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Jamb Brace: The Front Door Safety Feature So Good, It Changed Building Codes in Kansas City

Home Break in PhotoAt All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we know security is always a priority for our window and door customers. Windows and doors are the weakest part of your home when it comes to safety. The typical front door can be broken through in less than 45 seconds with three or four good kicks from an average sized man. The problem is that the deadbolt device depends on wood for support and wood is not the strongest material. It will split and give if enough force is used. So what can you do to make your front door safer? Meet Jamb Brace the Door Reinforcer®.

We’ve Been Jamb Brace Fans for Almost Two Decades

All-Weather Window & Doors has promoted Jamb Brace since its inception in 1997. We get called by insurance agencies for entry door replacement after home break-ins, so we see a lot of these instances and no matter how strong your door is, it’s only as strong as the wooden frame that surrounds it. Jamb Brace is the only product that makes your door secure.

What Is Jamb Brace?

Jamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s weakest part – the frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. Developed by veteran homebuilders and supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies, the Jamb Brace was designed specifically for homeowners.

Jamb Brace Was Created Right Here in Kansas City

In 1996, a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults in Overland Park caught the interest of Overland Park police because the assailant kicked in the front doors. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, who worked in the crime prevention unit, saw the results firsthand. Betten had no idea how to secure a door with sidelites and 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 one of the board of directors, 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. “People spend thousands of dollars on alarm systems and locks, then a burglar kicks in their front door,” Olberding explained. “We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality dead bolt were the keys to keeping thieves out.”

The Police Department Was Extremely Impressed

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 are fitted with a reinforced doorframe.

Homes Are Now Safer in Kansas City Neighborhoods

Once Overland Park adopted the new building ordinance, many neighboring cities followed suit. Now, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, DeSoto, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Kansas City, MO and Oak Grove all require new construction single family and multi-family homes to meet minimum security standards. Jamb Brace is the preferred product to satisfy this ordinance. Also, new replacement doors in older homes must meet the same security standards for which the Jamb Brace is the preferred product as well. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne Inc.

Choose Any Door to Install with Jamb Brace

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. 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.

Take Advantage of Our February Free Jamb Brace Special

Give us a call and take advantage of our February Jamb Brace special. Anyone who purchases a new door in February and mentions this blog post will get a Jamb Brace installed for free. Call us for a free in-home estimate for front door installation including the Jamb Brace at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

Doug’s Top Tips to Keep Your Home Cozier This Winter

Winter Home Care TipsKansas City winters can be harsh and unforgiving. This year, don’t let the outside weather determine how comfortable you are in your own home. There are many factors that determine the comfort of your home, but many are small and easily overlooked. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s President, Doug Bennett, lists off his top tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter.

Reduce Window & Door Condensation

Condensation on windows and doors is often caused by poor insulation in these areas. It can also be a sign of high humidity levels. If your windows are in good shape but just have old glass, you might consider replacing the glass with more efficient energy saving low-E glass. If the condensation is between the panes, this is most likely due to a broken seal. We can replace the fogged glass with new clean class without having to replace the entire window in most cases.

Related Read: How to Detect Moisture in Your Windows & What It Means

Replace Damaged Weather-Stripping

Weather-stripping is an effective way to seal those nooks and crannies around doors and windows. But if you are able to see sunlight peaking around your door, or it’s leaking cold air into your home, you might need to adjust the door or install new weather-stripping. Weather-stripping can get smashed over time and lose its effectiveness. We can service you door or weatherstripping, which is something many window, door and siding companies do not offer.

Make Sure Storm Windows Are Closed & Windows Are Locked

Storm windows add another layer to your home that cold breezes can’t penetrate. If yours are broken or missing, call our repair shop. We can repair your old ones, or make you new ones. If your sashes are not locked, the weatherstripping cannot do it’s job.

Close Fireplace Doors & Flue

Lastly, close the doors and flues to your fireplaces when they are not being used. This will help reduce the drafts and keep heat loss to a minimum. An open flue will suck the heat right up your chimney. But always check to make sure you open them before kindling up a fire. Closed fireplace flues, when a fire is burning, can cause smoke and ash to overcome your home.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to increase the comfort of your home today at (913) 210 -8810 or (816) 673-2480.

3 Damage-Free Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Kansas City Home

Binder Clip DecorationsWe all love festive holiday decorations, but not the damage many of them leave behind. This year prevent injury to your home, and make the post-holiday cleanup a breeze. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding gives you three damage-free decorating tips for the holiday season.

Use Binder Clips to Hang Lights on Your Roof

Put the staple gun down. Don’t be a Clark Griswold and end up stapled to your roof. There are more efficient, and less damaging ways hang your holiday lights from your roof. This may seem a little out of the box, but binder clips are actually a perfect partner for your lights. They are the perfect size to hold your lights in place, and are sturdy enough to keep them there all season. It also takes very little time to hang your lights with this technique. Plus, you’ll love the easy cleanup, and your perfectly intact roof when the holidays are over.

Try Zip Ties to Hang Decorations on Porch Railings

Leave the tape in your arts and crafts drawer, and forget about the hot glue gun. This year hang holiday garland or other holiday decorations from your porch railing without having to fix the damage when the holidays are over. Use clear zip ties or fishing line to tie your decorations in place with little to no visual intrusion.

Related Read: DIY Holiday Wreaths for Your Kansas City Front Door

Use Over-The-Door Hooks to Hang Wreaths

Keep your new front door installed by All-Weather looking like new this holiday season. Skip the damaging 3M tape and nails this year. Instead choose over-the-door hooks that can support your holiday wreath without the harmful effects. You may even want to add a piece of felt to the part of the hook that touches the door in case the wind causes the wreath and hanger to swing back and forth possibly scratching your door’s finish.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 today to help you get your home ready for the holidays.

Pine Wreath

DIY Holiday Wreaths for Your Kansas City Front Door

Show your holiday spirit this year. It doesn’t matter what holiday, if any, that you celebrate. You can display your cheer right on your front door this year, and we mean literally. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding walks you through an easy tutorial on how to make your own holiday wreath.

What You’ll Need:

  • A Styrofoam wreath, straw wreath (still in plastic wrapping), wire wreath, or wet foam wreath
  • Big & small ornaments
  • Fresh or fake pine or other winter greens/brush
  • Accent pieces (berries, pinecones, etc.)
  • Glue gun, double sided tape, floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Festive ribbon

Ornament WreathGet Crafty With Ornaments

How you execute this craft will depend on the type of wreath you want to display. One colorful, and non-traditional approach is an ornament wreath. You can use old ornaments you already have, or buy some colorful round ornaments of varying sizes from your local grocery or craft store that are fairly inexpensive. You can also choose from an array of wreath bases, depending on what you prefer to work with.

Start by tying your ribbon around the top of your wreath. This will be used to hang the wreath from your door.

Next, start hot-gluing your larger ornaments to your wreath. Make sure you get in the insides and outsides too, but leave the back untouched. Then start filling in the gaps and spaces with the smaller ornaments.

Pine WreathCreate a Traditional Beauty

You can also go traditional with this wreath, and use pine tree snippings, or other wintergreens of your choice. The fake pine will last you forever, but the real stuff will probably just last this season.

It’s easier to use the wire wreath ring for this one. Take a bunch of snippings (3-4 pieces) and wrap the floral wire around, and twist it to secure the greens to the ring. Make sure to layer the next bunch of snippings slightly over the last. Do this all the way around. Use your cutters to clip any pieces that seem too long.

Lastly add any accents to your wreath. We love pinecones, cranberries, and burlap bows as accent additions to traditional wreaths.

We always suggest using an official door wreath hanger rather than pounding a nail into your door, which could permanently damage your door. A wreath hanger comfortably attaches over the top of your door, and has an adequately sized hook to hold your wreath in place. You can pick these up at most grocery stores and craft stores.

Call us today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to install your new All-Weather Front Door before the Holidays.

Fall in Love with Your Front Porch This Fall

Front Door Design KCThe leaves are falling, and the air is getting crisper in Kansas City, which means fall is finally here! It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy your front porch, and the last time you’ll have the ability to make some changes before winter sets in. Fall in love with your porch this fall with these simple design ideas that can take a so-so porch to a spectacular place you’ll want to sip your coffee and read the paper every morning.

The Right Lighting Fixtures

Having the right type of lighting fixtures is key to creating your ideal porch. Lighting can set a mood with the type of fixtures you choose, as well as the type of lighting. Rustic lighting fixtures are very popular for front porches almost every season of the year. They are pretty classic, and tend to evoke a feel of an old country farmhouse. Bronzed or black iron wall sconces with glass are a great choice for both sides of your front door. It creates a more inviting look and feel. We also suggest overhead lights if you plan to enjoy your porch at night. Use soft lighting to create a relaxing feel.

New Front Door

A new front door can make all the difference in your front porch. It’s the first thing people see when they come to your home, and is one of the main features of the front of your home and your porch. Simple, black, white, or wood doors are classic, or you could get a door with a nice punch of color, like red or blue. Right now we love farmhouse entry doors in conjunction with transoms and sidelights. These features together add character to the front of your home.

Check out our Andersen and Therma Tru entry Doors at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Comfortable & Cute Seating

The whole point of a front porch is to sit and enjoy it. So make sure you have comfortable seating. Enjoy your time on your porch with a nice rocking chair or a porch swing. And don’t forget a nice little coffee table so you can entertain. Bonus points for a nice woolen blanket to keep you warm when the sun starts to set.

Call All-Weather today to help you create the perfect porch this fall with a front door you’ll love walking through every day.

3 Characteristics of Every All-Weather Team Member

All Weather LogoAt All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we only hire the best of the best. In order to become one of us, potential applicants must possess several traits that are important to our business. That’s how you know that you are getting quality craftsmanship and service when you do business with us. Here are three characteristics you will find universally in all of our team members here at All-Weather.

Experienced

The All-Weather team is known for many things, but one of the most important is our vast experience in the industry. Among our management and team, the least amount of experience that a current team member has is 10 years.  Seeing as we’ve been in business for more than a quarter of a century, this has obviously helped us build a solid reputation that has allowed us to stand out as leaders.

Professionalism

You will never have to worry about dealing with an unprofessional worker when you hire All-Weather to install windows, doors or siding on your home. Our entire team is cordial, punctual, and respectful of your home and your space. We will never leave a mess after we work on your home. Our team members leave their work space as it was, or better than when they began.

Well Trained

All-Weather team members are also well-trained and prepared to work on your home. Factory representatives from our partners, like Andersen Windows, come to our warehouse and train our employees in the proper ways to handle, install and repair their products. We always follow installation guidelines set by each manufacturer to ensure your windows, doors and siding perform the way they are supposed to. Plus, we are affiliated with several trade organizations, like NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), which means we are always learning the newest and most technologically advanced practices to enlist on your home.   Call us today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and speak to one of our awesome team members about installing windows, doors, or siding on your Kansas City area home.

3 Styles of Patio Doors to Incorporate into Your Home

andersenpatiodoorsWhether you’re building a new home, a new addition, or just need to replace your patio doors, All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has everything you need. All of our patio doors feature high-tech weather stripping, superior construction and High Performance Low-E glass. Also, choose from various grain, color and texture options to create a one-of-a-kind patio door for your home. To customize your doors further, couple them with transoms, sidelights or art glass. At All-Weather, we only carry the best manufacturer labels for patio doors, such as Andersen, Provia, and ThermaTru. Here’s a list of three of our most popular styles of patio doors in Kansas City, and how they can be incorporated in your Kansas City area home.

Double-Active French Doors

Double-active French doors are comprised of two doors that both either swing in, or swing out. This type of patio door is a traditional style that adds a touch of elegance to your home. The lattice detailing adds character that looks beautiful in a classic, or even a modern setting.

Hinged Patio Doors

A hinged patio door means that the door swings in or out at it’s hinges. Our hinged patio doors come with either one, two, or three panel configurations. The classic all-glass look allows you to take in more of your outside surroundings from the comfort of your home. This traditional look is low maintenance and easy to clean.

Gliding Patio Doors

Gliding patio doors consist of two panels. Usually one panel is stationary, while the other glides on ball-bearing rollers to open and close. Our gliding doors provide more of a contemporary look. They are low maintenance with vinyl surfaces inside and out.

Not sure if you’re ready to commit to one of the above products yet? Read our blog post that explains why you should come check out All-Weather’s Showroom before making a purchase.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to set up a free in home consultation for patio doors.

Back to School Savings from All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding

All-Weather Back to School SpecialAs the kids head back to school, the house gets quieter during the day, and you have a little more time on your hands. This August, take advantage of All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s awesome Back to School Special! We are offering up some amazing deals this month as part of our 28-year anniversary sale.

Window Savings

When you come in to All-Weather this August, take advantage of our stellar window savings. Get $150 off of full frame window replacements and $75 off insert replacements. This is your chance to fix any drafty windows before fall settles in.

Door Savings

When it comes to the entrances in your home, save $200 off of custom painting and staining. Create that statement door you’ve always wanted, or finally get rid of those dings and stains on your backdoor.

Siding Savings

Save big time when it comes to our siding department. We are offering $1,500 off of siding services or free attic insulation. Install our easy maintenance siding or insulate your attic just in time for the cold season. Free insulation means you can save money on your energy bills this winter for virtually no cost! Whichever deal you choose, you’ll be pleased.

Make sure you print out this special coupon and bring it with you when you come in to either of our showrooms. The offer is only valid until the end of the month, so hurry in! Call us at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and schedule a free consultation.

How a Screen Door Repair turned into what we know as All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding

The year was 1985. Kim and Oanh Blake found themselves venturing into what was then a small store called All-Weather Window and Door to repair a torn patio screen. This Mission store with the iconic yellow umbrella was full of bicycles, treasure chests, and other miscellaneous goodies. “Kim and I did not know if it was a window and door store when we walked in,” Oanh recalls.

Upon striking up a conversation with the owner Roger, Kim and Oanh discovered that he was looking to sell the business. Kim had some experience working in the industry part-time while he attended college. Come February of 1996, Kim and Oanh were officially the new owners of the yellow umbrella window and door company.

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