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Dress Up Your Front Door

Summer has arrived and now is the time for barbecues, graduation parties and bonfires. Whatever kind of shindigs you decide to throw this summer, you might want to think about the first thing people see when they arrive at your humble abode: your front door! Make a great first impression with these decorative DIYs that won’t break the bank!

Summer Wreath

Welcome your guests with a pretty floral wreath that says “come on in!” Actually, this wreath can quite literally say whatever you like! Sarah from Little Vintage Nest shows you how to make an inviting front door wreath that says “hi,” but you can replace that with another phrase or even an initial to make it more personal.

DIY | Summer Wreath

Potted Plants

Nothing says summer quite like an arrangement of flowers right at your front door. Large flower pots make for great curb appeal, but they can sometimes be a bit pricey and hard to carry. Lucky for you, you can get that aged stone look with plastic planters and some paint, making these planters easy on your wallet and your back!

DIY | Painted Pots

Modern House Numbers

People too often find themselves squinting as they slowly drive down the street to find the house they are looking for. Set yourself apart and make your house numbers pop with a modern upgrade! This wooden house number sign is quick and easy to make, and will surely make your house the envy of the block!

Money-saving tip: If you don’t want to splurge on fancy metal numbers, you can get the same effect with wood numbers and metallic paint!

DIY | House Numbers

It’s no secret that making a great entrance starts with the right door. At Tri-State, we sell and install stunning Therma-Tru doors that will increase your home’s value and reduce your energy bills by up to 15%! Contact a Tri-State professional, or fill out a free-estimate request below to receive your free, no-obligation, in-home estimate!

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Spring cleaning: How to clean your siding

How to clean siding

Cleaning your siding once a year will help it stay beautiful and last longer. But the techniques you use are different depending on what material your siding is made of. Keep reading to find out how to tackle this essential spring cleaning task.

Vinyl siding

An easy and economical way to clean your vinyl siding is to rent a pressure washer. This will make the job go faster than cleaning by hand, and as long as you use a 25 degree nozzle you won’t damage the siding.

First cover anything you don’t want the spray to hit with plastic bags and tape, such as lights and electrical outlets. Cover plants with drop cloths and move furniture away from the house.

Then follow the instructions for the pressure washer you rented to start cleaning the siding with a mild solution of water and biodegradable detergent. Hold the nozzle at a 45 degree angle from the siding and work from the bottom up moving from side-to-side at a steady pace.

When you’re done, rinse the siding from the top down with clean water.

One note: Pressure washers do not remove mildew. If you have a mildew problem, clean it by hand with a bleach water solution before pressure washing.

Aluminum siding

Exposure to the elements can leave aluminum siding looking chalky, faded and allow dirt and mildew to accumulate. Annual cleanings with a pressure washer on a low setting can help clean the dirt off. Follow the instructions above for cleaning vinyl siding.

But if that’s not doing the job, then it is time to resort to some good old elbow grease, scrubbing the siding down with biodegradable detergent or trisodium phosphate, the same green liquid  you use to prep interior walls for painting.

Wood siding

Wood siding can last for a century or more, but it requires special care to keep it looking good for decades and avoid costly repairs.

Wood siding must be protected with paint, stain or clear sealer or it is vulnerable to rot and decay. Once a year check for chips and cracks and apply the finish of your choice to areas that need attention. Every five years consider freshening up your paint, stain or sealer.

For areas that are just dirty, a simple cleaning is all that is needed. For dirt stains, use a soft-bristled brush and warm soapy water. Mildew can be removed with a solution of one part bleach and four parts water. Rust can be removed with a solution of 4 ounces of oxalic acid dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. Once you’re done cleaning, rinse the siding with clean water.

Be sure to wear proper protection when using any cleaning products, such as eye protection and rubber gloves.

If you find your siding is beyond cleaning, or are just ready for a new look, Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing can help. Click here to schedule a free estimate.