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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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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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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!

Why we love giving back to the community: An open letter from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing President Dana Watkins

Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing is committed to being the kind of company that serves its community, supporting organizations like the HAVlife Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley and more. Why? Because we love giving back. By helping us to grow meaningful relationships both within our company and out in the community, giving back makes Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing a better business—and one that our customers can be proud to work with.

When we take part in community events and sponsorships, our employees have the chance to build and maintain their relationships with one another, creating a better work environment. Also, being present at events and fundraisers means we have additional opportunities to get to know our customers and learn what matters to them—and how we can best be of service.

We appreciate the chance to be involved with our community and support them in more ways than just the quality services we have for sale, and we know our customers appreciate that dedication. Each roof repair, window installation and siding replacement helps us help the people around us. Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing strives to make our customers happy with where they live—and I’m not just talking about their houses.

— Dana Watkins, President
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Myth-busting metal roofs

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With a proven performance expectation of 50+ years and unbeatable durability, metal roofing has become a popular roofing option, providing homeowners with long-term, money-saving value. Due to its large panels, such as standing-seam metal panels from Tri-State, metal roofing is easy to install and dramatically reduces the number of seams in your roofing, which decreases your chance of leaks.

However, like all great things, metal roofing is susceptible to myths. Hank and the Tri-State gang did some myth-busting to help you better understand the truth behind metal roofing:

Rust: While most metal is prone to rust, metal roofing is not. Due to its metallic coating made of either zinc or zinc-aluminum alloy, today’s metal roofing systems are engineered to stay rust-free while enduring even the harshest of Midwest conditions.

Noise: A common misconception is that metal roofing will be noisier than other roofing material. When properly installed with a solid sheathing (like those at Tri-State), metal roofing may actually reduce the noise of rain, hail and general bad weather.

Lightning: Metal roofing will not increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. Electricity is conducted by metal but isn’t drawn to it. If a home was struck by lightning, a metal roof would actually help to disperse the energy throughout the entire structure. Metal roofing is also fire retardant, making it a low-risk, smart roofing system—especially if you live in an area prone to bad weather.

Dents: Today’s metal roofing systems are extremely durable and are highly resistant to damage from weather like hail, wind and snow storms. While all roofing options do have the potential to be damaged by severe storms, metal roofs are more likely to go unharmed than some other roofing options, such as asphalt or fiberglass shingles.

Metal roofing is the perfect way to add long-term value to a home—and it’s safe, too! Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing offers a wide variety of metal roofing options, including standing-seam and stone-coated steel metal roofs. Tri State’s metal roofs also come in a variety of styles and colors, making it a perfect roofing option for any home or neighborhood. Visit our website to get your free roofing estimate and let the Tri-State gang provide you with unbeatable homeowner value.

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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!

Tri-State offers new line of energy-efficient windows

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Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing has a new line of ENERGY STAR certified windows that not only save energy once they are installed, but are also made with eco-friendly products, further reducing the carbon footprint of your remodel.

The Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are designed as a replacement window and are excellent for home remodels or upgrades. The windows are made with vinyl, a recyclable material that weighs less than other window products requiring less energy consumption during shipment.

The window design and materials also have several energy-saving features to lower your utility bill.

Energy-saving insulation glass

Windows are roughly 80 percent glass, so which type is used is one of the most important factors contributing to energy savings. Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows are built with a dual-pane insulating glass unit with double strength glass. That’s all fancy terminology for the windows will do a better job of keeping warm in during the winter and solar heat out in the summer.

Foam-enhanced mainframe

This optional feature further increases energy efficiency by reducing the possibility of even the slightest draft.

BroadView narrowline frame and sash

The narrowline frame and sash provide strength and an expanded glass area. But the embedded chambers also increase energy efficiency, rigidity and durability.

Click here to learn more about Berkshire Elite High-Performance Vinyl Windows or to get a free estimate from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing.