Exterior Door Locks: How to Be Sure Your Home is Safe

Are you tired of fussing with old door locks? Maybe your lock sticks and doesn’t hold the door tightly against the frame. Perhaps you’re feeling some heat loss and air infiltration around your door. Is it time to replace your exterior door locks?

If you’re struggling with your exterior door locks, it may be time to replace not only the locks but the whole door. Here’s why you should consider a better solution for stronger security.

Thinking of replacing your exterior door locks? Here’s why you may want to consider exterior door replacement for better security.

Wrestling with Old Door Locks

We’ve all had THAT exterior door—one that doesn’t lock easily. When you come to the house with an arm full of groceries or mail, you stand at the door, wiggling your key and trying to get the lock to turn.

Or maybe you have the opposite problem; the lock turns very easily—too easily, in fact. You’ve given out housekeys to various guests, and the security of your exterior door locks is questionable at best. So, is it time to replace your exterior door locks? How do you know?

Before you run off to the nearest big box store to buy a replacement lock, take a moment to consider the state of your exterior door. Is the door in good condition? Does it seal tightly to the frame? If you shine a flashlight or stand outside the door at night, can you see the light around the door frame? That’s a sure sign that air is escaping in and out of your home.

Also, look at the door’s appearance. Is it a solid door that is holding up well to weather, or has your exterior door seen better days? Whether it’s a front or side entry to your home, your door is likely the first thing guests see. You’ll want to give off the best impression and select a door that’s beautiful and built solidly.

If your exterior door locks aren’t doing their job anymore, chances are, your door has also passed its prime. It may be time to consider exterior door replacement.

The Safety of a Multipoint Locking System

At Weather Tight, most of our exterior options include a free upgrade option to a multipoint locking system. So, what is a multipoint lock system? It’s the safest, safest, and most weather-tight way to keep your home locked.

Watch this video from Tod & Todd to learn about the importance of a multipoint locking system:

A multipoint locking system offers a locking mechanism at several points along the door—typically the top, middle, and bottom. Then, with one easy turn of the key or interior locking mechanism, your door is closed tightly and securely to the frame.

Doors with a singular locking point can be kicked in, broken, and even removed from the side. What’s more, the door no longer seals as tightly over time. As a result, cold air can leak through your door in the winter. Drafts can come in under the door, and suddenly your house feels chillier and less comfortable. In the summer, you’ll end up paying more for air conditioning as the air leaks to the outside.

Cut your energy costs and security concerns with a new, secure exterior door. You’ll rest easy at night knowing your door is exceptionally safe and your family is protected. A multipoint locking system is a simple, effective, and unobtrusive way to add an extra layer of protection to your house.

From the inside, the locking system is as easy to operate as a single-point system. With the flip of the locking mechanism, the door is closed and secured in three separate points. It’s just as easy to unlock from the inside—turn and open. If you’ve been wrestling with sticky old door locks that don’t close or open with ease, you’ll be amazed at the smoothness of operation.

Beautiful Exterior Door Options to Flatter Any Home

The fun part of replacing your exterior door is that it gives you a chance to upgrade and personalize the look of your home. With Weather Tight, you can choose from a huge variety of exterior door options, ensuring a look you’ll love (at a price you can afford).

Our beautiful Seal-Rite Therma-Tru doors are available in many colors and finish options. Everyone loves the look of a wooden door, of course, but fiberglass doors are more secure and provide five times the insulation of wood. These days fiberglass doors are undetectable from their classic wooden counterparts. In fact, they often look much better because there’s no fading, cracking, peeling, or upkeep. The woodgrain looks authentic and will complement any home.

Visit the Therma-Tru Door Designer to play with the many looks and options for your front door. Whether you like a door with a transom, sidelight, or a beautiful pattern, there are plenty of options and styles. Security is, of course, extremely important to everyone, but don’t forget about curb appeal too! We want you to feel proud of your new exterior door and your home’s mini face-lift!

Before you struggle to install an exterior door lock that will never quite seal or turn properly, reach out to Weather Tight. A replacement door can improve the look and feel of your home. With the multipoint locking system, it can also improve the safety and security of your house. You’ll sleep easy, knowing your family is protected and your home is beautiful and secure.

To learn how affordable and easy a replacement exterior door can be, please reach out to our representatives today. We’re happy to help you explore your options and discover the door of your dreams!

The Advantages of Choosing an Employee-Owned Company Like Weather Tight

Did you know that Weather Tight is employee-owned? It’s something we’re very proud of because we know the vast difference that employee ownership makes—not just for our employees and company operations, but also for our customers!

Are you wondering about the advantages of choosing an employee-owned business? Here’s why it’s positive for everyone!

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Why Weather Tight Went Employee-Owned

After being in business for almost four decades, we’ve seen a thing or two. Many home remodeling companies come and go. Many don’t stake their reputation on their work quality and customer satisfaction, and many don’t operate with integrity.

At Weather Tight, we’re Wisconsin’s most recommended home remodeler for a good reason. We stand behind our work, train our employees, and understand the needs of our Wisconsin neighbors, friends, and family. We live here, and we’ve worked hard to build a company that attracts excellent employees by being a great place to work.

A few years ago, Tod & Todd were planning for their future and what their legacy would hold when they retired. Rather than sell to an independent buyer and lose the opportunity to maintain the core values that we built as a company, they explored the option to become an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). An ESOP is a program that provides employees with company stock. Our team members can earn stock during their tenure. They become stakeholders, and that stake grows during their employment with Weather Tight. It also allows Tod & Todd—the founders of Weather Tight Corp.—to retire in the future (not yet!), and to sleep peacefully at night knowing their years of hard work will continue to grow within the company and its owners, the employees.

The ESOP creates a succession plan for Weather Tight. As most people know, our current leaders, Todd and Tod, are actively involved in the company with no plans to retire soon. But of course, extra security in the future is always a good thing. One advantage of being employee-owned is that it allows a gradual transition of ownership, which helps keep the values and company culture in place. As of December of 2021, Weather Tight officially became an ESOP, with the sale of ownership becoming final.

Here’s what Todd and Tod have to say about our employee ownership program:

In other words, as far as we can see into the future, Weather Tight will continue to offer the same high-quality service and support. Customers can rely on our work and trust that we’ll stand behind our products for many years to come.

How Employee Ownership Attracts Great Employees

Employee ownership is a huge advantage for our customers because this great benefit helps us attract the best talent out there. Now more than ever, employers need to be competitive to keep great employees on staff. Our employee ownership plan allows us to do just that—offer employees a strong incentive to stay with us and feel invested in their future.

When employees have skin in the game, they feel pride in their work. When the company does well, they stand to benefit too. They know that keeping customers happy and satisfied is crucial for the success of every person at Weather Tight, and they go even further to ensure that customers are pleased with the service they receive.

We know that our customers and clients ARE our bosses. Without you, Weather Tight wouldn’t be successful. Keeping on top of our customers’ needs is crucial to ensuring a bright future for all of us. By empowering our “boots on the ground” team, we’re sure to hear of any concerns or customer requests right away. Employees have a voice and help in the decision-making process, and often that means updating the team on the needs of our clientele.

As an ESOP, Weather Tight is in good company. There are many established employee-owned companies, including Wisconsin’s Robert W. Baird & Co., Krueger International, Inc., Schreiber Foods, MyPath, and Mayville Engineering Company, Inc., not to mention many others outside our great state.

Besides attracting top talent and ensuring consistent succession, employee ownership is also very good for productivity. Many ESOPs report higher worker satisfaction, performance, and trust in their employer. When people feel invested in the success of a business, everyone wins.

Employee ownership is good for our Wisconsin community too. Since our employees are your neighbors, friends, and family members, that investment in our local economy stays right here and helps make our communities even more successful.

At Weather Tight, we are very proud to go above and beyond for our customers and community. We offer services and products that not only beautify your home but improve your neighborhood and increase your home’s value. Our employee ownership helps us ensure that we’re continuing to set a high bar for our business.

If you are interested in learning more about our company, please reach out. We have information about jobs on our employment page, and we offer a Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program as well. We’re proud of this company and happy to be a part of our wonderful community.


Refer a Friend, Earn Rewards at Weather Tight

At Weather Tight, we know that reputation is everything in this business, and nothing means more to us than when you refer a friend for our services. We understand how valuable your recommendation is, and we will always do our best to live up to your trust in us.

Our reputation for excellence has made us Wisconsin’s Most Recommended Home Remodeler. We offer an array of home improvement services to ensure that you, your friends, and your neighbors feel proud and comfortable whenever you come home.

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About the Weather Tight Referral Program

We know there are many choices out there, so when you refer a friend or family member to us, we want to express our deepest appreciation for your promotion. With our Weather Tight Customer Referral program, we offer you rewards for your referrals and discounts for your friends and family.

We’ve recently revamped our referral program, and it’s open to everyone—not just Weather Tight customers. We know that word of mouth spreads, and you might recommend us based on a neighbor’s suggestion or how we completed a job for a family member. You’re still promoting our service, and we want you to know that we’re grateful.

If you’d like to Refer a Friend to Weather Tight, please go to our Refer A Friend page. Then, log in if you are a member, or sign up for the referral program.

We ask you to include your name and phone number, your friend’s name and contact information, and a description of the project that you’re discussing or that you know they may be interested in. This will help ensure that our team is prepared to answer any questions and give your referral a complete overview of our services. This will also ensure that you and your referrals information are connected in our systems.

The Weather Tight Customer Referral program requires you to submit a referral form online or mail an official referral form to us. Your referral will receive $200 off their job, and you will receive a $75 gift card for each new referral that results in a sale.

Any referral given must have your name listed as the referring party prior to your referral’s appointment and FREE estimate. After this time, you will only be able to receive an award if your name is mentioned to one of our experts at the time of sale. Unfortunately, we can’t make rewards adjustments on previous sales once completed.

More Ways to Earn Rewards from Weather Tight

When you join our referral program, you will get a login and a special link. You can earn additional rewards by sending out your link via email (be sure to copy our Rewards team at rewards@weathertightcorp.com), or even post your unique link on Facebook—just send us a screenshot of your post.  In sharing your link you can earn a $25 Amazon gift card.  There is a limit of one $25 Amazon gift card per week.

Whenever your referrals make a purchase from Weather Tight and use your referral link, you will receive a reward! We payout our referral rewards in $75 electronic gift cards sent via email to our Weather Tight Customer Referral program members.

Imagine earning rewards just for promoting a service and a company that you feel good about! Weather Tight is known for our excellent reputation, dedication to service, and quality installation. Did we mention that we are now Employee-Owned right here out of Wisconsin! We offer an array of home improvement products, including:

If you’ve used our services in the past, or know a friend or family member who’s ready for an upgrade, be sure to join our referral program. Not only will you help your friends and family with high-quality home improvement, but you could earn something for yourself too!

Explore the Refer A Friend page today to learn more about the Weather Tight Customer Referral program. We’re happy to share more information and help you spread the word about our award-winning services!

The Weather Tight Process: What to Expect from Our Visit

So you’re considering Weather Tight for your next home improvement project. We might be a tad biased, but we sincerely believe that you are making a great choice! We value each of our customers greatly, and we work hard to ensure you are satisfied with the entire experience. Being Employee Owned, it is important that we treat you as a part of our own family.

To that end, we frequently have customers who inquire about the Weather Tight process. For example, what should you expect when you decide to purchase a product from Weather Tight? What do you need to prepare for? How do we ensure that the product will be accurate and meet your expectations?

These are all excellent questions and something we seek to address in the Weather Tight process.

Below, Tod & Todd explain more about what to expect when a Weather Tight Product Expert consults with you on your home renovation needs.

What to Expect During the Weather Tight Process

When you make a call to Weather Tight, you can schedule a visit with a trustworthy product expert. Our friendly staff will ask you a few questions about what type of service you’re considering—windows, doors, siding, roofing, or something else.

If you’d like to see products and samples in person, we have an Idea Center located in West Allis, ready to welcome you for a visit. Our staff on-site can answer your general questions, or you can schedule a time to meet a product expert at the showroom for an in-depth planning session on your home improvement project. Keep in mind, we can generally discuss estimates with you, but until we see your product and assess if there is any damage such as rot, moisture, or other variants, it will be hard to nail down an exact price for you. We pride ourselves on custom-making products for YOUR home.

Our product experts are knowledgeable and friendly. We work hard to ensure you feel comfortable and are able to answer any and all of your questions to make the best-educated decision for your home. We know our products and the Weather Tight process speak for themselves. We use some of the highest quality materials in the business, and our qualified installers ensure your job will be done right.

As you work with your product expert at your home, they will take measurements and gather all the specs needed to give you an accurate price quote on the job. The expert will clarify all questions and get you the information you need. They will review materials and options—ensuring you get windows, roofing, siding, or doors that enhance the look of your home, increase value, and boost your curb appeal.

What to Expect After the Product Expert Leaves

Once you’ve decided to proceed with your Weather Tight project, your product expert returns the information to our staff to start the ball rolling. Your project will be triple-checked for accuracy as it’s entered into our computer system. We use digital scanning to ensure that employees can access any information they need about a project. If you have decided to utilize financing for your purchase, our in-house financing team will work to make sure we get you the best rates and programs that fit your budget and needs.

An Expert Measure Technician (Expeditor) will pay a visit to your home. During their visit, they will confirm the measurements down to a tee, assess the scope of the project, and then they will review the work order with you to make sure all t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. We take this step to ensure that every order is accurate and as expected. Many of our orders, particularly windows, are custom-made for the exact dimensions of your home. Each home is a little different, and we want to be sure your new windows fit perfectly. They are also able to answer any last-minute questions that you may have forgot to ask your product expert.

Once the order is submitted to one of our top-of-the-line manufacturers, they get to work assembling the needed components of your home improvement project. When the product is delivered to us, we will call you to let you know and work to coordinate an installation date. Upon arrival, we inspect each order thoroughly and check it against the work order again to ensure it’s as expected.

Time for Your Installation

When it’s time for your installation, our staff will contact you to confirm the appointment. We will explain exactly what you should expect during our work on your home.

On the day of your installation, we will do our best to ensure minimal disruption to your day-to-day activities. Many of our projects focus on your home’s exterior, but we may also need to work inside for some projects, like window installation. We take every precaution to keep our work area clean and treat your home with the respect it, and you both deserve.

Our skilled professionals work efficiently, and many projects are finished in just a few days. They clean up and remove the debris after the project. Your installer will walk through the project with you and show you everything you need to know to maintain and operate the new product. They are also happy to answer any questions you may have at that time.

After our visit, you’ll hear from a member of our office staff to confirm that the installation met your expectations and that you’re pleased with the results. We will also ask for your feedback via survey or comment card. Our Senior Management staff carefully reviews each result and comment left. We want to know that you’re happy with our work!

The Weather Tight process helps us make sure that customers’ needs are met and that they feel good about the outcome of their project. We know that there are many choices out there, but thanks to our unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction, dedication to employees, and connection to the community, we’re Wisconsin’s most recommended home remodeler. We’ve received many accolades and awards for our work, but repeat customers and recommendations are what we hold in the highest regard.

Because Weather Tight is employee-owned with over 35 years of home remodeling experience, we know that reputation matters. So if you’re looking for a home remodeler that you can trust, reach out to Weather Tight today. We look forward to working with you to update and beautify your home.


Now is the Time to Tackle Home Improvements

Most of us are more than ready to say goodbye to 2020. Although it was a year like no other, we’ve all learned a lot—like how to spend an epic amount of time at home.

While you’ve been working (and eating, and entertaining yourself) from home, chances are you’ve noticed a few house updates you’d like to make. If you’re waiting until the pandemic has passed to tackle home improvements, there’s no need to put it off.

At Weather Tight, we’ve implemented many COVID-19 safety measures to ensure your home improvements go safely. While you’re spending time at home for the foreseeable future, it’s actually a great opportunity to schedule a visit.

Scheduling New Home Improvement Projects

Here's why now is the time to tackle home improvement projects during COVID

Weather Tight provides an essential service to the Wisconsin community, and fortunately, we remain open during this challenging time. During the earlier months of the pandemic, most people weren’t thinking about addressing new projects, but now that winter is upon us, chances are those drafty windows and roofing concerns are weighing on your mind.

We’re ready to take on any renovation project, and our schedules are quite flexible. There’s no need to put it off—we can find a convenient time for you and your family to receive a free in-home estimate. Right now, as you’re spending more time at home, it’s a perfect time to schedule a consultation.

Weather Tight is following all CDC guidelines to ensure we keep you and our teams safe during this trying time. We are offering free in-home estimates, in which our product experts have cleared a daily temperature check, wear a mask, and remain socially distanced while meeting with you. If you feel an in-home estimate is not something you are comfortable with at this time, and you have access to a smartphone or tablet, we are able to schedule virtual estimates as well. Be sure to ask one of our friendly call center representatives how you can set up a virtual estimate and we will be happy to explain the process to you.

Our showroom is open by-appointment-only, but if you would like a more hands-on experience, we’re happy to welcome you in a safe environment. In order to comply with CDC Guidelines, we do require face masks/coverings to be worn in our showroom at this time.

Chances are, like most of us, you’re hoping to travel, visit loved ones, and make up for lost time once the pandemic has passed. Don’t clog up your summer schedule with home improvement projects you could address now!

Already Have a Home Improvement Project in the Works with Weather Tight?

For our existing and returning customers, we want to take this opportunity to reassure you that Weather Tight is taking every safety precaution necessary to protect you during your home improvement updates. Should a project require us to enter your home, we will go over all the guidelines with you. Our installers are carefully trained to follow all pandemic protocols whenever they’re interacting with our valued customers.

Over the last several months, COVID-19 pandemic guidelines have changed and evolved, and Weather Tight has been on top of the latest information throughout 2020. We were fortunate to be deemed an essential business, allowing us to continue to perform all our product replacements as promised and expected. We’ve also been able to complete warranty service requests for our customers as needed.

As we move forward to what will hopefully be the end of the pandemic, rest assured that we will continue to adhere to the state and CDC’s latest guidance. All team members follow the safety and hygiene practices throughout their work or your home. We don’t allow employees to work if they feel ill or are showing signs of any illness. We have always been and will continue to be diligent in cleaning up our worksite when our job is complete. We are now taking extra efforts to wipe down everything with disinfectant when we leave.

It’s through these small actions that we hope to convey to you how much we value your business and care for your health and safety. 2020 has been a very strange year for all of us, but we’re so glad we can move forward to a brighter future with our wonderful Wisconsin customers.

If you have any concerns, questions, or are ready to tackle home improvement projects now, while you have extra time at home, please reach out. Our friendly staff members are standing by, ready to schedule an appointment to beautify your home.


5 Weather Tight Services to Help You Cut Back on Home Maintenance

How many of us tolerate inconveniences when it comes to taking care of our homes? Home improvement projects get put off until down the road when we expect a windfall or a summer of free time.

But as the years come and go, those improvement projects build up. Suddenly, patching up and DIY hacks end up costing us more than they’re worth. Energy bills go up, the appearance of our homes go down, and we start looking for ways to cut back on home maintenance that’s taking too much time and costing us too much money.

Many home renovation projects are less expensive than you might fear. Better still, many of the home improvement services offered by Weather Tight will actually save you money (and time) in the long run, making your home safer and more comfortable. If you’re ready to feel proud of your home again, here are some services to consider.

Cut Back on Home Maintenance with These Popular Weather Tight Services

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1. Replacement Windows

Windows are notoriously finicky to repair. Once seal failure occurs, your best course of action is almost always replacement. But many homeowners put it off and “deal with it” for another year or two. They get out the tape and plastic to cover the windows each winter. Perhaps they buy some unsightly foam insulation or caulking from the home improvement store to “patch up” the leak.

If you have a drafty window, the best course of action is replacement. Remember what your parents said about “heating the whole neighborhood?” Well, when you have air leaks, you are sending hot air right outside, and letting the cold air in. Air infiltration can increase your energy bill and decrease your comfort.

Replacement windows come in many affordable options and greatly improve the look and feel of your home. You will feel safer, knowing your windows lock securely and seal tightly no matter what’s going on outside. Don’t waste time with tape, plastic, and DIY hacks. They don’t work and will cost you more in the long run.

2. Vinyl Siding

When spring comes around, do you spend hours, even days, sanding and scraping old wood siding on your house? Do you drag out the power washer and get out cans of paint to “touch up” dings and dents in old aluminum siding? Not only do these summer house updates take a long time, but they don’t always offer a lot of payout for your efforts.

If you have older wooden siding on your house, it’s going to require constant upkeep. Wooden siding fades over time; it can attract termites, carpenter ants, and other pests. Even worse, with the wet Wisconsin weather, the siding can mildew and rot after the years go by. No amount of painting and scraping will fix the finish once water damage has occurred, the siding needs to be removed and replaced. Aluminum siding isn’t much better, as it can trap all kinds of problems beneath the surface. It can also get dented and dinged with no hope of recovery.

Save your springtime by investing in beautiful, fade resistant vinyl siding. Weather Tight siding comes in an array of colors and trim to match any look. You will be amazed at the significant difference siding makes for your home. When we replace siding we remove all the older siding first, apply a special Tyvek wrap so your house can “breathe” (to keep out moisture), and ensure your new siding is installed for a low maintenance finish that will last for years. Improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your home with new siding.

3. New Gutters

Cleaning gutters are one of those minor home improvement projects that everyone dreads. You have to climb up a precarious ladder, hurt your knees, and lean dangerously over your house while you pull smelly sludge out of your gutters. It’s not a fun chore. If there’s any way to cut back on home maintenance, gutters are a good place to start.

See the Home Improvement Tips from Tod & Todd video below to learn why new gutters are a great investment:


With new gutters from Weather Tight, you’ll select the color and look. You can choose gutters that will match your home’s exterior finish, soffit, and fascia, and compliment your roof. Beyond increasing your curb appeal, gutters keep water away from your home. Without proper gutters, you may experience foundation damage, leaks to your basement, or worse.

Your home’s windows can also suffer if your gutters aren’t protected. When the gutters get backed up or don’t drain properly, water pours down on your windows, rotting the surrounding trim and damaging your home. When you invest in new gutters, you can also get quality gutter protection that keeps out the leaves and debris that cause backups and lead to expensive damage.

4. Entry Doors

How do you feel about your front door? As the focal point to those entering your house, your doors are an important feature. Not only do entry doors keep you safe and secure, but when professionally installed, they keep out air infiltration and drafts.

A DIY front door may seem like a good project for a weekend warrior, but they’re actually a very challenging home improvement project. Most houses aren’t quite “square” and shift over time. Getting a weathertight seal around a door is almost impossible for less experienced home improvers. Door installation is one of those DIY projects that almost always ends up being a huge pain, costing more than you expected.

Save yourself time and hassle and get peace of mind with a professionally installed entry door from Weather Tight. We have many options to complement the look of your home, whether you want a transom, sidelights, or other features. Our multi-point locking system can add an extra layer of home security as well. Choose wisely by leaving a front door upgrade to the pros.

5. A New Roof

New roofing is another home improvement endeavor that will allow you to cut back on home maintenance in the future. As a roof starts to breakdown and fail, you may notice more runoff and roof debris. Roofing materials and even shingles can end up on the ground or clog up your gutters. When you see this happen, it means your home is at risk of long-term damage.

Water, snow, ice, and hail can all wreak havoc on your roof, as can heat. As your home undergoes weather and temperature changes, it expands and contracts. Over time, shingles loosen, and leaks can start. Often, by the time you’re noticing the effects of water, mildew, and pest damage inside your home, the problem has already gotten well out of hand. Don’t wait—learn the signs of an aging roof today.

Not only does a damaged, aging roof present hazards to your home, but it really detracts from your home’s appearance. Homeowners are frequently surprised at how much new roofing improves the beauty and value of their home. We often hear, “Why did I wait so long?”

Don’t put off home improvement projects, but don’t take them all on yourself. You can cut back on home maintenance by investing in a few professional updates for your house. In the future, you’ll be so glad you did. Contact us today to learn how easy it is to increase your curb appeal and lower your home maintenance costs!


5 Exterior Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

In the spring, many Wisconsin homeowners get to work sprucing up their homes for the summer. We check the house for winter weather damage and look at any areas that need to be touched up.

But then summer heats up and plans start to take up our weekends. One weekend, we’re headed up North and the next weekend, we’re spending time at the lake. Before we know it, summer is nearing an end, and many of those exterior home maintenance projects have gone by the wayside.

Don’t worry, there is still time to prepare your home for fall and winter weather. Follow these 5 exterior home maintenance tips to get ready for winter.

1. Check Your Gutters and Downspout

Even if you checked your gutters in the spring, it’s time to give them another assessment as we come upon fall. If you have gutter protection in place, a visual check should be sufficient. Look at the outside of your gutter. Check for cracks, areas where the gutter is pulling away from the fascia (connecting the gutter and roof), or water running down the house. You may need to use your hose to test for water leaks.

Look at your gutter protection system. Is it in place? Are there any damaged areas? Gutters should be covered and sealed tightly with no leaks or areas where water can get near your home’s foundation. If you notice any standing or slow-moving water in the gutter, you may have a clog. Water should flow away from your home and freely out of the downspout.

If you don’t have gutter protection or your gutters are damaged, it’s time to consider gutter replacement. Over time, your gutters can become loose and the seals can give way, especially without proper gutter protection systems. Consider an update as part of your exterior home maintenance to prepare your house for winter.

2. Assess Your Roof

Another area of your home’s exterior to explore is your roof. Climbing up on a ladder can be dangerous (and you can even damage your shingles), so do a visual inspection from the ground. Look for areas where the shingles are peeling up or curling. If the edges are starting to turn, it’s a telltale sign your roof may be due for replacement.

Other signs you need a roof replacement include shingles that are loose or falling off. Discoloration and fading are unsightly and can also indicate that your roof has aged. In Wisconsin, we often think that the winter is the hardest time on the roof, but summer also presents hazards. Hail storms, heat, humidity, and improper ventilation of your home can lead to roof problems.

Another indication that your roof has aged is to look at the runoff in your gutter. Do you see roofing materials like sand or asphalt pieces accumulating? This sediment indicates that your roof is deteriorating. If you notice these signs, call Weather Tight for an assessment. We’ll use a state-of-the-art imaging tool called RoofSnap to photograph your roof from above. This tool allows us to see exactly what issues you may have missed and will help us offer you an estimate for roof replacement.

3. Look Around Your Windows

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One of the most essential exterior home maintenance tips to help you prepare for winter is to look at your windows. Windows aren’t only your home’s eyes, letting in light and fresh air in the summer—windows also serve a crucial insulating function in the winter. They keep your house warm and protected from cold weather.

Windows should be relatively low maintenance. With regular washing, your windows should stay bright and clear all year round. If you notice cloudiness between panes, a constantly foggy appearance, or mildew and mold growing along the window casing, it’s time to give our window replacement team a call! Other indicators that your windows are failing include cracked paint and soft or damp wood anywhere around your windows (indoors or out).

Do you get out the tape and plastic each winter to “seal up” your windows for winter? Believe it or not, this typical Wisconsin winter home maintenance step isn’t at all necessary if you have correctly installed windows. Your windows should be free of air infiltration and leaks. Many of our customers are shocked to find out how much energy they’re losing with leaky windows!

4. Inspect Your Siding and Exterior Finish

Now that you’ve looked at your gutters, roof, and windows, it’s time to take a look at your exterior finish overall. How does your home look from the curb? If you have aluminum siding, are there dents or dings? Has the siding been pitted due to weather or mistreatment? Are there areas where the siding is loose or even falling off?

Those with stucco or wood-finish homes should take a look at the paint and finish on your house. Is the paint peeling or are there any signs of mildew, pests, or water damage? Not only do these exterior finish problems detract from the value and curb appeal of your home, but they can indicate much larger (and more expensive) issues on the horizon.

If your home could use a facelift, consider investing in beautiful, low-maintenance vinyl siding! Not only will new siding save you the hassle of painting each year, but it can really increase the look and even the comfort of your home. We remove old siding, and underneath each siding job, we apply a special home wrap that allows your house to “breathe” properly. The new siding is weather-tight to ensure your home stays warm in the winter (and cool in the summer).

5. Don’t Ignore Your Front Door

Finally, the fifth tip for exterior home maintenance is to take a look at your front door. Does your door leak air? Do you have to keep a rug snuggled up to the door (or worse, a beanbag snake) to block the drafts that come in? Have you ever had snow or frost sneak into the INSIDE of your front door?

A new door keeps the cold air out and improves your home’s look, safety, and security. It may seem like a minor project, but your front door has a significant impact on your house. Unfortunately, many homeowners try to DIY their front door update. This project can lead to leaks and even security issues if the door isn’t correctly installed.

Leave the front door update to the professionals! A new front door is an affordable way to change your home’s exterior, increase your safety, and your comfort. If you have a drafty front door, don’t wait another year or suffer through another winter. Call us today to discuss your options.

We can do many home exterior updates all year round, so don’t worry about the coming winter months. Our team works in most weather conditions to ensure your home exterior project is completed to your satisfaction. Contact us today and learn just how stress-free home exterior projects can be!


6 Reasons You Should Choose Weather Tight as Your Home Remodeler

Are you considering making updates to your home? Whether you’re looking for window replacement, a new roof, exterior finishes like siding and trim, or a new front door, Weather Tight is a great choice. Our reputation for reliability makes us one of Wisconsin’s top home remodelers.

There are many companies out there who make promises and fail to deliver. At Weather Tight, we stand behind our work and go above and beyond to ensure you’re happy with your home updates. We offer a wide array of home remodeling options to ensure you get the look you want.

6 Standout Reasons to Choose Weather Tight as Your Home Remodeler

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1. We’re Employee-Owned

Weather Tight offers employees an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This means employees become owners of Weather Tight as their stock increases over their years of employment. Not only does this ensure consistent service for the future, but it means that our employees have a personal stake in your satisfaction.

Being employee-owned also gives employees a powerful incentive to stay with the company for the long haul. This commitment enables Weather Tight to retain top talent and experience. When the company succeeds, our employee’s benefit and they know the best way to run a successful company is to keep you, the customer, satisfied and happy.

2. We Offer Award-Winning Service

We’re proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Busines Bureau. We were a finalist for the BBB’s 2017 International Torch Awards for Ethics and won the Wisconsin Torch Award that same year. This award goes to companies who embody the BBB’s mission of advancing trust in the marketplace and holding to high standards of organizational ethics.

We’re also proud to have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award, maintaining an A rating for 2010-2019. We received the Expertise.com Best Roofers in Milwaukee award in 2019 and 2020, and the 2019 Owens Corning Gold Level Product Excellence Award. We were also Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Top Choice Award Winner in 2018. While awards certainly aren’t everything, we do take pride in recognition of our excellent work, confirming that we’re meeting the needs of our customers and the Wisconsin community.

3. We’re Backed by Over 35 Years of Experience

Weather Tight was founded over 35 years ago, and in the home remodeling business, that level of experience is rare. We’ve been around long enough to see many fly-by-night operations come and go, leaving customers unsatisfied and frustrated. When you choose a home remodeler, you need someone who will stand behind their work for years to come. A warranty means nothing if a company isn’t around long enough to honor it.

The past 35 years have taught us many lessons about the importance of customer satisfaction and building repeat business. We know if you’re happy with one job, you’ll call us again for your next home update. It’s our goal to ensure a long, satisfactory relationship with every customer we serve.

4. We’re Your Neighbors

Wisconsin-owned and operated, we understand the needs of Wisconsin homeowners. We’re your neighbors and your fellow community members. We know what it’s like to weather the icy cold that only the Midwest can bring. We also know how to prepare your house with windows and doors that guard against air infiltration, roofing that stands up to wet winter weather, and exterior finishes that resist fade and damage.

We also know the importance of giving back to our community. We partner with many community organizations to support our area and ensure Wisconsin stays a great place to work, play, and live. When you look for a home remodeler, you want someone who understands the area and cares about our community.

5. We Work with Industry-Leading Brands

When we put the Weather Tight name on a remodeling project, we want you to know you can trust the quality materials and products to stand the test of time. We’ve carefully researched the leading industry brands to ensure that we offer you the best in siding, roofing, replacement window, and door options.

Brands like LP SmartSide DiamondKote, Norandex, Quality Edge Matterhorn, Owens Corning, CertainTeed STONEfaçade, and Sunrise Restorations are just a few of top industry brands we work with. We use quality materials like Tyvek home wraps from DuPont, vinyl, PVC, and engineered wood to ensure your home looks beautiful and feels comfortable with the durability you can rely on.

6. We’ll Work with You to Meet Your Needs

Your home and your needs are unique. Whether you need to update your gutters, soffit and fascia, replace your windows, or are ready to invest in a new roof, we’ll help you find options to fit your look and your budget. We can customize jobs of any size, from replacing one window to making over your entire home.

We’re also experienced in working with homeowners’ associations and condo boards. We offer an array of finishes and products to fit into the guidelines of your CC&Rs and still ensure the quality finishes to increase your curb appeal.

No matter your home remodeling needs, Weather Tight has you covered. Give us a call today to set up a free estimate. We’re currently offering virtual assessments with a 12-month price guarantee. Our showroom is open by appointment and our team members are standing by to help your home remodeling dreams become a reality.

Weather Tight Is Now an Employee-Owned Company!

Updated: 9/12/19

Weather Tight Corporation is an integral part of our community. From becoming the Official Home Remodeler of the Milwaukee Bucks to our work throughout Wisconsin for over 35 years, we’re your neighbors, family, and friends.

When our business undergoes changes, we feel it’s important to share the news with our customers. That’s why we’re excited and proud to announce that Weather Tight is now an Employee-Owned Company. We’ve officially set up an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan).

Now you’re probably thinking that’s great news for Weather Tight employees, but how does this affect the community? Even more so, how does Weather Tight being an employee-owned company affect customers and homeowners?

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What is an ESOP?

In short, providing an ESOP allows employees to earn company stock during their employment. Holding stock means employees actually become owners of Weather Tight as their stock in the company grows during their years of employment. This provides Weather Tight with a succession plan to ensure the company continues to grow and thrive well into the future.

Our current owners, Todd and Tod, aren’t handing off the reigns completely and sailing away into retirement tomorrow (or any time soon), however. One of the great benefits of Weather Tight being an employee-owned company is it still allows Todd and Tod to lead and oversee the company for years to come. It simply ensures that when the time comes for them to slowly pass the torch and enjoy those retirement years, the great company culture of Weather Tight will stay safely in place, providing excellent customer service for years to come.

Weather Tight being an employee-owned company and offering an ESOP will provide employees with a growing retirement vehicle. It offers a great incentive for our current employees to stay with the company for the long term and an excellent benefit to attract new employees as well. It means the company’s success pays off for each team member.

The Benefits to YOU of Weather Tight Being an Employee-Owned Company

The big question is, how will this affect our customers and what is the benefit to you? After all, without the support of the Wisconsin community, Weather Tight wouldn’t exist, company-owned or otherwise.

Weather Tight being an employee-owned company is very positive for our community and our customers. In fact, it will benefit our customers in several surprising and exciting ways.

There are many excellent companies and household names that are employee-owned. You may be familiar with Gore-Tex, Morgan Stanley, Southwest Airlines, P&G, and SAIC–all well-known employee-owned companies. In fact, there are over 7000 ESOPs since the concept was established in 1974, putting Weather Tight in great company with…well many great companies!

Offering an ESOP pays off for everyone involved (including the customer). Studies show employee ownership has a positive effect on the bottom line; it’s true and for good reasons:

  • ESOP companies vs. non-ESOP companies show a 4% higher productivity rate.
  • In all studies, offering ESOPs increase a company’s performance.

You see, when employees become owners, they’re directly invested in a company’s success; their benefits increase when the company does well. Because of the draw of an ESOP, the company is able to attract top talent and continue to retain the best employees. Those employees are driven to perform because they know when the company does well, they also do well. And all that success and financial well-being is passed to the surrounding community.

Being an employee-owned company adds up to safer and more pleasant work environments. Employees become more conscious of waste and have a personal stake in getting a job completed on budget, on time, and efficiently.

Employees gain a voice and a say in the operations of the company. They can share in what’s working at a company and what isn’t and can pass on customer concerns to management. When employees are co-owners, their input is vital.

The ultimate outcome of Weather Tight being an employee-owned company is even better customer service for YOU!

Now, at Weather Tight, we already pride ourselves on providing superior service and added value to our customers. We go above and beyond to complete each job in a timely manner that leaves our customers delighted. We like to think the benefits of Weather Tight being an employee-owned company are just the icing on what’s already an excellent cake.

We’re proud to share this exciting company news with our customers!

If you would like to learn more about any of our services, please drop us a line. We also invite you to visit our West Allis showroom. Our customer representatives look forward to continued service to our friends, neighbors, and family here in Wisconsin. If you are interested in joining our Weather Tight team, we also have our job postings available on our website. We would love to add to our Employee Owned organization.

When is the Right Time to Replace Old Windows?

Is it time to replace old windows in your home? Not only do new windows add beauty and value to your home, they also increase safety, security, and energy efficiency. There are few better investments than beautiful new windows for your house. If you’re wondering when to replace old windows, here are some questions to consider:

  • Are your windows stylish, up-to-date, and in excellent condition?
  • Do your windows ventilate air properly (but remain airtight when closed)?
  • Do your windows open and close smoothly, without extra effort?
  • Are your windows accessible and easy to clean?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then chances are you’re not completely satisfied with the current windows in your house. If it’s time to replace old windows, we’re here to help.

With over 35 years of experience in the window business, the window experts at Weather Tight know how to help you through every step of window replacement. Our high-quality products, smooth installation, and phenomenal customer service are guaranteed to make you extremely happy with your decision to upgrade and replace old windows within your home.


Time to Replace Old Windows in a West Allis Bungalow

Weather Tight recently worked on a 75-year-old bungalow-style house in West Allis. This was a perfect example of a home desperately in need of brand new windows. Typical of the age and style, the home featured a large picture window with two surrounding double-hung windows. While the look of the windows fit the home, the old windows had presented several issues for the homeowners.

Bay window with prairie grids, golden oak interior stain and laminated seat in Franklin, WI

One of the main issues was air infiltration in the winter from the leaky windows. We all know Wisconsin winters mean drafty windows and cold air leaks. As is often the case, the homeowners saw condensation in between the panes of glass in the windows. This condensation was a sure sign that air and moisture were making their way inside the bungalow.

Like many Wisconsin homeowners, these folks relied on plastic shrink wrap covering their windows, as an attempt to solve their leaky window problem. This temporary winter window fix is common but leaves residents with more disruption than satisfaction. The unsightly plastic wrap on windows is hard to apply and rarely creates a tight seal. The plastic blocks outside views, sun exposure, and warmth.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this annoying eyesore is that the plastic wrap on the windows must be replaced every season (so windows can be cleaned and opened in the summer months). This means more wrestling with a blow dryer and double-sided tape for a winter window solution that’s both ugly and ineffective. Not to mention the damage double-stick tape can do to beautiful woodwork. When we arrived at the bungalow, we could see it was definitely time to replace old windows and improve everyday life for this family.

Weather Tight experts quickly identified ventilation as the biggest issue in this case. As indicated by the moisture in between the panes, as well as the drafts, air was getting in despite the homeowner’s best efforts. The smartest option was to replace the old windows with three beautiful new double-hung windows. The new windows blended perfectly with the historic style of the home, increasing curb appeal and adding value to the property.

Best of all, the new windows allowed the homeowners to better control the temperature of their space all year long. No more drafty Wisconsin winters, plus great cooling airflow during the dog days of summer! Installing windows with double ventilation capabilities, from both the top and bottom, was the best fit for this home and would serve the client for years to come.

With so many window options out there, window selection may seem overwhelming. Trust experts familiar with the unique needs of Wisconsin homeowners so you can find the perfect replacement windows for your house. You want the highest quality windows to beautify and protect your home, but to also fit the look and style of your property.

Protecting Woodwork During Window Installation

With this West Allis home, the right window installation process was particularly important, especially due to the special woodwork surrounding their windows. As is the case with many of the beautiful bungalows, flats, and cottages here in Milwaukee, the craftsmanship is second to none. Preserving woodwork and brickwork is an important part of the window replacement process.

Due to Weather Tight’s experience with the historic and beautiful architecture of Milwaukee homes, we know how to protect craftsman features. We ensure our new windows enhance the look and function of the home rather than detract. The result is seamless, efficient, and a strong improvement that compliments the craftsmanship.

For our West Allis bungalow windows, we decided on a pocket install for the new window installation. Pocket install is a simple process in which the existing window frame is left intact. New windows are measured to fit within the given space perfectly. This procedure leaves the wood trim and features untouched and preserves the finish.

New Windows Vent in the Summer and Stop Drafts in the Winter

Another big concern for our West Allis family was the fact that their old windows didn’t open easily to let in the fresh air.

Older windows become sticky and stubborn. As the seal and pane erode over time, the window shifts and no longer opens with ease. Often the glass either becomes loose in the pane or the window requires brute force to open. The result is a window that’s tough, loud, and frustrating. Wrestling to open the window is more trouble than it’s worth, and of course, windows that won’t open (or feature loose glass) are a major safety concern.

The double hung replacement windows selected for the bungalow open with ease. These new windows feature screens, which provide ventilation from both sides. In the summertime, a natural breeze will easily flow into the house, giving it an open, airy feel. Of course, the screens efficiently block any outside bugs and serve as a protective shield for the room without sacrificing any airflow.

While cool breeze in the summer is important, it’s also important to protect against drafts and heat loss in the winter. After a careful installation and a lot of precision, the new windows are insulated around the edges to ensure all surfaces are airtight. Using the latest in window sealing and insulation technology, Weather Tight windows ensure there’s no cold airflow in the wintertime. Our windows are equipped with a maintenance-free exterior and fuel-efficient glass.

Fuel-efficient glass is important for many different reasons. According to the Department of Energy, it’s imperative to replace old windows with energy efficient glass because of the significant impact on both heat gain and heat loss throughout your home. Windows are accountable for 25% to 30% of the temperature energy. Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient windows with fuel-efficient glass will result in a lower heating and energy bill.

Beautiful Replacement Windows & Happy Customers

The last part of the window replacement process is installing brand new trim on the outside area surrounding the new windows. We take a great deal of pride in the appearance of our windows, always adding top-quality aluminum trim to finish.

Ready to replace old windows? Try a beautiful bay window from Weather Tight!

With the West Allis bungalow project, our team was also installing new siding for the homeowners to complete their full home makeover. The window trim was added as part of the final siding process, giving the home a polished update with plenty of curb appeal!

Maintaining their new, beautiful windows won’t be a problem for this West Allis family. The cleaning process is simple with Weather Tight installations. Keeping your windows sparkling is never a concern for our customers!

Our windows are engineered to tilt inside. This ingenious feature allows homeowners to clean both the inside and out easily (without climbing a ladder)! Simply open the window to the inside and shine them from the comfort of your own home. Cleaning our windows is simple. We keep our customers happy!

Our expertise has made us Wisconsin’s most recommended window installer and remodeler. We’re constantly striving to please our customers and give them the home improvements of their dreams. Windows are a sound investment and an important way to update your home. Now is the perfect time to replace old windows with new and improved windows from Weather Tight.

Window updates are surprisingly affordable. Visit our Weather Tight contact page and fill out the online form to receive a free no-obligation quote. Schedule a free appointment with a windows specialist who will come to your home and assess your needs!

Hear from Tod and Todd

Tod Colbert, President of Weather Tight, and Todd Schulz, Vice President, enjoy giving their customers the best advice on all home improvement aspects including windows, siding, doors, roofing, and gutters.

To learn more about the window improvements made to the West Allis bungalow house, visit Tod & Todd’s Home Improvement Tips and to learn how Weather Tight was able to successfully replace old windows and transform the problematic double-hung picture window into a beautiful three double-hung set.