Tag Archives: roof

GAF, Home Remodel

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.

Asphalt

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

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!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

pots71

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!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

clouds-countryside-dark-1118872

Are You Ready for Summer Storms?

The arrival of summer typically means sunny days and warm weather, but sometimes it can also mean cloudy skies and summer storms. Do you have everything you need to protect your home against the elements? Living in the Midwest, it’s important to make sure your house is prepared for whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

Windows

Tri-State features Berkshire windows, one of the most respected names in the vinyl window industry. With features like Gradient true sloped sill and LinkSync sash-to-sill interlock, Berkshire windows are the only choice for preparing your home for a summer storm. The true sloped sill drains water quickly to prevent buildup of moisture and debris without the need for weep holes, increasing protection from inclement weather. The sash-to-sill interlock increases control against extreme winds, ensuring you and your home are safe.

Siding

When the wind gets going, it can severely damage the look of your home if you don’t have durable siding. Tri-State offers highly durable vinyl siding that exceeds industry impact standards. Royal Crest Vinyl Siding, for example, achieved a test pressure of 49.70 lbs/ft2, equating to a wind speed of 144 mph. To put that in perspective, according to the Fujita Scale, the average tornado will have wind speeds of only 112 mph! This is how you know that Tri-State offers the very best.

Roof

When it comes to impact resistance, metal roofing is unparalleled. Its strength and weather resistance makes for a smart choice for houses in severe storm areas. As a bonus, Tri-State’s Stone Coated Steel roofs can be just as attractive as they are durable. Their styles can look like virtually any roof you can imagine and still withstand a heavy winter storm.

Are you getting ready for storm season? Or have you already endured the damage of a storm? Let Tri-State Home Improvement help by making sure your home is protected for years to come. Contact us today to request a free in-home estimate!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

6

The Style of Your Shingles

The architectural integrity of every building relies on a strong foundation and a well-built roof. In terms of your home’s longevity and efficiency, a new roof is likely to be the most important purchase you’ll ever make. Nothing shields you from the elements as well and no other single structure has as dramatic of an effect on your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

Most homes that are more than 10 or 15 years old have roofs topped off with 3-tab asphalt shingles. They’re still available, and still do a fine job, but you have many other options today. The styles of asphalt shingles that we offer from GAF, the #1 manufacturer in North America, include architectural, architectural specialty, premium designer, and 3-tab shingles. Learn more about each different type of shingle below to determine which is best for you and your home.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles have become a homeowner favorite because they blend the affordable durability of asphalt shingles with the look of real wood shake shingles. Color, size and shape variations among the tabs result in a more “dimensional” look that has become popular.

Architectural Specialty Shingles

Specialty Shingles give you an architectural shingle profile that looks just like wood shake shingles with a couple of different options. The Timberline® Cool Series reflects sunlight to help reduce attic heat build-up and save energy in the hot summer months. Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Roofing offers Class IV impact resistance to guard against storms. They’re so strong, you may even save on homeowners insurance!

Premium Designer Shingles

Designer styles make it easy to give your roof the appearance of real slate, dramatic, handcrafted wood shakes, hand-cut European shingles, clay tile and more. Choose from 10 distinctive profiles, each available in a wide range of colors, to give your home the perfect finishing touch.

3-Tab Shingles

You have two different options when it comes to 3-Tab Shingles. Marquis WeatherMax® shingles are designed for homeowners who demand superior performance, classic detailing and the traditional appeal of a basic, 3-tab shingle. Royal Sovereign® shingles offer simple, timeless beauty and GAF’s Advanced Protection™ technology, making it GAF’s most popular 3-tab shingle. Both options are available in many colors, too.

At Tri-State Home Improvement, quality defines value which is why we exclusively feature GAF roofing products – the #1 selling brand in North America. See the Tri-State difference for yourself and book a free, no-obligation home estimate for your home improvement needs!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 8.49.04 AM

Budget-Friendly Backyard Updates for Summer

Living in the Midwest, there’s only about a five month period where we can enjoy the outdoors without a winter coat, so it’s important to take advantage of the outdoors while we can! This year, give your backyard the boost it needs and transform it into a retreat that’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with the below tips!

Fire-pit

There’s no better place to sip on summer cocktails, listen to spooky stories or simply stargaze than next to a fire-pit. It’s a summer staple that you can add to your retreat in just one hour (according to the Shabby Creek Cottage). Once it’s done, be sure to invite us over for s’mores!

What you’ll need:

  • Stones
  • Lava rock
  • Shovel
  • Level

DIY | The One Hour Firepit

Outdoor String Lights

Living in, or near, a city you lose the ambient twinkle of stars. But, with globe string lights you can create your own night sky. Just a few strands can give your yard a picturesque glow and it can be accomplished for under $60!

What you’ll need:

  • Electric conduit
  • Plastic piping
  • Single anchor pipe straps
  • ½ in. Knock out seals
  • Rust-oleum hammered dark bronze spray paint
  • String lights

DIY | Outdoor String Lights 

Plant Lemongrass

After you’ve been cooped up in the house, you can’t wait to get outside to breathe in fresh air. This year don’t let anything stand in your way of that – especially mosquitos. Instead of burning candles or spraying repellent with harsh chemicals, plant lemongrass in your backyard to keep mosquitos at-bay. No room in your actual garden? Lemongrass can also grow in big pots on your patio!

Or, if playing in the dirt isn’t your thing, consider creating all-natural mosquito repellent candles!

What you’ll need:

Lemongrass

OR

  • Mason Jars
  • Floating candles
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Basil
  • Lemongrass essential oil

DIY | Lemongrass  OR DIY | Mosquito Repellent Candles

How to clean siding

When it’s time to replace your Windows, Siding and Roofing

If you’ve asked yourself, “Is it time to replace my windows/siding/roofing?,” Chances are, it’s time. The good thing about replacing any of these items is that your home will most likely increase in value and operate more efficiently. Replacing windows or a roof, or adding new siding provides an opportunity to make some big changes to your home’s curb appeal. If you own an older home, updating any of these elements with modern, fashionable alternatives can make your home seem almost new. Below are some tell-tale signs that your home is screaming for an upgrade.

Windows

Windows can show a lot of different signs that indicate they need replacing (in fact, we wrote a whole blog about it!). Main indications that your windows are no longer performing how they should include draftiness, condensation and whether they are difficult to open and close. Are your current windows hard to clean, or do you hear excessive noise inside? Yup. Your windows need to be replaced.

Siding

Cracked and/or rotting siding are two clear-cut clues that it’s time to upgrade. Other signs may not be as pronounced. For instance, if your energy bills have suddenly skyrocketed or if you notice moisture build-up indoors, this could be pointing to old and problematic siding.

Roof

If you know the roof on your home has not been replaced within 20 years, it’s time to seriously start the replacing process. There are other more obvious signs that you have an older, aging roof, like if your shingles are curled, cracked or missing, if moss has begun to grow or if you notice dark streaks. Homes that were built around the same time, will more often than not need to have their roofs replaced around the same time as well, so if you notice your neighbors are having new roofs installed, it’s probably time to have yours replaced, too.

Even if you’ve gone through this process before, you’re very likely to find that it can all be quite overwhelming. Homeowners have never had as many technical options related to efficiency and performance. New materials, new engineering add to the dizzying array of colors and styles.

The fastest way to narrow your choices is to ask for a little help. We’ve got selection tools that can guide you through the maze of options in terms of price, efficiency and materials. Request your free, in-home, no-obligation estimate below to get started on your home improvement project with Tri-State today!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

blur-bokeh-bright-720555

Go Green with Tri-State Home Improvement

Tri-State is committed to the communities we serve and to our environment. Our goal is to reduce the waste associated with home improvement projects to make both our neighborhoods and Earth more beautiful and sustainable for years to come.

One easy, but effective, way we do this is by recycling doors. During a new door installation, our team of professionals determines whether an old door is in good enough condition for recycling. If so, it is delivered to the Quad Cities Habitat for Humanity where it will be available for others to use on their home improvement projects. This donation helps Habitat for Humanity provide strong and stable homes that build strong and stable communities.

In addition to recycling at our local Habitat for Humanity chapter, it’s also important to us that Tri-State works with suppliers and manufacturers that are committed to providing environmentally friendly products for your home.

It doesn’t stop there. Our commitment to the environment lasts long after our truck pulls away. Tri-State professionals install energy efficient solutions that positively impact your energy consumption and bills.

We’re proud to provide quality, lasting products for your home that work to keep inside air in, and outdoor air out. That means you’ll be comfortable keeping your thermostat lower and because your HVAC won’t be working overtime. This, in turn, reduces the amount of energy your home uses which helps the environment by reducing power plant emissions from burning coal, crude oil and other fossil fuels.

Whether you want to learn more about our commitment to the environment or you’re ready to get started on your home improvement, contact us today to start the conversation over a free, in-home estimate!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

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.

Insulation.

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!
button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

Instagram: pipo_y_su_foto_maton_

How to Prevent Water Damage on Your Roof

Every year, homes in the U.S. are impacted by severe storms that can leave residents displaced and homes in shambles. In fact, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, losses across the U.S. exceeded $1 billion from weather and climate disaster events in 2017. With spring showers just around the corner, take the below precautions to ensure the monsoons outside don’t make their way in.

Shape up your shingles

The shingles on your roof are doing much more than providing your home with a pleasing aesthetic. Shingles provide your home with a barrier from the elements but they can’t do their job effectively if they’re damaged or missing. One way to know if your shingles need repairing is if you notice debris from shingles in, or near, your yard. Another indication would be to look at your roof to see if you notice any clusters of discoloration. If you’ve noticed one, or both, of these indicators, then it’s time to shape up your shingles.

Keep your gutters cleared

Gutters provide a way for water to make its way off your roof. If your gutters are clogged, rainwater will begin to collect on your roof, making leaks much more likely.

Check up on your attic

You remember that place you rarely visit that houses moth balls and old family heirlooms? Well, you should be visiting it pretty regularly. Make it a point to visit the attic once per week, especially after any severe weather, to make sure the ceiling isn’t damaged. Even if you don’t detect a leak, your attic ceiling can give you other signs that there’s been damage done. Mold, stains or discoloration, warped wood, etc. are all implying that you may have a leak on your hands.

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, prevent your home from enduring more damage by repairing or replacing your existing roof. Or, if you’re still not sure, leave it to a professional! Tri-State Home Improvement offers free estimates for our services, so call a Tri-State professional at 866-583-6700, or, fill out our request form to receive your free estimate!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)

Simple Outdoor Home Updates

The arrival of spring means warmer weather and more time outdoors. Whether you’ve purchased your first house or been in your dream home for years, it’s always fun to switch things up by making simple outdoor updates. Making these quick changes will make all the difference.

Change out your address plaque

Some neighborhoods require a uniformed address plaque on all homes, but most times, you’re able to switch it out as you please! This is a fun way to personalize your home and there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Home improvement stores like The Home Depot, Wayfair and Frontgate always have address plaques in stock, or try a more customized design from Etsy!

Wear-in a new welcome mat

It’s the first thing your friends, family and neighbors see when they walk up to your home. So, it’s time to trash the old rag you have greeting visitors and invest in a bright, new welcome mat! If you’re into more traditional matts, try Bed Bath & Beyond, where you’ll find welcome mats with simple, yet classic, designs. Or, if you’re a little more quirky, a simple search for “Funny Door Mats” will result in pages upon pages of results!


Replace your front door

First impressions are everything. “Wow” your neighbors and guests by adding a statement-making door. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or, a Therma-Tru Door from Tri-State, your possibilities are endless. Because there are so many different options to consider, take these style factors into consideration before diving into your project.

If your home is in need of more than a few simple updates, call a Tri-State Home Improvement team member! One of our professionals will come to your home to evaluate your windows, siding, roofing, doors, etc. and give you an estimate at no cost to you. Fill out our form to request your free estimate today!

button_request-a-free-estimate (1)