Weather Tight has earned the Sunrise Windows President’s Award for 2009

Each year, Sunrise Windows (the manufacturer of Restorations Windows – the brand that is carried by Weather Tight) looks at customer feedback and ranks the retailers in the replacement window business. The companies are ranked according to performance and trustworthiness.

Sunrise Windows has chosen Weather Tight as the replacement window retailer that demonstrates high levels of professional leadership in customer service, technical knowledge, installation, and after the sale support to our customers.

The owner of Sunrise Windows, Gary Delman, also added that he can see the energy, enthusiasm and values that Weather Tight has that allows us to offer our customers “the best overall value in replacement windows.” We are honored to have earned this award.

Weather Tight Appears on the Cover of Replacement Contractor Magazine

Weather Tight appeared on the Fall 2009 cover of Replacement Contractor Magazine. Below is the article that appeared:

In May 2008, Weather Tight opened a 4,500-square-foot home improvement showroom in Milwaukee featuring window, door, roofing, and siding displays in a brand new 25,000-square-foot building that also houses the company’s offices and warehouse. The $3.5 million investment could be seen in several ways. The first is that it was just plain nuts. The U.S. economy was five months into the worst recession since the 1930s, and consumers were already reining in their spending. Who would come?
The other way to see it was the way Weather Tight’s owners and managers did. Given the level of planning and how hard the company’s people had worked to make the project a success, how could it possibly fail?
Read the entire article

Top 5 Most Expensive Mistakes When Purchasing a Roof

1. Shopping based on price only– If you choose to get several quotes and notice that one company is well below the average, there may be a reason why. Cost alone should not be your determining factor. Professionalism, reputation, and quality workmanship should also weigh heavily on your decision.

Questions you need to ask include: What is the total price of the job? Does this include sales tax? Can I obtain financing through the contractor? When are the payments due? What is the interest rate? Does the price include removal of the old roof? Any hidden costs? Does this company carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance? What is their Better Business Bureau rating?

2. Going with your first quote-The process of calling, meeting, and evaluating roofing contractors can be a long process. Don’t allow yourself to take the shortcut and go with the first company that comes out. Make sure to get at least 3 detailed quotes and take the time to fully understand how each company is going to approach the project.

3. Not comparing apples to apples– When you receive your quotes make sure that the contractor puts in writing what brand and style of materials they will be using. Some contractors will use high quality long lasting materials while others will use inexpensive unreliable materials.

4. Choosing a company because they can start right away– It’s understandable that you want your roof project completed as soon as possible, but be careful. This is usually a red flag. If a company has no other work you should take a close look at why that is.

5. Falling for a deal that is too good to be true– Good respected contractors will not be offering half off deals for roofing. Most roofing contractors have very little wiggle room in their prices. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, but be leery of a deal that is too good to be true.

Attic Insulation: Does my home have enough?

When thinking about home improvements and ways to make your home more energy efficient, most think about purchasing new windows, or watching how they use electricity in their homes. Attic insulation can be just as important as other home improvement projects to ensure that your home is ready for all of the climates Wisconsin has to offer.

Most homes in the U.S. do not have enough insulation. An estimated 60% of homes do not meet the level of needed insulation to keep energy bills at their lowest. The odds are stacked against us, since more than half of all homes do not have proper attic insulation.

Adequate insulation provides temperature control. Feel the ceiling in the top level of your home on any given afternoon. Can you feel a temperature difference? The difference can come from the sun beating down on your roof all day long, heating your attic. Oftentimes when the attic is not properly insulated, you can feel the temperature difference as you climb the stairs during the summertime. Adequate attic insulation can help keep the warmth in the attic and avoid unnecessary hot flashes every time you go upstairs.

My home is more than 10 years old. Chances are, unless you have recently added insulation to your attic, the levels of insulation are lacking. Newer homes may or may not have the proper levels of insulation and should also be checked.

How much insulation should I have? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s all in the R value. (A number used to measure the resistance of heat flow a material has – the larger the number, the more resistant.) This number should be between 49 and 60 for attic insulation.

Replacement Contractor Of The Year!

Weather Tight was honored by Replacement Contractor Magazine as their Contractor of the Year. This is a national award honoring Weather Tight for its quality, ethics and integrity.

Top 5 Reasons to Replace Your Windows Before Winter

Windows help maintain the temperature in your home, keeping the cold out in the winter and the heat out in the summer. To capture upon the benefits of windows, it is important to have well sealed, efficient, and double or triple paned glass window. The benefits to having quality windows are endless, including tax rebates and improving the look of your home. Below are the top 5 reasons to replace your windows before winter.

Energy Efficient Windows : Savings
1. 2009-2010 $1500 Tax Credit. The Government is offering a $1500 tax credit on qualifying windows. The credit is applied to your taxes and is 30% of the cost of the window not including installation. The windows need to be installed in the tax year to qualify for that years credit. Since ordering and installation can take 8 weeks or more, you should really act soon.

2. Save money on energy bills. Quality windows ensure that the home uses less gas to heat the home. This commonly results in a noticeable reduction in your monthly utility bills. Imagine the money that will be saved each month and at the end of the year! When you add up the savings, the new windows will essentially pay for themselves.

3. Old windows are dangerous. Cracked and broken windows become even more dangerous once winter arrives, as the glass becomes brittle and cold. If you have children in the home, they are in great danger if they play or sleep in a room with old windows. Further concerns are the drafts that old windows cause, as well as the potential illnesses these drafts can cause your family members.

4. Many old windows are made of dangerous materials. Old windows may contain lead paint, which is dangerous for children and adults alike. Upgrading not only reduces bills and increases the aesthetics of a home, but it may also protect your health.

5. Old windows are commonly single paned. Double paned windows lock out more moisture and cold than old, single paned windows. These old windows have a tendency to freeze open or shut, and they feel icy to the touch. In addition, they are known to develop frost on the inside of the window, increasing the chances of breakage, which causes damage to the home.

How to Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

All conscientious homeowners should be aware of ice damming and how it works. It is really quite simple…An ice dam is ice that forms a ridge on the edge of a roof and therefore prevents melting snow (water) from draining off.

 What causes Ice Dams?

 There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that lead to ice dam formation. The snow on a roof surface that is above 32° F will melt. As water flows down the roof, it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32° F and it freezes.  Voila!—an ice dam.

What damages occur from Ice Dams?

 The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Moisture in your home can lead to the growth of mold and mildew which we all know can cause a variety of health concerns.

As their money literally “flies out the roof”, homeowners are looking at their existing roofs and wondering what they need to do to protect themselves from such occurrences.

Short term solutions include using your ladder and a “roof rake” and/or broom to clear the snow from your roof. (Be careful, you can damage your shingles!) If water is already leaking in, you can make a channel in the ice dam to help drain away the water.

A long term solution could be increasing the insulation in your ceiling/roof. (Codes suggest  R-Value 38)

The perfect solution would be a new roof system. Weather Tight did a lot of research to make sure we could offer our customers the very best, most protective, energy efficient, attractive roof system out there. The roofs we install are Owens Corning, a familiar household name. They offer high performance roofs that contain a well balanced ventilation system consisting of both under-eave soffit vents for intake and rooftop vents for exhaust.  In addition, they have a rubberized ice and water shield and Hip & Ridge shingles which increase protection and durability. It takes more than just shingles to create a high performance roof.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Ceiling fans are useful all year round. With their direction reversed in the winter, they create a gentle updraft that moves warm air from the ceiling and distributes it evenly throughout the room.
  • Set your hot water temperature at the “normal” setting — no higher than 120 degrees F. This can cut your water heating costs by 10%.
  • Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The air inside your home can be very dry. Moister air feels warmer, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable even though your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.
  • Purchase a timer to set the thermostat on your furnace. Set the temperature to 62-65 degrees while you are sleeping and at  work. Auto-set it to turn on 30 minutes before you rise or return home. The energy savings will help with your winter fuel bills.
  • Dispose of older incandescent lights and buy new LED lights. Older incandescent lights can use up to 99 percent more energy than new LED lights.
  • Make sure your heating vents aren’t blocked by furniture or drapes and the dampers are open. Vacuum out dust and pet hair from warm air registers and cold air returns so your furnace runs more efficiently.