Decks

Armadillo Lifestyle Composite Decking is the ultimate choice for low maintenance, high performance, long-lasting deck. Our composite decking is wrapped on all four sides with a polyethylene protective shell to creative a natural wood grain finish and protect against fading, weathering, stains, mold, and mildew.
Walnut
Sunset
Smoke
Foothills
Bronco
White Sands
Camfire

Made with Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

Recipient of the United Nations Environmental Programme Award

Crafted by American workers since 1966. Made in the USA

Deck Railing

Harmony Railing manufactures premium powder-coated aluminum railing systems for decks patios and swimming pools with low maintenance living in mind. Their aluminum picket railing system is strong enough for commercial applications with elegance for any residentail home.

Victorian Picket Railing System

  • Span up to 8 feet
  • Engineered & Approved ICC-ES AC273 commercial and residential building codes

Victorian Picket Railing System

  • Span up to 8 feet
  • Engineered & Approved ICC-ES AC273 commercial and residential building codes
  • Prefabricated panels for fast & efficient installation

Available Railing finishes

Attic Insulation

Upgrading your attic insulation is a vital part of making your home more energy efficient and comfortable. With all the different options out there it can be difficult to decide which product is right for you. Blown-in insulation is a simple fix to keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer months. It also saves on your large appliances like your furnace and air conditioning unit.

Making sure you partner with an experienced contractor who is knowledgeable about appropriate ventilation techniques is critical to the longevity of your home. Baffles are necessary to maintain airflow in the attic area. This simple step can extend your roof life.

Because the blown-in types of insulation are actually small tufts, they can fill cavities and other spaces in attics with a more thorough coverage than the traditional batt. Blown-in insulation can also be used to dense pack areas un-der floors in attics, and when properly baffled, these products can provide complete coverage of an entire attic including slopes on the back of vaulted ceilings and other tricky applications.

Basement Waterproofing

In new homes drain tile is placed on the exterior of the home and helps keep water from entering the basement of a home. After a home is backfilled it would not make sense to dig up the outside of the home for new drain tile. The best way to install new drain tile is on the inside of the home and against the inside of the home’s footings.

Some older homes have clay drain tiles that are highly susceptible to root intrusion and are brittle and break easily. While having a basement is a bonus for a lot of homeowners it does provide an environment where water can enter and cause a host of problems including but not limited to mold, foundation issues, pests, rodents, and even radon gas can potentially start leaking into your home.

Four-inch round drain tile is the most ideal size and shapes to divert water away from your basement and to a sump basin. We use a filtered drain tile to pre-vent dirt from entering the tile, then backfill the trench with a washed stone that will act as a filter media and allow the water to get to the drain tile.

Seamless Gutters

Gutters can prevent costly damage to your home. While gutters may not be the most glamorous topic in the world to think about or to manage they are still an important part of homeownership.

Why are gutters important?

• Not having gutters can cause leaks in your basement. It can also penetrate the slab or foundation to create extremely costly repairs that can average $10000.

• Without gutters rainfall can erode the soil around your home. This can be very destructive to your landscaping.

• Gutters prevent the water from hitting your windows and finding its way inside through tiny cracks and crevices.

• If you have siding the water can get in the gaps in your siding creating a perfect environment for mold to grow.

• If you have any painted surface then water damage to the paint can result in it peeling much faster, requiring you to re-paint the surface far sooner than you’d otherwise have to.

We custom design water management systems on-site to best fit your home. Our main priority is to create a system that is functional and efficient while also creating a positive aesthetic for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are still the dominant material being used on the market. Asphalt used to be much higher quality, with roofs lasting upwards of 30 years however, nothing could be further from the truth in today’s world. Why not asphalt?

Cracking, curling, and blistering of the shingles are all-natural problems that affect an asphalt shingle. The main issue is that manufacturers have cut back on costs to produce a product that doesn’t last even half of what it used to.

Asphalt shingles are now made with paper cores where they used to have a strong fiberglass weave. This causes the shingle to rip and tear easily creating crevices that become weak points in the roofing system al-lowing leaks to be more prevalent.

Just like our roads, asphalt re-acts negatively with our harsh weather here in Michigan. We have some of the worst roads in the country that continually crack and fall apart. Our roads need to be continually patched and the same thing happens to asphalt roofing!

We custom design water management systems on-site to best fit your home. Our main priority is to create a system that is functional and efficient while also creating a positive aesthetic for your home.

Electrical Panel Upgrade

The more you know…

It’s important to know the size of your electrical load box. A small, 60-amp fuse box may be found in an older home that has not had its wiring upgraded. It can supply power to only one 240-volt appliance and is probably inadequate for a home of 1,200 square feet or more. Most homes that we find with 60 amp panels tend to have a variety of electrical issues some of which can be a fire hazard.

A 100-200-amp service panel provides enough power for a medium-sized home, even if it has several 240-volt appliances and central air-conditioning.

Older panels tend not to be grounded or improperly grounded. A new panel upgrade would include a new grounding rod to code. The importance of this is to protect your home and appliances from electrical surges through thunderstorms and even from your electric supplier.

We custom design water management systems on-site to best fit your home. Our main priority is to create a system that is functional and efficient while also creating a positive aesthetic for your home.

Replacing windows is one of the first home improvement projects that home-owners tend to take on. The reason for this is because replacing your old glass with new energy efficient windows is one of the few home improvement projects that will pay for itself completely over time.

We have found that even new construction windows, even as new as 5-7 years, can develop problems rendering them useless. The most common problem is a broken seal which nullifies the efficiency and can lead to a window being unable to be cleaned thoroughly.

A single pane wood window is the least efficient of all and most homes were originally built with this older style unit. Many homes still have these original windows. Wood windows look great, but usually only for a short time as they require continued maintenance. Not only are they costly to maintain but they also rot fairly quickly and create mold issues, especially here in Michigan.

Manufacturers using subpar materials, like recycled vinyl, can leave homeowners disappointed with their windows. Pure vinyl is the only material known not to fade over time. When mixed with recycled plastics there’s no guarantee how your window will look 10 years later.



Unreinforced vinyl windows tend to sag over time because glass is very heavy. This can happen as soon as 5 years after installation. When this happens not only does it create an environment that allows the seal to break faster but it also looks aesthetically unpleasing. When the sash sags like this it also can create issues with the window locking correctly and create air gaps.

Stand size vinyl windows are widely available at big box stores. The downside to this is not only in the quality of the window, but they require adjustments to the opening that lead to an unsightly finished product. Not to mention the loss of glass surface and view.

It’s not all about the window quality and size of the window that is important. The installation is 80% of how your window will perform as well as its longevity both functionally and aesthetically. Companies and installation crews are known to cut corners on many facets of the job to get it done quickly. Fasteners, insulation, making the frame plumb, and exterior trims are all separate procedures that must be done correctly.

Starting with inadequate insulation, a sub par installation can sometimes take years to rear its ugly head. Improperly insulated and flashed windows will likely grow mold behind your walls and homeowners won’t notice it until it is already an extensive problem.

High quality pure PVC custom sized vinyl replacement windows are the best solution in Michigan. This paired with the triple pane feature, silver oxide and low E coatings, argon gas, and proper installation will lead to the desired out-come that most homeowners seek.

According to the Department of energy 70% of your heat and 46% of your air conditioning is escaping your home through your windows!

Being in Michigan, our first concern when custom designing our windows was its thermal efficiency.

  • Triple pane glass far outperforms any double pane for obvious reasons.
  • Silver oxide coatings protect your home from radiant and conductive heat by reflecting the sun back away from your home. This allows our glass to having a leg up on other windows. It also prevents damaging UV rays from entering your home.
  • Argon gas is a very dense gas that prevents heat or cold from transferring from the inside or outside of your home. Keep you comfortable in the winter and summer months. This is in between each glass pane.
  • Foam-filled cavities and frames prevent the vinyl from becoming much colder or warmer than the glass, which is what causes condensation to form on the edges of your windows.
  • Extruded steel reinforcements for the frame and sashes prevent any sagging or flexing in the vinyl.

Thermal cameras show the heat loss from your home which is most prevalent through your windows, doors, and sometimes your roof or attic space. This is why great win-dows pay for themselves. This is true by not only reducing your monthly energy bills dramatically but also saves your appliances over time. They simply don’t have to work as hard.

Homeowners tend to see a return on their investment and again after five years!

All of our windows far exceed Energy Star standards, which qualifies homeowners for rebates from the utility companies, tax write-offs, and better financing options. In our north-ern state 0.27, U-Factor is required to qualify and our windows are as low as 0.21.

J Channel and J blocks will accentuate and compliment your home around sections that can’t be removed. Such as gas and electric meters, water spickets, and electrical sockets. Although it’s a minor component in the entire project, it is one of the most time-consuming tasks leading to many substandard crews cutting corners leaving homeowners with a less than desirable finish.

Done right J Channel and acces-sory boxes will not only serve as flashing but it will also bring out the details in your home and compliment them.

Light Blocks need to be set before the siding goes up. This is an important step to assure that your outdoor lighting hangs parallel to your house and not on an angle. This is another small step that is often skipped to cut time and cost but it is imperative for a finished siding project.

F Channel is a necessary accessory to complete any vinyl siding job. It is used to install soffit, it provides a receiving channel to hide ends of soffit panels and they are designed to withstand the toughest weather and maintain their beauty year after year.

Outside Corner Posts protect corners and have a receiving channel that hides the ends of siding panels for a finished, professional vinyl siding installation. Corner posts only fit their designated panels, which is why you can’t do partial jobs.

Add An R Value

Before putting new siding panels up it is a good idea to consider adding insulation to your home. Fanfold 1/2 inch insulation is the most common type and will add up to an R-Value of 3, making it an Energy Star upgrade. When we do this we tape the seams and flash windows and doors accordingly.

Siding panels come insulated from the factory with polystyrene. This is the best insulation and protection for your vinyl panels. The foam back is created in the shape of the panel providing rigidity and strength to withstand impact while also delivering an R-Value up to 5.

Soffit & Fascia

Soffits have a two-fold function. The most important one is ventilation for your roof, the second is aesthetics. First, we address the ventilation by opening up additional ventilation points if needed then we use hidden ventilation soffits that fulfill the function while simultaneously creating a seamless look.

Perforated soffits can help with ventilation but they tend to get clogged more easily. With this type of soffit, there is more maintenance required to keep these small holes open and free of debris. Most people prefer the look of the hidden ventilation system.

We use pre-bent fascia which adds difficulty, but is the best finish for your home and is also maintenance free!

Siding Panels

When discussing siding panels, the most important aspects will be the thick-ness, the purity of the vinyl, and the panel lengths. This thickness is what prevents the siding from getting dented, cracked, or faded. We use .044 thick-ness panels which are the highest grade in the industry. All of our material is 100% pure PVC vinyl to avoid any discoloration and to promote longevity.

  • Exclusive TriBeam® Design provides superior strength and durability
  • Five times more rigid than other leading brands
  • Category 5 hurricane resistant.
  • XL and XXL panels are 16’ and 25’ respectively versus 90% of installations that use 12’ panels. This makes for virtually seam-less homes.
  • Lifetime Transferable Warranty

Insulated Siding Panels

Insulated siding panels are cutting edge technology. Not only do they add a considerable amount of insulation to your home, but they are also the most resilient panels and give homeowners the best-finished product.

  • 1½” thick insulation wraps your home in a thermal blanket of protection to help lower utility costs while providing a warm and cozy environment. Most homeowners also feel their home is much quieter from outside disruption after install.
  • The secure interlocking panel design provides a tight fit and clean, crisp course lines
  • Prodigy’s vinyl surface repels heavy rain while its insulating layer breathes freely to keep your home comfortable
  • 16’8” extended panel length provides the look of natural wood and does not require face nailing or unsightly caulking.
  • The form fitting insulation behind the panels not only aids in reducing wav-ing of the panels, but also prevents cracking or denting on impact.
When we refer to a roof we are really speaking about a roofing system. There are many different components that work together to fulfill its function. Not all roofing systems are the same and require expertise and high-quality materials to ensure a long-lasting result.

There are many important parts to an efficient roofing system.
These include:
• Decking
• Ice & Water Shield
• Underlayment
• Shingles (asphalt, SBS, or Steel)
• Flashings
• Ventilation
• Accessories (Caps, Boots, Sky Lights & Drip Edge)

Roof Decking

Whether your roof has been on 10, 20, or 50 years it may have developed small leaks or weak spots in the wood. We recommend a complete tear-off on ALL existing materials so we can properly inspect the whole decking and replace any rotten or softwood. More than half of all tear-offs in Michigan will require wood to some degree. This could be a minimal wood replacement or at times a full re-deck. We only replace wood when it is absolutely necessary to save you on the cost while responsibly ensuring good quality, long-lasting roof. The weak spots in your roof, that tend to develop leak issues and rotten wood are predictable: • Valleys • Eaves • Flashings • Boots & Caps Making sure your decking is in sound condition lays the foundation for a proper roof installation.

Roofing Ventilation Systems

Ventilation is one of the most important and complex elements of a proper roof installation. If there is not enough ventilation it can lead to problems such as curling of the shingles, cracking shingles, mold growth, and overall decay of the roof. Depending on the style of your roof we might have to use 750 can vent to properly exhaust the hot moist air accumulating in your attic. This type of ventilation is not ideal for all roofing systems. Hip style roofs are the ONLY roofs where our recommendation is to use exhaust can vents. A continuous ridge vent is not only a much cleaner and sophisticated aesthetic but also the most effective roofing ventilation system available on the market. Having continuous ventilation allows for no hot spots in your attic creating an environment where your wood stays dry year-round. With the complexities of attic ventilation we could fill a whole book these include intake ventilation, balanced ventilation, gable end ventilation, cape cod vs. standard attic ventilation. Every roof is different and a custom-tailored solution is required to maintain the longevity of your roof.

Roofing Underlayments

After the ventilation is addressed there are a variety of underlayments available to choose from that can drastically determine the longevity of your roof. Premium Ice and Water Shield roll around the perimeter of your roof and in the valleys as well. This is the most important, and the first line of defense in protecting your home from ice dams. Michi-gan building code calls for 3 feet from the eaves and valleys. We recommend 6 feet for extra protection. Not all underlayments are made the same. Felt paper has been around for more than 100 years. It is outdated and far underperforms when it really matters. This material rips, tears, and absorbs water instead of repelling it. This material is still being used widely by crews today but there are better options available. High quality synthetic underlayments such as certainteed’s RoofRunner, are wo-ven with a High Density Polymer, similar to Kevlar, to avoid it ripping and tearing as we nail it down to the roof surface. The synthetic layers in the underlayment repel water, and effectively perform as a secondary water barrier under your shin-gles.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are still the dominant material being used on the market. Asphalt used to be a much higher quality, with roofs lasting upwards of 30 years however nothing could be further from the truth in today’s world. Why not asphalt? Cracking, curling, and blistering of the shingles are all natural problems that affect an asphalt shingle. The main issue is that manufacturers have cut back on cost to produce a product that doesn’t last even half of what it used to. Asphalt shingles are now made with paper cores where they used to have a strong fiberglass weave. This causes the shingle to rip and tear easily creating crevices that become weak points in the roofing system al-lowing leaks to be more prevalent. Just like our roads, asphalt re-acts negatively with our harsh weather here in Michigan. We have some of the worst roads in the country that continually crack and fall apart. Our roads need to be continually patched and the same thing happens to asphalt roofing!

SBS Shingles

Northgate SBS shingles created by Certainteed is what we have chosen to recommend in Michigan. Currently in 2020 there are only 3 lines of SBS Shin-gles available on the market. Of these three Certainteed has the longest standing, and best reputation with the strongest warranty. Northgate is not only a high quality product in terms of longevity in our harsh weather conditions but it also has a superior aesthetic with its dimension-al pattern and high definition color scheme.
Northgate Shingle:

• Bends but won’t break.
• Can withstand hail at 90 mph.
• Class 4 Impact Resistant
• Wind resistant up to 130 mph.

An SBS-modified shingle is manu-factured with special polymers that give it “rubberized” character-istics. The “rubber” does not freeze and crack which gives it an edge in our environment.

Granulated Steel Shingles

Although three times the cost of an SBS architectural shingle, a granulated steel roof is truly a permanent solution for your home. The look reflects ei-ther traditional shingle or craftsman shake.

Tilcor stone-coated steel panels:
• Made from virgin galvalumed steel (24 gauge auto grade)
• Stand up to extreme weather conditions
• Is a true 100 year roof
• Comes in a wide range of profiles and colors
• Uses a revolutionary concealed fastening system
• Aids in energy savings
• Won’t crack, break, burn, curl, split rot or grow mold.
Using the best technology combining virgin 24 gauge steel, zincalume, and acrylic bonding procedures the end result is the most durable and beautiful roofing system on the market. Furthermore, the stones coating the top layer are mined in the colors available. What this means is that these stones from the basin of New Zeeland have been this color from their inception millions of years ago. This ensure the color will stay true and never fade!

Your front door serves many important purposes, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Your entry door is one of the first things guests and neighbors see when they drive past or visit your home.

FULLY PROTECTED:
A fully protected doorway is a door that has a large porch in front of it. These doorways are protected from exposure and so having a glass outer door or large windows is acceptable.
PARTIALLY PROTECTED:
Partially protected doorways may have a small porch. In partially protected doorways, the top half of the door is protected, and so that part is safe for win-dows. However, the bottom half will likely see environmental wear.
UNPROTECTED:
Most homes have an unprotected doorway. Unprotected doorways have

Full Panel: Full panel doors are the best solution for an unprotected doorway as this type of door is optimal when the door will see a lot of wear and tear from exterior sources.

• Our compression weatherstrip is filled with foam that remains flexible and helps seal your entryway against moisture and air infiltration in most weath-er conditions.
• These jambs are rot-resistant to help protect against decay and insect dam-age.

1/4 Lite Panel : This type of door is optimal if you have a partially covered entrance. The bottom half should be without glass as this part of the door will see more environmental wear.

• This door features a rot-resistant adjustable sill. The cap is formed of a maintenance-free composite material that won’t decay or absorb mois-ture like wood. Adjustment hardware is made of sturdy, corrosion-resistant steel.

1/2 Lite Panel : Adding glass can add to the aesthetics of your door and there are many designs available including grids etc.

• Add stability and a greater sense of security with the multi-point locking system. Made with corrosion-resistant stainless steel for longer, more du-rable performance.
• Factory-coated Low-E glass delivers exceptional energy efficiency.

3/4 Lite Panel : This type of door is generally used if you have a protected doorway. Having a covered porch in front of this type of door is optimal be-cause it will be protected from the elements.

• Having a heavy-duty door sweep is an energy-saving feature. Our door bottom sweep is made with dual bulbs and dual fins that help form a tight seal against air drafts and water leaks.
• Uses a leak protection pad that reduces typical point of air and moisture infiltration, providing a special corner “pocket” that helps keep air and moisture from creeping through.

Full Lite Panel : This type of door is generally used if you have a protected doorway. Having a covered porch in front of this type of door is optimal be-cause it will be protected from the elements.

• Triple-pane insulated decorative safety glass is used in each door. Each glass assembly is made with two layers of safety glass surrounding the decorative glass. Insulating air spaces between the inner and outer panes help prevent heat, cold and moisture from passing through.