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Fall Is Right Around the Corner, Are Your Windows Ready for Colder Temps?

Summer heat is here to stay, but fall is right around the corner with chillier days and nights, increased winds and the shock that winter is coming soon. Don’t be left “inside” in the cold and purchase a few new windows for your home. Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while saving money every month.

Should You Buy Now?

There are a few general guidelines to follow when considering buying new windows for your home. Here is the checklist for when it’s time to replace:

  • Age of Windows – If your windows are older then 10 years, it is time to replace them. The old seals are not effective anymore.
  • Your Energy Bill – Seeing an increase in your energy bill over the past few months could mean that your windows are no longer sealed correctly.
  • The Appearance – Cracked glass, humidity in the pains or broken/warped frames are not appealing to the eye. Damaged windows are not only unattractive, but they are dangerous. Intruders may be able to break into your home easier through an old, broken window.

 What Should I Look for in New Windows?

Th most popular type of windows in America are made of vinyl. They have a variety of different benefits including:

  • Durability – Vinyl does not rot, rust or chip like wood or other kinds of windows.
  • Style – The sleek, smooth and clean look of vinyl is better than any other window style on the market.
  • Maintenance – Vinyl is easy to clean and requires very little upkeep over the years.

At Tri-State Home Improvement, we offer Berkshire Premiere Vinyl Windows. They are some of the best in the industry. They are simple to install, come in a variety of different sizes and styles and are energy efficient. One of the best parts about purchasing windows from Tri-State Home Improvement is the double lifetime warranty, meaning that you and the next owner of your home get the peace of mind of our lifetime guarantee. Call us now at 866-583-6700 or click the button below to schedule your FREE estimate today!

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The Benefits of Berkshire Windows

Tri-State Home Improvement is proud to partner with Berkshire Elite high-performance vinyl windows to provide our clients with exceptional craftsmanship and remarkable energy-saving performance.

At Tri-State, we understand that home improvement isn’t a one-size fits all business which is why we back Berkshire. At Berkshire Windows, they take into account that homes in the Midwest have different needs than homes on the coasts, so every window we install is manufactured specifically for the areas in which Tri-State serves. Windows are custom-made to your exact specifications and are backed by decades of window manufacturing expertise.

Another reason Tri-State backs Berkshire is because of their value-added advantages including exterior, interior and energy saving enhancements for your home. Their exceptional craftsmanship, upscale design and expert attention to detail benefits your home’s curb appeal and increases its value.

Tri-State also understands that homeowners today are much more environmentally conscious than they were 20 years ago, and we’re proud to offer eco-friendly products, like Berkshire windows to help you in that endeavor. Berkshire Elite windows are precision-engineered to deliver superior energy efficiency and help reduce the consumption of fossil fuels needed for heating and cooling homes. The scrap vinyl material at the Berkshire manufacturing plant is also reused for other products, further reducing the volume and environmental impact of waste.

In addition to all of the features, Berkshire Elite windows also carry a lifetime limited warranty, which includes glass breakage, guaranteeing you lasting performance and genuine value.

Want to learn more? Let’s talk Berkshire windows! Get the conversation started about shapes, styles, colors, and more when you request your free, in-home estimate. It’s a no-obligation consultation with a Tri-State Home Improvement professional where you’ll learn more about our products and solutions for your home improvement project. Request your estimate below.

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Make Your Roof More Energy Efficient

There are a lot of reasons why homeowners are turning to more energy efficient products for their homes. Not only will it positively impact your energy bill, but living in an energy efficient home increases air quality, reduces moisture-related issues and can even improve your resale value. There’s a number of updates to make your home more energy efficient, starting with your roof!

“Cool” Roofs.

Southern states that experience hot temperatures have been using this simple, yet effective, trick on homes for years. Homes with dark roofs absorb much more heat than homes with lighter colored roofs, making the indoor temperature much higher. The result? Your home cooling system works harder when its paired with a darker roof, which means your energy bill skyrockets. Lighter colored, or “cool,” roofs reflect the sunlight as opposed to absorbing it, making it a more comfortable and energy-efficient, living environment for you and your family.

Insulation.

Keep warm or cold air out of your home by installing insulation in your attic. Homes that have poor insulation leave room for hot and cold outdoor air to make its way inside which will make your HVAC system work that much harder. An overworked HVAC system will drive up energy bills, and no one wants to pay more than they should.

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the energy efficiency of your roof. Whether you’re looking to improve the color, material, insulation, or slope, Tri-State is ready to lend a helping hand in your home improvement process.

Don’t know where to start, or what works best with your budget? Let us take a look and provide you with a consultation, completely free of charge. Fill out our estimate request form and a Tri-State team member will contact you to schedule your free estimate!
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Move-In Ready Home Updates

Is your family expanding? Perhaps you’d like to move closer to your job? Whatever the reason, you’re ready to make a different house a home and Tri-State is here to help you in the process.

According to a report from Zillow, homes that are listed in April or May are more likely to be sold faster and for more money. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to give your house some much-needed updates to make sure you get top dollar for your investment.

Curb Appeal.

Did you know installing a new front door can help increase the curb appeal and value of your home by 4.2 percent?! Start by replacing your old front door with a Therma-Tru door from Tri-State – named a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest.

Once the weather warms up, stop by your local home improvement store and make some updates to your landscaping. First impressions are key, so really wow potential buyers right off the bat!

Windows.

Do your windows need replacing? Right now, homebuyers are looking for energy efficient homes and one way to accomplish this is by installing energy efficient windows. Newly replaced windows that help reduce energy bills are a huge selling point for potential buyers. At Tri-State Home Improvement, you get a double warranty on windows which means it transfers to the next owner!

Roof.

Before selling your house, your home will go through an inspection and they will undoubtedly look at your roof to make sure it’s in good overall condition. The inspector will want to know when it was last replaced and will take a serious look at the structure to make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t have any leaks. While this is a more costly home update, it may very well be necessary to attract buyers. Depending on the material, most roofs need to be replaced anywhere between 20 to 50 years. Enlist in the help of a Tri-State professional to determine your roof’s longevity with our free estimate.

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Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the average home in the United States is 35 years old, with some of the oldest homes residing in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. While most high-quality windows need replacing after 20 years, different factors could escalate your need for window replacement. Be aware of the signs below in order to accurately assess your current windows to determine whether or not they need replacing.

Do you feel a draft? If there’s a distinct temperature drop when you’re sitting close to your windows, as opposed to the rest of your home, that’s a clear indication that your windows need replacing. Drafty windows could be a result of wear and tear over time, poor installation, seal failure, cracks in your caulk, etc. and your energy bills are likely a lot higher than they should be.

Are you seeing condensation? If you’re experiencing indoor condensation, solutions like turning down a humidifier, turning on a fan, or even moving your plants could remedy the problem.

If the condensation is on your exterior window, products like Rain X (yes, the product you use on your car’s windshield) can help gather the droplets and assist them in the run-off process. The exterior condensation may also be morning dew, in which case letting it run its course is likely the only worthwhile solution.

However, if the condensation is between the window panes, it usually indicates a seal failure and the windows will likely need replacing.

Do you struggle to open or close your windows?  You may be surprised to know that it’s not your muscles preventing you from enjoying some much-needed fresh air, it might just mean your windows need replacing! Windows that are difficult to open or close are likely letting in cool and/or warm air, which negatively impacts your energy bill. If windows aren’t latching completely, you’re essentially lighting a neon “vacant” sign on your home for insects and small critters (such as mice). It can even serve as an easy entry point for home intruders, making it a safety concern for you and your family.

Other warning signs that your windows may need to be replaced include: if they’re hard to clean, if you hear excessive noise inside, and/or if the seal or caulking is visibly damaged.

Choosing the right contractor is just as important as finding the right windows. Proper installation will help prevent air infiltration and costly water damage to your home. If installed incorrectly, your windows may not operate properly. During your free in-home appointment with Tri-State, your window specialist will ask you what you’re looking for in a window or door, show you samples and take necessary measurements.

Call, or click below, to schedule your free quote with a Tri-State Home Improvement professional to find the right type of windows for your home’s needs!

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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!