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How to Check and Seal Your Windows

Your windows protect your home from the elements of the outdoors, but are you confident that every crack and crevice is keeping the summer heat and winter winds out? As your windows age, normal wear and tear can gradually create dents and cracks around the windows.

Holes in the frame, edges, or crevices of your window allow air from the outdoors to enter your home. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder to control the temperature indoors. So, how can you be sure that your windows are as energy-efficient as you think they are, and how can you reseal them if they aren’t? Emergency window repair is easier than you might think.

How to Check and Seal Your Windows in 5 Steps

Materials

  • Candle or incense
  • Lighter or matches
  • Caulk Softener
  • Putty Knife
  • Towel or soft rag
  • Tube or tub of window glazing
  • Caulking gun
  • Tube of caulk

Step 1. Conduct a smoke test.

Wait for a windy or breezy day, then hold a lit candle or incense close to the window seams. If the flame bends or the smoke blows toward your home, then you have a draft. Repeat this test with all of your windows – making a note of which windows have a breeze.

Step 2. Inspect the caulking around your windows.

Exterior caulk tends to dry out in the summer heat and can create gaps and cracks that let in water and air. Check all the windows, even the ones that weren’t drafty, to see if the exterior or interior caulk has been damaged or is wearing down. Make a note of which windows need to be repaired and add it to your list of windows that are drafty (if there are any differences).

Step 3. Remove loose glazing and old caulk.

Now that you know which windows need repairing, apply caulk softener to old caulking and let it soak for two hours. Using a putty knife, remove any loose glazing or caulking from the frame, interior, and exterior of your window. This will give you a clean slate to work with, and eliminate the chance of new glazing or caulking flaking off with the older layers.

Step 4. Apply new glazing.

Using a towel or soft rag, clean the surface where you’ve removed loose glazing and old caulking. You’ll want a dust-free surface for the glaze to adhere. If you’re using a tub of window glaze, use your putty knife to scoop out the glaze and apply a smooth slope along each pane of glass. For best results, apply at a 20- or 45-degree angle. Otherwise, cut the tip of the window glaze tube at a 45-degree angle and use a caulking gun to apply the window glaze. Let it dry as directed in the instructions.

Step 5. Apply new caulking.

Cut the tip of the caulking tube at a 45-degree angle. Insert the tube into a caulking gun and gently apply pressure. Move the gun along the seams in a smooth motion. If you need to fill a larger gap, move more slowly to ensure the caulking fills the space adequately. Wet your finger and smooth out the caulk to give a clean, finished look. Let the caulk dry as directed in the instructions.

Signs Your Home Needs a Window Replacement

Sometimes your windows need more than an emergency window repair. Signs that your window(s) needs to be replaced include:

  • Your windows are 20 years or older
  • Your window panes or frames are cracked or damaged
  • Your window insulation is minimal or nonexistent
  • Your window is still drafty after replacing the glaze and caulk

Improve Your Windows With Help from All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. If you’re a Kansas City Metro resident and you’re experiencing window woes, don’t hesitate to contact All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding. 

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4 Window Types for Maximum Daylight

Daylighting might be the most underrated illumination technique for homes. Most people don’t realize how much they can gain just by letting sunlight into their living space. On top of its health benefits, this natural alternative can also help reduce your energy bills.

Here are four of the best replacement windows that allow you to make the most of nature’s gift:

1. Picture Windows

Floor-to-ceiling picture windows give you the best viewing and daylighting experience. Their unobstructed glass surface allows a lot of sunlight in, creating a bright, airy room. Don’t worry about the harmful effects of the sun rays through the wide glass surface. 

2. Horizontal Gliding Windows

This window type can give you the best energy efficiency. Its wide glass area allows a good amount of light into your home and vents from left to right and operate similarly to a patio sliding door. It is also operable, so you can enjoy the outdoor breeze whenever you want. 

3. Bay and Bow

These large, elegant windows provide an incredible field of view. They create a bright and inviting sitting area, making your room look and feel bigger. Needless to say, their large glass areas allow maximum daylight into your home. 

4. Casement Windows

This window style allows cross ventilation like it’s sliding counterpart. With vinyl-framed casement windows, you can get the daylight you need to illuminate your home and increase energy efficiency.  Regardless of style, it’s a good idea to get windows with less frames and more glass for maximum daylighting.

Feel free to call us at (913) 648-9589 for Kansas Residences and (816) 673-2480 for Missouri Residences or request an appointment today.

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7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Your Life

According to the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Report to the Nation, “about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.” Before a preventable tragedy occurs on your watch, please consider these window safety tips from the professionals at All-Weather.

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1. Keep Your Windows Locked

If there are children, or vulnerable adults, living in your house, it is important to keep windows closed and locked unless you are in the same room and very careful.  If you have locks that don’t work or are easy to unlock, consider replacing or updating them.

Have windows that need fixing? Trust the Kansas City window experts at All-Weather

2. A Tip for Double-Hung Windows

If you have a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash if you need ventilation and leave the bottom sash closed. This way you can still allow a cool breeze into your home, without risking the safety of those living in it.

Related Read: Windows 101: 5 Types of Windows and Their Pros & Cons

3. Don’t Place Furniture Near Windows

Children are known for climbing all over your furniture, and by placing that furniture near windows, you are encouraging them to explore potentially dangerous aspects of your home like the windows. Giving children, or even pets, the ability to reach windows may lead to injury or worse.

4. Don’t Rely on Your Screens.

Screens keep bugs out, but won’t keep children in. Don’t rely heavily on a window screen to keep your child safe, as these can tear and allow things to fall through. Additionally, the weight of a small child can push the entire screen out of the frame.

Related Read: Tips to Keep Small Critters from Destroying Your Screens

5. Consider Installing ASTM Approved Hardware

If you have children, consider installing ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved hardware. Hardware approved by the ASTM only allows windows to open a few inches, keeping your children safe and your mind at ease.

6. Windows Painted Shut? Fix Them ASAP

Windows that are painted shut not only keep you from enjoying a breeze in your home, they can also be an extremely dangerous fire hazard. This is common in a lot of older homes, so it is important to check your windows and make sure they are all able to open in case of a fire.

7. Avoid a Break-In

Window safety will ward off burglars. Being aware of these window safety tips will prevent burglars from breaking into your home. Windows are an easy access point for burglars and other unwanted guests, and if your windows are broken, unlocked, or left open, you are essentially inviting them in.

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

 

We put your family’s safety first. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, call the professionals at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding for all of your window needs at (913) 262-4380.

 

Is Spring Time the Right Time to Replace Windows?

Now that the warmer weather is here, you may be wondering if you should replace your old windows. Here are a few reasons from our experts on why this is a great time to get those new windows installed in your home.

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Avoid Extreme Hot and Cold Weather

Replacing windows in the winter, or waiting until the summer, means letting in chilly drafts in the winter or letting out cool air conditioned air in the summer. This can drive up your heating and air conditioning bills. Mid to late spring is a great time to install new windows. 

Materials Will Seal Better

In cold weather, caulk can split or crack after it is applied. Very hot weather is not much better. Ideally, you should caulk between 40 degrees and 90 degrees fahrenheit. This will give you better seals that last much longer. Your house will also be more energy efficient heading into the hot summer months. 

Your New Windows Will Function Amazingly Well

Spring means taking advantage of opening windows in your house. Old windows are hard to open and close, have broken or non-working hardware, or just don’t work anymore. New windows function smoothly exactly when you want to use them the most! Not sure what windows are right for you?

Download our Quick Guide that answers your questions and improves your window buying experience. 

Take Pride In How Your Home is Transformed

True, new windows can make your house look fantastic any time of year. However, warmer weather is a great time to show off your windows, and if you are looking to sell your house, it will add tremendous curb appeal. 


If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our experts about new windows, and what is right for you, give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or request an appointment online!

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Which Entry Door Is Right for Your Kansas City Home? Take the Quiz & Find Out

Entry Door Kansas City-all-weatherSick of staring at the drab, out-of-date entry door? Unsure of what you’d like to replace it with? All-Weather can help! Now there is a fun quiz you can take to find out which entry door is right for your Kansas City home. Before you take the quiz, here are a few ideas to help assess your entry door needs:

Behind Door #1: The Problem Solver

If certain things aggravate you about your current door, don’t replace it with a door that may create those same problems down the road. Assess your main need, and choose accordingly. Are you trying to keep cool air in and hot air out? Are you also interested in the best security to keep the bad guys out? Our quiz will help you solve these answers and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes twice.

Behind Door #2: Say It With Style

Your entry door is the first impression of your home and tells everyone about your personal living style. Do you have a grand Gothic entry that opens up to cottage, shabby chic? Don’t re-decorate your cozy, comfy digs. It’s easier to get an exterior door to match your interior style rather than winding up with an extreme makeover: your home edition.

Related Read: Replacing Your Entry Door? Make It One-Of-A-Kind!

Behind Door #3: How Much Is That Doorway In the Window?

Front Door Design KCPrice points are always an important factor in the final decision. Don’t set yourself up for a big disappointment by falling in love with a front door that’s out of your budget. Keep your sights set on the doors you can afford. Stop by an All-Weather showroom and we’ll be happy to help find an entry door that will fit your home’s needs and your budget!

Related Read: Cost vs. Value Report: How A New Entry Door Can Save You Money in 2017

Take All-Weather’s Door Finder Quiz

If you can’t decide on the right door, click here to take our door finder quiz. Our quiz will help you answer all those nagging questions, like:

  • What door fits your home’s personality?
  • What door fits your home’s needs?
  • What door offers special options to meet particular performance demands?

Once you complete the quiz, and select the door of your dreams, then trust the home exterior experts at All-Weather to install your new exterior door. Homeowners in Kansas City have been enjoying the expertise and quality service of All-Weather for more than 30 years in exterior options like siding, windows and exterior doors.

Still can’t make up your mind? Let us help! Give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online today!

 

 

Cost Vs. Value on New Windows

Cost vs. Value Report: How New Windows, Doors, & Siding Can Save You Money in 2017

cost-vs-value-report-2016-2017-all-weather-windows-doors-sidingHave you heard the news? The final analysis from Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report shows that adding new windows, doors, and siding benefits your home and saves you money.

The experts at All-Weather are breaking down this valuable report to give you the facts and trends that truly matter:

Related Read: Why You Don’t Have to Wait Until Spring To Replace Your Windows

Remodel Return Comparisons

As we move into 2017, remodel trends are geared toward curb appeal features that are more energy-efficient than ever. An average home remodel project gave homeowners a nearly 65% return by increasing the value of a home sold within one year of project completion. That number is nearly 3% greater than what it was in 2015.

With new door, window and siding designs that feature gorgeous craftsmanship and greater energy-efficiency, 2017 should see an even larger increase of return on investment for home sales after remodel project completion.

2017 Remodeling Trends

energy-efficient-windows-cost-vs-value-report-all-weatherThis coming year homeowners are expected to focus on the areas of greater returns heightening the value of their investment. Those key areas would be doors, windows and siding. For example, the replacement door of choice for 2016 was fiberglass.

Homeowners who anticipate putting a house on the market are upgrading to get a return on investment through better sale prices, but they aren’t the only ones. Data indicates that within six months of moving into a new home, about 60% of homeowners delve into a home improvement project. Return on investment for new homeowners is accumulated gradually through lower energy costs and choosing the most valuable features to remodel or replace. For a great return on your investment, consider upgrading to the latest designs of these home features:

    • Steel Entry Door: Upgrades recouped more than 90% of investment through utility savings created by innovative energy-efficient designs and higher resale value of home.
    • Fiberglass Entry Door: Upgrades recouped more than 82% of investment through utility savings created by innovative energy-efficient designs and improving the resale value of the home.
    • Siding: Upgrades recouped nearly 80% of investment by installing higher quality siding with better insulating properties that created energy savings as well as curb appeal quality which improved market value at sale.
  • Windows: Whether homeowners opted for wood or vinyl replacement windows, consumers enjoyed recouping more than 70% of their investment through energy savings and enjoyed a higher resale price.

To get started on your own project, schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (913) 262-4380. Here at All-Weather, we’ve been improving homes in Kansas City for over 30 years and we’d love to help make your remodel a reality, while also saving you money!

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3 Causes of Broken or Cracked Windows & How to Fix Them

impact-break-broken-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityThere’s nothing worse than sitting at your kitchen table having coffee one morning and noticing a small crack in your sunny kitchen window! Next, you ask yourself questions like: How’d that happen? and more importantly, how the heck am I going to fix that?

A broken or cracked window is an all-too common occurrence with a variety of different causes. However, regardless of what caused the damage, it needs to be addressed, and the sooner the better. Why? That cracked or broken window is not just an eyesore, it’s costing you money every day as it leaks precious energy from your home. So, what’s next? Let’s look at some of the causes & solutions:

Causes of Stress Cracks

stress-crack-window-replacement-all-weather-kansas-cityA stress crack in an insulated glass window is a crack that starts small, near the edge of the window, and often continues to grow and spread across the glass. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are the most common cause of small thermal stress cracks. For instance, when it’s a cold day and you crank your heat up drastically to stay warm.

This is the same for the outside temperature as well. If the outside temperature drops suddenly, your window can crack, much like a hot dish can crack if you fill it with cold water or how ice cubes crackle when you drop them in warmer water. A stress crack can also occur from windows falling or slamming them shut, so be gentle.

Causes of Impact Breaks

impact-break-window-broken-all-weather-kansas-cityAn impact break is just what it sounds like — a broken window caused by a neighborhood ballgame hit gone astray, a rock propelled by a weed eater or a lawn mower, or a golf swing gone wrong if you live on a golf course. These are usually characterized and easily identifiable due to the starburst pattern that radiates outward from the point of impact.

Important Safety Note: If you experience an impact break in your home, clean up any glass that may be on your floor, but DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE REMAINING BROKEN GLASS YOURSELF. Please, leave this to a professional to avoid any injuries.

Causes of Pressure Cracks

pella-pressure-stress-crack-window-replacement-kansas-city-all-weatherPressure cracks are less common and always seem to come out of nowhere. Most commonly seen in insulated glass, or double-paned windows, pressure cracks can be caused by drastic pressure system changes in the weather or when windows are installed at too high or too low of an elevation level. These cracks tend to curve in the shape of an hourglass and will most likely result in a complete window replacement.

How to Fix Your Broken or Cracked Window

While replacing the glass can work in some situations, it’s only a temporary fix for most. To ensure these issues are completely resolved and won’t happen again, we suggest having a certified professional replace the window altogether. Don’t worry! While this solution may seem like the pricier option, leaving this problem unresolved will wind up costing you much more in energy bills as those cracks leave a way for air to come and go as it pleases.

That small crack is only going to get worse over time, so don’t wait any longer! Give the experts at All-Weather a call at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today. For more helpful homeowner information, check out our blog!

 

Windows That Won’t Stay Up? Here’s Why & How to Fix Them.

window-that-wont-stay-up-all-weather-safetyProperly functioning windows are something that many homeowners take for granted, that is until a window stops functioning altogether. One of the more common problems homeowners report is windows that fail to stay open. Instead, they may fall shut unexpectedly or refuse to stay open altogether. Wondering what to do when windows won’t stay up? We’ve got some suggestions.

Possible Causes of Falling Windows

First off, why does this issue happen in the first place? There are essentially two main causes of windows that refuse to stay up.

One possibility is that the one, or both, balances of the window have become disconnected from the sash. Another possibility is that the balances are connected but aren’t working properly. Either way, it is important to have a professional fix this issue before it becomes a safety hazard in your home.

Why You Need to Fix Your Faulty Windows Immediately

little-boy-looking-out-window-safety-all-weather-kcA window that fails to stay in the open position isn’t just annoying–it’s downright dangerous.

When a window unexpectedly slams shut, it could shatter and become a safety hazard to those in the area (especially children and pets). Furthermore, a person could become injured if the window falls while they’re trying to maneuver it, resulting in pinched or broken fingers and other hand injuries.

Related Read: 7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Lives

Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

replacement-windows-kansas-city-all-weather-certified-installersNow, the question is: should you simply repair your window or replace it altogether? While there are temporary fixes you can consider to resolve the problem in the short term, this is probably a sign that your windows are becoming worn and are in need of replacing.

Related Read: Choosing Windows that Match Your Style & Budget

In the meantime, consider replacing the pivot bar, which connects the balance to the sash of the window itself. If there is no obvious damage to the pivot bars, then the shoes or balances of the window frame may need to be replaced.

Regardless of your window needs, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us today for more information on getting those faulty windows replaced, or for any window questions you may have!

 

 

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.

Want to find the perfect door for your home? Take our FREE door finder quiz!

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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Siding Showcase: Which Type of Siding Is Right for My Home?

Are you looking to add maintenance-free siding to your home? Perhaps your siding has suffered from years of storm damage and needs to be replaced, or you just want a new look for your home. In either case, it’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between various siding choices, and the pros and cons for each, in order to make an informed decision.

All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding is dedicated to offering the highest quality siding solutions in Kansas City, which is why we’re breaking down all you need to know about our three most popular types of siding, best applications for each, and their pros and cons.

*All costs are based off the Homewyse 2016 building cost calculator set at 200 sq. ft. of basic quality materials in Kansas City.*

 

Fiber Cement Siding

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This environmentally friendly siding option is durable, incombustible, and impervious to rot and insects. Fiber cement siding is available prefinished and in a variety of different colors and textures; it can even mimic wood, stone, or brick. We offer the highest-quality options for fiber cement siding, and its durability is unparalleled.

Installation of this product requires specialized tools and the proper safety equipment. Maintenance requires a thorough power wash at least once a year. We also suggest having your siding experts check the seams every few years to determine if they need re-caulking.

The cost of fiber cement siding ranges from $5-$11 per square foot, according to Homewyse.

 

Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding has improved tremendously since its inception. It’s generally more fade resistant and less susceptible to chips and cracks than other types of siding. However, it’s still important to choose a premium quality vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding comes in an extensive range of colors, although you won’t have as many choices as you would with paint. However, by choosing a siding that is permanently one color, you’ll never need to worry about gouges or scratches showing up as a different color underneath. Because of its versatility and range of colors, vinyl siding is a popular choice for many different styles of homes.

Maintenance is similar to that of fiber cement, which calls for a deep power washing each year to maintain a pristine look. It is also very important to check the seams of your vinyl siding and to re-caulk when necessary. Don’t forget proper insulation as well! A house with improperly insulated vinyl is like wearing a short-sleeved shirt in a blizzard, so it is crucial to make sure your vinyl siding is installed over adequate insulation.

Homewyse estimates the cost of vinyl siding at $4-$8 per square foot.

 

Engineered Wood Siding

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Engineered wood siding is perfect for homeowners who want the appearance of real wood, but are looking for a more environmentally sustainable way to get it. You also have options for this type of siding to resemble materials such as cedar, stucco, stone or masonry.

Not only is this choice of siding more environmentally friendly, it’s also less expensive because it doesn’t require the extensive process to construct. This material is extremely durable and also much lighter than wood, which means easier handling.

After installation, engineered wood is close to maintenance-free because it doesn’t require repainting or refinishing. Similar to any other type of siding, it may be necessary to wash once a year, but this maintenance is preventative for ensuring your siding stays in good condition.

According to Homewyse, engineered wood siding ranges from $5-$11 per square foot and beyond for higher quality, specialty products.

 

Other Siding Factors to Consider

There are other factors to consider when choosing a siding such as ease of installation, durability, energy efficiency, ability to resist water over time, and your home’s need for fire resistance. Anotbutton for download-awwds-siding-guideher important question to ask is whether or not you love the siding’s aesthetics. This will be a big factor in the style of your home, so don’t take this decision lightly.

As Kansas City’s trusted siding expert, All-Weather has the knowledge, experience, and professionalism to ensure a job you’ll be happy with for years to come. With over 30 years in the business and over 40,000 satisfied customers, we can guarantee we’ve got your back!

If your home is crying out for new siding, it’s time to contact All-Weather. And for more in-depth information on the high-quality siding we provide, click the button to the right to download our FREE Guide to Siding.

 

 

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