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Do you find yourself closing off rooms in your home in winter to stay warm?

Are your children asking if they can make snow angels - in the house? If your home is 20 years old or more, it’s probably not as energy-efficient as it could be. Those premium windows you bought years ago have most likely been surpassed by new advances in design & technology. As heating costs rise, the demand for energy-efficient windows becomes all the more crucial.

Energy Star is a program managed by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy that provides simple, unbiased information to help families and businesses make well-informed and economical decisions about their purchases. Since 1992, Energy Star and its partners have helped American consumers save $430 billion on their energy bills. Harris is proud to carry doors & windows that have earned the Energy Star label.

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How To Choose The Right Windows For Your Home

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How To Choose The Right Windows For Your Home

So your windows have gotten up there in age, and are now starting to show they no longer function like they did when new. In the summer they don't keep the cool air in, and in the winter they let the warm air out. This draftiness has now worn your patience thin. So you decide to invest in new windows. However, one could have a fairly good idea on what windows they wish to have in terms of looks, but may not know what may work best in terms of function, or energy efficiency.

Windows can be functional, and they can also be stylish, so it is important to understand the different types, and what they do, so you can then make a knowledgeable decision which will best suit your needs. There are windows which slide up and down, some swing in, some swing out, and some even slide. The possibilities are almost endless regarding what you want your windows to do, in function, and in appearance.

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3 Ways Your Roof Gets Damaged During The Summer

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3 Ways Your Roof Gets Damaged During The Summer

One of the most important things as a homeowner is to properly maintain your home. If you properly take care of your home, then your home will in return take care of you. With roofing, this is no exception.

1) Heavy Summer Rains - During the hot, sticky summer months, it does not rain often. But when it does, it pours. It is crucial during these times of extreme rainfall that no water is leaking into your home.

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Join Us In Celebrating Our Grand Opening Of Our New Barrington Location


Our team at Harris Roofing, Siding, Windows & Doors has been hard at work preparing to open our new location off of Northwest Highway in Barrington, IL. Join us for two days of fun, activities, and food.

OH! Did we forget to mention that there would be hourly drawings for prizes as well.

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9 Reasons Your Roof Is Leaking

9 Most Common Causes Of Roof Leaks And How To Identify Them

Let's be honest most homes or buildings will at some point have a leak in the roof, and running for a bucket every time it rains is not the most ideal solution. Not every leak requires a whole roof replacement to fix the issue either. Our team has collected the 9 most common causes of roof leaks to protect your home.

Whether your roof is brand new or 15 years old, you should keep this list at hand. Identifying these problems early can mean the difference between a small repair and a large remodel.

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Time for Replacement Windows in Barrington


Spring Has Sprung and Now is the Time to Replace Your Windows

If you're in the Barrington, IL area, you're close to our newest showroom! Now that spring has arrived it is the perfect time to update and replace your old, worn out, and inefficient home windows. With predictions about this summer being very warm, if you upgrade your windows you'll have a leg up on those high bills to keep the home cool.

In addition to helping you save money, upgrading your windows will increase the value of your home so you will not only have lower bills but they will more than pay for themselves in the long run.

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A door is a door is a - significant return on investment!

Doors leading from your garage to your home, patio doors and sliding glass doors can all become damaged over time. Established in the Chicago area for more than 16 years, Harris Exteriors and More, Inc. knows that entry doors are subject to the Midwest’s changing weather. Extremes from hot, humid summers to snowy winters with freezing temperatures can take a toll on wood or steel doors in the form of warping, cracking or rusting. The door may stick and become hard to open and close. It might not lock easily because it no longer sits properly in the frame. There might be gaps in the frame due to poor fit. An inefficient door can increase your heating and cooling bills, possibly shortening the life of your HVAC system.

The result of daily use and abuse on wood or steel doors can detract from your home’s curb appeal in the form of scratches, cracks, dents or rust. In addition, worn hardware, hinges, and damaged or missing weather stripping and kick plates indicate an outdated system that could compromise your home’s security.

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Replacement windows and doors increase home value

Replacement windows and doors increase home value

The decision to update your exterior doors is rarely on the top of your home improvement list. However, your entry doors are a huge reflection on the overall look of your home. We all know there’s only one chance to make a first impression, and your doors are the first thing guests and visitors see when they enter your home. Old, weathered doors with outdated hardware, worn hinges and damaged weatherstripping detract from your home’s curb appeal. Your primary entrance doors are subject to the extremes of seasonal weather and suffer the abuse of daily use. Replacement doors are a great way to upgrade the look of your home. A new full-system door is highly customizable and can be constructed with many different styles of glass, hardware and panel designs to suit your interior and exterior decor. New doors also offer an added measure of security to your home.

Lifetime warranties are just one of the many benefits of installing replacement windows in your home. Regardless of the style you choose, your new windows are customizable to suit your available frame space, which is important for owners of older century homes full of unusually sized and shaped windows. There are many different window styles, including single- and double-hung, single and double sliders, three-lite sliders and casement windows. For sweeping panoramic views, bow and bay windows are great additions, adding value and esthetic appeal to any living space.

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Beware of Storm Chasers

Beware of Storm Chasers

What is a storm chaser?

Storm chasers are companies that follow severe weather from area to area, completing home repairs (generally roofs and siding) that are damaged by hail and wind. They collect homeowners’ insurance claim checks in payment for their services, complete the work (often shoddily) before moving on to the next storm ravaged area. Here in Chicago, we are prone to hailstorms, and storm chasers generally quickly follow any such event. They generally go door-to-door in storm damaged areas, and may advertise themselves as insurance recovery experts or specialists in insurance restoration. (The term “Storm Chaser” can also be used to describe a person who follows storms in order to research, photograph, or simply experience a weather phenomenon. This type of storm chaser is entirely different and is not of any concern to a homeowner!)

Why are storm chasers bad?

The first step of a storm chaser is to ask the homeowner to sign a contract allowing their company to negotiate with homeowner’s insurance company. By signing these documents, homeowners may be waiving their right to any decision making regarding their repairs or replacement. They also lose control over the insurance settlement, and the entire check of the payment may legally need to be signed over to the storm chaser- regardless of the quality or quantity of work completed. The homeowner may lose some control over materials used, leaving the storm chaser free to cut corners in order to increase their profit. Most importantly, warranty repairs can be very difficult to obtain as most storm chasers leave the area as soon as the storm “plays out.” These companies are generally gone long before warranty issues arise. The company is certainly not going to return from Florida or Ohio to repair a problem with their work. To make matters even more difficult, some storm chasers lease local company names so the appear to be local. Once they complete their work in the area, they leave. The local company is then responsible for the warranty work. Of course, the volume of warranty work is often so great the local company ends up out of business, leaving the homeowner with problems.

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Choosing a Roofing Company That Has It All

Choosing a Roofing Company That Has It All - Harris Exteriors

Harris Exteriors offers superior exterior home remodeling services in the greater Chicago, IL region.

Streamwood, IL, May 24, 2012 --(PR.com)-- A recent article (http://voices.yahoo.com/finding-reliableroofing-contractors-chicagos-northwest-3919956.html) listed Harris Exteriors as a dependable, trustworthy home repair company serving the Chicago area.

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Harris Earns Unlimited Roofing License

Well-Established Illinois Residential Roofing Contractor Earns an Unlimited Roofing License

Harris Exteriors & More proudly announce its roofing expansion to include commercial and industrial properties. The State of Illinois has issued Harris Exteriors an Unlimited Roofing Contractor License. An unlimited roofing license is made available to contractors whose roofing business is unlimited in nature and includes roofing on residential, commercial and industrial properties. Now homeowners, building owners and property managers can partner with Harris Exteriors & More to contract on any roofing replacement project.

About Harris Exteriors:

Harris Exteriors & More is a full-service exterior contractor specializing in roofing, siding, windows, doors, soffit & fascia and gutter replacement. They offer high-caliber craftsmanship, products, outstanding customer service at competitive pricing. Harris is a BBB accredited business with a “A“ Rating and they proudly support the industry through member affiliations in NARI, CAI, CAA, and ACTHA.

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