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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.


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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Holiday Décor on a Budget

For many homeowners, the holidays aren’t complete without a home filled with festive decorations. While decorating your home is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, it can also be a major strain on your wallet. Not this year! Here are a handful of holiday décor ideas you can try, even if you’re tight on cash.

Create a killer centerpiece
There’s only one place you need to go to create a great centerpiece this year—the dollar store. While it gets a bad rap, the dollar store is filled with lots of festive and frugal finds—like these glass bowls and ornaments. Put the ornaments in the bowl, add a ribbon or bow, and viola—a beautiful centerpiece. You can even mix in a little fake snow with the ornaments to class it up! centerpieces



Deck the door
Greet your guests with a beautiful and decorative front door. When decorating your door, the sky’s the limit! You can use simple items like tree branches, ornaments and wreaths, or—if you’re feeling really festive—you can decorate using tinsel, ribbon and lights—all items that be found for cheap at the dollar store.

Don’t forget the tree
Don’t feel like spending a fortune on Christmas tree decorations? You don’t have to—you can make them! These mini tree ornaments were made with cinnamon sticks, evergreen branches and buttons. You can even use items from the outdoors—like pinecones, acorns and branches—to create ornaments, too. The possibilities are endless

We hope these frugal holiday décor ideas help to spark your creativity and get you excited about decorating! For more holiday décor ideas, visit the Tri-State Pinterest page. Happy holidays, everyone.