Category Archives: Roofing

Different Types of Roofing

A new roof is a big purchase. With the numerous types of roofing and shingles, how do you know which one to choose?

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Take a look at the homes in your neighborhood, and you’ll likely see a majority of their roofs have asphalt shingles. Far and wide, asphalt shingles are the more used type of roofing. They are relatively inexpensive, however, they have a short lifespan relatively. You can expect asphalt shingles to last 20 to 30 years.

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If you’ve traveled to the Southwest states, you’ll be familiar with tile shingles. While these shingles last more than 50 years, they are among the most expensive. They are also much heavier than asphalt shingles. Before you get your heart set on the beautiful colonial Spanish style look of these tile shingles, make sure that your home can structurally support their weight.

In comparison to tile shingles, slate tiles are much more popular in the Northeast. Similarly, slate tile is extremely durable with a life span equal to that of tile. Slate shingles are also on the more expensive side. But if your budget won’t work with real slate shingles, check out synthetic slate. Synthetic slate isn’t quite as long-lasting, but it is just as aesthetically pleasing.

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Wood

Wood shingles can be made from any type of wood. Hardwood, such as cedar, shingles have been known to last as long as 50 years! Their earthy, rustic appearance makes them popular because of the aesthetics, however, they do require a bit of maintenance. Generally, wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt tiles.

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At Tri-State Home Improvement, we only use the best quality products so you can be confident that no matter what type of roofing you decide on, your family will be safe and dry no matter the season. Keeping your family safe and comfortable is our top priority. Ready to get started? Contact us today for a free estimate!

Home Maintenance Tips for Summer

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Being a homeowner takes a lot of work and maintenance! Do you know where to start cleaning your home this summer? Take a look at our list of summer maintenance tips to help you keep your home in the best shape!

Schedule an air conditioning tune up

An air conditioning tune up should be at the top of your list when it comes to summer home maintenance! A seasonal tune up is the best way to avoid HVAC emergencies and to ensure that you’re staying cool all summer long.

Clean your gutters and inspect your roof

No one likes to clean the gutters, but it has to be done. Regular cleaning will help to prevent clogging and leaks. The best way to clean your gutters is to use a small plastic scoop to remove any of the gunky build up and then, using a garden hose, flush out the gutters and downspout. Be mindful and watch for any leaks in your gutters or downspouts and repair them as necessary.

Inspecting your roof as the season changes will help to ensure that there wasn’t any damage done over the course of the last season and to repair any damages you might find. For a complete list on roof maintenance for the summer, click here to read another one of our blogs!

Inspect and repair your windows

To keep your windows working their best and looking their best you need to know the importance of regular maintenance. Not only do well-maintained windows look better, they keep your home more energy efficient, and enhance the security of your home. The natural elements play hardball with your windows and contribute to their wear and tear. Check out this blog for more information on the best way to clean and maintain your windows.

Use your pressure washer!

Get out your pressure washer, or borrow your neighbor’s, and clean the exterior of your home. Keep your siding and exterior walls looking their best with regular cleaning to remove dirt, stains and any mildew. You can also use a pressure washer to clean your deck!

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Homeownership takes a lot of work, but we’re here to help get you started down the right path! Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent any issues down the road. But should you find a roof leak or that you need new windows, give the experts at Tri-State a call! We’re here to help protect you and your family. Contact us today for a free estimate!

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!

What Makes Tri-State Home Improvement Different?

At Tri-State Home Improvement, we believe that taking care of people’s homes is a privilege and we enjoy getting to do that. When we started the company, the goal was to provide friends and neighbors with service they could trust. We pride ourselves on doing things differently than other contractors, and focus on methods that save homeowners money both now and in the long run.

Quality Products

We use the best quality products at the lowest price available, and we would never use a product on your home that we wouldn’t put on our own. We carry the number one selling roofing brand in North America, a wide variety of siding, and Berkshire Windows, one of the most respected names in the industry.

Total Warranty

We offer a lifetime warranty on all of the products that we sell and install. In addition to that, our windows come with a double warranty that are good for you and the next owner of the home.

FREE Estimates

The cost of repairing your roof, replacing your windows, or putting siding on your house is expensive on its own, so we give you a free estimate. We want to provide you with the best service we can, and that starts with a complimentary estimate for your project.

Do you have a home improvement project that you need help with? Contact us today to get started!

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Common Winter Weather Woes for Your Roof

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Roof problems only get worse the longer they go untreated. And unfortunately, winter weather can play a large role in causing long-term damage to your roof. Here is a list of the three most common winter elements that can cause damage to your home’s roof and how to fix them.

Snowfall
Every cubic foot of snow piled on your roof adds up to 20 pounds of additional weight your roof needs to hold. The longer this extra weight sits on your roof, melting and refreezing, the heavier it can get. Accumulation of snowfall isn’t as large of an issue for homes with slanted roofs, but for homes with flat roofs, it can amount to a very large problem. For flat roofing systems, the extra weight of this snow can lead to cracking support beams and shingles, potentially causing water damage to the inside of your home. To keep winter snowfalls from damaging your roofing system, Tri-State recommends clearing excess snow off your roof after each heavy snowfall.

Icicles
Icicles are a common occurrence in the winter months, and as beautiful as icicles on your roof may look, they are a common sign that your roofing system has been compromised. Large icicles are typically caused by poor or missing insulation and commonly form as a result of air leaking from your house into your attic.

To prevent icicles from forming on your roof, try installing heat tape along the seams of your home’s roof. This will help to cut down on the amount of air leaking into your attic, as well as improve your roof’s overall insulation. To learn more about the long-term solutions to prevent icicles from compromising your roofing system, contact Tri-State today.

Ice Dams
You can’t have icicles without ice dams. Building up large amounts of ice on your roof, ice dams can damage the integrity of your roof, resulting in leaks, shingle damage, mold and mildew development and other home issues that come about from leaking roofs. To prevent ice dams from forming on your roof or to fix ice dams that have already formed, check out these three fast fixes.

When it comes to keeping your roofing system healthy all year around, Tri-State is here to help! Remember, leaving roofing problems untreated will not only lead to larger issues down the road, but will also result in a rather large bill. Avoid the pain and hassle and schedule your winter roofing inspection with Hank and the Tri-State gang today.

 

 

 

 

 

Fast fixes for ice dams

 

ice damsIn the winter, ice dams on your roof are inevitable. While icicles may look pretty hanging down from your roof, they are a good indication that an ice dam has formed. If an ice dam has formed, it is vital to call a roofing contractor right away; if left on your roof for a long period of time, ice dams can cause leaks and serious water damage to your home. While you wait for a contractor to visit your home, here are a few quick fixes you can try to temporarily solve the problem.

Blow in cold air
Ice dams typically form from melting snow on your roof as a result of heat collecting in your attic and warming the roof. If you want to stop the snow on your roof from melting, try using a box fan to blow cold air into your attic. This targeted dose of cold air will freeze the water that has melted and stop existing snow from melting, as well.

Rake it
If you can’t stop the snow from melting on your roof, remove it. Using a long handle aluminum roof rake, clear off your roof of all existing snow from the safety of a ladder—do NOT climb onto your roof to clear it.

De-ice it
If clearing off the snow does not work, you can always de-ice your roof using pantyhose and de-icer—yes, pantyhose. Fill the leg of the pantyhose with a calcium chloride ice melter and place it on your roof using a roof rake or shovel. Eventually, the calcium chloride will melt through the existing snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters and off your roof.

Remember, even if you’ve temporarily fixed your problem, it is still wise to have a roofing contractor inspect your roof. Contact Hank and the Tri-State gang today to find out how we can help!

 

 

Your top five roofing questions answered

Re-roofing your home is a big undertaking, so it’s no wonder you have lots and lots of questions. Tri-State is here to help! Here’s a list of the top five roofing questions answered to help ease your confusion and ensure your re-roofing process runs as smoothly as possible.

1. If my roof leaks, do I need to have it completely replaced?
If your roof is leaking, that does not necessarily mean you need to replace your entire roof. Fortunately, roof leaks commonly occur in one specific area where shingles or flashing have become loose or have fallen off. If this is the case, you will just need to replace the section that is damaged. If your roof is leaking in multiple locations, it may be time to consider removing your old roof and completely replacing it with a new one.

2. How long does it take replace a roof?
The time it takes to re-roof all depends on the size of your home, the weather, the contractor and the inspections needed. Generally, small family homes take a few days to re-roof, whereas large commercial roofs can take weeks or months to complete. As long as you hire a good roofing contractor—like Tri-State—your re-roofing project should move along swiftly and stay on schedule.

 3. How much does a roof replacement cost?
Although the cost varies depending on the size of the home and the scope of the project, a new roof for an average size family home can range anywhere between 2,000 and 10,000 dollars.

4. Should I have my roof inspected regularly?
Ideally, you should have your roof inspected twice a year—once before winter and once again     after winter has concluded. Many homeowners wait until they have a leak or have spotted shingles in their yard to have their roof inspected. While it’s always good to call a roofing professional with these issues, a handful of roofing problems could be avoided with regular, professional inspection.

5. What are the most common signs that I need to replace my roof?
The three most common signs that you need to replace your roof are curling or missing shingles, surface cracking and algae and moss growth. If your roof has one or all three of these signs, it’s a good indication that your roof should be replaced.shingles

Still have additional roofing questions? Visit our website or contact us today to learn more—we’d love to help!

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Get Your Roof Winter-Ready

Winter weather will soon be upon us—is your roof ready to tackle the snow and freezing temperatures? As you begin to prepare your home—and yourself—for the winter, don’t forget to take care of one of the most important features of your home—your roof. Here’s some simple jobs you can do to make sure your roof is winter-ready:

  • Clean your gutters of debris and install leaf guards to keep your gutters blockage-free. Consistently cleaning your gutters will prevent water and ice from building up and will help reduce the chance of leaks and water damage to your roof down the road.
  • Inspect your roof for damage and deteriorating shingles. Checking your roof for damage before the winter storms hit is a smart idea. Plus, it will give you plenty of time to repair the damage before the weather gets too cold. Remember, any damage you notice should be repaired by a certified roofing contractor as soon as possible.
  • Check vent stacks, chimneys and skylights for potential leaks. If you do notice leaks in these areas, be sure to call a roofing contractor to reseal all the leaks before the first snowfall.
  • Install extra insulation in your attic. Extra installation will help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and will reduce your chance of water damage and leaks in your home.
  • Extend your down spouts to move melting snow and ice farther away from your home. Basically, thefarther you can move the ice and snow away from your home, the better off you will be.

Don’t forget, if your roof needs repair before the winter season strikes, call Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing! Our team will work hard to ensure your roof is ready to handle all the damaging elements the winter weather brings.

 

Silent but deadly: The four most forgotten threats to your roof

GAF_Camelot_Aged_Oak_Photo_3Your home’s roof is constantly exposed to damaging elements and outdoor threats—no matter its age. Here’s a list of the four most forgotten threats to any roofing system. Are you projecting your home’s roof from all the harmful elements? Find out!

Leaves: Most of us don’t consider leaves to be a major threat to our roofs. While a small number of leaves is not damaging, large quantities of them have the potential to pile up and eat away at your shingles and gutters. Leaves can also create large blockages in your gutters, causing water to overflow and destroy your home’s foundation.

Moss: Moss absorbs moisture from damp environments and can develop roots on your roof, resulting in the beginning stages of roof degeneration.These roots can lift up shingles as well as lead to additional bacteria or mold growth. This growth can eventually create holes in your roofing system and cause leakage inside your home.  

Moisture: Excessive moisture can lead to the rapid deterioration of wood, metal, concrete and other roofing materials. Consistent moisture on your roof will also encourage moss and other bacterial growth, slowly damaging your entire roofing system.

Birds: Birds may seem innocent, but once they have decided to settle on your roof, the damage begins. When birds take up residence on your roof and build nests in your drains and gutters, they are blocking the proper flow of water, which can lead to major drainage issues down the road. Any nests that come in contact with electrical wires also pose a major fire hazard, particularly in dry, hot climates.

If you feel your roofing system has been compromised or you would like to receive a free roofing estimate, contact the Tri-State gang today! Our team will work hard to ensure your roofing system is functioning properly and remains safe for you and your family.

How to safely clean your gutters

imagesIt may be a household chore that’s easily forgotten, but it’s one you should not neglect if you want to avoid expensive damage to your home. Poorly maintained gutters cause water to congregate and fall around your foundation, leading to leaks or severe water damage down the road. To help you safely clean your gutters and keep them free of debris, Tri-State has put together a list of gutter cleaning tips and tricks—check them out!

Get the right ladder: Getting the job done right begins with choosing the right ladder. For single story homes, a large four-legged foot ladder should work just fine. An extension ladder should be used for two-story or three-story homes. Remember to choose an extension ladder that is sturdy and can easily hold your weight.

Review ladder safety: To ensure your safety and the safety of others, review proper ladder safety before beginning the cleaning process—you’ll be happy you did.

Wear the proper gear: Thick work gloves should be worn when cleaning your gutters to protect your hands from sharp objects, animal waste and other unknown debris. Eye-protection should also be worn at all times to avoid obstructing your vision with debris or other elements.

Always have a spotter: NEVER clean your gutters without a spotter. Having a spotter hold your ladder while working is the best way to keep it sturdy and prevent a fall.

Attach a bag to the ladder: Securely attach a bag or bucket to the ladder to collect the debris from your gutters—this keeps both hands free in case you loose your balance or need to adjust your gear.

Use a hose or shovel: Use a garden hose or small shovel to remove large debris from your gutters. Your spotter can also assist in handing you the hose or shovel to avoid taking multiple trips up and down the ladder.

Remember, safety should be your number one concern when working on your home—especially when working from heights. For additional questions on how to clean your gutters or to schedule a free roofing estimate, visit our website today.