Why Cutting Corners on Your Reno Never Cuts Costs


If you’ve ever considered a home renovation, you know how costly it can be. From gorgeous fixings to hidden problems, the price can quickly add up. But if you’re not ready for the high price tag, you might want to hold back on giving your home a facelift.

You don’t always have to choose the most expensive option, but you do have to make sure your reno is done right, with quality materials and service. The other option is cutting corners to save costs. But this can land you and your house in heaps of trouble, and end up costing you more in the long run.

It’s best to do it right the first time around, because cutting corners never actually cuts costs. Here are 4 things you can do to ensure you’re not cutting corners on your home renovation!

1.Use Quality Materials
You don’t have to choose the most expensive materials for your reno, but you do have to do your due diligence and ensure you use quality materials. Gentek has an abundance to choose from, here are a just a few examples of what you can do!

Replace your old windows with Amherst Windows for easy upkeep, high performance glass and energy efficient design; Add a gorgeous entry door that displays style and quality; Create a feature wall with Sagiper Siding that’s highly durable, easy to clean and even easier on the eyes!

2. Find the Right Contractor
A great contractor will never cut corners to speed up the process or cut your costs. Sure, saving a few weeks and a couple bucks may seem awesome, but if they don’t do the renovation the right way from the start, it’s going to come back to bite you, and your bank account.

With Gentek’s Contractor Locator you can search for a contractor in your geographical area. Located across Canada, all Gentek’s elite contractors meet strict quality, performance and insurance rules and ensure your reno meets your needs and expectations!

3. Get the Right Permits
Make sure you do your homework and acquire the building permits you need to do your renovation. Permits protect you, your home and your neighbourhood and confirm your renovation follows all regulations. If your contractor is willing to do work without permits to save you costs, it’s definitely a red flag! Ensure you have the required permits in place so you don’t run into trouble (and money pitfalls) down the road.

4. Remodel in Stages
If you’re worried about costs, remodel your home in stages rather than trying to do it all at once and cutting corners because you don’t have the budget. Look at your renovation as a whole and decide what’s the most urgent and what you can hold off on. Remodeling in stages will help you cut costs without cutting corners. And if you hire the right professional renovator, they can help you figure out what to do now and what to save for later.

If you’re starting a renovation, make sure to follow the tips above so you get the most out of your remodel and don’t end up spending more down the road!

Avoid These Top Renovation Mistakes


Renovating your home is an exciting endeavor, but don’t let all the excitement blind you to common renovation mistakes. If you’re upgrading your house, you want it to be exactly that, an upgrade. Don’t fall for mishaps that will leave you palming your forehead at the end of the day.

Renovations aren’t always easy, but when done right, they’ll leave you with the home you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re renovating your interior, exterior or both, there are a few things you need to keep in mind for the renovations to go smoothly. Before you get started, take a look at 5 of the top renovation mistakes to avoid and have a happy renovation.

1.Not Going Green

There’s a common misconception that renovating your home with environmentally friendly materials will be way too expensive. But it’s a mistake not to go green. Going green is a smart investment that ensures energy conservation, optimal material use, and products that outlast any others. Gentek offers a range of eco-friendly green products from vinyl windows and patios doors, to an array of siding options. With environmental stewardship in mind, your renovation is sure to be durable, energy efficient and high quality.

2. Cutting Costs on Handiwork

You have to be extremely careful when choosing a contractor these days, and it could be a red flag if the quote for their work is cheap. The last thing you want is a contractor who cuts corners or renovates your home with low quality products. Do your due diligence when choosing a contractor. Ask your friends and family for referrals, and get estimates from multiple contractors before making your decision. Your contractor should be including costs for the specific work they’re doing, including the exact hardware and flooring, install costs, permit costs, warranty of the work, etc. If the estimate isn’t all-inclusive, it may be best to look elsewhere.

3. Measurement Mistakes

Make sure you, or whoever is taking the measurements for your renovation, is meticulous. Even half an inch can make a huge difference and jeopardize the look and feel you were going for with your renovation. Whether you’re measuring for cabinets, appliances, a bed frame, or sink, measure multiple times to make sure your measurements are 100% accurate. Taking more time to get specific will save you time and frustration in the long run.

4. Going Too Trendy

The thing about trends is, they come and go. This not only means you may fall out of love with your trendy design in the future, it can also bring down your home’s resale value. Trendy furniture is fine, but when it comes to the design of the kitchen, bathrooms and other rooms with appliances, counters and cabinets, it’s best not to go too wild. 

5. Skimping on Materials

If you’re going to renovate your home, what’s the use in skimping? The truth is, you get what you pay for, and although that doesn’t mean you have to spend your life savings on renovating your house, if you can’t afford to renovate with good quality materials, wait until you can. You may end up spending more money repairing cheap materials, and you’ll likely be underwhelmed with the look and functionality.

Are you looking into a home renovation? Make sure to keep these tips in mind!

5 Ways to Use Fiber Cement Siding



If you haven’t heard of fiber cement siding, get ready for your mind to be blown. It looks like wood or masonry, but acts like concrete to withstand the harshest weather and temperatures. Fiber cement mixes wood pulp and Portland cement for durability, maintenance and affordability. Plus, it looks awesome no matter how you use it.

You can customize it perfectly to your home, and use it on the inside or out. It’s extremely versatile, available in different shapes and sizes, colours and stains. Or if you like DIYs, it comes ready to paint! You can go contemporary or traditional, rustic or bright. The options are truly endless.

Whether you’re already set on using fiber cement siding, or this is your first introduction, take a look at 5 ways to use fiber cement siding for your home.

1. A Home Extension

Thinking of adding on a home extension? Make it pop, or compliment the rest of your house with fiber cement siding. By painting the panels you can add contrast to your exterior, or keep it consistent with the rest of your home. Also keep in mind, you can use products like heat-reflective paint to ensure minimal heat stress on your new extension.

2. Update Your Floors

If you’re craving the look of cement floors, but the cost is out of your budget, install smooth fiber cement panels instead. You’ll get the stylish look you want at a fraction of the cost! You can paint, finish and customize them to your style and add a sleek, contemporary look to your home!

3. Cottage/ Boat House Living

Fiber cement siding is an ideal material to use for your cottage or boat house. Not only is it extremely durable, it looks like traditional wood siding, which perfectly plays to the aesthetics of either of these dwellings. The wood paneled look can be rustic and cozy, or painted bright hues for summery, waterfront vibes. There are so many options for cabin living.

4. Accent Wall

Incorporating an accent wall is a great way to create a focal point in your home, whether it’s in your living room, dining area, kitchen, or foyer. Install it shiplap-style for a gorgeous look that pops! You can have the look of wood with a much more durable material that can stand wear and tear in busy areas of your home.

5. Your Headboard

If you love the look of wood paneled headboards, fiber cement siding is a great option for a durable, textured bed end. Your bedroom should be somewhere you love to step into at the end of the day, and wake up to in the morning. With the focus on bedrooms as relaxing sanctuaries, the décor has to fit the bill. Fiber cement planks used vertically or horizontally and painted to your ideal color, are the perfect way to create a sleeping space you love.

Are you thinking about using fiber cement paneling for your home? Let us know how you’re thinking of using it!

How to Pick the Perfect Patio Door


Your front door isn’t the only entrance you need to think about when constructing or re-modeling your home. Your patio door allows access to your backyard or patio, and has an aesthetic impact on both the interior and exterior of your house. You want to make sure your patio door not only looks great, but is functional, energy efficient and works perfectly for your space.

When choosing the perfect patio door, there are a few key things you need to consider that you might not have thought about. Read on to make sure you have everything covered in your patio door search!

All About Functionality

Your patio door has to be functional for your space. If the entrance to your backyard or patio is tight, a sliding door that opens and closes on a track system will be more functional than a swinging, hinged door. If your space is more generous, outswing doors are ideal. And if your space is at a premium, a bi-partnering door with an expanded opening will brighten up your home and extend your living space.

Think About Style

While functionality is key, style is at the top of mind for most home owners. You want patio doors that compliment your home and fuse your indoor and outdoor space. In many homes, patio doors serve as a focal point, so you want them to catch the eye in the best way. Think about color, material, frame width, panels, whether you want decorative glass, etc. Depending on the style and decor of your house, choose patio doors that work with the design.

Kid and Pet-Friendly

If you have kids and/or pets, your patio doors need to be able to withstand wear and tear. Pets often paw at the door when they want to go in or out, and kids’ toys can leave scratches on painted or wooden door frames. If you’re worried about chips and scrapes, choose doors with plain vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum to maintain their desired look.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Do you love throwing big gatherings on your deck? Are you going to outfit your patio with furniture so your family and friends can mix and mingle? Make sure whichever patio door you choose gives you space for these gatherings and doesn’t restrict the flow. Take into consideration how much space you need for clearance and how the doors will affect the movability of your patio.

Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind

It’s really important to choose energy efficient patio doors for your house. This will save you money, provide comfort to your home, and it never hurts to help the environment! Windows and doors might not actually use energy, but they play a significant role in heat loss. Materials like vinyl and wood are very energy efficient, while Low-E (low emissivity) glass is 

designed with material that repels ultraviolet rays in the summer and absorbs them in the winter.

Are you looking to construct or remodel your patio door? Gentek has a wide variety of patio door styles in stock! Visit your local Gentek dealer to find the style that suits you and your home!

Tom – What color siding would go best with the shingles?


Tom asks,

What color siding would go best with the shingles?

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I would suggest a grey tone like Windswept Smoke, Iron Ore or Storm. It all depends on how dark you want to go. With any of these colours, I would go with a white trim.

Your closest Gentek Renovator is Avalon Home Improvement. Tell them your Gentek Designer referred you.

Brian – Looking to update the exterior of my bungalow


Brian asks,

Hi, I’m looking to update the exterior of my bungalow.
My initial thought was add a lower portion of man-made stone siding and a ledge then leave the siding above that.

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Brian, I agree. I like the idea of you adding stone to the bottom of the home. You could use a great product called Versetta Stone in the Tight Cut Profile in Plum Creek with Windswept Smoke or Iron Ore board and batten vinyl siding. This would give a modern look to hour home.

Your closest Gentek Renovator is People’s Choice Home Improvements, Manalco Contracting Inc., and Foster’s Home Improvements. Tell them your Gentek designer referred you.