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Back-To-School Kitchen Design Ideas to Make Mornings Easier

The kids are registered for classes and back-to-school shopping is taken care of, you are all ready for the beginning of a wonderful new school year. But wait, is your kitchen ready? From making breakfast and lunches in the morning to preparing after school snacks and dinner at night, the school year takes place centered around the kitchen. With all this craziness happening in one place, your home’s food hub is going to get cluttered and messy. With a few organization pointers and a little bit of layout help, your kitchen can become as ready for school as you are.

Rethink Your Layout

Having a nonfunctional kitchen layout is a nightmare no matter the time of year, but it becomes more troubling at the beginning of a new school year. Proper arranging of all your dishes, utensils and food is crucial to making a usable kitchen layout.

  • Make a Snack Station – Consider making a separate food area for your kids to grab healthy snacks after school.
  • Create More Storage – Using an undercover on your table creates more practical storage at a low cost.
  • Rearrange the Room – Quick changes like moving decorations around a bit or switching the placement of the plates cabinet can change your flow in a kitchen. Bigger changes like moving or switching up your table can alter the whole appearance of a kitchen.

Spice Up theStyle

Sometimes a new perspective is all you need to feel more organized and less stressed. A few added design pointers will take your kitchen in the direction you want it to go.

  • Make a Chalkboard – Having an area to write due dates, grocery lists or cute notes to your kids is just the touch you need to make your kitchen feel fun and functional. Making a chalkboard for your kitchen is the finishing touch to make your kitchen even better.
  • Get a new door – Buying a new backdoor, that leads out of the kitchen, is one way to improve both the inside and outside of your home. Tri-State Home Improvement offers beautiful Therma-Tru doors that not only improve curve appeal, but also kitchen appeal.

With a few small changes, your kitchen will be in great shape for the beginning of the school year. Adding new windows and doors could improve your kitchen. At Tri-State Home Improvement, we offer the most energy efficient and secure doors you can find in the area. For a free estimate, call us at 563-823-0979 or fill out our estimate request form online today.

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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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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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Simple Outdoor Home Updates

The arrival of spring means warmer weather and more time outdoors. Whether you’ve purchased your first house or been in your dream home for years, it’s always fun to switch things up by making simple outdoor updates. Making these quick changes will make all the difference.

Change out your address plaque

Some neighborhoods require a uniformed address plaque on all homes, but most times, you’re able to switch it out as you please! This is a fun way to personalize your home and there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Home improvement stores like The Home Depot, Wayfair and Frontgate always have address plaques in stock, or try a more customized design from Etsy!

Wear-in a new welcome mat

It’s the first thing your friends, family and neighbors see when they walk up to your home. So, it’s time to trash the old rag you have greeting visitors and invest in a bright, new welcome mat! If you’re into more traditional matts, try Bed Bath & Beyond, where you’ll find welcome mats with simple, yet classic, designs. Or, if you’re a little more quirky, a simple search for “Funny Door Mats” will result in pages upon pages of results!


Replace your front door

First impressions are everything. “Wow” your neighbors and guests by adding a statement-making door. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or, a Therma-Tru Door from Tri-State, your possibilities are endless. Because there are so many different options to consider, take these style factors into consideration before diving into your project.

If your home is in need of more than a few simple updates, call a Tri-State Home Improvement team member! One of our professionals will come to your home to evaluate your windows, siding, roofing, doors, etc. and give you an estimate at no cost to you. Fill out our form to request your free estimate today!

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Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the average home in the United States is 35 years old, with some of the oldest homes residing in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. While most high-quality windows need replacing after 20 years, different factors could escalate your need for window replacement. Be aware of the signs below in order to accurately assess your current windows to determine whether or not they need replacing.

Do you feel a draft? If there’s a distinct temperature drop when you’re sitting close to your windows, as opposed to the rest of your home, that’s a clear indication that your windows need replacing. Drafty windows could be a result of wear and tear over time, poor installation, seal failure, cracks in your caulk, etc. and your energy bills are likely a lot higher than they should be.

Are you seeing condensation? If you’re experiencing indoor condensation, solutions like turning down a humidifier, turning on a fan, or even moving your plants could remedy the problem.

If the condensation is on your exterior window, products like Rain X (yes, the product you use on your car’s windshield) can help gather the droplets and assist them in the run-off process. The exterior condensation may also be morning dew, in which case letting it run its course is likely the only worthwhile solution.

However, if the condensation is between the window panes, it usually indicates a seal failure and the windows will likely need replacing.

Do you struggle to open or close your windows?  You may be surprised to know that it’s not your muscles preventing you from enjoying some much-needed fresh air, it might just mean your windows need replacing! Windows that are difficult to open or close are likely letting in cool and/or warm air, which negatively impacts your energy bill. If windows aren’t latching completely, you’re essentially lighting a neon “vacant” sign on your home for insects and small critters (such as mice). It can even serve as an easy entry point for home intruders, making it a safety concern for you and your family.

Other warning signs that your windows may need to be replaced include: if they’re hard to clean, if you hear excessive noise inside, and/or if the seal or caulking is visibly damaged.

Choosing the right contractor is just as important as finding the right windows. Proper installation will help prevent air infiltration and costly water damage to your home. If installed incorrectly, your windows may not operate properly. During your free in-home appointment with Tri-State, your window specialist will ask you what you’re looking for in a window or door, show you samples and take necessary measurements.

Call, or click below, to schedule your free quote with a Tri-State Home Improvement professional to find the right type of windows for your home’s needs!

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Metal Roofing VS. Extreme Weather

Severe Weather

When it comes to extreme weather, a home’s roof is its first—and most important—defense against dangerous elements. Designed to handle even the most dangerous weather conditions, metal roofing is quickly becoming a homeowner favorite, with nearly 10 percent of homeowners choosing a metal roof when remodeling. So, exactly how does a metal roof compare in the fight against the elements? Here’s how the match plays out:

Round One: Metal Roofing vs. High Winds

The wind gives a sharp blow, but it glances right off the metal roof! Built with a 120-mph wind rating and uplift resistance, metal roofing is a popular roofing choice in areas prone to tornadoes and hurricanes. Most metal roofing materials interlock to form a smooth protective barrier, making this roofing option stronger and more resistant to extreme weather and high winds. Wind is down for the count!

Round Two: Metal Roofing vs. Rain and Snow

Ding ding! Rain and snow start piling it on, but to no avail. Metal roofs are naturally durable and highly resistant to damage from hail or heavy rain and snow. Built to withstand decades of abuse, metal roofs are built tough and will not dent, rust or deteriorate from even the most extreme outdoor elements. Precipitation is out cold!

Round Three: Metal Roofing vs. Lightning

Now for the main event: metal roofing takes on lightning, and the winner might shock you. Commonly misunderstood, metal roofing will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. In the case of a lightning strike, metal roofs disperse the energy safety throughout the entire structure, virtually eliminating the risk of fire or further structural damage. Lightning’s strikes are futile, and it quickly fizzles out of the fight.

 

And the winner is… metal roofing! Metal roofing will give you the long-term, quality weather protection that other roofing products cannot. Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing offers metal roofing solutions, including stone-coated steel and standing seam metal roofs. Visit our website to schedule your free roofing estimate today and let Hank and gang be your champion against severe weather!

Why replace your roof in the springtime? We’ll give you three good reasons.

Spring is the time to look into replacing your roof. With April showers on their way, you don’t want a leaky roof to catch you by surprise, and the winter storms may have left damage you don’t know about. Plus, spring is perfect for re-roofing projects, and Tri-State has openings. We’ll give you three good reasons you should pencil us in this spring:

Reason 1: Winter left its mark
Winter is hard on everything—the roads, your skin and even your roof. Shingles have supported the burden of snow all season, and ice dams have weighed your roof down while sharp winds found their way underneath loose shingles. It’s probable that winter has damaged your roof in some way, leaving it vulnerable to coming storms.

Reason 2: Spring weather is the best weather
As the Midwest begins to thaw, warmer weather starts moving in. Roofing materials like shingles and adhesives love the moderate temperatures. Plus, while winter snow and ice makes it difficult and dangerous to undergo a roofing project, the freedom from the low temperatures and high winds makes roofing safer for professional teams—and faster. Mild weather means fewer interruptions in our work for quicker project completion.

Reason 3: You’re our first priority
Early on in the year, our less crowded schedule means competitive rates and a better chance of getting your roof finished in the timeframe you’re hoping for. Scheduling a roofing project in the springtime allows you to avoid any complications from backlogged projects. Just be sure you act before the schedule fills up!

 

Even if you don’t suspect damage, it’s beneficial to have your roof inspected as winter comes to an end. Whether you’re looking for an inspection or go straight for a replacement roof, sign up for a free estimate with Tri-State, and be sure to get on our schedule before it fills up for spring!​

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!)

Haven insulated siding

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!