Angie’s List Gold Shield Award Issued To Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing

Olson_Angies_List_GOLDOlson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing is proud to announce that we are now a Certified Gold Service Provider on Angie’s List. To be eligible for the Gold Shield award a member must earn the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for consistently providing outstanding service; based on reviews and member communication.

Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award five years in a row reflecting exemplary service to members of it’s local services marketplace and consumer review site.

We are honored to have received this prestigious award. Our team has maintained high industry standards that have been recognized by the Angie’s List community.

“Only about 5 percent of the windows, doors and siding companies in Chicagoland area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
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Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Insynctive Technology From Pella

Pella Windows and Doors introduces its newest innovation, Pella® Insynctive™ technology – a family of smart products for windows and doors designed to deliver security, comfort and convenience.
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A leading innovator within the window and door industry, Pella is one of the first manufacturers in its category to develop smart home products for windows and doors. Pella Insynctive smart home products include window and door sensors, garage door sensors, entry door deadbolt sensor, status indicator, bridge and motorized blinds and shades. Full product details can be found at insynctive.pella.com.
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Security
Know at a glance if your windows, doors or garage door are opened or closed and entry door is locked or unlocked.

Comfort
Program blinds and shades to raise and lower throughout the day to help keep your home more comfortable.*

Convenience
Check windows and doors or operate blinds and shades from virtually anywhere, anytime with a smartphone, tablet or computer.*

*Requires connection to a compatible home automation system.
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Pella Recognizes Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing as Elite Contractor!

Platinum_PCC_v3Pella, a leader in the window and door industry for nearly 90 years has prescreened contractors from the Chicagoland area and selected Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing as an elite contractor. Pella Platinum Certified Contractors are selected and certified by Pella for their window and door expertise.

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Olson Windows Doors Siding and Roofing Featured in the Daily Herald

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Product variety doesn’t ‘pigeonhole’ Olson customers

by Kim Mikus    September 15, 2014
Editor/Daily Herald Business Products

An interview with Brian Olson, co-owner of Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing in Barrington and Warrenville.

Q: Describe your business.

A: We specialize in exteriors. We sell and install many different brands of windows, doors, siding and roofing.

I think one of our biggest advantages over the big companies is that we carry multiple product lines. We aren’t pigeonholed into telling our customers that they need a specific window, siding, or roof. We can offer a wide range of options. So we really take the time to listen to the customers needs to see what is going to best suit their home and budget. Obviously if one of the big companies (manufacturers) comes out they are going to try their hardest to put their product in the customers house no matter what. We are also constantly updated on all the new products and new options, for most manufacturer’s.

We are really a one-stop exterior shop for all customer needs. Because we do windows, siding, roofs, doors, garage doors a new customer can start with a door and plan their future work. We have several customers that one year we did the windows the next we did their siding, and maybe their garage door after that.

Q: What made you start your business?

A: We worked for many years as window installers, and were always trying to make sure we were doing a quality job. As time went on, we realized we had very little control. Most contractors were only interested in production, not quality. So we decided to start our own business and approach it from an installation point of view, always trying to do things the correct way and not necessarily the cheapest way possible. We would end up with happy customers. So here we are 20 years later, two brothers that haven’t killed each other yet.

Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?

A: Our business is very cyclical. In the winter we can get very slow, so dealing with the ups and downs.

Q; What areas do you service?

A: All of the North and Northwest suburbs.

Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?

A: I had no plans of doing this when I was young. I was always fascinated by the ocean, a kid from the Midwest growing up watching Jacques Cousteau on the television.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I wanted to be an oceanographer.

Q: What keeps you up at night?

A: Sometimes I’ll sit up in bed because I forgot to order a window, or I’ll worry about a customer.

Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?

A: Don’t grow too fast, and watch your overhead for those slow times. Also, try and go out of your way to please your customers.

Read Article On The Daily Herald

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Introducing Beechworth Windows

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Olson Windows, doors, Siding and Roofing is now offer a premium fiberglass window, manufactured with the replacement customer in mind. The products combine functional benefits with design benefits for the ultimate balance in performance and aesthetics, for the homeowner who needs and values a high quality window. Beechworth also offers a sliding patio door.

Strength

  • Superior in strength to vinyl.
  • High strength prevents unsightly sagging and windows from sticking.
  • Shape and structure holds over time.

Durability

  • Higher resistance to warping, rotting, cracking.
  • Extreme resistance to deterioration.
  • Much greater dimensional stability than vinyl.

Efficiency

  • Lower heat and cold conductivity than aluminum material
  • Glass packages are designed for maximum comfort.
  • Extremely low air infiltration for higher efficiency, more comfort, and lower energy bills.

Aesthetics

  • High-quality, premium finishes.
  • Interior finishes paintable or stainable.
  • Finishes complement James Hardie® ColorPlus® Technology finishes.

Learn more about Beechworth Windows.

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What Is a Storm Chaser?

Beware of Storm Chasers signYou may have heard of the term ‘Storm Chaser’ before and can think of dare devils getting into there cars and chasing after tornadoes. In the contractor and home improvement world storm chasers are individuals or companies who quickly move into areas following severe weather looking to exploit homeowners and local businesses needing repairs due to storm-related destruction and damage. These con artists use this opportunity to pressure people into making impulsive, often expensive, decisions about construction work needed to repair damaged roof, siding, windows and cleanup. These scammers collect the homeowners’ insurance claim, perform shoddy work and then move on never to be seen again. So that means you’re totally out-of-luck for them to honor any warranty work after they complete the job. The situation in Illinois has gotten so severe that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has posted a public warning about Storm Chasers. You can read it here.

Helpful tips to protect you from storm chasers:

  • Ask for recommendations from people you know and trust and, whenever possible, use established local contractors.
  • Call the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline to check out a contractor and to learn if any complaints have been filed against a particular business.
  • Even if there is a need to act quickly, shop around for the best deal. Get written estimates from multiple contractors, and don’t be rushed into a deal.
  • Get all of the terms of a contract in writing, and obtain a copy of the signed contract.
  • Never make full payment until all the work has been completed to your satisfaction.
  • Never pay in cash.
  • Be aware that you have the right to cancel a contract within three business days if you signed it based on the contractor’s visit to your home.
  • In the case of disaster repair, you have an additional right to cancel. If your insurance carrier denies coverage, you have the right to cancel the contract within five days of when your insurance carrier denies your coverage.
  • Ask to see required state and local permits and licenses. Insurance adjusters and roofers must be licensed by state agencies. If the contractor does not have a required license, or if the name on the license doesn’t match the name on the contractor’s business card or truck, that should raise a red flag.

In the event you find yourself in need of repair service following a severe weather incident it is wise to contact a local reputable contractor. Olson Windows Doors and Siding has been in business since 1979 and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and has been an Angie’s List ‘Super Service Award Company’ for the past four years in a row! We offer top industry leading products such as GAF Roofing, James Hardie Siding, Pella Windows and Doors and much more. We are family owned and operated and will treat you with the respect you deserve.

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Spring Window Maintenance

window_washing_01It’s springtime and that means spring cleaning. Spring window cleaning and maintenance is important to keeping your windows operating smoothly.

Washing Exterior Windows: Start with a solution of warm water and detergent. Start from the top and work your way down the window removing dirt and grim with a soft towel or sponge. Then use another soft towel to dry or squeegee them clean. Clean away any dirt and mold on the framing with a solution of water and ammonia.

Inspect and Repair: Check the window frames and sash for wood rot. Mild wood rot can be repaired if caught in time. Make necessary repairs and paint.

Wash Screens: Remove screens from their tracks and use a hose to clean away dust and dirt. Rub gently with a wet cloth if necessary. Let them dry and reinstall screens.

Wash Interior Windows: First clean the channels with a brush or vacuum clean. You can wash your windows with a spray bottle and paper towels. However try using warm water, detergent and a squeegee. You’ll actually get your windows cleaner in a fraction of the time. Check out this helpful article.

Final Inspection: Inspect the glass for cracks and hardware to assure smooth operation. Broken windows should be replaced by a professional.

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OLSON WINDOWS DOORS AND SIDING Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
 
OLSON WINDOWS DOORS AND SIDING has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.
 
“We have worked with Olson to install windows, doors and siding on our home and even had them back for more window replacements. The staff and the installation crew are very knowledgeable, professional and communication was excellent. They accomplished all the work in the time-frame that was proposed to us. All we can say is we are very happy with the quality of the work and will highly recommend them to others in the future.”

M. & R. Dehn, Barrington, Illinois

“Only about 5 percent of the companies OLSON WINDOWS DOORS AND SIDING competes with in Chicagoland are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”
 
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
 
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
 
Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

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Therma-Tru Says “Slam the Door” on High Energy Bills

Therma-Tru DoorsWith Old Man Winter knocking at our door, experts at Therma-Tru remind homeowners to check their doors to make certain they are not leaking air, which can increase heating costs. Derek Fielding, director of product management for ThermaTru Doors recommends seeking out fibreglass entry doors that are thermally broken, meaning they insulate against both cold and heat. Steel doors can be thermally conductive and result in the transfer of temperatures quickly from the interior to the exterior, and vice versa. Read more…

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Pella Makes Some Cold Weather Considerations When Selecting Windows

In extremely cold climates, the window frame material you choose is important. It should provide excellent insulating qualities – in other words, it should keep the cold outside where it belongs.

Best Insulating Frames

Wood is an outstanding insulator? in fact it insulates 1,800 times better than aluminum. (When you were a child, ever remember sitting next to those old­-fashioned aluminum school windows? Brrr.)

Fiberglass composite windows and doors are also an excellent choice, they offer the insulating quality of wood and won’t turn brittle or shatter in extreme cold.

Vinyl windows and patio doors feature insulating air chambers inside their frames to increase insulating performance.

Best Insulating Glass

Windows and doors with double­ or triple-­panes Low-­E insulating glass with argon (or another insulating gas) in between the panes will maximize the comfort and energy efficiency of your home when the temperature plunges. Pella windows and doors with Low­-E triple­-pane glass are top rated for energy efficiency among the best national brands.

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