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What to Expect from All-Weather’s Window Installation Process

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All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding technicians are masters at replacing Kansas City area home windows. They are careful not to miss a step, so that your windows are installed correctly and won’t have problems down the road.

Here’s a step-by-step summary of what a window installation job looks like, and why we do it better than anyone else.

Step 1: Determine if it’s a Lead-Safe Installation

Before our technicians begin any job, they check the year that the home was built. This is due to lead-based paint products that were used prior to the federal government banning them in 1978. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

If your home was built prior to 1978, our expert technicians take additional safety precautions (as mandated by the EPA) to ensure dust particles don’t enter your home during an installation.

We are also careful to do most of the work from the outside of your home. This allows us to be less intrusive. If we must be inside your home to install the new windows, we always wear booties on our shoes to protect your floors and your home.

Step 2: Remove Old Window

After we determine what type of procedures we need to follow, we remove the old windows from your home. Starting with the sash and frame from the windows, then moving on to remove the storm windows.

We carefully inspect the window opening to ensure it is level and straight and no wood rot exists. This is critical as it will affect whether or not the new window is installed correctly.

Step 3: Install Replacement Window

Once it’s time to install your new replacement windows, we follow a few guidelines to ensure they match up with the old window openings. We shim the window to make sure it fits level, straight, and tight.

Then we use non-expanding foam to fill the void around the window. This ensures the window stays airtight, effectively insulating your home.

Related Read: All-Weather has the right product to enhance your home’s style and your budget.

Step 4: Clean Up Work Site

After the installation process is complete, our technicians will leave your home as clean (or cleaner) than when they started. They vacuum all work areas with a HEPA vacuum to remove all dust particles effectively. All that’s left to do is enjoy your new windows and lower energy bills!

Contact All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 or schedule an appointment online to install replacement windows in your home.

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How To Protect Your Home While on Vacation

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There are two places you should pay attention to when you leave for vacation. One is inside your home. The other is outside your home. Summer is the prime time to get away, and unfortunately, it’s also the prime time for burglaries. July and August are the months with the highest number of break-ins in the United States. Taking a few specific precautions will keep your home from becoming a target.

Before you pack up the car and head on your next adventure, follow these tips from All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you’re away.

Security Tips for Inside Your Home

There are plenty of precautions you can take inside your home to deter burglars and reduce loss. Here are some that you may have heard and some you may not have:

Lock the Doors & Windows

Believe it or not, according to the FBI’s crime reports, 30 percent of home intruders enter through an unlocked door or window! Checking your home for unlocked doors and windows is crucial before leaving for an extended period of time. Don’t assume they are locked until you’ve checked them all.

Related Read: Security 101: The Safest Locks for Your Home

Install a Jamb Brace

Another security measure you can take for your doors is installing a device called a Jamb Brace door reinforcer. It keeps thieves from being able to kick in your doors to gain entry (something that usually only takes a few seconds with most wooden door jambs. You can read more about it here:

Related Read: A Front Door Safety Feature So Good It Changed Building Codes in KC

Put Lights and TVs on Timers

Burglars look for vacant homes, not occupied homes. Create the illusion that someone is home by setting light timers throughout your home. Most TVs can also be set on a timer to turn on and off throughout the day.

Lock Up Your Valuables

If a burglar did gain access to your home, don’t make it easy to find your valuables. If you are planning to leave behind cash, jewelry, or small electronics, hide them in a safe spot. An even safer option is to lock these in a safe. There are all types of safes on the market that are both affordable and secure and they come in many different sizes.

However, remember that safes are a big target for burglars. If it’s possible to lift your safe, it’s possible for burglars to take it with them. Even if your safe can’t easily be moved, with an empty house to themselves they’ll have all the time in the world to try cracking your code (or the door). In both cases, make sure when you place or install your safe, make sure to have it out of sight and somewhere clever.

Security Tips for Outside Your Home

Do everything you can to create the illusion that your home is not empty. Try these tips next time you head out of town:

Leave a Car Parked in the Driveway

It’s smart to leave one car in the driveway while you’re gone. Most people assume this would be burglar bait, but leaving a car in the driveway can actually stop burglars from approaching your home altogether because it creates the illusion that someone is home.

Stop Mail & Newspaper

Nothing says “we aren’t home” more than a pile of old newspapers at the end of your driveway. Make sure to have your mail held at the post office, and stop daily newspaper services. Additionally, if you have a package that is set to arrive while you are away, make sure to have a trusted neighbor retrieve it once it’s arrived.

Hide the Hide-a-Key!

Since this key is usually for emergencies, many homeowners often forget about their hide-a-key unless they need to use it.  Burglars know to look for a key under a mat, flower pot, or rock near the front door. Make sure to give this hide-a-key to a neighbor, or store it safely in your home until you return.

Maintain Your Lawn

A jungle growing in the front yard may be a welcome sign for potential burglars. Keep your lawn trimmed and maintained while you’re away to avoid tipping off any burglars that you’re not home. If you’ll be gone for a long period of time, be sure to ask a neighbor or hire a lawn care company to keep it maintained for you.

Related Read: 7 Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home While on Your Vacation

Show Off The Security

It pays to advertise your security system. If you have a security system, make it obvious to would-be intruders. In a study done by UNC Charlotte, 60 percent of convicted burglary offenders said the presence of an alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. Whether it’s a small yard sign, or a sticker on your entry door window, burglars will see that you are protected and may choose to go another route.

If you have an alarm system, give your alarm company a call and tell let them know when you’ll be out of town, and if anyone plans to come to your home while you’re away.

Keep Your Vacation on the Down Low

Be careful who you let know about your getaway. It’s good that some people know, but bad that others know.

Let a Neighbor Know

Instead of alerting the whole neighborhood on social media, give a trusted neighbor a call and let them know you’ll be gone. Kindly ask them to keep an eye on your home, and to report an suspicious activity. If you are close enough with the neighbor, give them a spare key and have them check on your home once a day to make sure everything is as it should be.

Be Aware of What You Share

Vacations are hard-earned and well worth sharing, but remember to save the social posts for after you’ve returned. While social media has become a useful resource, it has also caused people to overshare. Never announce your departure on public social media sites, or even private for that matter. It may be a struggle, but try posting the family beach photos when you return home from your trip to avoid unwanted intruders while you’re away.

Thinking it’s time to make security a priority? We’re here to help! Let the professionals at All-Weather guide you to the right choice for your entry door. Give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or (816) 673-2480 and we’ll answer all of your questions.

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How to Wash & Repair Windows and Screens

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It’s finally spring in Kansas City, which means it’s time to get windows prepped and ready for a summer of use. All-Weather Window and Doors put together these tips to help make the job faster, easier, and more effective. Follow these simple steps:

Tips to Wash Window Exteriors

If you’re going to clean your own windows, you want to do it right and make the sparkling results last. A winter’s worth of grime will cut down on your exposure to the sunlight. Be sure to wash the sash and window casing as well. To wash like a pro, take it from Brent Weingard, owner of Expert Window Cleaners in New York and avoid the newspaper, spray cleaners, and rubbing. He says “You’re just moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts dust and dirt.” Read Brent’s step by step instructions to get a spotless exterior window wash.

Inspect Window Glass, Sash, and Hardware for Damage

Once everything is clean, it’ll be easier to see if there are cracks in the glass. If there are, secure with duct tape and contact a repair shop immediately to avoid injury.

Sash rot is a common occurrence through the winter months, so look carefully at your windows and make repairs as needed. All About Doors and Windows has a great video with instructions on replacing rotten wood.  

Snow and ice can also be hard on your locks, cranks, and other hardware, so look for loose or missing locks and cranks. The Family Handyman has more resources on inspecting and replacing window hardware and replacement hardware can be found at a local hardware store or from your window vendor.

Check, Wash, and Install Screens

First check the screens for any holes or other damage. If necessary, repair or replace screen using these step by step instructions from Martha Stewart. During removal and storage, screen frames can be bent or damaged. Any that have bent or warped should be replaced before they are installed.

Wash Interior Windows and Channels

all-weather-woman-cleaning-window-properlyNow you’re ready to tackle the inside of the windows. We recommend using a multipurpose cleaner on the window frame, sill, and hardware. Starting from top to bottom and left to right, use a microfiber cloth or newspaper on a cloudy day to avoid streaks. Finally, with the window open, use warm water to rinse vinyl window channels, or a dry stiff brush for wood.

Today’s Replacement Windows Are Easier to Clean

Once you’ve taken care of these four items, you’ll be able to enjoy your sparkling clean windows for up to a year. However, you can make it easier on yourself – new windows from All-Weather Window and Doors offer many features that make cleaning more manageable. From tilting in for an easy exterior wash to an innovative glass coating, these new models make this chore a little less daunting.

If you need help with repairs, replacing screens, or even think you need new windows, contact us online or call us at 913-262-4380.

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