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Art Glass Windows by Andersen

Art Glass Windows Make Your Home Truly Unique

Art Glass Windows by AndersenModern houses lack creative art in one of the most basic aspects of the home – the windows. Think about it, other than the occasional beautiful window wall, when was the last time you were actually impressed, or even remember the windows in any house you’ve visited. Essentially, they are all the same. If you want your home to truly stand out, consider art glass windows.

Most Windows Are the Same

Glass has many possibilities. It can be textured, blushed with a medley of colors, and even contoured, yet the vast majority of windows tend to be flat, clear rectangular panes. Options exist, however, to personalize the window with art glass so that it does more than simply provide a clear barrier for the home. It could shape the lens through which the homeowner views the outside and the inside of the home as well.

Add Personality to Your Home with Art Glass Windows

Don’t settle for the same old boring glass windows. Art glass creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind windows that can bring personality to your home. Andersen Art Glass Windows allow you to choose the pattern of glass pieces, the palette of colors or pattern orientation, kind of background glass (with varying thickness and clarity), as well as caming (the material with which glass pieces are held together).

Andersen Art Glass Windows Offer Multiple Design Series

Multiple series of predesigned patterns exist to choose from. They may flatter the outdoor beauty with whimsical cuts mimicking organic shapes, provide entertaining patterns from the softened light, or evoke most any kind of mood desired within a home. Architectural designs come from the late 1800’s to early 1930’s, from Europe and America, and are reminiscent of famous cathedrals.

Don’t Just Replace Your Windows, Create Something Stunning with Art Glass Windows

Why replace your ordinary windows with ordinary windows? You can make your home unique with art glass. An example pattern is lotus. A few bold lines draw symmetrical curves and geometric shapes framing a blooming flower. The delicate design hardly obstructs a view, instead merely providing extra color and an unusual design flowing into the home.

Art glass provides homeowners with the opportunity to further personalize their home and make it memorable. Why not try something new with your windows? All-Weather is an Andersen certified window installer and we can help make your home’s windows stand out in a sea of sameness.

To learn more about installing Andersen Art Glass windows in your home, call us at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online.

Replacement Windows and Energy Efficiency

Replacement Windows and Energy Efficiency – Know the Numbers

Replacement Windows and Energy EfficiencyThe energy performance of all ENERGY STAR qualified windows must be independently tested, certified, and verified according to test procedures established by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). NFRC is a third-party non-profit organization that sponsors certified rating and labeling to help consumers compare the performance of windows, doors, and skylights. Once rated by this third party, ENERGY STAR helps consumers to find NFRC-certified products with superior energy performance.

NFRC Rates Performance in Five Categories

The NFRC label can be found on all ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors, and skylights and rates performance in five categories: U-Factor, solar heat gain coefficient, air leakage, visible transmittance, and condensation resistance. ENERGY STAR qualification is based on U-factor and SHGC ratings only:

U-factor

Sometimes also referred to as U-value, U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well the window insulates. U-factor values generally range from 0.20 to 1.20 and are measured in Btu/h. ft² °F. The lower the U-factor, the better the window insulates.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient  (SHGC)

The SHGC is the amount of solar radiation admitted through a window. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower the number, the better the window is at blocking unwanted heat from the sun. In warm climates, you’ll want the lowest number you can find; in cold areas, a higher number is better.

Energy Efficient Andersen Window Glass Options

At 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.

Andersen offers one of the industry’s widest arrays of glass options, enabling you to find the right choice for your home.

energy efficient andersen windowsLow-E4® SmartSun™ Glass Offers our best overall thermal performance. It gives you the benefits of Low-E4® glass, plus it helps shield your home from the sun’s heat and filters out 95% of harmful UV rays while letting sunlight shine through.

 

Low-E4® Glass Offers outstanding thermal performance for climates where both heating and cooling costs are a concern. Up to 56% more energy efficient than ordinary dual-pane glass.

 

 

Low-E4® Sun Glass Offers outstanding thermal performance in southern climates where less solar heat gain is desired. It’s tinted for maximum protection from the effects of intense sunlight while providing all the benefits of Low-E4® glass.

 

Dual Pane Glass Dual-pane glass is available for projects where codes allow its use. See local code official for requirements in your area.

If you’re ready to add Andersen energy efficient windows to your Kansas City home, give All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding a call at (913) 262-4380 and we’ll help you choose the right Andersen windows for your home.

Andersen TruScene: a Window Screen That Is True to the View

We buy windows because they let sunlight into our homes and provide a way to see outside – connecting us with nature, neighbors, and our environment. So why ruin that with a screen that dulls the light and obscures the view? That was the thought that went through the brilliant minds of the window designers at Andersen when they created the TruScene® window screens.

Andersen TruScene® Window Screens Are Clearly Better

Andersen TruScene Insect Screen

As you can see from the picture, Andersen’s TruScene® screens provide more than 50% greater clarity than conventional aluminum screens, letting in more fresh air and sunlight while keeping out small insects. They also let in significantly less dirt and dust! 

How Did They Make a Better Screen?

These revolutionary new screens are made with a micro-fine stainless steel mesh that’s one-third the diameter of conventional insect screen wire. They allow more fresh air and sunlight in while keeping pesky insects and dust out. They provide a screen that is superior in both strength and visual appeal.

Leave Them Up Year Round

Many of our customers remove their traditional screens in the winter to provide a better view.  Andersen Tru-Scene® screens are virtually invisible so there’s no need to take them off and store them over the winter. You won’t even notice they are there!

Andersen Windows Are Award Winning

With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that Andersen® 400 Series windows have been named a Best Buy for Replacement Windows by Consumers Digest. Windows were judged on performance ratings, quality of construction and materials, ease of operation, and warranty. If you’re looking for replacement windows, make sure you include Andersen windows when you’re shopping.

All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding is proud to be Kansas City’s premier “KC Metro” Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Come in and see them for yourself in person.

Call us at (913) 648-9589 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help you with a new Andersen window installation.

Replacement Window Frames

The Best Material for Replacement Window Frames? 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 Compare

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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.

Best Replacement Windows in Kansas City

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.

andersen windows kansas city

Get Exactly What You Want with Andersen Windows

andersen windows kansas cityMany homeowners are hesitant to buy new replacement windows for their homes because they fear that they won’t be able to get the style of windows they want. Because All Weather Window and Doors is an Andersen Circle of Excellence Dealer, we can offer every window Andersen makes – and trust us, that’s a lot. We’ve broken it down into the series they offer to show you just how many choices you have.

Core Product Line

All Weather Andersen Windows

Andersen’s core product lines offer a variety of options. These include the 400-Series, the 200-Series and the 100-Series. Here are the differences in the core product lines:

 

400-Series Focuses on Performance and Style

 

The 400-Series is the most popular. We believe that’s because it blends quality and good looks seamlessly so our customers end up with a window that not only performs well, but also looks great. Andersen’s many years of excellent engineering bring you time-tested, classic wood craftsmanship that lives up to your high standards.

 

Andersen Windows 200 Series200-Series Brings High Quality at the Best Value

 

If you thought your budget couldn’t handle real wood windows, think again. Andersen’s 200-Series is built with affordability in mind. The secret to the savings is focusing on only the most popular designs and sizes. You’ll get Andersen quality, at a value that is unmatched in wood windows.

 

 

100 Series By Andersen Windows100-Series Uses Budget Friendly Fibrex Composite

 

The 100-Series is the smart alternative to vinyl windows. Andersen uses Fibrex®, a composite material that is twice as strong as vinyl and very low maintenance for a durable, sustainable, energy-efficient window at a budget-friendly price.

Related Read: 5 Features Andersen Windows Offer That Other Windows Don’t

 

Architectural Collection

Andersen’s luxury line is dedicated to style, performance and innovation. It consists of the E-Series and the A-Series. Here is the breakdown of these collections:

 

Andersen Windows E-Series in Kansas City

E-Series Allows Customization

 

From custom colors, to dramatic sizes and dynamic shapes, to exotic woods and more, your window will certainly be an original. With their E-Series, Andersen offers unlimited possibilities to create a window that’s custom made for you and your home. Andersen provides homeowners with a unique design opportunity, allowing you to custom-create the home of your dreams.

 

A-Series Andersen Window Replacement

A-Series Matches Architectural Styles

 

Windows contribute greatly to the architectural style of your home. With their A-Series, Andersen designed a collection of windows with authentic architectural style as their number one goal. Every piece of hardware, every sash, and every accessory works together to create architectural authenticity. And, of course, with Andersen, you get unparalleled performance as well. No matter what style your home is, Andersen has a window that is a perfect architectural fit.

 

We are proud to be an Andersen Window Circle of Excellence dealer. If you have any questions about Andersen windows, the products they offer, or the styles available, give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online. We will be happy answer all of your window and door questions.

Andersen Windows Kansas City

5 Features Andersen Windows Offer That Other Windows Don’t

Andersen Windows Kansas CityFor over 30 years, All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding has been dedicated to quality and innovation, which led us to specialize in Andersen Windows for our Kansas City customers. So whether you’re looking for economy or variety, energy efficiency or architectural authenticity, hi-tech materials or low-maintenance design, you can count on Andersen for quality craftsmanship and reliable performance.

See why we consistently recommend Andersen Windows over any other window provider:

Looking for Low Maintenance Windows? Try Andersen’s Perma Shield Clad Exteriors

Andersen’s Perma Shield clad  exteriors create a tough, protective shell that resists dents, repels water by completely sealing out moisture, and won’t peel, flake, blister or corrode. Unlike Andersen, other manufacturers use formed aluminum to cover the wood, which can leak and cause wood rot. The unique way that Andersen clads your window will ensure a lifetime of protection from the elements and freedom from wood rot.

Andersen Windows Are Exclusively Strong

Andersen’s Fibrex is an excellent option if you are looking for material that’s strong and durable. As an added bonus to those who are environmentally conscious, Fibrex is a sustainable, green building material. With 40% pre-consumer reclaimed wood fiber by weight, and twice the strength of vinyl, Fibrex blocks thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum for improved overall energy efficiency. Because of its great thermal performance, we can even offer Fibrex windows with dark colors like black and dark bronze without the worry of heat damage to the frames.

Andersen Offers Beautiful and Custom Real Wood Interiors

Because a large portion of window manufacturers focus purely on low cost and low maintenance, you have limited choices when it comes to complementing your interior. Your options are typically an imitation veneer that looks like wood-grain contact paper and only comes in one  or two colors that are difficult to match with your current decor. How frustrating!

Andersen’s Replacement choices fix this problem by offering custom stained or painted windows that coordinate perfectly with your home with unlimited colors and options to complement virtually any architectural style so you won’t have to sacrifice the look you love for convenience or price.

Andersen TruScene Window Screens Are Clearly Better

We buy windows because they provide light and a way to see outside. So why ruin that with a screen that dulls the light and obscures the view? Andersen’s TruScene screens provide more than 50% greater clarity than conventional aluminum screens, letting in more fresh air and sunlight while keeping out small insects.

Andersen Windows Are Award Winning

With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that Andersen® 400 Series windows have been named a Best Buy for Replacement Windows by Consumers Digest. Windows were judged on performance ratings, quality of construction and materials, ease of operation, and warranty.

We are also proud to be Kansas City’s premier “KC Metro” Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Call us at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online to see how we can help you with a new Andersen window installation.

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