Summer Festival Savings from Weather Tight!

Summer is here and Weather Tight is READY! Aside from bringing you superior exterior home remodeling options; we also want to bring you summer fun SAVINGS! Weather Tight is offering online printable coupons for your summer events!

Our first SUMMER SAVINGS opportunity is for the Waukesha County Fair! We have a Senior FREE parking voucher as well as $2 and $5 OFF admission coupons to download.

Check out our website as we add coupons for this fun-filled fair www.weathertightcorp.com look for coupon links on the homepage. —HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!—

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Condensation Facts; Understanding Your Windows

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As weather heats up, homeowners can notice a difference of temperature inside the home versus outside the home. The changes in temperature and humidity levels affect your home, and can cause condensation on even the newest windows.

This article by our manufacturer  at Restorations Windows® explains the key points in understanding the causes and solutions associated with this common household occurrence.

For more information, contact Weather Tight: phone 414.459.3888 online: www.weathertightcorp.com 

What Is Condensation?

Is your glass “sweating” – is water beading or ice forming on the inside surface of your windows?  Don’t be too quick to blame the windows! There’s a good chance that what you are seeing is condensation, a sign that there is excess humidity in your home. Humidity – water vapor mixed with air – is drawn to the coolest surfaces, such as your window. Cool air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air, so windows and doors often collect this moisture and make it visible. A surface that is cooler than room temperature is more likely to show condensation.

What Causes Condensation?

Indoor moisture is caused by a variety of factors, including cooking, showering, running dishwashers, storing firewood, pets, fish tanks, plants, clothes dryers that are not vented properly, even breathing. Your new windows are most likely showing condensation more than your old ones because they are more airtight – less air is entering your home from the outside. The air leaking from older windows evaporated the moisture before it could collect.

While some humidity is necessary for health and comfort, chronic and excessive condensation should be tipping you off to take some action before serious, costly damage, such as decay, mold, paint problems, and even major structural damage occur. 

What about condensation in between the panes of glass? This may indicate a seal failure, and you should contact your Sunrise Window dealer, as this is covered by your warranty.

Why is condensation forming at the bottom of the window? Each insulated unit is a sealed atmosphere, and the air in this atmosphere becomes layered, just as in any closed space. Warm air rises, and since humidity is attracted to cooler air, condensation will often show near the bottom of the glass.

Temporary Condensation

There are several ways to tell if the condensation on your windows is temporary.  Does condensation usually form:

  • during baths and showers, cooking, dishwashing, laundry, or other steam producing occasions?
  • during the start of each heating season? Houses absorb moisture during humid summers. This will dry out after a few weeks of heating.
  • during sharp temperature changes? Sudden drops in temperature, especially during the heating season, can create temporary condensation.
  • during new construction or remodeling? Building materials contain a great deal of moisture.  When the heat is turned on, this moisture will flow into the air inside the home. It usually will disappear after the first heating season.

Problem Condensation

Excess moisture in your home may eventually cause problems. It may be time to take action if you notice the following signs in your house:

  • Condensation remains on windows throughout the day, even when the outside temperature has warmed up. 
  • Condensation is forming and running down the walls. It may also be causing discoloration, staining, peeling wallpaper and blistering paint.
  • The air smells musty – this could indicate mold, mildew, or in the worst cases, rot – or odors from everyday household activities that linger too long. Odors increase in intensity with high relative humidity.
  • Mold, mildew, rot and/or decay are visible. Mold and mildew thrive in most areas and can cause health and house damage.

Interior Condensation

Interior condensation forms on the inside pane of the glass within your home. This is the type of condensation most homeowners notice and become concerned about. It usually forms in the winter, especially at the beginning of the heating season. As the outside temperature drops, the inside surface will also get cooler; therefore, condensation will form at lower relative humidity on cold days. The colder the air outside, the more likely condensation is to occur.

You have a great deal of control over interior condensation. See the Reducing Condensation for ways to decrease the occurrence of this kind of condensation.

Exterior Condensation

Conversely, exterior condensation, which forms on the outside pane of the window, typically occurs in the summer. This type of condensation can occur for several reasons: the glass temperature drops below the dew point temperature of the outside air, the air is still, there is a high relative humidity, there is a clear night sky, or there are plants located near your window.

While unsightly, exterior condensation should not concern you since it usually evaporates as the day wears on and will not affect the interior of your home. Since you cannot control the relative humidity outside your home, the only step you can take to combat exterior condensation is to warm the inside surface of the window, as this is a way to warm the outside surface. Seeing exterior condensation on those rare days should be reassurance that your windows are doing their job:  keeping your heating and cooling in your home where it belongs and saving you money.

Condensation & Health

Improper temperature and humidity can cause comfort and health concerns. Warm, humid environments encourage the growth of molds and fungi, which can lead to allergic reactions. Dry environments can irritate sinus linings and can progress to a sinus infection. The best way to combat this is to achieve the appropriate balance of temperature and moisture in your home. See the table below for guidance.

Acceptable Ranges of Temperature & Relative Humidity During Winter (in °F)
The humidity level that should be maintained in your home during the winter varies with the outside temperature. The colder it is outside, the lower the humidity level must be inside your home. All major manufactures of humidifiers list the recommended humidity settings based on outside temperatures. The following guideline is recommended by every major manufacturer of windows and humidifiers.

Outside Temperature Relative Humidity
-20° F 15% or less
-10° F 15% to 20%
0° F 20% to 25%
+10° F 25% to 30%
+20° F 30% to 35%

Climate & Other Factors

Northern and Midwest Regions of the U.S., or those places where the temperature average for January is 35° F or colder, tend to have more occurrences of condensation. The greater the extremes between outdoor and indoor temperatures, the more likely moisture will become visible on your windows.

Bay, bow, and garden windows often create opportunities for condensation to show because air circulation is frequently limited and their protrusion from the insulated house wall generally makes them a few degrees cooler. Heavy window treatments also limit airflow and increase the likelihood of condensation.

Reducing Condensation

Now that you know the what and why of condensation, it’s time to learn how to reduce the conditions that cause it, especially if you are concerned about the effects of that excess moisture on your home and health. 

There are several steps you can take in three main areas:

1. Reduce Moisture Sources

  • Stop or severely limit the use of humidifiers, or adjust them to the appropriate setting.
  • Run a dehumidifier if needed.
  • Limit plants, aquariums, and pets. If you care for a lot of plants, group them in one sunny room and avoid over watering.
  • Have your gas appliances checked, if you have not recently. Malfunctioning gas appliances can deliver excessive water vapor into the air along with more dangerous contaminants. Be sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm.
  • Store firewood outside.
  • Eliminate plumbing leaks.
  • Don’t air-dry clothes indoors.
  • Correct grading and drainage problems around exterior of your home.

2. Increase Ventilation

  • Open windows for a few minutes each day, particularly after steam-producing activities such as showering/bathing, laundry, and cooking. Heat loss will be minimal.
  • Run kitchen, bathroom, and other fans longer and more often.
  • Improve or add a ventilation system in your home through attic, roof and soffit venting. Ensure that everything vents to the outside.
  • Open blinds and drapes. Heavy window coverings restrict the flow of warm air over the interior glass surface.
  • Operate ceiling fans to improve air circulation.

3. Increase Air Temperature

  • Raise the temperature inside the house.
  • Insulate under the seat and over the head of bay, bow, and garden windows to keep window area warmer.
  • Direct warm-air supply ducts toward windows or even use a fan for increased air circulation at windows.

If you continue to have alarming condensation and other moisture problems and you have taken the steps above, it may be beneficial to consult a heating contractor specialist for further cures.

Introducing…Diamond KOTE™ Siding!

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Weather Tight has a “new kid” in town; Diamond KOTE™ siding! We have added this phenomenal product to our siding selection, and WHAT a product it is.

Diamond Kote offers a wood option to our customers, with the benefit of superior durability, as it is treated wood with an innovative pre-finish for exterior siding. The color selection is diverse, using natural occurring colorants extracted from raw materials. Natural pigments don’t fade over time, ensuring a fade free home!

The collection offers different architectural styles for a variety of desired affects. Some popular favorites include scalloping, decorative shakes, and even octagonal style!

Diamond Kote is proudly made in the Midwest and uses finishes with low V.O.C. emissions. Environmentally sustainable finishes are a great way to lower our carbon imprint AND keep our pets and family safe and healthy :)

Enjoy some free literature online using Diamond Kote’s e-brochure!  http://issuu.com/wausausupplycompany/docs/dkcatalog?e=2875483/3428343

For a free estimate and additional information, contact Weather Tight Phone: 414.459.3888 Web: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/free-quote/

SunBlinds® The Blinds You Never Clean!

How many of us enjoy cleaning our mini-blinds? I would venture as to say NONE of us do. The spaces are narrow, the dust settles in and makes itself right at home, attracting all the other dust buds to cling as well in perfect dust harmony. Cleaning them is an arduous, frustrating and repetitive task GRRRR!

Help is on the way! A cleaner, NO maintenance option is available to spare you the mini-blind cleaning blues. Our Restorations® Windows offer an option to have blinds in between panes of glass, for a no dust no muss mini-blind (SunBlinds®). The windows are a quality product in and of themselves, but imagine never having to clean your blinds EVER AGAIN!

The old, yucky way:

the old blinds

The new, AMAZING way:

the new blinds

If you would like to know more about SunBlinds® by our manufacturer, call 414.459.3888, or request online http://www.weathertightcorp.com/free-quote/ for a FREE no obligation estimate from one of our experts.

It’s “Pretty Season!” Open up Your Viewing Space

Wisconsin is looking green and lush again! Its “pretty season” so why not open up your view with a bay or bow window? Not only are bay/bow windows a great way to increase your viewing area, but it can spruce up the facade of your home (think resale value) and change the whole feel of a room!

 

Here is a quick break down of the differences between a bay and a bow, for more questions, see the link below :)

Bay:

bay window

  • Has an “angled” look
  • Generally consists of one large stationary picture window, flanked by two operating casements
  • Contains all the same features as our casement windows
  • Available in various colors, including a stainable wood grain seat board
  • Insulated urethane seat board is available in single and double insulated packages
  • Ice and water shield barriers protect wood from adverse weather and protect the overall integrity of the bay and bow unit
  • Projected window option that creates a box look

 

Bow:

bow window

  • Has a “semi-circle” look to it
  • Generally consists of a number of casements—either four, five, or six
  • Casements can come operational or stationary
  • Contains all the same features as our casement windows
  • Available in various colors, including a stainable wood grain seat board
  • Insulated urethane seat board is available in single and double insulated packages
  • Ice and water shield barriers protect wood from adverse weather and protect the overall integrity of the bay and bow unit

Like what you see? Contact us and we can have an expert come out and show you what a new view would look like for your home!

Weather Tight:   Phone – 414.459.3888 or Web – http://www.weathertightcorp.com/free-quote/

 

Spring Cleaning: Make Your Sunrise® Windows & Patio Doors Sparkle

Enjoy this blog post from our window and patio door manufacturer at Sunrise® Windows for tips on cleaning windows and patio doors the correct way :)

“You don’t have to hire a window cleaner to clean your windows. With the right tools, it’s a job that can easily be done yourself. Follow these tips to have your Sunrise® windows and sliding patio doors sparkling in no time at all!

  1. To avoid streaking, wash windows on a cloudy day. Full sun will quickly dry any cleaning solution you use, leaving streaks behind.
  2. Begin by gathering a household glass cleaner, a squeegee, a soft brush, and lint-free cloths or paper towels for cleaning. You can also make your own homemade window cleaner by mixing the following ingredients in a spray bottle: 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
  3. Prior to cleaning the glass, wash window and door frames with the soft brush and a solution of mild dish soap and water. Avoid using harsh, abrasive or petroleum-based cleaners that could cause permanent damage to the frame’s finish. Make sure drainage holes at the bottom of the frames are clean and clear. Rinse with water and wipe dry.
  4. Apply window cleaner to the glass. Starting at the top, pull the squeegee over the pane in an S-pattern. At the end of each stroke, wipe the blade clean with a lint-free cloth. When cleaning windows inside, place a towel on the sill of the window or floor underneath the sliding door to absorb any water runoff.
  5. Wipe up remaining drips with a cloth. Avoid allowing tap water to dry and remain on your glass. Tap water contains hard minerals that, over time, can interfere with the transparency of your glass.
  6. To clean screens, remove them and wash on a clean, flat surface using a soft brush and a solution of mild dish soap and water. Rinse, dry and reinstall.

More about Caring for Sunrise Windows & Patio Doors

Learn how to keep the track system of your Sunrise patio door in optimal condition. Get more tips on caring for Sunrise windows and doors, and stay tuned to our blog for more spring cleaning ideas!

To Schedule an In-Home Estimate

Contact Weather Tight by phone: 414.459.3888 or online: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/free-quote/

Don’t Leave Home Without it; Window Shopping Checklist

Spring has sprung, and homeowners are finding it easier to step outside and survey the mischief ‘Old Man Winter’ has caused on our homes over the season. It’s the time of year for renewal in our homes, but it can be overwhelming to choose a place to start.

Window shopping (pun intended) doesn’t have to complicated! Our folks at Sunrise (manufacturer of our Restorations® windows) have made a simple checklist. The check-list is a PERFECT COMPANION to compare, contrast, and make informed decisions for your home.

http://cdn3.sunrisewindows.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/WindowShoppingGuide-Sheet1.pdf

 

Print this checklist, and take it along as you hunt for quality windows, and take the confusion out of shopping!

Weather Tight offers FREE in home estimates that will provide you detailed product information for planning and budgeting. Our experts are at your disposal!

For a free, in-home estimate contact Weather Tight:

Phone: 414.459.3888 OR request Online using our form: http://www.weathertightcorp.com/free-quote/

Diagnose Your Home; Prove-It Calculators

It’s amazing what you can accomplish on the internet! A person can buy/sell a home, apply for college, diagnose illnesses, find a lost phone, trace their ancestry, spy on the nanny, turn on/preheat the oven, manage bills…the list is endless.

There are also tools of the trade available for home owners to get REAL PROOF of energy saving potential for their home. Contractors and manufacturers can make promises, and be confident about the services they provide because they already know the trade, materials, and results attained, however, some homeowners would like TANGIBLE values placed on energy utilization. There are NOW ways to find out where the energy sinkholes are in the home. Diagnose your home!

Here’s a blurb from the manufacturer of our Restorations® Windows. Check out these amazing, FREE tools and see the energy savings potential!

For more information on Energy Savings or Weather Tight ENERGY STAR™ Rated Products:

Phone: 414.459.3888

Email: info@weathertightcorp.com

Web: www.weathertightcorp.com

Prove It Calculators

Many window and door companies promise products that will reduce your energy bills. But how do you know what to expect for your home? It is important to know that several factors can impact the efficiency new windows and doors can add to your home:

  • The thickness and insulation of the walls of your home.
  • Other cracks and openings that may be letting air leak into your home, such as the chimney, electrical sockets, and plumbing.
  • The size of your home and how many windows and doors you have
  • Your personal preferences and the climate you live in. If you need to run air-conditioning more than average, or keep your home warmer than average in the winter.

Here are some calculators and tools you can use to learn more about energy savings and what that means for your home.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=bldrs_lenders_raters.pt_homecalc

http://www.efficientwindows.org/energycost.php

http://www.cardinalcorp.com/technology/applications/energy-calculator/

The Holy Grail; A Cheat-Sheet of Window Knowledge

Hello Everyone! We hope Thanksgiving was a delicious day with those you love.

We are grateful for many things at Weather Tight; friends, family, co-workers, and most importantly, YOU!

We have grown over the years, and have enjoyed being a cornerstone in this community for over 28 years. The time and experience is a great source of industry facts that some owners have yet to benefit from. Here is some information to guide anyone looking to empower themselves with some industry knowledge!

We are grateful for the expertise and skill we have acquired, and it’s never nice to be greedy 😉 Enjoy this article that our manufacturer has constructed and SAVE it for your files at home! http://www.sunrisewindows.com/energy-efficiency/

Do you have any questions about the article?  Looking for more product information? Contact us: info@weathertightcorp.com or call 414.459.3888

 

Home Winterizing Checklist; Get Set with Winter Prep!

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Preparing your home for winter can be a race against the clock. If you get started now, you will have it made in the shade when winter weather makes its way into your neighborhood. Here are some tips to get your home WINTER CLAD!

Heating System Checklist

Test Run:
Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees just for testing. You should hear the furnace turn on and warm air should blow within a few minutes. If it’s running OK, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If it’s not running properly, you may need a qualified service technician.

Replace the Air Filter:
Put in a new clean air filter. Most filters can just slide right out. Check with your manufacturer if you are unsure of how to replace.

Fuel:
If you have a propane or oil furnace, make sure to have your fuel storage tank topped off and ready to go.

Heating Vents:
Clear obstacles to heating vents so air can freely flow. Make sure any caked-on dust gets removed with a vacuum brush attachment.

Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks:
This silent killer can easily be detected with either an inexpensive test badge or battery operated alarm. Whichever way you decide, just please decide to protect your family with one of these units.

Don’t forget the exterior air-conditioner’s condenser unit. Easy prep can save you major buckage!

Clean Condensing Unit of Debris:
Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt.

Cover Condensing Unit:
Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose goes a long way to extending the life and performance of the unit. For window units, remove and store for winter if possible. If this isn’t an option; close the vents and make sure to get an air conditioning cover similar to condensing unit cover described above.

Chimney and Fireplace

Check that the chimney is clear of any nests from birds, squirrels or other animals.

Check flue damper operation. Make sure it opens and closes fully, and that it is able to be locked in the open or closed position.

Check chimney draft. Make sure the chimney will draw up the fire and smoke properly. Test this by taking several sheets of newspaper and rolling them up. Then with the fireplace damper in the open position, light the newspaper in the fireplace. The smoke should rise up the chimney. If it doesn’t, you have an obstruction and need to call a professional in to clean the chimney of creosote and ash and possible debris. *If it has been several years (or never!) since you had your fireplace chimney cleaned, consider a professional (think Mary Poppins) as it can be a messy task.

Inspect the fire brick in the fireplace. If you see any open mortar joints have them repaired immediately! A fire can spread into the stud wall behind the masonry fire brick through open mortar joints.

Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Burst pipes from freezing can cause some of the most expensive repairs in the home. So let’s go over some of the basics to make you have them covered.

Insulate Exposed Piping:

Un-insulated crawlspaces, attics, exterior walls or basements are perfect location for pipe protection. Wrap them with foam insulation at a minimum. Ideally you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first, and then use foam insulation.

Exterior Faucets:

Also known as hose-bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have the water supply turned off from inside the house. Also remember to drain the faucets well.  Consider an insulated cover for the hose-bib as an added safeguard. Disconnect garden hoses from the sill-cocks or outside faucets and drain them thoroughly.

Seasonal Shut Down:
If you are shutting down a property for several months you should always shut off the water supply and drain the plumbing system. If a leak were to occur without occupancy, the damage could be catastrophic. Consult your local plumber if you are unsure of the proper steps for draining.

We won’t get into the importance of insulating your home. You already know that. But there are some areas you can easily beef-up to help prepare for winter.

Insulating Tips:

Insulate your hot water tank with an insulating blanket you can buy at the hardware store.

Insulate exterior outlets and switch plates with inexpensive foam sealing.

If you don’t use your fireplace often and it leaks air, you can cut a piece of fiberglass insulation and stuff it into the fireplace behind your glass doors to block the cold air coming down the chimney. Remember to remove before building a fire. J

Cold air leaks from around doors and windows are a significant contributor to your heating bill. An easy way to reduce your heating bill is to reduce these drafts with simple weather-stripping.

Windows:

On a day when it’s windy outside, close your windows and feel for air leaks. You can use an incense stick for this too if you don’t mind the smell. Watch the smoke trail and if it becomes anything other than vertical, you have an air leak. Typically air leaks will be at the edges where the window is hinged, slides or meets another unit, such as between the two panels of a double hung window.

An easy (temporary) solution is rope caulking. Press the rope caulk into all the joints where air is leaking.

Doors:

The easiest fix here is to check for weather-stripping on the side and bottoms of the doors. Install weather-stripping on any leaking doors.

Moving to the outside of the home, you should do a quick check of the roof. Either hire someone to inspect the roof if you are not comfortable safely doing this yourself, or inspect it yourself wearing solidly fastened shoes having non-skid soles.

Roof:

Check roof for missing or damaged shingles and have them replaced.

Check flashing around chimneys and other roof projections which are often the source of leaks.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean, having no leaves. Wet leaves remaining in the gutters over winter add significant weight and volume to the gutter when frozen and increase the risk of damage.

Keep in mind that these are quick winterizing tips. By no means are these tips to be deemed as permanent solutions for existing problems with windows, siding, roofing, gutters, and entry/ patio doors. Weather Tight professionals are available to help you evaluate the current energy efficiency of your home’s exterior before Jack Frost makes his way into town.  www.weathertightcorp.com