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How to Hang Holiday Decorations without Damaging Your Front Door

holiday-wreath-hanging-without-damage-all-weatherDecember is here and it’s not just the halls you want to deck… that front door could use a little holiday spirit, too!

But wait, before you get out the power tools or pick up a hammer, consider some alternative methods for displaying your holiday cheer. Here are four tips on how to hang your holiday decorations without damaging your front door:

Related Read: 4 Reasons to Replace Your Entry Door This Holiday Season

Use Fishing Line for Hanging

Got an extra roll of fishing line lurking in the garage? Put it to work for your wreath! First, loop fishing line through the wreath, then create two additional loops and place them through your wreath. Place one of these two loops over each top corner of the door, and, voila — your wreath appears to be “floating” on your door and there’s no damage to be found.

Removable Self-Adhesive Hooks

These are ideal for displaying holiday decor both indoors and out. Command Hooks by 3M are specially designed to hold items without doing any damage to the surface. It’s a good idea to estimate the weight for the item that you want to hang before selecting the hook, because each pack of Command Hooks will indicate how much weight it can bear.

Magnetic Wreath Hanger

If your door is made of glass or metal, you can use a magnetic wreath hanger. As with Command Hooks, you will want to make certain that the hanger you choose is sufficient to hold the weight of the wreath. How does a magnet work on glass? These magnets are double sided and one half goes on each side of the glass sandwiching it between. Because it has to hold the wreath through a layer of glass, you will probably be better off selecting a lighter-weight wreath.

Related Read: 6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet for Winter

Over-the-Door-Wreath Hanger

Last but not least, there is always the over-the-door wreath hanger, which you can find in plastic or metal. These work very similarly to the over-the-door clothes hangers you can hang clothes on, but they’re much longer for better placement of your wreath. One little secret to keep it from scratching your door with any swinging motion is to attach a piece of felt to the back of the hanger where it touches the door. Couldn’t be easier!

Does your front door need a facelift? It’s probably time to replace it! We replace entry doors, storm doors and so much more. Contact All-Weather online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 for more information!

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Save Money & Fight Breast Cancer With Wincore Replacement Windows

wincore-windows-give-back-breast-cancer-research-all-weather-kcThere are so many choices in window replacements, but think about how convenient it would be to choose a brand that saves you money, gives back to a great cause, and keeps you cozy all winter long. Well, All-Weather can give you all of that with Wincore Windows! Continue reading to see just how much you can benefit from having these top-of-the-line windows installed by the experts at All-Weather.

If You Want It All, Choose Wincore Windows

All-Weather offers the latest in window technology with Wincore replacement windows. These windows have contoured vinyl frames, which means you can still achieve the traditional look of wood trim while also choosing a product that is maintenance-free, durable, and truly weather-proof.

The Cozy Factor

With ultra-high performance glass, a home protected with Wincore Windows will have the ultimate cozy atmosphere. Wincore Windows offer features like triple-paned glass, which are sealed airtight with insulating gas to fill the space between panes. One of the many features that gives Wincore Windows an energy-efficiency rating worthy of the Department of Energy’s approval and the Energy Star seal.

Related Read: 6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet For Winter

The Money-Saving Factor

After upgrading to Wincore, homeowners will first realize their savings when they see the utility bills start to drop. But the savings don’t stop there! By choosing Wincore products bearing the Energy Star seal, homeowners may also qualify for certain tax credits. That could mean hundreds of dollars back in your pocket just by making the right choice with Wincore!

Related Read: 4 Money-Saving Features to Look for When Choosing New Windows

The Charity Factor

Wincore Windows not only believes in tough, reliable products, they also believe in the strong people who are battling breast cancer. A portion of all Wincore product sales are committed to nonprofits that support breast cancer research. By choosing Wincore Windows from All-Weather, you can give back to a great cause while also choosing the best products for your home.

The Convenience Factor

The All-Weather team does it all: doors, windows, and siding. We provide service under a single umbrella, which means the ultimate convenience for our loyal customers. Contact us today and get everything you want: the very best in products, service, giving, savings, and convenience.

Schedule an appointment online, or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 to talk with an expert at All-Weather. We’d love to help with all your window, door, and siding needs!

 

 

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6 Steps to Prepare Your Home & Wallet For Winter

Winter is around the corner, which means now is the best time to prepare your home for the upcoming colder months. Our winter savings and comfort checklist will help you lower your utility bills, protect your house, and keep your family warm all season long. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Fix Inadequate Insulation

not enough attic insulationHaving an attic that is poorly insulated results in high energy bills (did you know over 90% of homes in the US are under-insulated.) Adding more insulation to your attic can save you money on your utility bills, prevent ice dams, and keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

Related Read: 3 Common Causes of a Drafty Home & How to Spot Them

2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Here’s a great tip if your ceiling fans are equipped with a reverse switch. Once you’ve turned your furnace on for the winter, use your fan’s reverse switch to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction. This will create an updraft and push down the warm air from the ceiling into the room. This is especially helpful if your home has high ceilings!

3. Check Your Roof and Gutters

removing leaves from guttersLook for damaged, missing or loose shingles and have them repaired as soon as possible. This will prevent leakage during a winter storm or from melting snow. Additionally, remove any leaves, pine needles or other debris from your roof as this promotes deterioration of the shingles.

Don’t forget to clean the gutters as well! A clogged gutter will cause water to back up on the house, damaging your roof, siding, and wood trim. A gutter full of debris can also cause ice dams and leakage.

4. Check Windows and Doors

window replacement for winter in kansas cityCheck the upper and lower sash of all windows, including storm windows, to make sure they are locked. This may seem obvious, but many homeowners forget to lock their windows and sometimes even to close them. This can result in extremely high energy bills and safety issues.

Another important step is to thoroughly clean your window sills and weep holes. Closing windows with debris in the sills can damage the window and leave small gaps for cold air to come in. Now is also the ideal time to clean the outdoor glass on your windows before it gets too cold to do so. This will also allow more sunlight to shine through, which will aid in warming your home throughout the cold winter months.

Check your doors for drafts. Since doors expand in the heat and contract in the cold, small gaps can occur in the winter, allowing cold air to come in and warm air to go out. If you can’t seem to find where the cold is coming from, turn off the lights in your home during the day and check for light coming through around the edges of your door. If light is coming through, chances are that’s where the cold is coming in as well. The best way to solve this issue is to replace the door altogether.

Related Read: Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Replace Patio Doors

5. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up

This is something every homeowner should do at this time of year! During a tune-up, a licensed technician will make small adjustments, such as lubricating moving parts, inspecting and cleaning condensate drains, and testing the unit’s starting capabilities. Small problems can be detected before they turn into larger, more expensive repairs. Regular maintenance also leads to fewer unexpected breakdowns.

6. Call a Chimney Sweep

A professional chimney sweep will ensure your chimney and vents are clean and in good condition. This will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. They’ll also make sure your chimney isn’t letting in cold air, which will reduce your utility bills and increase comfort!

For more information regarding replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and insulation, please contact All-Weather today!

 

 

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Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Replace Patio Doors

deck-patio-door-replacement-all-weather-kcIt’s getting chilly outside, which means the last thing on your mind is a party on the patio. However, right now is the perfect time to think about your patio doors. Why? All-Weather is here to explain.

Related Read: 3 Common Causes of a Drafty Home & How to Spot Them

Keep the Snowstorm Outdoors

Trying to keep your home warm and cozy is hard enough, but imagine your worn out patio door getting stuck, wide open, on a cold snowy day. While your doors may have slid along the track breezily during the summer months, once the harsh cold sets in things may get a bit sticky. Replace your outdated patio doors now to ensure you don’t get stuck in the cold this winter.

Save Money & Energy

One way you can save a bundle on utility bills is by installing an updated energy-efficient patio door. The U.S. Department of Energy advises modern glass doors with updated metal frames that feature a “thermal break.” This is an insulator constructed between the inner and outer part of the frame. Special coatings can also improve energy efficiency.

You may think to yourself, “My patio door looks great! I don’t need to replace it.” But it’s not just the glass that keeps the cold out and the warmth in. It’s also the weatherstripping. As weatherstripping ages it becomes cracked and worn. The seal becomes less effective, which means old patio doors will become vents letting out the warm air and allowing in the cold. Put a new patio door on your winterizing to-do list.

Update the Little Things

sliding-patio-door-replacement-repair-all-weather-kcThere are many ways to update a patio door in order to have it operating well during winter weather. You can replace rollers, screens, and glass. However, if you have a door that is difficult to open and close, it is best to replace it altogether to avoid a larger issue down the road.

Related Read: 4 Reasons to Replace Your Entry Door This Holiday Season

Opt for Professional Installation

Your patio door is the only thing standing between your warm home and the extreme cold outdoors, which is why it’s important to hire a professional for installation. Trust the certified professionals at All-Weather to replace your patio door this winter.

Contact us online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 for your free patio door estimate. And for more helpful tips on keeping your home warm this winter, check out our blog!

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4 Reasons to Replace Your Entry Door This Holiday Season

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The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’ve been unhappy with your front door either because it’s drafty, creaky, loose or just plain worn out, now is the perfect time to get it replaced! Not convinced? Check out these 5 reasons to replace your entry door before this holiday season:

1. Lower Energy Bills & Keep Cozy

An old, drafty door is not only unattractive, it’s a HUGE waste of energy! Doors that aren’t properly fitted or installed have a tendency to let cold air seep in all winter long, which means cold feet and even higher energy bills trying to warm them up! Replacing your door now, before heating season kicks in, will save you money all winter long, not to mention keep you and your guests cozy.

Related Read: Quick Fix vs. Total Nix: 3 Reasons to Update Your Entry Door

2. Impress Your Guests & Nosy Neighbors

Holiday season means company. Family and friends will be visiting, and wouldn’t you like to greet them by opening a beautiful new door bedecked with a fragrant wreath? The holidays are also a time when everybody’s looking at houses to check out their holiday decorations. A new door will do wonders for your home’s winter curb appeal.

3. More Appointment Availability

holiday-christmas-decorations-entry-door-all-weather-kcDoor contractors are less busy at this time of year, meaning they’ll get to your installation quickly, blocking off your entry to keep the cold out while they install your new door. It’s quick and easy, and they’ll be done in half a day — probably before the kids get home from school!

4. Added Curb Appeal & Resale Value

A new door will update your home and add a little more value too. You’re busy “buttoning things up” for warmth around the house at this time of year anyway, so why not do it right and replace that drafty old front door at the same time?

All Weather is Kansas City’s premiere supplier of doors, windows and siding and have been for more than 30 years. For more information on our top of the line products and services, contact us online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 today!

 

Quick Fix vs. Total Nix: 3 Reasons to Update Your Entry Door

entry-door-therma-tru-kansas-cityEveryone wants a beautiful home inside and out, and you invest a lot of time and effort into the appearance and condition of your home. One thing that may be overlooked, though, is your entry door. This is a vital part of the house because it affects the temperature, security, and appearance of your home.

If you have an entry door that is older and outdated, or not working as well as it should be, you may have thought about fixing or replacing it. Here are some instances where you may need to decide if your door is a quick fix or a total nix.

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1.) Your Door Is Letting in Air & Creating a Draft

Noticing a breeze as you walk by your front door? This can be a problem that your electric bill may well attest to. In addition to losing money on energy bills, you’re also providing an open-door-policy for insects. If you can feel a breeze, there is likely enough space for pests to come in, regardless of whether or not they are welcome.

In order to fully fix this issue, we suggest replacing your entry door (especially before winter). A good quality replacement for your entry door that fits well will surely save you money, and sanity, without the guessing game of making countless small repairs with no improvements.

2.) Your Door Isn’t Functioning Properly

In most cases, the entry door is the main entrance for guests into a home. If your door is on the fritz and not functioning properly, avoid making your guests awkwardly enter through the makeshift garage door entrance. Problems can include broken, noisy hinges, a rusted lock, damaged trim, or maybe your door is jamming and difficult to open and close.

These things can cause serious safety and security issues if neglected, and anything that is broken on a door would especially be of concern to those with children. While in some cases it may be something small that is simple to repair, several of these repairs can add up! Replacing the door offers a more permanent solution, especially if the fundamental parts of the door are worn out.

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

3.) Your Door Is Outdated or Doesn’t Match the Style of Your Home

Perhaps the paint is peeling, or there are scratch marks at the bottom from the last homeowner’s dog. The appearance of your front door is definitely something people notice. Seeing it every day, you may not have given it much thought, but it affects how both the interior and exterior of your home look. Replacing or repairing your entry door is a simple change that will add value to your home.

Related Read: Make an Entrance with Therma-Tru’s Pulse Series Entry Doors

At All-Weather, we understand the importance of a good quality door, and we provide solutions to all the above issues with our strong, long-lasting doors to ensure your home stays secure while looking great. Contact us today for more information!

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Wood Rot: Is This Silent Killer Ruining Your Windows?

window-wood-rotIt’s the silent killer lurking in many homes and it’s causing serious damage. If you’ve ever owned a home, chances are you’ve heard of wood rot, but hopefully you’ve never seen its full effects.

All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding has seen it all when it comes to wood rot, which is why we want to help you prevent it from destroying your home. Keep reading for the need-to-knows on wood rot and how you can keep this silent killer from entering your home.

Related Read: 7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Your Life

What Is Wood Rot?

Wood rot is caused by fungi attacking wood that has been wet at some time. Moisture is needed to initiate the rotting process, and it’s also needed to sustain it. Generally, the fungi needs wood with at least 20% moisture content to grow. Wood rot experts explain that dry wood doesn’t rot, but once wood is wet you will always be at risk for wood rot.

How to Spot Wood Rot

There are two different types of wood rot: brown rot and white rot. Brown rot typically has a cubical appearance and looks similar to a mud puddle that has dried and cracked. Also, as its name implies, it’s brown – usually darker than the original wood color. The wood can become dry and powdery in advanced cases this is sometimes referred to as “dry rot”.

White rot is lighter in color (dirty white or grayish to yellowish) and looks and feels spongy or fibrous. Sometimes wood rot can grow undetected for a long time. At other times, it develops ‘fruiting bodies’ and becomes more noticeable. These fruiting bodies give the wood a crusty or scabby appearance.

Is Wood Rot Mold?

Although they grow under similar moisture conditions, rot, mold, and mildew are all different lifeforms. Mold and mildew don’t actually damage wood, but they do indicate the presence of moisture. They can also increase the wood’s ability to absorb moisture, which makes it more likely to provide the correct growing conditions for rot.

Wood rot feeds off damp wood using minute feeder threads called “hyphae”. This feedings process sucks nutrients, and thus strength, from the wood. This causes the wood to gradually decompose in place. Wood rot if so insidious that it can go unnoticed until it has done a tremendous amount of irreversible damage.

How Expensive Is Fixing a Window with Wood Rot?

The cost of repairs depends on how extensive the damage is. You cannot allow the replacement wood to come in contact with the old, rot-infested wood because it can contaminate the new wood. In rare cases, if you catch the wood rot early enough, it might be possible to repair the window and its frame.

The best way to find out is to hire a window professional to evaluate the situation and decide the best course of action. In many cases, it’s probably better to replace the window rather than try to repair it. This is particularly true with wood-framed windows.

How to Avoid & Prevent Wood Rot?

In order for wood rot to grow, it needs four things:

  • Moisture (at least 20% moisture content)
  • Food in the form of the carbohydrates found in wood (cellulose and lignin)
  • Oxygen
  • Favorable temperatures (40-100 degrees Fahrenheit)

It’s pretty difficult to change the oxygen and temperature and still have a house that’s livable. And most homes include at least some wood. That means controlling moisture is the only way you will have a chance at preventing wood rot damage in your home. Overall, the most important step in preventing wood rot is to find the source of the moisture and eliminate it.

 

Are your windows crumbling at the seams? Wood rot could be your culprit. Give All-Weather a call at (913) 262-4380 or schedule your appointment online today! We’d be happy to assist you with all of your window needs.

 

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Make an Entrance with Therma-Tru’s Pulse Series Entry Doors

 

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Does your home need a new entry door this summer? If you’ve been coming home to the same front door for years, you might be surprised at how others see your entry. Does it suit the style of your home? Does it add character or enhance your home’s best architectural features? If it doesn’t, maybe it’s time for that new front door!

Looking for a stand out entry door? Look no further than All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Whether your home is cool and contemporary, a mid-century modern treasure, or a cozy cottage, there’s an entry door that’s perfect for your unique home.

 

Bright Colors for Every Home


lime green therma tru pulse series entry doorSome people want their entry to blend into the rest of their home’s exterior while others want a front door that ‘pops’ with color. A colorful door can be perfect for reflecting the personality of the family inside.

If your home has a fairly neutral exterior, choosing a door color like lime green or sunny yellow will bring some interest to the front of your home while also reflecting your lively family’s personality. Colorful front doors work particularly well with the already sometimes quirky cottage feel.

 

Glass & Metal for a Modern Touch

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Glass and metal doors nicely complement the architecture of many mid-century modern and contemporary homes. Their cool, clean aesthetic pair perfectly with the cool, clean lines of these architectural styles. Stained wood doors are also popular choices for the warmth they add to contemporary homes.  

 

Make an Entrance with Therma-Tru’s Pulse Series

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Now you can enjoy the ‘modern art’ look of these doors without the installation woes (some are extremely heavy!) or the maintenance issues of real wood. All-Weather offers Therma-Tru Pulse Series doors which have the same beautiful look in easier-to-care-for fiberglass.

Choose a door from this collection inspired by nature and made using AccuGrain technology for a door that gives you the same warmth as real wood without the rotting and warping issues. And for a more modern feel, choose the smooth fiberglass finish instead.

Therma-Tru’s Pulse Series has something for every bold personality, and the option of customization to make sure you stand out from the rest! Use this interactive tool to design the perfect front door for your new entry. It even has options for choosing a paintable door so you can still have that ‘pop’ of color!

 

If you’ve decided to update your entry door, contact us. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and would love to add you to our ever-growing list of satisfied customers!  

 

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Doggy Doors – Why DIY May Be Barking Up the Wrong Tree

 

dog in doggy doorA doggy door is a simple way to let your dog have access to your yard to improve his or her house training skills and enjoy being out in the sunshine. However, doggy doors require more than just a quick installation before enjoying. Check out these tips from All-Weather on what you need to know before choosing and installing a doggy door.

Safety First

A wide variety of dog doors include options that lock or open only for dogs wearing an electronic collar. These add increased safety to your home, and keep wandering wildlife (possums, raccoons, etc) out, while also allowing Fido to roam freely. Make sure to choose doors sized precisely to fit your dog, and check out energy-efficient weatherized options as well.

Installation

When deciding to install a dog door, the first choice you should make is where to install it. A variety of doggy door kits install in the bottom of an exterior door, a wall or even a screen. Large panels allow you to create a doggy door in your sliding patio door. You will find dog doors to fit nearly any type of location, but be sure to ask a professional which doggy door is right for your existing door.

Installing a dog door is a project that requires woodworking skills and precise cutwork on your doors. Some dog door installations require even more complex work than others. Adding a dog door to a wall requires woodworking skills, and it is a task that is difficult for the average homeowner to accomplish. Hiring a professional is the best way to achieve a finished look and an efficient installation process.

Is My Door Ideal for a Doggy Door?

Most different types of wooden doors are ideal for including a dog door. Most dog door kits include a cutting template and all the hardware you will need for professional installation. Metal doors are also appropriate for dog doors, but having a hole cut in this type of door is more difficult, as it requires a metal saw blade. Dog doors cannot be added to very thin doors, hollow-core doors or glass doors.

Risks of Installing a Doggy Door

Risks of installing a dog door include the opportunity for other neighborhood pets or wildlife to access your home along with large dog doors inviting the opportunity for burglars to easily enter your home.

Choosing a locking or electronic door will eliminate this issue, as only your dog will be able to trigger the door to open. If you plan to sell your home, a dog door could deter potential home purchasers; however, a high-quality locking door closes tightly if no dog is in the home.

Dog doors also may create drafts or allow cold or hot air to enter your home; however, high-quality insulated doors that have a two-flap system will eliminate this problem and close securely. Two-flap systems that install in the wall are effective, as the wide air lock that forms between the two flaps serves as an insulative space.

 

Avoid a DIY Doggy Door disaster and contact the professionals at All-Weather today! And for more tips and tricks for homeowners, check out our blog.

 

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Tips to Keep Small Critters from Destroying Your Screens

Have you been wondering how to keep kids, pets, and bugs from destroying the screens in your doors and windows? You are not alone. After having a beautiful new door installed, the last thing you want to look at is gooey bug guts, and holes in your screens. Here are a few tricks the team at All-Weather want to share that will keep your screens clean and looking like new.

Bye Bye Bugs

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Bugs stuck to your screens, and even worse bug guts, are just plain gross! Try these suggestions to minimize unwanted embellishments on your screens:

  • Grow insect repelling plants near windows and doors. A few lovely and fragrant selections are Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella-scented Geraniums, and Marigolds. As a bonus, you can use the Rosemary and Lemongrass in your cooking.
  • Turn the lights off. Turn porch lights on only when needed. Many night-time insects are attracted to the light and will use your screens as a landing pad. Be careful too, of leaving lights on inside. When it is dark outside, and inside lights beckon, bugs will flock to your screens.
  • Dab essential oils on your door frames, window frames and screens to keep the bugs away. Try citronella, tea tree, rosemary, lavender, clove, peppermint, or combine two or more, until you find what works best for you.

 

For Curious Kids & Playful Pets

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Kids and pets are also enemies of screens. Here are a few things that can help keep your screens intact and looking beautiful even when toddlers, kittens, and puppies, are on the attack.

  • Keep a spray bottle with water handy, to warn away the kitties and pups, (don’t do this to your toddler!). If you see them trying to paw at, or climb a screen, spray the screen with water. The water will deter your pets and should soon train them to keep away.
  • Place a baby gate in front of the screen door. Baby gates are a temporary and moveable solution.
  • Install a screen door saver, like one from Safety First. It is a more permanent solution than a baby gate and protects your screens from kids and pets.
  • Put a favorite scratching post near the door or window your cat has targeted for scratching (bad, kitty!). Her favorite scratcher may lure her away from the screens.

Try these tips and let us know how they worked for you! And, if it’s too little too late for your screen doors and windows, contact us online today or call us at (913) 262-4380 and we’ll take care of them all.

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