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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.


Why It Pays to Hire an Andersen Certified Installer

Andersen Windows and Doors is not a company that merely rests on the high quality of our products.

We also operate a Certified Installer program so that our windows and doors are installed with a caliber of expertise that matches the high standard set for our products and reputation.

This is why All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding is proud to be an Andersen Certified Installer!

What Does It Mean to Be an Andersen Certified Installer?

As Andersen Certified Installers, every one of our installation professionals has gone through rigorous, hands-on training for installing Andersen windows and patio doors. During this training, each installer must successfully demonstrate proper installation of Andersen products.

On top of demonstrating technique, to become certified, installers must also subject their first training installation to Andersen’s innovative water test, ensuring that they know how to seal windows and doors properly and keep water out of your home.

Our installers have also received a personal tour of Andersen’s Research, Innovation and Development facility, empowering them to communicate intelligently about what makes Andersen windows and doors the superior choice. Furthermore, Andersen continues to educate the All-Weather team about the latest information regarding Andersen products, even long after having gone through the certification process.

Related Read: 5 Reasons We Love Andersen

What Does This Mean for You?

So what does all of this mean for homeowners? In a single word: confidence.

We want you to feel confident about not only what is going to be installed in your home but also how it will be installed. The certification of our installers means you can  trust us to install windows or doors in your home.

Our expertise means you can feel free to ask our installers any questions on site, because their education puts them in the position to answer your questions in the way that Andersen would want them answered: correctly and with insight. More than that, because our installers are certified, Andersen offers a two-year limited warranty that covers the installation of your Andersen doors or windows.

Again, all of this comes back to that single word: confidence. Because of our training, you can trust us to install a premium product with the highest level of knowledge and care.

Looking to learn more about All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s team? Check out our story.


The Siding Showdown: LP SmartSide vs. James Hardie

showdown/trophyMove over Hulk Hogan, it’s time for the Kansas City siding showdown.

In the early 90s, our first team entered the ring: James Hardie. This Australian-based company is known for their fiber cement product, Hardie Board. Louisiana Pacific (LP) SmartSide joined the ring seven years later, and the fight was on. US-based, LP SmartSide, is notorious for their engineered wood that is moisture resistant.

So who is winning the siding showdown? Let All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding  break it down for you.

Round 1: The Siding Pros, Brother

Let the games begin! In the first round, Hardie Board made its grand entrance by displaying that it is both ASTM-rated for fire protection and non-combustible. The product also has a 15-year trim and 30-year siding warranty. LP SmartSide, however, had the audience roaring with its 50-year trim and 50-year siding warranty. Not to mention, it has had minimal issues reported when it comes to longevity and performance of the product. Round one ends in a tie.

Round 2: Bring on the Cons, Brother

The match intensified in round two. Hardie board showed that with improper installation it can flake and crack. Over time, it also becomes less resistant to impact. A right hook from items such as lawn mowers and baseballs can dent the product. LP SmartSide was knocked on its use of wood, which makes it less fire resistant. However, the LP SmartSide siding hit back with optional FlameBlock that adds fire resistance to the overall product.

And We Have a Winner…

Ding, ding, ding, James Hardie has been pinned by LP SmartSide! LP SmartSide’s longer warranties, impressive product performance and longevity, and FlameBlock resistance makes it the Siding Showdown champion.

Are you considering new siding for your home? Fill out All-Weather’s online scheduling form and we will talk over the best siding options for you!  

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