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Christmas Star Decor

Wonderful Winter Window Decorating Ideas

The shorter days and longer nights of winter mean your home will be illuminated from within every evening. What better time to create some beautiful holiday themed windows? The team at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has gathered these window decorating ideas from Pinterest to inspire you to make your windows festive. Maybe even get the kids involved!

Wreaths Put the O in Ho, Ho, Ho

Whether you put one big wreath in each window or dangle a few smaller wreaths at varying lengths, writhes with greenery and and bows add a festive touch to any window.

Holiday Wreaths

Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths In Windows

Christmas Decor On Budget

Ornaments Aren’t Just for Trees

Take those festive ornaments off the tree and display them in a window. Choose elegant metallics, festive red and white or bright jewel tones and hang them from ribbons, garland, beads, etc. Mix it up and make it your own! They’ll look great from both inside and outside.

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Colorful Window Ornaments

Holiday Ornaments on Windows

Get a Little Flaky

Snowflakes are appropriate all winter long, so adorn your panes with any kind you can find. Create a snowflake curtain. Get the kids involved and make them out of paper, get some from the dollar store, or even use the stick-on variety.

Snowflakes On Window

Window Snowflake Decor


Pearls, Polka Dots and Doilies

Get a more elegant look by stringing pearls like window garland and adding small white dots to simulate snowflakes. Multi-size doilies also do a great job of pretending to be a Christmas tree when placed and spaced appropriately.

Decoration Pearls

Holiday Window Display Ideas


Light It Up

Lights always add a festive touch. They don’t have to be fancy. Stars, snowflakes or just glowing orbs will bring a touch of holiday magic to any window. Go with small dainty lights or even one big show stopper like the big star below.

Holiday Interior Lights

Christmas Star Decor

Do You See What I See?

Use large letters to send a message of holiday joy to your neighbors and passersby. This is perfect for bay and bow windows too. If you have four windows, choose a word like NOEL. Five windows…PEACE works nicely.  

JOY Window Decoration

Take the Elf Off the Shelf

Break the rules and have some fun with playfully posed elves. Add a ladder at the bottom or trapeze swings to the top. Let the kids help with this one and get as creative as possible. Young and old alike will find delight in this display.

Elf On The Shelf

We hope these ideas have inspired you to share your holiday spirit with the world through your windows! Happy holiday wishes from your friends at All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding!

Macy's Window Display for Christmas

Big City Holiday Window Displays to Put You in the Spirit of the Season

At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we love windows and we figured what better way to share some holiday spirit than showing you some amazing seasonal window displays from upscale retailers. From Macy’s to Ralph Lauren to Anthropologie, take a virtual stroll down some big city streets to see some of the most amazing holiday window displays. Happy window shopping!

Holiday Window Displays

Suspended by festive red ribbons, these white gifts dangle merrily around a beautiful crimson holiday gown. Perfectly punctuated with big red bells, you can almost hear the “Carol of the Bells” in your head.

Mini Cooper Christmas Display

This Mini packs maximum impact in this festive window display. The car practically explodes with gifts and holiday cheer. From the reindeer perched on the hood to the “Ho, ho, hos” floating jauntily above, everything about this screams jolly. From a branding standpoint, this display subtly reminds us that this car is small and fun. Who needs a one-horse open sleigh anyway?!

MarieBelle New York Christmas Display

Marie Belle, a handcrafted sweets shop from New York created this fairytale woodland window display. From the whimsical mushrooms to the charming deer family, it doesn’t get much more charming than this. The gaps in the stand of birch trees beckon the passersby to peek behind them to see what the warmly lit store has to offer.

Winter Wonderland Display

A peaceful hush falls over your spirit when you gaze into this soft and snowy winter wonderland. The woods are crisp and quiet, the snow is fluffy and pure. Anthropologie has created an ethereal retreat that surely stands in stark contrast to the noisy city streets outside.  

Ralph Lauren Holiday Display

This is an oldie, but a goodie. This Ralph Lauren holiday window display from 2012 is worth revisiting. From the twinkling lights on the willowy tree branches to the giant silver globes on the ground, this silvery scene mixes elegant holiday spirit with a touch of retro charm. The effect is almost like this lovely lady is literally frozen in time.

Macy's Window Display for Christmas

In another blast from the past, this 2011 Macy’s holiday window display featured a fantastical array of cogs and wheels that make up a steampunk style dream machine for making customer wishes come true. So awesome!

Christmas Display 2013

The designer who created this Ralph Lauren, 2013 display must have been dreaming of a white Christmas. The lighting and shadows gracefully illuminate this winter wonderland and who would have ever imagined white peacocks? This surreal scene fits nicely with the eternally elegant feel of the Ralph Lauren brand.

We hope you enjoyed and were inspired by these beautiful holiday window displays. Happy holidays from All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding!

Replacement Window Frames

The Best Material for Replacement Window Frames? 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 Compare

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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.

Buying Replacement Windows

Buying Replacement Windows – The 5 Basic Decisions

So you’re getting ready to purchase replacement windows and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry. The team at All Weather Window, Doors and Siding is here to help! All you have to do is break it down into five simple decisions. Take one at a time and soon you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for. Use these five basic categories to make your decisions easy:

1) Determine the Window Type

Windows come in a variety of styles. Here’s a little visual guide to help.

Buying Replacement Windows

 

 

Generally speaking, plan to replace the windows with the same style unless there’s a good reason not to. For instance, if your window is a casement window, but you’d rather be able to open that window, you can replace it with a double-hung. If you’d like to be able to open the window, but there is a walkway in front of it, you could switch to a sliding or gliding window that won’t intrude past the wall it is placed in when opened. Similarly, if you have two double-hung windows in your dining room, but for aesthetic reasons you’d prefer a picture window (or perhaps a bay or bow window), you can replace them with that style. Double-hung, casement, awning, sliding/gliding, picture, or specialty.

2) Choose the Materials

You have five choices when it comes to what your windows are made of: solid wood, vinyl- or aluminum-clad wood, solid vinyl, aluminum, or Fibrex (a composite material exclusive to Andersen windows). When comparing, look at these six performance areas – strength, insulation, beauty, maintenance, warranty, and price. Each type of window material will have advantages and disadvantages, so take your time when deciding which one makes more sense for you.

3) Energy Performance

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) operates a voluntary program that tests, certifies, and labels windows based on their energy performance ratings. The NFRC label provides a reliable way to determine a window’s energy properties and to compare products. The NFRC label can be found on all ENERGY STAR® qualified windows.

ENERGY STAR bases its qualification on U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient ratings. These properties can be measured and rated according to the following energy performance characteristics:

U-factor is the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow. It’s usually expressed in units of Btu/hr-ft2-oF. For windows, a U-factor may refer to just the glass or glazing alone. NFRC U-factor ratings, however, represent the entire window performance, including frame and spacer material. The lower the U-factor, the more energy-efficient the window.

Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is the fraction of solar radiation admitted through a window either transmitted directly and/or absorbed, and subsequently released as heat inside a home. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits and the greater its shading ability. A product with a high SHGC rating is more effective at collecting solar heat during the winter. A product with a low SHGC rating is more effective at reducing cooling loads during the summer by blocking heat gain from the sun.

Air leakage is the rate of air movement around a window in the presence of a specific pressure difference across it. It’s expressed in units of cubic feet per minute per square foot of frame area (cfm/ft2). A product with a low air leakage rating is tighter than one with a high air leakage rating.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read about energy performance ratings.

4) Decide the Details

What your window looks like is very important. Color, grille, and trim choices should work with your home’s style. Grille patterns, including colonial, prairie, and custom-designed windows, will allow you to match your new windows to your home’s current architecture, change your look, or even complete a historically accurate renovation. If you’d like to see what works best with your home, check out the  Home Style Library here.

5) Size It Up

Choose to replace with standard sizes if possible. Most windows come in increments of 2 or 4 inches, so there’s often no need to order custom sizes. Standard sizes will save you money. Save where you can and that will allow you to splurge when it’s really worth it and still stay within budget.

If you need information about replacement windows, give us a call at All Weather window, Doors & Siding and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions. We will guide you through the choices that will work best for your project. We want you to know a little about the features you want, so you can be 100% happy with and confident in the choices you make.

We are a certified Andersen Circle of Excellence dealer. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online.

Anatomy of a Window

Window Shopping 101- Anatomy of a Window

So you’re shopping for new windows, but like most homeowners, you don’t have a lot of knowledge about replacement windows. The team at All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding put together this short guide to help familiarize yourself with the parts of a window, so when you do your research, you’ll know what these basic terms mean and you’ll know what to look for when shopping.

Know the Basics of Window Anatomy before Shopping

Anatomy of a Window1. Frame – the frame is the outside structure (usually made of wood, or composite) that provides structure and rigidity so the window has a place to sit securely.

2. Cladding – made of vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass, cladding is wrapped around the exterior of a wood or composite window to protect it from the elements. It also eliminates the need to paint the window.

3. Sash – this is the moving part of the window. It can slide up and down and allows the window to be tilted in for easy cleaning. Double hung windows have an upper and a lower sash.

4. Insulated Glass – double-glazed windows have two panes of glass sealed together. The space  between the two panes of glass is filled with air or another gas that insulates better than air. Argon gas is the most common gas other than air used to fill the space.

5. Low-E Coating – this transparent coating improves the efficiency of the glass by reflecting heat while letting light in. In warm climates, the coating is applied to the outside of glass to reflect the sun’s heat and keep it out. In colder areas, it’s applied to the inside glass to keep heat in.

6. Grilles – these are the decorative pieces that criss cross the middle of the window, usually in a grid pattern. They are available in different designs to match architectural styles.

At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we are proud to offer Andersen replacement windows. We have found that these windows offer the best in quality and price.

If you are considering purchasing Kansas City replacement windows and have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and help make your shopping experience better!

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3 Tricks to Spend the Least on the Best Replacement Windows

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

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

1. Price Does Not Equal Performance

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

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

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

3. Watch Out for Options & Upgrades

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

Other Ways to Save on Replacement Windows

Keep More Money in Your Pocket with Pocket Replacement Windows

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

Finding an Installer

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

Even the best windows won’t deliver the look or comfort you expect if they’re installed improperly. Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers for their specific products. At All-Weather, we are proud to be an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer. You can have extra confidence that when we install your windows, we do it exactly the way the manufacturer recommends so the window provides superior performance for years to come. Additionally, using the same contractor for purchase and installation can minimize the chances of problems arising later.

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

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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

All Weather Andersen Windows

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.

Andersen Windows Kansas City

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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