WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU HIRE TRI-COUNTY ROOFING & HOME IMPROVEMENT No Sales Pressure: We’re here to help, not hassle. Your confidence & peace of mind is our top priority. A Detailed Quote: In writing that itemizes everything. Professional Crew: They will be on time, courteous, & pleasant. Quality Workmanship: No two jobs or two […]

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No Sales Pressure: We’re here to help, not hassle. Your confidence & peace of mind is our top priority.

A Detailed Quote: In writing that itemizes everything.

Professional Crew: They will be on time, courteous, & pleasant.

Quality Workmanship: No two jobs or two roofs are alike, so it takes a skilled crew with the right plan and materials for each individual roof repair or replacement & home improvement project.

Customer Satisfaction: From start to finish, your complete satisfaction is our goal.

Spring is Home Improvement Season

Residential RoofIf you’re considering home improvement projects, Tri-County Home Improvement can help make your dreams a reality.

Spring is the start of home improvement season and it’s the time when home shows come to town and people start thinking about how they want to remodel or spruce up their homes.

 So where do you start?
  • First, think about what you want to do to your home. Do you want to simply spruce it up, or make some needed repairs or do you want to undertake a major remodeling project? For example, a fresh coat of paint might be a way to freshen your home, or new windows, siding, roof, or that new master suite or bonus room.
  • Once you decide to move ahead with the home improvement project, give Tri-County Home Improvement a call to assist you with the process. We also offer financing options to help you with whatever your remodeling project may be.

Tri-County Home Improvement is Northwest Ohio’s premier home improvement team. We have been in business over 20 years and are locally owned and operated. We can service all residential and commercial projects including roofing, windows, siding, gutters, doors, and more. Tri-County is a Owens Corning Preferred and GAF Master Elite roofing contractor. Since Tri-County is a factory authorized Polaris window dealer, we can offer a lifetime glass breakage warranty. Tri-County Home Improvement is the logical choice to help make that special improvement to your home. Visit us at http://www.782roof.com or call 419-782-ROOF (7663)



15 Quick Fixes to Make Around Your House

home-repair-tools_300Fifteen-minute projects that won’t put a dent in your weekend.

Squeaky Door Hinges

Spray a little WD-40 onto the hinges, moving the door back and forth to work in the lubricant. Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. If these tricks don’t work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips.

Squeaky Floor

For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you’re ever going to refinish the floor.

Peeling Wallpaper

With a knife, smear wallpaper paste onto a piece of writing paper. Rub the paper against the underside of the peeling section. Press the wallpaper against the wall. Slide the writing paper out and smooth away bubbles with a clean cloth.

Worn Caning

A little sagging over time is natural but reversible. To tighten caning back up, use a sponge to wet the underside with warm water. Let dry slowly overnight. Repeat if necessary.

Dusty Chandelier

Allow the fixture to cool. Wear a pair of white cotton gloves―one dry, one dampened with glass cleaner. (For crystal, use one part rubbing alcohol to three parts distilled water.) Wipe each prism with the damp glove, then the dry one.

Stained Tub

Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.

Stuck Sliding Windows

A little silicone spray lubricant (sold at hardware stores) will grease the skids. Spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they’re metal, wood, or plastic.

Hard-to-Remove Decals

Spray the decals and the surrounding areas with WD-40, lifting the edges to get underneath, if possible. Let sit, then gently scrape away the decal with the edge of a credit card. Degrease the tub with liquid dishwashing soap.

Slamming Door

Soften the slam of a door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam weather stripping around the doorstop. Or get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, stretching it across the edge of the door. Don’t cover the latch.

Hard-to-Remove Lightbulb

Press the center of a foot-long strip of duct tape onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end in half so it sticks onto itself. Gripping each end between your thumb and index finger, give a counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb.

Dry Cutting Board

Revive your board by gently warming a bottle of pure mineral oil (available at drugstores) in a bowl of hot water, then wiping the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth. Wipe off the excess four to six hours later.

Flattened Down Cushions

Put them outside in the sun for a few hours, flipping them halfway through. (Be careful―leaving them out too long may fade the fabric.) The sun will help evaporate the moisture that gets into the filling over time, and the cushions should plump up nicely.

Scuffed Linoleum

Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to degrease the area afterward with liquid dishwashing soap and water.

Dirty Decanter

Fill the decanter halfway with hot water, a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup of uncooked rice. Swirl the rice around for a few minutes to remove the residue, rinse with hot water, and air-dry.

Tangled Extension Cords

Cowgirls and sailors alike know the benefits of storing ropes neatly coiled. Follow their lead and keep extension cords tangle-free and contained inside a large plastic bucket when they’re not in use.

Understanding Ice Damming

downloadThe cold winter season is the time when many homeowners see icicles hanging from their eaves and/or water coming in the house due to ice damming on the roof.

There are three main causes of ice damming:

  • Poor insulation from a house ceiling. An attic with inadequate or deteriorated insulation can cause ice damming.
  • Lack of ventilation. A house with proper ventilation allows the necessary cold air to mix and cool the hot air from the house, which slows the snow melting down.
  • Leaking gaps between the living space and the attic. These spaces allow extra heat to “escape” into the attic, which warms the space and melts even more snow.

Snow on the roof will eventually melt, but if the heat from the house causes the snow closer to the roof to turn into water, then that water can either go down slowly to the gutter or travel under the shingles. There is no heat at the gutter, so snow will remain there, creating a barrier. The water that is moving down will hit that cold snow barrier and then freeze again. This creates a dam (ice damming), which will hold the remaining water on the roof.

Shingle roofs are designed to shed water; they cannot handle having it freestanding. That is why a good quality leak barrier is needed at the eaves. To help your homeowner understand the importance, you can perform a simple test with a bottle of water. This will show that every nail going through the leak barrier is automatically sealed.

The most important thing a contractor can do to help homeowners with ice dam problems is to first clean the snow off the roof (following strict safety rules) and then create exits for the trapped water.

In the long term, the contractor should:

  • Seal the living space.
  • Install adequate attic insulation.
  • Make sure that the attic is properly ventilated.

Preventing ice dams and icicles may not be possible at all times, but these are measures that can be taken to help stop water from entering the house.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

faucet dripWith temperatures dipping down near zero and wind chills even colder, it’s important for residents to keep their water lines in mind.

Here is some advice for residents on how to keep their water pipes flowing and how to thaw them out if they do become frozen.

If you have pipes that are on outside walls, keep the faucet on with a stream about the size of a pencil lead. Letting the water run with a small stream will be less costly than a flooded home and/or burst water pipes.

Cabinets should be opened at faucets in the kitchen or bathroom to allow heat to reach the pipes.

Preventative measures also include insulating pipes, making sure vents to crawl spaces are closed and insulated and wrapping outside spigots and removing hoses so they don’t freeze.

A very small crack in the foundation or vent can let in enough wind to freeze pipes.

If pipes do freeze, use caution when thawing them.

Use a hair dryer, an electric space heater or a salamander to thaw. Never use an open flame and keep away from combustible materials.

Be sure to know where the water shut-off valve is located inside the home.

Property owners are responsible for protecting both water pipes and the water meter from damage. Residents can take steps to prevent water pipes and meters from freezing in order to continue to enjoy water service as well as avoiding unnecessary and expensive repairs. Preventing pipes and meters from freezing is much easier than trying to thaw them.

Provide warmth to the water pipes:

• Eliminate cold drafts near water pipes.

• Tightly close doors and windows to the outside and eliminate drafts from crawl spaces.

• Fill cracks in walls and around windows.

• Turn off water to garden hose connections at an inside valve and drain the exposed piping before freezing temperatures set in.

• Open the door to the room where the pipes are located to allow warmth to circulate.

• Place a lighted bulb near water pipes. (Never use open flames.)

• Wrap pipes in insulation or heat tape.

• Open cabinet doors below the sink to allow warm air to reach the pipes.

Make frequent use of your water supply:

Flowing water often breaks up ice below freezing. When outside temperatures remain below freezing, it’s less expensive to run your faucet regularly than for you to repair a frozen or burst pipe.

What to do if pipes freeze?

If no water comes from your faucets when you turn them on, most likely the pipes nearest a wall, door, window or along the floor are frozen:

• Start by opening a faucet near the frozen pipe to release any vapor from the melting ice and so that you’ll know when the water starts flowing again.

• Begin warming the pipes nearest the faucet and work toward the frozen section.

• Blow warm air on the pipe using a hair dryer. (Do not leave the dryer unattended or allow it to overheat.)

• Once water has begun to flow again, let a pencil-sized stream of water flow through the faucet until normal heating is restored to the area.

• Eliminate cold drafts and allow warm air to circulate around the pipes to prevent freezing again.