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Ideal Projects to Improve Your Home’s Value

The right home improvement projects can vastly improve your home’s value and beauty. From exterior door replacement to siding installation, your home will not only look better but will have increased value. All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding lists some of these:

Door Replacement

One of the best parts of your home is the door. A good first impression is the best way to introduce guests to your home. Consider getting an exterior door replacement. You can choose from 3 different manufacturers, Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. Doors are designed to be energy efficient with low maintenance, all wrapped around style and durability. The bottom line is…a beautiful entryway adds value to your KC home!

Siding Installation

Siding not only makes your home stylish, with the right material, it can also protect your exterior walls. Our experts offer exterior vinyl siding for installation. Vinyl is an affordable material that is still able to protect you from volatile weather conditions. Modern vinyl doesn’t fade, even with prolonged exposure to sunlight. Like our windows, the siding we carry is what we consider to be the best in the business. We know Kansas City homeowners want quality, durability and value and that’s exactly what we offer.

Window Replacement

The right window replacement can give your home a good boost in both value and utility. Certain materials, like vinyl or fiberglass, can be used to make your new windows customized with grille patterns. New windows also help reduce your home’s energy outlay because of weathertight seals and low-emissivity glass.

As your local home improvement contractor, All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding Is here for all of your needs. For over 30 years, we have served the KC metro area and now have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation for quality we have built over those three decades. Request an appointment today!

How to Check and Seal Your Windows

Your windows protect your home from the elements of the outdoors, but are you confident that every crack and crevice is keeping the summer heat and winter winds out? As your windows age, normal wear and tear can gradually create dents and cracks around the windows.

Holes in the frame, edges, or crevices of your window allow air from the outdoors to enter your home. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder to control the temperature indoors. So, how can you be sure that your windows are as energy-efficient as you think they are, and how can you reseal them if they aren’t? Emergency window repair is easier than you might think.

How to Check and Seal Your Windows in 5 Steps

Materials

  • Candle or incense
  • Lighter or matches
  • Caulk Softener
  • Putty Knife
  • Towel or soft rag
  • Tube or tub of window glazing
  • Caulking gun
  • Tube of caulk

Step 1. Conduct a smoke test.

Wait for a windy or breezy day, then hold a lit candle or incense close to the window seams. If the flame bends or the smoke blows toward your home, then you have a draft. Repeat this test with all of your windows – making a note of which windows have a breeze.

Step 2. Inspect the caulking around your windows.

Exterior caulk tends to dry out in the summer heat and can create gaps and cracks that let in water and air. Check all the windows, even the ones that weren’t drafty, to see if the exterior or interior caulk has been damaged or is wearing down. Make a note of which windows need to be repaired and add it to your list of windows that are drafty (if there are any differences).

Step 3. Remove loose glazing and old caulk.

Now that you know which windows need repairing, apply caulk softener to old caulking and let it soak for two hours. Using a putty knife, remove any loose glazing or caulking from the frame, interior, and exterior of your window. This will give you a clean slate to work with, and eliminate the chance of new glazing or caulking flaking off with the older layers.

Step 4. Apply new glazing.

Using a towel or soft rag, clean the surface where you’ve removed loose glazing and old caulking. You’ll want a dust-free surface for the glaze to adhere. If you’re using a tub of window glaze, use your putty knife to scoop out the glaze and apply a smooth slope along each pane of glass. For best results, apply at a 20- or 45-degree angle. Otherwise, cut the tip of the window glaze tube at a 45-degree angle and use a caulking gun to apply the window glaze. Let it dry as directed in the instructions.

Step 5. Apply new caulking.

Cut the tip of the caulking tube at a 45-degree angle. Insert the tube into a caulking gun and gently apply pressure. Move the gun along the seams in a smooth motion. If you need to fill a larger gap, move more slowly to ensure the caulking fills the space adequately. Wet your finger and smooth out the caulk to give a clean, finished look. Let the caulk dry as directed in the instructions.

Signs Your Home Needs a Window Replacement

Sometimes your windows need more than an emergency window repair. Signs that your window(s) needs to be replaced include:

  • Your windows are 20 years or older
  • Your window panes or frames are cracked or damaged
  • Your window insulation is minimal or nonexistent
  • Your window is still drafty after replacing the glaze and caulk

Improve Your Windows With Help from All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. If you’re a Kansas City Metro resident and you’re experiencing window woes, don’t hesitate to contact All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. 

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What to Consider When Getting New Kitchen Windows

Making changes in your kitchen is a little more complicated compared to other rooms in your house because of so many things that have to be considered. It is a busy area, after all. Getting replacement windows for your kitchen requires careful planning. Your new kitchen windows have to be functional and at the same time a perfect match for your kitchen’s design concept. Here are some factors for you to consider:

Natural Lighting

You don’t want to rely on artificial lighting all the time when you are cooking but you don’t want to cook in the dark either. What’s the solution? Having one or more large windows in your kitchen can make a big difference. Not only will big windows bring in all the natural light you need but it will instantly transform your gloomy kitchen into a warm, bright and inviting space.

You might want to consider getting an exterior door replacement as well if the one in your kitchen that leads to your yard is solid and dark. You can get a french door if you want to bring in more light to the room.

Air Circulation

You probably have a vent fan to absorb all the smoke and odor in the kitchen. However, that won’t beat having kitchen windows that not only helps get rid of any unpleasant smells, but also lets in fresh air and improves ventilation in the kitchen. Make sure you go for the type of window that can be opened with ease.

Safety

Most building codes set a minimum of 12 inches for the distance between a range and a window. The reasons for this are obvious: You don’t want your windows to catch fire from the stove. You also do not want the risk of a breeze blowing out the flame from a gas stove and letting gas accumulate unnoticed as this can lead to an explosion.

Aesthetics

Your new windows should not only be functional. They should look great, too! It’s best if you can have your kitchen windows customized so they’ll fit your needs perfectly. You might want to consider having horizontal windows in lieu of tiles to serve as your sink backsplash. This could be a great way to bring in sunlight right where you need it and it will look amazing, too.

As your trusted contractor. All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding is ready to provide you with the best windows for your kitchen. We can also handle other home improvement projects like a door, siding and among others. Feel free to call us at (913) 648-9589 for Kansas Residences and (816) 673-2480 for Missouri Residences or request an appointment today.

4 Window Types for Maximum Daylight

Daylighting might be the most underrated illumination technique for homes. Most people don’t realize how much they can gain just by letting sunlight into their living space. On top of its health benefits, this natural alternative can also help reduce your energy bills.

Here are four of the best replacement windows that allow you to make the most of nature’s gift:

1. Picture Windows

Floor-to-ceiling picture windows give you the best viewing and daylighting experience. Their unobstructed glass surface allows a lot of sunlight in, creating a bright, airy room. Don’t worry about the harmful effects of the sun rays through the wide glass surface. 

2. Horizontal Gliding Windows

This window type can give you the best energy efficiency. Its wide glass area allows a good amount of light into your home and vents from left to right and operate similarly to a patio sliding door. It is also operable, so you can enjoy the outdoor breeze whenever you want. 

3. Bay and Bow

These large, elegant windows provide an incredible field of view. They create a bright and inviting sitting area, making your room look and feel bigger. Needless to say, their large glass areas allow maximum daylight into your home. 

4. Casement Windows

This window style allows cross ventilation like it’s sliding counterpart. With vinyl-framed casement windows, you can get the daylight you need to illuminate your home and increase energy efficiency.  Regardless of style, it’s a good idea to get windows with less frames and more glass for maximum daylighting.

Feel free to call us at (913) 648-9589 for Kansas Residences and (816) 673-2480 for Missouri Residences or request an appointment today.

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Home Improvements & Repairs to Make This Summer

Summer is a favorite season for many. School’s out, so there’s a lot less traffic. It’s also when most people go on fun vacations or beach trips. And no matter how hot it gets, it beats having to shovel snow every day. It’s also a good time to do home improvement projects around the house, since the weather is so much nicer.

9 Home Improvements and Repairs to Make This Summer

So what are some good ideas to work on this summer?

1. Power Washing

No matter how meticulous you are about keeping things clean, the front sidewalk, driveway, exterior walls, and windows tend to get a beating from dust, pollen, dirt, and every single pollutant outdoors. Pressure washing eliminates any loose paint, grime, mold, and any unwelcome build-up that dulls the look of your home.

2. Install a Deck

Installing a deck in your home allows you and your family to better enjoy the warmer months while increasing your home’s value. This is because it provides additional square footage of livable space as well as a suitable area for entertaining.

3. Install Ceiling Fans

The summer heat can be brutal at times, so it’s tempting to crank up the air conditioner. Installing ceiling fans allows you to keep the AC temperatures up a few degrees, resulting in energy efficiency and lower energy bills while still maintaining a comfortable environment indoors.

4. Conduct a Home Energy Audit

Doing a home energy audit is a good way to find out whether there’s anything you can do around the house to make it more comfortable or energy efficient, such as sealing leaks around drafty windows, installing additional insulation, and inspecting air vents, furnace, and air filters. You can conduct your own energy audit, or hire a professional do it for you.

5. Caulk Fillings

Drafty windows mean having uneven temperatures throughout your home and an HVAC system that works harder to cool or heat the house. As a result, you end up with skyrocketing energy bills. Caulking them in the summer will prevent that from happening and avoid air leaks during winter. Re-caulking them is relatively easy, will make your home more comfortable, and keep your energy bills from spiking, so it’s a win-win.

6. Install New Windows

Replacing windows means having those gaping holes exposed to the weather outside. Therefore, you want to do it when it’s not chilly. Also, caulking adheres better in warmer weather.

7. Provide Roof Maintenance

The average lifespan of a roof is about 20 years. That doesn’t mean all roofs will last that long. Environmental factors and lack of routine maintenance can make them last for a shorter period of time. If you can see any broken or cracked shingles, they look weathered, you experience standing water every time it rains, or you’ve noticed any leaks or water stains on your ceiling, having a roofer inspect it can prevent costly repairs later on.

8. Update Your Home’s Siding

Take some time to walk around your home and inspect the exterior walls. If you notice any peeling paint, cracks, sagging panels, mold growth, small holes, or any other unsightly damage to the sidings, it may be time to replace them. Doing so will maintain your home’s curb appeal (and resale value) while at the same time keeping the outside summer heat from entering your home.

9. Install New Doors

Entry Doors are the gateways to your home and create a lasting first impression of your most important investment. An eye-catching front door will enhance your home’s perceived value by as much as three times the price of the entry according to a national home valuation study. You will have a hard time finding a more beautiful investment in your home than a Kansas City entry door replacement. They are designed to be energy efficient with low maintenance, all wrapped around style and durability.

All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding (AWWD) was founded in 1986. For over 30 years, we have served the KC metro area and now have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation for quality we have built over those three decades. Call us at (913) 648-9589 for any installation you need. Or visit us at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66202.

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3 Tricks to Spend the Least on the Best Replacement Windows

Best Replacement Windows in Kansas CityAt All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we know you want quality windows and you don’t want to pay more than you should. Since most homeowners only purchase replacement windows once or twice in a lifetime, it’s hard to know what they should cost. That’s why we put together these tips on buying the best replacement windows. If someone else tries to sell you something you don’t need, you’ll be armed with the information you need to make a smart decision.

There are basically three areas where you can spend erroneously thinking you need that feature or option, when in reality, it won’t provide much benefit. Take them all into consideration when researching and getting quotes and you’ll know how to avoid paying more for something you don’t really need.

1. Price Does Not Equal Performance

You may be inclined to think that a more expensive window is obviously a better window. That is not always the case. In an independent study of casement windows, the least expensive window scored highest. It all depends on the materials and the statistics. When comparing, look at energy ratings, materials (vinyl, wood, aluminum, composite), and warranties. All will affect your satisfaction level after the purchase. Decide which features are important to you and whether they are worth the extra cost difference.

2. Don’t Pay for More Energy Savings Than You Need

Window manufacturers make windows that can withstand some pretty extreme temperatures. However, if you live in the Kansas City area, do you really need windows that are rated for a much colder climate? Avoid overkill and get the windows that will deliver enough energy efficiency, but not way too much. The only place you’ll notice the difference is in your wallet. The NFRC label helps you compare between energy-efficient windows by providing you with energy performance ratings in multiple categories. While the ENERGY STAR label tells you that a product is energy-efficient, the NFRC helps you compare between energy-efficient products by giving you independent ratings in several energy performance categories.

3. Watch Out for Options & Upgrades

It’s easy to overspend on options. Upgrades can easily add 50% or more to the base cost of a window. If you add features, make sure to focus on the features that add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes (tilt in make cleaning easier), full screens, finer meshed screens, and hardware upgrades will quickly add up, so be careful.  

Other Ways to Save on Replacement Windows

Keep More Money in Your Pocket with Pocket Replacement Windows

If your existing frames and sills are in good shape, you may be a good candidate for pocket replacement windows. Also known as partial replacement windows, these windows are slightly smaller and fit into the existing frames. You save money on materials and labor. Otherwise, you’ll need full-replacement windows.

Finding an Installer

Kansas City Andersen Windows DealerAt All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we choose to offer Andersen replacement windows to our Kansas City customers. The Andersen window brand has demonstrated integrity and innovation for over 100 years and is the most recognized and most used brand in the window industry. Andersen replacement windows are simply the best replacement windows in Kansas City that we have found.

Even the best windows won’t deliver the look or comfort you expect if they’re installed improperly. Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers for their specific products. At All-Weather, we are proud to be an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer. 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. Additionally, using the same contractor for purchase and installation can minimize the chances of problems arising later.

If you’re looking into replacement windows, give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you make this important decision with confidence.

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7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Your Life

According to the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Report to the Nation, “about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.” Before a preventable tragedy occurs on your watch, please consider these window safety tips from the professionals at All-Weather.

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1. Keep Your Windows Locked

If there are children, or vulnerable adults, living in your house, it is important to keep windows closed and locked unless you are in the same room and very careful.  If you have locks that don’t work or are easy to unlock, consider replacing or updating them.

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2. A Tip for Double-Hung Windows

If you have a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash if you need ventilation and leave the bottom sash closed. This way you can still allow a cool breeze into your home, without risking the safety of those living in it.

Related Read: Windows 101: 5 Types of Windows and Their Pros & Cons

3. Don’t Place Furniture Near Windows

Children are known for climbing all over your furniture, and by placing that furniture near windows, you are encouraging them to explore potentially dangerous aspects of your home like the windows. Giving children, or even pets, the ability to reach windows may lead to injury or worse.

4. Don’t Rely on Your Screens.

Screens keep bugs out, but won’t keep children in. Don’t rely heavily on a window screen to keep your child safe, as these can tear and allow things to fall through. Additionally, the weight of a small child can push the entire screen out of the frame.

Related Read: Tips to Keep Small Critters from Destroying Your Screens

5. Consider Installing ASTM Approved Hardware

If you have children, consider installing ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved hardware. Hardware approved by the ASTM only allows windows to open a few inches, keeping your children safe and your mind at ease.

6. Windows Painted Shut? Fix Them ASAP

Windows that are painted shut not only keep you from enjoying a breeze in your home, they can also be an extremely dangerous fire hazard. This is common in a lot of older homes, so it is important to check your windows and make sure they are all able to open in case of a fire.

7. Avoid a Break-In

Window safety will ward off burglars. Being aware of these window safety tips will prevent burglars from breaking into your home. Windows are an easy access point for burglars and other unwanted guests, and if your windows are broken, unlocked, or left open, you are essentially inviting them in.

Related Read: Security 101: The Safest Locks for Your Home

 

We put your family’s safety first. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, call the professionals at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding for all of your window needs at (913) 262-4380.

 

Is Spring Time the Right Time to Replace Windows?

Now that the warmer weather is here, you may be wondering if you should replace your old windows. Here are a few reasons from our experts on why this is a great time to get those new windows installed in your home.

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Avoid Extreme Hot and Cold Weather

Replacing windows in the winter, or waiting until the summer, means letting in chilly drafts in the winter or letting out cool air conditioned air in the summer. This can drive up your heating and air conditioning bills. Mid to late spring is a great time to install new windows. 

Materials Will Seal Better

In cold weather, caulk can split or crack after it is applied. Very hot weather is not much better. Ideally, you should caulk between 40 degrees and 90 degrees fahrenheit. This will give you better seals that last much longer. Your house will also be more energy efficient heading into the hot summer months. 

Your New Windows Will Function Amazingly Well

Spring means taking advantage of opening windows in your house. Old windows are hard to open and close, have broken or non-working hardware, or just don’t work anymore. New windows function smoothly exactly when you want to use them the most! Not sure what windows are right for you?

Download our Quick Guide that answers your questions and improves your window buying experience. 

Take Pride In How Your Home is Transformed

True, new windows can make your house look fantastic any time of year. However, warmer weather is a great time to show off your windows, and if you are looking to sell your house, it will add tremendous curb appeal. 


If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our experts about new windows, and what is right for you, give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or request an appointment online!

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7 Easy Steps to Prepare for the Spring

Everyone knows winters in the midwest can really take a toll on your home. Best practice is to run through a checklist before every spring to keep the damage to a minimum. Our experts at All-Weather put together a list of 7 easy tasks you can complete around your home to ensure it’s ready for spring:

Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

When debris builds up in your gutters and downspouts, it can wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case if your home has a basement. Whether it be pine needles, leaves, or any other object that can find its way into your gutters, they will backup and cause an overflow and increase the chances of roof problems as well.

Check Roof for Winter Damage

Cold weather can severely damage your home and sometimes cause damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Wind can blow your shingles around. Snow and ice can create expansion that lifts these shingles up or loosens them. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your roof before every spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.

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.” You can prevent this from becoming an issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and it remains in proper working condition.

Inspect Your Siding

No matter if you have wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding, it’s extremely important to regularly clean it. This will help maintain its beauty. We recommend checking your siding after each season to check for any damage or 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.

Check Your HVAC Unit

It’s important to call a professional for this. It’s best to stay ahead of maintenance so they don’t turn into problems. Repairing any potential problems now will save you lots of money later on. This will also prevent you from calling a repairman during surge timing (like nights and weekends).

Check Your Entry and Patio Doors

Don’t forget to make sure your doors are safe AND energy efficient. If you have any issues of your 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. 

Maximize Your Windows

Windows and screens are so much more than simply a barrier to keep things in and out of your home. 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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How to Keep Your Windows Crystal Clear

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As homeowners, one investment we all make is installing quality windows that will last for years to come. When so much time and money go into home improvements, it’s best to take care of them. The experts here at All-Weather want to help you increase the longevity of your windows and put together a helpful list of tips for keeping your windows crystal clear all year round. Read about them below:

How to Avoid Streaks when Cleaning

Do your best to always use a squeegee. Make sure your squeegee has one smooth rubber edge. Keep in mind, in order to effectively use the squeegee properly, you start at a part of the glass that is dry. This will avoid the possibility of leaving streak marks.

What Time of Day to Wash Windows

Did you know that washing your windows during the day is actually a bad thing? This is because the sun causes them to dry faster than normal. With an uneven level of moisture the chances of leaving streaks on the window skyrocket.

Expert tip: If you are trying to remove paint or something adhesive from glass, make sure to wet the surface first. This will help prevent scratches in the glass. Whether you spray it with a glass cleaner or just wipe it down with a wet sponge, either will help when using a new sharp razor blade scraper.

Other Factors that May Make your Windows Dirty

If the insides of your windows are always dirty, it may be time to change your heating and cooling system’s air filter. The purpose of an AC or Furnace air filter is to remove the dirt, dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. If the filter hasn’t been changed in months, it could just keep circulating in your house. We also recommend cleaning any windows that may have been affected by secondhand smoke with an ammonia-based solution. 

Don’t Ignore Your Window Screens

A dirty window screen can make the cleanest window look dirty. Our recommendation is to remove the screens and wash them every year or two. You can clean these screens with a soft-bristled brush and scrubbing with hot water and just a little dishwasher detergent. 

 

If you have any additional questions regarding different ways to keep your windows clean or would like to invest in new windows for your home, give us a call at (913)648-9589 or request an appointment online!

 

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