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The Benefits of Berkshire Windows

Tri-State Home Improvement is proud to partner with Berkshire Elite high-performance vinyl windows to provide our clients with exceptional craftsmanship and remarkable energy-saving performance.

At Tri-State, we understand that home improvement isn’t a one-size fits all business which is why we back Berkshire. At Berkshire Windows, they take into account that homes in the Midwest have different needs than homes on the coasts, so every window we install is manufactured specifically for the areas in which Tri-State serves. Windows are custom-made to your exact specifications and are backed by decades of window manufacturing expertise.

Another reason Tri-State backs Berkshire is because of their value-added advantages including exterior, interior and energy saving enhancements for your home. Their exceptional craftsmanship, upscale design and expert attention to detail benefits your home’s curb appeal and increases its value.

Tri-State also understands that homeowners today are much more environmentally conscious than they were 20 years ago, and we’re proud to offer eco-friendly products, like Berkshire windows to help you in that endeavor. Berkshire Elite windows are precision-engineered to deliver superior energy efficiency and help reduce the consumption of fossil fuels needed for heating and cooling homes. The scrap vinyl material at the Berkshire manufacturing plant is also reused for other products, further reducing the volume and environmental impact of waste.

In addition to all of the features, Berkshire Elite windows also carry a lifetime limited warranty, which includes glass breakage, guaranteeing you lasting performance and genuine value.

Want to learn more? Let’s talk Berkshire windows! Get the conversation started about shapes, styles, colors, and more when you request your free, in-home estimate. It’s a no-obligation consultation with a Tri-State Home Improvement professional where you’ll learn more about our products and solutions for your home improvement project. Request your estimate below.

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Go Green with Tri-State Home Improvement

Tri-State is committed to the communities we serve and to our environment. Our goal is to reduce the waste associated with home improvement projects to make both our neighborhoods and Earth more beautiful and sustainable for years to come.

One easy, but effective, way we do this is by recycling doors. During a new door installation, our team of professionals determines whether an old door is in good enough condition for recycling. If so, it is delivered to the Quad Cities Habitat for Humanity where it will be available for others to use on their home improvement projects. This donation helps Habitat for Humanity provide strong and stable homes that build strong and stable communities.

In addition to recycling at our local Habitat for Humanity chapter, it’s also important to us that Tri-State works with suppliers and manufacturers that are committed to providing environmentally friendly products for your home.

It doesn’t stop there. Our commitment to the environment lasts long after our truck pulls away. Tri-State professionals install energy efficient solutions that positively impact your energy consumption and bills.

We’re proud to provide quality, lasting products for your home that work to keep inside air in, and outdoor air out. That means you’ll be comfortable keeping your thermostat lower and because your HVAC won’t be working overtime. This, in turn, reduces the amount of energy your home uses which helps the environment by reducing power plant emissions from burning coal, crude oil and other fossil fuels.

Whether you want to learn more about our commitment to the environment or you’re ready to get started on your home improvement, contact us today to start the conversation over a free, in-home estimate!

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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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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!

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!

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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!

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.