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Swing or Slide – The Patio Door Dilemma

Hinged Patio Door. Sliding patio door

Trying to decide if you should choose a sliding door or a swinging door for your patio? At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know it can be confusing. We want you to end up with the patio door that best fits your needs. So we looked at both types to see which features and benefits would matter. Read on to help make the right choice.

One quick point before we get started is to remember that a door is going to last a long time, so make sure you don’t make the mistake of buying a cheap door to save money. Cheap doors will not last, will not provide good insulation, and may not provide the security you need. Do your research before choosing just any brand of patio door.

Swinging Patio Doors Vs. Sliding Patio Doors

When it comes to exterior doors, you basically have two choices: 

Hinged Doors – one or two solid panels joined to the wall by hinges. If there are two panels, they meet in the middle. Hinged double doors are usually referred to as French doors. These doors will either open inward or outward.

Sliding Doors – a door consisting of two glass panels that slide on a single track. These doors do not open inward or outward. Some slide from a track at the top of the frame  and some roll along a track at the bottom of the frame.

5 Considerations When Choosing Patio Doors

One of the easiest ways to decide which type of exterior door is right for you is to look at how the door will be used in the space you are installing it. Consider these five things when weighing sliding doors against hinged doors:

Style Considerations

Sliding glass doors used to be simple, basic, and more affordable, but manufacturers today make high-end, high-quality sliding doors that look beautiful anywhere. They can create a more contemporary look whereas hinged doors impart a more traditional vibe. So aesthetics may help you decide which type fits your home and style. 

Space Considerations

Both doors are easy to open, but sliding doors don’t require space on either side for the door to swing open. If you need space on either side of the door for semi-permanent furniture, large planters, barbecue pits, etc. sliding doors may give you more floor space to work with. On the other hand, sliding doors usually have one side that is stationary only allowing one side to open vs. double doors that allow both sides to swing open. If you need a larger opening for moving big items (like furniture) in or out of the room, double swinging doors may provide a wider opening.

Light Considerations

Sliding doors are nearly all glass and therefore typically allow more light into the room. Depending on the direction your door faces and the amount of light that is desirable, sliding or swinging doors may make a difference. Window treatments may be required with either type. Many manufacturers of both types offer internal blinds that can be operated from outside the door. Besides convenience, this feature offers a great way to protect the blinds from getting damaged by children or pets.

Maintenance Considerations

Sliding door tracks may need to be vacuumed or cleaned occasionally to keep dirt from accumulating and interfering with the gliding motion.

Energy Considerations

Don’t forget to look at the energy efficiency of the doors you’re considering. Most quality doors provide good insulation, but make sure you compare.

Go to a Showroom

If you really want to know how your door will look and perform, our best advice is to visit a showroom where you can see and touch the doors. It will give you a much better idea of how the door is made and how it operates. Additionally, you’ll learn a lot about different types of doors and door manufacturers from people who have an incredible amount of knowledge about the industry. At All-Weather, we carry a wide selection of entry doors by Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. All-Weather is an experienced Andersen door installer, and we are Kansas City’s only Therma Tru entry door design center! We can help decide which style is best for you and your budget. 

Beware the Big Box Store

And before you buy your door from a big box store, make sure you know the questions to ask beforehand. At All-Weather, we include many things in our price that they don’t. Here are 11 things you’ll get at All-Weather that you won’t get at the big box stores. From wood to fiberglass to steel to glass doors, we have a wide selection of quality doors to choose from. We even offer custom iron doors. We can also install your door with the Jamb Brace for added security. 

Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online. We’ll show you what a difference quality and customer service can make. From style to value to security, we’ll help you find the perfect door for your patio or entryway. 

5 Fun 5-Minute Holiday Front Door Decorating Ideas

At All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we love installing beautiful front doors for our customers. We carry great names like Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. Our doors are great quality, installed to keep your home snug and safe, and backed by our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. There’s no better place to buy a front door in Kansas City than All-Weather. If you’re thinking of buying an exterior door from a big box store, make sure you ask them about the following 10 things before you commit to the sale. Now, on to the holiday front door decorating ideas!

Front Doors That Say, “Welcome to Our Ho Ho Home!”

The front door is the way your home says “hello” to your family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who visits your home. So, for the holiday season, it makes sense to dress it up and make it festive. But we also know how busy the holiday season can get, so with that in mind, we found some of the easiest door dec ideas around. These door designs will welcome guests with the spirit of the season, but will only take a few minutes to create. Here are some of our favorites from Pinterest. Have fun decking your door!

The Triple Wreath Trick

This one is fast and easy and can be done with any kind of wreath. Simply use three of the same or coordinating wreaths and connect them with ribbon, wreath hangers, twine, or whatever you have on hand. Add lights for extra impact at night. The result is much more impactful than a single wreath, but almost as easy. It’s simple and fast.  

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It’s a Wrap!

One of the simplest ways to decorate your front door is with a door wrap or door cover. These pre-made winter and holiday designs simply cover your door creating a fun and festive welcome. They are available in many designs from elegant to whimsical. You can find them online at a variety of prices. Just pick the one that fits your budget and your taste and wrap it up. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

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Word Up!

Add some joy to the world by simply adding large letters to wreaths or wooden circles. Depending on the font you choose, your home can be country and warm or elegant and classy. It’s up to you! Either way, your guests will know you’re doing your part to spread joy to the world!

Front Door Joy Plaid. Front Door Joy Fancy

Gift Wrapped

Go red, gold, or silver; velvet, shiny, or sheer; centered on the door or off to the side. No matter how you do it, the look is festive and fun. Make a big showy bow or keep it simple. All you need is lots of ribbon and a way to attach it and you’ll have a door everyone will want to open!

Front Door Bow Red. Front Door Bow Gold

Front Door Bow White. Front Door Bow Red Skinny

Banners and Boom!

Banners are one of the quickest ways to spruce up your front door. These take two seconds to hang and totally transform your entrance. You may want to secure the bottom to keep them from blowing in the wind. From nutcrackers to gnomes, you’ll find a variety of designs online to choose from. Add some festive greenery if you like, but if you’re short on time, but long on holiday spirit, just the banners will do.

Front door banners gnomes. Front door banners Grinch

Happy holidays from All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding! We hope these holiday front door decorating ideas will save you some time. Stay cozy and if you’re looking for a front door, storm door, or patio door, call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online. We’ll show you what a difference quality and customer service can make. Have fun decorating your door! 

Home Improvements Ranked by ROI and the Joy They Provide

The 2022 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of REALTORS® Research Group gives us some interesting information about home improvements. Not only does this report show us the cost of certain home improvements, it also provides a Joy Score which reflects how excited homeowners were about their completed project. Exterior projects with the highest Joy Scores were for painting exterior siding, new vinyl or wood windows, and new steel or fiberglass doors. 

How Much of the Cost Will You Recover at Resale?

REALTORS® provided an estimate of the likely dollar value each project would add to the house at resale. In comparing that dollar value to the estimated cost of each project provided by NARI members, a Recovered Project Cost percentage was calculated. For exterior projects, the highest percentage cost recovered was from new roofing and new garage door both at 100%. Fiber cement siding recovered 86% of the cost spent and vinyl siding recovered 82%. When it came to windows, vinyl windows recovered 67% of the cost spent with wood windows close behind at 63%. Steel front doors ranked at 63% and fiberglass front doors 60%.

Home Improvements Cost

Home Improvement Brings Joy to Homeowners

The fun scores were the joy scores. Across the board, windows, doors and siding all brought a lot of joy to the homeowners who installed them. While the interior home improvement projects ranked a bit higher than the exterior projects, it’s nice to see how much joy homeowners get from both. 

Home Improvements Joy

Check out the full report to see all of the information on all of the projects. At All-Weather we are thrilled to know that our work brings joy to the homeowners who choose us and we’re also proud that our level of customer service adds to that joy before, during, and after the project is completed. Nearly a third of our 42,000 Kansas City customers – have been repeat customers and we think that speaks volumes about our level of customer service. 

When you’re ready to add windows, doors, or siding to your home, (and a little joy to your life) give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park. We’d love to make you a happy customer, and maybe even become a repeat customer too! 

The One Sure Sign of a Quality Company – Repeat Customers

Anyone can get your business once, but when they come back and choose you again, that’s the hallmark of a great product combined with great customer service. At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we are all about repeat customers. Since 1986, the All-Weather team has been delivering quality services and products to over 42,000 Kansas City customers – nearly one third of whom have been repeat customers! Since our products are big ticket items – windows, doors and siding – most people don’t purchase them more than a couple times in a lifetime. That makes our numbers even more impressive. How do we do it?

High Quality Windows, Doors and Siding

We sell and install Andersen & Wincore windows that offer the top energy-efficient glass options. We carry Therma Tru Entry Door Systems, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, LP Smart Siding, and many other upscale products to improve your home’s comfort, beauty, and longevity. We simply don’t bother with inferior products that we aren’t comfortable putting our name on. We only sell products that we can stand behind. 

Excellent Installation Means Happy Happy Customers

We have expert-level installers that are manufacturer-certified. Our installers are experienced Andersen installers so you know the windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards. That means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. You can come to our showroom and see our products in person. 

We Put a Premium on Excellent Customer Service

We have over 250 years of combined window, doors, and siding experience on our team, but besides the knowledge they bring, it’s the customer service that really sets us apart from our competitors. When you run your local company based on customer service, you always get happy customers. We strive to make sure our customer experience is as perfect as possible, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we are sure to make it right. That’s why we can offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Simply put, we’re not happy unless you’re happy. From communication to installation to service after the sale, we strive to keep our customers happy every step of the way. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few customer testimonials:

“Quality, courtesy and timeliness are rare in the US—very rare! Junk Abounds! But you guys, the manufacturer and Charles did it right!”

— JH of Shawnee

“I did some extensive research on types of windows and the various companies that advertised their products and installation policies. I chose All-Weather and they did a fabulous job. I made the right decision to purchase my windows from All-Weather and when it’s time, you can bet I will be doing business with them again.”

— PJ of KCMO

We’re proud of our reputation that has stood strong in Kansas City for over 30 years. We hope you will choose us for your windows, doors, and siding Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park. We’d love to make you a happy customer, and maybe even become a repeat customer too! 

The Secret to Securing Your Front Door…It’s Not the Lock

Thief breaking in front door

At All Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know a little bit about exterior doors. We carry the best names on the market (names). But we’ve learned something over the years. It is downright frightening when you realize how easy it is to kick in a typical front door on a home. “But, I have a deadbolt,” most homeowners say. Deadbolts do improve the door’s ability to resist outside forces, but any front door is only as strong as its weakest part – the frame. Door frames are made of wood. Wood is not the hardest material and is prone to splitting if enough force is applied. Replacing the screws in the strike plate with longer ones will help, but what are those screws attached to? You guessed it…wood. The real secret to securing your front door is upgrading the door frame, not the lock. 

We Use Jamb Brace to Reinforce Door Jambs

The door frame itself is the weakest part of your door. That’s why we recommend and install a product called Jamb Brace. Door jambs are the interior sides of the door frame. The word jamb comes from the French word jambe, which means leg, hence, door jambs are sometimes also called the legs. If you have a deadbolt, the strike plate it slides into will be attached to the jamb. Jamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. This unique home security device was developed specifically for homeowners by veteran homebuilders and is supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies.

Jamb Brace Is a Hometown Product

Jamb Brace was created after a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults occurred in Overland Park in 1996. In each instance, the offender gained entry by kicking in the front door. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, worked in the crime prevention unit and saw the results firsthand. He realized that securing a front door with sidelites would be a challenge, but received permission from the city council to go to the private sector to enlist some help. Mike approached the HBA and was put in contact with Tom O’Malley, who also owned Locks and Pulls. Tom was working on a door project with homebuilder, Ron Olberding, so he approached Ron and his business partner, David Allen, co-creators of the Jamb Brace, to test ways to make exterior doors stronger and more resistant to break-ins. 

Jamb Brace Is So Secure, Building Codes Were Revised 

“We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality deadbolt were the keys to keeping thieves out,” Olberding explained. Olberding and Allen worked closely with the Overland Park Police Department, to test the Jamb Brace against dozens of other theft-deterrent systems. The results were so convincing that the police department helped revise city building codes making it mandatory that new homes be fitted with a reinforced door frame. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne, Inc. 

Jamb Brace Works with any Door

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. You are not limited at all. The only thing it changes is the door jamb itself, so homeowners are free to choose any front door style they like. Security is always a consideration when choosing a front door. All-Weather can retrofit existing doors with Jamb Brace for added security, or we can install a new door with Jamb Brace. 

Get So Much More with Your Door

At All-Weather, we carry entry doors by Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. All-Weather is an experienced Andersen door installer and we are Kansas City’s only Therma Tru entry door design center! Come pick out a door for your home and install it with the added security of Jamb Brace for your peace of mind. Plus, at All-Weather, your door installation includes so much more than the big box stores offer.

Sleep soundly at night knowing your front door is secure with Jamb Brace. Come see our selection of entry doors in our design center and secure your home while you beautify it. Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

Best Place to Buy a Front Door in Kansas City

Shut the front door! Most door installation doesn’t include what?! There are a lot of places to buy a new front door in Kansas City. Many homeowners choose chain stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, or Menards. And if you’re just looking for a low price, they will be able to provide that. But it’s what they don’t provide that you should be more concerned about. When you use a big box store, you may get a bit of a price advantage, but make sure you ask them about the following things before you commit to the sale.

1. Do They Paint the Entry Door? 

You may not realize it, but painting your door is not part of the deal with the big box stores. So after they install your door, it’s your job to paint or stain it…big hassle! At All-Weather, we can provide factory finishing in many popular colors. Or if you prefer a custom color, we can match your home’s exterior paint or trim color.

2. What about the Trim?

When you replace a door, many times, you also want to change the trim around your door. Or sometimes, the trim gets damaged during installation. Our installation includes new interior and exterior trim at no extra cost so it all looks great.

 3. Will The Door and Frame Be Insulated?

Doors and windows are the draftiest places in any home. That’s where most of your energy escapes. We are experts at installing doors and windows, so we know how to do it right. We spray foam insulation around your door and frame to provide an extra barrier against air and water. Ask if they take this extra step.

4. Will It Have an Adjustable Threshold?

Most people don’t even know the threshold (the wood strip on the ground under the door) can be adjusted. That’s because many of them are fixed in place and can’t be adjusted. When we install a threshold, it’s adjustable so it can be raised to give a snugger fit against the bottom of the door to reduce drafts and provide better energy savings. It’s one of the little things that make a big difference.

5. Will They Reinstall my Storm Door?

Storm doors must be removed during installation. Because today’s doors are much better insulated than older doors, most of our new doors do not require a storm door. But if you’d like one, we can reinstall your old storm door, help you choose a new one, or even add a retractable screen that you open only when you need it and it stays hidden from view when not in use.

6. Will They Haul Away My Old Entry Door?

If you want to keep your old door, this is no problem. But most homeowners don’t want to keep it. It’s too big to put in the everyday trash container. What the heck do you do with an old door? Load it in the car (assuming it’s big enough to hold it) and drive it to the recycling center? With some companies, that’s your problem to deal with. All-Weather hauls away your old door and recycles it for you.

7. What about the Doorbell?

Assuming they replace your door frame with a new one, will they include replacing your doorbell on the new frame? Sometimes, that’s just another job for you. We typically can replace your doorbell button on the new frame if it was attached to your previous door frame. We will even install a replacement if you provide one. If you want to add a new camera doorbell we can coordinate with an electrician to provide this service for you as well. Just another question to ask before you buy. 

8. Will They Install a Peephole or Will That Void the Warranty?

Some people like the peephole a little lower than the standard height. We can install a peephole in your door at your eye level, even if you’re vertically challenged, and we don’t void the warranty as some other companies do.

9. What Kind of Warranty Do They Provide?

Speaking of warranties, some companies don’t provide any warranty. Others offer a one-year warranty. At All-Weather, we warranty our installation for five years! Our warranties always beat the competition because our doors are quality doors made to stand the test of time.

10. Can I See What It Will Look Like on my House before I Buy It?

Buying a door is a big decision because not only is it one of the first things people see when visiting your home, it’s an investment and it will be there for years to come. Wouldn’t it be great if you could “try on” your front door to see how it will look before you buy it? At All-Weather, we have software that can use pictures of the front of your house to show you what it will look like with your new door. At All-Weather, you can choose from entry doors by Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru – all high-quality names we trust.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

With All-Weather, you always get our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. When you run your company based on customer service, you get happy customers. For over 35 years we’ve maintained a wonderful reputation. We strive to make sure our customer experience is perfect, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we make it right. 

Our Repeat Customers Say It All

We have served the KC metro area for over 30 years and we have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers, more than half of whom are repeat customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built and we’ve built it by providing the little extras that make a big difference. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have corporate telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we just do it. (Don’t tell Nike we used their slogan!)

Replacing your entry door? Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

Best Windows Doors & Siding in KC for Over 3 Decades

All-Weather 30+ Years in Business BadgeAll-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding was founded in 1986. For over 35 years, we have served the Kansas City metro area. We now enjoy a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built over those three and a half decades.

Experience and Knowledge in the Replacement Window Industry

We’ve been in the replacement window business for so long, many of the best-known names in replacement windows weren’t even in business when we started. Being on the forefront of an industry gave us a unique advantage over some of our competition. We were able to get to know the brands in the marketplace and compare products. When you work with a product every day, you get to know the pros and cons of the product itself, the quality level, the hardware, the energy-efficiency, and the people and policies behind that product. And when you get to know the players, you can’t help but have favorites – manufacturers you rely on for quality, durability, energy efficiency, and affordability. 

We Partner with Andersen Windows

Our favorite brand is Andersen. We believe they represent the best value in the replacement window industry. We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Our installers are experienced Andersen installers so you know the windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards. That means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. As a multi-line dealer, we also display additional lines of replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and exterior siding products. You can count on All-Weather to bring you the best!

National Quality with Small Town Customer Service

While our products are national, our service is personal. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have “corporate” telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we simply do it. It’s the best of both worlds.

For instance, when we install a door, we also take care of the painting and/or staining of that door. You may be surprised to find out that many other window and door companies in Kansas City don’t offer that service. You have to find someone else to paint your door or do it yourself. We understand that those are the kind of service details our customers have come to appreciate. It’s why they come back time after time. Windows, doors, siding – you can trust All-Weather to have all of your energy-saving home improvements under one umbrella. Just look for our yellow umbrella.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

When you run your company based on customer service, you get happy customers. For over 35 years we’ve maintained a perfect reputation. We strive to make sure our customer experience is perfect, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we make it right. That’s why we offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. We’re not happy unless you’re happy. Our customers are not just a number to us. They’re our lifeblood. We hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window, door, and siding needs.

Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or  (816) 673-2480 in Missouri for any installation you need – windows, doors or siding. Or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. 

Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value: Siding, Windows, or Doors?

Siding, windows, & doors ROI

Adding siding, windows, or doors to your home is an investment. These upgrades obviously improve the look of your home, but which home improvements add the most value? In other words, how much return on investment can you expect with each one? At All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding, we get this question a lot. We want our customers to feel good about their decision to update/upgrade their biggest investment, so we’re breaking it down for you here. 

How Much Does New Siding Increase Your Home’s Value?

If you are wondering whether fiber-cement siding is a good investment for your home, the answer is yes. According to the 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine, adding fiber-cement siding offers a 69.4% return on investment when you sell your home. We carry Diamond Kote siding, James Hardie fiber cement siding, and LP SmartSide siding and trim. Like our windows, the siding we carry is what we consider to be the best in the business. We know Kansas City homeowners want quality, durability and value and that’s exactly what we offer.

How Much Do New Windows Increase Home Value?

Using the same 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report, replacing your windows with wood windows gives a 67.4% ROI while vinyl provides a slightly higher 68.6% return. 

The right window replacement can give your home a good boost in both value and utility. At All-Weather, our windows are beautiful, durable, and energy efficient. We offer windows from Andersen and Wincore – two manufacturers we trust for quality and value. We are also experienced Andersen Window installers so you know it will be installed correctly and last for decades.  

How Much Do New Exterior Doors Increase Home Value?

The front door is one of the most important elements for curb appeal and first impressions. According to the report, replacing your existing door with a steel door averages a 65% return on investment. And don’t forget, besides boosting your home’s curb appeal, a new door will help you save money on energy bills and increase your home’s security to boot. While a beautiful entryway adds value to your Kansas City home! At All-Weather, we add value to your exterior door purchase. Read about 11 things you won’t get when you have a big box store install your exterior door

Exterior doors serve two purposes – beauty and safety. We carry doors from Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. We chose these manufacturers because their doors are energy efficient with low maintenance. From entry doors to patio doors to storm doors, we’ve got you covered.

Three Decades of Satisfied Customers

All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding has served the KC metro area for over 30 years and we have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built over those three decades. Whether you need replacement windows, new siding, or exterior doors, we would be honored to help you choose these quality products for your home. 

Call us at (913) 648-9589, visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway or request an appointment today!

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Front Door

An entry door is not something you replace very often. You may only purchase one a handful of times in your life, so it makes sense that most people don’t know what to expect with door replacement. What will the company handle and what will you be expected to do? Whether you buy your door from one of the big box stores or a small business in town, make sure you ask these ten questions before you decide to buy. You’ll be so glad you did. Sometimes the cheapest option ends up costing way more than you wanted in time and hassle.  At All-Weather, we take care of everything so all you have to do is enjoy your new front door.

1. Do They Paint the Entry Door? 

This one is huge. You may not realize it, but painting your door is not part of the deal with the big box stores. Sure, they install the door, but that’s it. Now you’re left with a door you have to paint or stain yourself…big hassle! At All-Weather, we can provide factory finishing in many popular colors. We also offer custom painted doors, matched to your paint code. This process is done in a controlled environment and avoids the mess and inconvenience of painting at your home.

2. Can I See What It Will Look Like on my House before I Buy It?

That would be ideal when you’re choosing the door, but unfortunately, not many companies offer this service. You just have to guess what your door will look like once installed. It’s a little too late once it’s installed to change your mind. At All-Weather, we have software that can use pictures of the front of your house to show you what it will look like with a new door.

3. Does the Installation Include New Trim?

Many times, when you replace a door, you also want to change the casing (trim around your door). Or sometimes, the trim gets damaged when removing the old door or installing the new door. We install new interior and exterior casing/trim to match your door so it all looks great.

4. What Kind of Warranty Do They Provide?

Most companies warranty the door for a year. Some don’t provide any warranty. At All-Weather, we warranty our installation for five years. Our warranties always beat the competition because our doors are quality doors made to stand the test of time.

 5. Will It Have An Adjustable Threshold?

The threshold is the wood strip on the ground under the door. Many of these are fixed in place and cannot be adjusted. When we install a threshold, it’s adjustable so it can be raised to give a snugger fit against the bottom of the door to reduce drafts and provide better energy savings

6. Will The Door and Frame Be Insulated?

Any opening in your home, door or window, is a potential place for energy to escape. We spray foam insulation around your door and frame to provide an extra barrier against air and water. Not every company takes this extra step.

7. Will They Reinstall my Storm Door?

If you have a storm door, it will have to be removed during installation. Since today’s doors are not as drafty and are much more resistant to the weather, most of our new doors do not require a storm door. We can reinstall your old storm door if you want, help you choose a new one, or even add a retractable screen that you open only when you need it and it stays hidden from view when not in use.

8. Will They Install My Doorbell?

Many doorbell buttons are attached to the door frame. When the frame is removed, so is your doorbell. We typically can replace your doorbell button on the new frame if it was attached to your previous door frame. We will install a replacement if you provide one. If you want to add a new camera doorbell we can coordinate with an electrician to provide this service for you. Other companies may not offer this service.

9. Will They Haul Away Your Old Entry Door?

Many companies replace your old door and leave you with the old one. What the heck do you do with an old door? It’s big and bulky and won’t fit in a garbage container. With some companies, that’s your problem to deal with. All-Weather hauls away your old door and recycles it for you.

10. Will They Install a Peephole or Will That Void the Warranty?

Some people like the peephole a little lower than the standard height. We can install a peephole in your door at your eye level, even if you’re vertically challenged, and we don’t void the warranty like some other companies do.

At All-Weather, you can choose from entry doors by Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru.  All of these are quality brands that will last for years. We don’t just specialize in doors and installation, we also specialize in customer service. That’s why more than half of our customers are repeat customers. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have corporate telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we simply do it.

Replacing your entry door? Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

11 Things You Won’t Get Buying an Entry Door at the Big Box Store

Buying An Entry DoorMost people don’t purchase entry doors for their home on a regular basis. In fact, you may never purchase a new door in your lifetime. So it stands to reason that when you purchase a door for the first time, you don’t quite know all the questions to ask. Be aware that when you purchase an entry door from a home improvement store, you will get the bare minimum when it comes to the installation. Before you decide to go with the cheapest option to save money, make sure you know what it’s really going to cost you… in time and hassle.

1. Paint for Your Entry Door  

You may not realize it, but painting your door is not part of the deal with the big box stores. Sure, they install the door, but that’s it. Now you’re left with a door you have to paint or stain yourself…big hassle! At All-Weather, we custom paint your door for you in the shop. All you have to do is provide the paint or stain we will custom paint or stain it for you in our store to prevent the mess and inconvenience at your home.

2. See Your Entry Door before You Buy

You don’t have to guess what your door will look like on your house. We have software that can take pictures of the front of your house, and show you what it would look like with a new door. Choose from our doors in stock, or you can even bring a picture of a door into the showroom and we can do the same thing.

3. Get New Trim for Your Entry Door

Many times, when you replace a door, you want to change the casing (trim around your door). We install new interior and exterior casing/trim to match your door.

4. Better Entry Door Warranty

Our warranties always beat the competition. That’s because our doors are quality doors made to stand the test of time. We warranty our installation for five years. Other companies usually only give you one year, if they offer a warranty.

5. Adjustable Thresholds

Most people don’t even consider the threshold (the wood strip on the ground). When we install a threshold, it’s adjustable so it can be raised to give a snugger fit against the bottom of the door, which prevents drafts. Fixed thresholds are not adjustable.

6. Insulation for Your Entry Door

We spray foam insulation around your door and frame. This provides an extra barrier against air and water from seeping into your home.

7. Storm Door Re-installation

We re-install your old storm door free of charge if you’re not planning on purchasing a new one. Other companies may charge for this service.

8. Doorbell Installation

Many doorbell buttons are attached to the door frame. We replace your doorbell button on the new frame if it was attached to your previous door frame.

9. Haul Away Your Old Entry Door

What do you do with that old door? It’s your problem with other installers. All-Weather hauls away your old door and disposes of it for you.

10. Entry Door Peepholes without Punishment

We can install a peephole in your door at your eye level – even if you’re vertically challenged – and we don’t void the warranty like other companies would.

11. Quality Doors for Your Kansas City Home

At All-Weather, you can choose from entry doors by Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru.  All of these are quality brands that will last for years.

At All-Weather, we specialize in windows, doors, and siding. We also specialize in customer service. That’s why more than half of our customers are repeat customers. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have corporate telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we simply do it.

Replacing your entry door? Make it one-of-a-kind! Call us at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online and let us show you what a difference quality and customer service can make!

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