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Winterize Your Garage

When the first nice day of spring or summer arrives, everyone is chomping at the bit to get outside. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, or planting the first seeds for your home garden, the adventures often start in your garage. But why only utilize that space for six months, when you can enjoy it year-round?

Take some time this winter to tidy up your garage space with our helpful tips.

1. Utilize your wall space.

Older homes usually come with smaller garages, so if you’re constantly having a rock-paper-scissors war on what can and can’t stay in the garage, it’s time to utilize your walls for some alternative storage.

Instead of investing in a pricy toolbox, get some pegboard from your local home improvement store and hang it on the walls of your garage to store everything from hammers and screwdrivers, to drills and even cleaning supplies. Not only will this free up space on your garage floor, but you’ll also spend much less time sifting through supplies or trying to remember the last place you put your pliers.

Larger items can find a home on your walls, too. Shovels, rakes, leaf blowers, etc. can reside out-of-tripping territory with the use of a mounted tool rack, with some products holding as many as 20 tools!

2. Inspect winter equipment.

Year after year your snow blower lays dormant from the last snowfall of one season to the first of the next. It’s easy to push it out of sight, out of mind when there’s no snow to be seen, but the last thing you, or your back, needs is a faulty blower during the first blizzard of the season.

When the weather turns cold, it’s a good idea to run tests on your winter tools to make sure there are no kinks. If you find any, it’s better to deal with them then, as opposed to when there’s three feet of snow sitting between you and the rest of the world. A simple search in your internet browser for “snow blower tune up” will turn up tutorials and step-by-step guides for you to follow.

If you don’t consider yourself very handy, take your snow blower to a nearby hardware shop.

3. Upgrade the garage door.

Think about your own behavior for a minute. When you come home from picking the kids up from school, from work, the grocery store, etc. which door are you most likely to enter your house from? For many families, it’s the garage door and if you don’t have a well-sealed garage door, a lot of the cold outside air could be cooling your home.

Not only will replacing your garage door help with energy efficiency, it’s also an investment for your family’s safety. A favorite point-of-entry for many burglars are garage doors, with some being able to gain access to your home, family and valuables within a matter of seconds.

A solution to your energy efficient and safety needs would be investing in a steel garage door. This style of door is long-lasting, durable and insulated with polyurethane, or polystyrene, to keep the cold out and the heat in. Steel garage doors also eliminate the way burglars access your home with traditional roll-up garage doors, which makes it a safe and cost-effective investment for you and your family.

Tri-State Home Improvement is an area specialist when it comes to providing you with a safe, energy-efficient, high-quality garage. Our team of professionals provide you with custom solutions and designs to match your existing home and needs. Call Tri-State today, or click below, to access our free estimate on new garage construction!



DIY Bird Seed Wreath

DIY Bird Seed Wreath

When the weather turns frigid, all you want to do is stay inside. Instead of binge-watching another episode of the latest trending show on Netflix, get off of the couch and get the family involved in making a suet bird seed wreath to hang and enjoy outside of your Tri-State Home Improvement windows. (Courtesy of DIY Network)

What you’ll need:

  • 10-inch metal bundt pan
  • Pliers
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large pot
  • Cooking spray
  • Wire clothing hanger (remove any cardboard or paper)
  • 3 Two-inch strips of burlap, (~24 in.)
  • 3 Blocks of rendered plain suet (available at local bird feeding store)
  • 9 Cups of bird seed
  • ½ Cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • Dried mealworms (optional)
  • Dried fruits and berries (optional)
  • Raffia bow (optional)
  1. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray. Take wire hanger and, with the pliers, make into a circle. Set aside.
  2. Melt the three blocks of suet in your large pot on very low heat, stirring frequently. It’s important that it does not boil!
  3. After the suet is completely melted, add the peanut butter to the pot and mix until melted.
  4. Remove the suet from the stove and slowly stir in the bird seed (and optional mealworms).
  5. (Optional – add berries and dried fruit to the bottom of the bundt pan)
  6. Use a measuring cup to fill bundt pan halfway with suet mixture.
  7. After the bundt pan is half-way filled with suet, add the wire hanger around the center of the pan. Fill the bundt pan with the remaining suet until the pan is full.
  8. Carefully place the full bundt pan in a cold place (like your Tri-State garage!) overnight.
  9. Once the mixture is completely hardened, flip the bundt pan over and gently tap on the pan to remove your wreath.
  10. Braid the burlap together and tie it around your wreath.
  11. Place raffia bow around the burlap and hang your suet wreath from a hook, feeder pole, or tree for your feathered friends to enjoy!

Why Royal Woodland Siding Rocks

Looking to replace your home’s siding? When it comes to revamping your home’s curb appeal and bringing your home’s outdoor protection to the next level, Royal Woodland siding from Tri-State is an excellent choice—here’s why!

For starters, Royal Woodland Siding comes in 28 beautiful, UV-resistant colors—guaranteed to give any home the look of luxury. Plus, this siding won’t crack, warp, sag or fade, which means your home will look fresh and beautiful for many years to come—with minimal maintenance required.

In addition to its pleasing aesthetics, Royal Woodland siding is extremely durable and can even endure hurricane-force winds of up to 240 miles per hour! To ensure your home stays looking it’s best for years to come, this revolutionary siding also comes with an Industry Leading Double Lifetime Warranty, including color and hail protection.  And, thanks to its .046 millimeter thickness, this siding is great for homeowners who are looking to reduce the amount of outside noise that enters their home.

With it’s unlimited, unbeatable benefits, this siding is a great option for any home! Contact Hank and the Tri-State gang for visit our website for more information about our Royal Woodland Siding.


Get Your Roof Winter-Ready

Winter weather will soon be upon us—is your roof ready to tackle the snow and freezing temperatures? As you begin to prepare your home—and yourself—for the winter, don’t forget to take care of one of the most important features of your home—your roof. Here’s some simple jobs you can do to make sure your roof is winter-ready:

  • Clean your gutters of debris and install leaf guards to keep your gutters blockage-free. Consistently cleaning your gutters will prevent water and ice from building up and will help reduce the chance of leaks and water damage to your roof down the road.
  • Inspect your roof for damage and deteriorating shingles. Checking your roof for damage before the winter storms hit is a smart idea. Plus, it will give you plenty of time to repair the damage before the weather gets too cold. Remember, any damage you notice should be repaired by a certified roofing contractor as soon as possible.
  • Check vent stacks, chimneys and skylights for potential leaks. If you do notice leaks in these areas, be sure to call a roofing contractor to reseal all the leaks before the first snowfall.
  • Install extra insulation in your attic. Extra installation will help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof and will reduce your chance of water damage and leaks in your home.
  • Extend your down spouts to move melting snow and ice farther away from your home. Basically, thefarther you can move the ice and snow away from your home, the better off you will be.

Don’t forget, if your roof needs repair before the winter season strikes, call Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing! Our team will work hard to ensure your roof is ready to handle all the damaging elements the winter weather brings.


Tri-State comes to the rescue and repairs storm damage


Hank and the crew came to the rescue of a homeowner with a hole in the wall and a broken window from a wind storm, and completely replaced the entire sunroom.

“We called Tri-State because a tree limb broke a window and we needed it replaced,” said Stephanie, the Rock Island homeowner. “I was very pleased to find out they could help us with the structural damage as well.”

The sunroom addition had been put on by the previous homeowner using poor materials, so when the window broke, the wind whipped through the sunroom pushing the wall out and exposing rotted wood. Tri-State recommended the entire sunroom needed to be replaced, and was there with the homeowner when the insurance adjuster arrived.

“My husband and I are do-it-yourselfers, but this project was over our heads,” said Stephanie. “I was really glad Tri-State was there when the insurance adjuster was there. I believe we were able to get approval to replace the entire sunroom and the money to do it because they were there.”

Tri-State worked with the homeowners on the estimate to replace the entire sunroom using materials that will allow it to be finished as a four season room, adding value to the home. To save money, and get the superior materials, Tri-State handled all the demolition and exterior work and the homeowners will finish the inside.

“We’ve redone every room in the house ourselves,” said Stephanie. “We’re glad to be able to have a have a hand in the remodel of the sunroom too.”

The homeowner was so pleased with the job Hank and the crew did, they asked for a ballpark on how much it would cost to replace all their windows and siding so they can start saving for their next home improvement project.

Four tips for decorating the outside of your house for the holidays

I love decorating my treehouse for the holidays. The process, however, used to put a whole lot of wear and tear on the outside of my home.

Go big this winter without all of the ugly nicks, holes and scratches–with these five, no-damage decorating solutions.


Be creative with Command™ decorating clips

Command™ decorating clips easily attach on and off your home using a sticky, two-sided adhesive. Position the clips in a row to support light weight decorations such as hanging string lights!


Heavy duty, no damage solutions

Command™ hooks are excellent for hanging décor too large to clip, such as garland around your front door frame. They work like the Command decorating clips and are damage free.


No nail wreath solution

Perfect for hanging larger, heavier décor such as holiday wreathes! Simply hang the hook over the top of your front door and the end supports your décor.


Don’t forget about freestanding displays

Freestanding displays, such as light up reindeer. This décor option requires zero support from the frame of your home. Read the assembly decorations carefully and place anywhere on your front lawn.

Visit our Pinterest page for even more holiday décor inspirations!

Happy holidays!


A Satisfied Customer Returns for Even Bigger Project


Dreary, dull and falling apart, the old siding of one Davenport family’s house failed to provide the “wow factor” the homeowner wanted.

With cooler weather approaching, the family also knew new siding would mean increased energy efficiency. So they dialed up their old friend Hank at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing – who had done such a wonderful job on their windows a few years back.

When the Tri-State crew arrived, they helped the family decide on a siding color that would not only increase curb appeal – but also better represent their vibrant personalities.


The verdict was Royal Building Product’s Country Green, with Rustic Red Corners. New gutters, downspouts and soffits in classic white were also installed to improve functionality.

When the remodel was finished, the family was happier than ever! Fast and professional, the crew transformed their home to one that would make any neighbor Country Green with envy! Don’t take our word for it. Check out the before and after above!

Click here to schedule your free estimate.

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!


Ugly Roof Winner Makeover Reveal



The Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing crew and I set out to find the ugliest roof in the Tri-State area. We invited our Facebook fans to enter pictures of their ugly “eyesore” of a roof with the promise that the ugliest of the ugly would win a free makeover.

As the entrees started rolling in, we quickly realized the competition would be steep.

Two weeks, 20 entries and 1,332 votes later, Rock Island residents Christopher and Sara Davis came out the victors – winning at 488 votes.

“When we first moved into our house 10 years ago, the roof had already been three layers for some time,” said Sara Davis. “It was amazing to have the opportunity to win something of this caliber.”

Scoring 2,000 square feet of beautiful, GAF Timberline HD shingles in the color Weathered Wood, Davis admitted she and her husband weren’t the only ones on their street to notice how terribly ugly their roof was.

“Our next door neighbor even made us a Facebook group that got people all over the country voting for us,” said Davis laughing. “Texas, Hawaii, everywhere. It really helped us to win.”

The Davis’ were very pleased with the work Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing performed. They were also impressed by how quickly the job was completed and the clean up job by the crew.

“My roof looks fantastic,” said Davis. “They were very professional, answered all of my questions promptly and followed through with everything they promised.”

Compliments like that never get old, folks!

Thanks for tuning in, until next time –


Cleaning your Gutters: The DO’s and DON’Ts

It’s that time of year again when leaves begin to fall from trees and decorate our lawns with beautiful, golden colors.

On the other hand, when leaves land into gutters, it can have detrimental effects on your home if left unattended – such as leaks in the walls and ceiling, cracks in the foundation and rotted wood along the shingle line.

Scampering up the side of your home on front and hind paws to inspect for these potential gutter blockers isn’t realistic for all of us – cough cough, our non-squirrel subscribers – so the Tri-State Crew and I have other great ideas to save you time and money later!

Read on for 5 tips on keeping your gutters in tip-top shape this season:

Tip #1 Get creative with your leaf blower:

If you feel confident standing on top of your roof, sometimes ridding your gutters of dry debris is as simple as blowing it out.

Tip #2 Get to scoopin’:

When the debris in your gutters has turned into wet, damp gunk, the most efficient way to clean it out is by manually scooping it out. Capable of being done from a standing ladder or from the roof, we recommend a pair of gloves and a trash can to help you out with this one.

Tip #3 Utilize the garden hose:

A garden hose is a simple way of washing down any remainder gutter debris as well as checking for potential overlooked blockage. Note, this method is most effective as a second step to an initial, more powerful debris removal.

Tip #4 Pressure wash:

Pressure washers are both a fast and efficient method of cleaning gutters. But beware – it has the potential to make for a mess of the rest of your home.

Tip #5 If all else fails, disassemble the spout:

If you simply cannot get your gutter to work effectively, try disassembling the gutter spout for a manual, detail wash.

Contact Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing for a free estimate on gutter guards to aid you in your home owner responsibility!

Over and Out, Folks!