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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!

Signs that it’s time to re-side your home

Replacing your home’s siding probably isn’t number one on your to-do list, but maybe it should be. We’ve compiled a list below of the things you should be aware of when it comes to knowing when to re-side your home.

Frequent painting

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How often are you painting your home? If you’re painting every five or so years, something isn’t
quite right with your siding. You can expect the paint on your siding to last at least eight years, so chipping, peeling and other issues with the paint is a sign of trouble and it’s time to replace it.

High energy bills

A sudden jump in the cost of your heating and cooling bills is a good indication that your home needs new siding as air can escape through the siding. Do a visual inspection of the siding, paying special attention to where the seams meet the roof.

Damaged siding

A visual inspection can point out a number of different issues with your siding.

Rotting and warped boards

Take a screwdriver or some other sharp object, and look for warped or rotting boards. Poke under the siding using the screwdriver to see how solid the under layer is. If you find that it is soft, that means it’s starting to rot and your home is due for a siding replacement.

Holes

Don’t take small holes for granted, they can be a serious issue too.  Holes are generally caused by insects, and if insects have gotten into your siding moisture can easily get in as well.

Holes in siding indicate it's time to re-side your home.

Bubbles

Bubbles indicate moisture is trapped, and this should send up red flags. Siding is designed to keep moisture away from your walls under your siding, so bubbles are a sign that it’s time to replace your siding.

Bubbles indicate moisture in your siding

Peeling paint or moisture in your home

This is another sign that your siding isn’t doing its job and letting moisture in. Bad siding lets moisture seep its way into your walls and affect the walls inside your home.

Fungus and mildew and mold—oh my!

Fungus, mildew and mold is another sign that moisture is in your siding. Not all signs of fungus are a problem, but you should definitely investigate further.

 

Do any of these sound like your home? Protect your home from any further damage and replace your siding when you notice any of these issues. And don’t forget that Tri-State offers free estimates! Contact us today for your home improvement projects!

Risks of Unlicensed Contractors

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Homeownership comes with the cost of maintaining and repairing your home, and can be very costly. In the search for the most cost-effective way to repair your home, you’ll likely come across both licensed and unlicensed contractors. An unlicensed contractor’s bid will likely be lower than a licensed contractor’s, but promising the same work. It sounds like a great option, but the unlicensed contractor could cost you more in the long run.

If you hire an unlicensed contractor for a project, as the homeowner, you are technically the contractor on the job. That means you are liable for any injuries or mistakes that happen on the job! If an accident happens on the job and one of the workers is injured, you are liable for the incident and could end up paying for it, or even being sued.

As an unlicensed contractor, they don’t have the necessary permits and insurance required to do the job. Two of the most common complaints when working with an unlicensed contractor is their workmanship, or running off with the payment without doing the work. Paying for a cheaper, unlicensed contractor can really backfire if they don’t show up for the job, or the work is subpar.

Generally, licenses are required for work that will affect the structural or electrical integrity of a home—that includes roofing! Don’t fall victim to an unlicensed contractor. Do your homework and know what it means to be licensed.

  1. Find out what the licensing requirements are in your state. A contractor must be licensed in the state where the work is going to be done.
  2. Word of mouth is a great way to find a contractor you can trust. Talk to your friends and neighbors who’ve had work done on their homes and had a great experience. They can point you in the direction of a trustworthy source.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for their paper license.
  4. Fact check. Check with the county and state departments that your contractor is licensed and if there have been any complaints made about them. Be sure to get the contractor’s full name, company name and license number.
  5. Make sure your contractor is licensed to perform the work you’re hiring them for. For instance, you’ll want a licensed electrician working on the electrical aspects of your home and not a roofer.
  6. Hiring a general contractor to do the work of hiring specialized contractors for you can be a great help, but make sure whoever he hires is also licensed.

 

We understand that sometimes the lure of a lower bid from an unlicensed contractor can seem appealing. At Tri-State, we want to make sure you and your family are safe in your home and can trust the quality of products used on your home. Give us a call today, or visit our website to get started with a free estimate!

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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Don’t fall behind on roofing maintenance: Why fall is the best time to install a new roof

Camelot_Aged_Oak_Photo_2As one of your home’s most important features, you want to ensure your roof is installed in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. To help save you time, money and increase your home’s protection, consider installing your new roof this fall—here’s why!

Saves time: Replacing your roof during the fall ensures your installation will not be delayed due to unworkable weather conditions. Unlike harsh winter weather, fall weather presents less of a threat to your roof and your installation crew, making the installation process quick and painless. Replacing your roof in the fall also gives your new roofing material enough time to settle and seal before the colder weather sets in.

Saves money: In addition to saving money on a quick installation, installing your roof in the fall will help you save money on your winter energy bills. By adding more insulation to your roof during installation, your home will retain more heat during the winter, reducing the cost it takes to heat your home.Not to mention, an unplanned roofing replacement in the winter can cost nearly twice as much as a planned replacement in the fall.

Increases protection: Installing a new roof in the fall allows you to thoroughly evaluate and repair any summer roofing damage that may have occurred. A fall installation also gives you enough time to deal with any roofing issues before winter elements make the damage worse and decrease your home’s protection.

Looking to install a new roof this fall? Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing is here to help! Give us a call or visit our website to schedule your free roofing estimate and let hank and the Tri-State gang give you the best installation experience possible.