Termites are called the silent destroyer for good reason. Without being noticed they can thrive in or behind home’s siding, not rearing their heads (or wings) until homeowners notice costly exterior damage such as wood damage and unexplained exterior cracks.Unfortunately, in the Midwest, it’s not uncommon for termites to strike, ...
December 1, 2017schmidt
You have plenty of design decisions when creating your new Midwest (Naperville area) home exterior.You can start with home siding type—be it lap siding, straight or staggered-edge shingles or vertical panels—then move on to the color and texture. From there, it’s time to add the final ...
October 18, 2017schmidt
These Midwest homeowners wanted their home exterior to stand out in their suburban neighborhood so they swapped their thin vinyl siding in light cream for James Hardie’s durable and stylish siding in rich green. The results made the home’s exterior stand out ...
September 14, 2017schmidt
There’s nothing like the quiet of the morning—the mist on the grass, the sun’s glow peeping through the trees, the smell of the fresh air. It’s a perfectly serene time, then with swift speed, the day kicks into high gear, and stress ...
August 10, 2017schmidt
Gray doesn’t go hand-in-hand with a cloudy disposition. In fact, home design experts now call on grays for the new, go-to neutral. And when paired with a natural stone, you’re in for a dose of contemporary elegance. James Hardie’s HardiePlank® lap siding in Aged Pewter is a weathered-meets-classic hue, making ...
July 11, 2017schmidt
When you think of the Midwest Lakeshore, sailboat silhouettes lining the coast come to mind. You can almost hear the flap of their well-worn sails in the breeze. The classic sail shade is tough to replicate but James Hardie found a way with the ColorPlus® Technology shade, Sail ...
June 6, 2017schmidt
No matter where you call home, the east, west, south or Midwest, farmhouses are a home style that thrives. Nowadays, farmhouses may not be on actual farmland, but they still evoke the same feeling of cozy, comfort. Each exterior differs slightly, but many modern farmhouses have some similarities, such as ...
March 1, 2017schmidt
There’s nothing like natural wood—the authentic feel and the timeless look. It’s one that’s tough to replicate, especially as a home exterior, but James Hardie mastered the look of wood and threw in the strength and durability of fiber cement, too. Schmidt Exteriors can install this and any kind of ...
February 2, 2017schmidt
There are highs and lows with everything. Thankfully, with high quality James Hardie exterior you're getting a combination of good looks, durability and lower maintenance not found in other types of siding and trim. When it comes time to clad your home, go with hardworking, lasting products that will stand the test ...
November 30, 2016schmidt
Creating a space that feels both homey and welcoming seems to be a part of the Midwest makeup. A space that breathes comfort and relaxation. A space where you’d love to curl up with a blanket and watch the snow fall. James Hardie® siding and trim can help you ...
November 2, 2016schmidt