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

Home Break in PhotoAt All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we know security is always a priority for our window and door customers. Windows and doors are the weakest part of your home when it comes to safety. The typical front door can be broken through in less than 45 seconds with three or four good kicks from an average sized man. The problem is that the deadbolt device depends on wood for support and wood is not the strongest material. It will split and give if enough force is used. So what can you do to make your front door safer? Meet Jamb Brace the Door Reinforcer®.

We’ve Been Jamb Brace Fans for Almost Two Decades

All-Weather Window & Doors has promoted Jamb Brace since its inception in 1997. We get called by insurance agencies for entry door replacement after home break-ins, so we see a lot of these instances and no matter how strong your door is, it’s only as strong as the wooden frame that surrounds it. Jamb Brace is the only product that makes your door secure.

What Is Jamb Brace?

Jamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s weakest part – the frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. Developed by veteran homebuilders and supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies, the Jamb Brace was designed specifically for homeowners.

Jamb Brace Was Created Right Here in Kansas City

In 1996, a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults in Overland Park caught the interest of Overland Park police because the assailant kicked in the front doors. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, who worked in the crime prevention unit, saw the results firsthand. Betten had no idea how to secure a door with sidelites and received permission from the city council to go to the private sector to enlist some help. Mike approached the HBA and was put in contact with one of the board of directors, Tom O’Malley, who also owned Locks and Pulls. Tom was working on a door project with homebuilder, Ron Olberding, so he approached Ron and his business partner, David Allen, co-creators of the Jamb Brace, to test ways to make exterior doors stronger and more resistant to break-ins. “People spend thousands of dollars on alarm systems and locks, then a burglar kicks in their front door,” Olberding explained. “We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality dead bolt were the keys to keeping thieves out.”

The Police Department Was Extremely Impressed

Olberding and Allen worked closely with the Overland Park Police Department, to test the Jamb Brace against dozens of other theft-deterrent systems. The results were so convincing that the police department helped revise city building codes making it mandatory that new homes are fitted with a reinforced doorframe.

Homes Are Now Safer in Kansas City Neighborhoods

Once Overland Park adopted the new building ordinance, many neighboring cities followed suit. Now, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, DeSoto, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Kansas City, MO and Oak Grove all require new construction single family and multi-family homes to meet minimum security standards. Jamb Brace is the preferred product to satisfy this ordinance. Also, new replacement doors in older homes must meet the same security standards for which the Jamb Brace is the preferred product as well. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne Inc.

Choose Any Door to Install with Jamb Brace

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. The only thing it changes is the door jamb itself so homeowners are free to choose any front door style they like. Security is always a consideration when choosing a front door. All-Weather can retrofit existing doors with Jamb Brace for added security. Or we can install a new door with Jamb Brace.

Take Advantage of Our February Free Jamb Brace Special

Give us a call and take advantage of our February Jamb Brace special. Anyone who purchases a new door in February and mentions this blog post will get a Jamb Brace installed for free. Call us for a free in-home estimate for front door installation including the Jamb Brace at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

Doug’s Top Tips to Keep Your Home Cozier This Winter

Winter Home Care TipsKansas City winters can be harsh and unforgiving. This year, don’t let the outside weather determine how comfortable you are in your own home. There are many factors that determine the comfort of your home, but many are small and easily overlooked. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s President, Doug Bennett, lists off his top tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter.

Reduce Window & Door Condensation

Condensation on windows and doors is often caused by poor insulation in these areas. It can also be a sign of high humidity levels. If your windows are in good shape but just have old glass, you might consider replacing the glass with more efficient energy saving low-E glass. If the condensation is between the panes, this is most likely due to a broken seal. We can replace the fogged glass with new clean class without having to replace the entire window in most cases.

Related Read: How to Detect Moisture in Your Windows & What It Means

Replace Damaged Weather-Stripping

Weather-stripping is an effective way to seal those nooks and crannies around doors and windows. But if you are able to see sunlight peaking around your door, or it’s leaking cold air into your home, you might need to adjust the door or install new weather-stripping. Weather-stripping can get smashed over time and lose its effectiveness. We can service you door or weatherstripping, which is something many window, door and siding companies do not offer.

Make Sure Storm Windows Are Closed & Windows Are Locked

Storm windows add another layer to your home that cold breezes can’t penetrate. If yours are broken or missing, call our repair shop. We can repair your old ones, or make you new ones. If your sashes are not locked, the weatherstripping cannot do it’s job.

Close Fireplace Doors & Flue

Lastly, close the doors and flues to your fireplaces when they are not being used. This will help reduce the drafts and keep heat loss to a minimum. An open flue will suck the heat right up your chimney. But always check to make sure you open them before kindling up a fire. Closed fireplace flues, when a fire is burning, can cause smoke and ash to overcome your home.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to increase the comfort of your home today at (913) 210 -8810 or (816) 673-2480.

How to Detect Moisture in Your Windows & What It Means

Window CondensationDuring the winter months, it is more common to see condensation, or moisture on your windows. Sometimes it is a harmless side effect of nature, other times it can signal a big problem for your windows. Here’s a simple guideline for you to follow that will help you detect what type of moisture you have on your windows, and what it means for you.

Interior Moisture on Windows

This type of condensation happens when there is a lot of moisture inside your home and the temperature of the window is colder than the air inside your home. This is a common problem these days, with many new homes having whole-home humidifiers and being built to be more energy efficient. Energy efficient home-sealing can make it difficult for moisture to make its way out of your home. Interior condensation can damage paint, plaster, and wood window sills. You can prevent this issue by running your bathroom fan when you shower, your kitchen fan when you cook, and occasionally open a window to allow moisture to make its way out of your home.

Exterior Moisture on Windows

Moisture on the exterior side of your windows is caused by dew. This happens when the window is colder than the dew point outside. This type of condensation doesn’t really cause any damage to your home or windows.

Related Read: 3 Benefits of Window Replacement

Moisture in between Window Panes

Condensation on the inside of your windows, between the panes, happens when the seal between the panes is broken. This signals a real problem in your windows. Make sure to clean your windows thoroughly before jumping to this conclusion. Once you’ve determined that it is indeed condensation between the window panes, you’ll want to call the Kansas City window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to replace your windows. New energy efficient windows will not only be clear of condensation between panes, but they will do a much more effective job at keeping the warm air inside your home this winter, thus keeping your utility bills lower.

Call us today at (913) 210- 8810 or (816) 673-2480 if you think your window condensation is due to a broken window seal.

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3 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Windows

Window Decorations KCIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! So why not show your cheer to the world with beautiful window displays in your Kansas City area home. Many times your tree gets all the love this time of the year, but some tastefully decorated windows can add a significant amount of charm and warmth to your home and overall holiday displays. The window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding have rounded up our three favorite ways to display your festive joy in your windows this season without damaging them.

Use Those Candy Canes

Candy corn is the designated candy of the fall, but once winter comes around, it’s all about those candy canes. Instead of eating all of them (while tempting), why not put them to use in your holiday decorations. The red and white stripes are perfectly festive, and the cane shape is delightful. Make a Candyland window display, and hang your candy canes with festive red ribbon, or another of your choosing. Tie the ribbon to your curtain rod. It’s that simple. You can hang the candy canes all at the same length or at varying lengths.

Make Your Own Snowflake Window Clings

Want a fun inside winter activity with the kids? These next two window display ideas are perfect as crafts with the kids, too. Window clings are gel-like self-adhesive stickers that peel off of your windows with ease, and don’t leave any sticky residue that could damage your windows. All you need is wax paper and puffy paint. You can make your own holiday shapes on the wax paper with the puffy paint. If you have very small kids, or just want them to look really good, trace them on the wax paper first with a pencil, then follow the outline with the puffy paint. Let the paint dry overnight, then carefully peel the designs off of the wax paper. Now you’re ready to decorate those windows!

Let It Snow . . . Indoors

Another great decorating craft to do with the kids is to make your own paper snowflakes! Cut out your one-of-a-kind snowflake designs, and a lot of them. When you’re done, tape them to invisible fishing line of varying lengths. Tie the fishing line to your curtain rod, and watch as the paper snowflakes spin and sway in the window, like real snow. Your kids will find it magical, and guests will love the festive flair.

All of these ideas are simple, DIY crafts that won’t scratch or harm your beautiful windows. If you do happen to need window repair or replacement before the holidays, or anytime, call the window professionals at All-Weather at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

3 Damage-Free Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Kansas City Home

Binder Clip DecorationsWe all love festive holiday decorations, but not the damage many of them leave behind. This year prevent injury to your home, and make the post-holiday cleanup a breeze. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding gives you three damage-free decorating tips for the holiday season.

Use Binder Clips to Hang Lights on Your Roof

Put the staple gun down. Don’t be a Clark Griswold and end up stapled to your roof. There are more efficient, and less damaging ways hang your holiday lights from your roof. This may seem a little out of the box, but binder clips are actually a perfect partner for your lights. They are the perfect size to hold your lights in place, and are sturdy enough to keep them there all season. It also takes very little time to hang your lights with this technique. Plus, you’ll love the easy cleanup, and your perfectly intact roof when the holidays are over.

Try Zip Ties to Hang Decorations on Porch Railings

Leave the tape in your arts and crafts drawer, and forget about the hot glue gun. This year hang holiday garland or other holiday decorations from your porch railing without having to fix the damage when the holidays are over. Use clear zip ties or fishing line to tie your decorations in place with little to no visual intrusion.

Related Read: DIY Holiday Wreaths for Your Kansas City Front Door

Use Over-The-Door Hooks to Hang Wreaths

Keep your new front door installed by All-Weather looking like new this holiday season. Skip the damaging 3M tape and nails this year. Instead choose over-the-door hooks that can support your holiday wreath without the harmful effects. You may even want to add a piece of felt to the part of the hook that touches the door in case the wind causes the wreath and hanger to swing back and forth possibly scratching your door’s finish.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 today to help you get your home ready for the holidays.

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DIY Holiday Wreaths for Your Kansas City Front Door

Show your holiday spirit this year. It doesn’t matter what holiday, if any, that you celebrate. You can display your cheer right on your front door this year, and we mean literally. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding walks you through an easy tutorial on how to make your own holiday wreath.

What You’ll Need:

  • A Styrofoam wreath, straw wreath (still in plastic wrapping), wire wreath, or wet foam wreath
  • Big & small ornaments
  • Fresh or fake pine or other winter greens/brush
  • Accent pieces (berries, pinecones, etc.)
  • Glue gun, double sided tape, floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Festive ribbon

Ornament WreathGet Crafty With Ornaments

How you execute this craft will depend on the type of wreath you want to display. One colorful, and non-traditional approach is an ornament wreath. You can use old ornaments you already have, or buy some colorful round ornaments of varying sizes from your local grocery or craft store that are fairly inexpensive. You can also choose from an array of wreath bases, depending on what you prefer to work with.

Start by tying your ribbon around the top of your wreath. This will be used to hang the wreath from your door.

Next, start hot-gluing your larger ornaments to your wreath. Make sure you get in the insides and outsides too, but leave the back untouched. Then start filling in the gaps and spaces with the smaller ornaments.

Pine WreathCreate a Traditional Beauty

You can also go traditional with this wreath, and use pine tree snippings, or other wintergreens of your choice. The fake pine will last you forever, but the real stuff will probably just last this season.

It’s easier to use the wire wreath ring for this one. Take a bunch of snippings (3-4 pieces) and wrap the floral wire around, and twist it to secure the greens to the ring. Make sure to layer the next bunch of snippings slightly over the last. Do this all the way around. Use your cutters to clip any pieces that seem too long.

Lastly add any accents to your wreath. We love pinecones, cranberries, and burlap bows as accent additions to traditional wreaths.

We always suggest using an official door wreath hanger rather than pounding a nail into your door, which could permanently damage your door. A wreath hanger comfortably attaches over the top of your door, and has an adequately sized hook to hold your wreath in place. You can pick these up at most grocery stores and craft stores.

Call us today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to install your new All-Weather Front Door before the Holidays.

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3 Benefits of Window Replacement

andersen-bow-windowIf your Kansas City home’s windows are getting tired and old, it might be time to replace them. Replacement windows have improved over the years, giving you more options and styles, and benefiting you and your home in many ways. Here are three of the biggest benefits of installing replacement windows with All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding in your home, and why it’s worth the investment.

Lower Energy Bills

We all dread that monthly utility bill that always seems to scam more money from our wallets. But there is a way to make it a little less painful every month. Replacement windows can combat the effects of old, drafty windows with uneven frames and cracked seals and glass. Replacement windows are much more efficient. They can save you up to 25% on your monthly heating and cooling bills.

Related Read: Winter Energy Savings Tips for Your Windows

Less Maintenance

Older windows require constant care when it comes to keeping them efficient as well as keeping them clean. By installing new replacement windows, though, you can avoid a lot of wasted time and money spent on maintenance. Durable materials like vinyl, advanced weather stripping, and insulated glass will help ensure you windows stay efficient for longer, and stay attractive longer too. No more painting window frames and caulking. These new windows will continue to add value to your home over time as well, since their lifespan is much longer thanks to more advanced technology.

Adds Resale Value to Your Home

Not only will you see more value to you home immediately, but you will also see added value when you put it on the market. Efficient, appealing, and long-lasting windows are a great way to increase curbside appeal. Newer windows also help insulate your home better in both the warm and cooler months, and a better insulated home is also more appealing to buyers.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to schedule a consultation for new replacement windows for your Kansas City home.

Winter Energy Saving Tips for Your Windows

Prepare Windows for WinterThis winter shut out the cold. Seeping cold air is fighting hard to get into your Kansas City home, but there are ways to keep it at bay. This winter take a few steps to prepare the windows in your home, or invest in new, energy-efficient replacement windows. Here are the winter energy savings suggestions from the window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Improve Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows

  • Add Storm Windows: This can reduce air leakage and increase the comfort of your home.
  • Use Caulking: Using this can reduce the amount of air leaking through the opening between your home’s walls and the window frame.
  • Add Weatherstripping: Installing this around window openings can help decrease the amount of air that slips in around the edges of the window where it meets the frame.
  • Use Window Treatment Coverings: Window treatments or coverings won’t necessarily decrease air leakage and seepage into your home, but it will help decrease the amount of heat loss in the winter.

Related Read: Winter Is Coming: 3 Ways to Prepare Your Home’s Windows

Install Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

If you’ve already taken the steps above to protect your home from the cold to no avail, then it might be more beneficial to install new windows in your home. But how do you decide which windows are the right fit?

Look for the Energy Star Label

Start off by narrowing your search down to energy efficient replacement windows. A great way to spot these types of windows is to look for the ENERGY STAR label, which will give it an energy efficiency rating. The lower the U-factor on the label, the more energy-efficient the window is.

Pay Attention to the Style of Window

Another important aspect to look at is how the window operates. Some types of windows are naturally more energy efficient based on the way they operate. Awning and Casement Hinged windows typically are more energy efficient than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame. Fixed pane windows are also more energy efficient since they are airtight when installed properly. But they aren’t ideal for areas where you want window ventilation.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to view the most energy efficient windows in the Kansas City area.

Helping Homeowners See More Clearly: All-Weather Window Project

Big Window Installation KCAll-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has been helping Kansas City area homeowners see more clearly for more than a quarter of a century. What we’ve found over the years is that each project is just as unique as its homeowner. We recently had the pleasure to work on an extensive windows and siding project that tested our skills and knowledge.

For this home in the Treemont subdivision, we installed more than 40 new windows and repaired some siding issues in just more than two weeks time. The home’s previous windows were beginning to rot, but the manufacturer had gone out of business, so they called All-Weather to help them out.

New Windows, Existing Custom Trim

While we replaced the windows, we did leave most of the existing interior trim. One of our biggest challenges was marrying the new windows with that trim. We completely replaced the exterior trim that was rotting with a vinyl and Fibrex combination trim. This means their new windows will be virtually maintenance free, and won’t ever rot.

We installed French wood hinged patio doors, surrounded by casement windows, as well as Palladian windows which add a great decorative flair, and also allow even more natural light into the home.

Advanced Technology Windows

The homeowner’s were very happy with their new Andersen windows, especially in this elaborate window system. The new advanced technology in these windows has great thermal properties, which makes it easier to heat and cool the room without having a to pay a sky-high energy bill.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors, & Siding today at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 to schedule a consultation to replace old windows in your home with maintenance-free, high performance windows from Andersen.

Fall in Love with Your Front Porch This Fall

Front Door Design KCThe leaves are falling, and the air is getting crisper in Kansas City, which means fall is finally here! It’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy your front porch, and the last time you’ll have the ability to make some changes before winter sets in. Fall in love with your porch this fall with these simple design ideas that can take a so-so porch to a spectacular place you’ll want to sip your coffee and read the paper every morning.

The Right Lighting Fixtures

Having the right type of lighting fixtures is key to creating your ideal porch. Lighting can set a mood with the type of fixtures you choose, as well as the type of lighting. Rustic lighting fixtures are very popular for front porches almost every season of the year. They are pretty classic, and tend to evoke a feel of an old country farmhouse. Bronzed or black iron wall sconces with glass are a great choice for both sides of your front door. It creates a more inviting look and feel. We also suggest overhead lights if you plan to enjoy your porch at night. Use soft lighting to create a relaxing feel.

New Front Door

A new front door can make all the difference in your front porch. It’s the first thing people see when they come to your home, and is one of the main features of the front of your home and your porch. Simple, black, white, or wood doors are classic, or you could get a door with a nice punch of color, like red or blue. Right now we love farmhouse entry doors in conjunction with transoms and sidelights. These features together add character to the front of your home.

Check out our Andersen and Therma Tru entry Doors at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding.

Comfortable & Cute Seating

The whole point of a front porch is to sit and enjoy it. So make sure you have comfortable seating. Enjoy your time on your porch with a nice rocking chair or a porch swing. And don’t forget a nice little coffee table so you can entertain. Bonus points for a nice woolen blanket to keep you warm when the sun starts to set.

Call All-Weather today to help you create the perfect porch this fall with a front door you’ll love walking through every day.

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