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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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3 Ways to Fill Your Home with Positivity

There’s no doubt that winter can leave you feeling tired and even lethargic. It must be something about the cold, short days that leave us feeling drained. While sunlight’s energy is in short demand during the winter months, you can still fight the blues by making these additions to your home.

Plants.

According to The Gazette, incorporating greenery into your home can clean the air, lighten your mood and brighten your home. Adding anything from an indoor herb garden to some decorative countertop succulents can improve your mood significantly while giving your home the pop of color it needs.

Himalayan Salt Lamp.

Another mood-boosting home addition is a salt lamp. Popular with Millennials, these lamps made from Himalayan salt, are said to help with air quality and increase energy levels. The verdict is still out with doctors as to whether or not these salt lamps have measurable health benefits, but they do offer a warm orange glow making it a better, and more calming, light source after-dark.

Aromatherapy.

There have been countless studies linking certain scents with mood-boosting qualities. Essential oils can purify your indoor air while providing you with an extra dose of energy when you need it most. Try diffusing peppermint scented essential oil, as it’s been known to enhance your mood. Not into essential oils? Put a bowl of lemons in your kitchen. According to Reader’s Digest, the smell of fruits containing vitamin C can reduce stress and leave a positive impression on others.

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Move-In Ready Home Updates

Is your family expanding? Perhaps you’d like to move closer to your job? Whatever the reason, you’re ready to make a different house a home and Tri-State is here to help you in the process.

According to a report from Zillow, homes that are listed in April or May are more likely to be sold faster and for more money. With spring just around the corner, now is the time to give your house some much-needed updates to make sure you get top dollar for your investment.

Curb Appeal.

Did you know installing a new front door can help increase the curb appeal and value of your home by 4.2 percent?! Start by replacing your old front door with a Therma-Tru door from Tri-State – named a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest.

Once the weather warms up, stop by your local home improvement store and make some updates to your landscaping. First impressions are key, so really wow potential buyers right off the bat!

Windows.

Do your windows need replacing? Right now, homebuyers are looking for energy efficient homes and one way to accomplish this is by installing energy efficient windows. Newly replaced windows that help reduce energy bills are a huge selling point for potential buyers. At Tri-State Home Improvement, you get a double warranty on windows which means it transfers to the next owner!

Roof.

Before selling your house, your home will go through an inspection and they will undoubtedly look at your roof to make sure it’s in good overall condition. The inspector will want to know when it was last replaced and will take a serious look at the structure to make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t have any leaks. While this is a more costly home update, it may very well be necessary to attract buyers. Depending on the material, most roofs need to be replaced anywhere between 20 to 50 years. Enlist in the help of a Tri-State professional to determine your roof’s longevity with our free estimate.

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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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Winterize Your Garage

When the first nice day of spring or summer arrives, everyone is chomping at the bit to get outside. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, or planting the first seeds for your home garden, the adventures often start in your garage. But why only utilize that space for six months, when you can enjoy it year-round?

Take some time this winter to tidy up your garage space with our helpful tips.

1. Utilize your wall space.

Older homes usually come with smaller garages, so if you’re constantly having a rock-paper-scissors war on what can and can’t stay in the garage, it’s time to utilize your walls for some alternative storage.

Instead of investing in a pricy toolbox, get some pegboard from your local home improvement store and hang it on the walls of your garage to store everything from hammers and screwdrivers, to drills and even cleaning supplies. Not only will this free up space on your garage floor, but you’ll also spend much less time sifting through supplies or trying to remember the last place you put your pliers.

Larger items can find a home on your walls, too. Shovels, rakes, leaf blowers, etc. can reside out-of-tripping territory with the use of a mounted tool rack, with some products holding as many as 20 tools!

2. Inspect winter equipment.

Year after year your snow blower lays dormant from the last snowfall of one season to the first of the next. It’s easy to push it out of sight, out of mind when there’s no snow to be seen, but the last thing you, or your back, needs is a faulty blower during the first blizzard of the season.

When the weather turns cold, it’s a good idea to run tests on your winter tools to make sure there are no kinks. If you find any, it’s better to deal with them then, as opposed to when there’s three feet of snow sitting between you and the rest of the world. A simple search in your internet browser for “snow blower tune up” will turn up tutorials and step-by-step guides for you to follow.

If you don’t consider yourself very handy, take your snow blower to a nearby hardware shop.

3. Upgrade the garage door.

Think about your own behavior for a minute. When you come home from picking the kids up from school, from work, the grocery store, etc. which door are you most likely to enter your house from? For many families, it’s the garage door and if you don’t have a well-sealed garage door, a lot of the cold outside air could be cooling your home.

Not only will replacing your garage door help with energy efficiency, it’s also an investment for your family’s safety. A favorite point-of-entry for many burglars are garage doors, with some being able to gain access to your home, family and valuables within a matter of seconds.

A solution to your energy efficient and safety needs would be investing in a steel garage door. This style of door is long-lasting, durable and insulated with polyurethane, or polystyrene, to keep the cold out and the heat in. Steel garage doors also eliminate the way burglars access your home with traditional roll-up garage doors, which makes it a safe and cost-effective investment for you and your family.

Tri-State Home Improvement is an area specialist when it comes to providing you with a safe, energy-efficient, high-quality garage. Our team of professionals provide you with custom solutions and designs to match your existing home and needs. Call Tri-State today, or click below, to access our free estimate on new garage construction!

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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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Five ways you could save if you replace your windows right now

Sure, new home products look nice, but there are more benefits to replacing your windows than you might think. Especially as the weather changes, new windows are the update you should be looking into this season. Here are five reasons you should schedule a free estimate for window replacement right now.

 

Save on your next energy bill.
New windows reduce or eliminate air-flow that may have been leaking through older windows. Decaying seals, cracked caulk and warped or ill-fitting frames may be letting air creep into and out of your home, running up your energy bill by forcing your climate control systems to work harder at maintaining temperature.

Save the environment.
Energy-efficiency does more than save the green in your wallet—it can save the green of the environment, too. Replacing your windows can reduce your carbon footprint, doing your part to protect your family now AND in the long-term.

Save your design.
New windows not only jazz up your interior design but also update the look of your whole house from the outside. Replacing your windows is a great way to gain added curb appeal and heighten the attractiveness of your home, whether you plan to put it on the market or not.

Save your belongings.
Old windows may lack the protective films that reflect harsh sunlight, and those sharp rays might be fading the fabrics of your curtains, carpets and cushions. As an added bonus, the energy-saving benefits of that ray-reflecting quality can also extend the life of your HVAC unit.

Save time.
How much of your life have you wasted yanking on swollen, wooden-frame windows? Replacement windows offer smoother, easier operation with frames that won’t warp or swell in the heat. Plus, new windows are designed with easy-to-remove parts that make them easier to clean. And, they’re low-maintenance, so constant painting and repairs are woes of the past.

 

Replacing your windows with Tri-State begins with a free estimate and ends with a beautiful new set of windows under a double lifetime warranty. For warranty information, offers and our free estimate scheduling form, visit our Remodeling Resource Center!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.