Underfloor Heating: The Luxury Upgrade for Any Bathroom

Chicagoland winters are notoriously cold and long, seemingly going on for half the year. Like many homeowners throughout Illinois, you are well aware of the discomfort from walking on floors that are cold to the touch. Stepping onto a cold surface first thing in the morning can send a chill through your body that lasts all day. But what if there were another option? At Budget Construction Company, we specialize in luxurious and affordable improvements for any home, and one of the most popular right now are underfloor heating systems to keep your feet warm and toasty when Mother Nature has other ideas.

Underfloor Heating: The Luxury Upgrade for Any Bathroom

From a design perspective, underfloor heating systems are about as simple as they sound. Most systems can be installed under a variety of flooring, including ceramic, stone, and other kinds of tile, as well as hardwood or laminate flooring – even carpeted floors can benefit from underfloor heating. The most attractive benefit is these systems give consistent warmth regardless of the one you choose. At Budget Construction Company, we will walk you through the technical details of heating your floor. Best of all, underfloor heating can be used throughout your home, and not just in the bathroom.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an underfloor heating system:

  • – An underfloor heating system that is paired with whole-house heating gives off comfortable and evenly distributed to-the-touch temperature in any room – bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or throughout your entire home.
  • – The system allows you to start the morning with warm feet, a great defense against Chicago winters.
  • – Underfloor heating systems require little or no maintenance, and are out view so you and your family forget it was ever installed. All you know is your feet are toasty first thing in the morning.
  • – Drafts around floor boards or the base walls and doors are a thing of the past.

Finally, the temperature can be regulated with a thermostat.

Types of Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating systems are nothing new. In fact, there is evidence of heated floors in China and Korea going back more than 5,000 years, but the days of building flooring on top of smoldering fire pits is long gone. Today, our design experts can clue you in on the latest advances in underfloor heating, but the two major systems to be aware of are hydronic and electric. Both have their advantages but are equally popular.

Hydronic systems use water or anti-freeze as the heat transfer fluid in a “closed loop” system of piping under the floor that is connected to your home’s hot water heater or heat pump. In this system, the water can be heated with natural gas, propane, coil, electricity, thermal energy, wood, bio-fuels, and other sources. Hydronic systems can also be used to cool a hot floor surface. Electric systems use non-corrosive flexible elements installed directly under the flooring and is used for either heating or cooling.

Some of the name brands we work with you may recognize including WarmlyYours, SunTouch, Schluter, ThermoSoft, and many others.

At Budget Construction Company, our design professionals will visit your home and review the underfloor heating options that best meet your needs and financial concerns. We offer design and installation, as well as convenient financing, superior craftsmanship, and a comprehensive warranty on all work we perform.

Choose Budget Construction Company for Your Home Improvement Needs

If underfloor heating sounds like the ultimate bathroom upgrade, call us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate at 773-283-9200. Keep your feet warm all year round with an affordable underfloor heating system from Budget Construction Company.

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Choose the Right Sink for Your Kitchen Redo

In many ways, you are a typical homeowner. The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is ground zero for all kinds of activities big and small: Quick snacks, casual meals, formal gatherings, a place to bake treats, or somewhere to do homework with the kids. When it comes time to clean up a mess, the sink is critical in getting things done. At Budget Construction Company, our renovation experts can help you select a kitchen sink that is affordable, functional, and accentuates your new cabinetry, flooring, lighting, and appliances.

Choose the Right Sink for Your Kitchen Redo

As with many kinds of home improvements – from doors to windows to additions or roofing – a new sink presents many choices for you to consider. Do you want a single bowl? Are you interested in ceramic, stainless steel, or something else? All good questions, and we excel at educating homeowners so they can make informed decisions. To begin with, there are primarily four build materials available for your sink: Composites, Enamel Coated Cast Iron, Solid Surfaces, and Stainless Steel.

Thanks to its strength and durability, Stainless Steel is a great option for an under-mount sink. It also resists stains, scratches, and impact damage and requires little ongoing maintenance.

Enamel Coated Stainless Steel offers a wide range of colors and styles, but the enamel coating can weaken over time and become susceptible to scratches and wear spots. Minor touch-ups are always a possibility, but even the most the tiniest spots that have been repaired draw attention from even a casual glance. The biggest advantage to enamel coated sinks is the steel under-coating, which makes this kind of sink durable year after year.

A Solid Surface sink is a close second behind stainless steel when it comes to cleanup but gets dinged for points because seemingly “minor” nicks and scratches are tough to repair. But like all countertop and sink materials, a solid surface earns a “food grade” rating from the NSF, meaning it is bacteria-resistant and allows for food preparation without using a cutting board.

At Budget Construction Company, we offer stylish and affordable options for all of your home improvement needs, which means we always recommend consumers think of using Composite materials when pricing a new sink. Made in a factory of polyester and acrylic, composite surfaces come in a wide range of styles and colors to blend in with any décor. This kind of sink is less expensive than other models, but can be less durable, too.

One Bowl or 2?

Depending on household size or how often the sink is used, you also should consider the number of bowls that are needed. Most designers prefer a kitchen sink of the two-bowl variety, where one is deeper than the other and designed for washing pants, pots, and other large items. The deeper bowl serves other purposes, too, as it normally is one set aside for food preparation and where small food refuse drains into the garbage disposal.

Select the Best: Budget Construction Company

Since 1975, Budget Construction Company has been a premier home improvement contractor servicing thousands of homeowners in the Greater Chicago Area. For the best price, selection, and quality services, there is only one choice to make. Call us today at 773-283-9200 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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Brighten Your Days with a Skylight

Chicagoland winters are depressing, literally. The exact cause of seasonal affective disorder – also known as winter depression – is unknown, but it is a fact that depression may be caused by a lack of sunlight. Translation: You need more bright light to get through winter, especially if you are cooped up inside three or four months of the year. An inexpensive solution is adding one or more skylights to your home, particularly in areas lacking natural sunlight.

At Budget Construction Company, we have a 40-year history of beautifying houses in Chicago and throughout Illinois with affordable and stylish home renovations, including new doors, windows, dormers, in-law suites, and kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Let our friendly and experienced design staff show you the potential of your own home, starting with a few simple ways to add more natural light throughout your residence before Old Man Winter comes calling.

Brighten Your Days with a Skylight

If space is at a premium in your home and there are fewer windows than you prefer, adding a skylight can be a quick and inexpensive means of bringing natural light inside, while adding a touch of style to nearly any room. In many cases, our designers create plans to integrate a skylight into specific rooms, including the kitchen, bathroom, a walk-in closet, and even reclaimed attic space.

Here are some things to look out for when thinking of adding a skylight to your home:

  • – A skylight can provide up to 30 percent more natural light than a vertical window.
  • – Today’s skylights are high-tech, integrating special coatings on glass panes to reduce ultra-violet radiation and control heart transmission.
  • – Demand a skylight that is energy efficient, with glass that has high R- and U-values.
  • – Look for inexpensive, “nice to have” features, such as blinds, shades, and screens that will provide ventilation on warmer days – and keep bugs or other critters from making themselves at home in your home.

Types of Skylights

At Budget Construction Company, we design and install two types of skylights that complement any décor in your home. These include:

  • – Fixed skylights. As the name implies, fixed skylights provide illumination and little else. They are normally flat or dome shaped and are often installed in secondary bathrooms or walk-in closets. Fixed skylights are inexpensive, but do the job.
  • – Operable skylights can add a little more pizazz to your home. Many of these, also known as “venting” skylights, allow air to circulate thanks to hinges at the top which allow the skylight to be opened a few inches – if the weather cooperates. These types of skylights can be up to 40 percent more expensive, but the cost is sometimes mitigated in the warmer months by letting in cooler air or drawing warm air out when combined with an attic fan. A venting skylight can be used with air conditioning because cold air stays close to the floor.

Years ago, skylights were nothing more than ceiling-mounted pieces of glass wedged in a frame that did little more than bring in occasional light. Today, they are so much more – energy efficient, affordable, and stylish. If you are interested in learning how to add a skylight to your home, we would be happy to review design options and features, including blinds, shades, and tinting. Different combinations are available to meet your goals and budget.

For more information or to arrange a free in-home consultation, contact us today at 773-283-9200 or chat with us live online.

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Maintaining Your Gutters in 5 Easy Steps

Gutters are boring. When it comes to a home’s most appealing feature, gutters and downspouts rank right up there with attic insulation. But from a practical standpoint, the gutters that line the perimeter of your roofline play a vital role in protecting against water or other types of damage that can be expensive and time consuming to remedy. At Budget Construction Company, our family-owned business specializes in many affordable residential improvements to keep your home comfortable and safe, and help to improve its value in the long run.

Maintaining Your Gutters in 5 Easy Steps

The greater Chicagoland area is infamous for its brutal winters, so now is the best time to think of ways to prepare your home for colder weather, including repairing existing gutters, or replacing them with new, fully-warrantied units from the experts at Budget Construction Company. We have built our business and reputation by providing consumers with wallet-friendly solutions for all of their home improvement needs, and recognize the value offering common sense tips for homeowners when it comes to simple, everyday maintenance tasks around the house.

Maintaining your gutters and downspouts and ensuring their effectiveness for several years is not as difficult as it seems, if you follow these 5 easy steps.

  1. Check your gutters for signs of leakage following rain. If your gutters and downspouts leak, that could be a sign of holes or faulty caulking, or rivets and spikes securing the gutters are loose.
  2. Clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring, and again in the fall. Gutters will clog during the year, thanks to natural debris such as leaves, dirt, or small branches, not to mention granules from roof shingles. Each of these can prevent water from draining properly, causing it to overflow onto the roof, into windows, or other sensitive areas around your home.
  3. Consider installing leaf protection. At Budget Construction Company, we can install gutter guard systems to keep your gutters clean, and from overloading downspouts with natural or other debris.
  4. Install downspout extensions. Typical downspouts end at ground level, but ideally they should extend far enough to redirect water away from your home. Flowing or sitting water not only causes mold, but can also damage your residence’s foundation and be a breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects.
  5. Ensure your gutters have been installed with the proper pitch. Any qualified roofing professional will tell you a gutter should drop one-sixteenth of an inch for each foot length of the gutter. This is mostly imperceptible to the eye, but you can check by placing a level on the top of the gutter, or just by observing the flow of water in the gutter in one direction.

Choose Us for All of Your Home Improvement Needs

The best way to protect your home year-round is to be proactive with maintenance chores, such as cleaning gutters and ensuring water flows away from your home. Simple DIY tasks can prevent costlier work down the road. For other tips, call us today at 773-283-9200 or ask about scheduling a free inspection of your roof, gutters, doors, windows, and other vital home components.

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Tips for Finding the Best Home Improvement Specialist

Now that you have decided to take the plunge on a complete kitchen makeover, it is important to protect your investment by selecting the best contractor available. You want a company that is qualified, professional, and provides value for your money at every turn. In Chicagoland and throughout Illinois, few home improvement specialists deliver all three like the team at Budget Construction Company. We have been Chicagoland’s leading home improvement specialist since 1975 because we deliver stylish, high quality, and affordable solutions for all of your kitchen remodeling needs, as well as new doors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms, roofing, and more.

Tips for Finding the Best Home Improvement Specialist

If you are in the market for a home improvement contractor, we would like to offer some tips to consider before signing a contract to have any work performed. Always remember:

  • – You control the purse strings. Our philosophy on this point is simple: Never let any company establish the budget for your new bathroom, kitchen, or other home renovation. Only you know how much you can afford, so make sure all project estimates meet the dollar amount you have in mind. Over the years, we have talked with many customers ready to start a major home improvement project without first seeing a detailed estimate. This is a mistake. At Budget Construction Company, we have built our business on professionalism, honesty, and quality workmanship, and never begin work without giving customers a written estimate — and agreeing to it in full.
  • – Get it in writing. With an estimate you can live with, the next step is signing a contract that clearly spells out the details for the work: estimated start and end dates, milestones, blueprints or construction drawings, and a materials list, among other specifications. Never agree to working with anyone based solely on a handshake.
  • – Warranties count for something. Considering how much you are planning to spend, it is perfectly reasonable to expect a contractor to warranty their work, including materials, in full. A home improvement company that does not offer a warranty is not worth your business.

Finally, ask for references. Thanks to a 40 year history as a top home improvement contractor in Chicagoland, we are blessed with thousands of satisfied homeowners, many of whom readily provide references at a moment’s notice. Not every business is so fortunate, but references are important because they speak to professionalism, quality workmanship, and other factors critical to completing work on time and within budget.

Other Points to Remember

It may sound clichéd, but we treat all customers as if they were members of our own family. Your investment is our investment, so here are a few closing pointers to keep in mind as you search for a home improvement company.

  • – Insurance is a must have. Home improvement companies must be licensed and carry insurance.
  • – Remember project goals, and refrain from making them up as you go along.
  • – Payments for services rendered should only be delivered after milestones spelled out in a signed contract. Also, most established and reputable contractors have the resources to purchase supplies and materials before work begins – meaning a down payment is not necessary.

Lastly, ask whether the company belongs to any trade groups or professional organizations. In our case, Budget Construction Company employees belong too many and we are an EPA designated “Lead Safe Certified Firm.” Please call us today at to schedule a free estimate or for more information at 773-283-9200.

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New Decks with Budget Construction Company

New Decks with Budget Construction Company

Like so many other features of a house, a deck is immediately recognizable as an expression of the homeowner’s unique style, value, and originality. Spring is the perfect time to upgrade your home’s appearance and functionality with a new deck, and the experts at Budget Construction Company offer unique and budget friendly designs that can transform any outdoor area into extended living space suitable for all occasions.

At Budget Construction Company, we are one of the Greater Chicago Area’s premier home improvement specialists thanks to our commitment to value, craftsmanship, and putting our customer’s needs ahead of our own. With more than 40 years of experience, our team of builders, designers, and renovation specialists can help add living space to any home at a price appropriate for all budgets.

If you would like to add a deck to your home, expand an existing structure, or take on a renovation project, do what hundreds of customers throughout Chicagoland have done: Give us a call at 773-283-9200 to arrange for a free in-home consultation with one of our sales and design professionals. Our team can help you select the right construction materials, as well as educate you on useful and stylish features characteristic of modern decks.

So what are design trends to look out for in the next few years? Customers call us every day from all over Chicago asking what is in and what is out, and here is a short list of popular features to consider for your next deck project.

  • – Imagine resting of your new deck in a comfortable, portable hammock. Admit it: You have actually lost track of the times you have driven through the country side only to see someone lounging on a hammock and thought to yourself, “Wow! I have to get one of those for my new deck!” Ask our design team about different styles of hammocks to fit your needs, including one or two-person models made from a wide range of colors and weather resistant fabrics.
  • – Talk to our design professionals about a gazebo, pergola, or hot tub. Each of these offer their own benefits, of course, but a creatively designed gazebo, for instance, can also serve as extra space for game night, arts and crafts, or numerous other outdoor activities.
  • – Wicker furniture and matching accessories are popular now, too. Depending on your needs and budget, we can suggest a wide range of items such as wicker chairs, ottomans, couches, recliners, and tables — all made from hand-woven fiber or even more durable, composite materials of any color, finish, and texture.
  • – Outdoor lighting is vital for any outdoor area that will be utilized after the sun goes down. Luckily, today’s homeowner can hose from many models and styles, including energy efficient, low watt electric lights to self-powered models that soak energy from the sun. Our design team can help you find the right light for any application, such as accent lights, lights to illuminate stairs and seating areas, or even draw attention to landscape features such as a waterfall, pond, or flower beds.
  • – A fire pit and outdoor kitchen. Because of Chicago’s notoriously early fall and winter seasons, we recommend an all-season fire pit made from Flagstone or another other durable stone to add value and usefulness to your outdoor living area. If you cook more than occasionally outside, why not consider an outdoor kitchen? We can help you choose features and design elements best suited to your needs, including food preparation and eating areas, a sink, bar, and refrigerator or freezer.

Why wait any longer? Get the deck you deserve with the best features at the price you need. Call Budget Construction Company today at 773-283-9200 or drop us a note to request more information.

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The Top 5 Trends in Outdoor Decks

A spacious, functional and well-appointed deck not only adds more usable space to your home, but also beautifies it and increases its value over time. Building professionals and homeowners agree: Nothing adds more charm to your outdoor living space than a deck that suits your tastes and needs. Winter may be in full bore, but now is the perfect time to call the home improvement specialists at Budget Construction Company for an estimate on adding a new deck before warmer weather settles over Chicagoland.

At Budget Construction Company, we have been one of Chicago’s premier home improvement specialists for more than 40 years, and have firsthand experience identifying the difference between a trend and a fad when it comes to adding functional improvements to your residence. Whether you are interested in new doors, windows, dormers, or kitchen or bath renovations, we have the skills and expertise to make your dreams reality within budget and on time.

The Top 5 Trends in Outdoor Decks

Homeowners are notoriously finicky when it comes to their house. They know what they want, but often times have trouble putting their finger on it. The design specialists at Budget Construction Company have you covered and will discuss your needs, what outdoor deck styles you like or may be interested in, and options that will best fit your goals.

Over the years, we have seen many fads come and go, but have identified trends that not only are popular, but provide lasting value to homeowners in regards to a new deck. Here are out top five.

  • Multi-level or wrap around decks. In many Chicago communities, thanks to the age or layout of the neighborhood, outdoor space is at a premium and homeowners often clamor to squeeze as much utility as possible out of what they have. A multi-level or wrap around deck may be just the trick. While a multi-level deck can create a sense of space by spreading out areas for eating, food preparation, games, or casual conversation, a wraparound deck gives you and your guests quick access to an attached residence, sometimes through multiple entry and exit points.
  • Composite or exotic building materials. Hearty pressure-treated wood is the de facto standard for the average deck, but more homeowners have begun expressing interest in composite materials and even more expensive wood species from exotic locations. Make no mistake, composite wood is high strength, lighter, and more resistant to corrosion and chemicals, but it has one drawback many consumers look down upon: Many types of composite wood turn gray over time. Because they are manufactured artificially, some homeowners shy away from them because of environmental concerns. Other natural wood species, such as Ipe from South America, Philippine-sourced Mahogany, and American-grown Redwood and Western Red Cedar, are popular because of their natural beauty and resistance to moisture, mildew, and bugs.
  • The weather-beaten look. Some homeowners shy away from composite wood because many brands turn gray over time, while other consumers find that attractive. But there is no mistaking that natural wood – when properly treated and maintained – takes on a certain patina over the years as knots and grains in the boards become more pronounced and wood takes on hues due to the weather, such as red, brown, and yellow.
  • Built-in seating. If the primary goal of a deck is to increase usable outdoor space, then a logical addition to the deck is built-in seating. At Budget Construction Company, our craftsmen utilize unique designs to provide as much seating as possible without affecting the sense of openness that comes from being outdoors.

Finally, outdoor kitchens built onto decks is growing in popularity. Whether you are interested in a simple mini refrigerator and sink, or something more elaborate such as a brick pizza oven, glass counters, and more, we can design to your tastes and budget.

Call the Experts at Budget Construction Company

No matter your needs, taste, or finances, Budget Construction Company has the experience and skills necessary to build the deck of your dreams. Contact us today at 773-283-9200 for more information or a free estimate.

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The Best 5 Home Improvement to Increase Resale Value

Chicagoland’s real estate market is in the midst of a turnaround, and now may be the best time to capitalize on that trend with stylish and affordable home improvements from the experts at Budget Construction Company. According to The Chicago Association of Realtors, the price of homes and the number of homes being sold are on the rise as interest rates hover near historic lows. At Budget Construction Company, we have been one of the areas the premier home remodeling specialists since 1975, and can help you boost the value of your home with in-demand and must-have improvements to fit budgets.

With a 40-year history behind us and a commitment to value, our company is renowned for helping thousands of homeowners in the Greater Chicago Area achieve their home remodeling dreams because of our commitment to doing right by the customer. This means that everyone on our team – front office staff, designers, and remodelers – believes the only successful remodeling project is one that delivers style, functionality, and adheres to a customer’s stated budget. This is critical if you are thinking of selling your home now or in the near future.

The Best 5 Home Improvement to Increase Resale Value

There are literally dozens of renovation projects to consider, and we are more than happy to discuss in person how each one suits the needs of you and your loved ones. Here are five with the best chance of adding immediate resale value to your home.

  • New flooring throughout, or in key rooms. Our design team can help you choose new flooring to replace dated carpeting, tile, or hardwood, each of which can give small rooms the appearance of spaciousness. It is important to remember that neutral flooring is the key to maximizing a return on your investment, because it helps potential buyers realize the potential of what is already there – rather than then visualizing the cost of total replacement.
  • A new or remodeled kitchen is sure to attract potential buyers simply because many homeowners spend more time in the kitchen and dining area than any other room, outside of a bedroom. High quality wood cabinets that appear dated can be refreshed with a few simple tweaks, namely refinishing the doors and adding new hardware. Countertops are worth mentioning, too, but we would be remiss if we forgot to mention the value, durability, and style of today’s high-end engineered synthetic materials which can be less costly and easier to clean.
  • If your main bathroom is on the small side with dated fixtures, one way to create a sense of space is by installing a stylish corner shower with brass hardware to replace a tub, and by adding a small, tube-style tube style skylight to bring in natural light.
  • If you put your house up for sale, it is only a matter of time until a prospective buyer asks to see utility bills. Understandably, he or she wants to know how your home fares during Chicago’s legendarily cold winters and baking summers. Ask one of our heating and cooling specialists about the benefits of installing a new high efficiency furnace or air conditioner, and energy efficient windows, doors, and insulation.

A final update that many homeowner’s overlook is closet space. Can you ever have enough closets to work with? Probably not, which is why we also design stylish and functional walk-in closets that include features like shoe organizers, tie racks, slide out ironing boards, and recessed lighting.

For information on other home improvements, call us today at 773-283-9200 or chat with us live to arrange a free estimate.

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Pick the Right Insulation for Your Fall Remodeling Project

Fall is just around the corner and, hot on its heels, the brutal winters Chicagoland is famous for nationwide. Now is the perfect time to give some thought to home improvements that will keep your residence warm, comfortable, and energy efficient this winter and every season afterward. At Budget Construction Company, we have been a leading home remodeling specialist with a 40 year history of affordable renovations to add value to any home, including energy efficient doors and windows, dormers, second floor additions, kitchen and bath remodeling, and many other budget-friendly projects.

Pick the Right Insulation for Your Fall Remodeling Project

Choosing the right insulation for your home remodeling project is an important decision, one that not only affects your annual heating and cooling bill, but also the health and wellbeing of you and your family. Just a few years ago, it seems, the insulation of choice for additions, garages, and attic and crawl spaces was the pink batty stuff in rolls you can buy from any home improvement center.

At Budget Construction Company, we believe that education is the key for homeowners making informed decisions for their own benefit. If you are interested building an addition or reclaiming little used attic space, there are four major options to consider:

  • Fiberglass batting with paper backing, the kind in rolls we mentioned earlier. Made up of tiny strands of fiberglass, this kind of insulation is inexpensive, effective, and can be installed by an average homeowner. Unfortunately, the fiberglass threads pose certain health risks if inhaled or if they get into the eyes or under the skin
  • Cotton batts made from recycled blue jeans are not only eco-friendly because they do not release potentially dangerous fibers into their air, but also as easy to install as fiberglass batts. On the downside, some brands can be up to 20 percent more expensive than fiberglass batting.
  • Open cell foam is polyurethane-based and is blown into attics and crawl spaces and rapidly expands in spaces in walls and ceilings. Because it is sprayed in, this insulation fills areas that may not be reachable. The drawback? Open cell foam is expensive to the tune of two-times the cost of fiberglass-based insulation.
  • Closed cell foam is denser and has sealed air pockets filled with gas, giving it a much higher insulation value than other kinds of insulation. It has high draft-blocking capabilities, but it solidifies making it difficult to install wiring and plumbing. It also is expensive, about three times the cost of regular fiberglass insulation.

When looking for insulation for your fall remodeling project, it is important to pay attention to the R-value of the product you are considering. This number represents how resistant the insulation is to the flow of heat that can pass through it. The higher the R-value, the better able the insulation to keeping heat inside your home in the winter, and out in the warmer months.

Call us today for more information at 773-283-9200 or to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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