Simply The Best in Replacement Windows, Doors, and Siding in Kansas City...Guaranteed!

Andersen Window Supplier

Why We Choose Andersen Windows – Quality

Andersen Window Supplier

At All-Weather we believe in quality. When it comes to the products we sell – windows, doors, and siding – quality is of the utmost importance. Our products will be an integral part of your home for years, even decades. With exterior products like windows, doors, and siding, they must be made to last. 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. That reputation for quality is why we choose to sell Andersen windows. 

Andersen Windows Deliver Quality and Value

We choose Andersen windows because we know replacement windows. For over a century, The Andersen window brand has demonstrated integrity and innovation. It 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.

Like All-Weather, Andersen has a reputation for quality. But don’t take our word for it. In an article from The Spruce, that compares double-hung windows (the most popular style of window) from top manufacturers, Andersen windows are the gold standard when it comes to quality for the price: 

“Milgard, with fewer lines of windows than Andersen or Pella, can be deemed the bargain window maker of the group; it produces what is often called a builder grade window. 

Andersen is the gold standard; its E and A Series windows are favored by architects. 

Pella falls between Milgard and Andersen both in window quality and prices.”

Andersen Windows Use Fibrex

Vinyl windows are typically “bargain” windows. Andersen doesn’t manufacture all-vinyl windows. They use a proprietary wood composite material called Fibrex. Fibrex is two times as strong as vinyl, performs better when in extreme temperatures and won’t fade, flake, blister or peel. Fibrex is composed of 40% recycled Ponderosa pine wood fibers and 60% polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is unique to Andersen. While Andersen windows are not the cheapest windows, we feel they provide the best quality for the price. Because we plan to be around for a long time, we want our customers to know that they can count on us for quality.   

We Are an Andersen Certified Installer

The best windows in the industry won’t deliver the look or comfort you expect if they’re not installed properly. 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. When we install your windows, we do it exactly the way the manufacturer recommends so the window provides superior performance for years to come. 

If you’re looking into replacement windows, give All-Weather a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you make this important decision with confidence.

 

Window Grids or No Grids? Let the Architecture Help You Decide

If you’re getting new windows and just don’t know if you need grids or not, don’t worry. At All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding, we get that question a lot. The easiest answer is to let the architectural style of your home help you decide. Each architectural style has certain window grid patterns traditionally associated with it. You are certainly free to choose whatever style of windows you like, but just be aware that from a design standpoint, straying too far from classic design themes can be risky. 

Quick Window Style History

How did grids in windows even become a thing? As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Like many details throughout history, window grids originally served a critical purpose. They held together and supported multi-paned windows and made it possible to ship window panes further without breaking the glass. As time went on and more modern conveniences like air conditioning became common, the functionality of windows shifted from focusing on ventilation to more aesthetic desires such as letting in more sunlight and providing better views. Thus other window styles with fewer grids became popular. Today’s window grids, which are mainly decorative, are really just a throwback to a classic design trend created by necessity. 

Window Lingo

First, let’s familiarize you with some window terms so you aren’t lost when we start to talk about grille patterns and styles:

​​Window Grilles – narrow strips of wood, vinyl, or metal used to visually separate the glass of a window into individual sections. Window grilles are also known as grids or muntins. When the lines the grilles create are purely horizontal and/or vertical, they are referred to as grids. Grids are by far the most popular style of grilles.

Lights, Lites, Panes – grilles divide a single window sash or casement into a grid system. Each small section of glass is called a light, lite, or pane.

Mullions – the heavy vertical bars between adjoining window units.

Architectural Styles and Coordinating Windows


There are many different styles of homes. Here is a broad sweep of architectural styles and the kinds of window designs that traditionally complement each.

Colonial and Cape Cod

These types of homes are square, symmetrical and formal. Double-hung windows divided into four, six, nine or even more panes complement the traditional theme and symmetrical lines. This design is often called a colonial grille pattern. These grille patterns also look great on Gregorian-style homes, popular in the south.

Prairie Style

With their horizontal lines, flat roofs, and open floor plans, clean and simple are words that describe the prairie style home. Think Frank Lloyd Wright. Casement windows are popular on prairie-style homes. The grid pattern lines the sides of the window with small square panes in each corner. These corner panes are connected by a longer light along the top and bottom, leaving a larger square in the middle. Called the prairie grid pattern, the look is simple and clean and geometrical. 

Cottage Farmhouse

With their classic wide porches and gabled roofs, cottage farmhouses speak to utility and simplicity with a bit of charm for good measure. A basic two-pane double-hung window separated by a muntin on both the top and bottom of the window sash creates a simple four-pane glass window when closed that fits this style perfectly.

 
Tudor

Window styles get a little fancier with the Tudor architecture. You’ll find clustered casement windows with diamond pattern grids with six or more panes. These diamond patterns echo the criss-crossing of exposed timbers over stucco or brick facades and amps up the old-world European charm. 

 

Victorian

Another old-world European style of architecture, Victorian homes are anything but plain. Embellished, decorative, and ornate are words that fit this style of architecture. Diamond-pattern grids are common on the top panel of windows in Victorian homes and sometimes even more intricate designs, but the lower panel is usually more plain, and may have only one glass pane.

 

Modern or Contemporary and Mid-Century

Contemporary is sometimes confused with Mid-Century Modern architecture. Let’s face it, in the big picture, they are close on the timeline. A Contemporary home means a current style. A Mid-Century Modern home refers to an era and home style that lasted from the mid 1930’s to mid 1960’s. But because they are fairly similar as far as architectural styles go, they have similar window styles. Sleek and clean is the look, so  the windows are usually casement and aren’t obstructed with grilles to block the view.  However, diamond-grid patterns and colonial grilles would also look great on a contemporary home. 

Craftsman and Bungalow 

Craftsman homes with their covered front porches, tapered columns and  exposed rafter tails peeking out from under the eaves, are charming and simple, but with custom details that add some personality. Double-hung windows with elongated grille panes on the top sash of the window and no grille on the bottom sash provide the perfect look.  

We hope this helps you when it comes to deciding which type of windows to install in your home. Grilles, no grilles, no matter what type you choose, you’ll get All-Weather’s quality and amazing customer service. We have been installing windows in the Kansas City area for over 30 years and we have over 40,000 satisfied customers.

If you’re thinking about installing windows in your home, call us at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

Are Replacement Windows Worth the Cost?

Here at All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding, we know choosing to replace your windows is a big decision. You may be asking yourself if it’s worth the money. There’s no getting around it…replacement windows are not cheap. And on a related note, cheap replacement windows are not good. So what can you expect to pay here in the Kansas City area for replacement window installation? 

According to the 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine: 

Installation of 10 pocket replacement vinyl windows = $18,849  

(with 58.1% recouped at resale)

Installation of 10 pocket replacement wood windows = $22,669 

(with 60.7% recouped at resale)

That’s a lot of money. But don’t discount your return on investment. As you can see, replacement windows also allow the homeowner to recoup a large portion of their investment at resale. But let’s explore some other factors and see if replacement windows are worth the cost.

Resale Value


But if your home is drafty, your energy bills are high, or your windows are old and detract from the beauty and value of your home, new windows have some serious advantages. In fact, window replacement is in the top ten home projects for return on investment. According to 2020 national estimates by Remodeling magazine, between 72% (vinyl windows) and 69% (wood windows) of a window-replacement job is recouped in the selling price. So while the cost is high, the return on investment is also high.

Energy Savings


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star certified windows can lower your energy bill by anywhere from $27 to $197 per year (based on replacing windows in a 2,000-square-foot single-story home with storm windows or double-pane, clear glass windows). If you replace single pane windows, your savings will be even higher – from about $101 to $583  per year. Your savings will vary depending on your local climate, utility rates in your area and your individual home, but those savings will add up over time. And, let’s not forget, your home will feel better too. 

Tax Credit


You can get a little bit of your money back with tax credits. Federal tax credits for certain energy-efficient improvements to existing homes have been extended through December 31, 2021. If you install Energy Star certified windows, you’ll be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the windows’ cost up to a $200 total. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. You can’t apply it to installation costs, but it applies to both new construction and replacement windows. (Be aware that the IRS has a lifetime limitation of $500 for energy-efficiency upgrades, so if you’ve already used it all, you won’t be able to claim it.)

Insider Tip to Save


If your home is not old, your existing frames and sills are probably still sound and square. You can save money on materials and labor by using what’s known as pocket replacement units. These windows are slightly smaller and fit inside the existing window frames allowing you to keep the original frame, trim, siding, and casing intact making installation faster and easier and thus, saving you money. If your frames are too old and deteriorated, you’ll need full replacement windows, also known as “new construction” windows. These include the frame, sill, jambs, and usually what’s known as a nailing flange, which attaches the window to the outside wall around the opening.

Tips for Choosing a Window Replacement Company


No matter who you choose, make sure you do your homework. Choose a company that installs quality windows (we install Andersen and Wincore brands because we have found them to be the best value when it comes to quality and price) and a company that has been around and has a good reputation for customer service in the industry. We’ve been in business since 1986 and we offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Replacing your windows is a significant investment and the last thing you want is buyer’s remorse on a project this big. The lowest price isn’t always the best choice. Go with a trusted name in windows and in the industry.

If you’re considering replacement windows, call All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding at (913) 648-9589. Or visit us at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park, KS. We’ll take good care of you.

©2021 Zonda Media, a Delaware corporation. Complete data from the 2021 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Front Door

An entry door is not something you replace very often. You may only purchase one a handful of times in your life, so it makes sense that most people don’t know what to expect with door replacement. What will the company handle and what will you be expected to do? Whether you buy your door from one of the big box stores or a small business in town, make sure you ask these ten questions before you decide to buy. You’ll be so glad you did. Sometimes the cheapest option ends up costing way more than you wanted in time and hassle.  At All-Weather, we take care of everything so all you have to do is enjoy your new front door.

1. Do They Paint the Entry Door? 

This one is huge. You may not realize it, but painting your door is not part of the deal with the big box stores. Sure, they install the door, but that’s it. Now you’re left with a door you have to paint or stain yourself…big hassle! At All-Weather, we can provide factory finishing in many popular colors. We also offer custom painted doors, matched to your paint code. This process is done in a controlled environment and avoids the mess and inconvenience of painting at your home.

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

That would be ideal when you’re choosing the door, but unfortunately, not many companies offer this service. You just have to guess what your door will look like once installed. It’s a little too late once it’s installed to change your mind. 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 a new door.

3. Does the Installation Include New Trim?

Many times, when you replace a door, you also want to change the casing (trim around your door). Or sometimes, the trim gets damaged when removing the old door or installing the new door. We install new interior and exterior casing/trim to match your door so it all looks great.

4. What Kind of Warranty Do They Provide?

Most companies warranty the door for a year. Some don’t provide any 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.

 5. Will It Have An Adjustable Threshold?

The threshold is the wood strip on the ground under the door. Many of these are fixed in place and cannot 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

6. Will The Door and Frame Be Insulated?

Any opening in your home, door or window, is a potential place for energy to escape. We spray foam insulation around your door and frame to provide an extra barrier against air and water. Not every company takes this extra step.

7. Will They Reinstall my Storm Door?

If you have a storm door, it will have to be removed during installation. Since today’s doors are not as drafty and are much more resistant to the weather, most of our new doors do not require a storm door. We can reinstall your old storm door if you want, 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.

8. Will They Install My Doorbell?

Many doorbell buttons are attached to the door frame. When the frame is removed, so is your doorbell. We typically can replace your doorbell button on the new frame if it was attached to your previous door frame. We will 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. Other companies may not offer this service.

9. Will They Haul Away Your Old Entry Door?

Many companies replace your old door and leave you with the old one. What the heck do you do with an old door? It’s big and bulky and won’t fit in a garbage container. With some companies, that’s your problem to deal with. All-Weather hauls away your old door and recycles it for you.

10. 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 like some other companies do.

At All-Weather, you can choose from entry doors by Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru.  All of these are quality brands that will last for years. We don’t just specialize in doors and installation, we also specialize in customer service. That’s why more than half of our customers are repeat customers. 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 simply do it.

Replacing your entry door? Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

Replacement Window Frames

What Are The Best Window Frame Types & Materials? It’s Not an Open & Shut Case

Replacement Window FramesIf you’re in the market for replacement windows in Kansas City, you no doubt have a lot of questions. One of those is probably, “Which kind of window frame is best – wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass?” At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we’re used to getting these kinds of questions. There is no simple answer because it changes for each homeowner. We dove a little deeper into the differences between our Andersen replacement window frames and summarized it below. Hopefully, this will help you make the right decision for your home and your budget.

6 Types of Window Frames Compared

Solid Wood

It’s been at the core of Andersen products for over 100 years. Wood provides strength and rigidity in both frames and sashes. Wood is mostly chosen for its beauty because it can be stained to match existing interior woodwork. Many homeowners prefer the natural look of wood and its overall thermal performance is hard to beat.

Pros & Cons – Great insulator against heat and cold, but it’s costly, requires maintenance, and is subject to swelling and contracting.

Aluminum

Aluminum provides a virtually maintenance-free exterior that resists the elements.It is strong, affordable, and low-maintenance, but conducts heat and cold, so it isn’t the most energy-efficient frame. It is also not the most aesthetically pleasing material for frames.

Pros & Cons – Strong, affordable, low-maintenance, but not as energy efficient or attractive as others.

Vinyl

Vinyl on its own provides an excellent low-maintenance exterior for any window and is available in a wide variety of colors. Where Andersen has innovated with vinyl is by using it as a protective cladding for its wood core windows. See below.

Pros & Cons – Affordable and low-maintenance, but color may fade over time.

Clad

The most expensive type, with wood frames inside and aluminum or vinyl shell on the outside; wood frame helps minimize the transfer of heat and cold, while the exterior shell makes the window low-maintenance.

Pros & Cons – Expensive, but very low maintenance and energy efficient.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a tough, weather-resistant material. They are maintenance free and can be combined with beautiful wood interior frames.

Pros & Cons – durable, maintenance free, lightweight, energy efficient.

Composites

Composites are new materials created to combine the best attributes of several materials. Composite windows are stronger and more durable than wood and vinyl, and can be painted to match a home’s decor.The price falls between wood and vinyl. Andersen’s Fibrex® composite window frames are two times as strong as vinyl, perform better when exposed to extreme temperatures and deliver exteriors that won’t fade, flake, blister or peel.

Pros & Cons – moderate price, extremely strong and durable, low maintenance, energy efficient, can be painted

We know it’s a lot of information, so start by prioritizing the benefits that you value the most. This will help you narrow down the field and make a final decision easier. If you have any questions or want to talk to an expert about replacement windows, give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online.

window/style

Choosing Windows that Match Your Style and Your Budget

window/styleWhether you are building a new home or if you are thinking about replacing your current windows, there are many factors to consider.

For most homeowners, the top concern is cost, but style is also an important factor. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding shares our tips for choosing a window that meets all of your criteria.

Complement or Clash?

Not every style of window fits with the décor of your home. Because of this, it’s important to look for a window style that complements both the interior and exterior of your home. If you’re unsure, check with your installer, after all they are experts in this field! We also recommend checking out All-Weather’s Style Guide: 112 Ways to Make Your Home’s Windows Stand Out.

Window Composition: Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiberglass

Do you want wood or vinyl composite material, aluminum, or fiberglass? Again, the style of your house will be a consideration in selecting the composition of your new windows. However, many of the newer materials last a lifetime with little maintenance.

Energy-Efficient Windows

To save money and conserve energy, today’s homeowner must consider energy-efficient windows. Something to keep in mind is the direction that each window faces and what effect the sun and elements may have in heating or cooling your home. For example, south facing windows will allow more sunshine to warm the home, but it may be too much of a good thing during the summer months. We recommend looking for the ENERGY STAR® label, to ensure your new windows are doing their best to keep your home efficient.

Related Read: All-Weather Helps Homeowners with Energy Savings – A Project Recap

Protection from the Sun’s UV Rays

Exposure to UV rays can be harmful to your home’s furniture and finishes. Eliminating as much exposure to the sun will reduce the fading in your home’s curtains, carpet, hardwood flooring, furniture, and more. When choosing new windows, consider an option that keeps UV ray penetration to a minimum.

Installation is Key

Just as with other home investments, your installation is extremely important. We recommend finding a certified and experienced installer. Not sure who meets that criteria? Ask for references and recommendations.

Keep these tips handy when you are shopping for your home’s windows. Interested in speaking with a professional to about the right windows for your home? Give the All-Weather team a call today at (913) 262-4380.

3-causes-of-broken-windows-all-weather-kc

3 Causes of Broken or Cracked Windows & How to Fix Them

impact-break-broken-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityThere’s nothing worse than sitting at your kitchen table having coffee one morning and noticing a small crack in your sunny kitchen window! Next, you ask yourself questions like: How’d that happen? and more importantly, how the heck am I going to fix that?

A broken or cracked window is an all-too common occurrence with a variety of different causes. However, regardless of what caused the damage, it needs to be addressed, and the sooner the better. Why? That cracked or broken window is not just an eyesore, it’s costing you money every day as it leaks precious energy from your home. So, what’s next? Let’s look at some of the causes & solutions:

Causes of Stress Cracks

stress-crack-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityA stress crack in an insulated glass window is a crack that starts small, near the edge of the window, and often continues to grow and spread across the glass. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are the most common cause of small thermal stress cracks. For instance, when it’s a cold day and you crank your heat up drastically to stay warm.

This is the same for the outside temperature as well. If the outside temperature drops suddenly, your window can crack, much like a hot dish can crack if you fill it with cold water or how ice cubes crackle when you drop them in warmer water. A stress crack can also occur from windows falling or slamming them shut, so be gentle.

Causes of Impact Breaks

impact-break-window-broken-all-weather-kansas-cityAn impact break is just what it sounds like — a broken window caused by a neighborhood ballgame hit gone astray, a rock propelled by a weed eater or a lawn mower, or a golf swing gone wrong if you live on a golf course. These are usually characterized and easily identifiable due to the starburst pattern that radiates outward from the point of impact.

Important Safety Note: If you experience an impact break in your home, clean up any glass that may be on your floor, but DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE REMAINING BROKEN GLASS YOURSELF. Please, leave this to a professional to avoid any injuries.

Causes of Pressure Cracks

pella-pressure-stress-crack-window-replacement-kansas-city-all-weatherPressure cracks are less common and always seem to come out of nowhere. Most commonly seen in insulated glass, or double-paned windows, pressure cracks can be caused by drastic pressure system changes in the weather or when windows are installed at too high or too low of an elevation level. These cracks tend to curve in the shape of an hourglass and will most likely result in a complete window replacement.

How to Fix Your Broken or Cracked Window

While replacing the glass can work in some situations, it’s only a temporary fix for most. To ensure these issues are completely resolved and won’t happen again, we suggest having a certified professional replace the window altogether. Don’t worry! While this solution may seem like the pricier option, leaving this problem unresolved will wind up costing you much more in energy bills as those cracks leave a way for air to come and go as it pleases.

That small crack is only going to get worse over time, so don’t wait any longer! Give the experts at All-Weather a call at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today. For more helpful homeowner information, check out our blog!

 

Top 3 Things to Consider Before Window Replacement

 

Window replacement is a big deal. First of all, no matter who you go with, it’s a big investment. Secondly, it’s going to be permanent. Once they are installed, you will have them for as long as you live in that home. That could be decades, but most likely, at the very least, years. So it’s worth spending a little extra time and research before deciding who will install them and what kind of windows you want installed. The three biggest considerations can be summarized as when, what, and who.

1. When Is the Best Time of Year for Window Installation in Kansas City?

Most people think  of window replacement too late. When the weather starts to get cool and the winds start pushing that cold air through the leaky windows into their homes, they think, “Oh, yeah. These windows are terrible. We should have them replaced.” We can definitely replace windows in the winter, but we can’t keep all the cold air out. The best time to have windows installed is late spring and early fall when temperatures in Kansas City are the most moderate. 

It is worth remembering that in addition to weather conditions, the selection of materials and availability, will also play a role in scheduling, so don’t put it off if you want it done in a timely manner. Spring and fall are the busiest times for window replacement companies because the weather is ideal. 

2. What Kind of Windows Should I Choose? 

Once the decision has been made to replace your windows, you have to decide what kind of windows you want. There are two important qualities to look for:

Energy Efficiency
One of the most important features of a window is its energy efficiency. Energy-efficient windows guarantee less heat loss, which means lower heating bills. The heat transfer coefficient (U-value) determines the thermal insulation of a window –  the lower it is, the more thermally insulating the window, so look for a low U-value when comparing.

Acoustic Insulation
The second thing you should consider when choosing windows is acoustic insulation. Your walls and windows are the barrier between you and the outside world with all of its wind-blowing, horn-honking, and dog barking revelry. By choosing good quality products, you can muffle the sounds coming from the outside. Soundproofing is determined by the Sound Transmission Coefficient (STC) scale, where the higher the STC, the better the unit is at blocking sound, so look for a high STC when comparing.

3. Which Company Should I Choose for Window Installation?

You can buy the best and most expensive windows on the market, but if the installation  company doesn’t do the job right, your windows won’t give you what you paid for. In fact, the company you hire is more important than the type of window you buy, so do your homework and choose very carefully. Price alone is not the only thing to consider. Look at customer testimonials, reviews online, and company guarantees/warranties. Also look at how long have they been in business and how long they have been in the market? In addition, you can ask to see the company’s certificates to make sure they are licensed, insured, and up to date. 

If you’re looking for the right window installation company in Kansas City Metro, you don’t have to look any further than All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. We have been installing windows in the Kansas City area for over 30 years and we have over 40,000 satisfied customers.

Call us at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park

Top 3 Mistakes Homeowners Make with Outdoor Holiday Decorating

 

Decorating tor the holidays can be fun. Most people have indoor decorating down pretty well. But when it comes to outdoor decorating, things can get a bit trickier. To make matters worse, your decor is on display for the whole world to see, not just visitors you invite into your home. Make sure you’re not guilty of these top three outdoor decorating mistakes:

Not Considering the Entire Area

If you hang a wreath on your front door and call it good, you’re missing an opportunity to create an impressive holiday welcome. Hang that wreath, but step back and take a wide-angle view of your entrance…the whole entrance, not just your door. Consider flanking the door with urns filled with greenery and festive bows. Frame your door with a lighted garland to add a warm glow at night. Hang a sign on the wall or place one in the yard. Prop an old sled up in the corner. Keep the colors and style fairly consistent. Consider a theme – Victorian, rustic, bright, woodsy, etc. If you need ideas, simply troll on Pinterest. You’d be surprised how easy it is to create an HGTV-worthy design that would make a perfect backdrop for holiday photos.

Using the Wrong Size for Outdoor Decorations

Amateur decorators often don’t consider the size of the space when decorating. If you have a larger-than-normal entryway, your wreaths, garland, urns, and other decorations need to fill the space. Otherwise, they look puny and wimpy. If you need to fill a large space, think about adding a charming bench with pillows, a sleigh filled with faux presents, an oversized lantern, or lighted trees. Just make sure everything is secured or weighted so it doesn’t blow away in strong winter winds.

Forgetting about Safety

Sometimes, in an effort to make everything look as festive as possible, extension cords are draped, dragged, tucked, and secured in ways that can cause both tripping and fire hazards. Make sure walkways are clear and only extension cords rated for outdoor use are used. Also, make sure electrical cords are not in water or snow. Never use a nail, tack, or staple to hold an extension cord in place!

Happy Holidays from All-Weather! Let us know how we can help you create the entryway of your dreams with new windows, doors, or siding. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

Window Replacement – Pros and Cons of Total or Partial Home Installation

 

You know your windows are old and need to be replaced. It’s a big investment, so you want to make sure you do it right. But you have questions. Should I bite the bullet and replace them all? Can I just replace a few windows? Are there drawbacks to piece-mealing the project? Can I afford to replace all of my windows at once?  So many questions. That’s why All-Weather is here. We’ll answer those questions and give you an idea of your options so you can make the best decision for your home and your budget. 

Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows

Typically, you won’t need to replace your windows for 20-30 years, depending on the quality and installation of the original windows. But there are certain scenarios that may require you to replace them sooner:

  • A windowpane has been cracked
  • The frame around the interior or exterior is damaged
  • You feel a draft around your window
  • Your windows leak
  • There’s condensation between the panes
  • House renovations inspired a differently-shaped window design
  • Your windows aren’t properly insulated
  • Your windows weren’t properly installed

Is Window Replacement an All-or-Nothing Deal?

No. You have several options. You can replace every window in your home at once, replace a full floor, or replace a single window. There are pros and cons to replacing your windows one at a time, and the decision of how to proceed really comes down to you, your preferences, and your budget.

Pros of Whole-Home Window Replacement

  • You’ll usually save money by replacing all of your windows at once because discounts are provided to bulk purchases 
  • You only have a single disruption to your life for installation 
  • You can be assured that all of your windows and frames will match exactly for the best curb appeal. (Sometimes, after a few years, manufacturers can change their products.)

Cons of Whole-Home Window Replacement

  • It’s more expensive to do all at once
  • You will have window projects going on in every room

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. We can provide some quotes and help you decide which approach is best for you. We also offer convenient financing options to help with the budget. 

Call us today at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

Free Estimates Contact Us Today!

all weather windows, doors and siding in kansas city

Locally Owned & Operated

 

visa, mastercard and discover credit card options

Financing Available

We Provide Replacement Windows, Doors and Siding in the surrounding areas:

Windows and Siding Web Site Design by Lure Creative