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Move-In Ready Home Updates

Is your family expanding? Perhaps you’d like to move closer to your job? Whatever the reason, you’re ready to make a different house a home and Tri-State is here to help you in the process.

According to a report from Zillow, homes that are listed in April or May are more likely to be sold faster and for more money. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to give your house some much-needed updates to make sure you get top dollar for your investment.

Curb Appeal.

Did you know installing a new front door can help increase the curb appeal and value of your home by 4.2 percent?! Start by replacing your old front door with a Therma-Tru door from Tri-State – named a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest.

Once the weather warms up, stop by your local home improvement store and make some updates to your landscaping. First impressions are key, so really wow potential buyers right off the bat!

Windows.

Do your windows need replacing? Right now, homebuyers are looking for energy efficient homes and one way to accomplish this is by installing energy efficient windows. Newly replaced windows that help reduce energy bills are a huge selling point for potential buyers. At Tri-State Home Improvement, you get a double warranty on windows which means it transfers to the next owner!

Roof.

Before selling your house, your home will go through an inspection and they will undoubtedly look at your roof to make sure it’s in good overall condition. The inspector will want to know when it was last replaced and will take a serious look at the structure to make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t have any leaks. While this is a more costly home update, it may very well be necessary to attract buyers. Depending on the material, most roofs need to be replaced anywhere between 20 to 50 years. Enlist in the help of a Tri-State professional to determine your roof’s longevity with our free estimate.

Five tips to make your roof last longer

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A new roof is one of the most important investments you will make in your home. Check out today’s blog for five tips from Hank on how to keep it in good shape for years to come.

Inspect every six months

Catching little problems and fixing them early will help keep normal wear and tear from turning into a big mess and an even bigger repair bill.

Every six months use a pair of binoculars to inspect your roof for shingles that have shifted, buckled or are missing. Also look for nails popping up, which is a sign of a larger problem. The spring and fall are good times to perform this check-up, but it’s also a good idea to take a look after major storms.

Keep your gutters clear

Your roof’s job is to keep water out of your house, but that can’t happen if there’s no good way to lead rainfall and snowmelt away from the house.

That’s why regular gutter cleanings are very important. Check your gutters regularly for debris and trim your trees so they don’t hang over the roof to ensure water can flow off your roof, into the gutters and downspouts without a problem.

Deal with moss right away

Moss on your roof is more than just an eyesore. It can cause pitting in shingles and excessive growth can lift the shingles up and separate them from your roof.

If you have a moss problem, call a professional, like Hank and the Tri-State crew, to evaluate it. You may be able to clean it off, but extreme cases will require the roof to be replaced.

Once you’ve removed the moss, make your home less moss-friendly by trimming trees to reduce the amount of shade on your roof.

Add extra blown-in insulation

Not only will the proper amount of insulation help lower your utility bill, but it also helps eliminate temperature exchanges between your home and attic which can cause damaging water condensation.

To tell if you need more insulation, go into your attic and check if the insulation is level with your rafters or if it sits below them. If the insulation sits below the rafters, then you need more insulation.

Maintain proper ventilation

Making sure your roof has proper ventilation will also help prevent damage from water condensation. The amount and type of ventilation you need varies according to the type of roofing material you used and size of your home. Contact a professional to ensure your attic is properly ventilated.

If you have concerns about your roof, Hank and the Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing crew are happy to take a look. Just click here and fill out the contact form to schedule your appointment to have your roof inspected by the pros.

5 Tips for Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

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When I decided to update my tree house last spring, one of the major things I wanted was to make it more energy efficient. The changes make me really happy not only because it saves me money
on cooling and heating costs, but also because I know I am doing my part to keep my Earth green and healthy!
Check out five changes I made to make my home more energy efficient, and
you can too!

1. Replace Windows
Replacing old windows with Energy Star certified ones like we sell at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing is a great way of making your home more energy efficient – 15 percent more efficient to be exact.

2. Replace Siding
Gaps, cracks, and chips in your home’s aging siding are inevitable. However, ignoring this damage makes it easy for air and moisture to invade your home and reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling units. To maintain the quality of your home and reduce energy bills, update your siding as well as fresh backer and insulation.

3. Replace Roof
Tri-State Window, Siding & Roofing’s “Cool Series” shingles are Energy Star certified. Available in a variety of colors, these shingles help reduce energy costs by reflecting solar radiation from entering from the top of your home. Click here to view this series.

4. Check Insulation
Home insulation helps maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, making walls and ceilings warmer in winter months or colder in summer time. When upgrading your home’s insulation, make your purchase based on the R value, not thickness or weight. The R value is the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R value, the more energy effective it is.

5. Install Programmable Thermostat
Easy to install and fairly inexpensive, programmable thermostats are helpful in regulating temperatures during the day, saving money and increasing comfort.

Several of Tri-State Window Siding & Roofing’s window and roof shingles options also fall under Energy Star’s Tax Credit system, saving you even more money! Take a peek at last week’s blog post to find out more!

Always a pleasure, folks!
–Hank