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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!

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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!

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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!

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How to choose the right roof for your home

Installing a new roof is a big investment. Not only is it one of the largest purchases you will make for your home, it also will last for decades.

That’s why it is important to find a shingle you not only love the look of, but also the price, performance and warranty. Read on to learn the difference.

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Three-Tab Shingles

A great choice for a homeowner on a budget, GAF Three-Tab Shingles are an economical choice for homeowners who want the classic and traditional look three-tab shingles provide.

Roofs with three-tab shingles have a very flat, neat look, and with GAF, you can choose between a 25 year and 30 year limited warranties depending on which line you choose.

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Architectural Shingles

One step up from three-tab shingles, GAF Timberline Lifetime Architectural Shingles have a dimensional wood-shake look that improves your home’s curb appeal and its resale value.

There are dozens of colors to choose from and there are ENERGY STAR Certified options available as well that help reflect sunlight, reducing attic heat buildup and helps you save energy.

GAF Timberline Architectural shingles come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers the homeowner as long as they live in the home, and in some circumstances the second owner as well.

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Designer Shingles

The crème de la crème of asphalt roofing materials, GAF Ultra-Premium Designer Roofing Shingles are premium asphalt shingles that emulate the look of slate or wood shakes. They offer the beauty and elegance of slate and wood shakes but for a fraction of the price.

There are dozens of colors and styles to choose such as a rugged wood shake, country mansion and European shingles.

Like GAF Timberline Architectural Shingles, Ultra-Premium Designer Shingles come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers the homeowner as long as they live in the home, and in some circumstances the second owner as well.

For more information about roofing options or to get a free assessment of which style will be best for your home, click on the link to contact Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing. We’d be happy to come out and give you our recommendations and a free estimate.

Another Rock Island Remodeling Project is Complete!

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Once upon a mid summer’s eve

A woman frustrated with her home called me, Hank from Tri-State,

To see what I had up my sleeve.

Do not worry, I told her, no need to fret.

The fellas and I will get your home done up beautifully,

Faster than you might bet.

Timberline HD shingles for the roof she decided

Double hung, awning and bow windows throughout

For the walls, she opted for Royal Haven Siding.

What a transformation this home made, it could make your heart stop!

And the best part of all, these upgrades made

The customer’s maintenance drastically drop.

So click here now

And fill out Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing contact form quick

For a free estimate on your remodeling project that’ll leave you saying WOW!

— Hank the Shakespearean Squirrel

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

Rock Island Home Remodeling Project is Complete!

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When I put my Shakespearean hat on last
It felt so right, remodeling poem #2 was accomplished fast.
So folks, here I begin again
Lyric by lyric describing how this remodel began.

Down by the river in Rock Island Illinois,
The QC Home Show winner made her remodeling choice.
A series of choices, to be more precise –
With three new windows, siding, roof, railing and door it was a construction crew heist.

Bay and bow windows with Royal Haven Siding
Topped with GAF Architectural shingles made the home’s curb appeal stunning.
When the job was completed, the customer was pleased
Going above and beyond to transform her home into better than she dreamed.

Communication is always key to working with our client
As is friendly demeanor, and a well kept site.
To schedule your estimate, call us today
Nothing to pay until our work is underway!

–Hank the Shakespearean Squirrel

Moline roof remodeling project is complete!

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Feeling Artistic, by Hank the Squirrel

Just a short time ago, in Moline Illinois,
There was a family whose roof lacked good bearing and poise
Fading quickly and gray, both inside and out,
They called on me, Hank from Tri-State Windows, Siding and Roofing to help

The homeowners’ roof needed major upheaval – that is for certain
So after a free estimate and consultation, my employees got workin’
Swapping out their ol’ three-tab shingle for some new architectural Timberline HD
The project manager helped them decide on the color Hickory

Keeping a clean worksite was important to the homeowners, which is standard for us
Now the family’s home is protected from the rain and snow – which is a must
If you’re ready to start your own home improvement project, call us today!
Our roofs regulate the temperature inside your home, keeping superfluous energy use at bay.

Remember, estimates from Tri-State are always FREE!
XOXO,
Hank, the Shakespearean Squirrel