing will give your home a fresh, rejuvenated look.  It will also eliminate all your current upkeep and maintenance costs (provided you don’t select cedar as your new siding). 

Can I side over existing wood siding?
You can but it’s not the best practice.  There is no way to tell how extensive the moisture build-up behind the siding is.  There is also a concern that there may be dry rotting occurring on the backside of the wood.  Lastly, if installing James Hardie fiber cement, do you want to install a dimensionally stable product on top of a dimensionally unstable product like wood?

Do I need a house wrap?
Yes.  Tyvek or James Hardie housewrap provides your home with a moisture barrier.  It also cuts down on wind infiltration of your existing insulation system, just like a wind breaker on a breezy fall day.

What is the best siding for my home?
Choosing the proper siding is a matter of balancing your aesthetic expectations with your budget.  A thorough bidding process, like the one offered by Pro-Line Exteriors, will include pricing options for various types of siding products so you can thoroughly develop a an accurate cost-benefit analysis of the various types of siding.

Does it make sense to replace my siding before I sell my home?
Nothing beats curb appeal when looking to sell your home.  According to Remodelers Magazine, seven of the 10 top-ranked projects are siding-, window-, or door-replacement projects and their cost-value ratio is an above-average 71.6%.  Furthermore, they ranked James Hardie siding as the number one return on investment.

Can I replace my siding in the winter?
Absolutely.  One of the positive aspects of winter projects is that the ground is hard and not susceptible to becoming wet and muddy.  Although our crews do their best to take care of landscaping, sometimes damage may be unavoidable, especially to small, delicate item.  This problem is minimized by conducting the installation in the winter.

How much will it cost to replace the siding on my home?
The only way to tell is by getting an estimate.  However, for comparison, the price points increase depending on the type of siding.  Prices change, in ascending order, as you go from vinyl to foam backed vinyl to James Hardie fiber cement to cedar.

How do I know I need a new roof?
While leaks are an obvious indicator, there are many indicators of roof deterioration.  One item to look for is curled or warped shingles.  Another is to look for loose and/or missing granules.  It is best to get a professional perspective on the condition of your roof.

What are my options when getting a new roof?
Aside from choosing a shingle style and color, your options for installation come down to two methods: complete tear-off of existing shingles or shingling over your existing shingles.  Without a doubt, removal of the old roof system is the best option.  While cutting costs, shingling over the existing roof diminished the factory warranty.

Why are estimates from various contractors significantly different?
The answer to this common question varies.  However, some of the factors include: type of shingle used, type of underlayment installed, ice and water shield usage, etc.  A professional estimator can provide all details of proposed work scope.  The price variations may also come from differences in salesman commissions, company overhead levels, and labor costs.

Can I do the roof replacement myself?
Roof replacement should be done by licensed and insured professionals. 

Are there any other items I should be looking for when considering a roof replacement?
One often overlooked item when analyzing a roof system is the attic ventilation system.  There first has to be adequate ventilation intake at your soffit.  Secondly, the roof venting, in the form of a ridge or mushroom vent, must be sufficient to enure proper air flow.  Depending on the current conditions of these items, a proper roof installation may also require replacing your soffit system.  However, this process can sometimes be delayed for a year or so.

Once I decide to have my roof replaced, what happens when the materials are delivered?
Just before your project is to start, the materials are delivered.  The shingles and accessories can be delivered right to your roof top, provided the roof pitch isn’t excessive and is accessible.  Or they can be ground dropped to your driveway.  There also has to be room for a dumpster or refuse trailer.

How long does it take to replace a roof?
Depending on roof pitch, complexity of roof design, existing layers or shingles, and weather, the project should take one to three days.

Can you install new shingles in the winter months?
Yes, but only if absolutely needed due to a serious leak or complete roof failure.  Shingles become brittle in extreme cold Chicago weather.  This, combined with the asphalt sealing strips on the shingles not being set properly without exposure to the sun and warmer temperatures, may cause shingles to break or for be blown off.

Is condensation on my window a sign that my windows are bad?
Maybe, but it’s more of an indication of excessive humidity in your home. 

What causes condensation?
Condensation occurs when warm, humid air comes in contact with a cold surface. 

What is seal failure?
Seal failure is when air and moisture get into the chamber between two panes of sealed glass.  Seal failure can occur from a gap the size of a pinhole.

What are the indications of seal failure?

When you see dirt or moisture between the two panes of glass in the window.  There also may be a foggy appearance.  If you try to wipe off the moisture, dirt, or foggy substance and it’s still there, you most likely have window seal failure.

How do I know which window is the best replacement option?
By discussing your options with a company that earns its living by installing various lines and is not tied to one specific brand.

What are some of the options I should consider when choosing a window?
The first option to consider is the type of window for your application.  The windows can be vinyl, vinyl with wood jamb extenders, wood, wood with aluminum or vinyl clad exteriors, or fiberglass.  The next item to ponder is the window colors on the inside and outside. 

How are windows installed?
There are basically two different window installations: insert and full-frame.  Insert installations is when you take a new frame and insert it into your existing frame.  A full frame installation is when you strip a window opening down completely right down to the 2 x 4’s and install the new window frame into the old rough opening.

Why do window prices vary so much?
Because of material, installation type, window quality.  A quality installation of a well built window should always be the goal.