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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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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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Choosing Windows that Match Your Style and Your Budget

window/styleWhether you are building a new home or if you are thinking about replacing your current windows, there are many factors to consider.

For most homeowners, the top concern is cost, but style is also an important factor. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding shares our tips for choosing a window that meets all of your criteria.

Complement or Clash?

Not every style of window fits with the décor of your home. Because of this, it’s important to look for a window style that complements both the interior and exterior of your home. If you’re unsure, check with your installer, after all they are experts in this field! We also recommend checking out All-Weather’s Style Guide: 112 Ways to Make Your Home’s Windows Stand Out.

Window Composition: Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiberglass

Do you want wood or vinyl composite material, aluminum, or fiberglass? Again, the style of your house will be a consideration in selecting the composition of your new windows. However, many of the newer materials last a lifetime with little maintenance.

Energy-Efficient Windows

To save money and conserve energy, today’s homeowner must consider energy-efficient windows. Something to keep in mind is the direction that each window faces and what effect the sun and elements may have in heating or cooling your home. For example, south facing windows will allow more sunshine to warm the home, but it may be too much of a good thing during the summer months. We recommend looking for the ENERGY STAR® label, to ensure your new windows are doing their best to keep your home efficient.

Related Read: All-Weather Helps Homeowners with Energy Savings – A Project Recap

Protection from the Sun’s UV Rays

Exposure to UV rays can be harmful to your home’s furniture and finishes. Eliminating as much exposure to the sun will reduce the fading in your home’s curtains, carpet, hardwood flooring, furniture, and more. When choosing new windows, consider an option that keeps UV ray penetration to a minimum.

Installation is Key

Just as with other home investments, your installation is extremely important. We recommend finding a certified and experienced installer. Not sure who meets that criteria? Ask for references and recommendations.

Keep these tips handy when you are shopping for your home’s windows. Interested in speaking with a professional to about the right windows for your home? Give the All-Weather team a call today at (913) 262-4380.

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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!

 

New Kitchen Windows – 3 Important Things to Consider

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. So is making changes to the kitchen like heart surgery? Well, it’s not that dramatic, but it is an important room because it is integral to your daily life and also a very busy space. You’ll want to consider many things before deciding what kind of windows to install or replace. Here are three major factors to consider:

An Opportunity to Add Natural Lighting

If your kitchen seems dark and dreary, now is the perfect opportunity to lighten it up! Having one or more large windows in your kitchen can make a huge difference. Bringing in more light will transform your gloomy kitchen into a warm, bright and inviting space. More light will even make the room seem larger. 

On a related note, if you could use more light, don’t stop with the window(s). Consider adding more light with a new door as well. A French door will serve as another window and will look beautiful as well. You get style and function in one fell swoop!

Get More Fresh Air

Every kitchen has a vent fan to help get rid of smoke and steam from cooking, but that won’t beat having kitchen windows that let fresh air in as well as bad air out. There’s nothing like throwing open a window and hearing the birds chirp in the morning either! If your window opens to a walkway, make sure to get a slider so it doesn’t interfere with people on the path when open.

Customize to Fit Your Needs 

Don’t forget you can customize your windows to fit your needs and wants perfectly. For example, you might want to consider having a window, or windows in lieu of the typical tile to serve as your sink’s backsplash. This could be a great way to bring in sunlight right where you need it and it will look amazing, too. If you enjoy plants, a garden window might be right up your alley. These windows create a small box that bumps out from your house like a mini greenhouse to allow for plants to receive lots of sunlight. Whatever window you choose, make sure it serves the purposes you need it to serve.

Think it through, look around, do your research. Make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to add something really special to your kitchen with a new window or two, or even a new door. At All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding, we can help you find the kitchen windows you want and install them perfectly. 

We can also handle other home improvement projects like doors and siding too. Give us a call at (913) 648-9589 in  Kansas and (816) 673-2480 in  Missouri, or request an appointment today.

4 Types of Windows for Maximum Daylight

Let the sun shine in! If you love light in your home, the kind of windows you choose will be very important to you. All windows let light into your home, but some styles do a better job than others. Natural daylight can be a total game-changer in how a room looks and feels, and even how big it seems. Here are four of the best replacement windows that allow you to make the most of nature’s gift:

1. Picture Windows

Picture windows are aptly named. When you look through them there are no grilles, or sashes to obstruct the view. It seems like you are looking at a picture. Floor-to-ceiling picture windows give you the best view and let in plenty of sunlight creating a bright, airy room. The only drawback is that they don’t open. Sometimes it makes sense to flank them with windows that do open if you’d like fresh air circulation in that room. 

2. Horizontal Sliding Windows

Sliding windows also allow a lot of light into a room. They operate much like a sliding glass door sliding from side to side. This allows them to be opened so you can enjoy a breeze when you want. There is only the center frame where the two sides meet to disrupt the view. They aren’t usually as large as picture windows, but do a good job of letting plenty of light into the room. 

3. Bay and Bow Windows

For the best field of view, you can’t beat bay or bow windows. If you have an amazing view, these large, elegant windows are the way to go. They create a wide viewing area and extend past the exterior wall so the view is extended even further. They also increase the living/floor space in a room because they extend past the wall. Many times you can incorporate a cozy window seat as well. They make your room look and feel bigger. Bay windows typically extend further out than bow windows, but both are beautiful. 

4. Casement Windows

Casement windows swing open rather than sliding up and down like a double hung window or horizontally like a slider window. Because they don’t have the sliding function of those styles, they are usually all glass without the center sash or grilles to obstruct the view. This window style allows an unobstructed view and cross ventilation as well. 

NOTE: When choosing windows for the view, be careful to note where the sun rises and sets. At certain times of the day, it can become an annoyance and shades or curtains will be necessary to keep it from blinding you.

Call us today at (913) 648-9589 or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

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Best Home Improvements to Make This Summer

Some home improvements make your home look better. Some are more for maintenance, and others are to increase energy efficiency, add living areas, or improve your lifestyle. From mundane to fun, summer is the best time for home improvements. Take a look at this list and see if there are any to-dos that you can get done. 

9 Home Improvements and Repairs to Make This Summer

1. Power Wash

There’s nothing uglier than a home with mildew on the side of it. It’s usually on the north side where the sun doesn’t shine for long. But a quick hit with a power washer and some mildew removing detergent will have your home looking good as new. Power washers are also great for removing ground in grime from sidewalks, patios, driveways, porches, and foundations too. 

2. Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a smart move for comfort, energy savings and lowering the energy bill. Installing ceiling fans allows you to keep the air conditioner turned up a few extra degrees without feeling warmer. It’s the wind chill effect – it is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold. As the “wind (moving air from the fan blades) increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop. 

3. Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause major problems with roof leaks, mold, and even structural damage if left for too long. Gutters should be cleaned twice a year. Clear large debris such as leaves and branches out and then hose gutters down to get rid of dirt and smaller debris like grit from shingles. Make sure to check the downspout for clogs and inspect the gutters for cracks, sags, or signs of rust. If gutters are in bad shape, you may need to replace them so they don’t cause damage to your home.

4. Build a Deck/Patio

Adding a deck or patio is one of the bigger projects, but definitely one of the more exciting changes you can make. It increases your home’s space, value, and enjoyment. You can spend more time together with family and friends and get outside and enjoy the season. 

5. Conduct a Home Energy Audit

There are companies who perform professional energy audits and they can tell you exactly where your home’s energy inefficiencies lie. But you can also do your own home energy audit to make it more comfortable or energy efficient. Simple things such as sealing leaks around drafty windows and doors, installing additional insulation (especially in the attic), and inspecting ductwork for leaks and sealing them will all help your home feel better and waste less energy. Don’t forget to change the furnace filter!

6. Inspect the Roof

The average lifespan of a roof is about 20 years. That doesn’t mean all roofs will last that long. Look for any broken or cracked shingles, any areas that look weathered or curled on the edges. If you experience standing water every time it rains, or you’ve noticed any leaks or water stains on your ceiling, it’s best to call a professional inspector. Catching roof problems early can prevent costly repairs later on.

7. Replace Old Drafty Windows

This is another job that’s on the bigger side and you’ll have to hire professionals to do it, but it will not only make your home look better and feel better, but it will raise the value of your home as well. Homeowners usually know when they need to replace their windows and summer is the best time to do it. New windows will make your home more energy efficient and lower energy bills. Here are the top three things to consider before buying windows.

8. Inspect Your Home’s Exterior 

Take some time to walk around your home and inspect the exterior walls. If you notice any peeling paint, cracks, sagging panels, mold growth, small holes, or any other damage to the walls or siding. Catching these problems early will help prevent wood rot (especially around windows) which can be costly to repair before painting. You may need to repaint, or you may decide to upgrade to new siding. Doing either will maintain your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Adding siding will also increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some siding tips.

9. Install New Doors

Entry doors are the gateways to your home and create a lasting first impression of your most important investment. An eye-catching front door will enhance your home’s perceived value. You will have a hard time finding a more beautiful investment in your home and return on your money. Plus, they will make your home more energy efficient. Here are 11 things you won’t get when you buy a door from a big box store.

All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding can help with quite a few of these home improvement projects. You can trust us for quality products and excellent installation. 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 the last three decades and we’d love to help you make your home more beautiful and energy efficient.

Call us at (913) 648-9589 for any window, door, or siding help. Or visit our showroom at 7710 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park to see our products up close. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate.

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3 Tricks to Spend the Least on the Best Replacement Windows

Best Replacement Windows in Kansas CityAt All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we know you want quality windows and you don’t want to pay more than you should. Since most homeowners only purchase replacement windows once or twice in a lifetime, it’s hard to know what they should cost. That’s why we put together these tips on buying the best replacement windows. If someone else tries to sell you something you don’t need, you’ll be armed with the information you need to make a smart decision.

There are basically three areas where you can spend erroneously thinking you need that feature or option, when in reality, it won’t provide much benefit. Take them all into consideration when researching and getting quotes and you’ll know how to avoid paying more for something you don’t really need.

1. Price Does Not Equal Performance

You may be inclined to think that a more expensive window is obviously a better window. That is not always the case. In an independent study of casement windows, the least expensive window scored highest. It all depends on the materials and the statistics. When comparing, look at energy ratings, materials (vinyl, wood, aluminum, composite), and warranties. All will affect your satisfaction level after the purchase. Decide which features are important to you and whether they are worth the extra cost difference.

2. Don’t Pay for More Energy Savings Than You Need

Window manufacturers make windows that can withstand some pretty extreme temperatures. However, if you live in the Kansas City area, do you really need windows that are rated for a much colder climate? Avoid overkill and get the windows that will deliver enough energy efficiency, but not way too much. The only place you’ll notice the difference is in your wallet. The NFRC label helps you compare between energy-efficient windows by providing you with energy performance ratings in multiple categories. While the ENERGY STAR label tells you that a product is energy-efficient, the NFRC helps you compare between energy-efficient products by giving you independent ratings in several energy performance categories.

3. Watch Out for Options & Upgrades

It’s easy to overspend on options. Upgrades can easily add 50% or more to the base cost of a window. If you add features, make sure to focus on the features that add value. Low-E coatings improve efficiency, but triple glazing probably isn’t necessary unless you live in an extremely cold climate. Double-hung window sashes (tilt in make cleaning easier), full screens, finer meshed screens, and hardware upgrades will quickly add up, so be careful.  

Other Ways to Save on Replacement Windows

Keep More Money in Your Pocket with Pocket Replacement Windows

If your existing frames and sills are in good shape, you may be a good candidate for pocket replacement windows. Also known as partial replacement windows, these windows are slightly smaller and fit into the existing frames. You save money on materials and labor. Otherwise, you’ll need full-replacement windows.

Finding an Installer

Kansas City Andersen Windows DealerAt All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we choose to offer Andersen replacement windows to our Kansas City customers. The Andersen window brand has demonstrated integrity and innovation for over 100 years and 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.

Even the best windows won’t deliver the look or comfort you expect if they’re installed improperly. 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. You can have extra confidence that when we install your windows, we do it exactly the way the manufacturer recommends so the window provides superior performance for years to come. Additionally, using the same contractor for purchase and installation can minimize the chances of problems arising later.

If you’re looking into replacement windows, give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you make this important decision with confidence.

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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.

 

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How to Keep Your Windows Crystal Clear

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As homeowners, one investment we all make is installing quality windows that will last for years to come. When so much time and money go into home improvements, it’s best to take care of them. The experts here at All-Weather want to help you increase the longevity of your windows and put together a helpful list of tips for keeping your windows crystal clear all year round. Read about them below:

How to Avoid Streaks when Cleaning

Do your best to always use a squeegee. Make sure your squeegee has one smooth rubber edge. Keep in mind, in order to effectively use the squeegee properly, you start at a part of the glass that is dry. This will avoid the possibility of leaving streak marks.

What Time of Day to Wash Windows

Did you know that washing your windows during the day is actually a bad thing? This is because the sun causes them to dry faster than normal. With an uneven level of moisture the chances of leaving streaks on the window skyrocket.

Expert tip: If you are trying to remove paint or something adhesive from glass, make sure to wet the surface first. This will help prevent scratches in the glass. Whether you spray it with a glass cleaner or just wipe it down with a wet sponge, either will help when using a new sharp razor blade scraper.

Other Factors that May Make your Windows Dirty

If the insides of your windows are always dirty, it may be time to change your heating and cooling system’s air filter. The purpose of an AC or Furnace air filter is to remove the dirt, dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. If the filter hasn’t been changed in months, it could just keep circulating in your house. We also recommend cleaning any windows that may have been affected by secondhand smoke with an ammonia-based solution. 

Don’t Ignore Your Window Screens

A dirty window screen can make the cleanest window look dirty. Our recommendation is to remove the screens and wash them every year or two. You can clean these screens with a soft-bristled brush and scrubbing with hot water and just a little dishwasher detergent. 

 

If you have any additional questions regarding different ways to keep your windows clean or would like to invest in new windows for your home, give us a call at (913)648-9589 or request an appointment online!

 

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