Different Types Of Exterior House Stone
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Different Types Of Exterior House Stone

Different Types Of Exterior House Stone

If you are wondering what the different types of exterior house stone there are, this post should help! At JLC Enterprises, one of our interests is the concept of transformation. To some people, this may be an obvious aspect as they’ve come to know us. When it comes to transformation, what better method is there than updating or adding to the texture and look of your home’s exterior?

One popular choice among homeowners is stone siding, as it gives the ability of achieving that transformation the property needs between ordinary and extraordinary. However, similar to that of flooring technology, innovation associated with stone effect creation used with exterior and interior walls, fireplaces and other elements have improved greatly over time.

With the improved innovations, this enables various options for stone siding to provide a unique appearance and style that homeowners can only obtain from stone. With this in mind, below are five types of stone siding available, each having distinct advantages.

1. Solid Stone Siding

When it comes to exterior surfacing projects, solid stone siding is a popular choice that has been used for hundreds of years, and offers advantages including authentic appearance and superior durability that only stone can provide. These are significant benefits, which resulted in improving technology for reproducing them. Of course, as with anything there are some drawbacks associated with using solid stone siding, which ignited the innovation behind the technology.

For example, solid stone is much heavier than other materials, requiring more intensive labor for creating the solid stone siding, which is often done by hand. It also needs alternative methods for reducing shipping costs, reducing time for project completion, etc. Fortunately, there are some options for this.

Because manufactured solid stone siding is created using cement, placed within molds and set, the finished product appears similar to that of natural stone patterns. These are installed using a stone-by-stone basis, using mortar to set them, just like real solid stone would be.

2. Manufactured Stone Siding

Any natural stone alternative requires the appearance of looking natural while being durable, but minimizing the negative limitations of the real thing. There are times this is called cultured stone, which is done by manufactured stone and alternatives. It is fabricated using molds which replicates the appearance of real natural stone. Stone siding is manufactured with separate cement ‘stones’ while creating new stone siding types which are installed similarly, but weight much less compared to natural stone, making the cost lower.

Polyurethane foam corner pieces, also known as ‘faux-stone siding’ is installed using larger panels. Therefore, allowing installation to use a straight-forward approach, even though it is not created using real stone.

3. Polyurethane-Based Foam Panel Stone Siding

When needing a real stone alternative that is very lightweight, faux stone panel siding, or foam panel stone siding is a great option. It is created using polyurethane that has been densely rendered. It is designed to appear like stone siding, and installed using panels rather than stone by stone. That makes this stone-like siding a straight-forward installation. There has been amazing innovative technology increasing the options of appearance of this type of siding. When it comes to appearance, only touching the siding will reveal it’s an alternative stone, and not the real deal. It is also weather resistance, making it last longer as well, while keeping its appearance.

4. Natural Stone Cladding

Stone Cladding is another natural stone option available to homeowners. This stone siding variety offers a harvested stone that is cut larger slabs are cut to size. One popular cladding type includes granite slabs, because it offers a natural stone that is very dense, offers various variety and is crack resistant. Because it is resistant to cracks, it helps the lifespan as moisture is unable to easily penetrate the stone and cause it to become susceptible to freeze-thaw cycles. Also, the stone cladding surface often reflects irregular contours, similar to a traditional masonry. However, each piece has a flat backing, while cladding is fixed on a substrate using staggered style patterns similar to laying brick.

5. Stone Veneer Panel Siding

In several ways, this type of stone siding combines all the options above. First, veneer stone siding is developed using real stone. There are various varieties available with the panel system using natural stone veneer siding fabricated for a seamless locking approach, simple to a puzzle.

Therefore, stone veneer panel siding provides you real stone options, the advantages of durability and appearance, along with a simple installation that is quicker and easier, due to the panel system technology. With the appearance, you get the multidimensional texture, a generalized feel of real stone surface, what else could you ask for? If you want a siding that appears like real stone, feels like real stone, and even made from real stone, without the drawbacks of excessive weight, this could be the best option available.

Buildings with stone siding appear to have a history and permanence. Due to these type of products and innovative technology, property owners can obtain these effects fairly easy, and inexpensive compared to just a few years ago.

JLC Offers Stone Siding Installation In Arizona

If you are looking for siding installation services in Arizona, look no further than JLC Enterprises Inc. JLC offers stone siding installation services to the entire Phoenix, Arizona Valley, including, Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale and more.

Best Patio Cover Material Options
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Best Patio Cover Material Options & How To Choose

Best Patio Cover Material Options

You have finally decided to add that patio cover. The next big step is in deciding which material to use. The materials used will determine the quality of your patio coverage, especially in Phoenix and its surrounding areas. The materials that are used will need to be strong enough to withstand the extreme heat conditions and strong winds over a long duration.

However, in order to feel comfortable during the time you are underneath the cover means it will need to be made of a light weight material. We are going to help you with deciding by giving you the three most used materials in different types of patio covers, along with their pros and cons.

Wood Material

Wood Material Con: The Up-Keep Is Very Demanding!

Wood will need to be sanded and repainted on a regularly basis if you want to hang on to that gorgeous appearance. In fact, since wood patio covers will be prone to peeling, warping, and rotting, it makes it challenging to extend its life.

Wooden Material Pro: It’s Beauty!

Wood not only gives off an appearance of beauty, it also gives one a feeling that is extremely difficult to convey. Wood also has a variety of different types, sizes, textures, and colors to choose from, of which all make great materials for designing and styling your home.

Aluminum Material

Con: Heat retention!

Metal makes for a great heat conductor. If your patio doors that were made from aluminum panels it could certainly make you uncomfortable when underneath it.

Pro: It’s Durable!

It is very durable, has a lower cost, with only a little upkeep needed. This material surpasses the qualifications for being lightweight, but strong. Aluminum can provide protection against the elements without for-going comfort. This kind of material is not going to peel, warp, or become rotten. It is also a material option that is less expensive.

Vinyl Material

Vinyl Material Con: In Its Appearance!

One of the issues with vinyl is that it is possible for it to fade over time. It does not have the level of beauty as wood does. Usually, vinyl patio covers have a limited amount of colors to offer, and it will not be able to be painted of earthy tones, which can complement many homes. Also, there have been homeowners that complained on how cheap it looks.

Vinyl Material Pro: It Offers Low Maintenance!

If you’re not willing to take the time or put out the money to sand and repaint your patio cover every two to three years, then go with the vinyl material. Remember, vinyl can be a lot more durable than wood for it is not going to peel, warp, or rot, like wood can.

Alumawood Material (Best Option)

Pro: Quality & Maintenance

This type of material has the quality of all three of the types above, all in one combination. This type gives you the strength and the feel of being light weight just like the regular aluminum panels, only the problem of heat is not included. Also, it has been engineered in a way that it has the same feel and appearance as natural wood, except, it will never need to be painted, and just like vinyl, it will never become warped, rotten, or peel. It means it is going to take very little or no upkeep.

Xcel Xteriors Is A Patio Cover Contractor In Phoenix, Arizona

If your thinking about installing a patio cover in Arizona, let JLC Enterprises assist. JLC Enterprises offers installation of wood, alumawood, aluminum and lattice patio covers for homeowners in Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa and other areas in Arizona.

Patio Cover Cost
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Patio Cover Cost 2019

Patio Cover Cost

The average patio cover cost is about $1,000 to install a 10ft x 10ft patio cover. A patio cover is an inexpensive way to upgrade your home’s exterior space depending on the type you choose. Some patio covers cost more to install than others. Learn more about the cost to install different types of patio covers below.

Cost By Size

  • 10×20 ft patio cover: $1,500, range $1,000-$2,000
  • 80×20 ft patio cover: $5,000, range $4,000-$6,000
  • 100×100 ft patio cover: $7,500, range $5,000-$10,000

Cost By Type

  • Aluminum Patio Cover Cost: $3,500, range $2,000-$5,000
  • Vinyl Patio Cover Cost: $5,050, range $3,800-$6,300
  • Wood Patio Cover Cost: $10,000, range $7,000 to $13,000
  • Lattice Patio Cover Cost: $5,750, range $4,000 to $7,500

How Much Do Patio Covers Cost?

As an example, use a basic 10ft x 10ft (100 sq ft) lattice patio cover  In the majority of materials found, costs would start around $1,000 to install. However, depending on the patio cover, this cost can have a large range of cost. Therefore, the difference comes down to a few important cost factors, being the difference between all material costs for the patio cover you want.

  1. The overall location (on a hill, dirt, finished slab), and dimensions needed for the finished product.
  2. The style of patio covers you are wanting, is it a solid cover or lattice cover?
  3. The majority of patio covers may be fabricated as one of three main materials, including wood, aluminum or vinyl. The material type will greatly impact the overall cost, along with labor cost for installation.

Remember, harder installations will be more expensive. It is easier to install rectangle patio covers than ‘L’ shaped covers. Additionally, add-ons, such as custom paint, footings or lighting will increase the final cost of the patio cover project as well.

Aluminum Patio Cover Cost

Aluminum Pergola

Aluminum patio covers cost about $3,750. Installation costs range from $2,000 – $5,500.

For decades aluminum patio covers have been a common option due to it being an inexpensive option. In addition, the material is versatile. There are Alumawood patio covers that feature distinct patterns of wood grains, like those at jlcenterprises.com. This gives a combination of both materials, you get the look of wood and a lower cost than vinyl or wood.

Not only is the price an advantage, aluminum patio cover provides weather resistance from rusting, termites, cracks, and rotting. Alumawood covers are able to be customized to match your preferences and needs. They can be installed in a popular lattice cover style, a 3-inch thick high-density insulated foam roofing system, or uninsulated roof. The cost will depend on the final systems, styles and kits used.

It is fairly simple to install these type of covers, even for homeowners that enjoy DIY projects. If a kit is purchased, covers will come with required parts for the entire installation. Of course, you have to provide the tools. With help, the average expected installation time for a 10ft x 10ft aluminum lattice cover is 8 hours.

If you’re interested in a professionally installed 10ft x 10ft uninsulated Newport cover, the cost averages $2,000 – $3,500.

A professionally installed 10ft x 10ft lattice cover averages $1,800 – $2,200.

For a professionally installed 10ft x 10ft Alumawood 3-inch thick insulated cover, without any add-ons the cost averages $3,600 – $5500


  • Affordable
  • Good for resale
  • Simple to get permitted
  • Ceiling fan and light compatible
  • Lightweight and simple to install
  • Various styles and colors
  • Appearance like real wood
  • Does not deteriorate or rot
  • Does not require painting, ever


  • Appears like a ‘kit’ cover
  • Aluminum is not allowed by some HOAs
  • Can be damaged easily
  • Gloss look to paint
  • If cut wrong, an entire new piece is required.

Vinyl Patio Cover Cost

Vinyl Patio Cover

Vinyl patio covers cost about $5,550. Installation costs range from $3,800 to $6,300 which is more than aluminum patio covers, but slightly less on average than wood patio covers. Basically, when compared to aluminum and wood, vinyl is the worst of the trio.

Vinyl patio covers fall between wood and aluminum. It is fabricated from PVC, giving a larger range for application. Did you know that PVC is most popular for being used in plumbing, with 75% of plumbing pipes being made from PVC worldwide? It can also be located in flooring, electrical piping, and clothing too. In the healthcare industry, PVC is used everywhere, from oxygen masks to surgical gloves.

Vinyl is a popular material because it resists frequently encountered issues with wood, such as warping, rot, insects, etc. Unlike Aluminum, it will not crack, fade, or rust. Although, there are cases where vinyl has yellowed over time. However, vinyl also shares various characteristics that aluminum provides.

The reason vinyl more expensive than aluminum covers is because it requires more material/product to install. Like wood, aluminum is a stand-alone product, where vinyl will need extra steel members installed for stability at each structural piece. These additional pieces increase the cost of vinyl patio covers, due to more material and labor. Aluminum and wood do not require any extra pieces to remain stable.

For a basic 10ft x 10ft fully covered vinyl patio cover, the average cost ranges between $3,825 – $6,275.

DIY kits for solid roof patio covers range between $1,800 – $4,300.

The average cost of vinyl lattice patio covers range between $2,200 – $4,350.

The average cost of DIY kit for lattice patio covers range from $989 – $3200 with custom cutting.


  • Compatible with ceiling fans and lights
  • Does not need painting
  • Does not deteriorate or rot
  • Good for resale
  • Moderate risk of damage


  • Expensive
  • Known to yellow over time
  • No wood patterns, smooth finish
  • Requires add-ons for stability
  • Sometimes untreated wood is used by contractors as filler
  • Drawings or engineering may be required for certain conditions
  • When cutting, a wrong cut requires a whole new piece/cover
  • Vinyl may not be allowed by some HOAs
  • Vinyl material may fade overtime

Wood Patio Cover Cost

Wood Patio Cover

Wood patio covers cost about $10,000. Installation costs range from $7,000 – $13,000. Designing a wood patio cover requires blueprints or drawings for construction unlike vinyl or aluminum which come pre-built. Blueprints for a wood patio cover averages around $1650 while the cost of an engineer will add another $1500.


  • Wood patio covers are great because they use natural wood
  • Your patio cover can be constructed to match your roof or rest of the house
  • Wood is easily repairable unlike aluminum which dents easy
  • Increases your homes resale value
  • Easy installation


  • Need a designer and engineer
  • Can deteriorate faster than aluminum or vinyl
  • Its extremely heavy
  • Can become termite infested if not treated properly
  • Requires re-painting or re-staining (about $2,000 every 2 years.)
  • More expensive than vinyl or aluminum

Lattice Patio Cover Cost

Lattice Patio Cover

Lattice patio covers cost about $5,750. Installation costs range from $4,000 – $7,500.


  • Same pros as wood patio covers


  • Same cons as wood patio covers

Alumawood Patio Cover Cost

Alumawood Patio Cover Cost

Alumawood patio covers cost about $3,018. Installation costs range from $1,822 – $4214. Alumawood is material that has a wooden texture but is completely made from recycled aluminum. It combines to awesomeness of wood and aluminum without the cons. Alumawood patio covers are a great choice vs wood patio covers as alumawood won’t degrade or rot like real wood will. It’s also maintenance free unlike some other patio covers.


  • Alumawood can be made to look like wood without the cons
  • Little to no maintenance


  • Not real wood or real metal

Pergolas Cost

Pergola Cost

On average, installation of a pergola costs $5,250. Pergola installation costs ranged from $3,500 to $8,000 for the US in 2019. Pergolas, also known as arbors, are a very popular type of patio cover. A pergola is meant to cover your patio, hence the name patio cover, and forma shaded area for entertaining, seating and a simple structure to your outdoor space.

Lean-To Patio Cover Cost

Lean-to patio covers, also known as a house-attached patio roof uses the home’s own structure to support one of the ends of the patio-roof rafters. The average cost of a lean-to patio cover is about $1,660. Lean-to patio installation costs ranged from $1,400 to $1,925 in the US for 2019.

Cloth Patio Cover Cost – Awning Cost

Installation of an awning costs $2,455 according to HomeAdvisor. Awning installation costs ranged from $1,250 to $3,691 according to data provided by 1651 homeowners. The lowest cost you could expect to pay for an awning is $400. The highest cost you could expect to pay for an awning is $5,800.

  • Non Rollup Awning: $375
  • Canvas Awning: $500
  • Portable Awning: $525
  • Metal Awning: $525
  • Manual Retractable Awning: $1,000
  • Motorized Retractable Awning: $2,750

JLC Offers Patio Cover Installation In Phoenix, Arizona

If your thinking about installing a patio cover in Arizona, let JLC assist! JLC offers installation of wood, alumawood, aluminum and lattice patio covers and pergolas for homeowners in Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa and other areas in Arizona.


How Much Much Does Security Door Installation Cost?
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How Much Does Security Door Installation Cost?

How Much Much Does Security Door Installation Cost?

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average security door installation cost is $1,400, with average security door installation cost ranging from $600 to $4,600 in the US for 2019. Prices will vary depending on the type of door, and how it is purchased.

Security Door Installation Cost Factors

For a lot of people, creating the perfect entryway to their homes includes a security door. For the cost of the unit, locks, and installation, homeowners can expect to pay $600 on the low end, $1,400 on average and $4,600 at the highest. Steel models can cost from $300 to $700. Security screen doors typically cost less, around $50 to $600. Professional installation averages $275 to $425. Locks often come separately and can range from $200 to $600.

When homeowners wish to buy a security model, they could have options in the purchase and installation of the door. Many installers buy the materials for their customers, while others will install the materials that someone buys independently. Installation by a skilled professional can ensure that the security door will hang, open and close properly.

JLC Enterprises Offers Security Door Installation in Phoenix, Arizona

If you’re thinking about installing a security door in Arizona, let JLC Enterprises assist! JLC Enterprises offers installation of wrought iron, steel, fiberglass and steel encased hardwood security doors for homeowners in Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa and other areas in Arizona. Call us today at 480-967-9183.

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How Much Does Window Replacement Cost?

According to Angieslist.com, the average window replacement cost is $688, with average window replacement cost ranging from $175 to $1,200 in the US for 2020. Prices will vary depending on the type of window that is being replaced.

After years of owning your home, you will most likely have to replace a couple of windows in your home. Even though you might take your windows for granted, they remain a vital piece in keeping your home comfortable. Regrettably, our invisible barriers are delicate and can be broken with little force.

Estimating window replacement

Estimating the cost of new windows can be complicated, as there are a lot of factors that contribute to the overall cost. The cost for replacing windows will differ upon their size, the number of windows needed, type and quality, but in spite of the various brands and choices available, budget-friendly replacements can be found easily if you know what you are looking for.

Are the frames of the windows rotting?

Prior to you estimating replacement costs, it’s crucial to inspect the current window frames for damages or rot because of insects and moisture. If the frame of the window is soft when you touch them, cracking, or displaying other signs of wear, they will need to be replaced. If they’re still solid, you can choose to just install new glass, saving you money.

Common window frames comprise of wood frames and vinyl frames. Vinyl frames are less costly in comparison to wood. Vinyl also lasts longer, and the frames are easily cleaned.

Wood frames are inclined to be costly and have high maintenance. They are required to be painted or stained. Devoid of maintenance they tend to peel and rot because of water damage.

If you must replace the wood frames, anticipate the final cost for their installation and materials to double.

Are you wanting to replace your windows?

Prior to you devising a window replacement estimate, it’s vital to have an overall idea as to where you are going to purchase new windows.

Big box type stores might be the best option if you’re not wanting to get “hands-on.” These stores will typically have fair prices for materials and ideal insurance; however, the commission and installation cost can be high.

For complete window installations, locate your own experienced contractor and window manufacturer. With a conventional-size, double-hung, double-paned, vinyl window, anticipate spending between $450 and $600, including its installation.

Wood windows will be more costly. The price of a wood window replacement may range around $800 and $1,000 for each installation.

When the whole window and framing needs to be removed, be prepared to add a minimum of $50 to $100 for each installation. This is typically called new construction windows or full-frame replacement windows and needs more work with added costs.

Even though the total cost for window replacement may be very high, it needs to be considered as an investment, and you can reasonably anticipate the value of your home to increase.

What is the cost of double hung windows?

Double hung windows cost between $280 to $360, subject on the glass quality and its type of framing. Options are limitless and you might find deals to lower the cost.

Double hung windows were designed to be opened from either the top or bottom, they’re great for difficult to access areas, and are commonly less costly. These characteristics make double hung windows the most installed type.

What is the cost of tilt out windows?

Tilt out, tilting windows or tile-and-turn cost an average of around $250 and $500. There are small tilting kinds for glass block windows and other types that may be around $150.

Tilt out windows fold either in or out to uncover the glass’s exterior, allowing it to be cleaned from the inside of your home. These kinds of windows are perfect for areas where there is limited exterior access, but they are usually more costly than conventional double hung types.

What is the cost of double pane windows?

The cost of double pane windows ranges around $115 to $250. Double pane or double-glazed windows are revered for their energy-saving capability.

Double pane glass is largely available with various housing kinds, but it does have an increased cost. Double pane glass has an airtight area that’s filled with an inert gas. This area functions as a barrier between the outside weather and the house’s temperature. This type of construction helps with climate control and combined with an adequately sealed home, you can anticipate saving on utility costs (older homes that have old windows owners can anticipate on saving up to $250 each year on energy bills).

JLC Enterprises Offers Window Replacement in Phoenix, Arizona

If you’re thinking about replacing your windows in Arizona, let JLC Enterprises assist! JLC Enterprises offers window installation for homeowners in Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, and other areas in Arizona. Call us today at 480-967-9183.