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All-Weather Makes Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List…Again!

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 ListWinning a prestigious award in your industry is certainly a feather in the cap. You did something right and made your customers very happy. Winning that award for 17 years in a row is proof that it wasn’t luck, but rather an ongoing commitment to excellence. All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding is proud to announce that we have made the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 list once again!

Recognized 17 Years Running

We have made this top 500 list every year since 2000. When you factor in that this is a list of all types of remodeling contractors including companies that handle much larger jobs, just to appear is an accomplishment. But because we are dedicated to excellent service, quality work, and business practices that set industry standards, we continue to rank among the nation’s top remodelers.

We Are Proud to Be a Leader in Remodeling

Focusing entirely on residential remodeling from 1975 to now, Qualified Remodeler is an industry-recognized touchstone for identifying quality and service in the remodeling industry. Their yearly “Top 500” list ranks remodeling companies based on annual revenue. We are proud to say that we are moving and shaking and continue to grow our business and remain a reputable and dependable company for windows, doors, and siding in the Kansas City area.

Repeat Customers for Windows, Doors, and Siding

All-Weather is local, affordable, and honest. We also supply the best replacement windows, doors, and siding in Kansas City. We think the fact that one-third of our business is from repeat customers is the best evidence that we are doing something very right.

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If you need replacement windows, doors, or siding, stop by our showroom or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best products to remodel your home.

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Big City Holiday Window Displays to Put You in the Spirit of the Season

At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we love windows and we figured what better way to share some holiday spirit than showing you some amazing seasonal window displays from upscale retailers. From Macy’s to Ralph Lauren to Anthropologie, take a virtual stroll down some big city streets to see some of the most amazing holiday window displays. Happy window shopping!

Holiday Window Displays

Suspended by festive red ribbons, these white gifts dangle merrily around a beautiful crimson holiday gown. Perfectly punctuated with big red bells, you can almost hear the “Carol of the Bells” in your head.

Mini Cooper Christmas Display

This Mini packs maximum impact in this festive window display. The car practically explodes with gifts and holiday cheer. From the reindeer perched on the hood to the “Ho, ho, hos” floating jauntily above, everything about this screams jolly. From a branding standpoint, this display subtly reminds us that this car is small and fun. Who needs a one-horse open sleigh anyway?!

MarieBelle New York Christmas Display

Marie Belle, a handcrafted sweets shop from New York created this fairytale woodland window display. From the whimsical mushrooms to the charming deer family, it doesn’t get much more charming than this. The gaps in the stand of birch trees beckon the passersby to peek behind them to see what the warmly lit store has to offer.

Winter Wonderland Display

A peaceful hush falls over your spirit when you gaze into this soft and snowy winter wonderland. The woods are crisp and quiet, the snow is fluffy and pure. Anthropologie has created an ethereal retreat that surely stands in stark contrast to the noisy city streets outside.  

Ralph Lauren Holiday Display

This is an oldie, but a goodie. This Ralph Lauren holiday window display from 2012 is worth revisiting. From the twinkling lights on the willowy tree branches to the giant silver globes on the ground, this silvery scene mixes elegant holiday spirit with a touch of retro charm. The effect is almost like this lovely lady is literally frozen in time.

Macy's Window Display for Christmas

In another blast from the past, this 2011 Macy’s holiday window display featured a fantastical array of cogs and wheels that make up a steampunk style dream machine for making customer wishes come true. So awesome!

Christmas Display 2013

The designer who created this Ralph Lauren, 2013 display must have been dreaming of a white Christmas. The lighting and shadows gracefully illuminate this winter wonderland and who would have ever imagined white peacocks? This surreal scene fits nicely with the eternally elegant feel of the Ralph Lauren brand.

We hope you enjoyed and were inspired by these beautiful holiday window displays. Happy holidays from All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding!

8 Examples of How We Put the All in All-Weather

yellow umbrella stands out from the crowdThere are a lot of window and door companies to choose from in the Kansas City area. Obviously, not all of them are the same. At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we go out of our way to make sure our customers are satisfied. That means we do things that our competitors simply don’t. That’s one reason we have so many repeat customers. We believe personal service is what sets us apart from our competition. Here are eight ways we provide personal service that make all the difference to our customers:

We Custom Match Window Paint/Stain Color

When you get new replacement windows, most window companies offer only three or four colors to paint or stain your windows. These colors rarely match your interior trim. With All-Weather, we can take a sample of your existing trim and match the color exactly for a professional and seamless look. We even use color matched wood putty so your door and trim looks flawless!

We Paint/Stain Your Door before Installation, In Our Shop, Not in Your Home

When you buy a new replacement door, did you think to ask if it comes painted or not? Most people don’t. An unpainted door, installed in your home requires you to paint it yourself or hire a painter. Either solution involves days of sanding, sealing, painting, top coat, drying time, etc. not to mention the mess and inconvenience of not being able to close the door until the finish dries.

At All-Weather, we let you select the stain color ahead of time, we finish it our shop with paint you provide, and install it in your home ready to use – no odor, sanding, painting or mess. We spray our doors instead of using brushes for a perfect finish. We even cut all the trim outside to eliminate sawdust in your home.

We Match Door & Window Trim Styles

There are dozens of different trim styles available. We take the time to match your new trim to your existing trim so your doors and windows fit seamlessly into your décor. We even have access to companies who specialize in old trim. They have the original knives used to create trim decades ago so they can match trim styles from the turn of the century! You can even get specific species of wood that aren’t popular today. If you have an older home in Brookside, for instance, we can most likely still match the trim.

We Use Schlage Hardware on All Entry Doors

In industry tests, the part of your door that gives way to let intruders in is often the hardware. Even a deadbolt can be bent if enough pressure is applied. That’s why we use Schlage hardware, the most stylish and secure brand. Schlage has been in business for over 90 years and is one of the most trusted brands in the industry.

All of our doors are installed with Schlage strike plates, deadbolts, knobs and locks, and can usually be keyed alike to minimize the number of keys you need to keep on your key ring. For you minimalists out there, Schlage also offers a keyless entry deadbolt that just needs a number that you enter on a keypad to unlock the door.

We Install a Jamb Brace with Exterior Doors

The entry door is only as strong as its weakest point. Usually the first thing to give way when an intruder tries to kick down your door is the wooden jamb surrounding your door itself. Your door and hardware may stay intact, but it will swing open when the wooden jamb is broken. Wood is much softer than metal. That’s why almost all of our exterior replacement doors are installed with a Jamb Brace. Jamb Brace is a strong metal plate that reinforces your door’s deadbolt with something much sturdier than wood. Simply put, your door cannot be kicked down with a Jamb Brace installed. We recommend a Jamb Brace on every exterior door we install, and many cities require it by code.

Our Employees Have Years of Experience

Experience is a quality that you can’t appreciate until you’ve worked with someone and they ask you the right questions – questions you wouldn’t have even thought to ask because you had no idea they were important. The All-Weather team has over 200 years of collective window, door and siding experience. Our service manager, production manager, and general manager have all been around Andersen windows and doors for over 20 years each. Add our other employees, sales reps and installation crews, and you’ve got a team of smart, savvy, experts on your side.

Running Down Old Window and Door Parts

Andersen windows have been around for 110 years and because they are quality windows, they last. So if you have an older home with older Andersen windows, you may need to replace a part occasionally. All-Weather is the company to call. We once helped a lady find a replacement crank from a 1939 Andersen window! We stock many of the most common replacement parts, and even some not-so-common parts for many different brands as well.

The Only Andersen Showroom in KC Designed for Homeowners

We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Your other choices are big box stores or showrooms designed for builders and contractors, not homeowners. At All-Weather, we work exclusively with homeowners and we have remodeling oriented knowledge and experience.

At All-Weather Window and Doors, we’ve been installing replacement windows and doors for over 30 years. Give us a call and experience the difference with All-Weather. Call us at (913) 262-4310, experience our personal service, and become one of our 40,000+ happy customers.

 

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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Window, Siding & Door Company

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It’s one thing if you buy a pair of pants you don’t like and can’t get your money back when you try to return them. But when you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a home improvement project, it’s important to take your time and do your homework when it comes to choosing a reputable company you can trust.

At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know that replacing windows, upgrading the entry doors, adding insulation, or updating the siding on your home is a big decision. We want to help you make the right decision.

Obviously, we’d love for you to choose us, but no matter who you choose, make sure it’s a solid company who stands behind their work and their guarantees. To help you through the decision stage, we put together a list of questions that homeowners should ask before hiring a window installer.

1. How long has your company been in business?

Working with a new company is not a deal breaker by any means, but companies that have been around longer tend to have more experience working in the industry and area.

When choosing a company that will be installing or replacing your home’s windows, entry doors or siding, you want to be sure that they know how to do the job the right way and have a track record for doing so. You don’t want to end up paying the price for their lack of experience or hiring a fly-by-night company that will be gone next year.

2. What kind of training and experience do your technicians have?

A second way to ensure that a window, siding and door company does a quality installation is by inquiring about the type of training and experience their technicians have. A properly trained technician can make all the difference when it comes to the installation of a new door or window.

When these products are installed the right way, they make your home more energy efficient, which helps to lower your monthly energy bills. Poor installation could result in leaks, gaps, and energy loss.

3. Ask for reviews or testimonials from customers.

No company is going to advertise their weaknesses or disadvantages. They will only tell you their benefits. To understand the real experience, talk to someone who has used that company’s services and can tell you if they were satisfied or not.

In today’s online world, most companies have reviews or testimonials available for potential customers to view on Google, Yelp, Angie’s List or their website. However, if you cannot find them online, ask the company if they can provide you with testimonials from customers, or even for names and numbers of references that you can call.

These reviews and testimonials help to validate the statements companies make about their services and products. If they can’t provide reviews from customers, you probably can’t trust them.

See testimonials from All-Weather’s customers

4. Ask for photos of projects similar to the work you want to have done.

Just like with reviews and testimonials, it is reassuring to see the work that a company does before agreeing to use their services. We recommend asking the window, siding and door company you are interviewing for photos of projects similar to the one you are looking for.

This will give you a real feel for the quality and workmanship you can expect. If you are doing your homework before calling them, check their website or social networks; some companies post recent work online as well.

5. Is your company a member of the Better Business Bureau?

The next few questions focus around a company’s credentials. Quality companies will have professional credentials that prove they have met a set of criteria set by that organization. One of these credentials is the Better Business Bureau, or the BBB. According to the BBB’s website, “BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust.”

Some good affiliations to look for include the BBB, Angie’s List, and Home Advisor. AWWDS proudly boasts an A+ Rating and No Complaints on record. These are two great metrics to look before you hire.

6. Is your company a NARI Member?

Another thing to check when looking for a window installer, or any company in the remodeling industry for that matter, is that they’re a member of NARI, or National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The NARI logo, according to their website, is the sign of a professional. NARI membership means that a professional is a full-time, dedicated remodeling expert and members are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics.

There are also several different certifications that will show you how qualified the company is. For example, AWWDS is an Andersen Certified Installer and Certified Service Provider for Andersen Windows & Doors, as well as a Master Level Build Smart Dealer for LP Smart Siding.

The list of questions to ask goes on and on, but we think that these are the most important when looking for a professional company to install your windows, doors, or siding. If you are in the Kansas City area and are looking for a quality company to hire, don’t forget to start with this list!

For more information about All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, give us a call today at (913) 262-4380.

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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.

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

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At 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 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?

JambBrace-the-door-reinforcer-logoJamb 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 deadbolt 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 door frame.

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.

Call us for a free in-home estimate for front door installation including the Jamb Brace at (913) 262-4380 or (816) 673-2480.

All-Weather Receives Angie's List Super Service Award

All-Weather Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award for 3rd Year in a Row!

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

All-Weather Receives Angie's List Super Service Award

Overland Park, KS remodeling contractor All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting another exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. The firm also previously earned this award in 2015, 2014, and in 2009.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List has experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the exterior remodeling companies in Kansas City were able to do it.”

Super Service Award Requirements

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We are especially proud of our employees and business associates, as winning this award even once showed amazing dedication, but 3 three times in a row demonstrates our team’s unwavering commitment to providing excellence in customer service” stated All Weather President and Owner Doug Bennett

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Quality Reviews

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

About Angie’s List

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

For more professional advice on getting your home’s windows, doors, and siding ready for springtime, call All-Weather at (913) 648-9589 or schedule an appointment online today!

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4 Common Gutter Issues & How to Fix Them

Many homeowners overlook their gutters, assuming that they’re simply there to help divert excess rainwater. However, your home’s gutters may be your home’s most vital safety feature, protecting your roof, walls, and foundation against water damage.

We’re breaking down the importance of having your gutters inspected and maintained each season and some common problems associated with neglected gutters.

Related Read: What Has Winter Weather Done to Your Home? What to Look for & How to Fix It!

1. Find Gutter Leaks to Prevent Further Damage

The potential damage caused by a leaky gutter should never be underestimated. The stream of water making its way through a crack can cause many different forms of damage. These may include any of the following:

  • Rotting fascia boards (the board mounted just behind the gutter)
  • Attic flooding, which lead to mold and mildew
  • Bubbling, flaking, or chipped exterior paint
  • Foundation and siding damage
  • Damaged soffits and overhangs

Even a relatively minor looking leak can cause major damage over time, so it’s important to fix them when you find them. Leaks commonly occur along the seams where two lengths of gutter are connected. They may also happen anywhere along a gutter if leaves, or other debris, have caused it to back up allowing water to spill over the side.

This particular problem can be effectively minimized by having a professional install splash guards on your gutter or by having new gutters made with larger downspouts to help with overflowing water.

2. Ice Dams Do Major Damage


ice and snow in gutters and on roofIce dams can become a serious roofing issue if they aren’t repaired. Ice dams are caused when the temperature is hovering right around the freezing point and heat escapes up through the attic causing ice to melt. This water then runs down to the relatively colder edge of your roof, where it freezes again. Over time, this leads to the formation of a solid wall of ice called an ice dam.

Ice dams melt and create ponding water in the spring, which often finds its way into your home through weak points, leading to costly forms of water damage. An ice dam also represents a potential threat to your gutters because the weight of the dam can easily cause stress fractures, deformations, and other problems.

3. Seasonal Cleaning & Gutter Covers Can Prevent Gutter Damage

all-weather-windows-doors-siding-kansas-city-2C17-neglected-gutter-clogged-with-leavesDo you often find things like tennis balls or gravel in your gutters? While this might seem weird and unusual, it’s actually not. Heavy rain can cause particles from your roof to deposit into your gutters and cause clogging issues. With the added leaves and sticks from surrounding trees on your property, gutters can get clogged with lots of gunk.

In order to avoid clogging your gutters, and causing an overflow of water, simply add gutter covers! These can be custom fabricated to perfectly fit your home’s gutters and keep debris and foreign objects from wreaking havoc on your home. Even better, these gutter covers can be built right into your existing gutters so you never have to worry about them falling off!

Related Read: The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Find Out If Your Home is Ready for Spring!

4. Stay On Top of Your Home’s Gutter Maintenance

The best way to prevent the types of gutter issues discussed above is to have your gutters professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. This kind of attention will ensure that your gutters are able to do their job, no matter the season or situation.

For more professional advice on getting your home’s windows, doors, and siding ready for springtime, call All-Weather at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today!

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What Damage Has Old Man Winter Done to Your Home? What to Look For & How to Fix It

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Although we’re supposed to have six more weeks of winter according to Punxsutawney Phil, now is a good time to start taking a look around and seeing what type of damage the winter has done to your home. While the term is “spring cleaning,” it’s a good idea to start getting together a list of what you want to look for well before spring arrives.

To help you get ready for spring, we’ve put together a list of six signs that winter took a toll on your home.

1. Caulk Pulling Away from Windows

There are two primary reasons why this occurs:

1) Condensation between the back of the frame and the wall could make the frame swell and push against the brickwork.

2) Dry winter air could have shrunk the air-exposed part of the frame revealing a crack.

These gaps create a problem because they allow in cold air, rain and snow over time, as well as damaging the frame further. Fixing this can be done with either a spray insulation foam or by reapplying window caulk.

2. Wood Rot on Windows & Doors

wood rot damage on window frameTake a close look at the frames around your windows and doors (both internal and external) for wood rot that could have formed during the winter months. Due to wind, rain, hail and snow, the wood can become exposed to, and soak up, moisture. This causes the wood to become soft and damp, enabling wood rot. Aside from being an issue for structural stability, it is also a good way to invite termites and carpenter ants into your home.

Try the knock test. Tap all along the frame and compare the sounds at different points. If more than one-third of any piece is “soft” or “hollow” sounding, you should call a professional to assess the damage before the problem continues to spread.

3. Debris in  Window Sills

Leaving debris in window sills can damage windows when you open them up in the spring. Bits of branches, leaves, rocks, and wind-blown debris can all cause damage to your windows if left alone. Bits and pieces can get caught in the tracks of the windows, making it necessary to remove the entire window in order to dig it out. Or, if you’re unaware that something is there and you attempt to force the window down, you can cause damage to the frame. Taking a bit of time now to clean off the sills and remove the debris will save you the hassle in the long run.

If you need to repair your windows due to damage like this, we at All-Weather know all about fixing them up.  

4. Loose Shingles

damaged shinglesYour roof takes quite a beating throughout the winter. Rain, snow, ice, hail, and wind all tear at it regularly during the colder months, and it’s important to perform regular check ups to see how it’s holding up. You want to keep an eye out for things like:

  • Missing shingles
  • Soft spots
  • Gaps in between shingles
  • Bubbles underneath the shingles

5. Clogged Gutters

When the winter winds blow, you have no idea what might end up in your gutters. From the usual leaves and pine needles s, to birds nests and random garbage, your gutters tend to collect assorted debris. While it can be messy, it’s also a timesaver in the end. If your gutters aren’t letting water wash down, it can build up in the gutters themselves or on your roof, depending on how bad the blockage is. With enough ice, your gutters could end up ripping completely off of your roof. Water left standing on your roof can get underneath your shingles and rot out parts of your roof.

6. Damaged Screens

The winter elements can all damage your screens over the winter, and it’s important to check them regularly. If they’re ripped or broken, you should get them replaced so that you can let in the cool spring breezes, but no pests, when spring arrives. At All-Weather, we would love to help out by making sure that your windows and screens are sturdy and secure, so you can enjoy the warmer weather. Whether it’s broken windows or screens, or it’s just time for a new look, we can do it all.

If you think you have windows, doors, or siding that needs to be repaired or replaced, call All-Weather at (913) 262-4380. We will work with you to keep the winter wind out, and your home looking its best.

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm – Find Out If Your Home is Ready for Spring

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Winter in the Midwest can take a toll on your home. Checking your house every spring is necessary to keep the damage to a minimum. The team at All-Weather has put together this simple checklist to make sure your home is ready for spring:

Clear Out Your Gutters & Downspouts

Debris can wreak havoc on your home, especially if your home includes a basement. Pine needles, leaves and other objects can clog your gutters, causing overflow and possible roof problems. Overflowing gutters can cause leaks and flooding in your basement as well.

Related Read: 4 Common Gutter Issues & How to Fix Them

Check Roof for Winter Damage

Cold weather brings multiple harsh elements that can severely damage your home, and sometimes damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Winds can cause shingles to become loose and fly off. Snow and ice may create expansion that could lift the shingles up or loosen them, so be sure to evaluate your roof in the spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.

Related Read: What Damage Has Old Man Winter Done to Your Home? What to Look For & How to Fix It

Clean Your Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states, “Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.” Get ahead of this issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and proper working condition.

Inspect Your Siding

No matter what kind of siding you have (wood, vinyl, aluminum, etc.) cleaning your siding will help to maintain its beauty. You should check seasonally for any damage that could cause leakage into your home. All-Weather proudly offers Modern Resin Siding by SmartSide, which is specifically designed to be weather resistant while also fighting against decay, fungi, and termites.

Related Read: New Year, New Siding: The Best Siding Options for 2017

Check Your HVAC Unit

You should always enlist a professional for this job. Repairing any potential problems now can save you money later. It could also keep you from calling a repairman during hours that double in price like nights and weekends.

Check Your Entry & Patio Doors

Are your doors safe and energy efficient? Time to find out! If you have issues with any doors not functioning properly, now is the perfect time to replace them with energy-efficient doors. The savings from your utility bills will make it worthwhile.

Related Read: The Top 5 Entry Door Trends for 2017

Maximize Your Windows

Windows and screens today are so much more than simply a barrier to keep the elements at bay. Replacement windows can protect against harmful UV rays and offer low maintenance. If you discover that any of your windows are allowing too much airflow to sneak through, or some of your screens are damaged, spring is the perfect time to replace those energy wasters with energy-efficient windows.

Call All-Weather in Kansas City to have your home inspected and repaired. You can even schedule your appointment online! Nothing beats knowing a professional will be there to help you prevent further damage to your home.

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