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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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Spring cleaning: How to clean your siding

How to clean siding

Cleaning your siding once a year will help it stay beautiful and last longer. But the techniques you use are different depending on what material your siding is made of. Keep reading to find out how to tackle this essential spring cleaning task.

Vinyl siding

An easy and economical way to clean your vinyl siding is to rent a pressure washer. This will make the job go faster than cleaning by hand, and as long as you use a 25 degree nozzle you won’t damage the siding.

First cover anything you don’t want the spray to hit with plastic bags and tape, such as lights and electrical outlets. Cover plants with drop cloths and move furniture away from the house.

Then follow the instructions for the pressure washer you rented to start cleaning the siding with a mild solution of water and biodegradable detergent. Hold the nozzle at a 45 degree angle from the siding and work from the bottom up moving from side-to-side at a steady pace.

When you’re done, rinse the siding from the top down with clean water.

One note: Pressure washers do not remove mildew. If you have a mildew problem, clean it by hand with a bleach water solution before pressure washing.

Aluminum siding

Exposure to the elements can leave aluminum siding looking chalky, faded and allow dirt and mildew to accumulate. Annual cleanings with a pressure washer on a low setting can help clean the dirt off. Follow the instructions above for cleaning vinyl siding.

But if that’s not doing the job, then it is time to resort to some good old elbow grease, scrubbing the siding down with biodegradable detergent or trisodium phosphate, the same green liquid  you use to prep interior walls for painting.

Wood siding

Wood siding can last for a century or more, but it requires special care to keep it looking good for decades and avoid costly repairs.

Wood siding must be protected with paint, stain or clear sealer or it is vulnerable to rot and decay. Once a year check for chips and cracks and apply the finish of your choice to areas that need attention. Every five years consider freshening up your paint, stain or sealer.

For areas that are just dirty, a simple cleaning is all that is needed. For dirt stains, use a soft-bristled brush and warm soapy water. Mildew can be removed with a solution of one part bleach and four parts water. Rust can be removed with a solution of 4 ounces of oxalic acid dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. Once you’re done cleaning, rinse the siding with clean water.

Be sure to wear proper protection when using any cleaning products, such as eye protection and rubber gloves.

If you find your siding is beyond cleaning, or are just ready for a new look, Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing can help. Click here to schedule a free estimate.