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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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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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