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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.

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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!


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


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


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


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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How Foggy Windows Can Really Steam Your Wallet

Many homeowners think that the foggy appearance of their windows is simply a result of drastic temperature differences between the inside and outside of their house. While these temperature differences certainly can cause clouding on your glass windows, fogged windows in your home could be a much bigger problem than they appear. The window professionals at All-Weather are breaking down the issues causing your fogged windows and how you can fix them before it’s too late.

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What Causes Fogged Windows?

When the windows in your home fog up, it’s usually a sign that the seals have failed. This is especially true when you see the fogginess occur between the panes of glass in double-paned windows. The fog is condensation, and it happens when the sealing material fails to keep moisture-carrying air out from between the two panes of glass.

Related Read: Choosing Windows that Match Your Style and Your Budget

As the seals continue to deteriorate, more and more air passes through the window causing them to be less efficient. You’ll spend more money on energy bills trying to keep the home at a comfortable temperature. If left untreated, permanent window damage can occur, which leads to costly repairs and replacements.

Helpful Hint: Failing seals aren’t necessarily caused by user-error or damage, and not all of your window seals will have the same lifespan. For example, window seals on the sunny side of a home deteriorate quicker than others, due to their constant exposure to the sun’s rays.

How We Can Fix It

At All-Weather we offer custom sized dual paned glass that we can install it into your existing windows. Another possibility would be to upgrade your window glass with energy saving low E glass, tinted glass, or even decorative or privacy glass. This can be done either as an in-home service or in our repair shop.

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

Replacing the glass is an easy fix most of the time, however if the frames are rotted, warped or bowed, you might be better off replacing the whole window. If there is wood rot on the sash, where the wood is attached to the glass, we may be able to order and install new sashes. Glass replacement is typically a third or half of the price of the cost for window replacement.

Related Read: Wood Rot: Is This Silent Killer Ruining Your Windows?

All-Weather: Your Kansas City Window Expert

If your home’s windows are leaving your vision hazy, don’t keep throwing money out the window! All-Weather can help clear the clouds and keep more money in your wallet. Whether you need a repair or a replacement, we can take care of it all. Our business is rooted in repairs, and we only offer the best products and service for our valued customers.

Contact us today at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online for the best windows in Kansas City… guaranteed! Don’t forget to keep up with our blog for more helpful tips and tricks for your home.



Finding the Perfect One-of-a-Kind Window for Your Unique Project

Are you looking for a special one-of-a-kind window for a one-of-a-kind project? You know, a tiny window you can tuck under the eaves for that new attic game room or a uniquely beautiful window to highlight your remodeled bath.

Luckily, All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding has a wide variety of single windows from previous projects that can fit perfectly into your new project. Continue reading for ways you can use these extra-inventory windows and how they’ll save you a whole lot of money.

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

Unique Projects That Require Unique Windows







Thinking of adding a special touch to the kids playhouse? Or maybe even to the backyard chicken coop? (See above pictures) If you don’t want to spend much money, but still want a window that is functional and adds charm, considering our selection of single windows at All-Weather is the way to go.

Flexible Choices Means Flexible Pricing

one-of-a-kind-kitchen-window-all-weatherUnfortunately, ordering just one window is often a very expensive, and lengthy, process. It can also be difficult to find unusual shapes or sizes at a price that won’t require a second mortgage! One way to keep your price down is to remain flexible. If you are willing to accept a window for a backyard project that is similar to your home’s windows, but not an exact match, then you can usually save some money.

The same goes when adding windows in a new or remodeled kitchen. Using a variety of windows in a range of sizes and shapes will not only save money, but you’ll end up with a beautiful kitchen that’s uniquely yours. The problem is finding a source that can provide the variety of quality, new windows you want at a price that won’t break the bank.

Related Read: Choosing Windows that Match Your Style and Your Budget

The Solution to Your Problem

If it’s a single purpose window you need, look no further than All-Weather’s showroom. We have a wide variety of high-quality, brand new windows for sale at a fraction of their original price. Some are typical windows in basic sizes and others are more unique in size and style. They are undamaged, just leftover from previous projects in which we had no use for them. Stop by our showroom today and see them for yourself!

We would love to help with your one-of-a-kind window needs. Give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or stop by our showroom today and we would be happy to assist you!



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.



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.


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.

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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.



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



Our windows give us light, air and warmth, and we look out of them each and every day, but how often do you really look at them? To help guide you through this tutorial, the team at All-Weather Window & Doors will begin with the basic parts of the window so you know what we are referring to.

For example, on a basic, single hung window, the frame provides the structure for the window. The sash is the moving part, the piece you slide to open the window. The sill is the horizontal piece along the bottom of the frame. The vertical sides of the frame are the jambs. The head is the top horizontal piece on the frame.

There are, of course, an infinite number of variations on parts, hardware, glass, decorative grills, etc. A window professional will be able to explain and advise you on these important details.


Common Types of Windows

  • Double hung windows have upper and lower sashes so you can open the top and the bottom sash. These often tilt out, making them easy to clean.
  • A single hung window looks similar to a double hung, but only the lower sash opens.
  • Sliding windows have one or more panels that move horizontally along upper and lower tracks. This allows you to open up to half the window. (Sliding windows are like miniature sliding doors.)
  • Casement windows are hinged on the side and crank open, allowing excellent ventilation.
  • Accent windows are available in a rectangular design or other shapes. They add interest, but are usually fixed in place and don’t open.


The Most Common Window Problems

Like many things, most of us don’t really pay attention to our windows until there is a problem, such as these common window problems encountered by many homeowners:

  • You can’t open or close a window. If your windows are not stuck due to rusty hardware or having been painted shut, you may have a warped window frame. If that is the case, you should call a professional to avoid breaking the glass and possibly hurting yourself.
  • Another common problem is leaky or drafty windows. This is often caused by old windows that don’t fit properly. You may wish to consider energy-efficient windows with better insulation.
  • Condensation on your windows may signal a breakdown of the seals on your double or triple pane windows. Moisture problems can lead to mold issues, so you should seek advice as soon as possible.

If you are considering replacing windows, a window professional can help you decide what is right for your home and your budget.

The experienced and certified professionals at All-Weather have the skills, tools, and equipment to get the job done right. We know exactly what materials to use and how to achieve a precise fit. We also assess factors such as window location, roofing, and rain gutters that might affect window performance.


For more information on how we can address all of your window needs, contact us today. And for more expert advice, check out our blog.



Paint Trim Like a Pro: Tips for a Prettier Paint Job

Painting the trim on your doors and windows can often be the trickiest part to maneuver. Those tiny cracks and difficult-to-reach edges can leave you frustrated and ready to give up.

We’ve been around our fair share of windows and doors here at All-Weather, and we want painting your trim to be a breeze. To ease some of that frustration, here are tips for before, during, and after painting your trim.



  • Painter’s Tape: Painter’s tape keeps things looking precise and polished.
  • Stiff Angled Paint Brush: The right brush will make your life a lot easier when it comes to painting your trim, so if you need to splurge, do it on this item!
  • Interior/Exterior Trim Paint: Many prefer a semi-gloss or high-gloss when painting their trim, but remember, if you are painting inside or outside you will need to buy a different trim paint for each area.
  • Clear it out: Make sure to move any furnishings, cords, drapes or other items near the trim and place a drop cloth beneath the surface you’ll be painting. 



  • Sand it down: It is extremely crucial to sand down any imperfections and clean the surface of your trim before doing anything. This helps paint last longer, making your life easier in the long run.
  • Clean it up: Whether you are painting the indoor or outdoor trim of your home, it is crucial to clean the surface. Painting over dust and other debris may affect the effectiveness of your primer.
  • Tape it off: Painter’s tape is the best way to achieve clean lines. Make sure to spend time on this, it will be worth it when you’re done. In addition to painter’s tape, you can use a paint guard to get clean lines.
  • Prime time: Before you paint you have to prime, right? Wrong. Skip this step with a primer-and-paint blend. If you do decide to prime separately, make sure to let it dry completely before the next coat.



  • More is more: You heard right. Many don’t put a lot of paint on their brush to avoid dripping and running, but this may be counterproductive. Putting too thin of a layer of paint can cause it to dry too quickly, leaving behind uneven lines.
  • Once is enough: Many think you need to layer it on when it comes to paint, but often times one coat is all you need. Paint your first coat and walk away, with the primer underneath it should be good to go. If not, paint one more coat and repeat.
  • Quick, the tape!: Remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet. This will avoid creating chips and ruining your masterpiece.

Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your (semi) professional paint job! For more tips on painting windows, doors, and all other types of trim try Black & Decker’s The Complete Guide to Windows & Entryways: Repair – Renew – Replace.


Are you considering new windows for your home? Let the professionals at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding help. Learn everything about our windows, here.


3 Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

Natural light can be very flattering for your home, and can help open up your home, but it can also cause a lot of heat gain in the summer months. While that can be beneficial in the winter months, it can also exacerbate your air conditioning needs and send your cooling costs through the roof. Nobody likes that. So how can you still reap the benefits of big, bright windows without having to suffer the drawbacks? Make sure you install the right type of window treatments. Here are three energy-efficient window treatment options to check out.

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Window awnings are a great choice for energy-efficient window treatments. They can help reduce solar heat gain in the summer by as much as 65% on south-facing windows, and as much as 75% on west-facing windows. Choose awnings with tightly woven materials that are lighter in color. These tend to reflect more sunlight, which further helps reduce heat gain.

Window Drapes for Energy Efficient WindowsDraperies

Indoor draperies are another great way to reduce the power of the sun’s rays in your home. Medium colored draperies with a white backing are the most energy efficient. These have been shown to reduce heat gain by as much as 33%. They can also be useful in the winter months, by helping seal the heat inside, and reduce heat loss.

Related Read: Replacing Your Windows? Try These Design Recommendations

Window Blinds Energy EfficiencyShades

As long as these are properly installed, they can be one of the most energy-efficient ways to reduce heat gain in your home through windows. Make sure your shades are mounted as close to the glass as possible with the sides of the shade held close to the wall. For greater efficiency, use dual shades—highly reflective, white lined on one side and heat absorbing dark on the other side. These can then be reversed with the seasons. The reflective surface should always face the warmest side.

For helping figuring out which type of window treatment is best for different areas of your home, call the window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding at 913-262-4380. You can also check out our window guide with 112 Ways to Make Your Windows Stand Out.

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