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Repeat Customers

The One Sure Sign of a Quality Company – Repeat Customers

Anyone can get your business once, but when they come back and choose you again, that’s the hallmark of a great product combined with great customer service. At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we are all about repeat customers. Since 1986, the All-Weather team has been delivering quality services and products to over 42,000 Kansas City customers – nearly one third of whom have been repeat customers! Since our products are big ticket items – windows, doors and siding – most people don’t purchase them more than a couple times in a lifetime. That makes our numbers even more impressive. How do we do it?

High Quality Windows, Doors and Siding

We sell and install Andersen & Wincore windows that offer the top energy-efficient glass options. We carry Therma Tru Entry Door Systems, James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding, LP Smart Siding, and many other upscale products to improve your home’s comfort, beauty, and longevity. We simply don’t bother with inferior products that we aren’t comfortable putting our name on. We only sell products that we can stand behind. 

Excellent Installation Means Happy Happy Customers

We have expert-level installers that are manufacturer-certified. Our installers are experienced Andersen installers so you know the windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards. That means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. You can come to our showroom and see our products in person. 

We Put a Premium on Excellent Customer Service

We have over 250 years of combined window, doors, and siding experience on our team, but besides the knowledge they bring, it’s the customer service that really sets us apart from our competitors. When you run your local company based on customer service, you always get happy customers. We strive to make sure our customer experience is as perfect as possible, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we are sure to make it right. That’s why we can offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Simply put, we’re not happy unless you’re happy. From communication to installation to service after the sale, we strive to keep our customers happy every step of the way. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few customer testimonials:

“Quality, courtesy and timeliness are rare in the US—very rare! Junk Abounds! But you guys, the manufacturer and Charles did it right!”

— JH of Shawnee

“I did some extensive research on types of windows and the various companies that advertised their products and installation policies. I chose All-Weather and they did a fabulous job. I made the right decision to purchase my windows from All-Weather and when it’s time, you can bet I will be doing business with them again.”

— PJ of KCMO

We’re proud of our reputation that has stood strong in Kansas City for over 30 years. We hope you will choose us for your windows, doors, and siding Call us at (913) 648-9589 or contact us to make an appointment to visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park. We’d love to make you a happy customer, and maybe even become a repeat customer too! 

Replacement Windows

Buying Windows – Why Price Shouldn’t Be the Main Factor (Testimonial)

Replacement Windows
Window wall in great room after replacement.

 

When making a larger purchase like windows or siding, it’s tempting to think that cost should be your main determining factor. Let’s face it, these are larger purchases than the ones you make in a normal year and can be challenging to fit into your budget. We wanted to share the story of an Overland Park couple who have purchased replacement windows twice for their home. They were willing to share what they learned.

“Our first window purchase was back in 2010. Our house was only about ten years old, but we noticed that the builder-grade windows were drafty. My computer sat in my bedroom right next to our bay window and I could feel the cold air sneaking in while I worked. My mouse hand was always freezing! Besides being uncomfortable, I knew we were losing a lot of energy as well. We decided to replace all of our double-hung windows on the first floor. 

I checked with three companies in town and decided to go with the best price. The salesman was convincing and the product was good. I figured, “Why pay those overinflated prices?” They installed eight windows total. There was a little trouble with the double window in the dining room when they went to install it. Apparently, they had ordered the wrong size. The salesman assured me they would be able to make it work and all was fine. Fast forward about a year and I noticed that the wood frame around that window was swelling and there were signs of water leaking on my carpet as well. My husband examined the window and discovered that they had forgotten to caulk it along the very top and that’s where the water was coming in. Luckily, the damage was minor and my husband was able to fix it. 

So in 2019, when we noticed that the large window wall in the great room (original windows) was showing signs of wood rot, it was time to go window shopping again. I called three companies and this time, I based my decision on how long they had been in business, what kind of reputation they had and, I‘m not going to lie, price still factored in. I chose All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding this time. 

The thing I liked about All-Weather was that they talked about the different options I had while the other two companies just gave me a price and never mentioned how the windows would look and never gave me any other options. This window wall is the main focus of our home when you walk in the front door. I wanted it to look good! All-Weather suggested the windows that would give me the most glass per pane (replacement windows are usually a bit smaller than the original windows because they have to fit inside the existing framework of the original window.) My salesman explained that they were not the cheapest option, but would look the best. 

From my research, I knew All-Weather was also an experienced Andersen installer, so I had confidence that they knew what they were doing. Well, here we are, six years later and I’m thrilled with my windows! The window wall looks fantastic and the five double-hung windows we had replaced upstairs at the same time are doing great too. No leaks…no problems. So my advice is to shop around and don’t just base your decision on the price. Your windows will be in your home for decades. It’s worth the time and effort to find and hire a professional who has been in the industry for a long time. 

I will add that All-Weather was not the cheapest or the highest price. Their bid was right in line with the other two window manufacturers we talked to. But the All-Weather people seemed to take the look of the windows into consideration and even let me come to the showroom to touch and feel the different options. They provided better customer service, and after six years of use, I can confidently say quality, professional installation too.”

K. Huber, Overland Park

So when it’s time to replace your windows, do your homework. Choose a company that has been around for years and has a good reputation. At All-Weather, we have over 30 years of experience and we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. 

Our customers are not just a number to us. They’re our lifeblood. We hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window, door, and siding needs. Call us at (913) 648-9589 or come see our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway.

Old windows

How Much Do New Windows Cost?

Old windows

Replacing your windows is no small undertaking. It is one of the biggest expenses a homeowner will incur. But like any home improvement, it will increase the value of your home. According to Angi, window replacement costs anywhere from $200 to $1,300 per window, depending on the type of window and any related materials and perks. For that price, however, you’ll get a 68% return on investment, not to mention energy savings, a snugger, less drafty home, and the added benefit of your home looking better both inside and out.

Factors That Affect Replacement Window Cost

Other factors that will affect the replacement cost include the type of window, the window frame material, the window size/shape, the level of energy efficiency, and where the window is located. Don’t forget that labor costs add an additional $100 to $300 per window. 

Type and Size of Windows

There are many types of replacement windows – double-hung, single-hung, casement, picture, sliding, swinging, bay, bow, and custom shapes. Standard sizes will be cheaper than specialty sizes/shapes. Larger windows will cost more than smaller windows.

Window Frame Material

There are many different options for window frames. Here is a breakdown of material and average prices:

Aluminum Window Frames

Aluminum windows are the most affordable, but they don’t provide much in the way of aesthetics or insulation. They typically cost from $75 to $400 per window

Vinyl Window Frames 

Vinyl is one of the most popular types of frames and runs from $100 to $900 per window. Vinyl is affordable, durable, and energy-efficient. You cannot repaint a vinyl frame as paint won’t adhere well to it and will crack, peel, and chip.

Fiberglass Window Frames 

These frames are a step up from vinyl. They offer similar insulation advantages but are a bit more durable. They run roughly 15% to 30% more than vinyl, making the national average cost between $500 to $1,500 per window. 

Wood Window Frames 

Wood frames are considered a bit more upscale. They may be required if your home is in a historical area. Wood frames run from $150 to $1,300 or more. 

Composite Window Frames 

Composite frames are made from a mix of PVC polymers and wood fiber for maintenance-free frames. They are very durable and cost between $300 and $1,200 per window. 

Ground Level Or Upper Level Windows

If you are replacing ground level windows, they will be a bit cheaper because there is no additional time or equipment (ladders, scaffold, etc.) so labor costs will be lower.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

The next thing that can really affect the price of your windows is the level of energy efficiency you choose. From double and triple glass to inert gas between the panes, prices can vary greatly. Remember, though, that you will recoup some of this cost in energy savings if you plan to remain in your home for ten years or so.

Existing Window Condition 

If your home is older, if it fell into disrepair, or if it has been a while since it was painted, it’s likely that you will have to replace at least a few areas due to wood rot. This adds to the overall cost of replacement as it includes materials and labor to replace it, but it is absolutely necessary for the new windows to operate properly and stand up to their guarantees. Expect to have some wood rot or small repairs to fix. 

Window Brand Names

Window companies put a lot of money into creating a trustworthy brand known for its quality and energy efficiency. There are many well-known brands with great reputations on the market. Do your research and decide if their features and advantages are worth the extra money once you have an estimate. 

We Partner with Andersen Windows

At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding we have our favorites. We partner with Andersen Windows because we believe they represent the best value in the replacement window industry. We are Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. You can come in and see them in person to appreciate their quality and craftsmanship. Our installers are also experienced Andersen installers. That means your windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards which means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. 

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

We also carry additional lines of replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and exterior siding products. We have chosen these brands after years of experience in the window replacement business. You can count on All-Weather to bring you the best! We stand behind our windows and our installation with a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. We’re not happy unless you’re happy. 

If you’re looking for a replacement window company with decades of experience and a quality reputation for satisfaction, stop by our showroom or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or (816) 673-2480 in Missouri and we’ll be happy to give you an estimate on window replacement, door replacement, or siding installation. Or make an appointment online. 

All-Weather 30+ Years in Business Badge

Best Windows Doors & Siding in KC for Over 3 Decades

All-Weather 30+ Years in Business BadgeAll-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding was founded in 1986. For over 35 years, we have served the Kansas City metro area. We now enjoy a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built over those three and a half decades.

Experience and Knowledge in the Replacement Window Industry

We’ve been in the replacement window business for so long, many of the best-known names in replacement windows weren’t even in business when we started. Being on the forefront of an industry gave us a unique advantage over some of our competition. We were able to get to know the brands in the marketplace and compare products. When you work with a product every day, you get to know the pros and cons of the product itself, the quality level, the hardware, the energy-efficiency, and the people and policies behind that product. And when you get to know the players, you can’t help but have favorites – manufacturers you rely on for quality, durability, energy efficiency, and affordability. 

We Partner with Andersen Windows

Our favorite brand is Andersen. We believe they represent the best value in the replacement window industry. We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Our installers are experienced Andersen installers so you know the windows will be installed to manufacturer specs and standards. That means your Andersen windows will perform as promised. As a multi-line dealer, we also display additional lines of replacement windows, entry doors, storm doors, storm windows, and exterior siding products. You can count on All-Weather to bring you the best!

National Quality with Small Town Customer Service

While our products are national, our service is personal. Because we are a smaller, local company, we can go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. We don’t have “corporate” telling us what we can and can’t do for our customers. We know what it takes to make you happy and we simply do it. It’s the best of both worlds.

For instance, when we install a door, we also take care of the painting and/or staining of that door. You may be surprised to find out that many other window and door companies in Kansas City don’t offer that service. You have to find someone else to paint your door or do it yourself. We understand that those are the kind of service details our customers have come to appreciate. It’s why they come back time after time. Windows, doors, siding – you can trust All-Weather to have all of your energy-saving home improvements under one umbrella. Just look for our yellow umbrella.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

When you run your company based on customer service, you get happy customers. For over 35 years we’ve maintained a perfect reputation. We strive to make sure our customer experience is perfect, and in the rare event that a customer is not completely satisfied, we make it right. That’s why we offer our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. We’re not happy unless you’re happy. Our customers are not just a number to us. They’re our lifeblood. We hope you’ll trust us to take care of your window, door, and siding needs.

Call us at (913) 262-4380 in Kansas or  (816) 673-2480 in Missouri for any installation you need – windows, doors or siding. Or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. 

Siding, windows, & doors ROI

Which Home Improvements Add the Most Value: Siding, Windows, or Doors?

Siding, windows, & doors ROI

Adding siding, windows, or doors to your home is an investment. These upgrades obviously improve the look of your home, but which home improvements add the most value? In other words, how much return on investment can you expect with each one? At All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding, we get this question a lot. We want our customers to feel good about their decision to update/upgrade their biggest investment, so we’re breaking it down for you here. 

How Much Does New Siding Increase Your Home’s Value?

If you are wondering whether fiber-cement siding is a good investment for your home, the answer is yes. According to the 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine, adding fiber-cement siding offers a 69.4% return on investment when you sell your home. We carry Diamond Kote siding, James Hardie fiber cement siding, and LP SmartSide siding and trim. Like our windows, the siding we carry is what we consider to be the best in the business. We know Kansas City homeowners want quality, durability and value and that’s exactly what we offer.

How Much Do New Windows Increase Home Value?

Using the same 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report, replacing your windows with wood windows gives a 67.4% ROI while vinyl provides a slightly higher 68.6% return. 

The right window replacement can give your home a good boost in both value and utility. At All-Weather, our windows are beautiful, durable, and energy efficient. We offer windows from Andersen and Wincore – two manufacturers we trust for quality and value. We are also experienced Andersen Window installers so you know it will be installed correctly and last for decades.  

How Much Do New Exterior Doors Increase Home Value?

The front door is one of the most important elements for curb appeal and first impressions. According to the report, replacing your existing door with a steel door averages a 65% return on investment. And don’t forget, besides boosting your home’s curb appeal, a new door will help you save money on energy bills and increase your home’s security to boot. While a beautiful entryway adds value to your Kansas City home! At All-Weather, we add value to your exterior door purchase. Read about 11 things you won’t get when you have a big box store install your exterior door

Exterior doors serve two purposes – beauty and safety. We carry doors from Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. We chose these manufacturers because their doors are energy efficient with low maintenance. From entry doors to patio doors to storm doors, we’ve got you covered.

Three Decades of Satisfied Customers

All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding has served the KC metro area for over 30 years and we have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation we have built over those three decades. Whether you need replacement windows, new siding, or exterior doors, we would be honored to help you choose these quality products for your home. 

Call us at (913) 648-9589, visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway or request an appointment today!

Window types

The 12 Types of Windows and Where to Use Them

Window types

There are a lot of different styles of windows and the terminology can be a bit confusing. At All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding, we understand. So we thought we’d create this simple window tutorial to help you understand the differences, the names, and why you should choose one style over the other. The next time you’re looking for replacement windows, you’ll know all of your options. So without further ado, here is a pictorial guide to get us started:

Single Hung Windows

Single hung windows, also called sash windows or hung sash windows are made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes”. A single hung window has a fixed top sash that does not slide up or down, so it can only be opened by sliding the bottom sash up. Single hung windows look like double hung windows when they are closed, but are less versatile. 

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are by far the most popular. That’s because they are the most versatile. They feature two separate sashes (the sections that slide up and down), which allows them to be easily opened to let fresh air in and most can be opened either by sliding the bottom sash up or the top sash down creating even more options. Let’s say you want to open the window on a cool night but don’t want the cool breeze to blow directly on you while you sleep. Or maybe you want to open the window, but don’t want the dog to get out. Simply pull the upper sash down. You can even pull the upper sash partially down and lift the lower sash partially up to let cool, outside air flow in through the bottom while warm air flows out of the top. Many double hung windows also have a tilt feature which makes cleaning on both sides, dare we say it?…a breeze. This is especially helpful when cleaning second story windows and higher. No ladder is necessary, simply tilt both sashes inward to clean from the inside. Because of all of the added convenience features, these windows are typically more expensive than a single hung window of the same dimensions.

Slider Windows

Slider windows do not open by sliding the sashes up and down like hung sash windows, but rather the sashes slide open from left to right or vice versa – side to side. Mechanically speaking, they are double hung windows laid on their sides. They are best for windows that are wider than they are tall and areas that require a little bit wider or more unobstructed view. 

Casement Windows

Casement windows, sometimes called crank windows because a crank is usually turned to open them, are typically chosen for tall, narrow openings. The window is attached to one side of the frame and swings outward like a door opens. Casement windows work well where accessibility to the window is not ideal. For instance, if the window is placed higher on the wall or you have to reach across a counter to open it. The crank on the bottom makes it easier to open than lifting a single or double hung window.Casement windows are typically one pane of glass (no grilles) so they work well where the view is given priority as well. One more benefit is that the open window acts almost like a sail catching any breezes and forcing them into the home. 

Awning Windows

An awning window is a single pane that is hinged at the top of the frame creating an awning effect (hence, the name). An awning window is essentially a casement window turned sideways. However, awning windows are typically smaller and can be installed higher on a wall to add architectural interest and provide ventilation and light without sacrificing privacy or security. They are great for letting air in when it’s raining because the pane keeps the water out. They can be plain or feature grilles.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are larger windows composed of several sections that extend away from the exterior wall of the home. They are available in many configurations including three- and four-window styles. The large center window allows for an uninterrupted view while the side windows can be casement or double hung to allow for ventilation. Adding a bay window automatically adds drama and elegance to any room because they let in lots of light creating a bright, open, airy feeling. Visually speaking, a bay window makes the room feel larger, and physically speaking it can actually make the footprint of the room larger because it can extend down to the floor pulling it out past the line of the exterior wall as well.

Bow Windows

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows and deliver basically the same benefits – a light, open, airy feeling as well as a wonderful view to the outdoors. Bow windows are ideal when you don’t have the space for a bay window. Both styles extend outward, but bow windows don’t extend as far as bay windows. If you have a window in front of a porch or walkway, for example, a bay window may intrude into the space too far to make it practical, whereas a bow window may fit just fine.

Garden Windows

A garden window (sometimes called a greenhouse window) provides a box-like area that extends outward where you can set plants to maximize the amount of light they receive. Typically found in the kitchen, it contains a lot of glass on all sides and the panes are set at 90-degree angles to capture the maximum amount of energy from the sun’s rays. Many times these windows feature a glass shelf that is perfect for plants to get lots of sunlight. 

Picture Windows

A picture window features a large single fixed pane of uninterrupted glass. The main purpose of a picture window is to allow a great view of the outside world. These windows are usually large and do not open. They are usually installed in dining rooms and living rooms where homeowners spend leisure time. They allow lots of natural light, but make sure that your picture window incorporates energy saving features to keep your energy bills under control. 

Hopper Windows

Hopper windows have sashes that open inward and are hinged on the bottom. They are  excellent windows for small bathrooms or basements. Since the windowpane tilts upward, it stops debris from blowing into your house. a hopper window is often placed above other doors and windows (called a transom window when used this way) for extra light and ventilation. 

Special Shape Windows

Arches, circles, hexagonal, octagonal, trapezoid and other specialty shaped windows can be used alone or combined with traditional shapes to add architectural interest and unique character to your home. They are usually more expensive than traditional shapes. 

Tilt & Turn Windows

​​Tilt & turn windows offer dual functionality. The first option is to turn the handle 90 degrees to swing the window sash open into the room – similar to a casement window that opens inward. The second option is to turn the handle 180 degrees to tilt the sash in to vent from the top. This allows for ventilation and security simultaneously. Tilt & turn windows are a popular choice for egress windows as they are large enough to allow a person access in and out. Larger tilt & turn windows can be used to allow access to an exterior space like a roof or balcony. 

We hope this helps you understand the difference between all of the different types of windows and helps you decide which windows to use where. If you need help with installing replacement windows in your home, give us a call at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and we can walk you through all of your options. 

Andersen Window Supplier

Why We Choose Andersen Windows – Quality

Andersen Window Supplier

At All-Weather we believe in quality. When it comes to the products we sell – windows, doors, and siding – quality is of the utmost importance. Our products will be an integral part of your home for years, even decades. With exterior products like windows, doors, and siding, they must be made to last. For over 30 years, we have served the KC metro area and now have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation for quality we have built over those three decades. That reputation for quality is why we choose to sell Andersen windows. 

Andersen Windows Deliver Quality and Value

We choose Andersen windows because we know replacement windows. For over a century, The Andersen window brand has demonstrated integrity and innovation. It is the most recognized and most used brand in the window industry. Andersen replacement windows are simply the best replacement windows in Kansas City that we have found.

Like All-Weather, Andersen has a reputation for quality. But don’t take our word for it. In an article from The Spruce, that compares double-hung windows (the most popular style of window) from top manufacturers, Andersen windows are the gold standard when it comes to quality for the price: 

“Milgard, with fewer lines of windows than Andersen or Pella, can be deemed the bargain window maker of the group; it produces what is often called a builder grade window. 

Andersen is the gold standard; its E and A Series windows are favored by architects. 

Pella falls between Milgard and Andersen both in window quality and prices.”

Andersen Windows Use Fibrex

Vinyl windows are typically “bargain” windows. Andersen doesn’t manufacture all-vinyl windows. They use a proprietary wood composite material called Fibrex. Fibrex is two times as strong as vinyl, performs better when in extreme temperatures and won’t fade, flake, blister or peel. Fibrex is composed of 40% recycled Ponderosa pine wood fibers and 60% polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is unique to Andersen. While Andersen windows are not the cheapest windows, we feel they provide the best quality for the price. Because we plan to be around for a long time, we want our customers to know that they can count on us for quality.   

We Are an Experienced Andersen Installer

The best windows in the industry won’t deliver the look or comfort you expect if they’re not installed properly. Many major window manufacturers train and certify installers for their specific products. At All-Weather, we are proud to be an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer. When we install your windows, we do it exactly the way the manufacturer recommends so the window provides superior performance for years to come. 

If you’re looking into replacement windows, give All-Weather a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you make this important decision with confidence.

 

Window Grids or No Grids? Let the Architecture Help You Decide

If you’re getting new windows and just don’t know if you need grids or not, don’t worry. At All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding, we get that question a lot. The easiest answer is to let the architectural style of your home help you decide. Each architectural style has certain window grid patterns traditionally associated with it. You are certainly free to choose whatever style of windows you like, but just be aware that from a design standpoint, straying too far from classic design themes can be risky. 

Quick Window Style History

How did grids in windows even become a thing? As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Like many details throughout history, window grids originally served a critical purpose. They held together and supported multi-paned windows and made it possible to ship window panes further without breaking the glass. As time went on and more modern conveniences like air conditioning became common, the functionality of windows shifted from focusing on ventilation to more aesthetic desires such as letting in more sunlight and providing better views. Thus other window styles with fewer grids became popular. Today’s window grids, which are mainly decorative, are really just a throwback to a classic design trend created by necessity. 

Window Lingo

First, let’s familiarize you with some window terms so you aren’t lost when we start to talk about grille patterns and styles:

​​Window Grilles – narrow strips of wood, vinyl, or metal used to visually separate the glass of a window into individual sections. Window grilles are also known as grids or muntins. When the lines the grilles create are purely horizontal and/or vertical, they are referred to as grids. Grids are by far the most popular style of grilles.

Lights, Lites, Panes – grilles divide a single window sash or casement into a grid system. Each small section of glass is called a light, lite, or pane.

Mullions – the heavy vertical bars between adjoining window units.

Architectural Styles and Coordinating Windows


There are many different styles of homes. Here is a broad sweep of architectural styles and the kinds of window designs that traditionally complement each.

Colonial and Cape Cod

These types of homes are square, symmetrical and formal. Double-hung windows divided into four, six, nine or even more panes complement the traditional theme and symmetrical lines. This design is often called a colonial grille pattern. These grille patterns also look great on Gregorian-style homes, popular in the south.

Prairie Style

With their horizontal lines, flat roofs, and open floor plans, clean and simple are words that describe the prairie style home. Think Frank Lloyd Wright. Casement windows are popular on prairie-style homes. The grid pattern lines the sides of the window with small square panes in each corner. These corner panes are connected by a longer light along the top and bottom, leaving a larger square in the middle. Called the prairie grid pattern, the look is simple and clean and geometrical. 

Cottage Farmhouse

With their classic wide porches and gabled roofs, cottage farmhouses speak to utility and simplicity with a bit of charm for good measure. A basic two-pane double-hung window separated by a muntin on both the top and bottom of the window sash creates a simple four-pane glass window when closed that fits this style perfectly.

 
Tudor

Window styles get a little fancier with the Tudor architecture. You’ll find clustered casement windows with diamond pattern grids with six or more panes. These diamond patterns echo the criss-crossing of exposed timbers over stucco or brick facades and amps up the old-world European charm. 

 

Victorian

Another old-world European style of architecture, Victorian homes are anything but plain. Embellished, decorative, and ornate are words that fit this style of architecture. Diamond-pattern grids are common on the top panel of windows in Victorian homes and sometimes even more intricate designs, but the lower panel is usually more plain, and may have only one glass pane.

 

Modern or Contemporary and Mid-Century

Contemporary is sometimes confused with Mid-Century Modern architecture. Let’s face it, in the big picture, they are close on the timeline. A Contemporary home means a current style. A Mid-Century Modern home refers to an era and home style that lasted from the mid 1930’s to mid 1960’s. But because they are fairly similar as far as architectural styles go, they have similar window styles. Sleek and clean is the look, so  the windows are usually casement and aren’t obstructed with grilles to block the view.  However, diamond-grid patterns and colonial grilles would also look great on a contemporary home. 

Craftsman and Bungalow 

Craftsman homes with their covered front porches, tapered columns and  exposed rafter tails peeking out from under the eaves, are charming and simple, but with custom details that add some personality. Double-hung windows with elongated grille panes on the top sash of the window and no grille on the bottom sash provide the perfect look.  

We hope this helps you when it comes to deciding which type of windows to install in your home. Grilles, no grilles, no matter what type you choose, you’ll get All-Weather’s quality and amazing customer service. We have been installing windows in the Kansas City area for over 30 years and we have over 40,000 satisfied customers.

If you’re thinking about installing windows in your home, call us at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

Are Replacement Windows Worth the Cost?

Here at All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding, we know choosing to replace your windows is a big decision. You may be asking yourself if it’s worth the money. There’s no getting around it…replacement windows are not cheap. And on a related note, cheap replacement windows are not good. So what can you expect to pay here in the Kansas City area for replacement window installation? 

According to the 2021 Cost Vs. Value Report published by Remodeling Magazine: 

Installation of 10 pocket replacement vinyl windows = $18,849  

(with 58.1% recouped at resale)

Installation of 10 pocket replacement wood windows = $22,669 

(with 60.7% recouped at resale)

That’s a lot of money. But don’t discount your return on investment. As you can see, replacement windows also allow the homeowner to recoup a large portion of their investment at resale. But let’s explore some other factors and see if replacement windows are worth the cost.

Resale Value


But if your home is drafty, your energy bills are high, or your windows are old and detract from the beauty and value of your home, new windows have some serious advantages. In fact, window replacement is in the top ten home projects for return on investment. According to 2020 national estimates by Remodeling magazine, between 72% (vinyl windows) and 69% (wood windows) of a window-replacement job is recouped in the selling price. So while the cost is high, the return on investment is also high.

Energy Savings


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star certified windows can lower your energy bill by anywhere from $27 to $197 per year (based on replacing windows in a 2,000-square-foot single-story home with storm windows or double-pane, clear glass windows). If you replace single pane windows, your savings will be even higher – from about $101 to $583  per year. Your savings will vary depending on your local climate, utility rates in your area and your individual home, but those savings will add up over time. And, let’s not forget, your home will feel better too. 

Tax Credit


You can get a little bit of your money back with tax credits. Federal tax credits for certain energy-efficient improvements to existing homes have been extended through December 31, 2021. If you install Energy Star certified windows, you’ll be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the windows’ cost up to a $200 total. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. You can’t apply it to installation costs, but it applies to both new construction and replacement windows. (Be aware that the IRS has a lifetime limitation of $500 for energy-efficiency upgrades, so if you’ve already used it all, you won’t be able to claim it.)

Insider Tip to Save


If your home is not old, your existing frames and sills are probably still sound and square. You can save money on materials and labor by using what’s known as pocket replacement units. These windows are slightly smaller and fit inside the existing window frames allowing you to keep the original frame, trim, siding, and casing intact making installation faster and easier and thus, saving you money. If your frames are too old and deteriorated, you’ll need full replacement windows, also known as “new construction” windows. These include the frame, sill, jambs, and usually what’s known as a nailing flange, which attaches the window to the outside wall around the opening.

Tips for Choosing a Window Replacement Company


No matter who you choose, make sure you do your homework. Choose a company that installs quality windows (we install Andersen and Wincore brands because we have found them to be the best value when it comes to quality and price) and a company that has been around and has a good reputation for customer service in the industry. We’ve been in business since 1986 and we offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. Replacing your windows is a significant investment and the last thing you want is buyer’s remorse on a project this big. The lowest price isn’t always the best choice. Go with a trusted name in windows and in the industry.

If you’re considering replacement windows, call All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding at (913) 648-9589. Or visit us at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park, KS. We’ll take good care of you.

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Replacement Window Frames

What Are The Best Window Frame Types & Materials? It’s Not an Open & Shut Case

Replacement Window FramesIf you’re in the market for replacement windows in Kansas City, you no doubt have a lot of questions. One of those is probably, “Which kind of window frame is best – wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass?” At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we’re used to getting these kinds of questions. There is no simple answer because it changes for each homeowner. We dove a little deeper into the differences between our Andersen replacement window frames and summarized it below. Hopefully, this will help you make the right decision for your home and your budget.

6 Types of Window Frames Compared

Solid Wood

It’s been at the core of Andersen products for over 100 years. Wood provides strength and rigidity in both frames and sashes. Wood is mostly chosen for its beauty because it can be stained to match existing interior woodwork. Many homeowners prefer the natural look of wood and its overall thermal performance is hard to beat.

Pros & Cons – Great insulator against heat and cold, but it’s costly, requires maintenance, and is subject to swelling and contracting.

Aluminum

Aluminum provides a virtually maintenance-free exterior that resists the elements.It is strong, affordable, and low-maintenance, but conducts heat and cold, so it isn’t the most energy-efficient frame. It is also not the most aesthetically pleasing material for frames.

Pros & Cons – Strong, affordable, low-maintenance, but not as energy efficient or attractive as others.

Vinyl

Vinyl on its own provides an excellent low-maintenance exterior for any window and is available in a wide variety of colors. Where Andersen has innovated with vinyl is by using it as a protective cladding for its wood core windows. See below.

Pros & Cons – Affordable and low-maintenance, but color may fade over time.

Clad

The most expensive type, with wood frames inside and aluminum or vinyl shell on the outside; wood frame helps minimize the transfer of heat and cold, while the exterior shell makes the window low-maintenance.

Pros & Cons – Expensive, but very low maintenance and energy efficient.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a tough, weather-resistant material. They are maintenance free and can be combined with beautiful wood interior frames.

Pros & Cons – durable, maintenance free, lightweight, energy efficient.

Composites

Composites are new materials created to combine the best attributes of several materials. Composite windows are stronger and more durable than wood and vinyl, and can be painted to match a home’s decor.The price falls between wood and vinyl. Andersen’s Fibrex® composite window frames are two times as strong as vinyl, perform better when exposed to extreme temperatures and deliver exteriors that won’t fade, flake, blister or peel.

Pros & Cons – moderate price, extremely strong and durable, low maintenance, energy efficient, can be painted

We know it’s a lot of information, so start by prioritizing the benefits that you value the most. This will help you narrow down the field and make a final decision easier. If you have any questions or want to talk to an expert about replacement windows, give us a call at (913) 648-9589 or contact us online.

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