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Don’t Compromise, Siding Can be Stylish and Functional

The realization that your home’s exterior could use an upgrade is bound to happen… and it could be sooner than you think. The worry that the new siding color will be wrong or that the durability won’t last is an awful feeling! Those thoughts can be settled by following a few simple tips and tricks to choose the perfect exterior for your home.

Find Your Perfect Look

Tri-State Home Improvement offers a variety of different colors and styles for all your siding needs. With free estimates, competitive pricing and professional installation, you will feel great about your choice in siding. Some guidelines on picking the right color and kind of exterior for your home include:


  • Consider Your Home’s Age – Depending on the year your home was built; different colors and kinds of siding should be considered. A Victorian era home may need Haven Insulated Siding to keep the house warm. Using fun colors like light pink or green will fit the style of the home. A new home may call for a more muted color family, like white or tan tones.
  • Look at the Neighborhood – Do you want to stand out on the block or match the existing esthetic? Be sure to know how bold a color choice you want to attempt before you buy.
  • Pick Two Complimenting Colors – You will need at least two colors for the primary cover of your home and then a secondary color for the trim. If you have a bold color for most of the home, you may want a more muted tone for the trim.


  • Vinyl – This is a great choice for longevity and style on a budget. Royal Crest Vinyl Siding comes in a variety of colors to fit any homeowner’s needs and it’s extremely durable.
  • Aluminum – This type of siding is resistant to weather and last for years! Most come in rust resistant finishes and are weather proof Royal® Woodland comes in over 25 different colors and has a lifetime warranty.

If you are on the fence about a color or style, use the Tri-State’s GAF Virtual Home Remodeler tool to see how the color will look on your home. No color indecision anymore! Try it out now and test out a few different color combinations to make the perfect look for you. Once you have found the perfect look, fill out our form online to get a FREE estimate or give us a call at 866-583-6700.

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Three tips for installing vinyl siding on older homes without losing the character of wood

The Quad Cities is fortunate to have a rich history, and that means older homes built with architectural details you don’t often find in new subdivisions where all the homes look the same.

But many of those older homes were originally sided in wood that has not been properly maintained and are now in need of new siding. Keep reading for Hank’s top three tips on how to preserve the character of your home with new vinyl siding.


Pay attention to the details

The curb appeal of many older homes comes from siding that was intricately planned. There are graceful moldings, proportioned trim and shadow lines that highlight the features of the home.

Just because you’re replacing your siding with vinyl, doesn’t mean you have to lose all those details. Work with your contractor to pick products that mirror the look of your current siding so you’re not replacing the charming uniqueness with boring slats.

Mix and match

Many older homes mix the type of siding used. For example peaks may be covered in shakes, the first floor in straight wood grain and the two are separated by a row of scalloped edges in an accent color.

This look can be replicated using vinyl siding products to maintain the architectural details of your home while cutting down on the maintenance. It may take longer and cost a little more on the initial installation to customize the look of your siding, but you’ll save in the long run by not having to repaint year after year.

Choose siding that has a wood look

There are a wide range of vinyl siding products that are manufactured using molds created from wood. Portsmouth Cedar Shake, for example, is a vinyl siding that looks like traditional cedar shake siding, but comes without all the hassle of staining, warping or cracking over time.

Click here to learn more about other types of siding that are manufactured to mimic the wood look.

Hank and the crew at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing can help you keep the architectural features of wood siding on your home but with the ease of vinyl. Click here to contact us to schedule a free estimate.

5 ways to upcycle old shutters into beautiful home decor

Upcycling is popular in home decor right now. There’s an endless amount of beautiful possibilities when you combine an old piece of furniture, some sandpaper and paint. Today we’re bringing you five ways to upcycle your old window shutters when you replace them with new ones from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing.

We’ve scoured the Internet for the best tutorials. All you have to do is sit back, watch and grab a can of paint.

Create a mail and key holder from an old shutter

Get organized with this tutorial on how to use spray paint to change the look of an old shutter, apply backing board and key hooks to create a key holder and mail sorter. You could also use this same tutorial to create a jewelry holder, which is another popular use of an upcycled window shutter.

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Upcycle old shutters into a side table

For this project you can use a wood shutter that already has paint chipping off of it for a weathered look, or you can add a new coat and distress it for a vintage look. Either way this tutorial from Good Housekeeping will help you create the perfect side table for your sunroom or outdoor space.

If you do use an old shutter with chipping paint, make sure you apply a coat of clear sealer to secure any lead paint that could pose a health risk to your family.

Click for the tutorial.

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Turn shutters into a sleek sofa table

If a more refined look is more your style, check out this tutorial from HGTV on how to turn an old shutter into a sofa table. This will require some extra sanding in order to get a smooth finish, but the results are worth it.

Click here for the tutorial.

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Give faded shutters a new life as a colorful bookshelf

You’ll need to know your way around a few power tools for this tutorial. Follow along with My Repurposed Life for step by step instructions on how to turn four identical shutters and a few extra pieces of wood into a beautiful bookshelf. This blogger used a paint sprayer, which is a good alternative to spray paint, in order to get a smooth finish with less effort.

Click here for this tutorial.

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A little fabric and an old shutter combine to make a sleek headboard

No need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new headboard. This tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens teaches you how to combine two old shutters, fabric to match your bedroom décor and a little spray paint into a sleek headboard for your bedroom. Best of all, this project can easily be completed in a weekend.

Click here for this tutorial. 

For more ideas on how to upcycle your old window shutters, click here to check out our Upcycle Pinterest board.

Get the look of wood siding without the maintenance

Portsmouth Cedar Shingles

There’s nothing quite like the look of wood siding. Those shakes, scallops and shingles add character and beauty, but they can be difficult to maintain.

Thankfully there are siding products available that recreate the natural look of cedar, and combine the durable, low-maintenance benefits of vinyl. That way you can have the warm wood look you want, with the high-performance of modern siding materials.

Porstmouth Cedar Shingles

At Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing we carry Portsmouth Cedar Shingles. Designed with a deep rustic grain patterned from real cedar shingle, the seamless design is resistant to impacts, fading and warping. That means there’s no warp, rot, cut, twist or, most of all, repainting.

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Portsmouth Cedar Shingles come in traditional shake, staggered edge, half rounds and hand-split shake. Depending on the style, Portsmouth Cedar Shingles come in up to 22 colors from white to black walnut.

Cleanup is easy, a simple garden hose removes most airborne dust, and the easy upkeep will keep your curb appeal looking good for years.

Click here for more information about Portsmouth Cedar Shingles, or to schedule your free estimate.

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.

Pillars add elegance, curb appeal to Davenport home

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New siding, windows and doors, but the highlight of this renovation are the four pillars Hank and the Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing crew added to the front of this Davenport home.

The pillars lengthened the appearance of the split level home, making it look more like a two story home from the street. The pillars also add a touch of elegance and curb appeal, setting the house apart from the others in the neighborhood.

Other features that helped define the front of the house are the new Berkshire windows. The classic double-hung windows with white trim brightened up the front of the house. New black shutters, keep the look of the home consistent, while providing a classic accent.

The home was also modernized with Royal Crest Dutch Lap Siding. Offering a thinner, sleeker look than the previous siding, the new look also exceeds industry standards in durability, color retention and warranty protection. Its UV resistant design will keep the home looking beautiful for years to come.

One last touch that stayed true to the original home design, while offering a modern update is the new front door. No longer a dark mass, the new door features large windows that let in additional light and white trim for a pop of brightness.

For more information on Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing or to get an estimate for your home remodel project, visit our website.


5 popular window styles for traditional and contemporary homes

Choosing the right window for your home can be a challenge. You have to consider your home’s architectural features, what room the window will go in, if it needs to perform a special function, such as egress for a basement bedroom.

Today we have Hank’s Top 5 picks for windows in your home. He’ll walk you through the benefits of each one and how each style is generally used to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

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Double hung windows

One of the most popular styles of windows, this classic style has top and bottom sashes that open halfway, allowing for lots of air circulation. You upgrade to a double hung tilt option, which allows the sashes to tilt inward for easy cleaning.

Double hung windows are excellent for any room in the house, but are most frequently used in bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Horizontal slider windows

A perfect choice for a modern or contemporary home, horizontal slider windows are a popular choice for bedrooms, rooms with just one window and over kitchen sinks and counters. That’s because the horizontal sliding window is often found to be easier to open than double hung, or crank-style windows.

The windows also provide an excellent source of ventilation and are an ideal choice for basement windows, allowing air and light to come in, without the need to dig out the foundation to make room for a double hung window.

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Radius windows

An arch window, also known as a radius window, provides a dramatic look for both contemporary and traditional homes. You can use arch windows by themselves or with any other window combination to add an extra touch of elegance to your home. Radius windows can be manufactured to be tall or wide depending on your home’s architectural needs.

From a functional perspective, most radius windows are used just as an additional light source and are usually combined with other types of windows that are operational to allow for ventilation. They are ideal for living rooms, dining rooms or other formal rooms facing the street to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

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Bay/Bow Windows

A popular addition to living rooms and master bedrooms, bay windows are a combination of three or more windows that extend dramatically from the home. A bow window is very similar, except it is formed of four or more windows joined at equal angles to give the illusion of a curve.

Bay and bow windows provide an architectural accent that adds light, interest and curb appeal to your home. Often bay and bow windows are flanked with double hung windows to provide additional ventilation.

Egress windows

Strictly speaking an egress window is a window that is large enough to climb out of in the event of a fire or emergency. They are required in all bedrooms and are a popular addition to finished basements.

Double hung or horizontal sliders can both be used as egress windows, as long as they are large enough to meet the building codes where you live. For basements, a large and deep window well also needs to be dug and reinforced in order to accommodate an egress window.

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