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Choose the Right Roof for Your Home

One of the reasons you work so hard is to keep a roof over your head. In fact, in terms of your home’s longevity and efficiency, a new roof is likely to be the most important purchase you’ll ever make. When it comes to choosing that roof, it’s important to know the differences between each option and how the right one might fit into your home and your lifestyle.

Asphalt

Tri-State Home Improvement offers asphalt shingles from GAF, the #1 manufacturer in North America. These are an affordable and durable option that has become a homeowner favorite because of its numerous style choices. The asphalt shingles we offer include:

  • Architectural Shingles – for those who want the blend of durability and the popular dimensional look of real wood shake shingles.
  • Premium Design Shingles – for those who want the option of giving their roof the appearance of real slate, wood shakes, hand-cut European shingles, clay tile, and more!
  • Architectural Specialty Shingles – for those who want the look of real wood shakes combined with the energy efficiency of the Timberline Cool Series or the impact resistance of Timberline Armorshield II.
  • 3-Tab Shingles – for those looking for a timeless, traditional design with superior performance.

Metal

Metal roofs are becoming more popular due to their resistance to impact, the speed of installation and their sleek looks. Tri-State offers two options for metal roofs:

  • Stone Coated Steel can look the part of any design you may desire, like slate, cedar shakes, or old-world tile, and provide unparalleled longevity. The level of impact resistance gives you peace of mind and the designs give you the look you’ve always wanted.
  • Standing Seam Metal roofs are made for those who want extreme strength and weather resistance. The only seams on this type of roofing are located in standing ridges that run the length of the panel, meaning fewer seams and, most importantly, fewer leaks!

The best part? You don’t have to wait for the installation to know how your new roof will look on your home with Tri-State’s GAF Virtual Home Remodeler. This innovative tool makes shopping for roofing fun by letting your home try on different roofs, trim and siding. The combination of possibilities are endless! Try it out to erase any doubt that the design choice you have made is the right one.

Whether you have your perfect style picked out, or just aren’t sure where to start, let a Tri-State professional guide you every step of the way! Tri-State Home Improvement offers free estimates for our services, so give us a call at 866-583-6700, or fill out our estimate request form to schedule your free estimate today!

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Are You Ready for Summer Storms?

The arrival of summer typically means sunny days and warm weather, but sometimes it can also mean cloudy skies and summer storms. Do you have everything you need to protect your home against the elements? Living in the Midwest, it’s important to make sure your house is prepared for whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

Windows

Tri-State features Berkshire windows, one of the most respected names in the vinyl window industry. With features like Gradient true sloped sill and LinkSync sash-to-sill interlock, Berkshire windows are the only choice for preparing your home for a summer storm. The true sloped sill drains water quickly to prevent buildup of moisture and debris without the need for weep holes, increasing protection from inclement weather. The sash-to-sill interlock increases control against extreme winds, ensuring you and your home are safe.

Siding

When the wind gets going, it can severely damage the look of your home if you don’t have durable siding. Tri-State offers highly durable vinyl siding that exceeds industry impact standards. Royal Crest Vinyl Siding, for example, achieved a test pressure of 49.70 lbs/ft2, equating to a wind speed of 144 mph. To put that in perspective, according to the Fujita Scale, the average tornado will have wind speeds of only 112 mph! This is how you know that Tri-State offers the very best.

Roof

When it comes to impact resistance, metal roofing is unparalleled. Its strength and weather resistance makes for a smart choice for houses in severe storm areas. As a bonus, Tri-State’s Stone Coated Steel roofs can be just as attractive as they are durable. Their styles can look like virtually any roof you can imagine and still withstand a heavy winter storm.

Are you getting ready for storm season? Or have you already endured the damage of a storm? Let Tri-State Home Improvement help by making sure your home is protected for years to come. Contact us today to request a free in-home estimate!

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The Style of Your Shingles

The architectural integrity of every building relies on a strong foundation and a well-built roof. In terms of your home’s longevity and efficiency, a new roof is likely to be the most important purchase you’ll ever make. Nothing shields you from the elements as well and no other single structure has as dramatic of an effect on your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

Most homes that are more than 10 or 15 years old have roofs topped off with 3-tab asphalt shingles. They’re still available, and still do a fine job, but you have many other options today. The styles of asphalt shingles that we offer from GAF, the #1 manufacturer in North America, include architectural, architectural specialty, premium designer, and 3-tab shingles. Learn more about each different type of shingle below to determine which is best for you and your home.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles have become a homeowner favorite because they blend the affordable durability of asphalt shingles with the look of real wood shake shingles. Color, size and shape variations among the tabs result in a more “dimensional” look that has become popular.

Architectural Specialty Shingles

Specialty Shingles give you an architectural shingle profile that looks just like wood shake shingles with a couple of different options. The Timberline® Cool Series reflects sunlight to help reduce attic heat build-up and save energy in the hot summer months. Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Roofing offers Class IV impact resistance to guard against storms. They’re so strong, you may even save on homeowners insurance!

Premium Designer Shingles

Designer styles make it easy to give your roof the appearance of real slate, dramatic, handcrafted wood shakes, hand-cut European shingles, clay tile and more. Choose from 10 distinctive profiles, each available in a wide range of colors, to give your home the perfect finishing touch.

3-Tab Shingles

You have two different options when it comes to 3-Tab Shingles. Marquis WeatherMax® shingles are designed for homeowners who demand superior performance, classic detailing and the traditional appeal of a basic, 3-tab shingle. Royal Sovereign® shingles offer simple, timeless beauty and GAF’s Advanced Protection™ technology, making it GAF’s most popular 3-tab shingle. Both options are available in many colors, too.

At Tri-State Home Improvement, quality defines value which is why we exclusively feature GAF roofing products – the #1 selling brand in North America. See the Tri-State difference for yourself and book a free, no-obligation home estimate for your home improvement needs!

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When it’s time to replace your Windows, Siding and Roofing

If you’ve asked yourself, “Is it time to replace my windows/siding/roofing?,” Chances are, it’s time. The good thing about replacing any of these items is that your home will most likely increase in value and operate more efficiently. Replacing windows or a roof, or adding new siding provides an opportunity to make some big changes to your home’s curb appeal. If you own an older home, updating any of these elements with modern, fashionable alternatives can make your home seem almost new. Below are some tell-tale signs that your home is screaming for an upgrade.

Windows

Windows can show a lot of different signs that indicate they need replacing (in fact, we wrote a whole blog about it!). Main indications that your windows are no longer performing how they should include draftiness, condensation and whether they are difficult to open and close. Are your current windows hard to clean, or do you hear excessive noise inside? Yup. Your windows need to be replaced.

Siding

Cracked and/or rotting siding are two clear-cut clues that it’s time to upgrade. Other signs may not be as pronounced. For instance, if your energy bills have suddenly skyrocketed or if you notice moisture build-up indoors, this could be pointing to old and problematic siding.

Roof

If you know the roof on your home has not been replaced within 20 years, it’s time to seriously start the replacing process. There are other more obvious signs that you have an older, aging roof, like if your shingles are curled, cracked or missing, if moss has begun to grow or if you notice dark streaks. Homes that were built around the same time, will more often than not need to have their roofs replaced around the same time as well, so if you notice your neighbors are having new roofs installed, it’s probably time to have yours replaced, too.

Even if you’ve gone through this process before, you’re very likely to find that it can all be quite overwhelming. Homeowners have never had as many technical options related to efficiency and performance. New materials, new engineering add to the dizzying array of colors and styles.

The fastest way to narrow your choices is to ask for a little help. We’ve got selection tools that can guide you through the maze of options in terms of price, efficiency and materials. Request your free, in-home, no-obligation estimate below to get started on your home improvement project with Tri-State today!

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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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How to Prevent Water Damage on Your Roof

Every year, homes in the U.S. are impacted by severe storms that can leave residents displaced and homes in shambles. In fact, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, losses across the U.S. exceeded $1 billion from weather and climate disaster events in 2017. With spring showers just around the corner, take the below precautions to ensure the monsoons outside don’t make their way in.

Shape up your shingles

The shingles on your roof are doing much more than providing your home with a pleasing aesthetic. Shingles provide your home with a barrier from the elements but they can’t do their job effectively if they’re damaged or missing. One way to know if your shingles need repairing is if you notice debris from shingles in, or near, your yard. Another indication would be to look at your roof to see if you notice any clusters of discoloration. If you’ve noticed one, or both, of these indicators, then it’s time to shape up your shingles.

Keep your gutters cleared

Gutters provide a way for water to make its way off your roof. If your gutters are clogged, rainwater will begin to collect on your roof, making leaks much more likely.

Check up on your attic

You remember that place you rarely visit that houses moth balls and old family heirlooms? Well, you should be visiting it pretty regularly. Make it a point to visit the attic once per week, especially after any severe weather, to make sure the ceiling isn’t damaged. Even if you don’t detect a leak, your attic ceiling can give you other signs that there’s been damage done. Mold, stains or discoloration, warped wood, etc. are all implying that you may have a leak on your hands.

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, prevent your home from enduring more damage by repairing or replacing your existing roof. Or, if you’re still not sure, leave it to a professional! Tri-State Home Improvement offers free estimates for our services, so call a Tri-State professional at 866-583-6700, or, fill out our request form to receive 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.

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!