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3 Exterior Upgrades to Improve Your Home’s Value

When it comes to the exterior of your home, like our name implies, All-Weather Windows, Doors & Siding has you covered. Windows, doors and siding all improve the look and the value of your home. Whether you’re updating, upgrading, or getting ready to sell, we can help make your home more beautiful and valuable. Here’s a quick rundown of the products we carry. Each one comes with our experienced installation crews so you can depend on a job well done.  

Exterior Doors 

Exterior doors serve two purposes – beauty and safety. We carry doors from three different manufacturers, 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. The bottom line is…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

Siding Installation

Siding not only makes your home stylish, with the right material, it can also protect your exterior walls. We offer three types of siding to cover all of our customers’ needs. 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.

Window Replacement

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

As your local home improvement contractor, All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding is here for all of your needs. 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. 

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

4-Step Guide to Check and Seal Drafty Windows

As windows age, sun, wind, and weather temperature changes take their toll on the exterior. This can cause caulk to dry and crack which allows air and moisture into your home. Small cracks and crevices can become larger over time and your home becomes less and less cozy and energy efficient. So, how can you be sure that your windows are as energy-efficient as you think they are, and how can you reseal them if they aren’t? Here’s a guide that will walk you through the process of finding and sealing window leaks: 

How to Check and Seal Your Windows in 4 Steps

Gather these materials:

  • Candle or lighter  
  • Caulk softener
  • Putty knife
  • Towel or soft rag
  • Caulk gun
  • Tube of caulk

Step 1. Conduct a Flame Test to Find the Leaks

Pick a windy day and hold a lighter near the window seams. If the flame bends, it means there is a draft that is pulling it in that direction. Repeat this test with all of your windows and note which ones are leaking. Always be careful with an open flame.

Step 2. Inspect the Caulk around Your Windows

Exterior caulk tends to dry out in the summer heat and can create gaps and cracks that let in water and air. It’s a good idea to check all of your windows, even the ones that weren’t drafty, to see if the interior or exterior caulk (or both) are showing signs of degradation. Make a note of which windows need to be repaired.

Step 3. Remove Old Caulk

Before you can re-caulk the windows, you will need to remove the old caulk to ensure a good seal. Apply caulk softener to old caulking and let it soak for two hours. Using a putty knife, remove any loose caulk from the frame, the interior, and the exterior of your window. Creating a clean area to work with will eliminate the chance of new caulking coming loose and flaking off with older layers.

Step 4. Apply New Caulk

Using a towel or soft rag, clean the surface where you’ve removed the old caulk. You’ll want a dust-free surface for the new caulk to adhere. Cut the tip of the caulking tube at a 45-degree angle. Insert the tube into a caulking gun and gently apply pressure. Move the gun along the seams in a smooth motion. If you need to fill a larger gap, move more slowly to ensure the caulking fills the space adequately. Wet your finger and smooth out the caulk to give a clean, finished look. Let the caulk dry as directed in the instructions. 

TIP: Use a touch of liquid dish soap in the water before you dip your finger in to smooth the caulk. It will keep the caulk from sticking to your skin and make your finger glide more smoothly along the bead of caulk. 

4 Signs Your Home Needs Window Replacement

After inspecting your windows, you may wonder if it’s time to replace them. Here are some signs that your windows need to be replaced:

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

Improve Your Windows with Help from All-Weather

At All-Weather, we’re window experts. We have been helping homeowners replace their windows for over 30 years and we’re proud of our reputation for excellence. We offer quality Wincore and Andersen windows. We are also Andersen Certified Window Installers so you know we’ll do it right.

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.

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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Is Spring Time the Right Time to Replace Windows?

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

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Avoid Extreme Hot and Cold Weather

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

Materials Will Seal Better

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

Your New Windows Will Function Amazingly Well

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

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

Take Pride In How Your Home is Transformed

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


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

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7 Easy Steps to Prepare for the Spring

Everyone knows winters in the midwest can really take a toll on your home. Best practice is to run through a checklist before every spring to keep the damage to a minimum. Our experts at All-Weather put together a list of 7 easy tasks you can complete around your home to ensure it’s ready for spring:

Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

When debris builds up in your gutters and downspouts, it can wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case if your home has a basement. Whether it be pine needles, leaves, or any other object that can find its way into your gutters, they will backup and cause an overflow and increase the chances of roof problems as well.

Check Roof for Winter Damage

Cold weather can severely damage your home and sometimes cause damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Wind can blow your shingles around. Snow and ice can create expansion that lifts these shingles up or loosens them. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your roof before every spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.

Clean Your Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states, “Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.” You can prevent this from becoming an issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and it remains in proper working condition.

Inspect Your Siding

No matter if you have wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding, it’s extremely important to regularly clean it. This will help maintain its beauty. We recommend checking your siding after each season to check for any damage or leakage into your home. All-Weather proudly offers Modern Resin Siding by SmartSide, which is specifically designed to be weather resistant while also fighting against decay, fungi, and termites.

Check Your HVAC Unit

It’s important to call a professional for this. It’s best to stay ahead of maintenance so they don’t turn into problems. Repairing any potential problems now will save you lots of money later on. This will also prevent you from calling a repairman during surge timing (like nights and weekends).

Check Your Entry and Patio Doors

Don’t forget to make sure your doors are safe AND energy efficient. If you have any issues of your doors not functioning properly, now is the perfect time to replace them with energy-efficient doors. The savings from your utility bills will make it worthwhile. 

Maximize Your Windows

Windows and screens are so much more than simply a barrier to keep things in and out of your home. Replacement windows can protect against harmful UV rays and offer low maintenance. If you discover that any of your windows are allowing too much airflow to sneak through, or some of your screens are damaged, spring is the perfect time to replace those energy wasters with energy-efficient windows.

Call All-Weather in Kansas City to have your home inspected and repaired. You can even schedule your appointment online! Nothing beats knowing a professional will be there to help you prevent further damage to your home.

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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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