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DIY Holiday Wreaths for Your Kansas City Front Door

Show your holiday spirit this year. It doesn’t matter what holiday, if any, that you celebrate. You can display your cheer right on your front door this year, and we mean literally. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding walks you through an easy tutorial on how to make your own holiday wreath.

What You’ll Need:

  • A Styrofoam wreath, straw wreath (still in plastic wrapping), wire wreath, or wet foam wreath
  • Big & small ornaments
  • Fresh or fake pine or other winter greens/brush
  • Accent pieces (berries, pinecones, etc.)
  • Glue gun, double sided tape, floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Festive ribbon

Ornament WreathGet Crafty With Ornaments

How you execute this craft will depend on the type of wreath you want to display. One colorful, and non-traditional approach is an ornament wreath. You can use old ornaments you already have, or buy some colorful round ornaments of varying sizes from your local grocery or craft store that are fairly inexpensive. You can also choose from an array of wreath bases, depending on what you prefer to work with.

Start by tying your ribbon around the top of your wreath. This will be used to hang the wreath from your door.

Next, start hot-gluing your larger ornaments to your wreath. Make sure you get in the insides and outsides too, but leave the back untouched. Then start filling in the gaps and spaces with the smaller ornaments.

Pine WreathCreate a Traditional Beauty

You can also go traditional with this wreath, and use pine tree snippings, or other wintergreens of your choice. The fake pine will last you forever, but the real stuff will probably just last this season.

It’s easier to use the wire wreath ring for this one. Take a bunch of snippings (3-4 pieces) and wrap the floral wire around, and twist it to secure the greens to the ring. Make sure to layer the next bunch of snippings slightly over the last. Do this all the way around. Use your cutters to clip any pieces that seem too long.

Lastly add any accents to your wreath. We love pinecones, cranberries, and burlap bows as accent additions to traditional wreaths.

We always suggest using an official door wreath hanger rather than pounding a nail into your door, which could permanently damage your door. A wreath hanger comfortably attaches over the top of your door, and has an adequately sized hook to hold your wreath in place. You can pick these up at most grocery stores and craft stores.

Call us today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to install your new All-Weather Front Door before the Holidays.

3 Benefits of Window Replacement

andersen-bow-windowIf your Kansas City home’s windows are getting tired and old, it might be time to replace them. Replacement windows have improved over the years, giving you more options and styles, and benefiting you and your home in many ways. Here are three of the biggest benefits of installing replacement windows with All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding in your home, and why it’s worth the investment.

Lower Energy Bills

We all dread that monthly utility bill that always seems to scam more money from our wallets. But there is a way to make it a little less painful every month. Replacement windows can combat the effects of old, drafty windows with uneven frames and cracked seals and glass. Replacement windows are much more efficient. They can save you up to 25% on your monthly heating and cooling bills.

Related Read: Winter Energy Savings Tips for Your Windows

Less Maintenance

Older windows require constant care when it comes to keeping them efficient as well as keeping them clean. By installing new replacement windows, though, you can avoid a lot of wasted time and money spent on maintenance. Durable materials like vinyl, advanced weather stripping, and insulated glass will help ensure you windows stay efficient for longer, and stay attractive longer too. No more painting window frames and caulking. These new windows will continue to add value to your home over time as well, since their lifespan is much longer thanks to more advanced technology.

Adds Resale Value to Your Home

Not only will you see more value to you home immediately, but you will also see added value when you put it on the market. Efficient, appealing, and long-lasting windows are a great way to increase curbside appeal. Newer windows also help insulate your home better in both the warm and cooler months, and a better insulated home is also more appealing to buyers.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to schedule a consultation for new replacement windows for your Kansas City home.

Winter Energy Saving Tips for Your Windows

Prepare Windows for WinterThis winter shut out the cold. Seeping cold air is fighting hard to get into your Kansas City home, but there are ways to keep it at bay. This winter take a few steps to prepare the windows in your home, or invest in new, energy-efficient replacement windows. Here are the winter energy savings suggestions from the window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Improve Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows

  • Add Storm Windows: This can reduce air leakage and increase the comfort of your home.
  • Use Caulking: Using this can reduce the amount of air leaking through the opening between your home’s walls and the window frame.
  • Add Weatherstripping: Installing this around window openings can help decrease the amount of air that slips in around the edges of the window where it meets the frame.
  • Use Window Treatment Coverings: Window treatments or coverings won’t necessarily decrease air leakage and seepage into your home, but it will help decrease the amount of heat loss in the winter.

Related Read: Winter Is Coming: 3 Ways to Prepare Your Home’s Windows

Install Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

If you’ve already taken the steps above to protect your home from the cold to no avail, then it might be more beneficial to install new windows in your home. But how do you decide which windows are the right fit?

Look for the Energy Star Label

Start off by narrowing your search down to energy efficient replacement windows. A great way to spot these types of windows is to look for the ENERGY STAR label, which will give it an energy efficiency rating. The lower the U-factor on the label, the more energy-efficient the window is.

Pay Attention to the Style of Window

Another important aspect to look at is how the window operates. Some types of windows are naturally more energy efficient based on the way they operate. Awning and Casement Hinged windows typically are more energy efficient than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame. Fixed pane windows are also more energy efficient since they are airtight when installed properly. But they aren’t ideal for areas where you want window ventilation.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to view the most energy efficient windows in the Kansas City area.

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