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Get Exactly What You Want with Andersen Windows

andersen windows kansas cityMany homeowners are hesitant to buy new replacement windows for their homes because they fear that they won’t be able to get the style of windows they want. Because All Weather Window and Doors is an Andersen Circle of Excellence Dealer, we can offer every window Andersen makes – and trust us, that’s a lot. We’ve broken it down into the series they offer to show you just how many choices you have.

Core Product Line

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Andersen’s core product lines offer a variety of options. These include the 400-Series, the 200-Series and the 100-Series. Here are the differences in the core product lines:

 

400-Series Focuses on Performance and Style

 

The 400-Series is the most popular. We believe that’s because it blends quality and good looks seamlessly so our customers end up with a window that not only performs well, but also looks great. Andersen’s many years of excellent engineering bring you time-tested, classic wood craftsmanship that lives up to your high standards.

 

Andersen Windows 200 Series200-Series Brings High Quality at the Best Value

 

If you thought your budget couldn’t handle real wood windows, think again. Andersen’s 200-Series is built with affordability in mind. The secret to the savings is focusing on only the most popular designs and sizes. You’ll get Andersen quality, at a value that is unmatched in wood windows.

 

 

100 Series By Andersen Windows100-Series Uses Budget Friendly Fibrex Composite

 

The 100-Series is the smart alternative to vinyl windows. Andersen uses Fibrex®, a composite material that is twice as strong as vinyl and very low maintenance for a durable, sustainable, energy-efficient window at a budget-friendly price.

Related Read: 5 Features Andersen Windows Offer That Other Windows Don’t

 

Architectural Collection

Andersen’s luxury line is dedicated to style, performance and innovation. It consists of the E-Series and the A-Series. Here is the breakdown of these collections:

 

Andersen Windows E-Series in Kansas City

E-Series Allows Customization

 

From custom colors, to dramatic sizes and dynamic shapes, to exotic woods and more, your window will certainly be an original. With their E-Series, Andersen offers unlimited possibilities to create a window that’s custom made for you and your home. Andersen provides homeowners with a unique design opportunity, allowing you to custom-create the home of your dreams.

 

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A-Series Matches Architectural Styles

 

Windows contribute greatly to the architectural style of your home. With their A-Series, Andersen designed a collection of windows with authentic architectural style as their number one goal. Every piece of hardware, every sash, and every accessory works together to create architectural authenticity. And, of course, with Andersen, you get unparalleled performance as well. No matter what style your home is, Andersen has a window that is a perfect architectural fit.

We are proud to be an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer. If you have any questions about Andersen windows, the products they offer, or the styles available, give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online. We will be happy answer all of your window and door questions.

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Ask An Expert: What Siding Do You Recommend for My Home?

siding company kansas citySo you’ve decided to get new siding. Have you considered what type of siding is for you? Luckily, when we are approached to install siding on a Kansas City home, we often are asked, “What siding do you recommend?”

With this in mind, we did the hard work for you by compiling a handful of our favorite siding options so that you can feel more comfortable with your choice:

Pick #1: LP SmartSide Siding

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

Upgrading to LP SmartSide siding is a popular option if you have experienced warping or shrinkage in your previous siding. The modern resin product resists moisture and humidity, while also fending off unwanted dents and dings.

Pick #2: Diamond Kote Pre-Finished Siding

For those who love to stand out in the crowd, we recommend Diamond Kote Pre-Finished Siding. This low-maintenance siding offers a wide variety of colors ; meaning your home will reflect your colorful personality from the inside out. Express yourself as you enhance the beauty of your home without having to repaint. Created from natural pigments and applied with state-of-the-art robotic methods, Diamond Kote is the perfect pairing of nature and technology.Diamond Kote Pre-Finished Siding

Pick #3: Alside Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a popular, lower-cost option for homeowners. If you are looking for a versatile siding with long-lasting color that is strong enough for unpredictable weather, Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry. Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, due to their 70 years of quality and engineering experience. Alside offers the finest in style and the best in energy efficiency.Alside Vinyl Siding

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Pick #4: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

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

New Siding Now Means a Greater ROI Later

Schedule your home improvement project now and maximize the potential return on investment (ROI) that a siding upgrade provides. You can increase the value of your home and enjoy a return as high as 65% in resale value. For homeowners who plan to stay, they can enjoy an even greater ROI, as much as 80%, in improved energy efficiency.

Give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help you select and install siding on your home.

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5 Features Andersen Windows Offer That Other Windows Don’t

Andersen Windows Kansas CityFor over 30 years, All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding has been dedicated to quality and innovation, which led us to specialize in Andersen Windows for our Kansas City customers. So whether you’re looking for economy or variety, energy efficiency or architectural authenticity, hi-tech materials or low-maintenance design, you can count on Andersen for quality craftsmanship and reliable performance.

See why we consistently recommend Andersen Windows over any other window provider:

Looking for Low Maintenance Windows? Try Andersen’s Perma Shield Clad Exteriors

Andersen’s Perma Shield clad  exteriors create a tough, protective shell that resists dents, repels water by completely sealing out moisture, and won’t peel, flake, blister or corrode. Unlike Andersen, other manufacturers use formed aluminum to cover the wood, which can leak and cause wood rot. The unique way that Andersen clads your window will ensure a lifetime of protection from the elements and freedom from wood rot.

Andersen Windows Are Exclusively Strong

Andersen’s Fibrex is an excellent option if you are looking for material that’s strong and durable. As an added bonus to those who are environmentally conscious, Fibrex is a sustainable, green building material. With 40% pre-consumer reclaimed wood fiber by weight, and twice the strength of vinyl, Fibrex blocks thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum for improved overall energy efficiency. Because of its great thermal performance, we can even offer Fibrex windows with dark colors like black and dark bronze without the worry of heat damage to the frames.

Andersen Offers Beautiful and Custom Real Wood Interiors

Because a large portion of window manufacturers focus purely on low cost and low maintenance, you have limited choices when it comes to complementing your interior. Your options are typically an imitation veneer that looks like wood-grain contact paper and only comes in one  or two colors that are difficult to match with your current decor. How frustrating!

Andersen’s Replacement choices fix this problem by offering custom stained or painted windows that coordinate perfectly with your home with unlimited colors and options to complement virtually any architectural style so you won’t have to sacrifice the look you love for convenience or price.

Andersen TruScene Window Screens Are Clearly Better

We buy windows because they provide light and a way to see outside. So why ruin that with a screen that dulls the light and obscures the view? Andersen’s TruScene screens provide more than 50% greater clarity than conventional aluminum screens, letting in more fresh air and sunlight while keeping out small insects.

Andersen Windows Are Award Winning

With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that Andersen® 400 Series windows have been named a Best Buy for Replacement Windows by Consumers Digest. Windows were judged on performance ratings, quality of construction and materials, ease of operation, and warranty.

We are also proud to be Kansas City’s premier “KC Metro” Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Call us at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help you with a new Andersen window installation.

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Is That Wood Rot or Just Mold around Your Windows?

wood rot on windowsMold and wood rot are both produced by fungi, but one is more dangerous to wood than the other. While mold is unhealthy, it will not break down wood like wood rot does. However, because mold also requires moisture to form, its presence is a warning that wood rot could happen.

It is easy to spot the differences between mold and wood rot. Wood rot presents as decay, and mold presents as discoloration, usually black or white.

Wood rot is a dangerous but avoidable condition often found in the wood of older houses. Windows are a particular trouble spot and must be checked for wood rot often.At All-Weather, we have seen it all when it comes to wood rot in Kansas City area homes! Our first priority is helping our clients identify wood rot before it becomes a detrimental issue for your home.

Wood Rot and How to Spot It

Wood rot is exactly what it sounds like: the decay of wood caused by fungi. If the wood around your windows is decaying, that’s a sure indication of wood rot, but it isn’t always visible. We suggest that you press your fingers into the wood. If it feels soft or crumbles, wood rot is below the outer surface of the wood.

What You Can Do About Wood Rot

There are four conditions necessary for rot to occur: wood, oxygen, warmth, and moisture. While fungi is what causes rot, it will not affect your wood if all four of the above aren’t present. Once rot has started, you should replace any wood that is too damaged and use borate products to treat new and old wood. Borate products, like BoraCare and TimBor, work as a fungicide and come in either liquid or powder forms.

Preventing and Avoiding Wood Rot

The key to avoiding wood rot is in eliminating moisture. Of course, it’s impossible to completely avoid moisture from coming into contact with your windows, but there are a few ways you can minimize it so that fungi cannot thrive:

  • Paint the Wood: Painting the wood will act as a barrier against water and moisture. This way, you can let your windows get wet without worrying that the water will seep into the wood.
  • Remove Standing Water: Remove any standing water (for example, water that pools around your windows during rain storms).
  • Promote Good Airflow: Maintaining a good airflow is crucial because the faster your wood can dry, the less chance it has of producing wood rot.

If you find the wood on your windows rotting your home, call us at (913) 648-9589 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help you with a new window installation.

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3 Questions to Avoid the Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Experience When Buying Windows

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Avoid buyer’s remorse when shopping for new or replacement windows for your Kansas City area home by knowing which questions to ask before you purchase. At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we have 25 years of experience, and we know all of the questions homeowners wish they had known to ask before making a final decision. We have created this guide full of questions that we know you will wish you “woulda” asked before you bought your windows:

Will My Replacement Windows Match My Existing Windows?

This is an important question to ask when you just need to replace a few windows in your home. You want to make sure they look the same! Don’t try to window shop for a replacement window that looks similar on your own as you will probably end up unhappy with the results. You not only need to take into consideration the materials the windows are composed of (like wood, vinyl, or composite), but also the the type of configuration (like double-hung or casement). Your replacement window should have the same look and function as your existing windows.

You should consult with a window professional at an experienced window company who can help you find a perfect match. Be cautious of a window supplier that only offers one type of window, as their opinion will be biased, and their window recommendation might not match anything you have. There is no “one-type-fits-all” in window replacement.

Related Reads:  4 Money Saving Features to Look for When Choosing New Windows

Will I Lose Glass Due to Thicker Window Frames?

There are two types of replacement windows – pocket replacement windows and full frame window replacement. The one you choose will affect the amount of glass area.

Pocket windows are manufactured to fit inside of an existing window frame in your home. Many homeowners choose to go this route because they don’t require a lot of work inside or outside of your home, they tend to be less costly, and they take less time to be installed. Many window contractors only offer pocket type installations.

Because the pocket windows have a frame of their own, which fits inside of the existing frame, you will likely lose some window space. This problem is even more noticeable if you have narrow windows, or multi-units such as twin or triple wide casement type windows, and the posts that separate the windows are left in place. The space between the glass can be double what it is currently, and that beautiful view of your yard is lost to your new window frame.

If more glass space and natural light are important to you, you may want to go with a full frame window replacement. All-Weather offers both types of installations and your consultant can help you make the right choice to maximize your view.

Another factor that affects glass size is frame size. Some window brands have large, beefy frames that reduce the glass size, while others offer slim-line frames that give more glass area. Both can be installed as pocket replacements or as full frame replacements. Just ask, and we’ll explain the differences to you and show you examples of all of the styles.

Will My Blinds and Window Treatments Fit the New Windows?

This is one question most homeowners never think to ask. They assume it will all be the same but not all window frames are the same size. When replacing your windows, it is important to pay attention to the differences in dimensions. If you ask your window company this question they will be able to plan ahead, and help you find new replacement windows that will work with your existing window treatments. No one wants a surprise after their new windows are installed that they need to buy new plantation shutters!

Also, be sure to find out who is responsible for removing and reinstalling window treatments as most contractors do not provide this service. All-Weather can quote this as an option for you in most cases.

These are just three of many important questions you should consider and ask before you purchase new or replacement windows for your home. For a full list of questions to keep in mind, click the image below to download our All-Weather guide to Improving Your Window Buying Experience.

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8 Examples of How We Put the All in All-Weather

yellow umbrella stands out from the crowdThere are a lot of window and door companies to choose from in the Kansas City area. Obviously, not all of them are the same. At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we go out of our way to make sure our customers are satisfied. That means we do things that our competitors simply don’t. That’s one reason we have so many repeat customers. We believe personal service is what sets us apart from our competition. Here are eight ways we provide personal service that make all the difference to our customers:

We Custom Match Window Paint/Stain Color

When you get new replacement windows, most window companies offer only three or four colors to paint or stain your windows. These colors rarely match your interior trim. With All-Weather, we can take a sample of your existing trim and match the color exactly for a professional and seamless look. We even use color matched wood putty so your door and trim looks flawless!

We Paint/Stain Your Door before Installation, In Our Shop, Not in Your Home

When you buy a new replacement door, did you think to ask if it comes painted or not? Most people don’t. An unpainted door, installed in your home requires you to paint it yourself or hire a painter. Either solution involves days of sanding, sealing, painting, top coat, drying time, etc. not to mention the mess and inconvenience of not being able to close the door until the finish dries.

At All-Weather, we let you select the stain color ahead of time, we finish it our shop with paint you provide, and install it in your home ready to use – no odor, sanding, painting or mess. We spray our doors instead of using brushes for a perfect finish. We even cut all the trim outside to eliminate sawdust in your home.

We Match Door & Window Trim Styles

There are dozens of different trim styles available. We take the time to match your new trim to your existing trim so your doors and windows fit seamlessly into your décor. We even have access to companies who specialize in old trim. They have the original knives used to create trim decades ago so they can match trim styles from the turn of the century! You can even get specific species of wood that aren’t popular today. If you have an older home in Brookside, for instance, we can most likely still match the trim.

We Use Schlage Hardware on All Entry Doors

In industry tests, the part of your door that gives way to let intruders in is often the hardware. Even a deadbolt can be bent if enough pressure is applied. That’s why we use Schlage hardware, the most stylish and secure brand. Schlage has been in business for over 90 years and is one of the most trusted brands in the industry.

All of our doors are installed with Schlage strike plates, deadbolts, knobs and locks, and can usually be keyed alike to minimize the number of keys you need to keep on your key ring. For you minimalists out there, Schlage also offers a keyless entry deadbolt that just needs a number that you enter on a keypad to unlock the door.

We Install a Jamb Brace with Exterior Doors

The entry door is only as strong as its weakest point. Usually the first thing to give way when an intruder tries to kick down your door is the wooden jamb surrounding your door itself. Your door and hardware may stay intact, but it will swing open when the wooden jamb is broken. Wood is much softer than metal. That’s why almost all of our exterior replacement doors are installed with a Jamb Brace. Jamb Brace is a strong metal plate that reinforces your door’s deadbolt with something much sturdier than wood. Simply put, your door cannot be kicked down with a Jamb Brace installed. We recommend a Jamb Brace on every exterior door we install, and many cities require it by code.

Our Employees Have Years of Experience

Experience is a quality that you can’t appreciate until you’ve worked with someone and they ask you the right questions – questions you wouldn’t have even thought to ask because you had no idea they were important. The All-Weather team has over 200 years of collective window, door and siding experience. Our service manager, production manager, and general manager have all been around Andersen windows and doors for over 20 years each. Add our other employees, sales reps and installation crews, and you’ve got a team of smart, savvy, experts on your side.

Running Down Old Window and Door Parts

Andersen windows have been around for 110 years and because they are quality windows, they last. So if you have an older home with older Andersen windows, you may need to replace a part occasionally. All-Weather is the company to call. We once helped a lady find a replacement crank from a 1939 Andersen window! We stock many of the most common replacement parts, and even some not-so-common parts for many different brands as well.

The Only Andersen Showroom in KC Designed for Homeowners

We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Your other choices are big box stores or showrooms designed for builders and contractors, not homeowners. At All-Weather, we work exclusively with homeowners and we have remodeling oriented knowledge and experience.

At All-Weather Window and Doors, we’ve been installing replacement windows and doors for over 30 years. Give us a call and experience the difference with All-Weather. Call us at (913) 262-4310, experience our personal service, and become one of our 40,000+ happy customers.

 

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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Window, Siding & Door Company

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It’s one thing if you buy a pair of pants you don’t like and can’t get your money back when you try to return them. But when you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a home improvement project, it’s important to take your time and do your homework when it comes to choosing a reputable company you can trust.

At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know that replacing windows, upgrading the entry doors, adding insulation, or updating the siding on your home is a big decision. We want to help you make the right decision.

Obviously, we’d love for you to choose us, but no matter who you choose, make sure it’s a solid company who stands behind their work and their guarantees. To help you through the decision stage, we put together a list of questions that homeowners should ask before hiring a window installer.

1. How long has your company been in business?

Working with a new company is not a deal breaker by any means, but companies that have been around longer tend to have more experience working in the industry and area.

When choosing a company that will be installing or replacing your home’s windows, entry doors or siding, you want to be sure that they know how to do the job the right way and have a track record for doing so. You don’t want to end up paying the price for their lack of experience or hiring a fly-by-night company that will be gone next year.

2. What kind of training and experience do your technicians have?

A second way to ensure that a window, siding and door company does a quality installation is by inquiring about the type of training and experience their technicians have. A properly trained technician can make all the difference when it comes to the installation of a new door or window.

When these products are installed the right way, they make your home more energy efficient, which helps to lower your monthly energy bills. Poor installation could result in leaks, gaps, and energy loss.

3. Ask for reviews or testimonials from customers.

No company is going to advertise their weaknesses or disadvantages. They will only tell you their benefits. To understand the real experience, talk to someone who has used that company’s services and can tell you if they were satisfied or not.

In today’s online world, most companies have reviews or testimonials available for potential customers to view on Google, Yelp, Angie’s List or their website. However, if you cannot find them online, ask the company if they can provide you with testimonials from customers, or even for names and numbers of references that you can call.

These reviews and testimonials help to validate the statements companies make about their services and products. If they can’t provide reviews from customers, you probably can’t trust them.

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4. Ask for photos of projects similar to the work you want to have done.

Just like with reviews and testimonials, it is reassuring to see the work that a company does before agreeing to use their services. We recommend asking the window, siding and door company you are interviewing for photos of projects similar to the one you are looking for.

This will give you a real feel for the quality and workmanship you can expect. If you are doing your homework before calling them, check their website or social networks; some companies post recent work online as well.

5. Is your company a member of the Better Business Bureau?

The next few questions focus around a company’s credentials. Quality companies will have professional credentials that prove they have met a set of criteria set by that organization. One of these credentials is the Better Business Bureau, or the BBB. According to the BBB’s website, “BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust.”

Some good affiliations to look for include the BBB, Angie’s List, and Home Advisor. AWWDS proudly boasts an A+ Rating and No Complaints on record. These are two great metrics to look before you hire.

6. Is your company a NARI Member?

Another thing to check when looking for a window installer, or any company in the remodeling industry for that matter, is that they’re a member of NARI, or National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The NARI logo, according to their website, is the sign of a professional. NARI membership means that a professional is a full-time, dedicated remodeling expert and members are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics.

There are also several different certifications that will show you how qualified the company is. For example, AWWDS is an Andersen Certified Installer and Certified Service Provider for Andersen Windows & Doors, as well as a Master Level Build Smart Dealer for LP Smart Siding.

The list of questions to ask goes on and on, but we think that these are the most important when looking for a professional company to install your windows, doors, or siding. If you are in the Kansas City area and are looking for a quality company to hire, don’t forget to start with this list!

For more information about All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, give us a call today at (913) 262-4380.

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What to Expect from All-Weather’s Window Installation Process

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All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding technicians are masters at replacing Kansas City area home windows. They are careful not to miss a step, so that your windows are installed correctly and won’t have problems down the road.

Here’s a step-by-step summary of what a window installation job looks like, and why we do it better than anyone else.

Step 1: Determine if it’s a Lead-Safe Installation

Before our technicians begin any job, they check the year that the home was built. This is due to lead-based paint products that were used prior to the federal government banning them in 1978. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

If your home was built prior to 1978, our expert technicians take additional safety precautions (as mandated by the EPA) to ensure dust particles don’t enter your home during an installation.

We are also careful to do most of the work from the outside of your home. This allows us to be less intrusive. If we must be inside your home to install the new windows, we always wear booties on our shoes to protect your floors and your home.

Step 2: Remove Old Window

After we determine what type of procedures we need to follow, we remove the old windows from your home. Starting with the sash and frame from the windows, then moving on to remove the storm windows.

We carefully inspect the window opening to ensure it is level and straight and no wood rot exists. This is critical as it will affect whether or not the new window is installed correctly.

Step 3: Install Replacement Window

Once it’s time to install your new replacement windows, we follow a few guidelines to ensure they match up with the old window openings. We shim the window to make sure it fits level, straight, and tight.

Then we use non-expanding foam to fill the void around the window. This ensures the window stays airtight, effectively insulating your home.

Related Read: All-Weather has the right product to enhance your home’s style and your budget.

Step 4: Clean Up Work Site

After the installation process is complete, our technicians will leave your home as clean (or cleaner) than when they started. They vacuum all work areas with a HEPA vacuum to remove all dust particles effectively. All that’s left to do is enjoy your new windows and lower energy bills!

Contact All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 or schedule an appointment online to install replacement windows in your home.

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How To Protect Your Home While on Vacation

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There are two places you should pay attention to when you leave for vacation. One is inside your home. The other is outside your home. Summer is the prime time to get away, and unfortunately, it’s also the prime time for burglaries. July and August are the months with the highest number of break-ins in the United States. Taking a few specific precautions will keep your home from becoming a target.

Before you pack up the car and head on your next adventure, follow these tips from All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you’re away.

Security Tips for Inside Your Home

There are plenty of precautions you can take inside your home to deter burglars and reduce loss. Here are some that you may have heard and some you may not have:

Lock the Doors & Windows

Believe it or not, according to the FBI’s crime reports, 30 percent of home intruders enter through an unlocked door or window! Checking your home for unlocked doors and windows is crucial before leaving for an extended period of time. Don’t assume they are locked until you’ve checked them all.

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

Install a Jamb Brace

Another security measure you can take for your doors is installing a device called a Jamb Brace door reinforcer. It keeps thieves from being able to kick in your doors to gain entry (something that usually only takes a few seconds with most wooden door jambs. You can read more about it here:

Related Read: A Front Door Safety Feature So Good It Changed Building Codes in KC

Put Lights and TVs on Timers

Burglars look for vacant homes, not occupied homes. Create the illusion that someone is home by setting light timers throughout your home. Most TVs can also be set on a timer to turn on and off throughout the day.

Lock Up Your Valuables

If a burglar did gain access to your home, don’t make it easy to find your valuables. If you are planning to leave behind cash, jewelry, or small electronics, hide them in a safe spot. An even safer option is to lock these in a safe. There are all types of safes on the market that are both affordable and secure and they come in many different sizes.

However, remember that safes are a big target for burglars. If it’s possible to lift your safe, it’s possible for burglars to take it with them. Even if your safe can’t easily be moved, with an empty house to themselves they’ll have all the time in the world to try cracking your code (or the door). In both cases, make sure when you place or install your safe, make sure to have it out of sight and somewhere clever.

Security Tips for Outside Your Home

Do everything you can to create the illusion that your home is not empty. Try these tips next time you head out of town:

Leave a Car Parked in the Driveway

It’s smart to leave one car in the driveway while you’re gone. Most people assume this would be burglar bait, but leaving a car in the driveway can actually stop burglars from approaching your home altogether because it creates the illusion that someone is home.

Stop Mail & Newspaper

Nothing says “we aren’t home” more than a pile of old newspapers at the end of your driveway. Make sure to have your mail held at the post office, and stop daily newspaper services. Additionally, if you have a package that is set to arrive while you are away, make sure to have a trusted neighbor retrieve it once it’s arrived.

Hide the Hide-a-Key!

Since this key is usually for emergencies, many homeowners often forget about their hide-a-key unless they need to use it.  Burglars know to look for a key under a mat, flower pot, or rock near the front door. Make sure to give this hide-a-key to a neighbor, or store it safely in your home until you return.

Maintain Your Lawn

A jungle growing in the front yard may be a welcome sign for potential burglars. Keep your lawn trimmed and maintained while you’re away to avoid tipping off any burglars that you’re not home. If you’ll be gone for a long period of time, be sure to ask a neighbor or hire a lawn care company to keep it maintained for you.

Related Read: 7 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home While on Your Vacation

Show Off The Security

It pays to advertise your security system. If you have a security system, make it obvious to would-be intruders. In a study done by UNC Charlotte, 60 percent of convicted burglary offenders said the presence of an alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Whether it’s a small yard sign, or a sticker on your entry door window, burglars will see that you are protected and may choose to go another route.

If you have an alarm system, give your alarm company a call and tell let them know when you’ll be out of town, and if anyone plans to come to your home while you’re away.

Keep Your Vacation on the Down Low

Be careful who you let know about your getaway. It’s good that some people know, but bad that others know.

Let a Neighbor Know

Instead of alerting the whole neighborhood on social media, give a trusted neighbor a call and let them know you’ll be gone. Kindly ask them to keep an eye on your home, and to report an suspicious activity. If you are close enough with the neighbor, give them a spare key and have them check on your home once a day to make sure everything is as it should be.

Be Aware of What You Share

Vacations are hard-earned and well worth sharing, but remember to save the social posts for after you’ve returned. While social media has become a useful resource, it has also caused people to overshare. Never announce your departure on public social media sites, or even private for that matter. It may be a struggle, but try posting the family beach photos when you return home from your trip to avoid unwanted intruders while you’re away.

Thinking it’s time to make security a priority? We’re here to help! Let the professionals at All-Weather guide you to the right choice for your entry door. Give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or (816) 673-2480 and we’ll answer all of your questions.

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How to Wash & Repair Windows and Screens

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It’s finally spring in Kansas City, which means it’s time to get windows prepped and ready for a summer of use. All-Weather Window and Doors put together these tips to help make the job faster, easier, and more effective. Follow these simple steps:

Tips to Wash Window Exteriors

If you’re going to clean your own windows, you want to do it right and make the sparkling results last. A winter’s worth of grime will cut down on your exposure to the sunlight. Be sure to wash the sash and window casing as well. To wash like a pro, take it from Brent Weingard, owner of Expert Window Cleaners in New York and avoid the newspaper, spray cleaners, and rubbing. He says “You’re just moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts dust and dirt.” Read Brent’s step by step instructions to get a spotless exterior window wash.

Inspect Window Glass, Sash, and Hardware for Damage

Once everything is clean, it’ll be easier to see if there are cracks in the glass. If there are, secure with duct tape and contact a repair shop immediately to avoid injury.

Sash rot is a common occurrence through the winter months, so look carefully at your windows and make repairs as needed. All About Doors and Windows has a great video with instructions on replacing rotten wood.  

Snow and ice can also be hard on your locks, cranks, and other hardware, so look for loose or missing locks and cranks. The Family Handyman has more resources on inspecting and replacing window hardware and replacement hardware can be found at a local hardware store or from your window vendor.

Check, Wash, and Install Screens

First check the screens for any holes or other damage. If necessary, repair or replace screen using these step by step instructions from Martha Stewart. During removal and storage, screen frames can be bent or damaged. Any that have bent or warped should be replaced before they are installed.

Wash Interior Windows and Channels

all-weather-woman-cleaning-window-properlyNow you’re ready to tackle the inside of the windows. We recommend using a multipurpose cleaner on the window frame, sill, and hardware. Starting from top to bottom and left to right, use a microfiber cloth or newspaper on a cloudy day to avoid streaks. Finally, with the window open, use warm water to rinse vinyl window channels, or a dry stiff brush for wood.

Today’s Replacement Windows Are Easier to Clean

Once you’ve taken care of these four items, you’ll be able to enjoy your sparkling clean windows for up to a year. However, you can make it easier on yourself – new windows from All-Weather Window and Doors offer many features that make cleaning more manageable. From tilting in for an easy exterior wash to an innovative glass coating, these new models make this chore a little less daunting.

If you need help with repairs, replacing screens, or even think you need new windows, contact us online or call us at 913-262-4380.

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