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The Best & Worst Doors for Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Holiday Entry DoorWhen the cold air moves into the Kansas City area you know it because you can feel it start to seep into your home through undetected  nooks and crannies. One of the best ways to keep your home energy efficient during the winter months (and year round) is with high quality windows and doors. Stop cold air in its tracks this winter with one of these three energy efficient door picks from All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Steel Doors

Steel doors have some of the highest energy efficiency ratings, usually just behind most fiberglass doors. Since many steel doors are manufactured for the utmost security, they’re usually tightly fitted to the door’s frame and lock shut securely. Newer steel doors don’t look like the cold, bland doors we’ve seen in the past. Newer steel doors have increased style, but you still don’t get quite as many options as with fiberglass or wood doors.

Fiberglass Doors

Considered some of most energy efficient options on the market, fiberglass doors, from brands we carry like Andersen and Therma-Tru, are a great option to keep your home nice and cozy this winter. Decked out with properly fitted weather stripping and door sweeps, these doors are almost totally resistant to winter weather from wind to sleet to snow. Fiberglass doors are also among the most durable door materials. They get fewer dings than steel, and don’t require restaining or repainting like wood.

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Wood Doors

Wood doors are beautiful and still a classic look, but they are not the best at insulating your home from the elements. Wood allows more heat to pass through than steel or fiberglass doors. Wood doors can still do a decent job though, especially in more temperate areas. If you love the look of wood, make sure you add weatherstripping and a door sweep to maximize its energy efficiency. While they aren’t the most energy efficient doors, they still have a lot of pros. Wood doors are less likely to get dinged than steel doors, and are also very easy to repaint or stain when you decided to change the style of your home.

All-Weather can help you find the right door for your home in one of our showrooms conveniently located throughout the Kansas City area. Call us today at 913-262-4380 to set up an appointment to find your perfect door with one of our product specialists.

Why You Should Install Storm Windows & Doors Before Winter in Kansas City

Protect Windows with Storm WindowsThe inevitable chill of winter is not far off. Before it gets here make sure your home is prepared to fend off the elements efficiently and able to keep you and your loved ones nice and toasty. While your mind might immediately think about calling your furnace technician, you might actually want to take a second to think about your home’s windows and doors. Up to 40% of your home’s energy costs in the winter can be spent combating air infiltration through windows and doors. Infiltration is the air leaking around and thru older and poor fitting windows and doors. At All-Weather, we know that one of the best ways to keep air infiltration to a minimum in your home is by installing storm windows and installing front doors in Kansas City. Here are just a few reasons they’ll help keep you warmer and your energy bills lower this winter.

Storm Windows & Doors Create an Extra Barrier Against Air Infiltration

Storm windows are secondary windows installed on the interior or exterior of the primary windows. They can help buffer extreme temperatures by blocking the amount of outside air that reaches the inside of the home. A properly installed high performance storm window can virtually eliminate air infiltration by creating a barrier outside of the primary window. The result is much less pressure on the primary window and the reduction of air leakage.

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They’re an Economically Smart Decision

Not only will installing storm windows and doors help decrease your energy bills, but they can also be a less expensive alternative to installing all new energy-efficient windows. While energy-efficient replacement windows in Kansas City are still your best bet to cut costs and increase the longevity of your windows, it’s not always in everyone’s budget. Storm windows can cost as little as a quarter of the price of a quality replacement window, and they can help reduce heat loss by up to 20% or more if you currently have single pane windows.

Storm Windows & Doors Reduce Maintenance Needs

Since storm windows and doors add an extra barrier, they also help protect your primary windows and doors from the elements. Besides harsh winds, storm windows also help protect against rain, snow, sleet, hail, and other debris that gets hurled through the air by heavy winds. This can help reduce the amount of maintenance you’ll need on your windows and doors, which will also help increase their lifespan.

Not any old storm window or door will do though. Make sure you look for a quality product that can be installed by a company that knows what they’re doing. Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at 913-262-4380 to check out your storm window options before winter gets here.

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