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2018 Home Décor Trends

Winter is the perfect time to give the inside of your home a little TLC. Take a look at some of the design trends we’re loving for 2018!

Velvet

Velvet is making its way from the runway to your hallway in 2018. It’s the perfect way to add a little functional luxury to your home. Get your feet wet by adding a nice velvet pillow or blanket to your bedroom. Or, if you’re really feeling adventurous – splurge on an entire sofa! Either way, your home is sure to be the envy of all your friends with the addition of this elegant, yet comfortable fabric.

Millennial Pink

Millennials can’t seem to get enough of this color! It’s in their hair, on their walls, and in their Starbuck’s beverages, so it’s safe to say this color isn’t going anywhere. Add a splash of Millennial Pink to you walls or accent your existing color with a framed print to wake up every morning feeling refreshed!

Jewel Tones

Looking for another way to feel like royalty? Look no further than adding some jewel tones to your home. Whether you’re into traditional or more boho chic décor, jewel tones are the perfect way to warm up any room.

Copper

Say goodbye to the days where the only ounce of copper in your home was a Moscow mule mug! This metal can be seen all over the place, so you shouldn’t have a hard time incorporating it into your home décor. Pots, pans, planters – you name it and it can be found in copper. The best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune to incorporate this trend. There’s plenty of DIY copper crafts you can make to update your home for less.

Indoor Plants

Breathe some life into your home with indoor plants. Over the years, studies have shown that plants help reduce stress levels and make you feel happier. Don’t have a green thumb? There are plenty of low-maintenance succulents to choose from. Or, opt for a faux plant to add a splash or color and a sense of serenity without the upkeep.

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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!

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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!
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Why Royal Woodland Siding Rocks

Looking to replace your home’s siding? When it comes to revamping your home’s curb appeal and bringing your home’s outdoor protection to the next level, Royal Woodland siding from Tri-State is an excellent choice—here’s why!

For starters, Royal Woodland Siding comes in 28 beautiful, UV-resistant colors—guaranteed to give any home the look of luxury. Plus, this siding won’t crack, warp, sag or fade, which means your home will look fresh and beautiful for many years to come—with minimal maintenance required.

In addition to its pleasing aesthetics, Royal Woodland siding is extremely durable and can even endure hurricane-force winds of up to 240 miles per hour! To ensure your home stays looking it’s best for years to come, this revolutionary siding also comes with an Industry Leading Double Lifetime Warranty, including color and hail protection.  And, thanks to its .046 millimeter thickness, this siding is great for homeowners who are looking to reduce the amount of outside noise that enters their home.

With it’s unlimited, unbeatable benefits, this siding is a great option for any home! Contact Hank and the Tri-State gang for visit our website for more information about our Royal Woodland Siding.

What’s the deal with insulated vinyl siding?

Insulated vinyl siding is quickly becoming the siding of choice—and for good reason! Designed to insulate your home during any season, insulated vinyl siding offers homeowners a maintenance-free, long-term siding solution. Keep reading to learn all the ways insulated vinyl siding could improve the quality and efficiency of your home.

Added insulation for all seasons

No matter the season, your home’s siding is constantly under attack. Designed with extreme insulating capabilities, insulated vinyl siding (like Haven Insulated Siding from Tri-State) is the ultimate solution to keeping your home the perfect temperature all year long. From the harsh winds of winter to the blazing summer sun, insulated siding acts as a strong, reliable buffer and is expertly designed to keep your home comfortable—regardless of the outside weather or temperature. By helping to maintain a constant temperature inside your home, insulated vinyl siding virtually eliminates your home’s natural tendency to fluctuate in temperature and airflow, dramatically decreasing your homes cooling and heating costs.

Increased impact resistance

Built with a polystyrene foam backing, insulated vinyl siding has proven to be 240 percent more resistant to impact than fiber cement and other siding options. Used to fill the hollow space between a home’s siding and its exterior walls, the foam backing acts as a shock absorber against the impact of outdoor elements, like hail, heavy rain and snow. This extra layer also helps turn down the volume on the outside world, reducing outside noise up to 45 percent.

Maintenance-free lifetime durability

Providing thermal benefits with easy maintenance, insulated vinyl siding commands attention—yet needs none. Designed to maintain its color and shape for decades, insulated vinyl siding requires minimum maintenance and should only need to be cleaned and inspected once every year. If your siding looks questionable during this year’s inspection, consider scheduling a free siding estimate from Tri-State.

 

For long-term, quality performance, consider insulated vinyl siding as your next home-improvement investment. Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing provides a large variety of insulted siding colors and styles, including Haven Insulted Siding. Contact us today to schedule your free siding estimate.

The spectrum of damaged siding

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Few home improvement projects can pay for themselves the way new siding can. As your home’s first defense against the wind and rain, new siding offers excellent long-term value. Since siding experiences constant wear and tear, it is subject to a whole spectrum of damage. Luckily, Tri-State knows what homeowners should look for when determining if their home’s siding needs replacement. Here are the three major signs that a home’s siding needs attention.

  1. Color: Most siding is designed to keep its color for about eight to 10 years, so if your home needs to be repainted every five to six years, something is wrong. Fading or peeling means the waterproof coating may be deteriorating, which may lead to leaks and water damage inside your home.
  2. Temperature: If your heating or cooling bills are higher than normal, your wall’s exterior insulation and siding may no longer be doing its job. Vinyl siding, like Tri-State’s Haven insulated siding, is designed to reduce the flow of air through wall cavities, keeping your home energy-efficient all year long and saving you some cold, hard cash.
  3. Texture: Exterior warping or bubbling in the siding indicates rotting, and interior peeling of paint or wallpaper indicates moisture seeping through your walls. You can check for rotting by using a screwdriver to press underneath the siding. If its under-layer is soft or spongy, your siding has begun to rot. Avoid permanent or long-term internal damage by looking into new siding immediately.

Whether you’re looking for a siding inspection or full replacement and installation, Hank and the gang at Tri-State have you covered. Visit our website for a free siding estimate, or send us a message regarding your siding questions and concerns. If you think it’s time to replace your home’s siding, protect your home with our high-performance siding options!

How siding can increase the value of your home

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Re-siding your home is a great way to increase the value of your home for a relatively low cost. Siding replacement is one of the projects that saw an increase in its cost-value ratio in the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, with vinyl siding replacement gaining 5.2 percent.

What that means for you is that you get a high return on your investment when you choose to re-side your home. From looking fresh to saving energy, new siding is a great value for homeowners, whether they’re looking to stay or to sell.

It looks brand new.

First impressions are important in the housing market. Part of the value of new siding is that it heightens curb appeal by giving your whole home a facelift. Replacement siding can make a home look brand new, and that adds loads of value for homes going on the market. When prospective buyers are searching for homes, a house wrapped in new siding will outshine—and out-value—one with a faded exterior that appears to need repair.

It increases efficiency.

New siding provides the opportunity to invest in energy efficiency. Old, damaged siding could be leaking air from your home, allowing moisture to seep in or breeding mold. When your new siding is installed correctly (by the professionals at Tri-State, for example), air leaks are blocked, condensation can be reduced and mold can be prevented. Especially with insulated siding styles, siding replacement increases the efficiency of your home’s heating and air systems, which saves money in utility costs.

It endures.

Vinyl siding is tough, durable and low maintenance, making it a great investment when it comes to re-siding your home. Vinyl siding doesn’t rot, and it resists fading from the elements. That means home buyers have the peace of mind of knowing they wouldn’t need to replace siding anytime soon, another aspect of re-siding that adds overall value to your home.

Whether selling or staying, replacing your siding is a great option in today’s housing market to increase the value of your home, update its look and increase its efficiency for many years. The time for re-siding is now, and Tri-State is available to help choose and professionally replace your siding! Visit our website today for a free estimate, and take that step toward increasing your home’s value with our high-performance siding options.

Five home products you need to know about

Winter is coming on fast, but there’s still time to update your home for maximum curb appeal and energy efficiency! Here are Tri-State’s top picks for products that will help you properly dress and protect your home.

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Berkshire Premium Vinyl Windows

Berkshire windows are eye-catchingly beautiful, adding elegance to your home’s interior and curb appeal to its exterior. Offering a variety of styles and colors, you have the opportunity to customize your windows to match your ideal décor, inside and out.

The durable quality of Berkshire windows also ensures the color won’t chip, peel, crack or warp, keeping your windows—and your home—in flawless condition. For added assurance, Tri-State also offers a warranty on the products we install for the lifetime of your home!

Besides looking sharp, Berkshire windows also give you the benefit of energy efficiency with the advantage of wide views and lots of light. Keep energy bills low with a variety of technologies, including superior thermal performance, seals, dual-paned glass and interlocking, chambered pieces of the sash and frame.

Find out more about Berkshire windows on Tri-State’s website!

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GAF Premium Designer Shingles

Award-winning GAF offers a variety of residential asphalt singles that look as nice as slate or woods shakes at a fraction of the cost. Shingles look luxurious while still withstanding wind, rain and staining to keep your home warm, dry and safe for years and years.

For the best of both worlds, Tri-State highly recommends the GAF Premium Designer collection. Find your favorite style and color on our website! (Don’t forget to ty the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler!)

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GAF Timberline® Shingles

The GAF Timberline® collection offers a wide variety of asphalt shingles that mimic the wood-shake look as a low-cost, high-performance alternative with style and curb appeal.

GAF Timberline® Shingles are also Advanced Protection® Shingles, meaning they outperform others in terms of toughness, granule adhesion, wind uplift resistance, flexibility and fire resistance.

GAF Timberline® Shingles also come in specialty collections like the ArmorShield™ and Cool Series for extra protection and energy-efficiency.

Tri-State is your go-to website for information, photos and virtual remodeling tools for GAF Timberline® Shingles!

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Haven Insulated Siding

You don’t have to sacrifice architectural draw for energy-efficiency. Haven Insulated Siding has an attractive look with functional technology that dampens outside noise, reduces hot and cold air flow through wall cavities and wicks away moisture.

That means you can enjoy all the heightened comforts and lowered bills of energy-efficient insulated siding with all the satisfaction of attractive and authentic siding that will win you compliments from all sides.

For more information on Haven Insulated Siding, visit Tri-State’s website!

Reputation 25’ Siding

For exclusive, seamless siding, Reputation 25’ is your number one choice. These siding planks are 25 warp-resistant feet that come in 27 fade-resistant colors, meaning 50 percent fewer seams on your home.

Tri-State is one of only two local contractors with access to Reputation 25’ Siding, and, as with all our products, we offer a lifetime warranty. For a smooth, bold siding choice, check out Reputation 25’!

 

Help your home weather the winter in style with the amazing products Hank and the gang are proud to stand behind. Schedule a free estimate with Tri-State today!

The whys of roofing

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When it comes to keeping your home in good order, the roof above your head is no exception. Your roof plays a huge role in the appearance of your home. It is one of the things people first notice and can easily make or break the value of your home.

But roofing is more important structurally than cosmetically. The roof on your house protects you and your family from hazardous weather, leaks or other problems. A leaky or damaged roof can create problems in other parts of your home and even a small hole or leak can leave your home vulnerable to mold, bug infestations or health problems that only get worse the longer you leave them.

Prevent these problems from happening in your home by calling the experts at Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing or by filling out a contact us form on our website. We can help solve small or large roofing problems before they get worse AND we provide free estimates.

It’s important to have a game plan and talk with a professional about what the next step for your roof is. Choosing the right type of roof for your home is just as important as maintaining the one you have. We use the only the best materials from the top selling brands and we offer the strongest warranty in the business.

Tri-State carries GAF, the number one manufacturer of roofing products in America. We also carry architectural shingles, 3-tab shingles, architectural specialty shingles and premium design shingles, and if you have a flat roof you may need rubber roofing to seal out all the elements and Tri-State is one of the most experienced with rubber roofing in the region.

The roof over your head is important to us. Repairing or choosing new roofing can be confusing so let Tri-State help you! We offer free estimates and good, honest advice for our customers.

For more information about roofing visit our website.

Luxury products that take your home up a notch

Tri-State offers a variety of windows, siding and roofing options that offer both utility and elegance.

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Berkshire Premium Vinyl Windows combine craftsmanship with performance. They not only look gorgeous but also save on energy—in your home and even before they ever reach your home.

Made in the U.S.A., Berkshire windows are energy-efficient, saving you on heating and cooling costs, and are made of recyclable materials that are long-lasting, saving the environment, too. What’s more luxurious than conserving the earth’s riches? Read more about our luxurious Berkshire windows.

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Haven Insulated Siding and other siding products offered by Tri-State also function as beauty and brawns duos. Haven siding offers bold, attractive colors and protection from the elements with highly insulating materials.

Or our Reputation 25’ siding gives your home a sleek, seamless curb appeal that can handle the heat without warping, and its exclusivity adds to its luxurious nature. Be sure to check out our other luxury siding products on our website.

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GAF Premium Designer Shingles are both beautiful and durable, coming in a broad variety of colors and styles to get the upscale, real-material look you’ve been wanting.

With long-term durability proven through performance testing, the GAF Premium Designer collection is your choice for shingles that match strength with class. For curb appeal and YOU appeal, live in the lap of luxury with these designs.