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It’s All Good Under the Yella Umbrella – Best Replacement Window Company

We know you can buy windows anywhere, so why choose All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding as the best replacement window company? Frankly, there are a slew of good reasons. We know we do a lot of other things that the other companies don’t. We also know that our customers don’t always know about those things. So here we will list them, as briefly as we can, and at least if you are shopping around and comparing replacement window companies in Kansas City, you’ll know which questions to ask to ensure you make the right choice.

Why Choose All-Weather for Replacement Window Installation?

We like to say “It’s all good under the yella umbrella”. That’s because we go above and beyond customer expectations. Here are a few things that set us apart from other replacement window installers:

  • We custom match window paint or stain colors. Sure, it’s extra work, but we know it’s important to you. Some window companies only offer a limited amount of options and you settle for “close enough”. We want it to be perfect.

 

  • We match door & window trim styles. If you’re replacing your windows, you want to make sure that the finished product does not look like a replacement window. We take care to match the existing trim style so the look is seamless.

 

  • We can find old window and door parts. If your home is historic, it can be hard to find old window and door hardware. We have connections and can usually locate old hardware that matches perfectly.

 

  • We sell and install Andersen & Wincore brands. We have been in this business for three decades and we have chosen the manufacturers whose products we know and trust. We stand behind our products and our installations because we know they are high quality. The Kansas City area is known for having high humidity in the summers and below-freezing temperatures in the winters. Andersen & Wincore windows offer the top energy-efficient glass options and amazing overall quality.

 

  • We are an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer, which means that we are Andersen certified installers. You can have extra confidence that when we install your windows, we do it exactly the way the manufacturer recommends so the window provides superior performance for years to come.

 

  • We have the only Andersen showroom in KC designed for homeowners. You can come in and see and touch the windows to really get a feel for their quality and compare window types.
    We have built a reputation for excellence. For over three decades we have served the Kansas City metro area and have helped over 40,000 satisfied homeowners. We are proud of our reputation for quality and professionalism.

 

  • We offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. All of these reasons are why we can offer such a great guarantee. We strive to make sure our customer experience is as perfect as possible, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we are sure to make it right. Simply put, we’re not happy unless you’re happy. Our customers are not just a number to us. You are our lifeblood.

When you’re looking for a company you can rely on, we hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window replacement needs. Call All-Weather at (913) 648-9589 or come see our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway. At All-Weather, It’s all good under the yella umbrella.

Swing or Slide – The Patio Door Dilemma

Hinged Patio Door. Sliding patio door

Trying to decide if you should choose a sliding door or a swinging door for your patio? At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know it can be confusing. We want you to end up with the patio door that best fits your needs. So we looked at both types to see which features and benefits would matter. Read on to help make the right choice.

One quick point before we get started is to remember that a door is going to last a long time, so make sure you don’t make the mistake of buying a cheap door to save money. Cheap doors will not last, will not provide good insulation, and may not provide the security you need. Do your research before choosing just any brand of patio door.

Swinging Patio Doors Vs. Sliding Patio Doors

When it comes to exterior doors, you basically have two choices: 

Hinged Doors – one or two solid panels joined to the wall by hinges. If there are two panels, they meet in the middle. Hinged double doors are usually referred to as French doors. These doors will either open inward or outward.

Sliding Doors – a door consisting of two glass panels that slide on a single track. These doors do not open inward or outward. Some slide from a track at the top of the frame  and some roll along a track at the bottom of the frame.

5 Considerations When Choosing Patio Doors

One of the easiest ways to decide which type of exterior door is right for you is to look at how the door will be used in the space you are installing it. Consider these five things when weighing sliding doors against hinged doors:

Style Considerations

Sliding glass doors used to be simple, basic, and more affordable, but manufacturers today make high-end, high-quality sliding doors that look beautiful anywhere. They can create a more contemporary look whereas hinged doors impart a more traditional vibe. So aesthetics may help you decide which type fits your home and style. 

Space Considerations

Both doors are easy to open, but sliding doors don’t require space on either side for the door to swing open. If you need space on either side of the door for semi-permanent furniture, large planters, barbecue pits, etc. sliding doors may give you more floor space to work with. On the other hand, sliding doors usually have one side that is stationary only allowing one side to open vs. double doors that allow both sides to swing open. If you need a larger opening for moving big items (like furniture) in or out of the room, double swinging doors may provide a wider opening.

Light Considerations

Sliding doors are nearly all glass and therefore typically allow more light into the room. Depending on the direction your door faces and the amount of light that is desirable, sliding or swinging doors may make a difference. Window treatments may be required with either type. Many manufacturers of both types offer internal blinds that can be operated from outside the door. Besides convenience, this feature offers a great way to protect the blinds from getting damaged by children or pets.

Maintenance Considerations

Sliding door tracks may need to be vacuumed or cleaned occasionally to keep dirt from accumulating and interfering with the gliding motion.

Energy Considerations

Don’t forget to look at the energy efficiency of the doors you’re considering. Most quality doors provide good insulation, but make sure you compare.

Go to a Showroom

If you really want to know how your door will look and perform, our best advice is to visit a showroom where you can see and touch the doors. It will give you a much better idea of how the door is made and how it operates. Additionally, you’ll learn a lot about different types of doors and door manufacturers from people who have an incredible amount of knowledge about the industry. At All-Weather, we carry a wide selection of entry doors by Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. All-Weather is an experienced Andersen door installer, and we are Kansas City’s only Therma Tru entry door design center! We can help decide which style is best for you and your budget. 

Beware the Big Box Store

And before you buy your door from a big box store, make sure you know the questions to ask beforehand. At All-Weather, we include many things in our price that they don’t. Here are 11 things you’ll get at All-Weather that you won’t get at the big box stores. From wood to fiberglass to steel to glass doors, we have a wide selection of quality doors to choose from. We even offer custom iron doors. We can also install your door with the Jamb Brace for added security. 

Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online. We’ll show you what a difference quality and customer service can make. From style to value to security, we’ll help you find the perfect door for your patio or entryway. 

5 Fun 5-Minute Holiday Front Door Decorating Ideas

At All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we love installing beautiful front doors for our customers. We carry great names like Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. Our doors are great quality, installed to keep your home snug and safe, and backed by our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. There’s no better place to buy a front door in Kansas City than All-Weather. If you’re thinking of buying an exterior door from a big box store, make sure you ask them about the following 10 things before you commit to the sale. Now, on to the holiday front door decorating ideas!

Front Doors That Say, “Welcome to Our Ho Ho Home!”

The front door is the way your home says “hello” to your family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who visits your home. So, for the holiday season, it makes sense to dress it up and make it festive. But we also know how busy the holiday season can get, so with that in mind, we found some of the easiest door dec ideas around. These door designs will welcome guests with the spirit of the season, but will only take a few minutes to create. Here are some of our favorites from Pinterest. Have fun decking your door!

The Triple Wreath Trick

This one is fast and easy and can be done with any kind of wreath. Simply use three of the same or coordinating wreaths and connect them with ribbon, wreath hangers, twine, or whatever you have on hand. Add lights for extra impact at night. The result is much more impactful than a single wreath, but almost as easy. It’s simple and fast.  

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It’s a Wrap!

One of the simplest ways to decorate your front door is with a door wrap or door cover. These pre-made winter and holiday designs simply cover your door creating a fun and festive welcome. They are available in many designs from elegant to whimsical. You can find them online at a variety of prices. Just pick the one that fits your budget and your taste and wrap it up. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Door Wrap Deer   Door Wrap Santa. Door Wrap OrnamentsDoor Wrap Santa's Suit

Word Up!

Add some joy to the world by simply adding large letters to wreaths or wooden circles. Depending on the font you choose, your home can be country and warm or elegant and classy. It’s up to you! Either way, your guests will know you’re doing your part to spread joy to the world!

Front Door Joy Plaid. Front Door Joy Fancy

Gift Wrapped

Go red, gold, or silver; velvet, shiny, or sheer; centered on the door or off to the side. No matter how you do it, the look is festive and fun. Make a big showy bow or keep it simple. All you need is lots of ribbon and a way to attach it and you’ll have a door everyone will want to open!

Front Door Bow Red. Front Door Bow Gold

Front Door Bow White. Front Door Bow Red Skinny

Banners and Boom!

Banners are one of the quickest ways to spruce up your front door. These take two seconds to hang and totally transform your entrance. You may want to secure the bottom to keep them from blowing in the wind. From nutcrackers to gnomes, you’ll find a variety of designs online to choose from. Add some festive greenery if you like, but if you’re short on time, but long on holiday spirit, just the banners will do.

Front door banners gnomes. Front door banners Grinch

Happy holidays from All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding! We hope these holiday front door decorating ideas will save you some time. Stay cozy and if you’re looking for a front door, storm door, or patio door, call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online. We’ll show you what a difference quality and customer service can make. Have fun decorating your door! 

Home Improvements Ranked by ROI and the Joy They Provide

The 2022 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of REALTORS® Research Group gives us some interesting information about home improvements. Not only does this report show us the cost of certain home improvements, it also provides a Joy Score which reflects how excited homeowners were about their completed project. Exterior projects with the highest Joy Scores were for painting exterior siding, new vinyl or wood windows, and new steel or fiberglass doors. 

How Much of the Cost Will You Recover at Resale?

REALTORS® provided an estimate of the likely dollar value each project would add to the house at resale. In comparing that dollar value to the estimated cost of each project provided by NARI members, a Recovered Project Cost percentage was calculated. For exterior projects, the highest percentage cost recovered was from new roofing and new garage door both at 100%. Fiber cement siding recovered 86% of the cost spent and vinyl siding recovered 82%. When it came to windows, vinyl windows recovered 67% of the cost spent with wood windows close behind at 63%. Steel front doors ranked at 63% and fiberglass front doors 60%.

Home Improvements Cost

Home Improvement Brings Joy to Homeowners

The fun scores were the joy scores. Across the board, windows, doors and siding all brought a lot of joy to the homeowners who installed them. While the interior home improvement projects ranked a bit higher than the exterior projects, it’s nice to see how much joy homeowners get from both. 

Home Improvements Joy

Check out the full report to see all of the information on all of the projects. At All-Weather we are thrilled to know that our work brings joy to the homeowners who choose us and we’re also proud that our level of customer service adds to that joy before, during, and after the project is completed. Nearly a third of our 42,000 Kansas City customers – have been repeat customers and we think that speaks volumes about our level of customer service. 

When you’re ready to add windows, doors, or siding to your home, (and a little joy to your life) give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park. We’d love to make you a happy customer, and maybe even become a repeat customer too! 

7 Ways to Save on Replacement Windows

At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we want to save our customers money any way we can. Of course, we never sacrifice quality for savings, but we know some insider secrets to help you keep your window project in your budget. But before we get to that, we want to share the most important tip of all. Find a good window company before you do anything else. Once your windows are installed, if you’re not happy, you can’t take them back and start over. Reputation matters, check references, read reviews, and visit their showroom. Make sure they stand behind their work with warranties. Two guys with a truck may be the cheapest price, but it will cost you in the long run, and where will they be when your windows fail? You want to pick a company that is going to be there ten years from now to honor the warranty that they sold you. Even if you don’t choose us, make sure you choose someone reputable and trustworthy.

So now to the meat of it. How do you save money without compromising quality? Here are some insider tips from the crew at All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding.

1. Choose Standard Colors 

One of the simplest ways to save money on replacement windows is to stick with the standard colors offered.  Most window companies sell frames that are a basic color like white, almond,or  taupe. These colors go with everything and every style of home. Because they can mass produce these frames, they are more affordable. Any color that is out of the ordinary, will take more time and therefore, cost more.

2. Change the Type of Window 

There are two ways that changing the type of window can save you money. The first tip is easy, but just not often thought of as an option. Change multiple windows into a large picture window. Let’s say you have multiple windows in your kitchen. You can replace them with one large window and actually save money. Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised to discover this option. They end up with more light, and a beautiful, uninterrupted view. If it is a window that you really want to be able to open, you can install horizontal sliding panels instead of typical double hung windows. The sliding panels also work if you need egress windows say, in a bedroom. The look is more elegant, but the price is actually lower. Just make sure you have enough windows that open in each room (for ventilation and egress purposes) and then change the rest into beautiful picture windows for lovely views and plenty of daylight!

The second way you can save money by changing window types is by eliminating the need to have a tempered glass. Tempered glass is more expensive than regular (annealed) glass and building codes require it to be used if certain conditions exist. When a window is within two feet of a door, or if it is within 18 inches of the floor and more than nine square feet in area, it must be tempered glass. Wet areas such as bathrooms require tempering if the bottom edge is less than 60 inches from the floor. Knowing this, if you had a large picture window within 24 inches of a door, which would need to be tempered, you could reconfigure it by dividing it into smaller units so it wouldn’t have to be tempered. A good installer will explain your options.

3. Change the Grid Options

Grids are the horizontal and vertical lines that separate a window pane. Grids are labor intensive to create, so they increase the cost of the window. Grids, or grilles as they are sometimes called, are strictly for looks, so you can reduce them or completely remove them without compromising any window quality or function. Many homeowners choose to keep the grids only on the windows on the front of the house. More modern style homes can usually eliminate them altogether. You can also choose windows with fewer grids. You could choose windows with 6-section grids instead of 9-section grids.

There are also two different types of grids – grids that are attached to the surface of the glass making it look more realistic like there are truly separate pieces of glass being held in a frame. These are referred to as Simulated Divided Lite or SDLs. The other option is grids between the two panes of glass. These are referred to as GBGs or Grids Between Glass. If you touch the window, you cannot feel the grills. SDLs are more expensive than GBG because they require more materials and more labor. 

4. Use Standard Sizes 

As with color, sizes fall into standard categories as well. Window manufacturers mass-produce the most common sizes knowing that they will eventually be needed. Custom sizes require more labor and are more expensive. Typically, when a home is built there are some pretty standard sizes that get used. If you stick with those, you will save money. 

5. Replace All of Your Windows at the Same Time

Buy more windows. It may sound counterintuitive, but if you are planning on replacing all of the windows in your home, it’s more economical to do it all at once than in several smaller projects. There are economies of scale involved. First of all, windows are cheaper in larger quantities and the company only has to process and coordinate the job once. And don’t forget that most manufacturers will have annual price increases due to material prices rising. It may be more economical to do it all at once and pay it off over time if you can get a decent interest rate on a loan. One other thing to consider is your time used coordinating two or three projects plus the hassle of living in a home during several renovations.

6. Avoid Unnecessary Add-Ons

Be careful to buy only what you truly need in a window, especially if staying within budget is paramount. Don’t let anyone talk you into upgrading the hardware, or adding  special film to prevent breaking, or upgrading to triple pane windows if double pane will do the job for your climate. 

7. Pay with Cash or Check

When paying with a credit card, most companies will have to charge you the extra 3% service fee that the credit card companies charge them. With window projects costing thousands of dollars, it doesn’t make sense. Paying with cash or check will be less expensive. Many window companies also offer financing to help you spread the cost out over time.

The last word of advice is to make sure your window installers are experienced. If you go with a reputable company that stands behind their windows and installation with a warranty, you should be assured a smooth, seamless, and safe experience. Quality windows installed poorly are simply poor windows, and they will not perform to your standards. 

At All-Weather, we  have been serving Kansas City for over 30 years and we  offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee! We hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window, door, and siding needs. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or come see our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

The One Sure Sign of a Quality Company – Repeat Customers

Anyone can get your business once, but when they come back and choose you again, that’s the hallmark of a great product combined with great customer service. At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we are all about repeat customers. Since 1986, the All-Weather team has been delivering quality services and products to over 42,000 Kansas City customers – nearly one third of whom have been repeat customers! Since our products are big ticket items – windows, doors and siding – most people don’t purchase them more than a couple times in a lifetime. That makes our numbers even more impressive. How do we do it?

High Quality Windows, Doors and Siding

We sell and install Andersen & Wincore windows that offer the top energy-efficient glass options. We carry Therma Tru Entry Door Systems, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, LP Smart Siding, and many other upscale products to improve your home’s comfort, beauty, and longevity. We simply don’t bother with inferior products that we aren’t comfortable putting our name on. We only sell products that we can stand behind. 

Excellent Installation Means Happy Happy Customers

We have expert-level installers that are manufacturer-certified. Our installers are experienced Andersen installers so you know the windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards. That means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. You can come to our showroom and see our products in person. 

We Put a Premium on Excellent Customer Service

We have over 250 years of combined window, doors, and siding experience on our team, but besides the knowledge they bring, it’s the customer service that really sets us apart from our competitors. When you run your local company based on customer service, you always get happy customers. We strive to make sure our customer experience is as perfect as possible, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we are sure to make it right. That’s why we can offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Simply put, we’re not happy unless you’re happy. From communication to installation to service after the sale, we strive to keep our customers happy every step of the way. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few customer testimonials:

“Quality, courtesy and timeliness are rare in the US—very rare! Junk Abounds! But you guys, the manufacturer and Charles did it right!”

— JH of Shawnee

“I did some extensive research on types of windows and the various companies that advertised their products and installation policies. I chose All-Weather and they did a fabulous job. I made the right decision to purchase my windows from All-Weather and when it’s time, you can bet I will be doing business with them again.”

— PJ of KCMO

We’re proud of our reputation that has stood strong in Kansas City for over 30 years. We hope you will choose us for your windows, doors, and siding Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park. We’d love to make you a happy customer, and maybe even become a repeat customer too! 

How to Choose Siding in KC – Compare Three Best Quality Names 

Siding not only makes your home look nicer, it can increase your home’s curb appeal, resale value, and energy efficiency. But make sure you choose a quality siding that will last. Knowing how to choose siding for your home can be challenging. No two homes or  homeowners are the same, which is why we offer multiple types of siding to fit your architectural style, taste, and budget. We’ve narrowed it down to three of the best quality products on the market. Let us compare these three different brands. Then you can decide which one is right for your home. 

We Carry Only Quality Siding Brands 

At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, quality is the name of the game. There are many quality products on the market, but there are also some cheap, low-quality products that won’t last and aren’t worth the money. We believe your home is an investment and it’s meant to stand for decades. For that reason, we don’t carry any products we can’t stand behind with strong warranties and fair prices. 

Three Brands of Siding at All-Weather

The  three brands of siding we carry are: 

  • Diamond Kote siding 
  • James Hardie fiber cement siding 
  • LP SmartSide siding 

All three offer beauty, durability, and the best warranties in the business. Whether you choose to buy from All-Weather or another company, you’ll be safe with one of these three brands. We will compare their unique advantages below and if you still can’t decide which one is right for you, just give us a call or stop by our showroom in Overland Park where you can see and feel them in person and we can help you decide. 

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LP SmartSide Trim & Siding

LP SmartSide is made of modern resin. This engineered wood substrate is a renewable resource with a reduced environmental impact. It’s extremely durable, deflecting dings and dents, standing up to moisture and humidity, and made with a proprietary Smartguard process to help resist decay, fungi, and termites. You won’t have t worry about rotting, warping, swelling, or shrinking. It’s no wonder that it comes with a 50-year prorated limited warranty on both the siding and the trim. Yet, for all its strength and durability, it is lightweight and easy to install using standard woodworking tools. The company offers a 5-year 100% labor and replacement warranty on the trim and siding. LP Smartside siding comes in 20 basic colors, trim, and accents.  Its texture gives your home the warm, natural beauty of real cedar without the worries.

Diamond Kote siding logo

Diamond Kote Siding

With Diamond Kote™ Siding, variety and durability are king. Diamond Kote™ offers an engineered finish coupled with a technically advanced application process for siding that stands up to the most extreme weather, including hail up to 1.75″ in diameter!  Whether you prefer the rich look of traditional wood or smooth siding, Diamond Kote™ offers siding that complements a wide range of home styles from modern to historic. You can even choose from horizontal, vertical, or shake-and-shingle style siding. 

It is also extremely low maintenance and offers the only 30-year no-fade warranty in the country. Computer applied robotic spray guarantees the most even coating, ensures a consistent color and coverage that will last. Couple that with a state-of-the-art oven curing process for a super hard and scratch-resistant finish.

Diamond Kote™ offers a complete siding system designed to create a flawless finished product. If character and style are your thing, you’ll find them combined with durability and strength with Diamond Kote™ siding.

James Hardie Siding logo

 

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding Installation

James Hardie fiber cement siding is the third option that offers incredible durability making it superior to wood or vinyl siding. Fiber cement siding is fire-resistant, resists swelling, mold, and cracking from water exposure. It’s so durable it comes with a 30-year, non-prorated, limited warranty! 

And when it comes to color, their baked-on ColorPlus® Technology has greater resistance to fading, chipping and cracking and products come with a ColorPlus® Technology 15-year limited warranty. This applies to every pre-colored piece of trim and siding and covers paint and labor. Plus, if you ever want to change the color of your home, James Hardie siding is paintable. We carry and install:

  • HardiePlank® Lap Siding
  • HardieShingle® Siding
  • HardiePanel® Vertical Siding
  • HardieTrim® Boards
  • HardieSoffit® Pre-Cut Panels

Compare Siding Brands in our Showroom

All of our Kansas City siding products are top-notch. We know it’s a big decision and the choices can be confusing. The best way to ensure you love your new siding is to stop by our showroom to see them up close. One of our knowledgeable siding experts will help you compare, answer all of your questions and show you how to choose siding that’s right for your home.

Trust All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding to offer you the best in quality and the best in service. We have been installing windows in the Kansas City area for over 30 years and we have over 40,000 satisfied customers. Come see why. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

The Secret to Securing Your Front Door…It’s Not the Lock

Thief breaking in front door

At All Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know a little bit about exterior doors. We carry the best names on the market (names). But we’ve learned something over the years. It is downright frightening when you realize how easy it is to kick in a typical front door on a home. “But, I have a deadbolt,” most homeowners say. Deadbolts do improve the door’s ability to resist outside forces, but any front door is only as strong as its weakest part – the frame. Door frames are made of wood. Wood is not the hardest material and is prone to splitting if enough force is applied. Replacing the screws in the strike plate with longer ones will help, but what are those screws attached to? You guessed it…wood. The real secret to securing your front door is upgrading the door frame, not the lock. 

We Use Jamb Brace to Reinforce Door Jambs

The door frame itself is the weakest part of your door. That’s why we recommend and install a product called Jamb Brace. Door jambs are the interior sides of the door frame. The word jamb comes from the French word jambe, which means leg, hence, door jambs are sometimes also called the legs. If you have a deadbolt, the strike plate it slides into will be attached to the jamb. Jamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. This unique home security device was developed specifically for homeowners by veteran homebuilders and is supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies.

Jamb Brace Is a Hometown Product

Jamb Brace was created after a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults occurred in Overland Park in 1996. In each instance, the offender gained entry by kicking in the front door. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, worked in the crime prevention unit and saw the results firsthand. He realized that securing a front door with sidelites would be a challenge, but 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 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. 

Jamb Brace Is So Secure, Building Codes Were Revised 

“We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality deadbolt were the keys to keeping thieves out,” Olberding explained. 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 be fitted with a reinforced door frame. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne, Inc. 

Jamb Brace Works with any Door

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. You are not limited at all. 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. 

Get So Much More with Your Door

At All-Weather, we carry entry doors by Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. All-Weather is an experienced Andersen door installer and we are Kansas City’s only Therma Tru entry door design center! Come pick out a door for your home and install it with the added security of Jamb Brace for your peace of mind. Plus, at All-Weather, your door installation includes so much more than the big box stores offer.

Sleep soundly at night knowing your front door is secure with Jamb Brace. Come see our selection of entry doors in our design center and secure your home while you beautify it. Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

Buying Windows – Why Price Shouldn’t Be the Main Factor (Testimonial)

Replacement Windows
Window wall in great room after replacement.

 

When making a larger purchase like windows or siding, it’s tempting to think that cost should be your main determining factor. Let’s face it, these are larger purchases than the ones you make in a normal year and can be challenging to fit into your budget. We wanted to share the story of an Overland Park couple who have purchased replacement windows twice for their home. They were willing to share what they learned.

“Our first window purchase was back in 2010. Our house was only about ten years old, but we noticed that the builder-grade windows were drafty. My computer sat in my bedroom right next to our bay window and I could feel the cold air sneaking in while I worked. My mouse hand was always freezing! Besides being uncomfortable, I knew we were losing a lot of energy as well. We decided to replace all of our double-hung windows on the first floor. 

I checked with three companies in town and decided to go with the best price. The salesman was convincing and the product was good. I figured, “Why pay those overinflated prices?” They installed eight windows total. There was a little trouble with the double window in the dining room when they went to install it. Apparently, they had ordered the wrong size. The salesman assured me they would be able to make it work and all was fine. Fast forward about a year and I noticed that the wood frame around that window was swelling and there were signs of water leaking on my carpet as well. My husband examined the window and discovered that they had forgotten to caulk it along the very top and that’s where the water was coming in. Luckily, the damage was minor and my husband was able to fix it. 

So in 2019, when we noticed that the large window wall in the great room (original windows) was showing signs of wood rot, it was time to go window shopping again. I called three companies and this time, I based my decision on how long they had been in business, what kind of reputation they had and, I‘m not going to lie, price still factored in. I chose All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding this time. 

The thing I liked about All-Weather was that they talked about the different options I had while the other two companies just gave me a price and never mentioned how the windows would look and never gave me any other options. This window wall is the main focus of our home when you walk in the front door. I wanted it to look good! All-Weather suggested the windows that would give me the most glass per pane (replacement windows are usually a bit smaller than the original windows because they have to fit inside the existing framework of the original window.) My salesman explained that they were not the cheapest option, but would look the best. 

From my research, I knew All-Weather was also an experienced Andersen installer, so I had confidence that they knew what they were doing. Well, here we are, six years later and I’m thrilled with my windows! The window wall looks fantastic and the five double-hung windows we had replaced upstairs at the same time are doing great too. No leaks…no problems. So my advice is to shop around and don’t just base your decision on the price. Your windows will be in your home for decades. It’s worth the time and effort to find and hire a professional who has been in the industry for a long time. 

I will add that All-Weather was not the cheapest or the highest price. Their bid was right in line with the other two window manufacturers we talked to. But the All-Weather people seemed to take the look of the windows into consideration and even let me come to the showroom to touch and feel the different options. They provided better customer service, and after six years of use, I can confidently say quality, professional installation too.”

K. Huber, Overland Park

So when it’s time to replace your windows, do your homework. Choose a company that has been around for years and has a good reputation. At All-Weather, we have over 30 years of experience and we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. 

Our customers are not just a number to us. They’re our lifeblood. We hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window, door, and siding needs. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or come see our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Best Place to Buy a Front Door in Kansas City

Shut the front door! Most door installation doesn’t include what?! There are a lot of places to buy a new front door in Kansas City. Many homeowners choose chain stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Menards. And if you’re just looking for a low price, they will be able to provide that. But it’s what they don’t provide that you should be more concerned about. When you use a big box store, you may get a bit of a price advantage, but make sure you ask them about the following things before you commit to the sale.

1. Do They Paint the Entry Door? 

You may not realize it, but painting your door is not part of the deal with the big box stores. So after they install your door, it’s your job to paint or stain it…big hassle! At All-Weather, we can provide factory finishing in many popular colors. Or if you prefer a custom color, we can match your home’s exterior paint or trim color.

2. What about the Trim?

When you replace a door, many times, you also want to change the trim around your door. Or sometimes, the trim gets damaged during installation. Our installation includes new interior and exterior trim at no extra cost so it all looks great.

 3. Will The Door and Frame Be Insulated?

Doors and windows are the draftiest places in any home. That’s where most of your energy escapes. We are experts at installing doors and windows, so we know how to do it right. We spray foam insulation around your door and frame to provide an extra barrier against air and water. Ask if they take this extra step.

4. Will It Have an Adjustable Threshold?

Most people don’t even know the threshold (the wood strip on the ground under the door) can be adjusted. That’s because many of them are fixed in place and can’t be adjusted. When we install a threshold, it’s adjustable so it can be raised to give a snugger fit against the bottom of the door to reduce drafts and provide better energy savings. It’s one of the little things that make a big difference.

5. Will They Reinstall my Storm Door?

Storm doors must be removed during installation. Because today’s doors are much better insulated than older doors, most of our new doors do not require a storm door. But if you’d like one, we can reinstall your old storm door, help you choose a new one, or even add a retractable screen that you open only when you need it and it stays hidden from view when not in use.

6. Will They Haul Away My Old Entry Door?

If you want to keep your old door, this is no problem. But most homeowners don’t want to keep it. It’s too big to put in the everyday trash container. What the heck do you do with an old door? Load it in the car (assuming it’s big enough to hold it) and drive it to the recycling center? With some companies, that’s your problem to deal with. All-Weather hauls away your old door and recycles it for you.

7. What about the Doorbell?

Assuming they replace your door frame with a new one, will they include replacing your doorbell on the new frame? Sometimes, that’s just another job for you. We typically can replace your doorbell button on the new frame if it was attached to your previous door frame. We will even install a replacement if you provide one. If you want to add a new camera doorbell we can coordinate with an electrician to provide this service for you as well. Just another question to ask before you buy. 

8. Will They Install a Peephole or Will That Void the Warranty?

Some people like the peephole a little lower than the standard height. We can install a peephole in your door at your eye level, even if you’re vertically challenged, and we don’t void the warranty as some other companies do.

9. What Kind of Warranty Do They Provide?

Speaking of warranties, some companies don’t provide any warranty. Others offer a one-year warranty. At All-Weather, we warranty our installation for five years! Our warranties always beat the competition because our doors are quality doors made to stand the test of time.

10. Can I See What It Will Look Like on my House before I Buy It?

Buying a door is a big decision because not only is it one of the first things people see when visiting your home, it’s an investment and it will be there for years to come. Wouldn’t it be great if you could “try on” your front door to see how it will look before you buy it? At All-Weather, we have software that can use pictures of the front of your house to show you what it will look like with your new door. At All-Weather, you can choose from entry doors by Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru – all high-quality names we trust.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

With All-Weather, you always get our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. When you run your company based on customer service, you get happy customers. For over 35 years we’ve maintained a wonderful reputation. We strive to make sure our customer experience is perfect, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we make it right. 

Our Repeat Customers Say It All

We have served the KC metro area for over 30 years and we have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers, more than half of whom are repeat customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built and we’ve built it by providing the little extras that make a big difference. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have corporate telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we just do it. (Don’t tell Nike we used their slogan!)

Replacing your entry door? Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

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