Do the Safety Dance! Gutter Cleaning Tips that Can Save Your Life!

September 18th, 2014

With the autumn season upon us, it’s time to get geared up for everyone’s favorite fall activity…no, not pumpkin carving; GUTTER CLEANING! Time to do the “Safety Dance” and get down with some tips that will save your hide!

  • Practice Ladder Safety: Let a friend or neighbor know that you will be working on a ladder. Make sure it is durable, sturdy and not too heavy as you will move it frequently as you clean.
  • Rake Leaves & Debris off Rooftop First: This is not always necessary, but it will ensure no gutter refilling as you work. No one likes to double back! Also bear in mind if you are walking on the roof, dampest times are mornings. Late mornings, or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.
  • Utilize a Garden Hose: Opt for a “pistol-grip” trigger sprayer, this will allow you to adjust water pressure with the use of one hand. There are extension attachments as well that provide a longer reach if necessary.
  • Get a Gutter Scoop: Scooping out leafy debris can be a lot easier with a strong handled scoop. Plastic is best, as it does not scrape or scratch the gutters. This will aide in rust prevention.
  • Wear the Right Gear: It is wise to wear safety goggles, durable work gloves, and rubber-soled shoes. Rubber-soled shoes provide necessary traction, while goggles ensure that random flying debris stays away from your eyes! It can also be helpful to use water-resistant gloves, as gutter cleaning can get a little messy.
  • Unclog the Downspouts: After the gutters are clean, run the water hose directly into the downspout to be sure no water backs-up. If a clog arises, tapping the side of the downspout usually does the trick.
  • Schedule Semi-Annual Cleanings: Keeping gutters clean and clear prevents water damage both to your home and the gutter system. Debris can cause additional runoff, compromising the home’s foundation. Gutter debris can also speed up rusting when no rainfall occurs, as trapped moisture cannot escape.
  • Be Mindful of Power Lines: Inspect any wires or cables connected to, or near the roof. This is to ensure the protective wire insulation is intact, and it’s safe to be near the wires. If cables appear worn or damaged, contact a licensed professional electrical contractor to make repairs BEFORE cleaning the gutters!
  • Invest in Gutter Protection: Using a quality gutter protection system can eliminate the need for gutter cleaning entirely. Weather Tight offers performance tested Gutter Protection with lifetime warranties! Check out our website for more information: or call us at 414.459.3888 for a free quote!

Weather Tight believes that being properly educated in gutter cleaning techniques is the key to a successful and safe gutter cleaning experience!  Pace yourself, and take the amount of time necessary to be safe this season.

Energy Savers Approve: High Praise for Low-E Window Coatings

August 12th, 2014

It seems everywhere you turn these days; everyone is talking about energy savings. Frankly, it is unavoidable. The cost of keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter is a closely monitored issue. Fortunately, great leaps and bounds have been made in the home improvement industry to save money on energy.

Energy savings can be found in the most surprising places. Glass coatings have been a hotly researched element of window design since the 1980’s. By controlling how much of the sun’s energy radiates from glass, one can help control energy costs.

When searching for energy efficient window options, be sure to check these helpful Energy Performance Ratings:

U Factor: Simply put, the lower the U factor, the less heat is lost through the window when heating your home during the winter months. This number should be closest to zero as possible.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Measures how much heat from the sun is blocked. Windows will fall 0-1, and lower the SHGC, the higher the level of blockage sun’s thermal rays.

Check out this informative blog from for a clear and concise look at the science behind Low-E (Low-Emissivity) Coatings:

You can also contact Weather Tight, via our website or call 414.459.3888 to get more information about available Low-E options.

Community Events this Summer: Weather Tight Spottings!

July 29th, 2014

photo courtesy of

Summertime in Southeast Wisconsin is loaded with fairs, festivals, and community events. We are meeting great folks, enjoying wonderful food, music, and sampling what this awesome state has to offer.  Winter has never been farther from our minds, and we are having a great time!

Weather Tight has had the pleasure of attending these fun-filled community events:

  • Chocolate Fest
  • West Allis A-la-Carte
  • Chocolate Fest
  • Jefferson County Fair
  • Waukesha County Fair
  • Brookfield Farmer’s Market & More
  • Thank Dog it’s Friday
  • Washington County Fair
  • Racine County Fair
  • Brady Street Festival

State Fair is also on the horizon. We are going to be there EVERYDAY of the fair! Stop by and say, “Hello!” We will be in Aisle 1800 of the large expo building, and cannot wait for all the delicious goodies. Enter our sweepstakes, ask us questions about your home improvement projects, or just come by to tell us what fair food favorites we should try this year. (State Fair: July 31, 2014- August 10, 2014)

Did you know Weather Tight also has a 5% Non-for-Profit Donation program? We would love to sponsor your event, or participate in local community events and donate back to non-profit organizations!

For details check out: or email us your request at

Choosing the Right Roofer: Tips from the Better Business Bureau

July 25th, 2014

Choosing a reliable roofer can seem like a daunting task. While low costs can be appealing to the average homeowner, it is wise to be wary of bids that seem “too good to be true.” Aside from pricing, many concerns effect the decision making process; Better Business Bureau ratings, references, warranties, material choice, customer care, and many other factors.

While choosing a contractor, one thing is certain; knowledge is power. Being as informed as possible is the key to being confident in your decision. Take the time to make sure all of your questions are answered during a quote; that any unfamiliar terms or jargon is understood, and that you have a solid understanding of warranty options.

The following link from the Better Business Bureau has a set of helpful guidelines to keep in mind:

Our Company Picnic was TOTALLY Radical!

July 24th, 2014

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend our company picnic at the Waukesha County Fair on Sunday, July 20th!  We enjoyed seeing your faces and enjoying some great food and music (and 80s fashion) with all of you!

Do you want a $500 tax credit? Better Hurry!

February 3rd, 2014

This is your final chance to get any sort of tax credit for replacing your old, drafty windows or doors!

The $500 federal tax credit will expire at the end of 2014. In order to utilize this energy-efficiency credit, you must have your windows and/or doors installed by December 31st.

Start planning now! Give us a call to set up a quote at (414) 459-3883, and get pricing information for your project!

To see a list of 8 tax credits that are expiring at the end of the year, check out:

Custom Installation Techniques Recognized Nationwide

July 10th, 2013

As a company, our main focus has been the same since the day Tod Colbert founded Weather Tight over 26 years ago – to be a reliable, customer-focused home improvement company. Not only do we continue this focus, we are now able to offer an installation method to our customers that is uniquely available through Weather Tight.

A representative from US Builders Review recently spoke with our founder and CEO, Tod Colbert, to discuss our custom installation process.

Our custom installation process, we call full-frame installation, is superior to the industry-standard “pocket” installation for many reasons.

-Removal of window jamb allows more glass area and ensures no rotted material is surrounding the new window.

-More solid, airtight, long-lasting installation.

-New preassembled, prefinished custom interior moldings with furniture-grade finish.

-Installation for the whole home takes one day, in most cases.

Watch Tod Colbert & our co-owner Todd Schulz discuss full frame windows here.

Weather Tight would love to earn your business! Give us a call at (414) 459-3883 or Request a Free Estimate on our website:

To read the article in full, click here:

The Winter of 2013: Your Roof May Never Be the Same

March 27th, 2013

The buzz around Milwaukee, and nationwide, is the weather. Yes, it is technically spring, but if you look outside today, it doesn’t quite give off that “spring” feel.

The good news is that spring is well underway. Meteorologists have been hinting at 50° weather in our near future. The longest winter, in what only seemed like forever, is almost over.

Spring is the best time to take a visual inventory of your home. Once the snow has melted enough to venture outside, take some time to inspect the exterior of your home for any winter-related damage.

Be sure to check your roofing shingles. Are there any shingles that are lifted and curling, or are there any that are downright missing? These are warning signs that scream winter roofing damage.

Icy roofs can be red flags for improper ventilation or insulation, either in the roofing itself or in the attic. This lack of ventilation and insulation can do some serious damage to your roof and gutters.

Other places to look:
-Roof Staining
-Flashing on Roof – Loose, Detached or Cracking
-Clogged Gutters
-Interior Ceiling Staining

If you notice any of these problems, it is time to call in an expert! Replacing your roof before too much damage has taken effect can save on structural repairs during the installation process. Weather Tight can help as we offer free, no obligation quotes. Give us a call at (414) 459-3888 or fill out the form on our website.

For more information on visual roof inspections, click here.

Don’t Be Another Victim of Hurricane Sandy

March 19th, 2013

What do hurricanes have to do with your next home improvement project in Wisconsin? Well, if your next project happens to be roofing, you will be surprised.

Hurricane Sandy swept the east coast last fall, causing millions to be without power and a total of $75 billion in damages in the United States alone.

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Crofts

In Southeast Wisconsin, we dealt with high waves on Lake Michigan, but the storm didn’t have as much direct impact as our neighbors to the east.

So, how does this affect your roofing project? It’s a story of supply and demand.

When hurricanes hit, materials are needed to repair the damages. As in this case, there was so much damage that there was a great need for roofing materials. Manufacturers like Owens Corning shipped supplies to the Sandy-stricken areas, leaving the rest of the country short. In order to prioritize the orders, manufacturers raise prices.

Owens Corning has announced a double-digit price increase that took effect on March 1st and an additional increase on April 15th.

Where is the silver lining, you ask? All suppliers order their shingles in bulk, and wait to raise prices until their stock is depleted. Once the stock is depleted, however, the prices will rise. At Weather Tight, we leave you with a price that is good for a full year. This gives you the opportunity to lock into our current pricing before the current stock is depleted!

Weather Tight hosting Small Business Small Business Saturday Home Show

November 15th, 2012

Stop into our showroom for our Small Business Saturday Home Show. We will have several local small businesses showcasing their services. We also have our overstock windows sales featuring windows up to 80% off.

Weather Tight Continues to Add More Home Improvement Tips Videos

August 1st, 2012

If you haven’t visited the Weather Tight video page recently, you should check it out.  We have recently added informational videos on the following topics: round top architectural windows, garage entry doors, window resizing, gutter safety, choices for gutter protection, & full frame replacement of pocket windows.

These videos and many more can also be found on the Weather Tight You Tube Channel.

Baseball Bash – May 5th

April 11th, 2012

Win FREE Tickets!

Stop into our West Allis showroom between 11am and 2pm for our Baseball Bash!  We will be serving lunch for just $1 - and all proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity!  To top it off, we will be drawing the name of a guest to win a pair of tickets to the May 13th game – right behind home plate!

In addition to the baseball fun, you can receive a voucher for a FREE WINDOW with the purchase of $3,000! The promotion will only be valid for May 5th only, so be sure to stop in and pick yours up!

Valid on May 5th only!

What it really costs to paint a house

February 8th, 2012

Below is a post from our friends United Home Experts, a painting contractor in Massachusetts. Replacing your siding often make more sense than painting.  If you need siding be sure to give Weather Tight a call.

Painting a home is a big commitment, and one you don’t want to take lightly.  Many homeowners are surprised that it often makes more sense to invest the money you would spend on painting into new siding instead.  To help you decide, you’ll want to know the average cost to paint a house. Here’s the data:

Estimated cost of painting a home by size and complexity (in thousands)

Basic painting

Normal Painting

Fancy/complex Painting

Small Home

$2k – $4k

$3k – $6k

$5k – $12k or more

Average Home

$3k – $7k

$5k – $10k

$9k – $18k or more

Big Home

$6k – $12k

$5k – $18k

$16k -$30k or more

Very Big Home

$10k – $30k

$15k – $45k

$25k – $70k or more

What Makes a Painting Job Complex?

Even a simple painting job might turn out to be a bit of a nightmare.  Many things can make it more difficult to paint your home.  For example, if you have thick layers of paint on your walls, stripping it is an added expense.  If you have damage hidden under layers of paint, you will need spot repairs or sometimes even more to prep the home for painting.  And, worst of all, if you have lead paint on your walls, you need to strip that out which is costly.

Lead paint must be stripped while following strict EPA guidelines.  This means more than wearing masks to keep lead particles out of your lungs: you also need to properly dispose of the waste.  If lead paint were left to fester, it could seep into the soil and become hazardous.  Because of the complexity and regulation, you’ll want to find an expert in lead paint removal, which can be very expensive. In this case, the cost of new siding might be more appealing.

The Average Cost of Paint Materials

Small painting jobs on small homes are fairly cheap, with costs ranging from $500-$1,000.  The larger the house, the more you will spend on materials.  An average-sized home costs between $800-$1,200, a large home $1,000-$1,800, and an extra-large home $1,500 and up.

For more information visit:

5 Free Energy Savings Tips for Winter Months

January 17th, 2012

The snow has finally appeared in Milwaukee – and it was a wakeup for some of us here at Weather Tight: It’s Winter!  Winter in Wisconsin is a time to bundle up and run the heat. But how do you balance staying warm and saving money?  Here are five tips to save money this winter – without spending a penny!

-Use the sun to your advantage! Open your curtains and blinds during the day to help warm the rooms. As the sun beats down, it will warm up your home for free! Don’t forget to close them at night to keep the warmth inside.

-When using a dish washer, wash full loads only. Running two half-full cycles can DOUBLE the cost! Wait until your dish washer is full to get the most for your energy and water usage.

-Use the energy-savings options on your appliances. Many new appliances have energy-savings modes that you can turn on to help cut down on electrical and heating costs.  It is especially useful on dryers and dish washers.

-If you use a self-cleaning option on your oven, start the self-cleaning process directly after using the oven. This will help save money by using the heat that is in the oven from cooking to start the cleaning process rather than having to build up heat from room temperature.

-Lower your water heater to 120° or ‘low’. You will still have hot showers and clean laundry, and you will save money since the water tank will not have to work as hard to keep water at a higher temperature.

If you are in the market for new appliances, be sure to find the ENERGYSTAR® label before you purchase. In order to qualify for an ENERGYSTAR® rating, appliances must reduce energy and water usage by 10-50% compared to standard models in the industry. They may cost a little more in the beginning, but will save you more over time.

How to Check for Energy Loss in Entry Doors

December 8th, 2011

Some of the most obvious signs that a door needs to be replaced are visual. Some of these signs include the age of the door, peeling paint or cracks in the door, and even damage to the wood and stain from the sun. Other times you can feel a draft through the door on a windy day.

Unfortunately it isn’t always just that easy to tell when you door needs to be replaced.  By having gaps between the threshold and door, you could be losing as much heat as having a 3″ square hole in your wall! Here are a couple of tests that you can try on your entry door to check for energy efficiency issues, the dollar bill test and the flashlight test.

Dollar Bill Test:

Open your entry door and place a dollar bill on top of the threshold (bottom of the door frame) and close the door. Next, try to move the dollar bill to one side of the door and over to the next. Does it move, or is it a struggle? If it can move, that is a place where air can move freely in and out of your home.

Flashlight Test:

Have two people stand on either side of the closed door. One person will shine a flashlight around the perimeter of the door. The light will shine through any cracks or gaps in the seal. Can the second person see any? If so, it’s time to replace your door to increase the energy efficiency in your home.

These tips are just some of the interesting facts that you can learn from our owners, Tod and Todd during their videos, Home Improvement Tips with Tod and Todd. Although our series is done for 2011, you can still view all of the videos on our website by going to All of the videos are sorted by projects, so scroll through the list to find the videos that have to do with projects that are on your to-do list.

Black Friday Event-Craft & Gift Show

November 11th, 2011

When: Friday November 25th
Hours: 11am-3pm
Location: West Allis Showroom-11400 West Oklahoma Avenue, West Allis, WI 53227

Join us Black Friday November 25th from 11-3 for a Huge Showroom Sale and Craft & Gift Show. Featuring: overstock windows starting at $99, 18 months no interest/payments with 18 can donation to Hunger Task Force.

Craft & Gift Show: Avoid the mall and shop for gifts from some of the most popular gift suppliers. Vendors include: Lovely Bracelets, The Crafty Ones, Party Lite, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Grandma Vinny’s Cookies, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Dove Chocolates, Celebrating Home, Just Relax! A place to escape reality! Massage & Wellness, Modern Woodsmen, L’Bri, Fresco Art, Usborne Books, & Avon.

Black Friday Event

A Great Post About Peeling Paint

November 8th, 2011

Below is a post from our friends in Massachusetts.  If you need siding be sure to give Weather Tight a call.  If you are wondering why your paint is peeling, read this article for some helpful information.

Siding Contractor MassachusettsThank you to Weathertight for a chance to share some information with their readers!

Among other things we are a painting contractor in Massachusetts and one of the most common questions we receive is  “what causes paint to peel on my house?”  Most people assume it was just done poorly last time, or “the last painter didn’t use primer”–we hear that one a lot! Sometimes that may be true, but usually it’s a much deeper problem.

If you have significant peeling paint it’s likely that you have 1 of 3 conditions:

  1. A really old paint job:  Even a house that was properly painted every time will eventually start to peel especially in U.S. climates that see 4 seasons and varying amounts of moisture.  If your home falls into this category, you have 2 options:  Either paint more frequently (which is expensive) or bite the bullet and go with siding replacement.  The second option will pay for itself in 2-3 paint cycles and add resale value to your home.
  2. A moisture problem: Moisture isn’t just a problem from the outside–although in many cases it is. Moisture can also be from an inside source escaping through the walls thus causing loss of paint adhesion.  Sometimes there are ways to correct or minimize this, but what’s causing it? Is it condensation from winter heat escaping through the walls? is it a leak? is it a moist climate?  No matter what the problem is, in most cases trial and error will not lead to a long-term fix.  I’ve witnessed countless people try gimmick after gimmick with the hope of solving this problem only to replace their siding after wasting lots of money.
  3. Mill-glaze: When wood clapboard is milled, often the tannins from the cedar are heated by the saw blade which creates a waxy like surface that paint won’t adhere to. When installed smooth-side out, the glazed surface of cedar clapboards will often reject paint altogether and as you can imagine create a massive nightmare.  This problem will never be solved with paint and usually requires replacement of the affected areas.  Some painters will try to sand down the surface and re-paint.  Our experience has been, this is expensive and never works 100%.

Your best solution is to work with a trustworthy contractor who can go over all your options and make educated recommendations.  Study after study show that replacing your siding is a great investment if you plan on being in your home for a long period of time.

Halloween Event Saturday 10/22

October 17th, 2011

When: Saturday October 22nd
Hours: 10am-2pm
Location: West Allis Showroom-11400 West Oklahoma Avenue, West Allis, WI 53227 &
Brookfield Showroom-14640 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005

Join us for the Weather Tight Halloween Event. We will have safe trick-or-treat for the kids with prizes for best costume. For adults we will have free energy efficiency clinics where you’ll learn about r-value, heat loss vs. air infiltration, home energy savings tips, and much more. The first 20 customers will get a free home winterization kit (limit one per household).

Weather Tight Listed in Top 500 Remodelers in Nation

September 23rd, 2011

One time each year, Qualified Remodeler magazine comes out with a list of the top 500 remodelers. Weather Tight was chosen as the 67th top remodeler in the United States in 2011!

The elite group is chosen by several different factors, including revenue, however Qualified Remodeler magazine expressed that most of the companies share common attributes that set us apart from our competition:

                -Excellent Business Acumen

                -Commitment to Customer Service

                -Insightful Sales Techniques

                -Strong Customer Loyalty

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our customers and staff for helping us become the company we have grown to be over the past 25 years.  We are proud of being placed in the top 100 nationally, among companies that serve larger markets.

Border Battle-25th Anniversary Showroom Event

September 16th, 2011

When: Saturday September 24th
Hours: 10am-2pm
Location: West Allis Showroom-11400 West Oklahoma Avenue, West Allis, WI 53227

Join us for the Weather Tight Border Battle-25th Anniversary Event. We will have food and games for the entire family including hot dogs, chips and drinks for 25 cents each. There will be opportunities to get entered into our grand prize Green Bay vs. Chicago tickets for the game on Christmas night. There will also be opportunities to win other door prizes. In recognition of our 25th anniversary, we will be offering a selection of product upgrades for $25. Hope to see you there!