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The Benefits of Metal Roofing

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You’ve decided it’s time to install a new roof. Have you considered a new metal roof? If you
haven’t, you should! A metal roof is a great choice for your family’s home for more reasons more than just the aesthetics.

Longevity

A metal roof lasts between 40 and 70 years, when maintained properly—a huge difference compared to the 12 to 20 years you can get from traditional asphalt shingles.

Durability

Depending on the type of metal, some metal roofs can withstand up to 140 mile per hour winds. They also require less maintenance than traditional shingles. They should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required, however.

Safety

Unlike asphalt shingles, a metal roof is not flammable. Should lightning strike your home with a metal roof you can rest easy knowing it won’t burst into flames.

Energy Efficiency

You can reduce your cooling costs by 10 to 25 percent thanks to the solar radiant reflecting properties of the metal.

Environmentally Friendly

If purchasing products that are environmentally conscious is important to you, a metal roof is perfect. They are made of 25 to 95 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable at the end of the roof’s life.

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A new roof is a big investment and one you should do all of your research for. A metal roof is safe, durable, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and has the staying power of 40 to 70 years. Install a metal roof and rest assured that you and your family are safe. Give us a call today or visit our website to discuss metal roof options!

Is it time for a new door?


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Making a great entrance starts with the right door. At Tri-State, we sell and install stunning Therma-Tru doors. Whether you’re searching for a contemporary entry door or beautiful French patio doors, search no further than Therma-Tru.

Installing a new door can help to increase your curb appeal and the value of your home by 4.2 percent! In order to have a similar increase in value you would need to remodel your bathroom. Why overhaul an entire room in your home when you can simply replace your front door?

Not only can a new door from Therma-Tru increase your home’s value, but can also reduce your energy bills by up to 15 percent!

Keeping your family safe is our top priority—that’s why we choose Therma-Tru. Therma-Tru entry doors have been named a Best Buy by Consumers Digest among numerous options ranging from premium to midrange choices.

For more information on Therma-Tru doors and to find your new door, visit the Therma-Tru website, and contact the Tri-State team to get started!
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How siding can increase the value of your home

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Re-siding your home is a great way to increase the value of your home for a relatively low cost. Siding replacement is one of the projects that saw an increase in its cost-value ratio in the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, with vinyl siding replacement gaining 5.2 percent.

What that means for you is that you get a high return on your investment when you choose to re-side your home. From looking fresh to saving energy, new siding is a great value for homeowners, whether they’re looking to stay or to sell.

It looks brand new.

First impressions are important in the housing market. Part of the value of new siding is that it heightens curb appeal by giving your whole home a facelift. Replacement siding can make a home look brand new, and that adds loads of value for homes going on the market. When prospective buyers are searching for homes, a house wrapped in new siding will outshine—and out-value—one with a faded exterior that appears to need repair.

It increases efficiency.

New siding provides the opportunity to invest in energy efficiency. Old, damaged siding could be leaking air from your home, allowing moisture to seep in or breeding mold. When your new siding is installed correctly (by the professionals at Tri-State, for example), air leaks are blocked, condensation can be reduced and mold can be prevented. Especially with insulated siding styles, siding replacement increases the efficiency of your home’s heating and air systems, which saves money in utility costs.

It endures.

Vinyl siding is tough, durable and low maintenance, making it a great investment when it comes to re-siding your home. Vinyl siding doesn’t rot, and it resists fading from the elements. That means home buyers have the peace of mind of knowing they wouldn’t need to replace siding anytime soon, another aspect of re-siding that adds overall value to your home.

Whether selling or staying, replacing your siding is a great option in today’s housing market to increase the value of your home, update its look and increase its efficiency for many years. The time for re-siding is now, and Tri-State is available to help choose and professionally replace your siding! Visit our website today for a free estimate, and take that step toward increasing your home’s value with our high-performance siding options.

Smooth ways to save this winter

Winter makes everything rougher: the roads, your skin and especially saving money. Hank has your back during the rough months with some winter energy-saving tips revolving around your windows, heating systems and actions.

Windows

  • Cover windows using plastic film or sheets and install insulating window dressings like heavy drapes or cellular shades.
  • Open curtains during the day to let in sunshine and the heat it brings, then close them at night to help insulate and trap the heat inside.
  • Seal leaks with weatherstripping or caulk. Drafts can enter through gaps in windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • Install high-efficiency windows that can reduce costs through insulation.

Systems

  • Install a programmable thermostat to turn down temperatures during working or sleeping hours.
  • Have your furnace inspected for efficiency and schedule appropriate service and maintenance.
  • Replace filters regularly to ensure high function and efficiency of your furnace.
  • Regularly clean ducts and vents in heating systems, fireplaces and stoves for maximum efficiency.

Behavior

  • Keep your thermostat set as low as is comfortable. Wear layers—and socks!
  • Be intentional about turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use.
  • Unplug electronics when possible. Even turned off, they can draw energy.
  • Put Christmas lights on a timer and use high-efficiency LED bulbs in displays to limit energy costs during the holidays!

 

No matter your energy-saving goals this winter, Hank and the Tri-State gang are here to help! Use our online contact form to ask us any questions about the insulating, energy-efficient options available for windows, siding and roofing!

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Five ways you could save if you replace your windows right now

Sure, new home products look nice, but there are more benefits to replacing your windows than you might think. Especially as the weather changes, new windows are the update you should be looking into this season. Here are five reasons you should schedule a free estimate for window replacement right now.

 

Save on your next energy bill.
New windows reduce or eliminate air-flow that may have been leaking through older windows. Decaying seals, cracked caulk and warped or ill-fitting frames may be letting air creep into and out of your home, running up your energy bill by forcing your climate control systems to work harder at maintaining temperature.

Save the environment.
Energy-efficiency does more than save the green in your wallet—it can save the green of the environment, too. Replacing your windows can reduce your carbon footprint, doing your part to protect your family now AND in the long-term.

Save your design.
New windows not only jazz up your interior design but also update the look of your whole house from the outside. Replacing your windows is a great way to gain added curb appeal and heighten the attractiveness of your home, whether you plan to put it on the market or not.

Save your belongings.
Old windows may lack the protective films that reflect harsh sunlight, and those sharp rays might be fading the fabrics of your curtains, carpets and cushions. As an added bonus, the energy-saving benefits of that ray-reflecting quality can also extend the life of your HVAC unit.

Save time.
How much of your life have you wasted yanking on swollen, wooden-frame windows? Replacement windows offer smoother, easier operation with frames that won’t warp or swell in the heat. Plus, new windows are designed with easy-to-remove parts that make them easier to clean. And, they’re low-maintenance, so constant painting and repairs are woes of the past.

 

Replacing your windows with Tri-State begins with a free estimate and ends with a beautiful new set of windows under a double lifetime warranty. For warranty information, offers and our free estimate scheduling form, visit our Remodeling Resource Center!

Tri-State offers new line of energy-efficient windows

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Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing has a new line of ENERGY STAR certified windows that not only save energy once they are installed, but are also made with eco-friendly products, further reducing the carbon footprint of your remodel.

The Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are designed as a replacement window and are excellent for home remodels or upgrades. The windows are made with vinyl, a recyclable material that weighs less than other window products requiring less energy consumption during shipment.

The window design and materials also have several energy-saving features to lower your utility bill.

Energy-saving insulation glass

Windows are roughly 80 percent glass, so which type is used is one of the most important factors contributing to energy savings. Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are built with a dual-pane insulating glass unit with double strength glass. That’s all fancy terminology for the windows will do a better job of keeping warm in during the winter and solar heat out in the summer.

Foam-enhanced mainframe

This optional feature further increases energy efficiency by reducing the possibility of even the slightest draft.

BroadView narrowline frame and sash

The narrowline frame and sash provide strength and an expanded glass area. But the embedded chambers also increase energy efficiency, rigidity and durability.

Click here to learn more about Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows or to get a free estimate from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing.

Hank’s top 5 tips to save on your utility bills this winter

Howdy folks! Hank the Squirrel here.

Winter has always been my favorite time of year. The demand for power, however, has led to some pretty nutty utility bills in the past. That is until I started working at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing!

The crew taught me plenty of handy, energy efficiency tips that can help you out in your home as well. Read on for my top five tips to save on your utility bills this winter!

Set your programmable thermostat wisely

There’s no need for your home’s thermostat to be set at a cozy 70 degrees while nobody is home. Program your thermostat to lower a few degrees while no one is home, and raise up again 15 minutes or so before everyone’s return.

Control light usage

It gets dark out much earlier during winter, but that doesn’t mean your electric bill must suffer because of lighting needs. Practice simple habits such as turning off the lights when leaving a room, using compact fluorescent bulbs and utilizing your dimmer switch to help keep electric bills in check!

Switch off or unplug devices when not in use

Electronic devices left plugged in drive up your energy bill even when not in use. Keep items such as televisions, computers and cell phone chargers unplugged when possible to avoid unnecessary charges from your energy company.

Seal your windows and doors

Air leaks around your home’s windows and doors create a place for cold winter air to sneak its way in, and the warm air you pay for to escape.

Save money and energy this season with a temporary solution of sealing air leaks with weather stripping. Or invest in a permanent solution, such as installing energy efficient windows. Energy Star qualified windows, for example, can save you up to $465 a year on your energy bill.

Add blown-in insulation in your attic

Adding blown-in insulation in the attic improves heating and cooling energy efficiency. In winter this means helping keep the warmth you pay for in, and the cold you don’t want out.

Although blown-in insulation never needs to be replaced, new insulation should still be added every six years for optimal thermal resistance. Contact Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing today for help choosing and installing the blown-in insulation best for your home!

Four tips for eliminating cold air drafts in your windows and doors

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Drafty windows and doors are a lose-lose for homeowners during winter. Not only does cold air from the outdoors enter your home, but the heat you pay for escapes. This is especially bad news when you don’t have warm furry coats as back up like my squirrel pals and I do!

Protect your home from cold air drafts and high energy bills this season, with these four tips from Tri-State Window, Siding & Roofing.

Seal your windows and doors

Weather sealing is a broad description for a variety of different methods of plugging up holes at the bottom or sides of a home’s windows and doors. Adhesive backed weather stripping foam is one of the fastest easy to apply. Check out other helpful weather-sealing methods here. 

Grab a hair dryer and some insulating film

Insulating film is a transparent, plastic film applied to glass windows to reduce heat transfer. In winter, this film helps keep the cold air out and warm air in. Read the directions carefully before attaching to avoid damage to the film or your hair dryer!

Decorate your home with thermal curtains

Similar to insulating film, thermal curtains help shield cold air from entering your home via windows. Plus, most of them do a good job of blocking out the light so you can sleep in on Saturday morning. 

Treat yourself to new, energy efficient windows

Replacing windows with energy efficient double-paned windows can shrink a home’s heating bill up to 15 percent. Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing installs ENERGY STAR windows that qualify for tax rebates if they are installed by December 31, 2013.

Contact us for a free estimate today.

Learn more about energy efficiency and the steps you can take for a greener home by clicking here

Hank’s Winter Home Checklist: 10 things to tackle in your ‘tree house’ before the cold sets in

1.  Test-run your heating system

Set your thermostat up to 80 degrees. You should hear the rumble of your furnace and feel warm air coming up from your vents within a few minutes. If not, you can troubleshoot the problem here.

2.       Get your chimney inspected

This should be performed by a professional annually to make sure it is functioning properly. A chimney sweep may be necessary to safely enjoy it throughout the upcoming chilly months.

3.       Insulate exposed piping

Insulate exposed pipes with foam or electrical heating tape. Common locations include garages, attics or basements. Without it, they can freeze or burst – leading to one costly plumbing bill.

4.       Turn off water supply to outside faucets

Exterior faucets should have a separate shutoff valve. Be sure to turn it off before the cold weather hits to prevent it from freezing!

5.       Check for air leaks in your windows and doors

If you can feel cold air coming in through your closed windows or doors, the quickest fix is rope caulk or weather stripping. This helps keep the heat inside your home, and the cold air out. The permanent fix is replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones. Click here for a free estimate.

Now through December 31, 2013, Federal Tax Credits are being awarded for consumer energy efficient upgrades – including roofing, windows and insulation.  Click here for more information about this program, and here to get your free estimate from Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing.

6.       Inspect your roof

Check for missing or damaged shingles, as well as flashing. Leave this job up to the pros unless you really know what you are doing. Click here to schedule a free estimate.

7.       Put patio furniture into storage

This increases the life and quality of your furniture for the springs and summers to come.

8.       Wash and seal your deck

Power wash and spray a fresh coat of water sealer on your deck every year to two years to prevent fading or damage. This can be a great DIY project to do on the weekend, or a professional service you can pay for.

9.       Insulate your hot water tank

Maintain low energy costs this winter with an insulating blanket. You can buy one at any home improvement store.

10.       Clean gutters and downspouts

Give your gutters and downspouts a thorough cleaning before the end of the fall season. Wet leaves that remain in these areas add significant weight and volume once frozen – and increases the risk of damage to your home.

Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing can install gutter covers on your home to make them hassle free. Click here to get your free estimate.

Learn more about energy efficiency and insulation on our website!

Until next time, folks!

Hank

Blown-In Insulation

Winter is around the corner, and we squirrels aren’t the only ones who have to prepare for the colder weather! And seeing as you folks aren’t as gifted at growing thick fur coats as I am (although I do know some of the Tri-State crew to be an exception) I have an even better idea on how to stay warm!

Blown-In Insulation is a GREAT way to help keep your family warm and cozy in the coming months. Read on for my list of the Top 5 Benefits to Blown-In Insulation.

1. It’s Adjustable:

R-Value is the number signifying the strength of your Blown-In Insulation. Depending on the type of room, age of your home and region of the country you reside, the recommended value differs. With Blown-In Insulation, it is simple to adjust this value according to your individual needs!

2. Made of virgin materials:

Folks prone to allergies, perk up your ears. Blown-In Insulation is made of hypoallergenic material resistant to the fungus and mold often found on other forms of insulation. Breathe happy, my friends.

3. Tighter fit and seal:

The Blown-In technique allows for a tighter fit and seal in the crevices between the beams and wiring throughout your home. In other words, Blown-In Insulation cuts down on air leaks and keeps your energy costs down.

4. Fast and clean:

In comparison to other methods of insulation installation, the job itself can be completed far more quickly, and produce much less dust.

5. Extremely energy efficient:

Perhaps the greatest advantage Blown-In Insulation has over its competitors is it never settles. In other words, the big fluffy insulation you buy now will look the same a decade from now – forever maintaining its initial R-value. This makes it extremely energy efficient and cost efficient for you.

Estimates from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing are ALWAYS free! Contact us today for yours.

Over and out –

Hank