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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!


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


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!

Rock Island Home Remodeling Project is Complete!


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!


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!
Hank, the Shakespearean Squirrel