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Jamb Brace: The Front Door Safety Feature So Good, It Changed Building Codes in Kansas City

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At All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we know security is always a priority for our window and door customers. Windows and doors are the weakest part of your home when it comes to safety. The typical front door can be broken through in less than 45 seconds with three or four good kicks from an average sized man. The problem is that the deadbolt device depends on wood for support and wood is not the strongest material. It will split if enough force is used. So what can you do to make your front door safer? Meet Jamb Brace the Door Reinforcer®.

We’ve Been Jamb Brace Fans for Almost Two Decades

All-Weather Window & Doors has promoted Jamb Brace since its inception in 1997. We get called by insurance agencies for entry door replacement after home break-ins, so we see a lot of these instances and no matter how strong your door is, it’s only as strong as the wooden frame that surrounds it. Jamb Brace is the only product that makes your door secure.

What Is Jamb Brace?

JambBrace-the-door-reinforcer-logoJamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s weakest part – the frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. Developed by veteran homebuilders and supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies, the Jamb Brace was designed specifically for homeowners.

Jamb Brace Was Created Right Here in Kansas City

In 1996, a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults in Overland Park caught the interest of Overland Park police because the assailant kicked in the front doors. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, who worked in the crime prevention unit, saw the results firsthand. Betten had no idea how to secure a door with sidelites and received permission from the city council to go to the private sector to enlist some help. Mike approached the HBA and was put in contact with one of the board of directors, Tom O’Malley, who also owned Locks and Pulls. Tom was working on a door project with homebuilder, Ron Olberding, so he approached Ron and his business partner, David Allen, co-creators of the Jamb Brace, to test ways to make exterior doors stronger and more resistant to break-ins. “People spend thousands of dollars on alarm systems and locks, then a burglar kicks in their front door,” Olberding explained. “We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality deadbolt were the keys to keeping thieves out.”

The Police Department Was Extremely Impressed

Olberding and Allen worked closely with the Overland Park Police Department, to test the Jamb Brace against dozens of other theft-deterrent systems. The results were so convincing that the police department helped revise city building codes making it mandatory that new homes are fitted with a reinforced door frame.

Homes Are Now Safer in Kansas City Neighborhoods

Once Overland Park adopted the new building ordinance, many neighboring cities followed suit. Now, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, DeSoto, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Kansas City, MO and Oak Grove all require new construction single family and multi-family homes to meet minimum security standards. Jamb Brace is the preferred product to satisfy this ordinance. Also, new replacement doors in older homes must meet the same security standards for which the Jamb Brace is the preferred product as well. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne, Inc.

Choose Any Door to Install with Jamb Brace

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. The only thing it changes is the door jamb itself so homeowners are free to choose any front door style they like. Security is always a consideration when choosing a front door. All-Weather can retrofit existing doors with Jamb Brace for added security. Or we can install a new door with Jamb Brace.

Call us for a free in-home estimate for front door installation including the Jamb Brace at (913) 262-4380 or (816) 673-2480.

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Replacing Your Entry Door? Make It One-Of-A-Kind!

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Your home’s front door says a lot to those entering it and means a lot to homeowners living inside of it. Why settle for outdated, drab doors when you can completely customize your dream entry door? The experts at All-Weather are breaking down the many options you have and all the benefits that come along with a new custom entry door.

Related Read: Which Entry Door Is Right for Your Kansas City Home? Take the Quiz to Find Out

Completely Customize Your Front Door

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Whether you’re looking to make a strong statement, enhance curb appeal, or draw focus to specific details of your home, don’t settle for just any entry door.

Let the experts at All-Weather help you create a custom door unlike any other. Choose from a variety of different materials, colors, stains and custom glass features to create a surprising focal point and make it one-of-a-kind.

Related Read: Quick Fix vs. Total Nix: 3 Reasons to Update Your Entry Door

Go completely outside the box, or pick from our wide array of customizable features to tie your front door into the interior design and decor of your home. Change the architectural style of your front door and go from basic to beautiful, and incorporate the small details that make your home uniquely yours.

Benefits of Updating Your Entry Door

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Replacing an exterior door is cost-effective and does so much more than enhance curb appeal. A new front door saves money, adds a significant layer of protection and ultimately increases the market value of your home. Here’s how:

  • Energy savings: A drafty entry way is responsible for hundreds of dollars lost each year in heating and cooling bills. Older doors  may no longer fit properly, or provide enough insulation to be efficient. A new door will almost pay for itself in energy and dollar savings. The return on your investment here is huge.

Related Read: The Top 5 Entry Door Trends for 2017

  • Added protection and value: In addition to the wow factor, replacing the entry door helps eliminate the possibility of moisture seepage and mold from damaging interior walls and ceilings. The added security of a new door is a safety boost for personal protection as well.
  • It’s all about the choices:  Functionality is primary, but the details make the difference. At All-Weather, it is possible to design a distinctive front door that perfectly captures your individual aesthetic style and design vision. Glass and hardware selections are the accessories that add both style and performance features to your design, and nothing says “look at me” better than a perfect color choice.  We offer a seemingly endless selection of stain and color options. Have fun!

Schedule your appointment online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 for additional ways to transform the looks of your home. With thirty years of experience, and top notch customer service, we will help you find a style that is right for you.

All-Weather Receives Angie's List Super Service Award

All-Weather Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award for 3rd Year in a Row!

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

All-Weather Receives Angie's List Super Service Award

Overland Park, KS remodeling contractor All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting another exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. The firm also previously earned this award in 2015, 2014, and in 2009.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List has experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the exterior remodeling companies in Kansas City were able to do it.”

Super Service Award Requirements

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are especially proud of our employees and business associates, as winning this award even once showed amazing dedication, but 3 three times in a row demonstrates our team’s unwavering commitment to providing excellence in customer service” stated All Weather President and Owner Doug Bennett

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Quality Reviews

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

About Angie’s List

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

For more professional advice on getting your home’s windows, doors, and siding ready for springtime, call All-Weather at (913) 648-9589 or schedule an appointment online today!

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Keep the Cool Air in This Spring: 3 Fast Fixes for Drafty Doors

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During the winter, drafty doors are made obvious due to the harsh cold creeping in. Many homeowners don’t realize that those drafty doors also make it difficult for your home to cool down during warmer months. No matter what the season, a drafty door can cost you money, energy efficiency, and leave parts of your home uncomfortable. Here are three easy ways to fix drafty doors this season.

Related Read: Which Entry Door Is Right for Your Kansas City Home? Take the Quiz & Find Out!

Add Weatherstripping

Do you have large gaps between your door and door frame on either side or the top? Install a weatherstripping gasket around your door frame to keep the outside conditions where they are meant to be…outside. To ensure the efficiency of your weatherstripping, make sure it sits tightly on the inside when the door is closed. Weatherstripping will make sure little to no air can seep through the sides or top of your door opening. While most front entry doors come installed with weatherstripping common culprits, that don’t come equipped with this feature, include garage and back doors.

Helpful Hint: Can’t find where the breeze is coming from? Wait until it’s dark outside and turn off all the lights inside your home. Next, have one person stand on either side of the door and take a flashlight around the perimeter of the door. If any light can seep through to the other side, so can air, which means you’re a prime candidate for weatherstripping!

Replace the Door Sweep

If you often feel a draft coming from the bottom of your door, check the door sweep, which is usually a rubber or brush-like strip attached to the bottom of the door. Is it bent or out of place? If so, it could be letting air slip into your home. You can easily replace your door sweep with a brand new one yourself. Just unscrew the old one, and screw the new door sweep into place.

Related Read: The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Find Out If Your Home is Ready for Spring

Seal the Door Frame

Is your door frame a bit loose from the wall? If you can see a gap, and can feel a draft there, you want to consider caulking your door frame. Apply silicone caulk around the door frame and let it dry for 24 hours. This will seal the door frame into place and restrict air from seeping into your home.

If these tips don’t seem to eliminate your drafty door issues, it may be time to replace your door with a newer, more energy efficient option. While dealing with a little breeze may be bearable, the money you may be wasting is not. Be sure to check your main doors each season to ensure your home remains energy efficient and your money stays in your pocket!

For more information, give All-Weather a call us at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online to talk about our amazing options for replacement doors and installation!

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4 Common Gutter Issues & How to Fix Them

Many homeowners overlook their gutters, assuming that they’re simply there to help divert excess rainwater. However, your home’s gutters may be your home’s most vital safety feature, protecting your roof, walls, and foundation against water damage.

We’re breaking down the importance of having your gutters inspected and maintained each season and some common problems associated with neglected gutters.

Related Read: What Has Winter Weather Done to Your Home? What to Look for & How to Fix It!

1. Find Gutter Leaks to Prevent Further Damage

The potential damage caused by a leaky gutter should never be underestimated. The stream of water making its way through a crack can cause many different forms of damage. These may include any of the following:

  • Rotting fascia boards (the board mounted just behind the gutter)
  • Attic flooding, which lead to mold and mildew
  • Bubbling, flaking, or chipped exterior paint
  • Foundation and siding damage
  • Damaged soffits and overhangs

Even a relatively minor looking leak can cause major damage over time, so it’s important to fix them when you find them. Leaks commonly occur along the seams where two lengths of gutter are connected. They may also happen anywhere along a gutter if leaves, or other debris, have caused it to back up allowing water to spill over the side.

This particular problem can be effectively minimized by having a professional install splash guards on your gutter or by having new gutters made with larger downspouts to help with overflowing water.

2. Ice Dams Do Major Damage


ice and snow in gutters and on roofIce dams can become a serious roofing issue if they aren’t repaired. Ice dams are caused when the temperature is hovering right around the freezing point and heat escapes up through the attic causing ice to melt. This water then runs down to the relatively colder edge of your roof, where it freezes again. Over time, this leads to the formation of a solid wall of ice called an ice dam.

Ice dams melt and create ponding water in the spring, which often finds its way into your home through weak points, leading to costly forms of water damage. An ice dam also represents a potential threat to your gutters because the weight of the dam can easily cause stress fractures, deformations, and other problems.

3. Seasonal Cleaning & Gutter Covers Can Prevent Gutter Damage

all-weather-windows-doors-siding-kansas-city-2C17-neglected-gutter-clogged-with-leavesDo you often find things like tennis balls or gravel in your gutters? While this might seem weird and unusual, it’s actually not. Heavy rain can cause particles from your roof to deposit into your gutters and cause clogging issues. With the added leaves and sticks from surrounding trees on your property, gutters can get clogged with lots of gunk.

In order to avoid clogging your gutters, and causing an overflow of water, simply add gutter covers! These can be custom fabricated to perfectly fit your home’s gutters and keep debris and foreign objects from wreaking havoc on your home. Even better, these gutter covers can be built right into your existing gutters so you never have to worry about them falling off!

Related Read: The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Find Out If Your Home is Ready for Spring!

4. Stay On Top of Your Home’s Gutter Maintenance

The best way to prevent the types of gutter issues discussed above is to have your gutters professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. This kind of attention will ensure that your gutters are able to do their job, no matter the season or situation.

For more professional advice on getting your home’s windows, doors, and siding ready for springtime, call All-Weather at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today!

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What Damage Has Old Man Winter Done to Your Home? What to Look For & How to Fix It

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Although we’re supposed to have six more weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil, now is a good time to start taking a look around and seeing what type of damage the winter has done to your home. While the term is “spring cleaning,” it’s a good idea to start getting together a list of what you want to look for well before spring arrives.

To help you get ready for spring, we’ve put together a list of six signs that winter took a toll on your home.

1. Caulk Pulling Away from Windows

There are two primary reasons why this occurs:

1) Condensation between the back of the frame and the wall could make the frame swell and push against the brickwork.

2) Dry winter air could have shrunk the air-exposed part of the frame revealing a crack.

These gaps create a problem because they allow in cold air, rain and snow over time, as well as damaging the frame further. Fixing this can be done with either a spray insulation foam or by reapplying window caulk.

2. Wood Rot on Windows & Doors

wood rot damage on window frameTake a close look at the frames around your windows and doors (both internal and external) for wood rot that could have formed during the winter months. Due to wind, rain, hail and snow, the wood can become exposed to, and soak up, moisture. This causes the wood to become soft and damp, enabling wood rot. Aside from being an issue for structural stability, it is also a good way to invite termites and carpenter ants into your home.

Try the knock test. Tap all along the frame and compare the sounds at different points. If more than one-third of any piece is “soft” or “hollow” sounding, you should call a professional to assess the damage before the problem continues to spread.

3. Debris in  Window Sills

Leaving debris in window sills can damage windows when you open them up in the spring. Bits of branches, leaves, rocks, and wind-blown debris can all cause damage to your windows if left alone. Bits and pieces can get caught in the tracks of the windows, making it necessary to remove the entire window in order to dig it out. Or, if you’re unaware that something is there and you attempt to force the window down, you can cause damage to the frame. Taking a bit of time now to clean off the sills and remove the debris will save you the hassle in the long run.

If you need to repair your windows due to damage like this, we at All-Weather know all about fixing them up.  

4. Loose Shingles

damaged shinglesYour roof takes quite a beating throughout the winter. Rain, snow, ice, hail, and wind all tear at it regularly during the colder months, and it’s important to perform regular check ups to see how it’s holding up. You want to keep an eye out for things like:

  • Missing shingles
  • Soft spots
  • Gaps in between shingles
  • Bubbles underneath the shingles

5. Clogged Gutters

When the winter winds blow, you have no idea what might end up in your gutters. From the usual leaves and pine needles s, to birds nests and random garbage, your gutters tend to collect assorted debris. While it can be messy, it’s also a timesaver in the end. If your gutters aren’t letting water wash down, it can build up in the gutters themselves or on your roof, depending on how bad the blockage is. With enough ice, your gutters could end up ripping completely off of your roof. Water left standing on your roof can get underneath your shingles and rot out parts of your roof.

6. Damaged Screens

The winter elements can all damage your screens over the winter, and it’s important to check them regularly. If they’re ripped or broken, you should get them replaced so that you can let in the cool spring breezes, but no pests, when spring arrives. At All-Weather, we would love to help out by making sure that your windows and screens are sturdy and secure, so you can enjoy the warmer weather. Whether it’s broken windows or screens, or it’s just time for a new look, we can do it all.

If you think you have windows, doors, or siding that needs to be repaired or replaced, call All-Weather at (913) 262-4380. We will work with you to keep the winter wind out, and your home looking its best.

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Find Out If Your Home is Ready for Spring

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Winter in the Midwest can take a toll on your home. Checking your house every spring is necessary to keep the damage to a minimum. The team at All-Weather has put together this simple checklist to make sure your home is ready for spring:

Clear Out Your Gutters & Downspouts

Debris can wreak havoc on your home, especially if your home includes a basement. Pine needles, leaves and other objects can clog your gutters, causing overflow and possible roof problems. Overflowing gutters can cause leaks and flooding in your basement as well.

Related Read: 4 Common Gutter Issues & How to Fix Them

Check Roof for Winter Damage

Cold weather brings multiple harsh elements that can severely damage your home, and sometimes damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Winds can cause shingles to become loose and fly off. Snow and ice may create expansion that could lift the shingles up or loosen them, so be sure to evaluate your roof in the spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.

Related Read: What Damage Has Old Man Winter Done to Your Home? What to Look For & How to Fix It

Clean Your Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states, “Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.” Get ahead of this issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and proper working condition.

Inspect Your Siding

No matter what kind of siding you have (wood, vinyl, aluminum, etc.) cleaning your siding will help to maintain its beauty. You should check seasonally for any damage that could cause leakage into your home. All-Weather proudly offers Modern Resin Siding by SmartSide, which is specifically designed to be weather resistant while also fighting against decay, fungi, and termites.

Related Read: New Year, New Siding: The Best Siding Options for 2017

Check Your HVAC Unit

You should always enlist a professional for this job. Repairing any potential problems now can save you money later. It could also keep you from calling a repairman during hours that double in price like nights and weekends.

Check Your Entry & Patio Doors

Are your doors safe and energy efficient? Time to find out! If you have issues with any doors not functioning properly, now is the perfect time to replace them with energy-efficient doors. The savings from your utility bills will make it worthwhile.

Related Read: The Top 5 Entry Door Trends for 2017

Maximize Your Windows

Windows and screens today are so much more than simply a barrier to keep the elements at bay. Replacement windows can protect against harmful UV rays and offer low maintenance. If you discover that any of your windows are allowing too much airflow to sneak through, or some of your screens are damaged, spring is the perfect time to replace those energy wasters with energy-efficient windows.

Call All-Weather in Kansas City to have your home inspected and repaired. You can even schedule your appointment online! Nothing beats knowing a professional will be there to help you prevent further damage to your home.

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Which Entry Door Is Right for Your Kansas City Home? Take the Quiz & Find Out

Entry Door Kansas City-all-weatherSick of staring at the drab, out-of-date entry door? Unsure of what you’d like to replace it with? All-Weather can help! Now there is a fun quiz you can take to find out which entry door is right for your Kansas City home. Before you take the quiz, here are a few ideas to help assess your entry door needs:

Behind Door #1: The Problem Solver

If certain things aggravate you about your current door, don’t replace it with a door that may create those same problems down the road. Assess your main need, and choose accordingly. Are you trying to keep cool air in and hot air out? Are you also interested in the best security to keep the bad guys out? Our quiz will help you solve these answers and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes twice.

Behind Door #2: Say It With Style

Your entry door is the first impression of your home and tells everyone about your personal living style. Do you have a grand Gothic entry that opens up to cottage, shabby chic? Don’t re-decorate your cozy, comfy digs. It’s easier to get an exterior door to match your interior style rather than winding up with an extreme makeover: your home edition.

Related Read: Replacing Your Entry Door? Make It One-Of-A-Kind!

Behind Door #3: How Much Is That Doorway In the Window?

Front Door Design KCPrice points are always an important factor in the final decision. Don’t set yourself up for a big disappointment by falling in love with a front door that’s out of your budget. Keep your sights set on the doors you can afford. Stop by an All-Weather showroom and we’ll be happy to help find an entry door that will fit your home’s needs and your budget!

Related Read: Cost vs. Value Report: How A New Entry Door Can Save You Money in 2017

Take All-Weather’s Door Finder Quiz

If you can’t decide on the right door, click here to take our door finder quiz. Our quiz will help you answer all those nagging questions, like:

  • What door fits your home’s personality?
  • What door fits your home’s needs?
  • What door offers special options to meet particular performance demands?

Once you complete the quiz, and select the door of your dreams, then trust the home exterior experts at All-Weather to install your new exterior door. Homeowners in Kansas City have been enjoying the expertise and quality service of All-Weather for more than 30 years in exterior options like siding, windows and exterior doors.

Still can’t make up your mind? Let us help! Give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online today!

 

 

New Year, New Siding: The Best Siding Options for 2017

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If you’ve been trying like mad to heat your home this winter, but can’t seem to do it efficiently, you may be looking for ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home. Why not start with the siding? To get you started, we’re showing you the best siding options for 2017.

LP SmartSide Siding

This modern resin product deflects dents and dings as well as resists moisture and humidity. If you’ve experienced warping or shrinkage that has contributed to rot in older types of siding, then you could benefit from upgrading to LP SmartSide siding.

This siding gives your home the warm, natural beauty of real cedar, with modern materials that resist natural decay, fungus growth, and termite invasion. If you have environmental concerns about a cedar based siding, rest easy. This siding option is made of engineered wood substrate, a renewable resource with a reduced environmental impact.

At All-Weather, we proudly offer our clients a 5-year 100% labor and replacement on LP SmartSide trim and siding along with a 50-year prorated limited warranty.

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Diamond Kote Pre-Finishing Siding

If you love color then you are going to love Diamond Kote Pre-Finishing Siding. This low-maintenance siding offers a color collection sure to please every style. Express yourself as you enhance the beauty of your home without having to repaint. Backed with a 30 year warranty, this siding resists fading and continues to look vibrant for years to come. Created from natural pigments and applied with state-of-the-art robotic methods, Diamond Kote is the perfect pairing of nature and technology.Diamond Kote Pre-Finishing

Alside Vinyl Siding

Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry and a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories. 70 years of quality and engineering experience goes into this product’s extreme weather durability. Fade resistant colors let you go colorful or traditional with the appearance of wood. Alside offers the finest in style and the best in energy efficiency.

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James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

JJames Hardie Fiber Cement Sidingames Hardie’s fiber cement siding boasts extreme durability making it a great alternative to traditional wood or vinyl siding. This siding is weather and fire resistant, while also combating swelling, mold, and cracking from water exposure. Along with a 30-year limited warranty, it also comes with a ColorPlus Technology 15-year limited warranty which applies to every pre-colored piece of trim and siding, as well as the paint and labor. Color options, wood alternative, strength, energy efficiency and security. HardiePlank has it all.

New Siding Now Means A Greater ROI Later

Schedule your home improvement project now and maximize the potential return on investment (ROI) that a siding upgrade provides. You can increase the value of your home and enjoy a return as high as 65% in resale value. For homeowners who plan to stay, they can enjoy an even greater ROI, as much as 80%, in improved energy efficiency. At All-Weather, you will find the highest-quality siding with a variety of custom options.

Contact the professionals at All-Weather to schedule your free siding consultation today!

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How to DIY Your Old Door into a Gorgeous New Table

Aall-weather-old-door-DIY-table unique table is a great way to jazz up your living room or spark conversation during your next dinner party. However, custom tables can be quite expensive, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Luckily, there’s an incredibly affordable way to get the custom table you’ve been looking for by upcycling your old entryway door! If you’ve got a weekend and an old door that needs new life, this easy DIY project is sure to impress.

Related Read: Which Entry Door Is Right for Your Home? Take the Quiz & Find Out!

What You’ll Need:

In order to begin the conversion process, you’ll need these materials:

  • One door. This will be the tabletop.
  • Four wooden posts. These will be the table legs.
  • Four boards measuring 1x3x8 feet. These will be the skirt boards for the table.
  • Beveled-cut glass measured the same size as the door. This will protect the door and provide a flat surface for the table.

It’s also a good idea to have these tools:

  • Power sander and sandpaper.
  • Pocket-hole jig.
  • Chop saw.
  • Drill and screws.
  • Paint and brushes.

Related Read: Cost vs. Value Report: How a New Entry Door Can Save You Money in 2017

Time to Build It

  1. Cut the wood posts to the desired height of the table. A standard dining table is 29 inches; subtract from that the thickness of the door plus the glass, and that will be the length of your posts.
  2. Construct the skirt of the table from the plank boards. The skirt is a wood overhang that connects the legs and holds up the tabletop. You’ll be cutting them down from 8 feet. Measure the length and the width of your door. Then from each number, subtract the 2 inches plus the thickness of the wood posts. Use these numbers to determine how long each board should be (you’ll be cutting two boards for each number).
  3. You’ll drill three pocket holes on the inside ends of the skirt boards, so you can attach the skirt to the posts. Then, drill a number of pocket holes along the inside of the skirt board, spacing them a foot apart. This is how you’ll attach the skirt boards to the underside of the door.
  4. This is a great time to prepare the tabletop. Sand the door with the power sander and sandpaper, apply primer and then paint it to the desired color. Wait for it to dry before continuing.
  5. Now let’s assemble the table. Screw the legs to the skirt through the pocket holes. Next, place the table base on top and screw through the single pocket holes that you drilled on the inside of the skirt boards.
  6. Finally, lay the glass on top of the door. You may need assistance as glass of this size can be quite heavy, which also helps it to stay in place during the course of regular use.

Need a new entry door to replace the old one? Contact us today for a free consultation on what benefits you’ll gain when you install a new entry door.

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