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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.


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 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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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!​

Another Home Remodel in Blue Grass Iowa

1111If you’ve been hankering to read about another Tri-State remodel,

Keep your laptop screen clicked here, don’t flinch a muscle

Our latest gig’s taken us to a family in Blue Grass, Iowa

Whose roof, siding and gutters they wished desperately to say sayonara.

So the crew and I got started, scurried on top of their roof

Pulling out the old shingles with their hammers, and I with my sharp squirrel tooth.

In place we installed Timberline HD architectural shingles in Mission Brown

And put in lovely white gutters to guide rain drops away from the house.

Royal Woodland paneling in the color sand was chosen for the siding

So beautiful it looked that their next door neighbors couldn’t help but peak out their windows, pining.

Wish your home to be the envy of your neighborhood as well you say?

Well contact us at Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing for your free estimate today!

— Hank the Shakespearean Squirrel

5 ways to weatherize your home in the fall

GAF, 5 ways to weatherize your home in the fall

As the leaves around my tree house begin to change, I am making sure my home is weatherized for the upcoming cold temperatures, and you should too. Here are five ways to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter.

1)      Inspect your roof

Inspect your roof from top to bottom. Damage during summer storms could have happened without you even noticing. Get on top of your roof or use binoculars to thoroughly check to see if your roof has any damage. Locate and stop the problem now before the snow starts falling.

2)      Check for air leaks

It is also necessary to inspect your windows and doors. Check for gaps between the weather-stripping and your windows as well as missing or damaged caulk. These small gaps can create air leaks and ultimately let the cold winter air in- bur!

3)      Replace old windows

New technology such as gas filled double pane windows keep your home insulated more effectively than old single pane ones. The gas, usually argon or krypton, has a higher resistance to heat flow than air—meaning it will keep the warm air in during the winter more efficiently.

4)      Winterize your outdoor faucets

Close any shut-off valves that are connected to your outside faucets, and then turn the outside faucet on to drain the line. This will rid the line of any water so that it doesn’t freeze when the temperature drops. If it does freeze the pipe could burst!

5)      Check the chimney

Even though you might not use your chimney a lot, it is still necessary to check it for damage and hazards. Inspect your chimney for creosote—a flammable by-product of burning wood. The best way to have your chimney inspected is by a chimney sweep.

Remember, in home estimates are always free. Click here to schedule one today.


Roofs for Troops Rebate and Facebook Exclusive Offer

You stepped up and protected our country from harm. To give thanks, Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing wants to step up for you with a special rebate to help protect the roof of your home.

As a GAF Master Elite Contractor, we proudly extend a $300 rebate to all active U.S. Military, Veterans and Retirees on Lifetime Roofing system remodels using GAF’s products. The Roofs for Troops Rebate is a GAF Factory initiative, and is available now through the end of the year.

With the Lifetime Roofing system you’re protected whether you have a simple leak or a category 3 hurricane. We promise to provide you coverage against damages to your roof remodel with us for as long as you own your property – including labor costs.

If the Roofs for Troops Rebate doesn’t apply to you, we have exclusive Facebook offer coming up keep your eyes peeled for, August 7th through the 20th:

  • A free window with the purchase of 5 at regular price
  • $750 off your roof remodel
  • $1,000 off your complete siding remodel

Remember, all of Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing’s products are made right here in the U.S., which means you can be confident your remodel will be of high quality and attractive appearance. Click here to begin filling out your rebate form, and here to redeem your Facebook exclusive offer.

Hank the Squirrel



Moline roof remodeling project is complete!


Feeling Artistic, by Hank the Squirrel

Just a short time ago, in Moline Illinois,
There was a family whose roof lacked good bearing and poise
Fading quickly and gray, both inside and out,
They called on me, Hank from Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing to help

The homeowners’ roof needed major upheaval – that is for certain
So after a free estimate and consultation, my employees got workin’
Swapping out their ol’ three-tab shingle for some new architectural Timberline HD
The project manager helped them decide on the color Hickory

Keeping a clean worksite was important to the homeowners, which is standard for us
Now the family’s home is protected from the rain and snow – which is a must
If you’re ready to start your own home improvement project, call us today!
Our roofs regulate the temperature inside your home, keeping superfluous energy use at bay.

Remember, estimates from Tri-State are always FREE!
Hank, the Shakespearean Squirrel

Tips for choosing a roof to fit your style, budget

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Choosing a roof for your home is a big decision. It’s not like a poorly chosen paint color you can change up in a weekend. A good roof will last you decades, so you want to make sure you choose the right materials for your budget and home style.

How long are you planning on staying in the home?

Asphalt shingles are a good budget-friendly option. The initial costs are lower than metal alternatives, making it ideal for homeowners who cannot afford a metal roof or don’t intend to stay in the home long enough to recoup the cost savings of a metal roof.

Asphalt roofs are also backed by our Golden Pledge Warranty. This warranty will cover your roof for its lifetime and give you peace of mind and less worry. It is the strongest warranty on the market and includes a factory inspection on your finished roof.

For homeowners looking to stay in their home longer than the lifespan of an asphalt roof, metal is the way to go. Metal roofs are becoming more popular in residential homes because they are more energy efficient, withstand the weather better and are less costly than asphalt, because you don’t have to replace them as often. Plus, from the street, you can’t even tell the roof isn’t asphalt!

Not all shingles are made the same

If you’re going with asphalt shingles, there are lots of decisions to consider: Style, color, longevity and affordability. A good asphalt roof should last 20 years, so longevity is the most important factor to consider.

Tri-State uses GAF Roofing products. They’re Hank approved because they go through rigorous testing to ensure you’ll have great protection at any budget. We have three options:

  • Three-Tab Shingle, which offers basic protection and at an affordable price
  • Timberline Architectural Shingles. These shingles have a beautiful look to them and come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Lifetime Designer Shingles are our most durable option and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. They come in dozen styles and colors

Curb appeal

Whether you’re going with asphalt shingles or metal, there are dozens of colors and styles to choose from and they all add to your home’s appearance. You can choose a simple Three-Tab asphalt shingle or a Lifetime Designer Shingle designed to look like wood shakes and just about anything in between.

Hank and the experts at Tri-State can help walk you through the process, to pick a roofing style that fits your needs, budget and the style of your home.