How Much Does a Remodel Cost and How Long Does it Take?

Remodeling your house is one of the most exciting ventures any homeowner can take. You get to upgrade the home you love with a new design that makes you even more excited to come home after a long day. From new windows, siding and doors, to interior upgrades, a remodel can completely elevate your home.

With all the excitement that comes along with a renovation, you have to make sure to be realistic in terms of what it will cost you and how long the project will go on. If you’re looking to remodel you’re home, we’re giving you all the insight on how much a renovation costs and how long it will take to get your dream home.

How Much Does a Remodel Cost?

Home remodel costs depend on a few key factors such as the size of your home, location, the quality of materials you use, etc.  Different rooms also come with different costs. According to Houzz’s 2018 Houzz and Home Study, kitchens are the most popular rooms to renovate, with guests bathrooms coming in at the no.2 spot, and master bathrooms at no.3.

In 2017, the median spend on a kitchen renovation was $11,000, and the median spend on a large kitchen with at least all cabinets and appliances being replaced was $33,000. The median cost for a master bathroom remodel was $7,000, and that median cost rose up between $10,000 to $16,000 for master bathroom remodels with at least the countertops, vanity, cabinetry, and toilets replaced.

The median cost for other interior room renovations ranged from $500 for a closet remodel to $3,000 for a family/living room renovation. The overall median renovation spend was $15,000.

A Word on Exterior Remodels

Upgrading your curb appeal is becoming just as popular as remodeling your favourite interior rooms. The most popular exterior improvement in 2017 was exterior paint, followed by windows or skylights, exterior doors, roofing, gutters and decks!

How Long Does a Remodel Take

Home renovation projects take time, but if you’re working with a quality renovator (like one of Gentek’s) they’ll make it happen as efficiently as possible and with as much quality as possible. Just a few short years ago, Houzz’s 2016 Houzz and Home Survey found that the average time it takes for a kitchen renovation is five months, between three and four months for bathroom remodels, three months for a laundry room and two and a half months for a closet. Other interior rooms took on average three and a half months to remodel.

Excited to get your remodel started? Get in touch with a Gentek premium renovator to ensure your project is done with care and to the highest quality standards!

6 Reasons to Use Vinyl Siding in Your Home


2017-06-04As the leading exterior cladding across North America, there are many reasons to use vinyl siding for your home. It’s versatile, durable and basically maintenance free, so it’s a no-brainer for any homeowner looking to build with style and value in mind. Gentek carries a wide range of vinyl siding so you can customize your home any way you please.

With style, strength and craftsmanship as some of its top features, vinyl siding offers a lot of value to anyone who chooses to use it. From its eco-friendly roots to its extreme durability, here are 6 reasons to use vinyl siding in your home.

  1. Design-centric

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to vinyl siding, from colours and textures to design and style. You can create whatever look you want, applying the pieces vertically or horizontally with your dream exterior in mind. There’s a wide array of colours available, including the popular dark grey shades, such as Iron Ore. With complementary trims and accessories, the options for customizing your exterior cladding with vinyl siding are endless.

  1. Durable

Vinyl siding is incredibly durable, able to stand up to almost any element. Multiple attachment points and sturdy materials protect it from wind resistance and impact from hail. And advanced UV-resistance coatings ensure the colour won’t fade for years. Vinyl siding is continuously exceeding expectations and is known for its long-term durability, which is why many homeowners continue to select it over and over again.

  1. Cost Effective

Vinyl siding is very cost effective, especially for the high-quality product you’re receiving. If you want to install vinyl siding yourself, you can save even more, but even if you hire someone to install it for you, it’s much more cost effective than the other siding options out there.

  1. Eco-friendly

Homeowners are becoming more and more conscious about their home’s impact on the environment, and with vinyl siding, they can rest assured their home is eco-friendly. Both vinyl siding and insulated vinyl siding have low environmental impact and vinyl scrap is recyclable. On top of that, since it’s so durable, it helps reduce maintenance and repair costs and materials.

  1. Maintenance free

Vinyl siding is also essentially maintenance free. Once you have it installed, you don’t have to do much to maintain its original aesthetics. It’s easily cleaned with soap and water, and you’ll never need to paint your home to update it. Other siding options leave you with ongoing maintenance and a hefty bill, but vinyl siding will keep its superior quality for years. Plus, it resists pests and damage so you don’t have to worry about unexpected costs!

  1. Prevents mold and mildew

Vinyl siding is immune to moisture damage, which prevents mold and mildew. With a tight, secure installation system, it resists excessive moisture, and weep holes allow for moisture to escape. Vinyl siding helps a home’s walls breathe and dry out, so you don’t have to worry about water damage within your home.


Are you ready to let your design flair shine with vinyl siding? Visit your local Gentek supplier today to find the right vinyl siding for you!

Before & After: Stunning Exterior Renovations

The exterior of your house is the first thing people see when they walk up to your home, so it’s important to make a good impression. Curb appeal ranks high these days, and luckily your exterior can get a complete facelift with a few simple upgrades! The best part? Every time you arrive home, you get to enjoy the look of your house, and you’ll be proud to show it off to anyone who visits. Plus, you’re adding a great deal of value by renovating your exterior.

We often focus on renovating the inside of our homes, but that shouldn’t be the only part of your house that gets your love and care. Your home exterior is just as important, especially if it’s starting to look run down. Gentek offers a large variation of products to help take your exterior from drab to stunning. From gorgeous siding to beautiful windows and doors, a few quick fixes can make a world of a difference. With options like vinyl siding, specialty siding, detailed trims, and a full array of exterior colour options, there are plenty of ways to completely customize your home to your desired style.

Take a look at 3 before and after photos that showcase stunning exterior renovations using Gentek products!

Lutes Before & After

While the charm of this lake house remains intact, the renovation created a fresh, clean finish. The Storm Siding cleans up the two-toned red and white that once was, while new windows give it a crisper look. The white painted door and window edges give the exterior a light, airy feel, and the new front door with decorative glass provides privacy with aesthetics in mind.

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Erving Before & After

Although these renovations didn’t require a ton of changes, the upgrades made a huge impact. The thick, white siding was replaced with Pebble Siding, and white accents around the windows. They also got rid of the green shutters on the top floor, creating a cleaner look. The entire back and sides of the house were covered in Pebble Siding to create a unified, refreshed feel. The charm of the brick remains untouched, while the siding gives the exterior a much-needed upgrade.


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Orford Before & After

This home was renovated from head to toe in Windswept Smoke Siding. Dark grey siding is the go-to colour from many homeowners, and you can see how it makes the home look much more contemporary and less run down. Sometimes a house with good bones just needs a little re-vamp and that’s exactly what was done with this beauty. The Windswept Smoke shade provides contrast with the white roof, where it blended in before.

Or 1 Or 2 Or 3If you’re thinking about renovating the exterior of your home, do some research to figure out which siding, trims, doors, and windows will work for you! Your local Gentek retailer can help you find the best fit for your home, just like the gorgeous homes featured in this article!

Which Siding Should You Use? Top 5 Options



Whether you’re remodeling your home for yourself or for resale, choosing the right siding is essential. Pick a siding with aesthetics, durability and versatility in mind. If it’s important for you to have a custom look, make sure the siding you choose is easily customizable and will work into your vision. Some sidings are more challenging to work with than others, so get all the facts upfront!

The siding you choose can have a big effect on the look and function of your home. While some siding materials require lots of maintenance and tough installation, others are easier to install and don’t require as many touch-ups over the years. It’s important to understand the benefits of each type of siding, as well as the pros and cons.

It’s not an easy decision to make, but once you do, you’ll be left with a gorgeous update to your home’s appearance. Check out the top 5 options for siding!


While there are some downsides to using wood siding (maintenance and lack of insulation), it’s still a popular option for homeowners who love the rustic, natural look. If you care for it properly, it can last for decades, and it’s extremely customizable since it’s such a pliable material. With so many ways to customize, from clapboard to shingles, light to dark wood, and different shapes and sizes, natural wood is a beautiful way to outfit your home.

Cedar Impressions

Cedar impressions hinge on the pricier side, but are definitely worth the investment. It’s modeled from real wood cedar shingles, and although it looks like natural wood, it doesn’t require as much maintenance. If you’re looking to add character to your home and you love the traditional home feel, cedar impressions are the way to go.


With composite siding, you’re able to get a very customizable look. It’s available in an array of materials including aluminum, fiber cement and asphalt, and comes in the form of shingles or boards. It’s installed like wood and you can choose from a handful of different types of trim and accessories. Although it’s harder to work with than some other siding options, it’s fireproof and rot-resistant, so is pretty low maintenance. Installing composite requires an expert installer, because you have to wear personal protective equipment and use special installation techniques to do it properly.


When it comes to siding, vinyl is the most common material used. It’s cost efficient, easy to install and comes in a variety of colours and textures to fit your home outfitting needs. Not to mention, the low maintenance involved, making it appealing to many. It’s water repellant and durable in any climate, but it doesn’t provide insulation to the home unless insulation is added.

Are you thinking of switching up the siding on your home? Which siding option are you most drawn to?

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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!

Gentek’s Trend Setting Product Sagiper – Featured on Backyard Builds

2017-05-08Sagiper is one of the hottest home design trends of 2017. Made to look like wood without the upkeep, the maintenance free siding option is the perfect way to give any home exterior a gorgeous, natural look. The highly durable vinyl was designed for the outdoors, providing high resistance to UV rays, water absorption and humidity. Plus, it can be used for interior walls and ceiling applications as well.

In the Media

Sagiper was recently featured on the HGTV Backyard Builds ‘Kids’ Clubhouse’ episode, where a garage is turned into a kids’ arts and music hangout. With a son who plays the drums and a daughter who tap dances and plays violin, these parents knew they needed a space where their kids could flourish outside (but close to) the family home. With the use of Sagiper, the hangout is transformed into a kids’ clubhouse any parent would be happy to have in their yard.

Customize with Sagiper

Available in an array of colours, your style will shine through with Sagiper. The highly durable vinyl can give any exterior or interior a facelift, whether it’s adding an exterior addition, outfitting a mobile home, or spicing up your living room with a feature wall. The tongue and groove panels add texture and detail where you need it most, so your space is instantly transformed.

The high-quality look and feel of the Sagiper product line is noticeable at first glance. It has revolutionized the renovation industry, with durability and aesthetics combined. Born in Europe, it was introduced to North America in 2012, and is booming as one of 2017’s most coveted trends.

The Details

While Sagiper is hot from a design standpoint, it’s also one of the most functional products on the market today. The vinyl coating is insect proof, keeping away any unwanted critters. It also has a low expansion and contraction coefficient, making it durable in any climate, and where the temperature is constantly changing. The exterior vinyl coating repels dirt and is easily cleaned, and the vinyl colour will never fade.

Sagiper has a water absorption level of 0.04% making it ideal for areas of high humidity and homes near the coastline where corrosion is typical due to sea spray. It absorbs more than 97% UV radiation, increasingly its longevity and durability.

The Last Word

If you’ve been looking for the perfect material to outfit your home, and love the look of wood, but are turned off by the high maintenance that comes with it, you can stop your search at Sagiper. This trendsetting product is available at Gentek in all different colours to suit your design needs. Customize you interior or exterior with a high-quality product that’s eye-catching and trendy.

Are you renovating your home? What do you think of the Sagiper product line?



Allison – We are hoping to update our windows


Allison asks,

We are hoping to update our windows, siding, eves, fascia, and roof and are having trouble choosing colour. We dislike the rust coloured trim and pinkish siding. Just wondering what you would do? We are considering windswept smoke or pebble I think for siding and are unsure for eves etc.

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You have chosen two colours that you can use together. I would chose Windswept Smoke for the siding and add some contrast with Pebble as the soffit, fascia, trim and eaves colours. One of my favourite combinations with that colour of brick.

Your closest Gentek Renovators are Vision Glass Inc. and Alf Curtis Home Improvements. Tell them that your Gentek Designer referred you.

Gentek Sequoia Select Siding Is Perfect For Your Dream Home Too


If you want to see how great Gentek’s Sequoia Select Ultra-Premium Vinyl Siding could look on your home, check out this rendering of the $900,000 grand prize dream home in the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation Hospital Home Lottery.

Elegant in Iron Ore, in a Double 4” horizontal profile on the lower level of the beautiful home, Gentek’s Sequoia Select is complimented by Gentek Board & Batten Ultra-Premium Vertical Vinyl Siding in the Storm hue on the upper level.

Sequoia Select’s quiet sophistication is a substantial upgrade from ordinary vinyl siding.  The performance engineering and attention to detail will meet your every expectation for long-term protection, easy upkeep and lasting value.

The Sequoia Select colour palette is rich and warm. Each panel is solid colour throughout, so it won’t chip, flake and blister like painted surfaces.  And unlike wood, it won’t rot and warp due to moisture. Maintenance is a breeze because Sequoia Select never needs to be painted – an occasional rinse with a garden hose and you’re good to go.

If you’re lucky enough to be living in New Brunswick – or willing to move for a dream home – get yourself a lottery ticket. Otherwise, you can check out Sequoia Select at any Gentek location.

Say Hello With A Vibrant Front Door Colour Choice


Your home’s front door should be a dynamic focal point that brings together the colour scheme of your siding, windows and roof, enhancing curb appeal and offering a warm welcome to your guests. The colour you select for your home’s point of entry is also a reflection of your own personal style and taste.

For many, picking colours for any kind of exterior or interior décor is a challenge. It doesn’t always come naturally. But there is logic and science to colour choice, and a little bit of research will help you make an attractive choice. A great start is to look at a colour wheel.

Winning colour schemes based on the colour wheel include:

Monochromatic: Several shades of a single colour

Analogous: Colours found side by side on the colour wheel

Contrast: Three colours spaced evenly apart on the colour wheel

Complementary: Two hues opposite each other on the colour wheel

The style of your home is a good guide for what works and what doesn’t in choosing a front door colour. Take into account the materials of your exterior, the architectural style of your home, even the surrounding landscape.

In addition to siding and windows, Gentek offers a full selection of exterior building products, including a wide range of entry doors. You can choose from a wide selection of “First Impressions by Gentek” doors, which includes fiberglass, privacy, wrought iron and other styles.

Gentek’s ‘World of Colour’ features a full array of customer-preferred colours, making it easy to find the front door colour that perfectly matches and enhances your home’s exterior.  From Burgundy to Old World Blue, Venetian Red to basic Black, Gentek has a colour that you’ll love to come home to.

We are going nuts!


Rosa asks:

My husband and I are having a problem choosing our soffit and facia colours on our new home.  The brick we choose are from  Montreal Brique et Pierre Brandon Gris Sienna Onyx. The roof is from BP Everest colour Brown Stone.  The windows,  front door,  garage door and facia around the door are coloured from SICO paints # 621263 Urban Grey.  The model of the home is a bungalow which I will include the photo so that you get an idea of what the facad looks like. NOTE : this is the model home and NOT our home being constructed.  So my question is with all of this going on what colors should I choose for the soffit, facia and gutters?  HELP,  we are going nuts!

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After taking a look at all of the colours who have already chosen, I would suggest that you try Gentek’s Sable or Pebble.  Pebble is very similar to the Sico Urban Grey and Sable is a bit darker and would give a nice contrast to the Urban Grey.  Any of these colours would blend well with the stone and roof colours you have chosen.


Sable and Pebble is a very popular colour combinations for Gentek.