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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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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.

Hank’s Winter Home Checklist: 10 things to tackle in your ‘tree house’ before the cold sets in

1.  Test-run your heating system

Set your thermostat up to 80 degrees. You should hear the rumble of your furnace and feel warm air coming up from your vents within a few minutes. If not, you can troubleshoot the problem here.

2.       Get your chimney inspected

This should be performed by a professional annually to make sure it is functioning properly. A chimney sweep may be necessary to safely enjoy it throughout the upcoming chilly months.

3.       Insulate exposed piping

Insulate exposed pipes with foam or electrical heating tape. Common locations include garages, attics or basements. Without it, they can freeze or burst – leading to one costly plumbing bill.

4.       Turn off water supply to outside faucets

Exterior faucets should have a separate shutoff valve. Be sure to turn it off before the cold weather hits to prevent it from freezing!

5.       Check for air leaks in your windows and doors

If you can feel cold air coming in through your closed windows or doors, the quickest fix is rope caulk or weather stripping. This helps keep the heat inside your home, and the cold air out. The permanent fix is replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones. Click here for a free estimate.

Now through December 31, 2013, Federal Tax Credits are being awarded for consumer energy efficient upgrades – including roofing, windows and insulation.  Click here for more information about this program, and here to get your free estimate from Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing.

6.       Inspect your roof

Check for missing or damaged shingles, as well as flashing. Leave this job up to the pros unless you really know what you are doing. Click here to schedule a free estimate.

7.       Put patio furniture into storage

This increases the life and quality of your furniture for the springs and summers to come.

8.       Wash and seal your deck

Power wash and spray a fresh coat of water sealer on your deck every year to two years to prevent fading or damage. This can be a great DIY project to do on the weekend, or a professional service you can pay for.

9.       Insulate your hot water tank

Maintain low energy costs this winter with an insulating blanket. You can buy one at any home improvement store.

10.       Clean gutters and downspouts

Give your gutters and downspouts a thorough cleaning before the end of the fall season. Wet leaves that remain in these areas add significant weight and volume once frozen – and increases the risk of damage to your home.

Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing can install gutter covers on your home to make them hassle free. Click here to get your free estimate.

Learn more about energy efficiency and insulation on our website!

Until next time, folks!

Hank

5 Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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When I decided to update my tree house last spring, one of the major things I wanted was to make it more energy efficient. The changes make me really happy not only because it saves me money
on cooling and heating costs, but also because I know I am doing my part to keep my Earth green and healthy!
Check out five changes I made to make my home more energy efficient, and
you can too!

1. Replace Windows
Replacing old windows with Energy Star certified ones like we sell at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing is a great way of making your home more energy efficient – 15 percent more efficient to be exact.

2. Replace Siding
Gaps, cracks, and chips in your home’s aging siding are inevitable. However, ignoring this damage makes it easy for air and moisture to invade your home and reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling units. To maintain the quality of your home and reduce energy bills, update your siding as well as fresh backer and insulation.

3. Replace Roof
Tri-State Window, Siding & Roofing’s “Cool Series” shingles are Energy Star certified. Available in a variety of colors, these shingles help reduce energy costs by reflecting solar radiation from entering from the top of your home. Click here to view this series.

4. Check Insulation
Home insulation helps maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, making walls and ceilings warmer in winter months or colder in summer time. When upgrading your home’s insulation, make your purchase based on the R value, not thickness or weight. The R value is the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R value, the more energy effective it is.

5. Install Programmable Thermostat
Easy to install and fairly inexpensive, programmable thermostats are helpful in regulating temperatures during the day, saving money and increasing comfort.

Several of Tri-State Window Siding & Roofing’s window and roof shingles options also fall under Energy Star’s Tax Credit system, saving you even more money! Take a peek at last week’s blog post to find out more!

Always a pleasure, folks!
–Hank

Energy Tax Credit Available With Your Eco-Friendly Home Remodel

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Whoever said saving the planet meant having to make personal sacrifices, never heard about Energy Star’s Energy Tax Credit system.

Now through the end of the year, this green initiative applies to many energy efficient products – including windows and roofing products made of asphalt or metal. A representative from Tri-State Window, Siding & Roofing can work with you on choosing an option that has this special certification.

The tax credit is 10 percent of cost up to $500, or a specific amount from $50 to $300. Talk to a tax expert to see what you qualify for.

There are other benefits in investing in Energy Star certified products. Though it can be more of an up-front investment, they more than pay for themselves throughout their lifespan by delivering lower energy bills. Plus new, energy efficient products improve your home’s appearance and increase its value!

Reduce your family’s carbon footprint, amp up your home’s curb appeal. Contact Tri-State today to take advantage of this credit and our FREE estimates on home improvement projects!

Rock Island Home Remodeling Project is Complete!

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When I put my Shakespearean hat on last
It felt so right, remodeling poem #2 was accomplished fast.
So folks, here I begin again
Lyric by lyric describing how this remodel began.

Down by the river in Rock Island Illinois,
The QC Home Show winner made her remodeling choice.
A series of choices, to be more precise –
With three new windows, siding, roof, railing and door it was a construction crew heist.

Bay and bow windows with Royal Haven Siding
Topped with GAF Architectural shingles made the home’s curb appeal stunning.
When the job was completed, the customer was pleased
Going above and beyond to transform her home into better than she dreamed.

Communication is always key to working with our client
As is friendly demeanor, and a well kept site.
To schedule your estimate, call us today
Nothing to pay until our work is underway!

–Hank the Shakespearean Squirrel