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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!

Window Maintenance

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, but we’ve compiled a list of basic maintenance for you to take advantage of!

Cleaning

Cleaning is the easiest step in maintaining your windows. Using a damp cloth, regularly wipe down wooden windows to remove dust and dirt. Be careful not to use too much water!

Vinyl and aluminum frame windows can be washed with a mild detergent. Use a soft scrubbing brush if needed to remove any built up grime. After washing the frames, use a gentle glass cleaner to make your windows shine! Don’t forget to clean the window casing as well as the frame and glass. Keeping the casing clean will help to reduce window jams by keeping the area free of built up dirt and dust.

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Inspection

While you should regularly inspect your windows, a more intensive inspection should be done with every season. Focus on checking the condition of the window frame and sash, making sure to check for rot or moisture. If you have double or triple paned windows, be sure to check for moisture in between the panes. Moisture would mean that a seal has failed, and you should replace it as soon as you can. Pay attention to the weather-stripping on your windows and make note of any cracks or worn areas. Lastly, are there any gaps between your window casing and the wall? You can fix these easily with some latex caulk.

Sealing

The seals around your window play an important role in keeping your home energy efficient. Check for any holes that may be allowing air to come in and out of your home. If you’ve noticed any water leaks, or feel a breeze near your windows, it’s time to replace the rubber seals.

Repainting

Paint helps to protect your windows from the elements, as well as keeping your home looking great! Windows should be repainted every three to four years, but only after they have been thoroughly cleaned. And remember the cardinal rule of painting windows is to not paint over moving parts or a shut window

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Replacing Damaged Parts

Check your windows for any damaged parts. Any damaged parts should be replaced as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that more damage will be caused. Be sure to pay specific attention to damaged frames and broken glass—these should be repaired immediately.

Regular maintenance can help to extend the life of your windows, not to mention they look so much nicer! But, if it is time for you to start thinking about window replacement, check out our website for more information on how we can help get you set with new windows!

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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The three ‘R’s of home improvement

Tri-State is more than just windows, siding and roofing—we are a complete home improvement company. Tri-State can do some heavy lifting when it comes to your home’s exterior, but don’t miss out on our professional help with the interior, as well!

Re-think your curb appeal

Never underestimate the power and importance of curb appeal. Not only does curb appeal add value to a home, but it also demonstrates a pride of ownership. For simple exterior upgrades, consider refreshing your home’s landscaping by updating your walkway, front door or mailbox. These are all great, low-cost ways to add style and personality to any home. But if you’re really interested in taking your curb appeal to the next level, consider replacing your home’s windows, siding or roofing. Tri-State offers a wide variety of home renovation products that will make any home stand out from the crowd.

Re-style your bathroom

Remodeling a bathroom adds value to any home, and small cosmetic changes can re-style your bathroom in a big way. For simple bathroom upgrades, try replacing bathroom countertop accessories or adding fun and colorful pictures to brighten up the room. If you want to make your bathroom appear more elegant, think about installing a pedestal sink or replacing your dated countertops with marble or granite. Switching up your bathroom sink or countertops is an excellent way to update the entire look and feel of the room—without breaking the bank. Contact Tri-State to find out how our professionals can help!

Re-fresh your kitchen

Refreshing a kitchen’s décor is easier than most people think. Beyond making sure appliances work well and look good, updating cabinets, countertops and light fixtures can dramatically increase a kitchen’s aesthetic appeal. When it comes to creating value in the kitchen, replacing cabinet doors and countertops is a great way to update a kitchen’s overall look. Switching out dated light fixtures will brighten up the kitchen and make it more inviting, as well. Find out how Tri-State can help you add value to your kitchen by contacting our professional team today.

When it comes to home improvement, a little effort goes a long way. Making simple upgrades over time is the perfect solution to improving a home’s visual appeal and increasing its value. Remember, Tri-State is here to help! Whether you’re looking to make small home improvement changes or to remodel, Tri-State has the products and services to turn any homeowner’s dreams into reality. Visit our website for a free estimate today.

Check out the items on Hank’s wish list!

Hank has started renovating his treehouse, but he still has a few more items left on his wish list to finish the project!

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Berkshire Premium Vinyl Windows

Hank was thrilled to install Berkshire windows in his treehouse recently. He loves the luxurious look of the frames and the easy-to-clean features that help him keep his view of the yard crystal clear.

And, getting his windows through Tri-State meant peace of mind for Hank. Not only are Berkshire windows durable and cutting edge in their efficiency, they’re also backed by Tri-State’s lifetime guarantee, which extends for as long as Hank is in his treehouse and even to the squirrel that moves in after him!

Add Berkshire windows to your wish list this holiday season, and find out more on Tri-State’s website!

 

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GAF Premium Designer Shingles

Next on Hank’s wish list are award-winning GAF designer shingles to replace the existing treehouse roof. He knows that GAF offers a variety of residential asphalt shingles that are beautiful and durable, keeping him and his home safe from the elements and wowing his squirrel neighbors.

He’s especially partial to the Woodland shingles in Castlewood Gray, but anything in the collection would look wonderful on his house! (He knows because he tried them on with the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler!)

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Haven Insulated Siding

Up in the tree, Hank knows he needs siding that can take on the elements it will be exposed to. That’s why he has Haven siding on his list! He knows Haven looks clean and classic without making him sacrifice functionality.

Not only do the insulating features grant him energy-efficient savings, they also dampen outside noise, so he can finally sleep through the bird song and howling winds!

To get all the details on Haven Insulated Siding, visit Tri-State’s website!

 

Hank is hoping for the perfect holiday surprise, and he knows that Tri-State’s free estimates make choosing the perfect item a breeze! Schedule yours today to get started on your own home remodel wish list!

Five home products you need to know about

Winter is coming on fast, but there’s still time to update your home for maximum curb appeal and energy efficiency! Here are Tri-State’s top picks for products that will help you properly dress and protect your home.

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Berkshire Premium Vinyl Windows

Berkshire windows are eye-catchingly beautiful, adding elegance to your home’s interior and curb appeal to its exterior. Offering a variety of styles and colors, you have the opportunity to customize your windows to match your ideal décor, inside and out.

The durable quality of Berkshire windows also ensures the color won’t chip, peel, crack or warp, keeping your windows—and your home—in flawless condition. For added assurance, Tri-State also offers a warranty on the products we install for the lifetime of your home!

Besides looking sharp, Berkshire windows also give you the benefit of energy efficiency with the advantage of wide views and lots of light. Keep energy bills low with a variety of technologies, including superior thermal performance, seals, dual-paned glass and interlocking, chambered pieces of the sash and frame.

Find out more about Berkshire windows on Tri-State’s website!

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GAF Premium Designer Shingles

Award-winning GAF offers a variety of residential asphalt singles that look as nice as slate or woods shakes at a fraction of the cost. Shingles look luxurious while still withstanding wind, rain and staining to keep your home warm, dry and safe for years and years.

For the best of both worlds, Tri-State highly recommends the GAF Premium Designer collection. Find your favorite style and color on our website! (Don’t forget to ty the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler!)

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GAF Timberline® Shingles

The GAF Timberline® collection offers a wide variety of asphalt shingles that mimic the wood-shake look as a low-cost, high-performance alternative with style and curb appeal.

GAF Timberline® Shingles are also Advanced Protection® Shingles, meaning they outperform others in terms of toughness, granule adhesion, wind uplift resistance, flexibility and fire resistance.

GAF Timberline® Shingles also come in specialty collections like the ArmorShield™ and Cool Series for extra protection and energy-efficiency.

Tri-State is your go-to website for information, photos and virtual remodeling tools for GAF Timberline® Shingles!

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Haven Insulated Siding

You don’t have to sacrifice architectural draw for energy-efficiency. Haven Insulated Siding has an attractive look with functional technology that dampens outside noise, reduces hot and cold air flow through wall cavities and wicks away moisture.

That means you can enjoy all the heightened comforts and lowered bills of energy-efficient insulated siding with all the satisfaction of attractive and authentic siding that will win you compliments from all sides.

For more information on Haven Insulated Siding, visit Tri-State’s website!

Reputation 25’ Siding

For exclusive, seamless siding, Reputation 25’ is your number one choice. These siding planks are 25 warp-resistant feet that come in 27 fade-resistant colors, meaning 50 percent fewer seams on your home.

Tri-State is one of only two local contractors with access to Reputation 25’ Siding, and, as with all our products, we offer a lifetime warranty. For a smooth, bold siding choice, check out Reputation 25’!

 

Help your home weather the winter in style with the amazing products Hank and the gang are proud to stand behind. Schedule a free estimate with Tri-State today!

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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!

Luxury products that take your home up a notch

Tri-State offers a variety of windows, siding and roofing options that offer both utility and elegance.

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Berkshire Premium Vinyl Windows combine craftsmanship with performance. They not only look gorgeous but also save on energy—in your home and even before they ever reach your home.

Made in the U.S.A., Berkshire windows are energy-efficient, saving you on heating and cooling costs, and are made of recyclable materials that are long-lasting, saving the environment, too. What’s more luxurious than conserving the earth’s riches? Read more about our luxurious Berkshire windows.

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Haven Insulated Siding and other siding products offered by Tri-State also function as beauty and brawns duos. Haven siding offers bold, attractive colors and protection from the elements with highly insulating materials.

Or our Reputation 25’ siding gives your home a sleek, seamless curb appeal that can handle the heat without warping, and its exclusivity adds to its luxurious nature. Be sure to check out our other luxury siding products on our website.

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GAF Premium Designer Shingles are both beautiful and durable, coming in a broad variety of colors and styles to get the upscale, real-material look you’ve been wanting.

With long-term durability proven through performance testing, the GAF Premium Designer collection is your choice for shingles that match strength with class. For curb appeal and YOU appeal, live in the lap of luxury with these designs.

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.

5 ways to upcycle old shutters into beautiful home decor

Upcycling is popular in home decor right now. There’s an endless amount of beautiful possibilities when you combine an old piece of furniture, some sandpaper and paint. Today we’re bringing you five ways to upcycle your old window shutters when you replace them with new ones from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing.

We’ve scoured the Internet for the best tutorials. All you have to do is sit back, watch and grab a can of paint.

Create a mail and key holder from an old shutter

Get organized with this tutorial on how to use spray paint to change the look of an old shutter, apply backing board and key hooks to create a key holder and mail sorter. You could also use this same tutorial to create a jewelry holder, which is another popular use of an upcycled window shutter.

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Upcycle old shutters into a side table

For this project you can use a wood shutter that already has paint chipping off of it for a weathered look, or you can add a new coat and distress it for a vintage look. Either way this tutorial from Good Housekeeping will help you create the perfect side table for your sunroom or outdoor space.

If you do use an old shutter with chipping paint, make sure you apply a coat of clear sealer to secure any lead paint that could pose a health risk to your family.

Click for the tutorial.

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Turn shutters into a sleek sofa table

If a more refined look is more your style, check out this tutorial from HGTV on how to turn an old shutter into a sofa table. This will require some extra sanding in order to get a smooth finish, but the results are worth it.

Click here for the tutorial.

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Give faded shutters a new life as a colorful bookshelf

You’ll need to know your way around a few power tools for this tutorial. Follow along with My Repurposed Life for step by step instructions on how to turn four identical shutters and a few extra pieces of wood into a beautiful bookshelf. This blogger used a paint sprayer, which is a good alternative to spray paint, in order to get a smooth finish with less effort.

Click here for this tutorial.

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A little fabric and an old shutter combine to make a sleek headboard

No need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new headboard. This tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens teaches you how to combine two old shutters, fabric to match your bedroom décor and a little spray paint into a sleek headboard for your bedroom. Best of all, this project can easily be completed in a weekend.

Click here for this tutorial. 

For more ideas on how to upcycle your old window shutters, click here to check out our Upcycle Pinterest board.