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Why Proper House Window Installation Is So Important

Your home could have the best windows in the world but if they are not installed correctly, they will not perform correctly. Cracks, rotting and mold buildup are only a few signs that your windows were poorly installed and now is time to call in the experts. All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding has been installing windows throughout the Kansas City metro for more than 30 years and we have witnessed, firsthand, the importance of quality window installation. 

Signs of a Bad Window Installation

There are many signs of poor window installation. Unfortunately, many times they don’t show up until your windows have been in place for a year or more. Here are the most common issues:

Condensation

Condensation between the window panes is one of the first things homeowners notice after having windows installed improperly. It’s one of the top reasons people replace their windows. Windows are designed to complement the vapor barrier created by your walls. The goal is to prevent moisture from passing through from the outside around the window frame. But if proper steps are not followed during the installation process, vapor will condense on cold surfaces between the frame and the wall. Where there is condensation (moisture), rotting will follow. People think condensation is a problem with the window itself, but 9 times out of 10, it is the result of poor installation. 

With All-Weather, you won’t have to worry about rot, mold, and mildew in your home. Properly installed windows can eliminate these health risks and improve your home’s indoor air quality. Never settle for anything less than professionally installed windows!

High Energy Bills 

Professional window installation will reduce heating costs in winter and air conditioning costs in summer. If your energy bills are not decreasing, or even worse, increasing, your windows probably weren’t installed properly. Your wall’s air barrier is critical to keeping your home snug. Any break in this barrier is a potential area for heat exchange – in the winter your heat will seep out and in the summer, the heat will seep in. Even tiny cracks around the window frame can lead to air infiltration and substantial heat and energy loss. Add this up over years and you’re looking at hundreds or thousands of dollars  in energy loss and higher bills. 

Leaks

One of the main purposes of windows is to keep out harsh weather. Sure, we also want them to let in sunlight and allow us to have a nice view, but those are all secondary reasons to have windows. Proper window installation will create a continuous water barrier between the window and the wall keeping moisture from rain and snow outside.  Even the smallest gap or crack will grow to be a big problem. Mold, rot, and if left untreated, even  structural damage can occur severely affecting your property value, not to mention your comfort level. With All-Weather’s experience and unique weatherproofing installation techniques, your property will be as weather tight as possible. 

We Are Andersen Certified Window Installers 

Most window and door installers in Kansas City are trained on the job by other installers. While this is not the best way, it is the way it has been done for decades. Because we are in the service side of this industry, we have learned that most of the issues that people have with their windows and doors are installation related. Most times the failure of the product could have been prevented had the window installer been properly trained. At All-Weather, all of our installers are Andersen Certified Installers.

Our Installation Skills Were Tested to the Limits and the Windows Held Strong

Our installers undergo an intensive certification course that includes both classroom and hands-on training at the Andersen Factory in Bayport, MN. This training includes subjecting our window installations to wind loads in excess of 120 mph, and rain the equivalent of seven inches per hour at the Research and Testing Lab. Our installers passed with flying colors! All-Weather now has more Andersen Certified Installers than any other company in Kansas City! Why do we go the extra mile? We want to ensure that we are offering only the best value to our customers. Even if you do not select us for your window project, insist the contractor you hire be properly certified by the company that makes your windows.

The Best Installation Guarantees in the Business

Every certified installed project comes with a 2-year installation limited warranty from Andersen Corporation. In addition to the manufacturer provided labor warranty, All-Weather also offers our exclusive 5-Year Installation Warranty! We are that confident in our product and our installation. And we’re also confident in our customer service. That’s why we can offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee! Simply put, we’re not happy unless you’re happy. Our goal is to help you lower your energy bills and create a more comfortable, beautiful home for years to come. 

The Best Replacement Windows in Kansas City

We choose Andersen windows because we know replacement windows. For over a century, The Andersen 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. We know Andersen windows and doors inside and out, so we can bring you the best product and the best service in Kansas City. Our customers are not just a number to us. They are our lifeblood. 

If you’re ready to add Andersen energy-efficient windows to your Kansas City home, give All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding a call at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and we’ll not only help you choose the right Andersen windows for your home, we’ll install them the right way so you’ll have no worries for years to come.

Siding, windows, & doors ROI

Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value: Siding, Windows, or Doors?

Adding siding, windows or doors to your home is an investment. These upgrades  obviously improve the look of your home, but which home improvements add the most value? In other words, how much return on investment can you expect with each one? At All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding, we get this question a lot. We want our customers to feel good about their decision to update/upgrade their biggest investment, so we’re breaking it down for you here. 

How Much Does New Siding Increase Your Home’s Value?

If you are wondering whether fiber-cement siding is a good investment for your home, the answer is yes. According to the 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine, adding fiber-cement siding offers a 69.4% return on investment when you sell your home. We carry Diamond Kote siding, James Hardie fiber cement siding, and LP SmartSide siding and trim. 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.

How Much Do New Windows Increase Home Value?

Using the same 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report, replacing your windows with wood windows gives a 67.4% ROI while vinyl provides a slightly higher 68.6% return. 

The right window replacement can give your home a good boost in both value and utility. At All-Weather, our windows are beautiful, durable, and energy efficient. We offer windows from Andersen and Wincore – two manufacturers we trust for quality and value. We are also Andersen Certified Window Installers so you know it will be installed correctly and last for decades.  

How Much Do New Exterior Doors Increase Home Value?

The front door is one of the most important elements for curb appeal and first impressions. According to the report, replacing your existing door with a steel door averages a 65% return on investment. And don’t forget, besides boosting your home’s curb appeal, a new door will help you save money on energy bills and increase your home’s security to boot. While a beautiful entryway adds value to your Kansas City home! At All-Weather, we add value to your exterior door purchase. Read about 11 things you won’t get when you have a big box store install your exterior door

Exterior doors serve two purposes – beauty and safety. We carry doors from Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. We chose these manufacturers because their doors are energy efficient with low maintenance. From entry doors to patio doors to storm doors, we’ve got you covered.

Three Decades of Satisfied Customers

All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding has served the KC metro area for over 30 years and we have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built over those three decades. Whether you need replacement windows, new siding, or exterior doors, we would be honored to help you choose these quality products for your home. 

Call us at (913) 648-9589, visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway or request an appointment today!

Window types

The 12 Types of Windows and Where to Use Them

Window types

There are a lot of different styles of windows and the terminology can be a bit confusing. At All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding, we understand. So we thought we’d create this simple window tutorial to help you understand the differences, the names, and why you should choose one style over the other. The next time you’re looking for replacement windows, you’ll know all of your options. So without further ado, here is a pictorial guide to get us started:

Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows, also called sash windows or hung sash windows are made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes”. A single hung window has a fixed top sash that does not slide up or down, so it can only be opened by sliding the bottom sash up. Single hung windows look like double hung windows when they are closed, but are less versatile. 

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are by far the most popular. That’s because they are the most versatile. They feature two separate sashes (the sections that slide up and down), which allows them to be easily opened to let fresh air in and most can be opened either by sliding the bottom sash up or the top sash down creating even more options. Let’s say you want to open the window on a cool night but don’t want the cool breeze to blow directly on you while you sleep. Or maybe you want to open the window, but don’t want the dog to get out. Simply pull the upper sash down. You can even pull the upper sash partially down and lift the lower sash partially up to let cool, outside air flow in through the bottom while warm air flows out of the top. Many double hung windows also have a tilt feature which makes cleaning on both sides, dare we say it?…a breeze. This is especially helpful when cleaning second story windows and higher. No ladder is necessary, simply tilt both sashes inward to clean from the inside. Because of all of the added convenience features, these windows are typically more expensive than a single hung window of the same dimensions.

Slider Windows

Slider windows do not open by sliding the sashes up and down like hung sash windows, but rather the sashes slide open from left to right or vice versa – side to side. Mechanically speaking, they are double hung windows laid on their sides. They are best for windows that are wider than they are tall and areas that require a little bit wider or more unobstructed view. 

Casement Windows

Casement windows, sometimes called crank windows because a crank is usually turned to open them, are typically chosen for tall, narrow openings. The window is attached to one side of the frame and swings outward like a door opens. Casement windows work well where accessibility to the window is not ideal. For instance, if the window is placed higher on the wall or you have to reach across a counter to open it. The crank on the bottom makes it easier to open than lifting a single or double hung window.Casement windows are typically one pane of glass (no grilles) so they work well where the view is given priority as well. One more benefit is that the open window acts almost like a sail catching any breezes and forcing them into the home. 

Awning Windows

An awning window is a single pane that is hinged at the top of the frame creating an awning effect (hence, the name). An awning window is essentially a casement window turned sideways. However, awning windows are typically smaller and can be installed higher on a wall to add architectural interest and provide ventilation and light without sacrificing privacy or security. They are great for letting air in when it’s raining because the pane keeps the water out. They can be plain or feature grilles.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are larger windows composed of several sections that extend away from the exterior wall of the home. They are available in many configurations including three- and four-window styles. The large center window allows for an uninterrupted view while the side windows can be casement or double hung to allow for ventilation. Adding a bay window automatically adds drama and elegance to any room because they let in lots of light creating a bright, open, airy feeling. Visually speaking, a bay window makes the room feel larger, and physically speaking it can actually make the footprint of the room larger because it can extend down to the floor pulling it out past the line of the exterior wall as well.

Bow Windows

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows and deliver basically the same benefits – a light, open, airy feeling as well as a wonderful view to the outdoors. Bow windows are ideal when you don’t have the space for a bay window. Both styles extend outward, but bow windows don’t extend as far as bay windows. If you have a window in front of a porch or walkway, for example, a bay window may intrude into the space too far to make it practical, whereas a bow window may fit just fine.

Garden Windows

A garden window (sometimes called a greenhouse window) provides a box-like area that extends outward where you can set plants to maximize the amount of light they receive. Typically found in the kitchen, it contains a lot of glass on all sides and the panes are set at 90-degree angles to capture the maximum amount of energy from the sun’s rays. Many times these windows feature a glass shelf that is perfect for plants to get lots of sunlight. 

Picture Windows

A picture window features a large single fixed pane of uninterrupted glass. The main purpose of a picture window is to allow a great view of the outside world. These windows are usually large and do not open. They are usually installed in dining rooms and living rooms where homeowners spend leisure time. They allow lots of natural light, but make sure that your picture window incorporates energy saving features to keep your energy bills under control. 

Hopper Windows

Hopper windows have sashes that open inward and are hinged on the bottom. They are  excellent windows for small bathrooms or basements. Since the windowpane tilts upward, it stops debris from blowing into your house. a hopper window is often placed above other doors and windows (called a transom window when used this way) for extra light and ventilation. 

Special Shape Windows

Arches, circles, hexagonal, octagonal, trapezoid and other specialty shaped windows can be used alone or combined with traditional shapes to add architectural interest and unique character to your home. They are usually more expensive than traditional shapes. 

Tilt & Turn Windows

​​Tilt & turn windows offer dual functionality. The first option is to turn the handle 90 degrees to swing the window sash open into the room – similar to a casement window that opens inward. The second option is to turn the handle 180 degrees to tilt the sash in to vent from the top. This allows for ventilation and security simultaneously. Tilt & turn windows are a popular choice for egress windows as they are large enough to allow a person access in and out. Larger tilt & turn windows can be used to allow access to an exterior space like a roof or balcony. 

We hope this helps you understand the difference between all of the different types of windows and helps you decide which windows to use where. If you need help with installing replacement windows in your home, give us a call at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and we can walk you through all of your options. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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