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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!


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!


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.

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Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

According to data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the average home in the United States is 35 years old, with some of the oldest homes residing in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. While most high-quality windows need replacing after 20 years, different factors could escalate your need for window replacement. Be aware of the signs below in order to accurately assess your current windows to determine whether or not they need replacing.

Do you feel a draft? If there’s a distinct temperature drop when you’re sitting close to your windows, as opposed to the rest of your home, that’s a clear indication that your windows need replacing. Drafty windows could be a result of wear and tear over time, poor installation, seal failure, cracks in your caulk, etc. and your energy bills are likely a lot higher than they should be.

Are you seeing condensation? If you’re experiencing indoor condensation, solutions like turning down a humidifier, turning on a fan, or even moving your plants could remedy the problem.

If the condensation is on your exterior window, products like Rain X (yes, the product you use on your car’s windshield) can help gather the droplets and assist them in the run-off process. The exterior condensation may also be morning dew, in which case letting it run its course is likely the only worthwhile solution.

However, if the condensation is between the window panes, it usually indicates a seal failure and the windows will likely need replacing.

Do you struggle to open or close your windows?  You may be surprised to know that it’s not your muscles preventing you from enjoying some much-needed fresh air, it might just mean your windows need replacing! Windows that are difficult to open or close are likely letting in cool and/or warm air, which negatively impacts your energy bill. If windows aren’t latching completely, you’re essentially lighting a neon “vacant” sign on your home for insects and small critters (such as mice). It can even serve as an easy entry point for home intruders, making it a safety concern for you and your family.

Other warning signs that your windows may need to be replaced include: if they’re hard to clean, if you hear excessive noise inside, and/or if the seal or caulking is visibly damaged.

Choosing the right contractor is just as important as finding the right windows. Proper installation will help prevent air infiltration and costly water damage to your home. If installed incorrectly, your windows may not operate properly. During your free in-home appointment with Tri-State, your window specialist will ask you what you’re looking for in a window or door, show you samples and take necessary measurements.

Call, or click below, to schedule your free quote with a Tri-State Home Improvement professional to find the right type of windows for your home’s needs!



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!

Common Winter Weather Woes for Your Roof

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Roof problems only get worse the longer they go untreated. And unfortunately, winter weather can play a large role in causing long-term damage to your roof. Here is a list of the three most common winter elements that can cause damage to your home’s roof and how to fix them.

Every cubic foot of snow piled on your roof adds up to 20 pounds of additional weight your roof needs to hold. The longer this extra weight sits on your roof, melting and refreezing, the heavier it can get. Accumulation of snowfall isn’t as large of an issue for homes with slanted roofs, but for homes with flat roofs, it can amount to a very large problem. For flat roofing systems, the extra weight of this snow can lead to cracking support beams and shingles, potentially causing water damage to the inside of your home. To keep winter snowfalls from damaging your roofing system, Tri-State recommends clearing excess snow off your roof after each heavy snowfall.

Icicles are a common occurrence in the winter months, and as beautiful as icicles on your roof may look, they are a common sign that your roofing system has been compromised. Large icicles are typically caused by poor or missing insulation and commonly form as a result of air leaking from your house into your attic.

To prevent icicles from forming on your roof, try installing heat tape along the seams of your home’s roof. This will help to cut down on the amount of air leaking into your attic, as well as improve your roof’s overall insulation. To learn more about the long-term solutions to prevent icicles from compromising your roofing system, contact Tri-State today.

Ice Dams
You can’t have icicles without ice dams. Building up large amounts of ice on your roof, ice dams can damage the integrity of your roof, resulting in leaks, shingle damage, mold and mildew development and other home issues that come about from leaking roofs. To prevent ice dams from forming on your roof or to fix ice dams that have already formed, check out these three fast fixes.

When it comes to keeping your roofing system healthy all year around, Tri-State is here to help! Remember, leaving roofing problems untreated will not only lead to larger issues down the road, but will also result in a rather large bill. Avoid the pain and hassle and schedule your winter roofing inspection with Hank and the Tri-State gang today.







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.


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How to hire the right roofing contractor for the job

A new roof is a big investment, which is why you need to make sure you are hiring the right person for the job. Do you know what to consider when choosing a roofing contractor for your home? Tri-State has put together a list of five key elements to consider when hiring a roofing contractor. Take a look!

  1. Insurance: When it comes to choosing a roofing contractor, ensuring they have workers’ compensation and liability insurance is a must. Tri-State recommends asking to see their insurance certificates to confirm they are up-to-date and valid. You could even call the insurance company to further verify their insurance if you want to be 100 percent sure their documents are valid.
  2. Price: You should never choose a roofing contractor based on price. Remember, in the end, you get what you pay for. Plus, customers who choose a roofing contractor based on cost will most likely spend more money on repairs in the long run.
  3. Communication: Communication can make or break the success of your roofing installation. Ultimately, you want to make sure your contractor has an open flow of communication and returns your calls or addresses your concerns in a timely manner. If you aren’t happy with the contractor’s communication upfront, you will most likely be unhappy with their communication down the road, as well.
  4. Safety: Always choose a roofing contractor that is committed to worker safety and education. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor what safety precautions they take or what type of safety training their workers have received. When it comes to safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  5. Recommendations: Using customerrecommendations to choose a contractor is a great way to ensure you are hiring a licensed and highly-qualified roofing team.  While you may have some small differences of opinion, using a recommended contractor gives you comfort in knowing the quality of work to expect.

Looking to install a new roof? Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing is here to help! Visit our website to schedule your free roofing estimate today or to learn more about the various roofing solutions we offer.

Silent but deadly: The four most forgotten threats to your roof

GAF_Camelot_Aged_Oak_Photo_3Your home’s roof is constantly exposed to damaging elements and outdoor threats—no matter its age. Here’s a list of the four most forgotten threats to any roofing system. Are you projecting your home’s roof from all the harmful elements? Find out!

Leaves: Most of us don’t consider leaves to be a major threat to our roofs. While a small number of leaves is not damaging, large quantities of them have the potential to pile up and eat away at your shingles and gutters. Leaves can also create large blockages in your gutters, causing water to overflow and destroy your home’s foundation.

Moss: Moss absorbs moisture from damp environments and can develop roots on your roof, resulting in the beginning stages of roof degeneration.These roots can lift up shingles as well as lead to additional bacteria or mold growth. This growth can eventually create holes in your roofing system and cause leakage inside your home.  

Moisture: Excessive moisture can lead to the rapid deterioration of wood, metal, concrete and other roofing materials. Consistent moisture on your roof will also encourage moss and other bacterial growth, slowly damaging your entire roofing system.

Birds: Birds may seem innocent, but once they have decided to settle on your roof, the damage begins. When birds take up residence on your roof and build nests in your drains and gutters, they are blocking the proper flow of water, which can lead to major drainage issues down the road. Any nests that come in contact with electrical wires also pose a major fire hazard, particularly in dry, hot climates.

If you feel your roofing system has been compromised or you would like to receive a free roofing estimate, contact the Tri-State gang today! Our team will work hard to ensure your roofing system is functioning properly and remains safe for you and your family.

Investing in the future: Why installing a new roof is the best option

GAF_Timberline_HD_SlateA new roof is an investment, but it’s an investment that can pay off big in the long run. Here are four reasons why installing a new roof could save you time, money and increase your peace of mind.

  1. Extra layer of protection: A roof’s underlayment is designed to protect your shingles and roof deck from the outside elements.When you upgrade your underlayment, you are upgrading your home’s first line of defense. To maximize your home’s ability to fight off moisture, consider installing a non-bitumen synthetic underlayment. Synthetic underlayment is lightweight, durable and resistant to fungal growth, making it an excellent, long-term roofing solution.
  2. Increased wind resistance: Shingle wind ratings have increased dramatically over the last decade. If your roof is over 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade. While shingles in the past have only had a wind rating of 65 miles per hour, shingles today have a wind rating of over 130 miles per hour! The higher the wind rating, the more durable your roof will be and the less maintenance it will require.
  3. Staying up with code: Replacing you roof will bring your roofing system up to current code. This upgrade will decrease insurance rates and improve the overall safety of your home.
  4. Improved insulation: Just like your home’s exterior walls, there is insulation in your roof. Over time, this insulation can become thin and deteriorate, allowing unwanted heat to enter or leave your home. Installing a new roof means installing new insulation, helping to decrease your energy bills and improve your home’s overall protection.

As always, contact hank and the Tri-State gang for all your roofing needs! With a variety of commercial and residential roofing options, we’ve got the products you need to make your home or business thrive—from top to bottom.

Metal Roofing VS. Extreme Weather

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When it comes to extreme weather, a home’s roof is its first—and most important—defense against dangerous elements. Designed to handle even the most dangerous weather conditions, metal roofing is quickly becoming a homeowner favorite, with nearly 10 percent of homeowners choosing a metal roof when remodeling. So, exactly how does a metal roof compare in the fight against the elements? Here’s how the match plays out:

Round One: Metal Roofing vs. High Winds

The wind gives a sharp blow, but it glances right off the metal roof! Built with a 120-mph wind rating and uplift resistance, metal roofing is a popular roofing choice in areas prone to tornadoes and hurricanes. Most metal roofing materials interlock to form a smooth protective barrier, making this roofing option stronger and more resistant to extreme weather and high winds. Wind is down for the count!

Round Two: Metal Roofing vs. Rain and Snow

Ding ding! Rain and snow start piling it on, but to no avail. Metal roofs are naturally durable and highly resistant to damage from hail or heavy rain and snow. Built to withstand decades of abuse, metal roofs are built tough and will not dent, rust or deteriorate from even the most extreme outdoor elements. Precipitation is out cold!

Round Three: Metal Roofing vs. Lightning

Now for the main event: metal roofing takes on lightning, and the winner might shock you. Commonly misunderstood, metal roofing will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. In the case of a lightning strike, metal roofs disperse the energy safety throughout the entire structure, virtually eliminating the risk of fire or further structural damage. Lightning’s strikes are futile, and it quickly fizzles out of the fight.


And the winner is… metal roofing! Metal roofing will give you the long-term, quality weather protection that other roofing products cannot. Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing offers metal roofing solutions, including stone-coated steel and standing seam metal roofs. Visit our website to schedule your free roofing estimate today and let Hank and gang be your champion against severe weather!

Why replace your roof in the springtime? We’ll give you three good reasons.

Spring is the time to look into replacing your roof. With April showers on their way, you don’t want a leaky roof to catch you by surprise, and the winter storms may have left damage you don’t know about. Plus, spring is perfect for re-roofing projects, and Tri-State has openings. We’ll give you three good reasons you should pencil us in this spring:

Reason 1: Winter left its mark
Winter is hard on everything—the roads, your skin and even your roof. Shingles have supported the burden of snow all season, and ice dams have weighed your roof down while sharp winds found their way underneath loose shingles. It’s probable that winter has damaged your roof in some way, leaving it vulnerable to coming storms.

Reason 2: Spring weather is the best weather
As the Midwest begins to thaw, warmer weather starts moving in. Roofing materials like shingles and adhesives love the moderate temperatures. Plus, while winter snow and ice makes it difficult and dangerous to undergo a roofing project, the freedom from the low temperatures and high winds makes roofing safer for professional teams—and faster. Mild weather means fewer interruptions in our work for quicker project completion.

Reason 3: You’re our first priority
Early on in the year, our less crowded schedule means competitive rates and a better chance of getting your roof finished in the timeframe you’re hoping for. Scheduling a roofing project in the springtime allows you to avoid any complications from backlogged projects. Just be sure you act before the schedule fills up!


Even if you don’t suspect damage, it’s beneficial to have your roof inspected as winter comes to an end. Whether you’re looking for an inspection or go straight for a replacement roof, sign up for a free estimate with Tri-State, and be sure to get on our schedule before it fills up for spring!​