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Fall Is Right Around the Corner, Are Your Windows Ready for Colder Temps?

Summer heat is here to stay, but fall is right around the corner with chillier days and nights, increased winds and the shock that winter is coming soon. Don’t be left “inside” in the cold and purchase a few new windows for your home. Stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while saving money every month.

Should You Buy Now?

There are a few general guidelines to follow when considering buying new windows for your home. Here is the checklist for when it’s time to replace:

  • Age of Windows – If your windows are older then 10 years, it is time to replace them. The old seals are not effective anymore.
  • Your Energy Bill – Seeing an increase in your energy bill over the past few months could mean that your windows are no longer sealed correctly.
  • The Appearance – Cracked glass, humidity in the pains or broken/warped frames are not appealing to the eye. Damaged windows are not only unattractive, but they are dangerous. Intruders may be able to break into your home easier through an old, broken window.

 What Should I Look for in New Windows?

Th most popular type of windows in America are made of vinyl. They have a variety of different benefits including:

  • Durability – Vinyl does not rot, rust or chip like wood or other kinds of windows.
  • Style – The sleek, smooth and clean look of vinyl is better than any other window style on the market.
  • Maintenance – Vinyl is easy to clean and requires very little upkeep over the years.

At Tri-State Home Improvement, we offer Berkshire Premiere Vinyl Windows. They are some of the best in the industry. They are simple to install, come in a variety of different sizes and styles and are energy efficient. One of the best parts about purchasing windows from Tri-State Home Improvement is the double lifetime warranty, meaning that you and the next owner of your home get the peace of mind of our lifetime guarantee. Call us now at 866-583-6700 or click the button below to schedule your FREE estimate today!

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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.

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.

Cleaning your Gutters: The DO’s and DON’Ts

It’s that time of year again when leaves begin to fall from trees and decorate our lawns with beautiful, golden colors.

On the other hand, when leaves land into gutters, it can have detrimental effects on your home if left unattended – such as leaks in the walls and ceiling, cracks in the foundation and rotted wood along the shingle line.

Scampering up the side of your home on front and hind paws to inspect for these potential gutter blockers isn’t realistic for all of us – cough cough, our non-squirrel subscribers – so the Tri-State Crew and I have other great ideas to save you time and money later!

Read on for 5 tips on keeping your gutters in tip-top shape this season:

Tip #1 Get creative with your leaf blower:

If you feel confident standing on top of your roof, sometimes ridding your gutters of dry debris is as simple as blowing it out.

Tip #2 Get to scoopin’:

When the debris in your gutters has turned into wet, damp gunk, the most efficient way to clean it out is by manually scooping it out. Capable of being done from a standing ladder or from the roof, we recommend a pair of gloves and a trash can to help you out with this one.

Tip #3 Utilize the garden hose:

A garden hose is a simple way of washing down any remainder gutter debris as well as checking for potential overlooked blockage. Note, this method is most effective as a second step to an initial, more powerful debris removal.

Tip #4 Pressure wash:

Pressure washers are both a fast and efficient method of cleaning gutters. But beware – it has the potential to make for a mess of the rest of your home.

Tip #5 If all else fails, disassemble the spout:

If you simply cannot get your gutter to work effectively, try disassembling the gutter spout for a manual, detail wash.

Contact Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing for a free estimate on gutter guards to aid you in your home owner responsibility!

Over and Out, Folks!

Hank

Blown-In Insulation

Winter is around the corner, and we squirrels aren’t the only ones who have to prepare for the colder weather! And seeing as you folks aren’t as gifted at growing thick fur coats as I am (although I do know some of the Tri-State crew to be an exception) I have an even better idea on how to stay warm!

Blown-In Insulation is a GREAT way to help keep your family warm and cozy in the coming months. Read on for my list of the Top 5 Benefits to Blown-In Insulation.

1. It’s Adjustable:

R-Value is the number signifying the strength of your Blown-In Insulation. Depending on the type of room, age of your home and region of the country you reside, the recommended value differs. With Blown-In Insulation, it is simple to adjust this value according to your individual needs!

2. Made of virgin materials:

Folks prone to allergies, perk up your ears. Blown-In Insulation is made of hypoallergenic material resistant to the fungus and mold often found on other forms of insulation. Breathe happy, my friends.

3. Tighter fit and seal:

The Blown-In technique allows for a tighter fit and seal in the crevices between the beams and wiring throughout your home. In other words, Blown-In Insulation cuts down on air leaks and keeps your energy costs down.

4. Fast and clean:

In comparison to other methods of insulation installation, the job itself can be completed far more quickly, and produce much less dust.

5. Extremely energy efficient:

Perhaps the greatest advantage Blown-In Insulation has over its competitors is it never settles. In other words, the big fluffy insulation you buy now will look the same a decade from now – forever maintaining its initial R-value. This makes it extremely energy efficient and cost efficient for you.

Estimates from Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing are ALWAYS free! Contact us today for yours.

Over and out –

Hank

5 ways to weatherize your home in the fall

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As the leaves around my tree house begin to change, I am making sure my home is weatherized for the upcoming cold temperatures, and you should too. Here are five ways to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter.

1)      Inspect your roof

Inspect your roof from top to bottom. Damage during summer storms could have happened without you even noticing. Get on top of your roof or use binoculars to thoroughly check to see if your roof has any damage. Locate and stop the problem now before the snow starts falling.

2)      Check for air leaks

It is also necessary to inspect your windows and doors. Check for gaps between the weather-stripping and your windows as well as missing or damaged caulk. These small gaps can create air leaks and ultimately let the cold winter air in- bur!

3)      Replace old windows

New technology such as gas filled double pane windows keep your home insulated more effectively than old single pane ones. The gas, usually argon or krypton, has a higher resistance to heat flow than air—meaning it will keep the warm air in during the winter more efficiently.

4)      Winterize your outdoor faucets

Close any shut-off valves that are connected to your outside faucets, and then turn the outside faucet on to drain the line. This will rid the line of any water so that it doesn’t freeze when the temperature drops. If it does freeze the pipe could burst!

5)      Check the chimney

Even though you might not use your chimney a lot, it is still necessary to check it for damage and hazards. Inspect your chimney for creosote—a flammable by-product of burning wood. The best way to have your chimney inspected is by a chimney sweep.

Remember, in home estimates are always free. Click here to schedule one today.